See how one former mutant's machinations manufacture a conflict between humans and Inhumans.

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

For a guy who can think at super-fast speed, Quicksilver can sure make some horrible decisions. After falling from the absolute heights in HOUSE OF M where he ruled alongside his father and sister, Pietro Maximoff found himself one of the many de-powered when Scarlet Witch uttered the words “No more mutants.”

Obsessed with getting his swiftness back, he paid a visit to his estranged wife Crystal and their daughter Luna on Attilan – then located on the moon – and stole some Terrigen Crystals as seen in 2006’s SON OF M by David Hine and Roy Allan Martinez. Having given himself time-jumping powers Pietro exposed other former mutants to the power-granting objects, including his own daughter. While the process seemed to work at first, it soon proved dangerous and potentially fatal. Even worse? The Office Of National Emergency got their dirty hands on some of the crystals.

As you can imagine, Black Bolt and the other Inhumans didn’t take kindly to Quicksilver’s actions, especially when he killed one of their own, and made their dissatisfaction known on Earth. At the end of SON OF M #6, Black Bolt uttered a single word that destroyed much of O*N*E’s forces and part of the already ruined Genosha: war. 

That lead directly into the more Inhumans-centric SILENT WAR by Hine and Frazer Irving which found the entire race at war with humanity, including their longtime friends and allies the Fantastic Four. The conflict became far more contentious when an Inhuman squad killed a number of wealthy civilians and Gorgon wound up in O*N*E’s clutches where they turned him even more monstrous thanks to secondary mist exposure. 

Making matters far worse, Black Bolt and Medusa’s relationship came under a great deal of strain, thanks in large part to Maximus manipulating them with his mind powers.

The war itself lead to encounters with the Mighty Avengers, X-Factor and a group of soldiers exposed to the Terrigen Mists who had been sent to attack Attilan on the moon!

Unfortunately for everyone involved, this whole drama played right into Maximus’ machinations leading to a mostly destroyed Attilan. Afterwards a scared Inhuman population forsook Black Bolt and turned their loyalty towards The Mad One himself.

Left open ended, SILENT WAR became all the more intriguing after the events of World War Hulk and Secret Invasion, but we’ll get to those next time!

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

As noted in SON OF M and SILENT WAR, the marriage between Crystal and Quicksilver marked the first time an Inhuman had married outside of their race. Before that, she spent an extended period of time with the Fantastic Four, first filling in for Sue when pregnant with Franklin and then after she returned to active duty. Eventually, Crystal moved back to Attilan where she came to meet Quicksilver, an injured Avenger allowed to convalesce in Attilan, then located in the Himalayan mountains. Eventually the two married in a story starting in AVENGERS #127 and ending in FANTASTIC FOUR #150. The marriage didn’t last, but did result in Luna, their daughter, first mentioned in FANTASTIC FOUR #240 and developed ever since wherever Inhumans stories are told!

The Inhumans face threats from the stars in World War Hulk, Secret Invasion, War of Kings and Realm of Kings!

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The Inhuman King struggles with new revelations!

The client, Blackagar Boltagon, is better known by the name Black Bolt as both a super hero and the ruler of the Inhumans. He has previously worked with this writer in a couples therapy arrangement with his wife Medusalith (again, better known as Medusa) as they dealt with a new event in their relationship that caused a temporary upheaval in their connection to one another.

What was immediately striking upon meeting Boltagon was that he was able to speak to me. Previously, due to an Inhuman rite of passage/chemical exposure, the client had developed a power that altered his voice. In fact, it made his vocalizations so powerful that it prevented him from talking to others, lest he cause great damage to not only them but the physical structures nearby. Now, however, through means he remains unclear on, he is able to speak.

The client went on to reveal that he had just been rescued from a prison that his brother, Maximus, had deposited him in before leaving the planet with several other members of the Inhuman Royal Family.

Although he did describe the situation as traumatic, most of what the client was preoccupied with did not concern the treatment in prison, but rather what was revealed to him there. During his time in jail, he began to realize that he had made many mistakes and had been responsible for actions that he could no longer justify.

Additionally, he realized that his life of privilege had insulated him from a great many factors that may have led him to make these wrongheaded choices; that his willful isolation had not aided him in gaining wisdom, but rather set him back.

