Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Universal Inhumans & The Dire Wraiths, ok finally now I get it. Fantastic 4 #577 found in $1 bin

I was browsing through a dollar bin at this book store in downtown Berkeley after I got off work today and happened to find Fantastic Four #577 which introduced the Universal Inhumans who live in a region of the Moon known as the Blue Area. There's been numerous postings about this issue over the past year or so but as of yet not one of them have been able to explain to me just who are these Universal Inhumans and how is it that a segment of the Dire Wraiths are part of it.
After having read the issue once, and the last 10 pages or so over a couple of times it finally started to make some sense. Apparently the Kree experimented on not just humans but several alien species as well in the hopes of finding a way create a compatible yet diverse gene pool to break the Kree's evolutionary dead end. But only 5 species yielded any positive results. Of course The Inhumans developed from the experiments done on homo-sapiens but in Fantastic Four 577 we would also learn that the Dire Wraiths made up one of 4 alien species that now carried a universal "genetic marker" that would somehow provide the bio-diversity the Kree might need some day.
Evidently Black Bolt of the Inhumans didn't like the idea of being some sort of pawn of the Kree and decided to travel to the Kree home world (Hala) with an Inhuman army to kick some ass and take names. In the meantime a Black Bolt messianic like cult following formed among the other 4 species who are now known as the Universal Inhumans. Their prophecy involves his return and to make all 5 former Kree experimented species one big happy family through a "Big Love" type marriage in which Black Bolt would take an Inhuman wife and one from each of the Universal Inhumans species. This would be a good time to take special note of the dialogue in the clip art. As you can see from the FF #9 (Future Foundations) clip art to the left from September it looks like they all tied the knot already. I wonder how that honey moon went? I'm a bit on the kinky side so I probably could have hooked up with the centurion chick and with his Inhuman wife Medusa. But as far as the other three go forget it not even after a 6 pack!


  1. Actually, what I got out of one issue -- and I don't remember which any more -- was that a long time ago, the Supreme Intelligence used psychohistory (see Asimov) to determine that the Inhumans the Kree had created would be the downfall of the Kree race one day, thus he gave the order to exterminate them. However, due to something or the other (a betrayal by a Kree scientist? I forget.), the records of five Inhuman races were lost. These were those five races.

    So there used to a whole lot more Inhuman races, but now there's not. Otherwise, I think you got it right.

  2. actually the Supreme Intelligence was the behind the whole thing. we've also seen his obsession about the Kree's evolutionary dead end play out in the "Operation Galactic Storm" series. i didn't want to bring up all that about the Supreme Intelligence for the sake of keeping the posting from getting too long.
    as you can this Inhumans/Universal Inhumans/Kree conflict story line is currently playing out in the FF (Future Foundations) series that i believe is on issue #11 right now.

  3. Yeah - a wife with the face or a horse is hard enough without waking up and feeling like you're in the Godfather movies.

    Glad you got the issues mr!

  4. *shudders* Wacky aliens. Compared to some comic book plots Days of Our Lives looks almost normal.
    Just sayin'.

  5. i suspect Jerry Springer's producers are about to be getting some more phone calls :)

  6. I'm really digging this whole storyline! You've got three awesome aliens, each with their own histories and cultures, you've got a frigging super evolved Dire Wraith! and the original Inhumans. I don't know folks,..Whats not to like?