The Avengers find themselves face to face with Karnak who has discovered the secret of the Inhumans that will shake the Marvel U to its core.
Cover- Olivier Coipel’s cover is easily the best of the lot. Karnac is front and center with the shattered “unbreakable” prison which reflects the cast of the issue. I dig it!
Art- Olivier Coipel continues to dazzle over at Marvel, epic martial arts exchanges, dynamic and bold colors. Emotional
Characterization- Karnac is the center piece of this tale and he is gloriously executed in every conceivable way. His powers, skill, mind frame etc all of them are laid bare and yet you still don’t see the ending coming even when he steps off the ledge. Matt Fraction is back on my radar!
User Friendly- The good thing about this issue is just how accessible it is. Unlike Infinity which you had to be reading Avengers 2013 and New Avengers 2013 to truly understand what was going on. This issue has a fair bit of backtracking to explain what’s going on and also explains who the Inhumans are.
Mythology- I love the new additions to the Inhuman myths, the origin of the species, the break away, the beginning and end of terrigenesis etc, It all flowed like a perfect river. It moves the Inhumans from niche and minority to mainstream and majority. The Inhuman population now outclasses the mutants 1:10. That is a baby boom!
Emotional- I found the moments with Gorgon touching on many levels. His understanding of the magnitude of the lies the Inhumans have lived by for thousands of years makes him question everything that he holds dear. It’s the equivalent of a Christian finding out without uncertainty that Jesus was just a man instead god. His foreboding last words and death are also spine tingling in their finality.
Black Heroes- Black Panther is here, though more of a background character. Interesting tidbit for those who may have missed it; Black Panther totally kicked Karnac’s ass back in Black Panther #20 during Reginald Hudlin’s run.
Death- Oh my poor sweet psychedelic Karnac, how I will miss thee! In all seriousness though, Karnac has always been the most fascinating of the Inhuman royals to me. Seemingly with less power than everyone else his sheer skill and finesse has always made him easily the most formidable in close range. His powers are given interesting range this issue and make his passing a much harder pill to swallow. RIP Karnac Dec 1965-Dec 2013.
Huh- So…..this issue has Gorgon of the Inhuman’s forcing his son to undergo Terrigenesis. Gorgon is completely human here. He has not been completely human in years! He underwent terrigenesis multiple times; he should have bull’s legs and a more feral appearance. WTF happened over at editorial? no one picked that up?
War of Kings and beyond- I’m still unsure why the Inhuman’s left the Kree empire unattended after they became it’s rulers and even defeated the Shiar? Someone enlighten me because there is no text box in Infinity or this issue to explain why they went from galaxy rulers back to scattered on earth?
Marriage- Another big question mark for me is Crystal, the Inhuman princess. Wasn’t she married to Ronan the Accuser who featured prominently in the Infinity storyline? Did she not remain on Hala with him when the Inhuman’s left the planet? How and why is she here with her family now?
Inhumanity is upon us and nothing will be the same again. Matt Fraction and Olivier Copiel deliver a megaton opening salvo sure to ignite passions and have people talking until 2014.
Our prayers and hearst go out to the family of Nelson Mandella who passed away earlier today. Who was Mandella?
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Above are some of my favorite quotes from this black hero who fought long and hard for equality and who’s life proves that once one has life their is the potential for so much more. RIP Nelson Mandella you continue to inspire us even in death.
