Inhuman #3 Review

Written by: Charles Soule

Art by: Joe Madureira & Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel

Let’s deal with the elephant in the room. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the last issue of Inhuman. Things delay books for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s personal, and sometimes it’s not, but that isn’t the purpose of a review, so mentions of that that gap of time will be kept minimal. The biggest question, and the only question that matters, is if it’s still worth it to buy this title after all this time. The answer is yes. Charles Soule, Joe Madureira, and Marte Gracia bring a nice finale to a short and sweet arc.

For the first two issues we’ve seen Lash going from “Nuhuman” to “Nuhuman” and either killing them or offering to bring them back to Orollan, the location of the lost tribe of Inhumans. Here we see the scope of what he’s been up to and what he’s actually been building up to. Soule does a great job of having really given Lash motivation in the last couple issues, but now he has a purpose. We see Lash’s group of Nuhumans who are the people he’s “saving” from Medusa. It’ll be interesting to see how this group interacts with the Inhumans in the future. Short arcs are great, but I feel like the impact of this one felt a lot shorter because of the gap in release. It doesn’t bring down the quality of the book itself, but I can’t help but think if it would have had a different impact if it had come out on time. Dante was built up in the last two issues as a main player, and while there is a lot going on in this issue, he seems to have almost fallen to the rear of things. I don’t doubt he’ll be important in future issue, but it feels like he could have done more.

Joe Madureira is a beast behind the pencil on this third, and last issue of his run. Everything he draws has a ton of energy. Medusa’s hair moves with the power of a tornado and the new character Grove’s rainbows dart around with speed. Everything about this is strong and real. Not being inked also gives Madureira’s extra depth. Maybe that’s the secret to the energy of his scenes.

Inhuman #3 is a great entry in the series, a nice cap to this first short arc, and the start of something more sinister in the land of the Inhumans and Nuhumans.