Eternals: The Heretic #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Ryan Bodenheim Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 16, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 26
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Thanos is now ruler of the Eternals! But believe it or not...he's actually not the worst leader that the Eternals' society has ever seen. No, that honor belongs to someone even more horrific. Thanos is evil, yes, but who was the original evil from whom all Eternal evils descend? Meet Uranos, the Undying. And may the Celestials have mercy on your souls.
Rated T+

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 24, 2022

    Eternals: The Heretic #1 presents another chapter in Gillens unfolding Eternals saga, and its a doozy. Uranos is a great character, and it will be interesting to see how hell play into the future of the main book. Bodenheim and Salazars art beautifully brings the whole thing to life and gives readers another reason to miss Bodenheim. This comic has it all. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geek'd Out - Muriel Truax Mar 16, 2022

    The strength of this comic is its dialogue, which contains world and character building content. The artwork and panels are easy to follow, and I especially appreciate the panels detailing the hierarchy of the Eternals, their roles and relationship to the Machine and the Principles, and a brief timeline of the cosmos (limited to the purposes of the story, of course). What is particularly interesting about this issue is that is expounds on Thanos rationale for his obsession with death by having him talk to an ancestor who shares that obsession. Uranos theses on the Principles provides a detailed explanation of his motivation for omni-genocide and works within the context of the Eternals universe. I always appreciate comics that have a striking mythological bent, which is what draws me to Eternals comics and leads me to recommend The Heretic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 16, 2022

    Bodeheim and Salazar deliver some awesome visuals in this issue. The art is evocative and perfectly captures the dark tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 14, 2022

    Eternals: The Heretic #1 is not only a good Eternals story, but a good Thanos story. Gillen continues to impress by showing us new layers of the proverbial onion that is decades-old characters. To continue the metaphor, Gillen is an expert at plucking boiling onions from the stew and adding additional flavor for future creators to further explore and invent. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 21, 2022

    "Eternals: The Heretic #1 enriches the main story with additional context and vivid art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Mar 16, 2022

    Kieron Gillen continues world building the Eternals world, by giving these rarely mentioned characters a face, and a personality, and giving them a chance to be used further down the road. Unfortunately the book doesnt add anything substantial to the overall plot of the main book. Ryan Bodenheims art here is transcendent and its so sad that hell never be able to blossom into the superstar he could have been. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Mar 16, 2022

    In the grand scheme of things, a comic like The Heretic fits in perfectly with what Gillen and Esad Ribic have built with the main title, but not so much on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Mar 19, 2022

    Eternals: The Heretic #1 shows a depth of character through a single conversation between two major villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Mar 16, 2022

    Fascinating if not a bit slow, Eternals: The Heretic #1 treats us to cosmic philosophizing and some Kirby-style grandiose comic storytelling, making for a truly great one-shot story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Mar 14, 2022

    Eternals: The Heretic #1reveals the secret history of Thanos' grandfather Uranos, and it turns out that he's an even more frightening figure than the Mad Titan. If you've been reading Gillen and Esad Ribic'sEternals, this is definitely the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - StoryBabbler Mar 16, 2022

    Final Thoughts:Eternals: The Heretic #1 tries very hard to sell Uranos as a villain worse than Thanos but comes up short. From his design to his personality and power set, Uranos doesn't really stand out that much as a memorable character. However, Uranos' backstory and contribution to the main series do fit within Kieron Gillen's worldbuilding for the Eternals. Also, the art by Ryan Bodenheim does a fine job depicting Uranos and the ancient Eternal civilization. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Mar 21, 2022

    Worth a look if you are a fan of Thanos and want to see him get his own story. Read Full Review

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