These revelations have left him confused and off-kilter, unsure of himself and the world in a way he could not recall since before his Terrigenesis. In his confusion, he sought this writer out given our past therapeutic relationship.

So far, he has found the experience very frustrating. The writer’s unwillingness to simply give him advice or answers, instead of encouraging the client to go deeper—to live with the ambiguity and regret—has often agitated Boltagon. While the writer has joined him in this space and validated the frustration, the writer stressed to him that therapy is not about simply telling him what to do or how to feel. Indeed, lasting change demands that he process his difficult emotions, not shove them aside or run from them.

However, this writer does recognize that perhaps there may be a clash of personalities here and that the client might feel more comfortable another therapist processing him. Therefore, he has been referred to Doctors Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward for an appointment on September 6. Details of their session can be found on that day in file BLACK BOLT #5. At that time, the client can decide which therapist might be the best fit for him.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who must admit that, if he could not speak, he would feel guilty because everything he says is so darn fascinating.

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Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee weave a complex, 12-issue epic!

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

The importance of the Marvel Knights imprint can not be overstated. The Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti shingle not only created a ton of buzz, thanks in large part to Kevin Smith writing DAREDEVIL, but also shined a light on some under utilized characters including the Inhumans!

Inhumans (1998) #1

Inhumans (1998) #1

  • Published: November 01, 1998
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 08, 2011
  • Writer: Paul Jenkins
  • Penciller: Jae Lee
  • Cover Artist: Jae Lee
What is Marvel Unlimited?

One of the original MK titles, INHUMANS featured writer Paul Jenkins and artist Jae Lee telling a grand and sweeping story that ran for 12 issues between 1998 and 1999. After years of guest spots and back-up stories, the denizens of Attilan regained the spotlight and showed the world exactly why their adventures continue to draw readers in.

The series kicked off with the introduction of young Inhumans just about to go through the Terrigenesis process. The resulting powers and abilities not only alter their appearance, but also their social status, leading to more than a few broken relationships. However, that didn’t stop the first flyer in decades, Tonaja, from enjoying her new role in the Inhuman community.

Not everyone enjoyed the exuberance of youth, though. Black Bolt seemed trepidatious about almost everything while Medusa feared she’d lost her connection to her husband and king. At the same time, Karnak’s abilities showed him that Attilan might just have more weaknesses than expected. And, of course, Maximus the Mad plotted and planned even from his prison cell.

More problems brewed outside of Attilan’s domed borders. Thanks to Maximus’ manipulation of the teleported Woz, he supplied outside forces with technology and plans that would allow them to bring the walls down and invade the mysterious place.

With Maximus’ plans in full swing, internal strife mixed with outside attacks, and gunpowder and explosions both metaphorical and literal blew up all around Attilan. If only Black Bolt would act!

As it turned out, Black Bolt had control of the situation in ways that almost no one expected. In fact, his plan lead to Medusa losing her hair, the manipulation of Gorgon and Triton, war befalling Attilan and the Inhumans’ return to the mountains.

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

In INHUMANS #3, Karnak dropped some incredibly interesting knowledge bombs about Terrigenesis. A scientist named Ultarnt researched the process and came up with some interesting theories. After researching the various changes, she posited  that they actually happen in response to events about to happen. “At times of conflict, the configurations become aggressive,” Karnak said. “When climactic changes occur, our mutations adapt in turn.” Basically, the entire Inhuman race evolves as a puzzle, and if one piece falls away unexpectedly early, that power set will return in the next three years.

Next time we catch up with the Inhumans as they target the Earth after Quicksilver steals Terrigen Crystals to return his missing mutant powers in SON OF M.

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Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams guide the Inhumans' exploits in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURE

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

The Inhumans continued to make their presence felt almost immediately after first debuting FANTASTIC FOUR #4548. Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal and Triton appeared in that book on a semi-regular basis as well as in THOR back-ups running from #146-152. However, they scored their first starring role in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURES which also featured Black Widow solo stories.  

Jack Kirby wrote and drew the first three issues of the series which took place at a time when Crystal had left Attilan in favor of hanging out with Johnny Storm and the Fantastic Four. Black Bolt had also exiled Maximus which lead to the main thrust of this story as Maximus tried to frame the Fantastic Four for attempting to blow the Great Refuge up with a missile.

