Inhumanity (comics)

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"Inhumanity"
Inhumanity #1 Cover (December 2013)
Art by Olivier Coipel
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date December 2013
Genre
Main character(s) Inhumans
Creative team
Writer(s) Various
Artist(s) Various

"Inhumanity" is a 2013-2014 comic book crossover storyline that ran through a number of Marvel Comics beginning in December 2013. The event follows the aftermath of "Infinity" when the Terrigen Mists are released throughout the world (somewhat similar to the Earth X reality) and activate dormant Inhuman cells in ordinary people who are Inhumans descendants. A new core ongoing title called Inhuman was launched as part of this storyline and is be a focal point of this story.[1]

Publication history[edit]

"Inhumanity" was announced in July 2013 as a post-Infinity status-quo change, with Matt Fraction helming a new Inhumans series, titled Inhuman, which would be at the heart of the storyline. Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief, said “The effect on the Marvel Universe will be seismic...You might learn that your new self is fantastic, beautiful, filled with immense power...By the same token, you could turn around and find out that you’re nothing. You’re a blob. You have no powers. You can create a little flame out of your pinkie.” Fraction added "Our focus characters are drawn into the palace intrigue of this shattered Inhumans Royal family. It becomes a superhero story and a mythical story, all revolving around turning the world into a world full of superheroes."[2]

In September 2013, Marvel began releasing various teaser images asking "Is she...", "Is he...", "Are we..." leading up to the unveiling of the cover of Inhumanity #1, a one-shot to be written by Matt Fraction.[3] Later in the month, Marvel announced a host of tie-ins to Inhumanity, including New Avengers, Avengers A.I., Mighty Avengers, Avengers Assemble, and a new limited series spinning out of Inhumanity, titled Inhumanity: The Awakening, which follows the events of Infinity: The Hunt.[4][5][6][7]

A trailer was released on 12/12/2013.

Plot[edit]

Main plot[edit]

Following the destruction of Attilan and the spread of the Terrigen Mists upon the entire face of Earth, Karnak was left mentally scarred by said events and began tearing up the upper west side of Manhattan, babbling and sobbing uncontrollably. He had to be put in custody by the Avengers. In Stark Tower, Karnak explained to the Avengers what happened during their fight with Thanos and what it meant for the Inhumans. While he was questioning himself for the reason for Black Bolt to spread the Terrigen Mists and what would happen next, Karnak had an epiphany in which he finally saw "the fault in all things." He told Medusa (who was present during his interrogation) that she needed to forget everything she thought she knew, ignore her instincts and forget the past. Otherwise, all would be lost. Following this revelation in which he stated it was too late for him to unlearn a lifetime of error, Karnak shattered the window from his containment cell and jumped out of the Stark Tower, killing himself.[8]

Subplots[edit]

Dr. June Covington has come upon the possession of a Terrigenesis Cocoon. At Stark Tower, Spider-Girl gets the attention of Captain Marvel and informs her that her social studies teacher was sent to a hospital when his Terrigenesis Cocoon activated three days before, and that both he and the cocoon had been kidnapped. Captain Marvel is unable to leave to help, but Spider-Woman and Black Widow volunteer. Their first stop is an A.I.M. temporary station on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Black Widow explains that since A.I.M. got themselves a country, they are now a diplomatic force and legally protected; the station is no more illegal than a CIA safehouse in Moscow. But, they still have all their old science-terror contacts in the New York underworld so the trio plan to break in, kidnap a guy, and pump him for everything he knows. However, before their target can give all the information they desire, he is shot and they are captured. The leader of the A.I.M. group introduces herself as Dr. Kashmir Vennema, who Black Widow has fought before, and she gloats that she could have them arrested for trespassing. Black Widow states that Dr. Vennema used to be an inter-dimensional arms dealer who formed an operation with her alternate selves. According to Dr. Vennema, Mr. Schlickeisen (Spider-Girl's social studies teacher) died during the Terrigenesis process and they sold his body. When it becomes apparent that the trio do not want to buy the other one, she decides to have her guards kill them. Spider-Woman tells her that is a bad idea, but Vennema cites state law: once they crossed her threshold, she was legally in the clear. At Hemoglobal Research and Lab Services, Dr. June Covington walks in with the corpse and kills the only member of staff present. She will be commandeering their facilities for the weekend.[9]

The Avengers A.I. encountered an elderly widow named Doris who turned to attorney Matt Murdock for help after her bank foreclosed on her home. After being exposed to the Terrigen Mist, she transformed into an octopus-like creature with masses of tentacles in place of arms. She attacked the Avengers A.I. before being persuaded to stop by Doombot. Doris then took off for parts unknown with Medusa.[10]

