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Comics Eye: The Eternals by Gaiman and Romita Jr.

Updated on November 19, 2011

Hello and welcome to another edition of Comics Eye right here on Hubpages!

I’m very happy to talk about this particular hardcover graphic novel because of the people who are involved with this one. In the annuals of comics there are many names that are very familiar to those of us who are geeky enough to recognize them.

Names such as Colon, Kubert, Cockrum and Ditko, and the list can go on and on. But there are three names that one can immediately associate with the comic book and those names are Jack “The King” Kirby, master weaver of tales Neil Gaimen, and the son of one of the most revered names in comics John Romita Jr.

The story of the Eternals begins with Jack Kirby.

Jack Kirby is simply a creative comic book genius. Jack is the one responsible for the whole idea behind the characters The Eternals. Kirby came up with the Eternals after he had created The New Gods for DC Comics, and returned to work for Marvel Comics. The Eternals were an “offshoot” of the evolutionary process that was happening on Earth. The Celestials had visited the Earth and had begun the evolutionary process, had created the Eternals to be protectors of the Earth. And Kirby’s bombastic at styling’s brought the world of the Eternals to life, much as he did his other creations including the Fantastic Four, Thor, The Silver Surfer, and The Avengers.

Neil Gaimen is the creative force behind the series from DC Comic’s Vertigo line, The Sandman (a personal favorite of mine) and also the writer of such fare as Coraline, American Gods, and the book Ghastly Beyond Belief. The Sandman series has to be one of Gaiman’s most recognized creations, the series having started in 1988 and after 75 issues ended in 1996.

John Romita Jr has a pair of very large shoes to fill, as he is the son of legendary comic book artist John Romita, whose artwork for The Amazing Spiderman was a major influence in my wanting to take up the pencil for drawing comic heroes. Romita Jr’s style is actually quite different from his father’s but none the less quite enjoyable to see on a piece of comic board.

Okay, so now that you have an idea of the pedigrees of talent behind this story, onto the review itself.

The Eternals is a standalone story, so that if you are not familiar with the characters (and I’m sure that many of you are not) you can just pick this hardcover graphic novel up in both of your hands and read it without having any knowledge of the past of these characters.

Mark Curry is dreaming. Mark Curry is dreaming of another life, and he thinks that they are just that…dreams.

He dreams that he has a different name, and that he lived a different sort of life. And then he meets a man named Ike Harris, a man he’s never met before in his life…and yet Harris seems vaguely familiar to him.

Thus begins the tale of the Eternals, a story where someone has changed the timeline and made the Eternals forget who they are and their mission on Earth. This is a well crafted tale that introduces us to these people who may almost be “Gods,” and how they not only gain their memories back, but also the struggles that Ike Harris who is really the Eternal called Ikaris has to live through as this story unfolds…because he is being experimented on by two “Deviants” who have taken human form in order to hide their true nature.

This is a great story that comes to life with a fantastic storyline written by one of the most respected writers in comics today, and his vision is transferred onto the page via the pencils of a master penciler at the top of his game.

If you haven’t read this graphic novel yet, then it’s high time to pluck down your hard earned cash for this one, and I promise you…you will not be disappointed.


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    • animekid profile image

      animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Eric. Thanks for the comment. The story was pretty good, but as with many things in comics, the fan demand probably just wasn't there for a sequel for the series.

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      Eric Mikols 5 years ago from New England

      The Eternals was great. I'm surprised Marvel hasn't followed that up yet! Great Hub.