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Matt McGloin

Review: Chaos War: Chaos King


CHAOS WAR: CHAOS KING #1 PREVIEW Writer: Brandon Montclare Artist: Michael Wm. Kaluta Colors, Chapter 1: Brad Anderson Colors, Chapter 2: Nathan Eyring Colors, Chapter 3: Jim Charalampidis Letters: Jared K. Fletcher Publisher: Marvel Release Date: November 17th, 2010   With this Chaos War tie-in, we are given insights as to Mikaboshi Amatsu's motivations for returning the universe to the time before everything, framed by three different chapters with each concluding in a similar fashion. Chaos War: Chaos King is a very well-written book with exceptional art rooted in deep philosophical thoughts, ideas and debate. Writer Brandon Montclare, a former comic book editor in his own right, masterfully uses each setting to expound upon the reasoning as to why the Chaos King does what he does. With each setting, we are given an individual character to confront the Chaos King's own beliefs with both going back and forth to support their particular reasoning. The penetrating understanding Montclare provides is matched by artist Michael Wm. Kaluta's profound detail with colorists Brad Anderson, Nathan Eyring and Jim Charlampidis giving us the different feel that comes with each chapter. Much as the Chaos King himself has done, this creative team went above and beyond the norm giving us a solid one-shot prelude to Chaos War. The first chapter sees the Chaos King consuming the gods of Zenn-La and the homeworld of Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer! We are introduced to Thrann, Saint of Science, as he desperately tries to counter the Chaos King. Comparisons are made to the time when Galactus came to destroy with the Chaos King seemingly mocking the strength -- or lack thereof -- of the Devourer of Worlds and his Herald. One man was all it took to become the saving grace with Thrann attempting to duplicate that feat only to come up short. Kaluta and Anderson give us page after page of gorgeous interiors combining Zenn-La's advanced technology with their altruistic philosophy and nature. With the second chapter, the mood and setting are a bit more uplifting as the Impossible Man makes his presence -- or better yet, presences -- known! As the Fantastic Four encounter various green versions of Hollywood's most iconic horror monsters, a darkness sweeps the land, one that the Impossible Man instantly recognizes to be chaos. While the pages by Kaluta and Eyring bring about a more playful and humorous tone, the Impossible Man's encounter with the Chaos King is far from that and more comparable to the horrific monsters he mimicked as he reaches a most unsettling demise. As the jestful imp mistakenly saw a kindred spirit in chaos, the Chaos King saw only that which preceded chaos: nothing. The third and final chapter is set in the depths of Hell itself where the Father of Pride berates the Void that predates existence over matters of choice, free will, law and allegiances. We are witness to Hell itself unfolding at the might of the Chaos King as the ruler of the underworld is forced to finally bow down. While Satan argues about the natural order of things, Mikaboshi simply states his reasoning is to return to a time before that when everything was simpler, a time with no pain -- and no choice. The likes of Hellstorm, Hela and even the Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider, are no match for these minions of anarchy. We are witness to a double page spread from Kaluta and Charlampidis of the final battle between demon and devil. Stunning! While Montclare gives us three separate tales of tragedy, a common thread is woven among them which comes together in the final page of the book -- that being hope. With Thrann literally in hand, the Chaos King boasts about his prowess as he leaves Hell and heads for Earth. As we see the likes of Earth's mightiest heroes, the Saint of Science points out to the Chaos King who he now has to defeat.