War of Kings: Who Will Rule? #1
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War of Kings: Who Will Rule? #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Paul Pelletier Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 10, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 3
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  • 9.2
    IGN - Daniel Crown Sep 10, 2009

    In the end, War of Kings is not only an adept homage to the greatest science-fiction serials of a bygone era, but also a shining example of how to update said genre with the complex morality riddles that play so well amongst modern sensibilities. As it is, Abnett and Lanning have transformed Marvel's cosmic niche into one of the most cerebrally engaging, viscerally entertaining franchises in the entirety of the comic book industry. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Sep 11, 2009

    This issue is another fine example of the strength of Marvel's cosmic books, which have flourished under the writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. There are some glaring issues, most notable the predictability of the issue and the uncharacteristically weak art by Paul Pelletier. However, ti is a nice kickoff to the next saga for this end of the Marvel Universe and a good exploration of Crystal and Gladiatorthe most interesting characters coming out of the original War of Kings miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 10, 2009

    This issue could easily have been "War of Kings" #7, but is not a necessary read to comprehend the landscape of the Marvel cosmos from this point forward. The story of the new Shi'Ar Majestor is sure to be told in future issues of various titles, but here is where Abnett, Lanning, and Pelletier are afforded the opportunity to put a bow on the "War of Kings" story. The Marvel Universe has changed forever. How those changes affect the greater universe beyond the titles Abnett and Lanning handle remains to be seen. There are plenty of story leads to be picked up on from here. Thankfully, it appears as though Abnett and Lanning will be picking up some of those threads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Oct 8, 2009

    Going into this comic I was desperately hoping Gladiator wasn't going to become the Majestor of the Shi'ar, but this issue was so well written that I didn't mind when Gladiator finally embraced his destiny. I still hate the Inhumans, there's nothing that can change that. Sorry, but a space-faring monarchy just annoys the hell out of me... If the Inhumans are so advanced, why would they continue such an antiquated form of government? The ending set the right tone, with Talon and the Magus being set-up as the duel threats down the road. Read Full Review

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