Eternals by Neil Gaiman

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Title: Eternals.
Writer(s): Neil Gaiman.
Artist(s): John Romita Jr.
Inker(s): Danny Miki, Tom Palmer, Jesse Delperdang & Klaus Janson.
Colourist(s): Matt Hollingsworth & Paul Mounts.
Letterer(s): Todd Klein.
PublisherMarvel.

Format
: Paperback.
Release Date: March 15th 2007.
Pages: 276.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781905239573.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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28 thoughts on “Eternals by Neil Gaiman

  1. Yup, Eternals is just so weird, but cannot be anything else as it’s the intellectual (? that’s a big word for it :P) offspring of von Daniken and Hubbard 😉 Curiously, Romita Jr.’s art suits its eerily well for me, the angular features bringing something of primeval art to the whole thing. On the whole, though, the concept seems pretty tired and overused; looks like Hollywood is only now noticing it, judging by Prometheus and that sort of stuff 😉
    Great review, Lashaan! Are you excited for the movie?

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    1. Having never read or heard of von Daniken and Hubbard till now (I also looked it up now) and wow, it sure does sound derivative to their story… And you’re right. They aren’t a big deal and there’s barely as much material as you’d imagine around them. Guess that should change with the new Eternals comic book series and everything else going further…

      I went to see Shang Chi this week and I have to say that I’m growing quite tired of their formulaic narrative. This one played out like a video game. New level, new bits of story exposition, new side quest, big bad final villain, etc. If anything, it’s a fun movie but it’s cinema. I’m hoping Eternals will shake things up under Chloe Zhao’s direction but I fear it might still stick closely to their $$$$ winning formula.

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      1. Learning something new every day 😁 I feel like MCU/Disney destroyed so many of the best stories that now they’re reduced to scraping the bottom of the barrel for characters who have nothing to do with the Marvel main ones 😜

        And you’re completely right, their stories are so formulaic and dumbed down without any ambiguity or invitation to think. This brings money so as long as people will want to watch it they won’t change.

        I don’t think I’m going to watch either Shang Chi or Eternals in the cinema – I guess I’ll just wait for Matrix 4 😉

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        1. True, true. Although now that they’ve pretty much finalized their purchase of Fox, they have Fantastic Four and the X-Men universe to work with. Let’s see if they’re going to copy-paste that formula onto those upcoming movies or if they’ll finally dare do something more original…

          Of anything releasing in theaters soon, I have high hopes for Dune Part 1 too. 😀

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  2. I’m not familiar with their history or stories. But I’m curious, where this is a reintroduction of older characters into current storylines, how well does the story stand on its own? Would someone still enjoy it if not already familiar with Civil War and any other larger events they’ve linked in? Or is it better sutied to folks already deeply into the Marvel universe? I will be interested in checking out the movie, though a lot of the suit designs have sort of an Asgardian look to me. I’m worried it might end up being just more of the same, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed (trying to keep some optimism alive, eh?). 🙂

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    1. With people being now even more familiar with Civil War because of the movie, I don’t think it’ll have much incidence on their enjoyment of this story. In fact, that little angle, mostly explored through one famous Marvel character budding into the Eternals’ business, is also not quintessential to the larger story arc. This being a stand-alone graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, it also didn’t end up giving us more of these characters too. I’d have to try out the other reboots by other writers to see if they explore more or not.

      As for the movie being more of the same, I can already say that I went to see Shang Chi this week and realized how formulaic the movie is (it pretty much plays out like a linear video game with the mandatory boss battle at the end). It was still fun and action-packed but them not wanting to try new things makes it all very derivative… I’m honestly hoping that Eternals can shake things up for us and offer something more intriguing to explore and contemplate for the future of the MCU.

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  3. Whenever I read a book and I quite enjoy it, I start holding my breath as I get closer to the ending. Sometimes the last couple of pages (or chapters) can overshadow the rest of the book. It makes me very sad when I encounter books that are good but have bad endings.

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