While most of the Royal Family tussled with the FF, Triton swam off to Maximus’ island and stopped the bad guy. He then signaled his compatriots to stop their attack on the World’s Greatest Heroes. After a Kirby-created battle with Mandarin in #3 and 4, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams took over until #10 which proved the last Inhumans entry in AMAZING ADVENTURES.

Thomas and Adams dove right into a melodramatic story that saw Gorgon and Karnak assuming that Black Bolt intended to kill Maximus because of a powerful cylindrical prison he placed his brother in. Worried that the king took the punishment too far, they freed him which once again lead into the mad one’s evil plans.

Meanwhile, Black Bolt had been flying around New York City when his cousins freed Maximus. The psychic backlash left the king with no memory of his past or the incredible power of his voice.

As Maximus took over Attilan, Black Bolt found himself in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. His presence roused the attention of the Avengers who planned on intervening until Thor said that he would go alone. The battle brought the thunder and lightning and dispersed the crowd.

The Inhumans remained in the city for a time in AMAZING ADVENTURES #9 and 10 which took up the entire issue and also featured the creative talents of Gerry Conway and Mike Sekowsky. This time, the down-on-their-luck tangled with Magneto. This final Inhumans tale fully reunited Black Bolt with the rest of his family, setting them up to take over Atillan once more.  

That story took place in AVENGERS #95 by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams right in the middle of the Kree-Skrull War story. Triton literally came out of the water and bumbled his way into a fight between the World’s Greatest Heroes and a group of Mandroids. He explained the Inhumans’ recent problems and a faction of the team traveled with him to Attilan where they helped dethrone Maximus!  

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

Five years after their star turn in AMAZING ADVENTURES, the Royal Family took center stage in the first ever volume of INHUMANS. The series, not currently on Marvel Unlimited, featured the talents of Doug Moench, George Perez, Gil Kane, and Keith Pollard. The book continued to build on the mythology originally established by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby while also pitting the family against the likes of Blastaar, Maximus and even the Hulk! Quicksilver also appeared as he and Crystal married in the pages of 1974’s FANTASTIC FOUR #150.

Next time we jump ahead several years to see the Inhumans star in the Marvel Knights 12 issue series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee.

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Karnak proves his worth in SECRET WARRIORS #5

With most of the Inhumans Royal Family off-planet and the Secret Warriors made up of predominantly young heroes, Karnak is an Inhuman out of place—not with his natural peer group, standing amongst the next generation of his people.

However, just because he might not fit in, does not mean he does not have a place with the Warriors. This August in SECRET WARRIORS #5 with the forces of Hydra bearing down on the team, the time has come for the Warriors to come together or perish. Writer Matthew Rosenberg took a break from the bunker to explore with us what qualities Karnak brings to the table that might recommend him.

AN EXPERIENCED TEAMMATE: “Karnak hasn’t been so much a teammate in the past as a member of the Royal family,” Rosenberg disagrees slightly. “He was a valued counsel to the king and queen, he also served at their behest and took orders. Now his role is different and some of those dynamics that he is used to with the royal family don’t quite work so well on a team.”

PRAGMATIC: “What seems pragmatic to Karnak may not be for you or I,” points out the writer. “He sees the world in a different way. He understands the flaw in all things and can see things no one else ever will. Expecting him to act sensibly by our definition is limiting. It’s like we’re playing a game of checkers and he is playing every game of chess ever played, all at once.”

DETECTING THE FLAWS IN TEAMMATES CAN LEAD TO IMPROVEMENT: “He can definitely see the flaws in all his teammates, but Karnak isn’t a life coach,” states Rosenberg. “He helps people when it is part of his plan and helps the situation. There may also be times when they’re flaws can be of use to him and he will exploit that just as much.”

DETECTING THE FLAWS IN ENEMIES CAN GIVE HIM AN ADVANTAGE: “He isn’t most powerful on the team at all, but he is probably the scariest to go up against,” the writer concurs. “Karnak’s ability to see the flaws in his enemies makes him a worthy adversary of almost anyone. And the smart villains know that and steer clear.”

TACTICIAN AND STRATEGIST: “Karnak is a brilliant tactician and planner,” agrees Rosenberng. “Often times he’s going to be following more of his own plans than anyone else’s, especially with the royal family gone. He is a bit of a missile without a target right now, a great weapon getting him to go exactly where anyone else wants might be impossible. Mostly one has to just hope your goals and Karnak’s goals align.”

