Along with a few great forthcoming X-Men books coming next spring after INHUMANS vs. X-MEN wraps up, Marvel has also announced BLACK BOLT #1 written by Saladin Ahmed and pencilled by Christian Ward.
This new ongoing series has the Inhuman King in chains– incarcerated alongside super-criminals following the events of IVX. Ahmed promises a story that’s as introspective of the lead character as it is extraspective of the role of Inhuman nobility in the Marvel Universe. As a first time comic book writer, the author certainly has an ambitious goal, but we’ll see if it pays off upon release.
Black Bolt is one of the strongest characters in comics, and easily the most recognizable and popular of the Inhumans alongside Crystal and Lockjaw. He’s gone toe-to-toe with Heralds of Galactus, Omega-Level Mutants, the Incredible Hulk, and even Thanos the Mad Titan. He might also have the least amount of dialogue in Marvel’s published history, as a mere whisper is a catastrophic cacophony of power.
The Inhuman Royal Family, of which Black Bolt naturally sits at the head of their dinner table, has been a Marvel C-string mainstay since 1965. They were never popular enough to carry their own book for longer than 12 issues until 2014, when Marvel decided to push Inhumans super hard
for Summerslam to eclipse the X-Men. Now, the tide has finally changed; there are other Inhuman books on the horizon too, but Black Bolt is so far the only announced solo title to keep an eye out for.
Well, that and Ms. Marvel, but she’s had a book for a while.