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War of Kings

(War of Kings (Collected Editions) #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  764 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
The complete War of Kings epic in one colossal collection! In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Black Bolt has led the Inhumans on a shockingly savage path to restore their strength and security. But that path has brought them into direct confrontation with the Shi'Ar Empire - and their mad ruler Vulcan! Who will get in the first strike? Who will fall on the bloody bat ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 496 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Marvel
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Mission: catch up on the last decade's worth of Inhumans. Reason: Inhumans are the new "mutants" of the MCU. Challenge: wade through some of the most tedious, second-rate, forgettable stories of the Marvel Universe that I've studiously avoided like a bad STD since getting back into Marvel comics. Round three: the War Of Kings event.

(This is only a review of the main War of Kings book. No way in *hell* anyone gonna trick me into reading the rest of the derivative third-rate drivel they padded th
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Black Bolt has become King of the Kree and finds himself at war with Vulcan and The Shi'ar Empire.

The wow factor is there with cool visuals, space battles, and explosions, but it was lacking heart. I couldn't find myself overly concerned with the events or outcomes overall. I was more torn up seeing Gladiator deal with his feelings than anything else that happened in War of Kings. Perhaps that's part of the issue with the Inhumans for some people. I don't find myself overly concerned with what h
Paul E. Morph
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as Marvel's 'events' go, I really enjoyed this one. I'm currently doing a chronological read-through of all Marvel's (relatively) recent cosmic books (I've read quite a bit of it before but not in order and all in one go) and it's made me realise how much more cohesive their cosmic events are than the Earthbound ones.

This reads like one consistent story-line, rather than a bunch of sub-stories cobbled together with spit and twine, even when you factor in some of the crossovers. This is pr
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My knowledge of Cosmic Marvel is limited, but I have read DnA (Dan Abnett and Alex Lanning) Guardians of the Galaxy. There's also some helpful info in the back of this book, like they used to do in old school books. The 2 have been working together for over 2 decades, mostly in the cosmic world, and it shows. They work very well together.

So it helps to have some context, and I can say I wasn't entirely lost, thanks in part to X-Men books, the X-Men cartoon in the 90s, and some GotG stuff.

This is
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Abnett & Lanning... these guys always put out a quality product, and their latest cosmic super-adventure is right up there. With Paul Pelletier's clean and dynamic art, they paint a fast paced, high octane story of galactic war, letting the long languishing Inhumans take center stage in the classic galactic struggles between Kree, Skrull and Shi'ar.

This is a book steeped in Marvel tradition and continuity, and probably not all that interesting to non-comic geeks, but the pair of Dan and Andy
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I have never read anything about the Inhumans before, but they seem rather interesting in a what the hell is going on kind of way. Still, I did enjoy it and I want to see a lot more in the future.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Abnett and Lanning have done it again, telling a compelling story with Marvel's cosmic characters that rewards long-time fans while going in new directions. Like their previous work, this story isn't meant for brand-new readers, but anyone can enjoy the action and intrigue even without the sense of history. War of Kings follows from the Annihilation stories, Vulcan's rise to power, and Secret Invasion: Inhumans, and the more familiar a reader is with those tales, the richer this reading experien ...more
Gerry Sacco
Wasn’t bad but wasn’t great. Got a bit lost in itself and had too many side characters being focused on, and not enough Inhuman material. Art was outstanding though.
james cardelli
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I have never been into the "space" books or science fiction reading and I read A LOT of books. For some reason, The Annihilation books just reached out to me at the comic book store so I went ahead and tried Annihilation 1. I was hooked from page 1. War of Kings is a great TPB and I would suggest it to anyone. I know we all have our own tastes but if these books could sway me into the "space"/ science fiction genre then I believe it can sway others. One this I would suggest though. If you have n ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
War of Kings makes for a much more cohesive story that the previous space epics Marvel tried. And the main plotline--the War of Kings book itself--is quite solid. Good pacing, good plot, nice twists and turns. It's a lot of fun. 5/5.

