The Curse Of Knowledge: Karnak And His Importance To The Inhumans

In recent years, Marvel have brought more attention to the Inhumans by featuring them in important stories and creating a TV series. Formerly one of the comic giant’s obscure properties, the Inhumans have been introduced to a new generation of fans. What I like about the group is their diversity, as each character brings a unique perspective.

One of the most fascinating members of the Inhumans is Karnak. Cousin to Black Bolt, Karnak has always stood out from the rest of his family. Unlike the other Inhumans, Karnak was never exposed to the Terrigen mists. So, what is his role within the Royal Family and the wider Marvel Universe?

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Making A Case For D-List Superheroes And Villains

It’s a great time to be a comic book nerd. Due to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comics have become the in thing and audiences have been introduced to a host of superheroes. Everyone’s heard of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, A-list characters who’ve carried franchises in comic and movie form.

Yet there are still so many characters that people aren’t familiar with, so called ‘D-List’ superheroes and villains who aren’t taken seriously. They can be the kind of characters invented for comic relief or used as cannon fodder in stories e.g. Booster Gold and Bob, Agent of Hydra. But I’d argue that a D-Lister is only limited by the imagination of the writer. In the right hands, an obscure character can reach the same level as Batman and I’m going to explain how that happens.

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Why The Absorbing Man Is An Underrated Villain

There are a variety of underrated characters in comics and many of them are villains who are used as cannon fodder against superheroes. They might be small time crooks or second rate super villains who have cliché backstories. But some small time villains can be the most human characters of all, and there’s an argument to be made that The Absorbing Man is one of the most underappreciated villains in the history of comics. Carl ‘Crusher’ Creel has the power to duplicate the properties of anything he touches, which puts him on the same level as heavy hitters like Thor and The Hulk.

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Black Bolt Vol 1: Hard Time Review: How Do You Make A Silent Character Relatable?

In recent years, Marvel have done a lot to promote the Inhumans and their world. The most well-known of the Inhumans is Black Bolt, so it was only a matter of time until The Midnight King received his own series. Black Bolt Vol 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, focuses on Black Bolt being held prisoner in a maximum security space prison. As Black Bolt is a silent character, you’d wonder how a story can be formed around someone who never speaks. Ahmed shows the reader how it’s done and the result is one of the most moving stories I’ve ever read.

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What Makes Silence Golden To Black Bolt?

With the recent trailer debut of Inhumans, Marvel is set to have another show that comic fans can tune into. When the Inhumans were created, they were a relatively obscure race, but in recent years they have been pushed into the spotlight. The most prominent member is the king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt. So, what are his powers and what makes him one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe?

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