THE KING OF THE INHUMANS’ FIRST SOLO SERIES! Black Bolt imprisoned! But by who? And where exactly? The answers to both will shock you! But to learn those answers, Black Bolt must first win a fight to the death with a fellow inmate — The Absorbing Man! Award-winning science fiction writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) crafts a story as trippy as it is action-packed, with truly mind-bending art from the one and only Christian Ward!
There has been quite the commotion these past few days about the Inhumans TV Show and such a little talk about the new amazing Black Bolt #1 issue.
Black Bolt is an amazing new comic written by Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) and Christian Ward as an artist. I can’t stop thinking that the art reminds me of the art of Chris Bachalo at Doctor Strange (2015) and this nothing else but great.
Before going into more detail on my review I have to confess that I was really disappointed with the preview of the comic because I was afraid that the whole story within the first volume will be slow, or repeating as the first 3 pages of the preview seemed at the time and I couldn’t be more at fault.
Starting our read we are seeing Black Bolt in a position that we have never seen before since as the King of the Inhumans you are not expecting him to be chained to the floor with a mouth guard keeping his power at bay. The artist portrays Black Bolt tired, angry and yet determined and strong. The prison seems to take its toll being a place with multiple “dimensions”.
There seems to be a bigger story than just Black Bolt trying to escape since in his journey within the prison walls, Black Bolt encounters a number of inmates and also gives a fight with one, The Absorbing Man, which seems to be a part of a group of inmates that want Black Bolt to join their ranks for something that is still unknown to the reader, but makes me guess that whoever is within that prison the ultimate goal would be to escape.
One really interesting factor of this prison is that it seems that there is no death in a literal sense. Even though you might feel the pain and suffering there is no dying in the end but rather, just waking up from where everything started which makes life sentence quite literally an eternal sentence.
Overall I think that Black Bolt #1 had an amazingly strong start, with enough story and drama to make someone anticipate for the next volume of the series. The writer made an amazing work to portray a story which a lot of recent comics seems to miss and most especially for a character that will not talk and together with an amazing art from Christian Ward, Black Bolt is a series set for success.