But the stuff surrounding it ranges from just mediocre to actually bad:

First, the whole Darkhawk storyline, which plays an important and interesting role in the main story, is just bad. It's poorly written, retcon-heavy, and, while the main twist is pretty cool and p
Colby Pryor
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
What I cam away from War of Kings is how not to build a conflict between two families. I mean don't get me wrong, the book is well done, great story, great action, most of the characters are handled well. But as a writer I find that if I want to deal with war, to deal with royal families, and most importantly politics, I would read the A Song of Fire and Ice because that book handles the subject matter like how I would want to handle the subject matter. With War of Kings, at times it focuses too ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I wanted to read some Inhumans comics and found this one cheap. Lots of characters, lots of political intrigue, long-winded speeches and a bit of space action, but not much to hold on to. It was easy enough to follow, but as I wasn't very familiar with or interested in most of the characters, I just didn't care. The art is very pleasing and kinetic, but it couldn't save the book for me.
Ariel Molina
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Read with all tie-ins. It's a good atory overall, but reading it with all tie-ins slows down the story quite a bit, sometimes I was reading a certain series and wanted to continue reading the next issue, but the reading order told me I should go to another series first. While this generally leads to a better understanding of the storyline, and it's still the case in this event, specially in the beginning of the event with Havok fighting Vulcan.

That said, I believe the best parts were actually in
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Meh. It’s ok. I just didn’t find all the sound tech based on Black Bolts power as being that interesting. I mean what if Black Bolt died? Then how would all that tech work? And a flying city ship that can tear through anything because Black Bolt whispers into an oxygen mask? Yeah I guess. Its really a 2.5 but I am rounding up.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good space opera. I'd recommend trying to get the 4-part War of Kings: Ascension to read in conjunction so Darkhawk's story doesn't seem to come out of left field.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reprints Secret Invasion: War of Kings #1, War of Kings #1-6, War of Kings: Who Will Rule #1, and Marvel Spotlight: War of Kings #1 (March 2009-November 2009). The Skrull imposter has been killed and the real Black Bolt is back. He's taken Attilan and the Inhumans to space to face their creators the Kree. The Inhumans assume control of the Kree and betroth Crystal to Ronan the Accuser to join the two groups under the assumption that Inhumans will help jumpstart the Krees' genetics. Now a war has ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Очень и очень неплохой получилась эта книга. Начало очень скучное и затянутое, но дальше сюжет начинает набирать обороты и в какой то момент понимаешь, что безумно интересно узнать чем все закончится, такая тут прекрасная история. Она наполнена интересным действием, она действительно интересна, в ней нет никакого нелогичного и странного бреда и пафоса тоже не очень много. А еще очень сильно удивляет финал всей этой истории. Он невероятно прост и логичен и с самого начала знаешь чем все закончитс ...more
Scott Lee
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are as good as any writing team (or individual) working in comics right now. I was almost sad to finish this fantastic volume, as I'm not certain where I'll go for my DnA fix now!

This story, yet another in the sequence of major Marvel cosmic events that began with the Annihilation mini-series pits the Shi'ar under Emperor Vulcan against the Kree under the Inhuman royal family. The Guardians of the Galaxy are drawn in, as are the Starjammers, and the story spills over
Holden Attradies
This story line centering around the Inhumans has being incredibly captivating. I do kind of wish it was all just in a Inhumans series with continuing numbering instead of a new series with many tie ins ever six issues or so.

Any who, the story was incredibly well paced and had me turning page after page. It was also incredibly satisfying to see major changing to the marvel universe AND a few character deaths. Will these changes last and will said characters stay dead? Probably not. But at least
Neil McCrea
When you read enough material from a shared universe like Marvel a certain amount of momentum is built that will cause one to read storylines one would normally pass up solely to catch up with fondly remembered characters. War of Kings satisfies that requirement at least. Other than that it is guilty of all the flaws typical of giant crossovers (uneven art, uneven characterization, plot threads from other series that have only passing relevance to the story at hand, etc.), and it is guilty of ma ...more
Daniel Russo
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd been away from the Marvel Universe for a while, but seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy movie inspired me to have a look at Abnett and Lanning's run with the characters, and that in turn made me curious about what the Inhumans had been up to when they were offscreen in that series. (It can be devious how Marvel ropes you in with its crossovers sometimes) I ended up having a good time with this series, which for all of its epic scope manages to stay grounded in its characters. Ronan the Accuse ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading the Inhumans and Marvel's space opera stuff just gets better and better - Abnett's Guardians are always a treat and the way this volume treats massive, multi-system interplanetary war is VERY well done; epic scenes of terror and violence, then cutaways to aftermath and behind the scenes wrangling. The deaths that happen here smack of the impermanent, which is a little bit of a downer, and the Darkhawk stuff seems kind of shoehorned in there.