Relatives: unidentified father (tribal ruler, deceased), Samuel N’Dingi (deceased)
Skills and abilities: Skilled hand to hand combatant; college-educated achieving a PhD
Weapons: N’Dingi’s left side of his body as well as his left eye have been replaced with cybernetic parts; left hand is replaced with claw-like aperture and releases an hallucinogenic gas which allows N’Dingi to extract information from victims and gauge their personalities, arm also houses various weapons for close and long range combat
Joshua N’Dingi was sent to England as a young man by his father. After receiving his education, he was recruited into the RCX. Joshua’s job was to take the mutated children known as Warpies into government care. While on a mission, one of the Warpie babies he had collected exploded in his face. The RCX along with the British government spent millions replacing his damaged left side. The agency made up a phony car accident to explain what happened to Joshua. He also has to travel back to England routinely for maintenance. When Joshua’s father died, Joshua returned to the small country of Mbangawi to become ruler. Once he ascended the throne, he strove to bring justice to the region where his country resided. To that end, his men captured the slave trader, Jamie Braddock, brother to Brian Braddock, the current Captain Britain. Joshua was tricked by some of his old colleagues in the RCX that Brian was also involved and lured him to his country and captured him. Once Joshua finds out Brian is innocent, he releases him, and Brian leaves Jamie to face justice. (Captain Britain #9-10; 1985)
While Jamie is being held and tortured by Doctor Crocodile and Witch Woman, his compound is attacked. Jamie is freed by Technet, who is hired by Nigel Foster, but not before he mops the floor with them using the reality warping powers that have been released due to his torture. While battling Jamie, both he and Doc Croc were transported to Great Britain. Jamie is found later by Nigel, who wipes out the memories of Technet and leaves them to believe their mission was a success. Doc Croc is found in a bath tub, turned into an actual small crocodile by Jamie. Joshua was later found and turned back to normal by his witch woman. (Excalibur #13, 15; 1989)
During the Civil War, Joshua represented his country at the Pan African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans, hosted in Wakanda. The Congress was formed in reaction to the American Superhuman Registration Act, and searched for a way all countries represented would frame their united response. The representatives who attended were the Black Panther and Storm, Moses Magnum, Man-Ape, Afrikaa, Zarda, and Joshua. The representatives failed to reach an agreement before the congress ended. (Civil War: Damage Report #1; 2007)
When the warpie births attracted the attention of the X-men, they travel to Mbangawi to investigate. While investigating, they come up against Joshua and his troops, who are isolating the mutated children. Joshua orders the X-Men home and the children terminated. Before Joshua and the X-men can do battle, they are attacked and fight the Furies, who have come from another reality to track down the mutant who escaped there, and is responsible for the Warpies birth. Joshua and the X-Men defeat the Furies, and Joshua finds the mutant asleep and kills him. (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #2-5; 2010-2011)
1st appearance: Soulfire v2 #1, 2009 Nationality: American
Legal Status: Unknown
Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Skills and Abilities: Skilled fighter and electronic engineer.
Powers: His cybernetic parts grant enhanced strength and resistance to injury. Arificial arm and eye
His past is unknown until he came to the attention of the engineer Gabriel who replaced his eye and arm with cybernetic parts. He took over leadership of the island when Gabriel fell ill. He was opposed by Benoist an old friend of Gabriel’s [Soulfire v2#1 2009]. Benoist discovered his ruse that who discovered his ruse of extending his life for the sole purpose of keeping power. [Soulfire v2 #2, soulfire v2 #3]. Benoist escaped and turned his team against him thus ending his short lived Reign. [Soulfire v2 #4].
Cover- Minimalist sure but deeply symbolic! We have the silhouette of the Avengers mounting a flag with their symbol on a planet, presumably earth while the stars are exaggerated above head to give it some dramatic effect.
Consequences- Annihilus now has a foothold in mainstream Marvel, he has his own planet. The Skrull Empire is reborn with the super skrull as the new emperor; On Hala the Kree have plans for war. The Shiar make plans to expand their ranks, Thane and Ebony Maw are free in the universe and the Ex-Nihili reunites on whaan to build a paradise.
Action- Sweet, glorious action! Thanos shows his formidable might by brushing aside both Thor and Hulk. Corvus and Proxima meanwhile cut through the Avengers like a hot knife through butter. I’m not even going to mention Ebony Maw’s suicidal bid against the Illuminati and how Maximus saved the day.
The Illuminati- T’challa and the crew grab another potential weapon in their bid to save creation, the frozen Thanos and Proxima Midnight.
Inhumanity- Black Bolt and Maximus plan to remain ‘dead’ and leave a beacon at the original site of Attitlan for a new Inhuman king to find.
Conclusion- INFINITY came to a spine tingling conclusion this issue as we finally learn what other power he had. Living death is an interesting concept especially since it stayed far from the zombie cliché.
Black Heroes- Black Panther was here kicking ass and taking names, Eden Fesi took command in space and Nightmask helped Starbrand save earth. Good times all around!
No complaints from me
It’s hard to complain about Infinity #6, the dialogue is beautifully interwoven with exposition. The pacing is perfect. There is a Deus Ex machine moment at the end but Hickman has been setting that up since the series began. This is a fitting end to a simply epic event! 5/5
While we have been busy celebrating Milestone Comics 20th anniversary we have completely been blindsided by the anniversary of the Power Rangers. Saban’s hit franchise began in August 28, 1993. While it has not been a mainstream hit since the early 2000′s there is no denying the pop culture impact that the power rangers has had on the world. I’ve often been asked “Do you consider the Power Rangers superheroes?” and I often reply “hell yeah!”. In the 90′s many kids who were not into comic books never even knew black people could be superheroes so Zack was mind-blowing to say the least. For years the franchise has been home to rumors of ‘racism’ and even ‘homophobia’ but throughout it all young black actors, especially the recent crop have been using the franchise to launch their careers into mainstream acting. Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise and count down our favorite African-American’s who’ve kicked ass and taken names in the name of goodness!
