First published 20 April 2018
Finally finished this run on Saturday and read ‘em today. The first 7 issues are a lot of fun and… trippy. The first few issues follow the pattern established in the movie. The monolith encounters a creature in the far past; it then encounters a character in a near-future setting and that character is evolved into a star child. The star child then moves on to other adventures. The themes continue, but the narrative loosens as the series progresses.
It’s impressive to me that Kirby was able to draw on the concepts of the Movie and the novel in non-trivial, substantive ways. I’m not generally a fan of Kirby as a writer. The Inhumans run in Amazing Adventures is a great example; it’s hard to overstate how much better those got after Thomas and Adams took over. But Kirby had clearly grown a lot as a writer over the intervening 6-7 years. These were spot on and much better than I’d expected.
Machine Man is introduced in issue 8 and the 2001 stuff fades into the background as the book shifts to a standard superhero narrative. Still good though. Overall, a fun read.