The Inhumans were promised to have a big role in Infinity, and it appears that we’re about to get an idea as to what that is. Matt Fraction has been announced as the writer for an Inhumans ongoing series in December, which will launch off the back of a storyline in Jonathan Hickman’s big Marvel event. Spoilers for Infinity after the jump.
This Steve McNiven image accompanies the announcement, made on Entertainment Weekly. And it’s… super-unusual.
Super-weird because it only features two of the Inhumans characters, alongside a redesigned Wolverine, Winter Soldier, non-superior Spider-Man, Angela and – whatnow? – Nightcrawler. Who is meant to be dead. It’s a really unexpected line-up of characters. Is Nightcrawler coming back to life? Is this something else?
One of the other characters on the book appears to be Yonda Udonta, who is rumoured to be one of the cast members in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series.
The premise is that in the aftermath of Infinity, it appears that the Terrigen mists – which grant The Inhumans with their powers – will be set loose on the World, meaning anybody with Inhuman ancestry are suddenly going to gain powers. As the X-Men aren’t allowed to be a minority metaphor anymore, it appears that Matt Fraction’s subsequent series Inhuman will be taking on that role instead. Again – an interesting, odd choice from Marvel.
We’re telling science-fiction stories, but really it’s about race, gender, sexual equality. It’s a very relevant, pertinent metaphor
I trust Fraction with that metaphor, even if I do think it fits the X-Men better. This seems to be more in line with the ‘one drop’ theory. No artist has been announced for the series yet, although Steve McNiven would be the frontrunner, given this cover. Apparently we’ll find out more tomorrow from the EW website, so hold onto your hats for that one.