A MARTIAL ARTS MASTER: “He is a person who has spent years attuning his mind and body to be the most efficient weapon against weakness,” recalls the writer. “Even if he couldn’t see every weakness of his opponents, he would be a fierce martial artist. But his physical and mental training, coupled with his ability to find and destroy other’s flaws, makes him as deadly with his hands as almost anyone on the planet.”

AN EXPERIENCED MENTOR: “He is brilliant, bold, driven, brutal, unforgiving, callous to the point of cruelty, and maybe a little psychotic,” Rosenberg explains. “To the right person he might be a good mentor. But I wouldn’t want him as mine.”

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The Inhumans set course for the Kree’s shattered planet for a reunion with Ronan!

Hala has been visited by much tragedy over the years. Most recently, the planet became basically uninhabitable leaving only Ronan the Accuser to keep silent watch over his shattered former sphere of residence.

For many that survived Hala’s recent destruction, one group stands out amongst all others as being key in the world’s destruction: the Inhumans. Ronan certainly would count himself amongst those with that opinion.

So just imagine the awkwardness that will ensue when ROYALS #4 hits this June 21, bringing the Inhuman ruling family back to the desolate globe that formerly served as Kree homeworld. And if that might be galling enough to Ronan all on its own, wouldn’t you just know that they have come to ask for a favor?

We found writer Al Ewing hiding in the game room upstairs looking to avoid the squabbles and asked him for the latest Kree-Inhuman gossip.

Marvel.com: The connection between the Inhumans and the Kree is a long-standing “fact” of the Marvel Universe. However, there hasn’t been much of that story told. What is your take on their historic relationship? How are things between them before this issue?

Al Ewing: Things are not great. A short and simple version of the history is that Black Bolt and company came to the Kree Empire, took it over, and then later went off to pursue their own projects, leaving Ronan and Crystal in charge. Ronan resurrected a version of the Supreme Intelligence, The Supremor, who promptly declared war on the Inhumans and the Earth, whereupon Ronan quit to be with Crystal.

Unfortunately, a peace treaty between the Kree and the Inhumans required Ronan to separate from Crystal and go back into the Supremor’s service. Crystal basically agreed to that, out of a sense of duty to both races and over Ronan’s objections. And after that, Hala was destroyed and Supremor with it. And in the same incident, Ronan got cosmic powers from a magic mirror. And here we are.

So, to answer your question…the relationship isn’t all it could be.

Marvel.com: Regardless of the past, Hala is a very “hot spot” especially between the Kree and the Boltagons specifically. Why return to what is, essentially, the scene of the crime?

Al Ewing: Hala contains some buried knowledge—a piece of history pertaining to the Kree and the Inhumans both, a lost secret of Terrigen. Bringing it to the surface will let the Royals know if it’s possible for them to bring the Inhumans back to their former glory, and whether they can atone for their own crimes in the process.

Meanwhile, for Ronan, Hala is a planet-wide graveyard, a sacred place. He doesn’t like visitors at the best of times and especially not these visitors.

Marvel.com: How are dynamics changed by Maximus being present, not Black Bolt?

Al Ewing: If Black Bolt was there, he’d probably be the target of Ronan’s wrath. He’s responsible. He conquered the Kree, he chose to abandon them, and it was his diktat that tore Ronan and Crystal out of their happy place and [sent] Ronan back to serve a monster.

Maximus doesn’t figure so much on [Ronan’s] radar. He was the weaponsmith, the court jester, and the occasional traitor, but in Ronan’s eyes he’s never been the important one. So Ronan will probably leave him on the back burner and concentrate on other targets. Whether Maximus will feel the same, I don’t know. Ronan did play a big part in his parents getting killed.

Royals #4 cover by Jonboy Meyers

Marvel.com: Ronan’s connection with the Inhumans is especially complex. What is his reaction to seeing them again? How does it make Crystal feel to encounter her partner in a failed arranged union?

Al Ewing: Ronan’s not in a very good mental state when he sees them again. He’s angry, he’s sick with grief, he’s looking for someone to blame. His immediate reaction is to get hold of them for a little chat, as only a cosmic-powered Accuser of the Kree can do.

