Marvel Comics' "Black Bolt" #1, supporting the upcoming "Inhumans" live-action TV series, is written by Saladin Ahmed and illustrated by Christian Ward, with covers by Ward, Paul Pope, Jack Kirby, Rahzzah and John Tyler Christopher, available May 3, 2017:
"...with a voice that can crack a planet in half, 'Black Bolt' will find himself somewhere he never thought possible -- imprisoned at the edges of the cosmos.
"The newest resident of a prison designed to house the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy, Black Bolt must find out how he ended up here and who imprisoned him. But first, he'll have to survive a fight to the death with fellow inmate, 'The Absorbing Man'.
"It's time for the 'Midnight King' to plot the impossible: an escape. That is... if he survives..."
Roel Reiné is currently directing the first two episodes of "The Inhumans", shooting in Chicago, Los Angeles and Hawaii, to be released on IMAX screens before extended versions air on ABC.
The first two episodes will screen on IMAX for two weeks ahead of the fall premiere, produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios, filmed with Imax digital cameras.
"This unprecedented alliance represents a bold, innovative approach to launching great TV content for a worldwide audience," said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group. "It highlights Disney-ABC’s unrelenting commitment to finding new and creative ways to showcasing our very best programming and increasing global engagement and reach."
"The Inhumans" created by Stan Lee and illustrator/co-plotter Jack Kirby, first appeared in Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" #45 (December 1965). Their home, the city of 'Attilan' is credited to Kirby from his "Tuk the Caveboy" story in "Captain America Comics" #1 (March 1941), described as the home of advanced beings, when the humans were still in the caveman era.
"The Inhumans" origins were established millions of years ago, at the beginning of the alien 'Kree'-'Skrull' war, when the Kree set up a station on the planet Uranus, concluding that sentient life on Earth had genetic potential, invested in it by the alien 'Celestials'.
The Kree then began to experiment on primitive homo sapiens by splicing 'Eternals' DNA into 'Cro-Magnons'. Their goal was to investigate ways of circumventing their own evolutionary stagnation, while creating a powerful mutant strain of soldiers for protection against the Skrulls.
The test subjects, the Inhumans, formed their own society, thriving in seclusion from the rest of humanity, developing their own advanced technology, including the mutagenic 'Terrigen Mist' which gave them superpowers, as well as unforseen genetic damage.
Their once-secret existence became known to the general public as the Inhumans interacted with the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and 'X-Men', against 'Galactus', 'Ultron-7', 'Magneto' and 'Apocalypse'.
Once led by the dethroned 'Unspoken'. the Inhumans king is the mute noble 'Black Bolt'.
His royal family includes 'Medusa', 'Karnak', 'Gorgon', 'Triton', 'Crystal', 'Maximus the Mad' and the canine 'Lockjaw'.