With ‘Inhuman’ already having been pushed from a January 2014 release back to April, things haven’t been looking good for the title. In another surprise announcement, Marvel has stated that its writer, Matt Fraction, is now going to be replaced by Charles Soule. Soule will be working with lead artist Joe Madureira (‘Avenging Spider-Man’, ‘Uncanny X-Men’) to bring the tale of ‘Inhuman’ to light, which is one of the major fallout’s from the fall of Attilan and the release of Black Bolt’s Terrigen Bomb during the recent ‘Infinity’ story arc. No news on why Faction is off the title, but with the huge initial delay and the lead artist still on the series there appears to be a disconnect somewhere on the writing side.
Talking about being able to work on ‘Inhuman’, Soule mentioned that “Years ago, young(er) Charles made up a list of Marvel characters that would be a blast to someday write – my Marvel Dream Team, basically – and the Inhumans were on that list. So getting an opportunity to work with those awesome, strange, classic characters, as well as to expand the existing mythology into cool new places is pretty extraordinary. INFINITY and INHUMANITY work as amazing springboards to new stories and new characters, and I cannot wait to create them!”
Here’s a brief synopsis if you’re not familiar with who the Inhumans are in the Marvel universe:
After the fall of the Inhuman City Attilan and the explosion of the Terrigen Bomb, thousands of people across the globe with no connection to the strange super race have transformed into Inhumans! The transformations have given them powers that are dangerous and terrifying, making them targets. With Inhuman king Black Bolt believed dead, is there anyone for these new Inhumans to turn to?
With the focus of ‘Inhuman’ being on the new members of the species, I suspect we’ll be seeing quite a few familiar faces of the elder Inhumans popping up as a tie-in for the readers who know quite about them. It still leaves us many questions. Who are the new Inhumans that will stand out and matter? Will they be friend or foe to humanity? Who will lead them? Where will they live? Will those who still appear human attempt to blend in as mutants have for years and will they be treated in the same manner as the mutants? With the variant cover of the first issue portraying Medusa I suspect we’ll be seeing at least a little of the Inhuman Royal Family still popping up.
Marvel’s Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso, is very excited about having Soule on the project as he said that “As soon as I read Charles’ first Thunderbolts script, I knew he was going to be a star. His pitch for She-Hulk proved that he thought big and would bring a lot to the world-building of Inhuman.”
The world-building cited here is key as Marvel is ever increasing their push on bringing the Inhumans to having a bigger role on the Marvel Universe. Some suspect due to their inability to bring mutants ot the big screen that they want to push Inhumans to the same level of popularity in order to include them down the line.
Are you excited for ‘Inhuman’ even with the delay? How do you feel they’ll end up being treated in comparison to the mutant population? Does the writing change worry you at all on the direction of the book? Sound of below true believers!