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  • Re: Movie News: Fantastic Four Reboot.

    Picking up on @mphil's question posted on that other thread:
    Were the Inhumans ever a popular group until recently? I remember DnA did a cross-over about them a few years back but I feel like it wasn't well received. It really does feel like Marvel is just pushing them as a stand-in for not having the X-Men. Nothing wrong with that, I'm just curious if someone can say "no, no, the Inhumans were hugely popular in 1978" or something.
    I feel like Kirby chronicle @SolitaireRose could speak to their overall history much better than I could. But I have a sense of what Marvel has tried with them in the last 15 years or so.

    The recent, clearly movie-slate influenced, push that Marvel has given the Inhumans is bigger than the last few, but it seems like, after ignoring them for a long time (as far as I recall, again, others may have a better memory on this) Marvel got interested in them again back at the end of the 90s. I remember a lot of buzz around the Jenkins/Jae Lee series, but that didn't seem to be enough to make them stick.

    And then mid-00s they started getting used again, or at least Black Bolt does. I feel like Bendis gave the character a big push by including him in The Illuminati , which not only made him a current player that matters, but also, in the retcon-y nature of the Illuminati concept, suggests that he has ALWAYS mattered to the MU. That, even though they had been mostly ignored by the last few decades of publishing, he is the monarch of a very powerful race of people that are sitting on a huge amount of power in the MU, and therefore he has been a part of this secret collective of power brokers. And the ones who hold the Infinity Gems.

    And from there, Black Bolt, and to a lesser extent, the rest of the Inhumans, started being in the mix more. They make a point of his opting out of involvement in Civil War (because now he is important enough that they have to bother to do that), he's in World War Hulk. He's the star of Silent War. DnA use him in War of Kings, as you mentioned, and on and on from there.

    But, even during all of this, have they been popular with readers? I don't watch the numbers that closely, but my guess would be not so much. I don't think it helped that what was supposed to be the splashy launch of the new way Marvel would be doing the Inhumans-- Inhumanity-- had a messy launch. I forget exactly what happened, but it was heavily promoted and was supposed to be the next big new thing, from Fraction and Copiel, but I think Fraction was already off the title before the first issue hit the stands or something. And even with all the tie-ins and such, it didn't really catch on. And then it was time for Marvel Now! anyway, so Inhumans took a back seat again. And they have heavily promoted (at least in house ads) the latest volume, Uncanny Inhumans. So we'll see.

    I would say that, thanks in large part to what Bendis started doing with him, that Black Bolt has a lot more visibility than he had when I was a kid in the 80s, and even in most of the 90s. I feel like he grabbed onto the fact that there was this very powerful, mysterious Kirby/Lee character that was in continuity, but who was not having a role in the stories that the king of the kingdom that lives on the moon or whatever it is, should have.

    And some other Inhumans concepts have got a push-- there have been those Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers minis aimed at younger readers. The Terrigen mists made for the origin of the new Ms. Marvel, and she has been popular.

    But as far as getting the Inhumans to be popular with comic buyers in their own series goes, I think historically that has been a challenge, but they are working on it. It could be that the movie will help. Look what that did for Guardians. Ten years ago would you have believed me if I told you that there would not only be a Guardians of the Galaxy comic often in the top 20, but solo series for Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and a Guardians Team-Up book as well?

    So, we'll see.

    Again, happy to take corrections and additions on this from some of our local historians.
  • Re: Hey Pants! How was the final Letterman show?

    In the meantime, there is a longer, non-derailed, discussion of the same thing going on over here. I would ask that those that actually want to talk about the Letterman finale do so over on that one. Thanks,
  • Re: Hey Pants! How was the final Letterman show?

    Okay @tommysheroes. There are plenty of places online you can make sure that everyone agrees with you, and where you can feel good about insulting those that don't. But that is not here.
  • Re: Hey Pants! How was the final Letterman show?

    Sorry to be coming to this late--

    @tommysheroes It is not for you to say what or who should or shouldn't be on the board or what ideas should or shouldn't be in the discussion.

    What *is* in keeping with discussions on this board is that discussions can be had between people that disagree, without making it about judging the other person for their ideas. It takes maturity and patience to do so. Simply put, keep it civil, and don't be a jerk.

    Up to today, I do to recall that being a problem for you. But the way you are talking to people in this discussion does not fly. Regardless of your feelings about the politics involved, this is not how we talk to each other here, and it won't be tolerated.
  • Re: A theoretical question...

    When I first looked at this image, I didn't realize that it was that Spider-Man had to pee and couldn't open the toilet, I thought that Thor had hit Spider-Man in the nuts with the hammer but then he couldn't pick up the hammer to hit him back or something.

    I think this means I have just failed the psychopath test.