Eternals #1
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Eternals #1

Writer: Charles Knauf, Daniel Knauf Artist: Daniel Acuna Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 11, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

The Gods Walk the Earth! In ancient times, the Celestials, a race of cosmic giants, came to Earth and created a race of powerful immortal beings: The Eternals! For a time, primitive man worshiped them as gods, but eventually they disappeared. Now, they have returned! One of the Celestials now towers over Golden Gate Park, standing in judgment over the Earth...but does he bring the end of the world?

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 29, 2008

    The story did a good job of retelling details about the last mini-series so readers can start fresh. Knauf set up the conflict with Druig and another evil very well. Coming off after Neil Gaiman is a tough act to follow. And where the Knaufs divert with Gaiman is when they try to give the Dreaming Celestial a language at once alien and similar to a computing language in order to make us understand how Celestials communicate and view our world. It removes the dread we had about the Dreaming Celestial in the mini-series. We know hes not going to start rampaging through San Francisco. But it also lacks the evocative and poetic quality of the simple words used in Gaimans scripts. Still, the story is worth reading and the characters likable and intriguing enough for us to care more about them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Jun 8, 2008

    To answer your question if this book's worth picking up, I think so. Readers unfamiliar with The Eternals may still seem confused or lost despite the many recaps laden throughout the issue. There's nothing mindblowing at work here, either, but as a debut issue it's a solid story with a decent hook. This is not Jack Kirby's Eternals and because of that the story may not work for some people. But I'm quite alright with that. This is actually much better. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 15, 2008

    I enjoyed Eternals #1. I think that the Knaufs are laying a foundation for what should be a quality read. The Knaufs are excellent writers who craft comic books that are simply better written than most on the market. There may be titles that are more entertaining, but there are few that can rival the use of imagery and language that the Knaufs regularly serve up. I certainly think that the Knaufs have the necessary chops to handle Kirby's cosmic characters in the Eternals and the Celestials. Hopefully, the pacing will pick up and the Knaufs will deliver an issue that grabs the reader a bit more actively than this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Daniel Crown Jun 11, 2008

    With the New Gods popping up all over the DC Universe and the Eternals refusing to say die in the Marvel world, one would think that Jack Kirby's deity-based stories of the 1970s had garnered more than a small cult following- or for that matter hadn't been cancelled in the first place. Sadly, without the benefit of an A-list creator, I'm worried this volume of the Eternals will likely follow suit, as despite being a fairly solid read, the Knauf's take on the franchise doesn't do nearly enough to save it from its undeniably cursed existence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jun 10, 2008

    The Knaufs have a fascinating premise to work with -- space-god resistance fighters vs. even bigger space-anti-gods, against a backdrop of average American life -- but they need to avoid their tendency for the slow burn in "Eternals." With Acuna's considerable help, they have begun with a good first issue, but I'd like to see it move beyond mere exposition and set-up and into something worthy of Kirby's legacy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Jun 10, 2008

    I was really looking forward to this series. It had all the elements that should have been a no-brainer for me to love. Instead, I'm canceling it from my pull list immediately. Sure, I'll get stuck picking up the next issue or two, depending on how many orders are in that can't be adjusted, but I can't afford to keep paying for this one in the hopes that it picks up and starts to tell a story worth reading. There's nothing in the first issue to make me think that's going to happen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Aug 24, 2020

    Comicbookroundup is treating this series as though it's both the Neil Gaiman run and the Charles Knauf run. I'm reading the Neil Gaiman run, to be clear. As far as first issues go, there's a lot of subplots going on here. They all work surprisingly well and we do get a nice breakdown of what the Eternals are. I'm interested in seeing where this goes despite having little to no interest in the Eternals, generally. I read about half of this run back in the long, long ago but I've forgotten most of it. The art actually mostly works. I don't get to say that about JRJr often, so that's nice. I decided to read this because of the upcoming Eternals ongoing and I think it'd be a nice baseline whenever the movie comes out. And I can bet you this run more

  • 7.0
    Ryan Nov 29, 2021

    While being a direct sequel to Gaiman’s Eternals, after 1 issue, Knauf’s Eternals is already much different. Gaiman’s Eternals was cosmic and plot driven, while the characters fell flat. Knauf makes the mistake of making these dull characters the center of this comic rather than a potentially interesting plot, gone away with anything cosmic. While Acuna’s art isn’t bad it’s definitely a step down from Romita’s, and the pace of this issue is much much slower than any issue from Gaiman’s run

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