In this issue we talk about Ms Marvel #14, Mosaic #4, Uncanny Inhumans #18 and IvX #2. In which we discuss how far Ms Marvel’s online escapades actually go, how Mosaic’s powers actually work or potentially work, how Maximus is the guy we just love to hate right now and how IvX is splitting everyone apart – possible more than Civil War II did. We also talk about the updates with the Inhumans TV show where Adam, Doc and Seren have a bit of a disagreement on progress. Website: www.attilanrising.com Twitter: @attilanrising1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org we welcome all comments and suggestions.
As we’ve discussed on the Podcast previously “Resurrexion” is Marvel’s new initiative starting in March for both the Inhumans and X-Men, post IvX. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to, and I’m sure Seren and Doc would share my view.
But, I’m going to be honest with you – X-Men were always my first love, so IvX is a little bittersweet for me because it’s my favourite characters going head to head. It’s funny, I see my comicbook taste similarly to my music taste, what I listened to in 2007 is different to what I listen to now in 2017, this is similar to how my favourites have changed since I picked up my first comic in 2012 (largely X-Men and Avengers, now it’s X-Men and Inhumans).
But rather than drift to the past where your eyes fill with nostalgic weeping and rose tinted spectacles, I want to focus on March 2017. Namely the following books:
Let us start with Hopes.
I hope these books are going to be good. In fact, I have no doubt these books will be good. Black Bolt has a really interesting premise, stuck in an Intergalactic Prison makes me reminisce of the Prison in Guardians of the Galaxy Movie which was hilarious. But on a serious note, what will he be in there for? Will we see him arrested by someone at the end of IvX? Is it something to do with the Kree? Will it even be set “now”? There are a lot more questions than answers so far coming from Saladin Ahmed’s fairly vague premise.
But answer me this, the odd pairing of Black Bolt and Absorbing Man Aka Carl “Crusher” Creel, who doesn’t want to see that?! But also, Saladin Ahmed has said that he intends it on being a story great for new readers, and quite honestly that’s what I want from a story. I want Inhumans to gain in popularity, and I want great stories and I want Inhumans to become mainstream. Sorry, I think I drifted into “Wants” a little there.
I think my biggest hope is just good stories. That’s all, yes I suppose the capitalist in me wants them to make lots of money so Marvel can see that they’re viable characters and continue to deserve the spotlight they’re getting currently, because since Infinity in 2013, I have been hooked. Not only that, if there weren’t any Inhumans books, what would we have to talk about?
Wants are a bit different though. Because wants are a bit more of a selfish, they can be completely individual to everyone.
So, I’m going to follow that enigmatic sentence with a list of my wants. Firstly, lots of Black Bolt – if you’re a listener of the show you’ll have heard me saying that Black Bolt is my favourite Inhuman. So really, I want to see lots of Black Bolt, is that selfish? Probably, especially when there are lots of other incredibly cool and popular NuHumans out there like Reader and Patchwork-Auran alongside Frank McGee (that would be an awesome ongoing, right?). But this is probably the easiest of my “wants” because it looks like it’s coming to fruition, with Black Bolt featuring in promos for both Black Bolt ongoing and the Royals team book, it’s hard to not see this one being fulfilled.
The second want… I guess it’s the Inhumans to be seen as a legitimate Marvel property. I’m not talking about Marvel themselves, because quite frankly they’re doing an excellent job with all things Inhumans at the moment, please keep going with it! It’s with certain fans. Again it’s something that has been mentioned in the Podcasts, there are a some fans out there that are under the impression that Inhumans are a stand in whilst Fox have X-Men rights. I disagree and have my own theory, but I’ll likely talk about this at some point in the future, but I just want these certain fans that you can have X-Men and Inhumans active within the same Comic-verse. You can have both NuHumans and new Mutants popping up (even if it is eventually and post IvX). Why can’t they live happily together?
My second want is a bit harder to fulfill completely, because there is always going to be someone of the opinion that Inhumans are taking some sort of X-Men glory. But I for one, love good stories and will continue to support both franchises. But I’m absolutely sure that Inhumans will continue long into the future at Marvel!
