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“Once And Future Kings” is kind of a circular firing squad; a “Game of Thrones”-ish mashup of shifting alliances and changing motives. If we get this wrong, this will be a confusing mess. If we get it right, “Inhumans: Once And Future Kings” will, hopefully, be a story debated over long after I’ve been drubbed out the business. -- Christopher J. Priest

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Ultimates2 and Royals are two sides of the same coin – two kinds of “deep cosmic” book – with one dealing very heavily with the kind of giant cosmic archetypes of Marvel, and one based much more in physical space and sci-fi adventure, but still speaking in metaphors and trying to mine out some gigantic new concepts from “out there” and bring them back “in here”. -- Al Ewing

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It's written by Christopher Priest and drawn by Phil Noto.

It's also fantastic.

It tells its story of understandable motives and relations with an uncanny cast.

Issue #2 picks up where #1 left off.

The protagonists're still where Lockjaw took them. )
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One of the things I wanted to originally go for with this series was to create a kind of “myth from the future”—a science-fiction quest based on the classical Argonauts/Prometheus model. One of the cornerstones of that was the idea that some meaningful number would venture forth and one less would come back. Someone pays the price for stealing fire from Heaven, and there’s no shortage of likely candidates… -- Al Ewing

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In the original comics, I found it ironic that The Good King Whose Name Is Unspoken was condemned, primarily, for wanting to destroy a terrible weapon designed to wipe out all of mankind. Yes, there were allusions to the Good King becoming The Mad King, but Black Bolt ultimately challenged his monarch because The King had stolen, with intent to destroy, The Slave Engine. Now, I’m unclear of how that choice makes Black Bolt a “pure” hero any more than his attempts to destroy an obvious weapon of terrible evil made the King a “Mad” King. -- Christopher J. Priest

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There’s a thing readers should understand with this book: we’re not doing business in the normal way. There will be no tie-ins until we get back to Earth. We’re self-contained, telling our own story, beholden to nobody, and we’re on a trip out to the far reaches of Marvel Space, and we’re going to come back changed, and carrying something very special with us. -- Al Ewing

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If I told you ‘Anyone could die, honest!’... well, you wouldn't believe me. It'd be just more high stakes, like in every issue of every cape comic ever. But if I tell you that someone will die, that it's prophesied, baked in, suddenly there really are high stakes. One of these people is going to go to the far shore and not come back. And you're going to fall in love with all of these characters, so it's going to matter when it happens. -- Al Ewing

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I wanted to create a myth from the future, a quest to find answers and meaning in the face of extinction. In some ways, this is similar to my run on [Loki: Agent of Asgard], the thing that'll let me explore ideas of myth and metaphor, that'll allow me to play around on a grand tapestry. And the further out I get, the bigger I can go. I want to take this book to a place where Marvel-Earth -- the Marvel Galaxy -- isn't even a speck in the sky. -- Al Ewing

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They don't fit into the boxes. They're not heroes - they've done some awful things - and at the same time, they're not villains. They're not aliens, but they're not part of human society either - although thanks to the NuHumans, any part of human society can be part of them. They're their own complicated thing, unique and weird, a little piece of pure sci-fi with a toe-hold in standard superheroics. -- Al Ewing

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"My final thought on the completion of my single longest comic run to date? It was all just so much FUN. It always felt like there was so much possibility in these characters, and I tried to live up to that. If you read this run from start to finish, you'll get one huge, interconnected story, with a wonderful main character in Medusa. This book was always about the queen - her struggles to hold her nation together, and her ultimate success even at great personal cost. Inhumanity is about change, and we see that happen in spades, to the extent that the future of these characters could contain anything at all (as it should be!). The books contained Game of Thrones-style intrigue, super hero action, romance, meditations on grief and humanity, weird humor, you name it." - Charles Soule

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"The mandate for this job, from the start, was 'make new stuff.' Do you realize how rare that is in an established super-hero universe? I was directed to create new heroes, new villains, new locations and mythology, and due to the nature of the brilliant setup Jonathan Hickman had given me in his INFINITY series, the possibilities were endless." - Charles Soule

Trigger Warning: Rape

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"A lot of times with big events, big story events, the central conflict or the heart of it isn't always, you know... Perhaps I shouldn't be saying this but it's not always incredibly resonant. Sometimes it feels like some cosmic thing has popped up and everybody's got to fight and sort of deal with it. I think I Vs. X as its heart, you know, it's a survival issue for both sides. You totally understand why each side would go to the mat on this. And so it becomes there's an emotional core to every single scene. Whether it's Inhumans or X-Men or whatever's going on, you know at their heart why people are behaving the way they're behaving, even when they're doing terrible things." - Charles Soule

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"The Inhumans take a good look at their past - and choose to embrace the future instead! Wild fantasy as you like it, true believer!" -- Al Ewing on March 29

PRIME )
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Priest: "I was actually surprised and challenged when Marvel offered me the project. I see this series as part of a bigger and more complex overall history. As I see it, we can either bore people to death by trying to be too much, or we can go the “Rogue One” route and tell a fun story which embellishes key points of their origin."

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