Luke Cage keeps the Mighty Avengers together and made the remodeled Gem Theater as their base. The Mighty Avengers now have the purpose of helping those in need. During this time, the Spider-Hero becomes the new Ronin. Barbara McDevitt (the personal bodyguard of Cortex Inc. director Jason Quantrell) was discovered to be an Inhuman descendant whose powers were activated after she suffered from Terrigenesis and remained in a cocoon for weeks. Afterwards, Cortex Inc. enlisted Barbara in her new identiy of Quickfire to infiltrate the ruins of Attilan.[11]

Geldoff is a Latverian teenager visiting the U.S. as part of a student exchange programs, and begins to manifest his dormant Inhuman heritage after being exposed to the Terrigen Mist. After a brief scuffle with the X-Men, he is kidnapped by Monica Rappaccini of the A.I.M organization.[12]

Fiona is a former blogger who was exposed to the Terrigen Mist while taking selfies and subsequently began blogging about her condition where she had mutated to having a bird-like appearance. She was rescued by members of the Avengers Academy and former members of the New X-Men after nearly falling to her death.[13]

When Attilan exploded over New York and spread the Terrigen Mists around the world, most of the wreckage landed in New York's harbor. But enough hit the city to inconvenience people. To the Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body), it is a godsend. He and his Spiderlings spread through the city helping with the recovery, rescuing people from the rubble, talking of the public good. Then the Superior Spider-Man and his Spiderlings start taking the rubble back to his base to strip it of valuable technological secrets. As he swings through the city, he muses on the difference between his old life as the dying Doctor Octopus and the people below him. He found an escape method by stealing another man's body. They wait for the rescue services. A radio message from a Spiderling brings him to an apartment on a street where most electronics have suddenly stopped working. Covering for a heedless underling, the Superior Spider-Man talks to the police. A piece of Inhuman debris hit the roof of the building. Since it showed no hazardous radiation, the police marked it as a low priority. Now one of the apartments is glowing....and as the hotels and hospitals are already full from the high-priority sites, the people on this street who couldn't get out immediately just have to take whatever happens next. Observing the impact site, the Superior Spider-Man and his firefighter escort Lt. Coyle realize that something has been taken, probably for its resale value and probably by the occupants of the glowing apartment. Moving through the building from the roof, the Superior Spider-Man notices that the residents are strangely lethargic and realizes that whatever is draining power from electronics is also draining energy from people. At the apartment, the Superior Spider-Man's righteous spiel is answered by a husband named Arthur Schweibe who is wearing half of a set of power armor. Arthur has his own spiel of how he and his wife played by the rules in a world without rules and were left behind. The Superior Spider-Man's web-shooters are failing as is his strength, but he manages to distract Arthur long enough to find the rest of the armor attached to Arthur's wife Susan Schweibe who has cancer. Arthur couldn't afford to help her, but with this armor, maybe he can heal her. And he will kill everyone in this city if he can bring her back. Coyle speaks up, having followed the Superior Spider-Man in. He asks Arthur why Susan is asleep. When Arthur is silent, Coyle spells it out: Susan didn't want him to hurt others for her benefit, so Arthur drugged her so she wouldn't stop him. Coyle empathizes saying he's lost people, but that Arthur seems angry for other reasons. And if he will hurt people for that rage, he's not really doing it for Susan, he's doing it for himself. Defeated, Arthur lets go of the Superior Spider-Man, who swiftly disables the powersource in the armor. He explains that it probably wouldn't have worked, but that he can get Susan an appointment with Elias Wirtham. He also asks Coyle to back up his statement that Arthur was being controlled by the armor and should be left free to support his wife. Coyle agrees, but asks the Superior Spider-Man why he is being so lenient. Thinking back to his final days as Doctor Octopus, the Superior Spider-Man merely says that no-one should die alone. Leaving the apartment, he sees the Spiderling from earlier arguing jurisdiction with the Fire Department. Spider-Man intervenes and lays down the law....when it comes to clean-up, the NYFD are to be backed without question from now on.[14]

Victor Kohl is the black sheep of his family. He had economic problems and even found himself having to steal the new laptop of his brother Robert Kohl. When the Terrigen Mists were released onto Earth, the Kohl Family went through Terrigenesis while Victor didn't. While they were transferred to an Inhuman Nativity Center, he grew resentful because he thought he was adopted as he didn't change. One day when he was returning drunk to his home, Victor was confronted by the Nightbringer Ring of the Mandarin which found him acceptable to be its wearer. With its power and still under the influence of alcohol, Victor attacked the Inhuman Nativity Center where Robert was apparently killed. Iron Man appeared to stop him and Victor had to flee after the Golden Avenger injured his shoulder with a laser. The ring teleported Victor to a safe place. While recovering, Victor suffered from Terrigenesis for his surprise. As soon as he resurfaced, Victor was found and confronted by Medusa. She showed to him the rest of the body of his father which was destroyed during Victor's rampage in the Nativity Center. She also explained to Victor that he didn't suffer from Terrigenesis not because he didn't have blood ties with his family, but because the level of exposure to Terrigen Mists to activate the Terrigenesis in certain individuals can vary. She exiled Victor from the Inhumans for his actions. Victor blamed himself for what he did, but the ring managed to make him blame Tony Stark from not stopping him when he was rampaging drunk. The Ring also suggested Victor's new nickname called the Exile.[15]