Jack was an orphan living on the streets with aspirations of becoming more. To save his friends he became the SPD Red Ranger and leader of the SPD B-squad. He had the power to phase through solid objects. Despite reservation from his teammates he grew into a very capable and responsible leader, tempered by his life as an orphan. Despite his skills and notoriety as the leader of the SPD B-Squad he chafed under the life of super heroics and by the end of the show he stepped down as leader of the team so he could help people at the street level. Jack was also the first power ranger with dreadlocks. He was portrayed by Brandon Jay McLaren.
The Blue Aquitian Ranger of the team labeled on Earth the “Alien Rangers”. Cestro is the brains of the team in much the same way Billy was for the Mighty Morphin team. Aquitians are an aquatic race thus once on earth they need pure water in order to survive, otherwise they suffer severe and paralyzing dehydration. While using his ranger powers he could summon waterfalls and commanded the blue battle borg. Un-morphed he also had the ability to project energy in the form of a blue liquid-like substance which creates strong gusts of wind and even energy fields. He can also teleport over short distances. Cestro was the first African-American to portray a blue ranger. He was portrayed by actor Karim Prince.
Aisha met the power rangers after saving her teachers child and then was captured by lord Zedd after she and her friends won a ninja competition. Once the original black, red and yellow rangers were chosen to join the peace conference she received the power of the Yellow Ranger and replaced Trini on the team. She used the yellow Lion thunderzord and later the bear and Yellow shogun zord as well as the yellow ninja powers for a time. When reduced to childhood and in search of the zeo crystal she ended up in Africa where she decided that her veterinary skills would be best used their so she entrusted the zeo crystal and her place on the team to Tanya. She was portrayed by Karan Ashley and was the first African-American female to portray a yellow Ranger or power ranger, period.
Zack Taylor was a student at the Angel Grove High School who was proficient in martial arts and dancing. He combined the two into his own fighting style known as “Hip hop Kido” which he sometimes taught to the youth of angel grove at Ernie’s ‘Angel Grove Youth Center’. Once Rita escaped her prison and decided to conquer earth him and his friends were chosen as earths first power rangers. Zack was granted the power of the Black Ranger charged with the might of the Mastodon. Over time he was also deemed the unofficial second in command to leader Jason. Whenever Jason was missing or absent he took over leadership of the power rangers. He remained with the team even after Lord Zedd took over the planned destruction of earth from Rita. At that time he was granted the power of the Lion Thunderzord. Zack was portrayed by Walter Emanuel Jones.
TJ was handpicked by Tommy Oliver the most famous of the power rangers as his successor when he and his friends decided to retire from active duty. Upon receiving Tommy’s powers after the power transfer he led a reformed Turbo ranger team. Being successor to Tommy however were hard shoes to fill. Despite being a capable leader he caused the destruction of two megazords, one of which was set to self-destruct per his order in a failed attempt to destroy a foe, the loss of two vehicles, and the loss of the Turbo Ranger powers due to the command center’s destruction and the abduction of Zordon. He later redeemed himself by journeying into space gaining new power as the Blue Space ranger and took part in the final battle against the alliance of evil. I’ve always liked TJ because he serves as a good example of picking yourself up after stumbling and never giving up. T.J was portrayed by actor Selwyn Ward and was the first African-American to be a Red Ranger and Team Leader.
Zane and his friends were new students attending Angel Grove high school and it’s newest bullies. They came to the attention of lord Zedd because they were “deliciously evil”. After they tangled with the original mighty Morphin Power Rangers Zedd captured them and using the stolen power of the Green Ranger made them into his “dark rangers”. There time as evil rangers was short-lived however as the green energy was taken back by Tommy and they were returned to Angel Grove. After the incident Zane and his friends became friends with the rangers.
Joel was a stuntman who was chosen to be the green lightspeed ranger. While he was reluctant at first to accept membership his sense of duty lead him to join. He had a longtime crush on Angela Fairweather throughout his season. He is best known out of costume for his trademark Cowboy hat and is nicknamed the “sky cowboy”. During his final appearance he was seen married to Angella as him and his team helped the time force rangers battle Vypra. He was portrayed by Keith Robinson.
