Eternals #5 by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Finally we know who’s behind it all…who sabotaged the machine.
What’s not clear yet is why.
But you can be sure that everyone’s very cross about it.
Because, like any family, the Eternals can’t stand each other.
But, to be serious for a moment, this is so well written and illustrated it’s not fair. And the Machine revealing itself to be a DS9 fan is what ultimately elevated that from a four star book to a five star book.
The parallels with the current X-books are unmistakable though. The theme of resurrection, the frequent text/info pages, and the overall quality of the work. Gillen has brilliantly recognised that in order to write a book about the Eternals for an audience who are largely ignorant as to who and what they are, a huge amount of world building needs to be done very quickly. I honestly have no idea how much of it was pre-existing and how much has been added by Gillen, but the text pages do a brilliant job of making the world of the Eternals not only feel rich and interesting, but they also make it incredibly accessible.