Ahura (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988)
Created by Ann Nocenti (writer)
Bret Blevins (artist)
In-story information
Full name Ahura Boltagon
Species Inhumans
Team affiliations Inhuman Royal Family
Future Foundation
Notable aliases Pope
  • Initially, hypersonic scream
  • Later, his power evolves into a psionic "evil eye" which can cause death, but this is largely dormant
  • Telepathy, limited mind control

Ahura is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as a member of the Inhumans species. Ahura was created by Ann Nocenti and Bret Blevins and first makes an appearance in Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988).

Fictional character history[edit]

Ahura is the son of Black Bolt and Medusa of the Inhumans. He was conceived without permission of the Genetics Council. Having met with unbearable resistance by the Council and her own husband, Medusa sneaked away to Earth with a group of friends and allies. Medusa would give birth in an out-of-the-way house, the area guarded and cleared of pollutants by the powers of the group.[1]

Ahura's birth cry demonstrated his father's devastating power, but this evolved into a psionic "evil eye" power that can cause death. He was taken by the Council and sent to Earth. His spacecraft crashed and he was taken in by a childless couple and named "Pope". He grew unnaturally quickly and it was in this period that his "evil eye" power replaced his vocal powers. He was put in danger after the local townspeople mistakenly believed that he had maliciously killed a goat with his powers. Gorgon, Karnak, Daredevil, Brandy Ash and Number Nine came to rescue him, though their goodwill mission was interrupted by the demonic Blackheart. The entire group was taken to Hell. Although Brandy is murdered by Mephisto in the escape, Ahura is able to see Brandy's spirit form.[2]

Back on the moon, he was taken by the Genetics Council for the leader's own purposes. With the help of his family, he was able to overcome the corrupt Chief Justice who had been stealing his power.[3]

His existence seems overlooked in the Son of M series. Crystal demands the Inhumans go to Earth and retrieve her daughter, Luna. Medusa and Black Bolt refuse to intervene, to which Crystal bitterly retorts that they would understand if they had children. Medusa then looks upon Crystal silently with contempt.

However, Silent War reveals that Ahura has been locked away for years because he is afflicted with the same madness as his uncle, Maximus. As his powers grew, so did his insanity. The Genetics Council of Attilan deemed him too dangerous and he was taken to the Pacifiers to suppress his powers. They were unable to treat his mental illness. Black Bolt forbade Medusa to see him but she visits him twice. The first time, Ahura chastised her for allowing this to happen to him. On Medusa's second (and most recent) visit, it was revealed that years with the Pacifiers have taken away Ahura's anger and violence, but left him in an over-sedated state. Medusa than asked permission of Black Bolt to use Luna to attempt to heal his mind, but he flatly refused.[4] Maximus freed Ahura and instructed Luna to remove his mental blocks as she did on Maximus.[5]

When it came to the Secret Invasion, Ahura was later revealed to have been captured by the Skrulls who replaced the boy with a Skrull agent. Eventually the Skrull Ahura was defeated by Maximus.[6] Ahura was held captive on Skrull ship, watched by a Skrull whose powers were specifically designed to neutralize telepathy. Ahura was forced to watch as Black Bolt underwent torture by the Skrulls attempting to steal his destructive potential. A rogue Inhumans strike force, led by his mother, rescued them both and the Skrull ship was neutralised.[7] During War of Kings, Ahura is mentally stable.[8]

At his mother's behest, Ahura is later enrolled as a student at the Future Foundation.[9]

During Infinity, Black Bolt sends his son away before he destroys Attilan and releases the terrigen mists across the world to reveal the Inhuman hybrids throughout humanity. Black Bolt later travels to the fortress of Kang the Conqueror, where he sent Ahura. There, Ahura has been under the care of Kang. Ahura is mad at his father for sending him away to one of their enemies and destroying Attilan, claiming that Kang has been a better father than Black Bolt ever was. Black Bolt quickly releases a small capsule of terrigen mist, activating Ahura's terrigenesis. While Ahura is going through his transformation, Black Bolt asks Kang to take Ahura out of the timeline to save him from the coming timedeath of the universe. Kang says he will only do so if Ahura remains in his care forever. Even if they are to survive the coming death of the universe, Ahura will remain Kang's. Black Bolt agrees, and Kang takes Ahura away.[10]

Alternative versions[edit]

In the Earth X/Universe X/Paradise X series, the grown up Ahura becomes the Black Knight, heir to Captain Britain, ruler of Britain.


  1. ^ Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988)
  2. ^ Daredevil #279–283
  3. ^ Fantastic Four Unlimited #2
  4. ^ Silent War #4
  5. ^ Silent War #5
  6. ^ Secret Invasion: Inhumans #2
  7. ^ Secret Invasion: Inhumans #4
  8. ^ War of Kings #1–6
  9. ^ FF (vol. 2) #5
  10. ^ The Uncanny Inhumans #0