The Eternals Challenge

I am issuing an open challenge to everyone who reads this blog (which thankfully is a relatively low number in case this backfires):

Eternals 1Go out to your local comic shop. Buy Eternals #1 and Eternals #2. Read them and enjoy them. If you don’t like them, send them to me and I’ll send you a check for $7.98.

It’s that good. However, in the midst of a deluge of new DC titles with high-profile creative teams on top-tier characters and Marvel’s Civil War and it’s thousands of crossover, Eternals isn’t getting the credit it deserves. Eternals is quite simply one of the best series I’ve read in recent memory.

I know what your thinking…the Eternals? You’ve probably never even read a story with the Eternals in it, or even read a story that mentioned them. That’s the same thing I thought when I heard Neil Gaiman was going to write a new series featuring Jack Kirby’s last creations at Marvel. Okay, so they mentioned them in the Earth X trilogy, albeit very briefly, but I certainly didn’t know anything about them. Other than the fact that Sersi is one and Cannonball used to think he was one, I knew absolutely nothing about the Eternals. Thing is, you don’t need to. Gaiman gives you all the backstory you need to know in the first issue, and there’s surprisingly little of it.

Eternals 1aOh, and did I mention Neil Gaiman is writing it? And John Romita Jr. is drawing it? Romita’s at the top of his game here, and Neil Gaiman always shines. And did I mention the first issue was by far the best book to come out the week it was released? That’s no small feat, considering Ex Machina, Justice, Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 2 and Fallen Angel all came out the same week.

So what’s stopping you? Go out and buy Eternals. The second issue just came out on Wednesday. So take The Eternals Challenge. Doom DeLuise and Colonel Doom already did. You want to be cool like them, right? So do it!