As for him and Crystal, they’ve got a lot to talk about. From Ronan’s point of view, he blames her, because it was her decision to effectively annul their marriage—a marriage that had gone from mutually-agreed convenience without any intimacy, to a full-on actual true-love connection—and he’s bound that up with a lot of other stuff he’s going through.

Crystal’s in a different place. She’s got responsibilities to the Inhumans, to her child from a previous marriage, to her home planet. There’s been just as much running from one crisis to the next for her as for him, but she’s managed to move on in a way that he hasn’t. What that means when they’re in a room together? I don’t know. I guess we’ll all find out.

Marvel.com: This marks the first full issue with Thony Silas on art. What does he bring to the book?

Al Ewing: Thony’s got a good style for these issues—shadowy, a little sinister in places. Plus he does great things with [previous artist Jonboy Meyers’] character designs for the book. I really enjoyed his work on issue #3, and he came up with a layout suggestion for a particular bit in #4 that I’m kicking myself a little for not thinking of [first]. It’s going to be nice to see out this first arc with him.

Marvel.com: Why is this a cannot miss capture in the evolving relationship of the Inhumans to the larger Marvel U?

Al Ewing: There’s a thing readers should understand with this book: we’re not doing business in the normal way. There will be no tie-ins until we get back to Earth. We’re self-contained, telling our own story, beholden to nobody, and we’re on a trip out to the far reaches of Marvel Space, and we’re going to come back changed, and carrying something very special with us.

And then we’re going to see what the other two books have been doing, and what they’re bringing to the party. And we’ll see what happens when we put it all together and shake it around a little.

Maybe it’ll turn to gold. Maybe it’ll explode. I honestly have no idea, but I do know that it’s not the job of the Inhumans to ever be predictable. So…I guess we’ll all find out together.

Al Ewing and Thony Silas reunite Ronan with ROYALS in issue #4 on June 21!

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Treat your mom to a super-Inhuman day with this Terrigen Mist Bath Ball!

Ingredients Needed:

1 cup Baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup Epsom salt
½ cup corn starch
1 tbs coconut oil (cooled)
¾ tsp water
2 tsp lavender essential oil
Few drops of food coloring

Other Tools:

2 Bowls
Bath Bomb molds
Whisk
Spoon
Wax paper
Fluffy Towel

Step 1: Combine dry ingredients & liquid

  • Place coconut oil, water, essential oil, and food coloring into a small bowl. Stir with spoon until well mixed.
  • Dump dry ingredients into a medium bowl and stir with whisk
  • Slowly add a little liquid at a time to dry ingredients while whisking (repeat until completely combined)

(The mixture should begin to clump together when you squish it)

Step 2: Pack mixture into molds

  • Grab bath ball mold and start to pack the mixture tightly into the first half of the mold
  • Do the same with the second half of the mold
  • Squeeze the molds together to create your sphere

Step 3: Removing the bath ball

  • Remove any excess mixture around the mold
  • Loosen the mold with a spoon
  • Gently remove the bath bomb

(If the mixture isn’t packing well, place the mixture back in the bowl and add a tiny amount of water)

Step 4: Let bath bomb dry

  • Place on wax paper on top of a fluffy towel
  • Let dry for 24 hours
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Al Ewing talks about the recently revealed truth behind ‘Black Bolt’!

Never one to stand on ceremony, Mad Maximus saw a problem and decided to solve it. The dilemma? His brother, the near sainted Black Bolt had gone too far and not for the first time.

So, as revealed in ROYALS #2, Maximus seized the moment and impersonated his sibling as the Royal Family launched itself into space.

With the real Black Bolt trapped in some remote location, the family seems stuck with Maximus amongst them. However, what if he really did make the right decision for the good of the Inhumans? In advance of May 17’s ROYALS #3, Ewing helpfully dropped in on us to present the case for Maximus seizing his brother’s identity at an even earlier date.

Joins the Illuminati

“Yeah, this was just your basic autocratic stuff,” Ewing comments. “Just a king, chilling out with his fellow kings, deciding the fate of the rest of the planet, nothing to see there.”

“The world had to actually be ending before T’Challa got involved with that, but Black Bolt was there from the get-go,” he elaborates. “And he didn’t consult the Inhumans, either. How can we trust the king not to sell Attilan down the river to the super-celebrities? Why is he talking to known jerk Professor Charles Xavier before consulting his own Queen? It’s not a good look. If Maximus had swapped places with him, the Illuminati would have been dancing to Attilan’s tune, not vice versa.”

