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Monday, March 21, 2022

Review: Eternals by Neil Gaiman and John Romita

 After watching The Eternals, I decided to read Neil Gaiman's reboot of the original Jack Kirby comics. Lots of people worship Jack Kirby, but I could never get over his rendering of human beings (or in this case, humanoids). All his characters have a blocky look, and his women all look like the same person.

It's not surprising that Gaiman's plot is a lot more sophisticated than the Disney movie. He takes the Sprite character and takes him to its logical conclusion, and drives the entire story against the backdrop of the Eternals all having lost their memories. Some of it, of course, might have been Gaiman reprising Alan Moore's run on Miracleman (Gaiman would later go on to a final run of Miracleman), but at least it doesn't insult our intelligence.

The big nit I have is that the powers exhibited by The Eternals (with the exception of Sersi) is nowhere close to being interesting or unique. But that comes from the source material, not Gaiman.

Usually, the book is more interesting than the movie, but in this case, I'd say that the movie is quite a bit better than even Gaiman's interpretation of the source material.

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