Back in 2013, Marvel Comics revealed that there would be a new emphasis on the Inhumans where the ‘Inhumanity’ event would see the birth of new members of this race, including the all-new Ms. Marvel and the cast of Charles Soule and Joe Madureira’s ‘Inhuman.’ Then when Marvel Studios’ Phase Three was announced, it was revealed that the ancient race would be debuting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a film of their own in 2018. However just a few months later, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ actually went ahead and unveiled the first Terrigenesis in their winter finale. Now, with the world wondering more about what the Inhumans are exactly as we see more of them, the source material for the MCU is looking to provide more exposure for Black Bolt, Medusa, and the rest of the children of Attilan.
The House of Ideas announced this week that writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven would reunite for ‘Uncanny Inhumans’ #0 in April. After laying Logan to rest in ‘Death of Wolverine’ last year, the team will shift their focus to Black Bolt, the King of the Inhumans that has been thought dead but was actually working in the shadows with the Illuminati. But the Silent Sentinel embarks on a new secret mission on his own in this brand new series when he faces a foe unlike any other in all of space and time:
The stoic Inhuman king, able to level mountains with a whisper has struck out on his own – seemingly leaving his Queen and his very race to fend for themselves. But is that the whole story? Now, follow his adventures as he strikes out on a new mission. A lone wolf and a king without a throne, Black Bolts endeavors will send him on a direct collision course with one of the Avengers’ greatest foes – Kang the Conqueror!
With the mastery of time at his very fingertips, Kang will bend the entire 20,000 years of Inhuman history to his own vile ends. And the silent sentinel of the Inhuman Nation is all that stands in his way.
Soule spoke with IGN to elaborate more on his upcoming series by delving into some of the differences between ‘Uncanny Inhumans’ and his current book ‘Inhuman’:
“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. It won’t be quite so focused on New Attilan and the struggles related to it. Maybe more of a global view.
Another key difference is that Inhuman focuses on Queen Medusa, while Uncanny’s lead will be (primarily) Black Bolt. That said, the idea is to continue to bring up the newer characters we’ve met, guys like Reader, Lineage, Inferno, Iso, good old Frank McGee, and others in both books.”
And finally, if you’re harboring those thoughts of “Marvel is wiping out the X-Men!” just because they used the adjective uncanny, which has traditionally been associated with the marvelous mutants since the 60s, Soule addresses that by saying, “uncanny just means strange, really, or unexpected. I think the Inhumans are certainly that.”
What do you think about ‘Uncanny Inhumans’? Are you excited to see the Inhumans have a bigger role in the Marvel Universe? And how do you think Charles Soule and Steve McNiven will get around having a protagonist who doesn’t speak (because if he did, he’d level a city block)? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.