Declares war on the United States over the crystals used in Terrigen Mist

“Well, getting the crystals back from the U.S. government was a priority for the Inhumans, but the way Black Bolt went about it wasn’t exactly ideal,” argues the writer. “A lot of humans and Inhumans died, Gorgon was mutated for a while, and while Maximus was able to use the situation to his advantage, who can say he wouldn’t have done even better if he’d been in charge? He might have gone about it in a less obvious way. Or he might have built a giant ray gun that didn’t work properly, because [sometimes] he rolls that way too.”

Overthrowing the Kree government and seizing power for himself

“It’s not much of a spoiler that there are people who don’t remember this move fondly,” Ewing reveals. “Ronan is out there, remembering every detail of how he put his trust in the Inhumans—indeed, he put all his weight and power in Kree society behind their new regime—and then they just left without warning the moment Black Bolt decided they had better things to do. And after that, of course, Hala was blown to pieces and everyone on Hala died.”

“And now Ronan’s about to come face to face with the Royals as their quest takes them to the dead planet,” he continues. “Looking at it that way, maybe Maximus was wrong to swap places with Black Bolt; it might have been better to let his older brother face the music…”

The release of Terrigen Mists across the Earth that started IvX and forcibly changed many people’s lives without their consent

“Well, Maximus actually helped with that one,” admits Ewing. “And he’d probably have done the same thing himself. But the important thing is that it was Black Bolt’s idea, which means Maximus is completely blameless and it’s entirely right that Black Bolt is being shot off to a space prison in his place.”

Causing the accidental death of his parents and his brother’s traumatic brain injury through the use of his sonic voice

“And this is the big one,” insists the writer. “As we’ll see in issue #3, there was a little more going on that day than we’ve seen before; we’re going to be getting deep into the secrets of the family Boltagon, the secret origin of Maximus the Mad, and why exactly Maximus betrayed the Inhumans to the Kree that time—which was why Black Bolt used his super-voice in the first place. It’s all going to come out and once you know the full story, maybe you’ll agree with Maximus that he was right all along to do what he did. Or maybe he’ll be scarier than ever.”

Sit down with the family Boltagon for some quality time in ROYALS #3, available May 17 from Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers!

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Al Ewing outlines the challenges that will change the Inhumans forever!

The Royals will be putting the jet planes, the islands, and the tigers behind them this April because they have decided to leave the world and its treats behind for the indifferent vacuum of space. Motivated by a sense of exploration and a need to find their roots, this collection of the Inhuman ruling class—and Marvel Boy—will depart terra firma for parts unknown.

It will, however, not be any easy task. Challenges await them in the cosmos and within their ranks. Difficulties that may derail them long before they even reach their first planet.

Writer Al Ewing took time off from reviewing his star charts to give us some insight on this team as we eagerly await ROYALS #1.

Marvel.com: To start, the first time we spoke about this series launch, artist Jonboy Meyers had just been assigned. Now the book is nearly arriving on shelves and you’ve worked with Meyers for a bit, how has the collaboration been? What about his work has helped you realize the tone you were seeking for the book?

Al Ewing: I like Jonboy’s stuff a lot; he’s got a lot of energy to his art that really spills off the page and gives the scenes a lot of extra crackle. He’s influenced the book in a lot of ways—for one, during the original design phase he provided a whole bunch of variant outfits for each character, and I think we’re going to end up using most of them—at least as starting points.

He keeps doing it, too. I just got some great art back with a couple of Royals in some very spiffy-looking space suits, fighting Chitauri on the hull of a speeding spaceship as it hurtles past Pluto. Also, that’s happening, we’re doing that.

Marvel.com: What about Marvel Boy’s skills or natural talents makes him the right man to act as the navigator for the Royals?

Al Ewing: He’s loaded down with natural and unnatural talent. He’s got all those cockroach genes, for a start, and his personal weapons system plugs right into the Royals’ spaceship in a way I think readers will enjoy. And also, he’s the guy who knows where they’re going and what they’re going for, heading to Hala for a secret only he knows about.

Wait, only he? No, there might be another crew member who has an understanding of it—and it’s not who we think it is.

Marvel.com: In this launching of their journey, staying away from spoilers as best as you can/want to, what are some of the immediate obstacles the Royals may encounter?