Picked by Aisha as her replacement after she rescued her from a lion Tanya became the second female African-American yellow ranger and third African-American power ranger ever. She is a capable fighter who trained with fellow ranger Adam. She is described as intelligent and athletic. She has a beautiful singing voice and also loves music. After graduating from Angel Grove High she picked Ashley as her successor and was never heard from again. Tanya was portrayed by Nakia Burrise.
Noah like Billy and Ethan before him is a brilliant man of science. Alongside four other teens he was chosen by Gosei to protect the earth from the Warstar aliens as a power ranger. In battle he uses his keen intellect and excellent martial arts skills to keep earth safe. Noah is also good friends with the more socially adept Jake. Together they make a very potent and capable duo. Noah is portrayed by John Mark Loudermilk and will appear in Power Rangers Super Megaforce the 21st season of Power Rangers.
The warm and Open Katie traveled to the past with her friends to save the future. She has inhuman strength and a very warm and inviting personality. She is very protective of her friends and would do anything for them. When her mission ended she returned to the future. She is last seen traveling to the past once more to battle the Mut-Orgs. She was portrayed by actress Deborah Estelle Phillips. Katie is the third African-American Yellow Ranger.
Ethan is the geek of his team, just as Billy was for the original Power Rangers Team. He’s the brains, often playing video games and working the computers. He’s also the second blue ranger to be modeled after the triceratops. As the ‘stereotypical geek’ he has problems with girls though he eventually overcomes this as the series ends. He is noted as eventually creating equipment that will be used by S.P.D. He was portrayed by Kevin Duhaney.
Scott is the second son of a military leader, Colonel Mason Trueman. Never the favored child he witnessed his brother die in battle but survives. Scott goes on to become the red R.P.M ranger and avenge his brother. Overtime he manages to prove himself an exceptionally skilled fighter and leader. At first his father is reluctant to recognize his true potential but he goes on to defeat Venjix, save the city and graduate to an even more elite ranger team when his season ended. He was a model soldier who was always ready to put his life on the line for innocents. Scott also managed to win his father’s approval. Scott was the third African-American red ranger. He was portrayed by Eka Darville.
Kevin is also an Olympic level swimmer and master swordsman trained from birth by his father. As the blue samurai ranger he has power over the element of water and also serves as the second in command of his team. Often used for comedy relief due his devotion. He has a rivalry with his red ranger leader similar to the earlier rivalry of Tommy and Jason. During a crossover with RPD he met Scott; the two really didn’t get along as a result of clashing personalities. Kevin is the Fifth African-American Blue ranger. He was portrayed by Najee De-Tiege.
The green A-squad ranger was never named and despite being one of the more skilled operatives of SPD he and his friends sided with evil and battled the b-squad. Unfortunately they were defeated and jailed. Like the other members of his team he had a large plasma blaster and was a very skilled fighter. A-squad Green’s ranger is also the only green power ranger in the history of the series to willingly join the villains. Since the A-Squad was made up of recycled old power ranger props his helmet was a repainted black power rangers in space helmet. He was portrayed by D.J. Sena.
Will is the suave and cocky super spy and infiltrator of his group. Quite the ladies man as well, Will comes with allot of high tech gadgets and toys which aid him in battle. His loner attitude at first caused problems with his teammates until he realized that there were things he just could not do on his own. He eventually warmed up to his teammates and was well-known as one of the best fighters. His deep sense of responsibility leads to his brief departure from the team when he caused an item to fall into the hands of villains but luckily he returned in time to aid his teammates. Will has two superhuman abilities that of enhanced hearing and sight. He was portrayed by Samuell Benta. He is the second African-American Black ranger.
Damon Henderson was a senior mechanic on Terra Venture and the Astro Megaship before Kai Chen took the ship to Mirinoi to save Leo Corbett. In addition to his mechanic skills he is also a trained amateur boxer. He is known as the wise cracking joker of his team. After his teams finale battle he tracked down Trakeena who had survived her final battle with the Galaxy Rangers and helped the Lightspeed Rangers put an end to her. He was portrayed by Reggie Rolle.
