Tour of the Marvel Cosmos: Your Guide to REALM OF KINGS
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Four years later, Marvel's cosmic characters have supported more than one major event and are featured in two ongoing series, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy.
And this fall, the cosmic corner of the universe goes weekly as Marvel will release a new cosmic comic just about every week under the banner "Realm of Kings."
As the cosmic characters head into this latest phase, Newsarama is taking a "Tour of the Marvel Cosmos" with the two writers who control that corner of the Marvel Universe: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Over the next few weeks leading up to November's "Realm of Kings" stories, we'll be exploring a different cosmic concept with the writers each week.
And for readers who might be new to the whole cosmic thing, we'll provide a few basics about the characters, teams and royal families who are front-and-center in these comics.
- The Kree: Winners of the war. War of Kings saw the formation of an alliance between the Kree Stellar Empire and the Inhumans, and as the dust settled at the end of the war, the two forces had defeated the Shi'Ar.
- The Inhumans: The marriage of Crystal Maximoff to Ronan the Accuser cemented the alliance between the Inhumans and the Kree. However, the allied Kree/Inhumans have suffered the loss of their king, Black Bolt, who was caught in the blast that ended the war.
- The Shi'Ar: Vulcan led the Shi'Ar into a devastating war. Now that Vulcan has been eliminated, the Shi'Ar are under the control of the Kree. The new leader of the Shi'Ar is the former Gladiator, Kallark.
Abnett and Lanning: "Apart from the costly rebuilding on both sides following the war, the major crisis has got to be The Fault. Not only does this gigantic cosmic rip in the fabric of space-time physically threaten both empires, but, so far, no one has been able to answer the question of what lies within it. This will undoubtedly be the main focus of the drama in all our stories for the next little while, while the Realm of Kings one-shot gets to the heart of this mystery."
Abnett and Lanning: "There are many cosmic forces and entities that will use the opportunity of the post-war turmoil to take advantage for their own gain. Most prominently, we must remember Blastaar. On top of all of his power, he took part in the War of Kings on the side of the Shi’Ar and ended up with control of the Ceded Territories, which are part of the Kree Empire and include the empire’s old capital world Kree-Lar. This gives him a foothold in our universe, and we know how ambitious he can be."
Where To Find Their Stories
- Realm of Kings: The whole series kicks off with a one-shot on November 18th that explains The Fault and sets up the stories for all the cosmic series. Before that, two different five-issue mini-series begin: Realm of Kings: Inhumans, which will follow the Inhumans storyline, and Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard, which will tell the story of the Shi'Ar.
Check back next week as we continue our "Tour of the Cosmos" with Abnett and Lanning, this time focusing on the characters and conflicts that readers will find in Guardians of the Galaxy.