Medusa and her aide Elejea were summoned to Battery Park by numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they found Eldrac alive in the debris after the clean up effort. Medusa spoke with him trying to determine what happened, so she asked Eldrac if he could transport her to where her husband Black Bolt would be, Eldrac then opened his mouth as Medusa is seen walking through. In another part of the United States, Dante was an newly evolved Inhuman who was among many placed in a cocoon due to the release of the Terrigen Bomb that affected New York City after the Inhuman city of Attilan fell into the Hudson River. The mist traveled all around the world which included Dante's home in Des Plaines, Illinois. After coming out of the cocoon, he was approached by a fellow Inhuman named Lash who came there to see if Dante was worthy of the gifts that were given to him. He asked him what happened to his mother and he told him that she didn't survive the transformation process of the Terrigen Mist. Dante's retaliation came when his body started to engulf itself into flames which he used in the form of heat blasts against Lash. During the battle, Queen Medusa arrived via teleportation by Eldrac the Door to interfere as part of a plan to get Dante to move to where the Inhumans are currently living.[16]

Titles involved[edit]

Much like the Age of Ultron tie ins the numbering for ongoing titles will have .INH attached.

Name Volume Issue Creative team Ref.
New on-going series
Inhuman 5 #1 (April 2014)[17] Charles Soule (W), Joe Madureira (A) [1]
Other on-going series
Avengers A.I. 1 #07.INH (December 2013) Sam Humphries (W) [5]
Avengers Assemble 1 #21.INH-25.INH (November 2013 - March 2014) Kelly Sue DeConnick/Warren Ellis (W) [7]
Indestructible Hulk 1 #16-20(December 2013 - March 2014) Mark Waid (W), Mahmud Asrar (A) [18][19]
Iron Man 5 #20.INH (January 2014) Kieron Gillen (W) [19]
Mighty Avengers 2 #04.INH-#5.INH (December 2013) Al Ewing (W) [6]
New Avengers 3 #13.INH (December 2013) Jonathan Hickman (W), Simone Bianchi (A) [4]
Uncanny X-Men 3 #15.INH (December 2013) Brian Michael Bendis (W) [19]
Limited series
Inhumanity[20] 1 #1-2 (December 2013) Matt Fraction (W), Oliver Coipel (A) [3]
Inhumanity: The Awakening 1 #1-2 (December 2013) Bill Rosemann (W) [4]
One-Shots
Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man 1 #1 (January 2014) Christos Gage (W), Richard Elson (A) [21]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Inhumanity Avengers Assemble #21.INH-23.INH, 24-25; Inhumanity #1-2; Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #15.INH; Indestructible Hulk #17.INH-18.INH, 19; New Avengers Vol. 3 #13.INH; Iron Man Vol. 5 #20.INH, Inhumanity: The Awakening #1-2, Inhumanity: Medusa #1, Avengers AI #7, Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #4-5.INH, Inhuman #1 & Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man #1 June 17, 2014 978-0785190332

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FRACTION DISCOVERS "INHUMANITY" FOR MARVEL". comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Franich, Darren (July 11, 2013). "FRACTION DISCOVERS "INHUMANITY" FOR MARVEL". entertainmentweekly.com. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "WEEK OF MARVEL TEASERS LEADS TO REVEAL OF NEW "INHUMANITY" ART". comicbookresources.com. September 6, 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "MARVEL ANNOUNCES "INHUMANITY: THE AWAKENING," "NEW AVENGERS" TIE-IN ISSUE". comicbookresources.com. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: MARQUEZ BRINGS DAREDEVIL TO "AVENGERS A.I." #7.INH COVER". comicbookresources.com. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Ronin Has a Breakthrough on "Mighty Avengers" #4.INH Cover". comicbookresources.com. September 11, 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Warren Ellis Joins "Avengers Assemble" for "Inhumanity" Tie-In". comicbookresources.com. September 11, 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Inhumanity #1
  9. ^ Avengers Assemble Vol. 2 #21
  10. ^ Avengers A.I. #7.INH
  11. ^ Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #4.INH
  12. ^ Uncanny X-Men Vol 3 #15.INH
  13. ^ Inhumanity: The Awakening #1
  14. ^ Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man #1
  15. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #20.INH
  16. ^ Inhuman #1
  17. ^ "Marvel's Inhuman #1 Moves from January to April". Comic Book Resources. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Charge Past Infinity with Indestructible Hulk". marvel.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c "NYCC: "INHUMANITY" AND ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! PANEL". marvel.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/12/09/inhumanity-medusa-1-changes-its-name-to-inhumanity-2/
  21. ^ "NYCC Inhumanity And More: Inhumanity, All-New Invaders, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Iron Patriot All Get Marvel Now Titles (UPDATE)". bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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