Friday, September 12, 2014
Tales from the Spinner Rack
This week's Tales From The Spinner Rack is Inhumans #12 . The Inhumans were a neat concept- a race of genetically engineered beings, each with a unique power or ability, hiding themselves away from humanity in a city deep in the Himalayas. The series focused on the royal family of the Inhumans- their king Black Bolt, queen Medusa and their various cousins, members of the royal court.
The Inhumans are in New York City in this issue, and we start off with Medusa scaling the Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four, with her hair! She can manipulate objects with her hair, and that includes climbing buildings I guess. The Inhumans have a history with the FF and were looking for their help, but the FF aren't home so it's back to square one. They make their way through town and eventually run afoul of the police. When things get out of hand, a nearby Hulk gets involved and of course things go from bad to worse.
The Inhumans and the Hulk soon come to blows, and they soon realize what a handful he can be. Black bolt calls a halt after the battle gets out of hand, and the Hulk leaves, realizing the Inhumans are not his enemies.
This was to be the final issue of the Inhumans series, presumably due to low sales. In retrospect this series was hit or miss- some great concepts, marred by a mediocre execution.
There would be other Inhumans series over the years, but they never really went anywhere- they seem to be forever relegated to second string roles. Or maybe not- there has been a resurgence of interest in the Inhumans at Marvel recently, and with rumors of a movie in the works, we may be seeing more of these characters in the future.