Made me want to see more of Rona
Jose Monarrez
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dejo muy buen sabor de boca este crossover, sin ser un fanático del universo galáctico de Marvel, pero en esta manejan muy bien como las cosas que pasan en la tierra, afectan de manera marginal al universo. frente a unos Skrull debilitados por la ultima guerra en la tierra (Secret War), los Shi'Ar intentan expandir sus dominios en el Universo, teniendo como rival a los Kree dirigidos por los Inhumans (que salieron de la tierra en búsqueda de un mejor futuro ). como todo buen crossover, este deja ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read for me.Basically Game of Thrones set in the Marvel cosmic universe.It has some awesome social commentary regarding the politics of war ,ruling, and the obligation of being born into and serving royalty.I also loved how even though the story involves many characters it's basically told through the eyes and thoughts of Crystal Amaquelin of the Inhumans. Her story shows the obligation of being a betrothed in an arranged royal marriage.The other half is told through Kallark als ...more
Mostly okay. I think a major problem is that the order of things never quite lines up when it comes to the tie-ins (luckily most of the "tie-ins" take place before the event, so I can't help but wonder why even include/write them? They don't change the story too much so who cares? The art on Crystal's storyline annoyed me. Her boobs are the most inhuman thing about the title.)

The main storyline is probably a 4 out of 5, with a star taken off for pacing. There is a war but wait, maybe it's just t
Nate Morse
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I am not a fan of this series. It seem like I entered in the middle of the story without knowing any of the characters, which I guess is partly true. I am not that familiar with the cosmic storylines in Marvel.

From what I gather of the story, there is a wacked out crazy emperor of some space kingdom and he invades this other space kingdom ruled by Inhumans. I still have no idea what the difference between an X-man and an Inhuman is, but I'm guessing it involves some sort of space thing. I reall
Ryan Viergutz
So I read half of this thing in a night.

I know pretty much squat about the Inhumans, one side of this galactic war, but that didn't matter. They got borked over, they're out for revenge, and they're in command.

At the same time the Shi'ar are led by an absolute crackpot Caligula king who looks like an original-series Star Trek Romulan which isn't surprising because he's so clearly inspired by, say, Caligula and mad Roman emperors. He's blisteringly insane and simply wants to KILL MURDER and conqu
Russell Wilcox
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Galactic Empires each must face off against the pissed off InHumans. And I couldn't get enough of it. The artwork was great and story arc was awesome, involving some of the greatest empires in the galaxy. Even the Guardian's of the Galaxy make an appearance. So, this arc has it all: SuperHeros, spurned love, and story turns. Full of surprises, I was engaged the entire time. I did not get to read this in the proper timeline (I have yet to read about the Skrull invasion), but I could keep up w ...more
Courtnee Howell
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll never be an Inhumans fan, but this book was good. But I expected it to be good because I liked the Abnett and Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy. Still, I liked being introduced to the Inhumans and their decision to take over the dying Kree empire. I even wanted to see what would happen with Crystal and Ronan the Destroyer's marriage. I'm actually sad that Abnett and Lanning didn't get to finish their Gaurdians of the Galaxy run, because I think it was all very well done and they definitely ha ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A successful big comic event. Abnett and Lanning do a good job with the pacing, having both sides experience advances and setbacks without the outcome seeming too preordained.

The Darkhawk stuff is a little odd, but the new concept seems to eventually fit in the Sh'iar mythos. Vulcan is a clear madman, but his power is evident as well. The creators do a good job extending the story to the political realm as well, evoking disrest and then chaos.

It's a big story where no one exactly wins--surprisi
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