Marvel has announced via IGN the debut of an all-new ongoing series focusing on the Inhumans. “Uncanny Inhumans” will feature the future stars of both screens big and small in adventures created by the team behind the recent “Death of Wolverine” event. The series will be written by Charles Soule with art from Steve McNiven and kick off in April with a #0 issue, which prominently features the previously thought dead Black Bolt.
The announcement comes after the race’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe via the midseason finale of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and the announcement of their feature film, which hits theaters in 2018.
Soule also writes “Inhuman,” an ongoing series focusing on the new members of the super-powered race created following the unleashing of the Terrigen Mist upon the populace. As he explained to IGN, “Uncanny Inhumans” is a natural extension of the work he’s been doing in “Inhuman.”
“I’ve been working on ‘Inhuman’ since the beginning, and one of the themes of that series has always been to expand the idea of what the Inhumans could mean to the Marvel Universe — new characters, new ideas, new locations, everything,” explained Soule. “And at this point, we looked at everything going on with ‘Inhuman’ and realized it could easily support another big title. That’s what ‘Uncanny Inhumans’ is — an expansion of the storytelling related to the Inhumans in the MU, looking at who they are and what they mean from a different angle.”
The writer promises a more “street-level” approach with “Uncanny,” stating that the series will have a “global view” and primarily be set outside of New Attilan’s walls. Also separating the two titles will be lead characters; “Inhuman” will still have Medusa in the lead while “Uncanny Inhumans” will focus on Black Bolt.
“They will certainly cross over — in fact, the inciting events for ‘Uncanny’ will be shown in ‘Inhuman’ #11 and #12,” said Soule. “You don’t have to read those to understand what happens in ‘Uncanny,’ but my whole plan is to make a really rich, cool reading experience for people.”
Soule also elaborates on the usage of the adjective “uncanny” in the title, which is a word that had been primarily associated with the X-Men up until the launch of “Uncanny Avengers” in 2012. Even then, the word “Uncanny” still signified the X-half of that X-Men/Avengers mash-up team. When asked about the usage of “Uncanny” in a completely non-mutant title, Soule replied, “I wouldn’t read too much more into it than that — uncanny just means strange, really, or unexpected. I think the Inhumans are certainly that.”
The writer did not remain mum about the series’ opening arc, which features a familiar Avengers foe. “The villain for the first story is Kang the Conqueror!” said Soule. “I don’t want to get into the story too much at this point, but it also involves Black Bolt and Ahura (his son with Medusa, who has been missing since the events of Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Infinity’ event from 2013.) The story will involve a very cool mix of Inhumans old and new, but giving you too many details will spoil who survives the events of the coming months in Inhuman. As you might expect with Kang, you’ll get some time travel, and as the Inhumans have been present on earth for more than twenty thousand years, I think that’s a pretty exciting prospect.”
Check back with CBR tomorrow for more on “Uncanny Inhumans” with writer Charles Soule.
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