Max is an immature bowler who was granted the powers of the Blue shark megazord after he rescued two women who were being attacked by on org. He is the comedian and troublemaker of his team though he’s also a capable fighter. Max and his friend Cole were rangers for about six months before Red Ranger Cole was recruited. To become a ranger he had to give up his bowling training which caused tension between himself and his mentor. They later reconciled when he had to learn his mentor’s secret technique to defeat an org. At the end of the season he surrenders his powers and goes on a trip around the world with his best friend. He’s the second African-American Blue ranger and the first Ranger with an Afro. Max was portrayed by Phillip Jeanmarie.
Group Affiliations: Secret Society of Super Villains
Height: 5”8” Weight: 162lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Skills and abilities: resident physician training; very agile
Weapons: Skorpio wears body suit that is fitted with various blades. Some of the blades are coated with a deadly toxin.
Dennis Samuel Ellis worked as a resident physician at Garden State Medical Center where John Henry Irons(Steel) worked as head of R&D. he and John Henry were involved in a love triangle with Dr. Amanda Quick. He was recruited by the head of the hospital, Dr. Arthur Villain, to act as an assassin and bodyguard for him and clean up the drug problem around the hospital by eliminating the dealers and suppliers. Villain gave him a suit with hidden weapons, and Skorpio was born. Skorpio killed some went about carrying out Dr. Villain’s mandate, but grew to hate Steel more and more. As Dr., Ellis, he was able to keep an eye out on both the hospital and Steel. When he was rejected by Dr. Quick, he sought an opportunity to get revenge on Steel, and was given one when he was hired by the villain, Crash, to bring Steel to him. To this end, Skorpio attacked Steel’s niece, injecting her with a deadly toxin and destroying the antidote. After a brief skirmish, Steel apprehends Skorpio. (Steel #37,41-43, 45-52; 19997-98) Later, Skorpio joined in with the other villains who sought retribution when it was exposed that the JLA had tampered with the villains minds. (Villains United #1; 2005) Skorpio turned to smaller crime to help him get by. He attempted a bank robbery, but ran into Manhunter and promptly surrendered, due to the reputation she had for killing another villain. (Manhunter #16; 2006) He was one of the villains that were shipped to the prison planet Salvation. (Salvation Run #2-7; 2007-2008) and was a part of the throng of villains that attempted to stop the Secret Six. (Secret Six # 7; 2009) Skorpio was last seen as one of the invited guest of the Auctioneer who assembled to bid on a mysterious box, until the auction was broken up when the box was stolen by The Web. (Mighty Crusaders #1, 2010)
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Powers: Superhuman strength and near-invulnerability gained from the event known as the “Big Bang”, which empowered many of Dakota’s super-powered community
Weapons: Bulletproof carried a sidearm he used in his bank robberies
Bulletproof was one of the many individuals who were present at the Big Bang event. As with the other survivors, Bulletproof gained powers from the experimental tear gas which was used on the gangs. Some of the empowered individuals endeavored to use their powers for world domination or to create large criminal empires, but instead Bulletproof was content in being a small time super power crook, doing crimes which required little effort and garnered him fast cash. He especially like committing robberies. Bulletproof would go into establishments announce his intentions to rob the place, then shoot himself in the head. The robbery victims would be so shocked by this that they would give up their goods in face of his invulnerability. He was so unstable that he would offer the places he robbed their money back if someone would play Russian roulette with him. His career came to an end when Rocket came upon him robbing a check cashing place. In his unstable arrogance Bulletproof insulted Rocket’s weight (she was secretly pregnant at the time) and shot at her for trying to arrest him. This angered Rocket to the extent where she punched Bulletproof with enough force to knock him through buildings, flying several blocks in the air. Bulletproof was eventually caught by Static, in which he begged Static to take him to jail. The heroes took him into police custody. (Icon #19, 1994)
Skills and Abilities: Trained from birth in armed and unarmed combatant.
Powers: She possesses the standard abilities of the Amazons, she is immortal and possesses great superhuman physical strength, speed, durability, healing, and enhanced senses.
Fara was an amazon from the island of Themyscria. For unknown reasons she was sent out into the world of man. While there she was turned into a vampire by Cain, the first of his kind. She then became his chief lieutenant as he marched to conquer her native land [Demon Knights #16,2013]. With Cain she bolstered his army of undead as they marched toward her home [Demon Knights #17]. Once close enough they took ships and set sail for Themiscira in hopes of conquering the nation [Demon Knights #18]. On the island they easily took the beach and Fara told Cain of Amazon ways ensuring they would survive the day and attack her former sisters at their weakest by nightfall. She met her demise via decapitation as she tried to kill her former queen, Hippolyta [Demon Knights #19].