Comic Book Storytelling: Inhuman Comics

After the Infinity crossover last year it looked like the Inhumans were about to take center stage in the Marvel Universe.  That hasn’t quite worked out yet.  First here is a little background on the Inhumans.  Thousands of years ago the alien Kree came to earth and experimented on early humans turning them into superpowered Inhumans.  At some point the Kree abandoned this research and the altered Inhumans they left behind built a secret civilization and remained hidden from the world until they were discovered and started hanging around the Marvel U.  For a long time the Inhumans went underused but for the last few years Marvel has been slowly pushing them to the forefront.  During the Infinity event the Inhuman’s city of Attilan was destroyed and the Terrigen Mist that activates their powers began to spread across the world.  Any humans with any Inhuman DNA began turning into powered Inhumans.  The Inhumans got two new ongoing titles Inhuman and Inhumanity but so far only the first two issues of either has come out with their #3 delayed for months.

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Inhumanity #1 has the Inhuman Karnak in a bad mood after Attilan was destroyed and he gets in a fight with the Avengers.  They capture him then he kills himself.  He says some stuff before he dies that is supposed to be cryptic but it gets overshadowed by the fact that Marvel just decided to pointlessly kill off one of the few recognizable Inhuman characters they have.

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Inhumanity #2 was originally going to be an Inhumanity: Medusa one-shot but supposedly the orders for it were so low that they instead turned it into the second issue of the series.  I found it to be ridiculously dull and unmemorable.  So far Inhumanity as a series is not very entertaining and so far I have seen no news or previews to indicate when we will see #3.

 

Now Inhuman on the other hand is much better.

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Inhuman #1 opens with a blonde white guy getting exposed to Terrigen Mist and going into an Inhuman transformation pod.  The pod is then stolen by a guy that looks kind of like Blanka from Street Fighter and serves as the main antagonist so far.  The blonde guy is not the main character, he is a bit of a red herring and later comes out of his pod all purple and weird looking and not-Blanka kills him.  It seems this evil Inhuman guy is on a mission to kill any new Inhumans that do not match his perception of what an ideal Inhuman should be.  Meahwhile Queen Medusa is off being a much more compelling character in this title than she was in the Inhumanity issue intended to be focused on her.  We then meet Dante and his sick mother and pregnant sister.  Some Terrigen Mist gets into the house and it affects his mother but she is too old and sick to survive the transformation.  Dante on the other hand goes into a pod and comes out with flame powers.  Evil not-Blanka Inhuman villain shows up (still not sure what his name is) and he and Dante fight but then Medusa appears to save the day.

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There is a lot of exposition in Inhuman #2.  The Inhumans explain to Dante that he is an Inhuman and apparently a really good one.  Medusa has a talk with Captain America about the political aspects of what is going on.  Medusa is ready to offer any new Inhumans a place in Inhuman society but first they have to make sure all of the people still in transformation pods are safe.  She teams up with Cap to fight AIM.  And some horned purple guy in a suit shows up claiming to know about Blackbolt’s plans.

However there is something else one my mind.  Why wasn’t Dante’s sister affected by the Terrigen Mist?  Are pregnant women immune to its affects?  I had some similar questions about Ms Marvel and why Kamala Khan is an Inhuman and not the rest of her family.  Although in that title it has been alluded that Kamala’s conception was not normal therefore she may be the only Inhuman in her family.  But overall Marvel really needs to set down some rules for how Terrigen Mist works because so far it just seems to be whatever the hell the writers feel like it should be.

We are set to finally get Inhuman #3 this month and it is about time.  I may yet give Inhumanity another chance because it feels like the delays with that one are the result of last minute editorial decisions more than anything else.

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