Characters Appearing: Black Bolt, Crystal, Falzon, Gorgon, Iridia, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Quicksilver, Triton
Issue(s): Inhumans #7, Inhumans #8, Inhumans #10
But three issues of fighting the various factions and rebellions on this planet is a bit much.
This planet system is part of the Kree empire...
...so the Inhumans do get to fight off some Kree...
...but then they realize that the Earth is going to be attacked by the Kree so they return home.
I should note that the main Kree bad guy, Mon-Tog, is colored blue on the cover of issue #9 (which - hah hah, just kidding folks! - actually contained reprints), but he is black in issue #9.
I imagine a black/brown Kree is not held in any higher esteem than a pink Kree, but he is leading a battalion of blue Kree in this issue.
The inhabitants of the planet are telepathic, so you have phrases like "relatively thinking" instead of "relatively speaking", which i guess makes sense, but you also have guys using bullhorns with a narration box assuring us that it's not really a bullhorn.
Here's an unusual expression that i haven't seen before: "By the polluted genes of Zorvash!"
Medusa has developed a habit of saying things like "As Ben Grimm would say" and "As Johnny Storm would say".
I like the idea that Medusa has learned and grown from her experience with the Fantastic Four, but it was better when that was manifesting as her trying to get the rest of the Royal Family to use teamwork when fighting, instead of this name-dropping.
Perez returns for issue #8, but then issue #9 is a last-minute reprint, which i imagine is due to Perez's deadline problems. And then issue #10 begins Keith Pollard's run.
Between this planet and the one seen in Captain Marvel #42, i'm beginning to be a little less awed with the majesty of the Kree empire.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Issue #9 was a reprint of the Inhumans' side of Amazing Adventures #1-2. The previous arc ended with Black Bolt decreeing that the Inhuman Royal Family would go off into space, but only after repairs were finished on the spaceship that was supposed to transfer the prisoners captured by Maximus. Between the ship's construction and allowing time for spaceflight, i've left a large gap between last issue and this one, which also gets us back in sync with publication time. Since they are in space, the Inhuman Royal Family shouldn't appear anywhere between the end of this arc and the beginning of the next one. There is potentially room for them to appear somewhere before this arc, if necessary, since they aren't actually shown leaving the Earth in issue #6. None of this applies to Crystal or Quicksilver, who stay behind on Earth.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: The Inhumans vol. 2
Comics Interview #50 published a mystery: an unused Inhumans page by Perez featuring the Original X-Men. It was dated 1972, but the art looked way too accomplished to be that old. Possibly there is an unfinished Moench/Perez Inhumans story moldering in Marvel's inventory?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 6, 2014 3:31 PM
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