Eternals #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 6, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 56
8.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.
What's the point of an eternal battle?
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we'd be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.
But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they - or anyone on Earth - survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Rated T+

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jan 12, 2021

    The god-like Eternals walk among us once again. But not without their fair share of new troubles. There's the reawakening of the mischievous and mysterious Eternal, Sprite, as well as the murder of their leader, Zuras. Quite the first day back in business for our hero Ikaras. Gillen, Ribi and Wilson deliver a comic book that's epic in scale and ambition. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 1, 2021

    Eternals #1 is a fresh new path for the titular cosmic beings, and a perfect way to introduce them to readers old and new ahead of their film debut. With the appearance of a popular Marvel villain at issue's end, it looks like the Eternals will begin to carve out their new place in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 1, 2021

    Eternals #1 clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the relaunched X-Men. The inclusion of info dump pages and the tone itself feels very inline of that entire line of comics. That's not a bad thing because it works and works REALLY well. Eternals #1 is a highly anticipated comic for 2021 launching the year and if this is any indication of what we can expect for the year, it's going to be a very good one. The comic sets a high bar for what follows in its path and easily meets the expectations for this debut. It's a must get and a great way to start the new year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jan 6, 2021

    Eternals #1 is a perfect reintroduction for a property that hasn't exactly been a household name over the years. Gillen does an outstanding job of melding the familiar and the new while also giving new readers an in for the whole thing. He takes a complicated concept and streamlines it without sacrificing any of the things that make it special. Ribic's pencils are lovely and fit the book, bringing it all to life. Eternals #1 is the perfect first issue, giving familiar readers what they need and not leaving out new ones. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 5, 2021

    For a book essentially about gods you want the art to look epic and grandiose. In that regard, Esad Ribic rises to the task brilliantly with powerful characters existing in grand halls, machines and environments. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jan 7, 2021

    Final Verdict: 9.5 " “Eternals” #1 masterfully ressurects a dormant Marvel franchise bursting with potential. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 1, 2021

    After going in cold with very little knowledge of the ETERNALS, Gillen strategically guides readers with only the information required to survive this immediate issue. Diehard fans will already know all they need but newer fans, like myself, may have to dig a bit deeper to gain more knowledge on the characters involved. However, thats not a bad thing. Plus, Im assuming this is part of Gillens intent to attract more mystery and intrigue into the narrative. And readers, it works masterfully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Weird Science Jim Jan 7, 2021

    Eternals #1 has a simple story to kick off the series that manages to fill in a ton of blanks for new readers in an engaging and natural way. I like the art, the style, the tone, and the weirdly cosmic direction thats a refreshing break from the standard Marvel books out these days.If you can unsee Steve Buscemi as an immortal 12-year-old girl and you like weird, trippy sci fi, youll like this issue a lot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Justin Harrison Jan 1, 2021

    Eternals #1 builds on the work that has come before it while setting its own stage. And thus far, the stage commands attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Jan 8, 2021

    Lastly, purpose. Now that the Eternals have no clear cut celestial purpose, where do they go from here? In the ‘Never Die, Never Win' edition of this book, Gillen says he wants to honor the past while pushing the Eternals into the 21st century. Safe to say he's off to one hell of a start with Eternals #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 8, 2021

    The art is excellent and there's a lot of promise, so I'm going to hang with this one for a while. It's not Kirby - what is? - but it's a well thought-out take on the series, and it has potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Rob Stryczek Jan 1, 2021

    Eternals is an enticing first issue that opens the door to a new era for this cosmic family. We get a very suspenseful glimpse into what is to come through what they discover. Ill be looking forward to what this prominent creative team has planned. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Jan 6, 2021

    I think going into this, I didn't have that high of hopes but I enjoyed this a lot and plan on continuing the adventure of the Eternals. I think if Marvel can keep this creative team on the book, it's going to help with keeping readers interested in the Eternals. I'm sure the upcoming movie will help, too, but in the pages of the comics is where the work needs to be done and Gillen and Ribi are the right team for it. This book has way too many variants but that should also mean it's an easy book for potential readers to find a copy of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 6, 2021

    Eternals #1 is not just a fresh start for the creative team and for potential readers, but also for the Eternals themselves to define who they are. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chrys Terlizzi Jan 7, 2021

    Eternals #1 opens up what promises to be a surprisingly funny, yet epic, mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jan 7, 2021

    It's an intriguing new start for readers new and old, alike and, at the very least, it's evident this creative team is setting out to establish a definitive take for one of Marvel's biggest unproven ideas. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - AJ O. Mason Jan 4, 2021

    ETERNALS #1 introduces new readers to the backstory and world of the Eternals effectively, while also keeping things fresh for the hardcore fans with a light, humoristic take on the god-like characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jan 8, 2021

    All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again. Again ... Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comics Bookcase - Jacob Cordas Jan 6, 2021

    Eternals #1 tries to create an epic from discarded corners of the Marvel Universe, and It succeeds when the creative team is allowed to tell the story they want without having to emulate charts from Marvels other recent reimagining. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Jan 7, 2021

    I would recommend this to the more hard core fans of Marvel or someone who wants a different type of story than the normal superheroes. They are specifically not costumed fighters and this looks like it is going to go in a different direction. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 6, 2021

    I really wanted to like the Eternals #1. With this strong creative team, I was hoping to get a little insight into characters I knew next to nothing about. This issue did not help with any of that. The story did not connect you with the Eternals or the characters. It kind of just told me why I should care about them and why they are so important, but it didn't make me feel that way. It was basically just a slog to get through. The art didn't fare much better. While the large scoping shots are fantastic, the smaller, more intimate panels and pages are muddled. The lettering color choice also just made for an overall frustrating read. Read Full Review

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