Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Review Round-Up: What The Critics Are Saying

Inhumans Comic Book TVThe first full reviews for the two-hour pilot of Marvel’s Inhumans have hit the web.

From the moment of the show’s conception, it seems as though Marvel’s Inhumans has seemingly faced an uphill battle against a troubled production, criticism towards the overall design of the characters and dismal numbers garnered from its IMAX release. With the embargo for critics lifted, it is evident that things are looking ever more unfavorable for the Attilan Royal Family as the series looks to be a low standard for the sprawling and otherwise successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You can check out a round-up of what the critics are saying below.

USA Today’s Kelly Lawler:

“The dialogue is stilted, the costumes are too literal, the sets are drab and the action scenes are poorly directed and hard to follow. Inhumans tries to do too many things at once: It emphasizes royal intrigue and the supernatural powers of its characters while simultaneously — and quite literally — bringing them down to Earth, when several members of the family escape the coup attempt by retreating to Hawaii.”

Variety’s Maureen Ryan:

“Even for those of us who review TV programs for a living, it’s difficult to capture the breadth, depth and scope of Inhumans’ awfulness (which had to have been terrible on a larger scale when the pilot was released in IMAX theatres weeks ago). The characters are somehow less than one-dimensional, the story is beyond predictable, and everything looks cheaper than a Doctor Who serial from 40 years ago.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg:

“In the second hour, again there are some lovely shots of green Hawaiian cliffs and blue ocean, but Inhumans becomes essentially a fish-out-of-water comedy with the royals down in Honolulu. Think Marvel’s Coming To America, but with an inconsistent sense of humorous intent. Not to harp on the music supervision here, but a scene trying on suits set to “Don’t Bring Me Down” is the low point in an episode that also abandons almost all of its effects, including poor shelved Lockjaw.”

Paste Magazine’s Amy Glynn:

“Regarding Marvel’s Inhumans, there are several somethings missing. One is good writing. Another is compelling characters. Editing? There’s a paucity of good editing. The costumes even look slapped together. The CG megadoggie has more personality than most of the (in)human characters, and I kinda saw Maximus (Iwan Rheon) as a good guy and I am pretty sure he’s supposed to be a villain. Brethren, when a character is played by Iwan Rheon and you aren’t sure if he’s good or bad, something is really not working.”

New York Times’s Mike Hale:

“The problems with Inhumans — whose showrunner, Scott Buck, also held that position on the first season of the much maligned Iron Fist — set in right away, with a clumsily directed jungle chase that looks like a game of laser tag in the Home Depot plant section. IMAX’s financial participation in the show was supposed to beef up its budget, but the pilot looks noticeably cheap.”

Collider’s Allison Keene:

“So far, the writing is bad, the editing is atrocious, the costuming looks cheap, and most of the acting is wooden. There are in-episode flashbacks to events that took place less than five minutes earlier, as if we would want to re-live any of it (or as if it’s our fault that things are so badly put together that we might not be following the story). And despite everyone else having an American accent, Rheon retains some of his Welsh lilt, which he told us at the TV Critics Press Tour earlier this summer was his attempt to sound a bit “Moon-ish.””

Los Angeles Time’s Robert Lloyd:

“This could be a recipe for something fun; but Inhumans doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. It tries for a joke now and again, but it is overall somnolent and solemn where it should crackle and kid; the oft-forgotten lesson of the original Star Wars, sometimes forgotten by later Star Wars, is that sci-fi is allowed to be dumb fun, and Inhumans could afford to push a little harder in that direction, to embrace the dumbness it already contains. It does seem to want to.”

Despite being panned by critics are you still excited to see the latest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and to weigh in on the conversation for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Iwan Rhoen as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran and Ellen Woglomas as Louise.

“After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.”

Marvel’s Inhumans premieres tomorrow night on ABC at 8pm ET.

New Comic Book Shows That Are Coming In 2017-2018

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Comic Book TVThe current TV season is pretty much done as several comic book and superhero TV shows have concluded their respective seasons. All the comic book shows that aired this year will be back for the new TV season with The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, iZombie, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, with ABC bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back for another season and FOX giving Gotham and Lucifer another go.

FX is also bringing back their new comic book TV hit series with Legion while AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead for new seasons, along with their new Vertigo hit Preacher. While the comic book TV landscape is already epic in scope, it’s only going to get bigger next year. The 2017-2018 television season is going to be one of the biggest seasons of all time for comic book adaptations for both DC and Marvel.

To make it a bit easier to keep up with what is coming out next season, we have put together a perfect guide of what new comic book shows are coming to the silver screen. The shows that we have listed are those that have officially been picked up to series and been guaranteed a slot for the 2017-2018 TV season, for both broadcast television, cable and streaming services.

Several of these new comic book shows, while picked up to series, are still in the process of casting their leads as well as getting official premiere dates set. Hit the NEXT button below and let’s go through all the new exciting comic book and superhero television shows that are coming from DC and Marvel.

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Michael Vassallo

Michael Vassallo

A freelance journalist since 2015 based out of Central Florida. Michael is a collector of vinyl records, comic books, a coffeephile and an overall nerd....