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For the film, see Eternals

  • Complete Monster: Ghaur, debuting in Vol. 2, is the Priestlord of the Deviants and their de facto ruler. A powerful Deviant who loathes the Eternals, Ghaur attempts to harvest the power of the Celestials to ravage the world and annihilate all Eternals. Defeated, Ghaur abandons the Deviants to embrace the faith of Set and attempts to destroy all Atlantis as a sacrifice for Set, offering heroines for Set to violate and manifest through to consume the world. To hide the fact he has a human-seeming daughter, Ghaur is willing to start a war with Wakanda, killing millions just to ensure the girl dies in the process.

The original 1976 Kirby series

  • Hard-to-Adapt Work: Though the Eternals have never been a major focus of Marvel, with only a handful of short-lived, loosely connected series to their name, there is a lot of lore behind them dating back to the Jack Kirby days, which can make it difficult for new readers (or even seasoned readers) to understand, and is likely why Marvel has so rarely promoted or pushed them in the first place until they made the jump into the MCU.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In # Margo declares she'd rather die then join the Deviants, in Vol 2 she falls under the mental control of the Deviant Priestlord Ghaur whose minions use a machine to alter her appearance as part of a plot to manipulate Ikaris but she dies in the process.

The Eternal

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Almost nobody was clamouring for a revival of the Eternals, and those who were probably weren't thrilled to see Chuck Austen reinvent the series as a story about a bunch of horny assholes turning the human race into their slaves.
  • Complete Monster: Kurassus is the deranged second-in-command of the Eternal army, and sticks out as vile even when competing with The Celestials. A sexual sadist who happily follows the Celestials' plans in wiping out entire planets of species, Kurassus takes numerous females of whatever species he is currently annihilating to rape and brutally torture to death, invoking revulsion from most of the other Eternals. Expressing nothing but disgust and hatred for every species that isn't himself, Kurassus begins brutally murdering any of the Eternals who try to make their lovers have equal intelligence as themselves, in one notable case killing one Eternal's lover in front of him just to torment him. After nearly being killed by the leader of the Eternals, Ikaeden, Kurassus unleashes dozens of abominable aliens to slaughter any Eternals loyal to Ikaeden, while Kurassus himself severely damages the frontal lobe of Ikaeden's lover, Jeska, reducing her to a superstitious wreck terrified of all Eternals. Even when beaten by Ikaeden, Kurassus continues to taunt him about his lover's condition and dies while cursing him and the rest of his kind for all eternity. Serving as an Expy of Satan himself, Kurassus's sadistic and warmongering personality made him the worst of the Eternals by a considerable margin.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: Almost nobody in the miniseries elicits any sympathy, violence is rampant, there is tons of sex with dubious consent, and there's a Downer Ending.