The future Maximus and Noh-Varr arrive at a Skyspear while something is happening to Flint in the present. Medusa and Gorgon's relationship develops, and present Maximus explains the Prima Materia to his fellow Inhumans.
At long last, the Inhuman Royal Family arrives at the home of the Progenitors, the World Farm.
Royals is a book that has struggled to get me excited, but I've stuck with it for curiosity's sake. It's begun to interest me more and more in recent issues, but, even then, it didn't really have me grabbed.
This issue changed that.
Royals #9 is awesome.
It feels like this is the story that writer Al Ewing really wanted to tell, and everything before this was an extended prologue intended to build up to this and explain some new aspects of the Inhuman lore.
That doesn't excuse those prior issues, mind you, and it doesn't retroactively make the other issues better. However, I was fully engaged in reading this issue, and I was genuinely interested in what was going to happen next.
Even the unexpected and not entirely wanted coupling of Medusa and Gorgon was done well. You can kinda get why they have bonded and what they have in common. It does have a couple of gratuitous ass-shots of Medusa, but it was a good moment outside of that.
Flint finally gets some more spotlight, and you begin to understand what Ewing wants to do with him and why he is a part of this team where the likes of Iso and Inferno were left on Earth. Ewing has plans for this character, and it will be interesting to see where this goes.
Javier Rodriguez, who did the flashback art in the prior issue, takes over the art for the entire issue this time. While another artist shift is a little frustrating, Rodriguez does amazing work in this issue. From the expression of the characters, to the depiction of the Progenitors and the astonishing design of the World Farm, his art is damn good.
Jordie Bellaire brings something of a pastel motif to this issue, which adds to the cosmic quirkiness of a book like Royals. It's fitting and a welcome take on the Inhumans.
Ewing and company have really nailed it with this issue of Royals. It was genuinely enjoyable and compelling. Hopefully, they can keep it up from here. Nine issues in, and I'm fully on-board. Give it a read.