This phrase has been used a whole lot this year, but the Marvel Universe as we know it is about to change. By the time the year is done, there will have been ‘Age of Ultron’, ‘Battle of the Atom’, and ‘Infinity’. But before 2013 comes to a close, there will be one more epic event plaguing the Marvel Universe that will change it like never before.

A new storyline titled ‘Inhumanity’ will spin out from the events of Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Infinity’ intergalactic crossover beginning next month. Then, starting in December, this new event will see the Terrigen Mists get released throughout the Earth which will effectively awaken a whole new group of super-powered beings. At the center of this whole event will be a brand new on-going title called ‘Inhuman’ starring the Inhuman Royal Family from all-star writer Matt Fraction, writer of by far the best new series of the year, ‘Hawkeye’. After all, where there are Terrigen Mists, Black Bolt, Medusa, Lockjaw, and the whole gang can’t be too far behind.

In describing what readers can expect from this new series, Fraction says that at the core, this series will be a throwback to vintage Marvel:

“Our focus characters are drawn into the palace intrigue of this shattered Inhumans Royal family. It becomes a superhero story and a mythical story, all revolving around turning the world into a world full of superheroes. It’s giving us a chance to get back to a classic Marvel metaphor of alienation. We’re telling science-fiction stories, but really it’s about race, gender, sexual equality. It’s a very relevant, pertinent metaphor.”

Fraction goes on to say that the Inhuman society will turn into something reminiscent of the popular HBO fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’, because as more people emerge as children of Attilan, then factions of Inhumans will begin to pop up instead of whatever system was in place before:

“The ashes of this royal family smolder. You see who lives, who dies, who’s left, and how they begin to try and rebuild. Once this city falls, all kinds of bigger things start happening.”

Finally, to go with the announcement of this new series, a new image from Steve McNiven and Justin Ponsor was released featuring some of the usual suspects like Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow alongside the Silver Surfer, the Winter Soldier, the newly introduced Angela, and the Falcon. Additionally, we have a few surprises like Wolverine’s new costume and Yondu Udonta, an original member of the Guardians of the Galaxy that will appear in James Gunn’s upcoming film and will be portrayed by ‘The Walking Dead’ star Michael Rooker. You can check out the image below:

After looking at the picture, you may notice that I purposely left two things out that would strike a Marvel reader as peculiar. First of all, Nightcrawler has been dead for quite some time, but everyone knows that very few characters stay dead in comic books, so does this mean that a return of the fan favorite X-Man is on the horizon? And speaking of returns, Spider-Man is shown here in his ‘Amazing’ costume rather than his new ‘Superior’ suit. Does that mean that Peter Parker is back in the driver’s seat of his body? Both are very good questions that I’m very excited to find the answers to in this post-‘Infinity’ story.

What do you think about the Inhumans getting the spotlight in ‘Inhumanity’? Are excited to see Matt Fraction take on another series? And what are your reactions to the promotional image accompanying the announcement of ‘Inhuman’? Share all your thoughts and theories in the comments.


Source: Entertainment Weekly