My third and final want is for the solo books of Ms Marvel, Moon Girl and Mosaic to continue. They’ve all been fantastic in their own right, Kamala Khan is a really great character. Moon Girl again, superb character, amazing writing and just great fun. Mosaic is a book I’ve also been enjoying, it’s been a great set up, and quite honestly Mosaic is the kind of character that you can ultimately empathise with – even if he is a millionaire basketball player.
To the future then…
The future isn’t clear to anyone, I don’t want to sound like some sort of clairvoyant or whatever but I do think that good things lie ahead for Inhumans. I hope to see more characters appear down the line, both old and new. Quite honestly, I’m enjoying the current Marvel Status Quo, long may it continue. I think I’ve more than covered the points I want to see, but I would also like to see more books, is that greedy and selfish of me? Maybe. But I think ultimately, having a wide and varied amount of books to appeal to different people, like Marvel have so well done with Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Ms Marvel and Mosaic (making them appeal to kids, teens and adults; males and females) – that has been exciting.
So, if I sign this off with one thing. It’s this; It’s a great time to be an Inhumans fan, lots of stuff to look forward to and ultimately, enjoy reading.
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You asked, so we gave! Of course we have the regular reviews of all of the December and Early January released; Uncanny Inhumans 17, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 14, Mosaic 3, Civil War II 8 and IvX 1. But also, something we’ve been eager to do for some time – reviewing a classic! By Right of Birth! Tweet us: @attilanrising1 or email us email@example.com finally – By Right of Birth Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Inhumans-Right-Birth-Ann-Nocenti/dp/0785185046
For out Festive Season episode we are joined by none other than Amy Reeder (@amyreeder) and Brandon Montclare (@bmontclare) themselves. We have a really cool chat about one of the youngest Inhumans out there – Moon Girl! Along with Devil Dinosaur! Such a fun episode to record, we hope you guys enjoy it. Contact us on Twitter @attilanrising1 and on our website www.attilanrising.com
With Marvel’s RessurXtion initiative right around the corner, it appears that The Inhumans are in for a whole new chapter in their ongoing mythos. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to go on a whistle-stop tour of reminiscence celebrating what has come before, and look forward to what 2017 and the future may have in store for the Inhumans books. This could also potentially act as a reading list for you too!
As I see it, the current chapter of the Inhumans’ saga began with The Infinity cross-over event, written by Jonathan Hickman. I had first gotten into comics around the time that The Avengers movie hit theatres (highly recommended!). Hickman was writing the Avengers at the time and the narrative was heading into The infinity Event.
Infinity direct leads us into 2014, which was in itself a big year for me – various things happened but ultimately I defeated University and became unemployed (being a student is a full time job – right?). But also in 2014, Inhuman was released! Originally, intended to be written by Matt Fraction the wonderful Charles Soule (who is very vocal about his love for Inhumans) took over.
I have to admit, I got Inhuman #1 on a whim. I hadn’t been aware of the Inhumans at all until this point, maybe except Black Bolt – but was never privy to any Inhumans books.
Goodness me, Inhuman soon became my most anticipated book, even though it was delayed heavily. Originally set to be released in the January of 2014, the first issue was released in April 2014 and the following issues began being released in August of the same year. Introducing characters old and new, it began my own love for the franchise.
Inhuman introduced the likes of Reader, Frank McGee, Inferno, Flint, Naja whilst re-introducing old favourites such as the Royal Family. But, Inhuman wasn’t to last, whilst that seems to be a thing at Marvel now, get up to around twenty issues then cancel them, arguably the cancellation of Inhuman was due to the next great Crossover Event – Secret Wars.
I’m not going to really talk much about Secret Wars in and of itself, although I would like to touch on the Inhuman tie-in, Attilan Rising (the inspiration for the name of this Podcast – whether that makes us imaginative or not, I won’t comment).
