If you're not very familiar with the superpowered segment of the Marvel roster known as Inhumans, you're going to have plenty of opportunities to brush up in the months and years to come. The Inhumans and the Terrigen Mist that activiates their powers were just introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe via Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced back in October that an Inhumans film will hit theaters in 2018, which could lead to multiple spinoff franchises for the characters that make up the race.
In the Marvel Comics Universe, the Inhumans are experiencing a period of upheaval after their home city, Attilan, was destroyed at the end of the 2013 Infinity event. The Inhuman Royal Family is recovering, a New Attilan has been established under Inhuman Queen Medusa, and a Terragenesis Bomb has released mist across the world, activating the dormant genes of new Inhumans, including the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. Most of the Inhuman adventures in the Marvel Universe for the past several months have been chronicled in the comic Inhuman by the current team of writer Charles Soule and artist Pepe Larraz. Now Soule and artist Steve McNiven, who worked together on Marvel's recent Death of Wolverine event, are expanding the Inhuman story with a new book, The Uncanny Inhumans.
The series will launch with a zero issue in April, and will focus on Black Bolt, the King of the Inhumans, who's been thought dead by almost everyone in the Marvel Universe, including his fellow Inhumans, for some time. Though there will be some crossover between Uncanny Inhumans and Inhuman, Soule promises that you don't have to read both books to get the full picture, and that Uncanny will be more of a "street-level" view of the Inhuman struggle.
"Well, if Inhuman is the big, royal-level story focused on the various Inhuman factions and their struggle for control over the Inhuman 'nation,' then Uncanny Inhumans will take more of a street-level approach, looking at some of the battles being fought on the ground, so to speak," Soule said. "It won't be quite so focused on New Attilan and the struggles related to it. Maybe more of a global view."
Though he didn't reveal too many plot details about the book, Soule did note that the first story will feature Black Bolt and his son Ahura facing off against a classic Avengers foe.
"The villain for the first story is Kang the Conqueror! I don't want to get into the story too much at this point, but it also involves Black Bolt and Ahura (his son with Medusa, who has been missing since the events of Jonathan Hickman's Infinity event from 2013.) The story will involve a very cool mix of Inhumans old and new, but giving you too many details will spoil who survives the events of the coming months in Inhuman. As you might expect with Kang, you'll get some time travel, and as the Inhumans have been present on earth for more than twenty thousand years, I think that's a pretty exciting prospect."
Soule also addressed the use of the word "uncanny" in the title of the comic. Previously, the word's pretty much only been used by Marvel for X-Men comics or titles that prominently feature mutants (like Uncanny Avengers), and given that Marvel Studios seems poised to use the Inhumans in ways that they might otherwise have used the X-Men on the big screen, its an interesting title. According to Soule, though, it's just a word in this case.
I wouldn't read too much more into it than that - uncanny just means strange, really, or unexpected. I think the Inhumans are certainly that.
So, if you've been looking for an excuse to get to know Black Bolt -- who will very likely be a main character in that 2018 Inhumans flick -- but you weren't sure where to start, Uncanny Inhumans sounds like a pretty solid jumping-on point. What do you think? Will it be on your pull list?