Graphic Novel Review 249/365: Karnak

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Nothing matters.  We are all meaningless.  I have been affected by Karnak.

Title: Karnak

Author(s): Warren Ellis, Gerardo Zaffino, Roland Boschi, and Dan Brown

Publisher: Marvel Comics (2016)

Age Rating: 17+

I’m willing to bet that unless you are diving head-first into the medium, Karnak might be a character you know nothing about, and that’s OK because until recently, neither did I.  he’s an Inhuman, which might be foreign to you as well.  We are used to Avengers, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, but the Inhumans are not as popular.  Maybe they should be…

Karnak is a dope character.  Magister Karnak of the Tower of Wisdom has the ability to exploit a weakness in something to the point of bringing its destruction if he wishes, and that includes objects, people, and ideas.  He does not smile.  He does not believe that anyone is special.  He believes in meditation and nothingness.

In this trade, S.H.I.E.L.D. needs some help rescuing an abducted Inhuman boy from a group of crazies that have claimed him, so we get to see Karnak in action.  Brilliantly written by the ever-talented Warren Ellis, Karnak is a thinker.  This is one of the more cerebral hero books that I have read over the course of the 365.  Heck, maybe ever.  Karnak is an interesting character with rich thought processes and unique dialogue.  And the art ain’t too shabby either!  As you might be able to assume, the art is fairly dark with mostly clean lines, but it also switches into shadowy/sketchy drawings when it needs to in order to change the tone/mood.\ based on Karnak’s path.

This is a unique one for those of us tired of the typical hero books.  If you rage against the Avengers and look for hero books that break the mold, here you go.

Happy reading!

Eric

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