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Inhumans Paperback – August, 1988

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises (August 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871354357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871354358
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,044,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rush1313 on February 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Inhumans are one of many great Lee/Kirby creations who have never quite found the mainstream audience they deserve, mostly due to Marvel's mishandling over several decades. There are some excellent moments such as the Paul Jenkins/Jae Lee maxi-series, to which I give the utmost recommendations, but no SUSTAINED effort from the parent company to help them connect--a sad state I hope will soon change.

The story begins with a young Inhuman bride leaping off a balcony to her death immediately after her marriage ceremony. All is not perfect in this medieval paradise.

Unlike most "superteams, the Inhumans do not engage in traditional "crime-fighting". They are a seclusive, reclusive feudal society led by an omnipowerful king. Whoever is the most strongest Inhuman is their king and rules them absolutely--at this time, it is Black Bolt. The members of his Royal Family are all related to each other in a Hapsburg Dynasty fashion of cousinship and intermarriage. His wife Medusa, possessing the most beautiful of all superhuman abilities with her amazing giant red hair, finds herself pregnant.

The couples' happiness at expecting a new crown prince is dashed by the Inhumans' Genetic Council. Even royalty does not escape its selective breeding regulations. While not the best-written story in comics (or even Inhumans) history, it is compelling in today's discussion of reproductive rights. "Keep the government out of my womb" is a hot-button issue, but the reverse question from the typical womans' right to abortion is being asked here: "Can the government force a woman to abort her child if she wishes to keep it?"

This problem affects not only Black Bolt and Medusa, but also the loyalties of the rest of the Royal Family.
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The first half of the book focuses on the role of the Genetic Council in Inhuman society. The Council decides who is allowed to breed so the best bloodlines go on, this applies to all Inhumans including the Royal Family leading to dissension. The Queen is pregnant leaving Black Bolt to chose between the traditions that have kept his people alive and his wife. Gorgon and Karnak are the voices of the different stances with Gorgon backing the council but wanting to keep the Queen safe and Karnak against the Council and is against fleeing Attilan. The Royal Family flees to Earth to protect Medusa and Princess Crystal uses her elemental powers to create life (Princess Elsa style). Maximus is running around up to no good, they have baby drama and Black Bolt must make his choice. A pretty heavy story.

The second half is a prequel to the Inhumans debut in Marvel with a short follow up to the events after Attilan is sealed off. Like the art in this story more than the first.

You also get in-depth character bios for the Inhumans and Inhuman culture.
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The first half with story by Ann Nocenti & art by Bret Blevins is the better of the two, although I expected a little more from Blevins on this one - his female figures can be very appealing, but some of his work on the Karnak - Gorgon interchanges seemed rushed and rough. I thought the characterization of Blackagar (Black Bolt) was a bit off as well, but I did like the exploration into his & Medusa's personalities. I wonder what became of their offspring, don't recall seeing him much in later Marvel canon. The second story was kind of interesting, mostly a flashback into a pre-human contact internal Inhumans uprising with (no surprise) Maximus as the heavy. They really need to find some different villains.
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It's good for an Ann Nocenti Inhumans story. If you read her Daredevil tie-in to this storyline, it's something similar. It's a wonderful metaphor to the right to choose that explores the Inhumans in an interesting way and has some good heart. Then it gets surreal at the end (in a way that Ann Nocenti has a nasty habit of doing). Still, it was a fun, quick read. My biggest complaint is it's a bit short. Thankfully, there's a second story that helps you get your money's worth.
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