I hugely enjoyed Attilan Rising, and loved that it introduced a new part of the MU before the end of Secret Wars, The Quiet Room. This was Black Bolt’s nightclub and the unofficial headquarters of the rebel group “The Voice Unheard.” This rebel faction opposed the tyranny of Dr. Doom and Magistrix Medusa and was made up of a wild collection of alternate reality heroes, such as “The Bard” (Matthew Murdock), Karnak, Mega Rad and others. I feel like Attilan Rising, while not particularly necessary in reading for the current books, it’s a really good stand-alone one – I highly recommend it.
The conclusion of Secret Wars ushered in the All New All Different era of The Marvel Universe. The entire publishing lineup was relaunched with a series of new first issues. This included the introduction of my favourite Inhuman titles to date.
Inhuman ended and was separated into two complimenting flagship titles, Uncanny Inhumans and All New Inhumans. All-New Inhumans written by James Asmus, who graciously came on the show for a special episode, absolutely got it right. It’s a proper team book, and I absolutely urge anyone to go read it – he said it himself, he was trying to emulate what Claremont did with the X-Men back in the 80’s and and I feel he very much succeeded in his effort.
Unfortunately many team books these days seem to suffer a bit because there is often a focus on particular characters each issue, which defeats the point of a team book. But All-New gave many different characters development, panel-time and generally just absolute love. It’s the same with Uncanny Inhumans, whilst I personally think Uncanny had a couple of “filler” issues, generally it’s been an absolutely brilliant book. Asmus and Soule have confidently given us an absolutely outstanding base for going ahead.
I reckon you’re all screaming at me now to mention all of the other books that featured Inhumans, because of course, there were a ton of them. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Ms Marvel, Karnak and Mosaic. Plus there were also Inhumans featured in many other titles, such as Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, All-New All-Different Avengers just to name but a few. I completely agree with those out there who think there has been an Inhuman push – there has. It’s noticeable. Yet what has always been important to me is good stories, and every single one since 2013’s Infinity has been good. Great even. I absolutely urge every last one of you reading this post to go and read those books if you can – you won’t be disappointed.
Turning to the future, in Episode 6 Seren, Doc and myself review the new Inhuman titles that are scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2017 following the conclusion of the Inhumans versus X-Men cross-over event. This includes The Royals, a Black Bolt solo series and a new version of The Secret Warriors. Although no official announcement has been made, it’s a safe bet that Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, and Mosaic will all continue on. There is even a possibility that more Inhumans books will be announced some time down the line (I sure hope so). In any case, the three that have been announced so look pretty great and I’m very much looking forward to checking them out.
It would appear that 2017 is going to be a pretty big year for fans of The Inhumans, with the upcoming television series and a host of exciting new titles. The only thing that has me feeling disappointed is the likely conclusion of Uncanny Inhumans and the fact that Charles Soule will be stepping down from his role as the head steward of The Inhumans. Mr. Soule has done such a wonderful job steering The Inhumans and I know that his involvement will be greatly missed. I’m also hoping that there will be more announcements in the future, of which I’m sure there will be. No matter what though, it’s a great time to be an Inhumans fan.
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In this episode we get back to normal of reviewing the newest books, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Ms Marvel, Uncanny Inhumans and IvX are all well recieved, we do also mention Death of X just briefly. Contact the show: attilanrising1 and firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as we heard the Inhumans news that we were getting a new TV show, we… sent each other emails and decided to record this one a few days later! We also did a quick Fancast poll through the website and twitter (www.attilanrising.com and @attilanrising1) and discuss the winners options – which is completely out the ball park. Please email us with feedback email@example.com
An episode in which we try and get as much information into a single episode! And then failing because we always go onto tangents! Here is a link to the wonderful article about Ms Marvel: http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/ms-marvel-will-save-you-now-9183689
This episode sees us joined by none other than James Asmus himself! Generally we talk about All-New Inhumans, the direction and many other things besides. An absolutely joy to be involved in and we hope you enjoy.
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In this episode we begin to talk about the upcoming final issue of All-New Inhumans, Uncanny Inhumans, various other Inhuman books. Alongside the Civil War II event currently happening, comments on RessurXion, Inhumans vs X-Men and Death of X.
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