Al Ewing: Death lays a bony paw on one of the team pretty much immediately. Is this the same team member who won’t come back? Who can say? It’s all riddles from me at this point.

In terms of something we can be a bit more certain about in an interview context, I mentioned Chitauri earlier. We’re not so much tying-in with Secret Empire as glancing off it at an angle—Medusa and company fly face first into the oncoming Chitauri wave as it heads for Earth. How they get out of that one is going to be one of the big Marvel moments people remember—I’m pretty confident about that—and from there, we leap right into a look into Black Bolt’s past and the uncomfortable secret he’s been keeping. So all kinds of shenanigans.

Marvel.com: Briefly, if you would, please run down each team member and their motivations for going into space and opinion about taking the journey?

Al Ewing: This is going to be super brief, so hold onto your hat.

Black Bolt’s got a secret.

Medusa’s out of options.

Gorgon needs to fight.

Crystal has her duty.

Flint is looking.

Swain is finding.

And Marvel Boy is doing it all for his oldest friend.

Also: we’re going deep into alchemical territory. I’m doing a lot of research on a lot of pretty esoteric stuff, and everything I find makes more connections.

Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers’ ROYALS #1 heads your way on April 5, with issue #2 nipping at its heels on April 19!

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Marvel's Inhumans' television series heads to IMAX and ABC this fall

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society and sometimes even Earth’s protectors. The Royal Family of the Inhumans guides their people as well as sets standards and laws by which they live.

This September, “Marvel’s Inhumans” will explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.

It was previously announced that a version of the first two episodes, shot entirely with IMAX® cameras, will premiere exclusively in IMAX® theatres for a two-week window beginning September 1, 2017, prior to the ABC network television run.

The TV version of the Inhumans have been cast, and what follows is a look at the actors and their characters.

Black Bolt

Black Bolt – The enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.

Anson Mount

Black Bolt will be played by Anson Mount, known for his roles in the film Tully, and on the TV series Hell on Wheels, as well as voice work in video games.

Medusa

Medusa – Queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt — his most trusted advisor, a fiercely resilient warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers.

Serinda Swan

Medusa will be played by Serinda Swan, no stranger to such roles from her time on such shows as Ballers, Graceland, Smallville and Supernatural, as well as work on Breakout Kings and Chicago Fire.

Maximus

Maximus –the clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King – although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.

Iwan Rheon

Maximus will be played by Iwan Rheon, best known for his role on Game of Thrones and also a singer, musician, stage performer, and video game voice artist.

Karnak

Karnak – Cousin and closest advisor to Black Bolt. His gift is an ability to see the fault in all things – people, plans, structures, everything. He’s Black Bolt’s most ardent supporter and strategist and is often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.

Ken Leung

Karnak will be played by Ken Leung, most recently known for his role as a general in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost, Night Shift and his other foray into Marvel film territory, X-Men: The Last Stand.

Gorgon

Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt, member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp makes him a force to be reckoned with among Inhumans. The yin to his cousin Karnak’s yang, Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems.

Eme Ikwuakor

Gorgon will be played by Eme Ikwuakor, who has essayed parts in Concussion, Extant, CSI: Los Angeles, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Crystal

Crystal – Medusa’s sister, Crystal, is the youngest member of the royal family and has the ability to control the four elements of fire, earth, water and air. Impetuous and independent, she is also deeply devoted to her family.

Isabelle Cornish

Crystal will be played by Isabelle Cornish, who has played parts in TV’s Australia Day and Puberty Blues.

Triton

Triton – Black Bolt’s cousin, he’s calm under pressure and supremely athletic. His gift is his fish-like ability to live underwater.

Mike Moh

Triton will be played by Mike Moh, best known for his recurring part as Ryu in Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist and Empire.

Auran

Auran – Head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman. She is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.

Sonya Balmores

Auran will be played by Sonya Balmores, best known for roles in Beyond the Break and Soul Surfer.

Mysterious, undisclosed character – A smart, intense, and focused woman. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar.

Ellen Woglom

This mysterious character will be played by actress Ellen Woglom who has appeared in Californication and Outlaw.

Lockjaw

Lockjaw – Crystal’s 2,000 lb canine companion; he is a two-thousand-pound dog (yes, a dog!) with the ability to teleport.

Lockjaw will play himself.

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