SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “IvX” #3, on sale now.
With the Inhumans’ Terrigen cloud on the verge of dissipating and rendering Earth’s entire atmosphere completely toxic to mutants, the X-Men have been forced into a corner. While the mist activates powers within those with latent Inhuman DNA, it kills those with the X-gene. To prevent the cloud’s spread, the X-Men have jumped into action. “IvX” #2 saw the combined might of a few mutant teams descend upon the Inhumans’ home in New Attilan. Their mission: take out all of the Inhuman heavy-hitters so they won’t be able to interfere with the X-Men’s plan to destroy the remaining Terrigen cloud.
A number of those Inhumans were captured prior to the attack on New Attilan. Black Bolt, Karnak, Lockjaw, Crystal and Gorgon were all dealt with in “IvX” #1. In the following issue, the X-Men teleported Inhuman queen Medusa, Inhuman ally Human Torch, and new Inhumans Frank McGee, Flint and Naja to a holding cell in Limbo.
Two Inhumans, Iso and Inferno, managed to escape New Attilan and flee to safety. Iso knows they have to strike back and try to wrest control of New Attilan from its captors, but Inferno’s wary of launching an attack without backup. And with the Inhuman Royal Family either missing or trapped in Limbo, they have no one to turn to. Iso counters that that’s not the case. She knows there are other new Inhumans out there that didn’t live on New Attilan — and with a text, she contacts the one Inhuman that will be able to rally them.
It turns out Kamala Khan’s phone is packed with the digits for pretty much every new Inhuman superhero in the Marvel Universe. After a phone call from Iso, Ms. Marvel doesn’t hesitate to help them recruit help.
After a few rounds of fast and furious texting, we meet the NuHumans that Kamala was able to rally to Iso and Inferno’s cause — and they’re a who’s who of recent additions to the Inhuman franchise.
Clockwise from the top we’ve got:
- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: The pre-teen Inhuman Lunella Lafayette, also known as Moon Girl, has developed a partnership with the definitely-not-an-Inhuman Devil Dinosaur. The pair star in their own titular series, which has documented Lunella’s emerging Inhuman power. Moon Girl is able to swap consciousnesses with Devil Dinosaur when she’s emotionally taxed.
- Mosaic: Morris Sackett is another new Inhuman with his own ongoing series. A former NBA player, the selfish and cocky Mosaic has had to cope with a powerset that literally lets him walk a mile in another person’s shoes. He can temporarily possess people, gaining access to their memories and skills while doing so.
- Reader: One of the first new Inhumans, Reader is able to manifest into reality anything that he reads. After the loss of his eyes, he now relies on reading braille with his fingers to activate his powers. Reader has been a recurring presence in the “Uncanny Inhumans” series where he serves as a member of the New Attilan Security Force.
- Quake: Compared to everyone else on this list, Quake’s a Marvel veteran. She debuted way back in 2004’s “Secret War” mini-series and then moved on to be a major player in Jonathan Hickman’s “Secret Warriors” series. Daisy Johnson then put her earthquake powers to use as the youngest S.H>I.E.L.D. director ever and a member of the Avengers. Up until recently, though, she wasn’t considered an Inhuman. Instead, she was a superhuman who inherited her powers from her father Mr. Hyde’s altered DNA. After the character Daisy Johnson (as played by Chloe Bennet) was revealed to be an Inhuman on the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series, Quake’s comic book origin was changed to match. 2015’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” #7 revealed Quake’s backstory, adding an Inhuman mother to her origin and making her an Inhuman. Quake previously appeared in the recently concluded “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” comic, which was set in the main Marvel Universe.
- Synapse: Emily Guerrero is another new Inhuman, one gifted with a variation on telepathy. She’s also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and has put these talents to use as a member of the Avengers Unity Squad in “Uncanny Avengers.”
- Grid: Dinesh Deol, an Inhuman with the power to manipulate the electromagnetic spectrum, most recently served as a member of Crystal’s Royal Inhuman Diplomatic Mission in the pages of “All-New Inhumans.” While the rest of Crystal’s team was captured by Magneto in “IvX” #1, Grid was elsewhere and remained free to answer Kamala’s text.
With the Inhuman’s heaviest hitters locked away in Limbo, this looks to be the team that will stand against the X-Men in the next issue of “IvX.” As we’ve already seen in a preview for “IvX” #4, new hero Mosaic will get to use his possession powers against a member of the X-Men.
But the NuHuman rescue team has their work cut out for them. Not only do they have to retake New Attilan and track down the missing Royal Family, they also have to free Black Bolt from his elaborate prison. We haven’t seen the Inhuman king since his capture in “IvX” #1, and now we know that the X-Men have him under lock and key.
“IvX” #4 arrives in stores on February 8.
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