Welcome back to the second installment of our new All Things Geek Comic Review! We have already done one for Jean Grey Issue 1, and now we move on from Mutant to Inhumans, from the Genetic Freaks to those that have a ticking time bomb in their DNA left by aliens and who are left just waiting for the right trigger to set them off. In this review, we will look at the first issue about the king of the Inhumans, the one the only Black Bolt! Once again, we would like to give a huge thank you and shout out to Bearded Browncoats Comics and Games for providing us the materials to make this blog possible! Make sure to click the upper banner for a link to their facebook page and the lower banner for a link to their website.
So for those of you that don’t know what the Inhumans are or who Black Bolt is I have to ask….have you been living under a rock? But I understand, there are a lot of Marvel tidbits to keep up with so I can forgive you this time. Here is a brief run down of the major details. Last season of Agents of SHIELD introduced the Inhumans to the MCU and soon with their pilot episode starting in I-Max theaters the Inhuman Royal Family will get their very own TV show. I plan on making a blog about this in the next few weeks sometime but in the Marvel universe you really have about 4 ways to become a superhero. Those ways are:
- Human with Tech of some sort- ie Ironman, Hawkeye, Ant Man
- A.I. or Manmade- ie Vision, Ultron, Machine Man, Hulk
- Mutant Gene- ie X-Men, X-Factor, Generation X
- Extraterrestrial or ET Interference- Skrull, Kree, Inhumans
The Inhumans fall into the ET area because waaaaaaay back in the beginning of humanity, the Alien race known as the Kree came to earth and took a bunch of cave dwellers and mucked about with their DNA. Now when the ancestors to those people get touched by a thing known as the Terrigen Mists, the funky alien DNA wraps them in a cocoon and when they emerge, they will have super powers of some sort and maybe even a new form. Blackagar Boltagon is the king of the Inhumans and has recently gained notoriety for his killing of Cyclops of the X-men in the Inhumans vs X-men storyline. Black Bolt, as he is more commonly known, has the power of destructive speech meaning that if he were to even whisper a word, his voice alone could level a mountain, his scream is said to have the power to level a world.
In this first issue of Black Bolt’s new solo comic, we find Black Bolt waking up in chains, his arms shackled, his mouth muzzled. A voice asks him to speak his crimes but when he thinks he is no criminal he gets shocked back into unconsciousness. Take heart though, as he breaks out and has some good fight scenes and there is also a cameo by Crusher Creel. It seems Black Bolt is in some sort of Inhuman prison that he was going to put his brother Maximus into but who instead put him in there. There is an odd little place where you see a new character die but they come back at the end of the book with the cryptic remark that not everyone comes back from death here. So can Black Bolt overcome his capture in coming issues? Will they make more of this death and rebirth thing or will that be a throw away mystery? Will Black Bolt get his voice back?
You’ll just have to keep reading to find out. Personally, Black Bolt never really caught my liking before Marvel started pushing the Inhumans and he doesn’t really have it now. I find most of the other Inhumans much more interesting than their silent king so a whole series around him just isn’t catching my attention. The action was good however, and I can’t really complain about the art style of the comic, so if he is an interesting character to you I say go for it but he’s just not my cup of tea.
Be sure to drop by Serenity Comics and Games to pick up this issue and many more comics that you’ll love! Want me to review something for you? Then just name it and we’ll see if we can get it done! Leave your requests, questions, and comments below and let us know what you think of king Black Bolt!