Writer Charles Soule has helped shepherd the Inhumans into a central role in the Marvel Universe across titles like Inhuman and Secret Wars tie-in Inhumans: Attilan Rising. Now, with th upcoming Uncanny Inhumans, Soule will continue to help bring the Inhumans to the forefront of the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. While Soule couldn't share much about the All-New, All-Different world the book inhabits, he was able to dish on the characters involved, the villains they'll face, and why the Inhumans have become such an important part of the Marvel Universe.
Newsarama: Charles, the Inhumans have obviously taken a much bigger role in the Marvel Universe lately. With multiple titles under their belt, what makes Uncanny Inhumans stand out?
Charles Soule: Uncanny Inhumans will work as the huge, sprawling super-team book. It’s designed to be tell the type of stories where the Inhumans (new and old) battle the high-level supervillain threats of the Marvel U. For example, the first big story revolves around a fight against Kang the Conqueror. It’s gigantic in scope and scale, and it will be the book that defines a lot of the main storylines for the Inhumans going forward.
Nrama: You’ve played a big part in bringing the Inhumans into the modern Marvel Universe. What draws you to these characters?
Soule: I like that they’re kind of odd, you know? They’re not exactly outcasts, since they have a thriving society of their own, and have for many years. If anything, the Inhumans haven’t ever needed “regular” humanity before… but now they do, after the world-shattering events of Infinity and some of the other recent big events in the Marvel U. That’s a great story to tell, and I have a huge canvas to work with. More specifically, I’ve always loved the characters – Black Bolt, Medusa and the rest. Getting to use them while adding new members to the cast is a lot of fun.
Nrama: The cast of Inhumans has grown significantly of late. Who are the major players in Uncanny Inhumans?
Soule: We have the royals, of course – and as you may have noticed, Karnak is back, too. He returned from the dead in explosive fashion in the Inhuman Annual that came out a few weeks ago. So, Black Bolt, Medusa, but also newer characters like Reader, Iso, Inferno, Flint, Naja and the inimitable Frank McGee (who also has an Inhuman name, Nur, but if you call him that he’s liable to knock you sideways.)
Nrama: What is the main threat we’ll see these Inhumans going up against?
Soule: Kang, at least at first, but we’ll see many more cool bad guys to come – some new, some old.
Nrama: In the Free Comic Book Day story, we saw Johnny Storm and Medusa kiss. Obviously, there is a lot of history between Johnny and the Inhumans. How big a part of Uncanny Inhumans will Johnny be?
Soule: You’ll see a lot of interaction between Johnny and the others – Medusa, certainly, but he’s not restricted to just making out (as much as maybe he’d like to be.) Johnny’s a very cool character, and it’s in part because of his long history with the Inhumans that he’s such a great fit for the story I’m telling.
Nrama: Will Johnny and Medusa maintain a relationship?
Soule: Wait and see! Medusa and Johnny dating has many complications to it that an ordinary relationship might avoid… as any longtime reader of Inhuman history could tell you.
Nrama: Will we see any other members of the Fantastic Four show up? Other characters from the Marvel Universe?
Soule: Oh sure, tons. Uncanny isn’t off in its own corner. It’s a vital part of the MU, which means tons of guest stars and involvement with the other “families.” I mean, their main city-state, New Attilan, is just off the southwest coast of Manhattan. They’re pretty hard to avoid.
Nrama: Medusa plays a big role in Secret Wars, appearing in several titles across Battleworld. What has led Medusa to become such a major character for Marvel?
Soule: I think she’s just a great character, full stop. She’s regal, but very human (despite the title of the book she’s in.) She’s rallied her people against enormous odds and pulled them back from the brink of destruction. She’s a lady making it work, you know? Plus, that visual… wow. She really pops off the page, you know?
Nrama: Uncanny Inhumans is one of a handful of titles that is set post Secret Wars. What can you tell us about the era when Uncanny Inhumans takes place?
Soule: Not one single thing. Sorry!
Nrama: What’s the best reason for fans to pick up Uncanny Inhumans?
Soule: Huge superhero throwdowns that are entwined with tons of great character moments. Being on top of such a crucial part of the Marvel Universe as it grows and develops. Some of the best art you’ll see in your life (trust me on that one – it looks amazing.) It’s a hell of a book.