This is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the Earth from whatever various threats, from both without and within. These beings were mistaken for gods by primitive mankind throughout the history of civilization, and were the foundation for many of our myths. They once raged a war against a race of beings known as “The Deviants”. Some time after that… something mysterious happened, and now only one of the Eternals, Ike Harris, remembers anything about their near-million-year history.
I now know that The Eternals was a new series created for Marvel by Jack Kirby in his Craziness-In-Space 70s phase. It ran for about 20 issues, and is reasonably well regarded. Certainly, it looked pretty. The characters were folded into the Marvel Universe, and some were used from time-to-time over the next 30 or so years. Looking for something exciting to work on after the success of 1602, Marvel and Gaiman hooked up once again, and re-introduced the Eternals.
I recently stumbled across a Blu-Ray copy of an amazing cinematic indulgence, Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 cult classic, Highlander. Starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as members of a race of Immortals that are undetectable to the rest of us normal schlubs. They hide amongst us, secretly playing The Game, a swordfight to decapitation, the only way that they might die. The Game rages on for centuries until the time of The Gathering, a time and place where the final few Immortals will be drawn to finish The Game and compete for The Prize.
In the end, there can be only one.
Obviously, if you judge from this establishing paragraph, this review is going to contain a lot of italics.