Black Bolt, Vol. 1
The silent king of the Inhumans stars in his first-ever solo series! But it begins with Black Bolt...imprisoned?! Where exactly is he? Why has he been jailed? And who could be powerful enough to hold the uncanny Black Bolt? The answers to both will shock you -and Black Bolt as well! For if he is to learn the truth, he 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 (ODY-C)! COLLECTING: BLACK BOLT 1-6

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TitleBlack Bolt, Vol. 1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 19th, 2017
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302907327
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction

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Black Bolt, Vol. 1 Review

  • Dan Schwent
    January 1, 1970
    Black Bolt wakes up in a prison somewhere in space with no powers and the other inmates are Crusher Creel, aka The Absorbing Man, the Metal Master, and others. Can Black Bolt unite this band of criminals and bust out of jail?Aside from the Marvel Knights miniseries, I've never ready many Inhumans comics apart from their periodic Fantastic Four appearances. Someone on Twitter likened the series to the sequence in Preludes & Nocturnes when The Sandman met The Martian Manhunter. Now that I've t Black Bolt wakes up in a prison somewhere in space with no powers and the other inmates are Crusher Creel, aka The Absorbing Man, the Metal Master, and others. Can Black Bolt unite this band of criminals and bust out of jail?Aside from the Marvel Knights miniseries, I've never ready many Inhumans comics apart from their periodic Fantastic Four appearances. Someone on Twitter likened the series to the sequence in Preludes & Nocturnes when The Sandman met The Martian Manhunter. Now that I've taken the plunge, it kind of fits.Like I said in the teaser, Black Bolt wakes up in the clink and has to deal with being powerless, complete with being able to speak. After tussling with a couple of the inmates, Black Bolt is killed and resurrected. In fact, all of the prisoners are repeatedly killed and brought back to be killed again by The Jailer.Saladin Ahmed does a great, believable job in making Black Bolt trust and befriend guys like the Absorbing Man. Hell, he makes the Absorbing Man a sympathetic character at times. Metal Master and the other supporting characters get similar treatment. Why isn't Saladin Ahmed doing a higher profile book? Also, the appearance by Death's Head was really cool. Yah, obscure 90s Marvel characters!With a title like Hard Time, you know there's a prison break going. After some false starts, I was hooked for the duration. Before I knew it, I'd buzz sawed through the entire collection. Once Lockjaw showed up, it was pretty much academic but I was a little sad at the ending, although it wet my whistle for the next book.It would have been easy to do a comic about Black Bolt and focusing on his powers but Ahmed focused instead on his (in)humanity and character, making for a great read. Four out of five stars.
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  • Philip
    January 1, 1970
    4ish stars.This is an interesting and entertaining story, even for someone coming in blind concerning Black Bolt and his history with the other Inhumans. You don't really need to know the characters, you just know they're trying to break out of an insane prison, and that's a pretty universal storyline, right? Makes me want to keep reading. Great writing by Ahmed - excitingly plotted, and he voices each of the characters well. Great, impressive art by Christian Ward - detailed and cinematic and w 4ish stars.This is an interesting and entertaining story, even for someone coming in blind concerning Black Bolt and his history with the other Inhumans. You don't really need to know the characters, you just know they're trying to break out of an insane prison, and that's a pretty universal storyline, right? Makes me want to keep reading. Great writing by Ahmed - excitingly plotted, and he voices each of the characters well. Great, impressive art by Christian Ward - detailed and cinematic and with a distinct, consistent color palette that works well. The best Marvel comic I've read in a long time.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    When he’s not heroically saving the children from racist cereal boxes, Saladin Ahmed’s writing craptastic comics like Black Bolt. I haven’t been reading any Inhumans titles as I couldn’t care less about them so I don’t know if this is part of a larger storyline but Blackagar Boltagon (to use his full stupid name) has been tricked by his brother Maximus into space jail. Sounds like something that’d happen to Black Dolt, and guess wud? He gonna bust out of the pokey. Oh, hello edge of the seat, we When he’s not heroically saving the children from racist cereal boxes, Saladin Ahmed’s writing craptastic comics like Black Bolt. I haven’t been reading any Inhumans titles as I couldn’t care less about them so I don’t know if this is part of a larger storyline but Blackagar Boltagon (to use his full stupid name) has been tricked by his brother Maximus into space jail. Sounds like something that’d happen to Black Dolt, and guess wud? He gonna bust out of the pokey. Oh, hello edge of the seat, we meet again! Oh wait, I meant complete and utter boredom - I see you way too many times whenever I pick up a superhero comic these days! Phewf. The subtitle’s right about one thing - I had a hard time reading this drek! Black Dolt’s a pantstacular character, the story is even more dull, and at no point is any part of this nonsense entertaining in the slightest. The plotting is contrived as hell - Black Dolt’s depowered when he has to be then suddenly gets his powers back when he needs them, then they’re gone again for no reason! The villain is similarly a convenience rather than a character. It’s some thing that feeds off their whatever - it doesn’t matter, it’s just there for the Dolt and his posse to pretend to struggle against until the requisite page count is used up and they - SHOCK! - defeat it. I lost count of how many times I’d yawned at this point - it was basically one continuous yawn after page one. Ahmed completely fails to make Black Dolt seem like a compelling protagonist. He’s stoic, capable - until the plot needs him to be otherwise - and bland as hell. I felt like we got to know Crusher Creel better than Black Dolt, that’s how underwritten our “hero” was. I know, I didn’t want to read about Crusher Creel either but that’s what you’re gonna get with this pile of horseshit! Black Dolt, Volume 1: Hard Time was badly written and a tedious, brainless blaaaaah to read, ie. the Inhumans standard. Instead of this nonsense, I’d recommend checking out the first five volumes of G. Willow Wilson’s Ms Marvel run, which are the best Inhuman comics out there, and Warren Ellis’ Karnak mini-series was half-decent too. S’long, Black Dolt - see you never!
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit I've never been a big follower of the Inhuman Royal Family, and that I only picked up Black Bolt because it was written by Saladin Ahmed (who has produced distressingly little fiction in the last few years). I was not disappointed - not by Ahmed's compelling (if a little too dialogue-heavy) story, nor by Christian Ward artwork, especially the stunning and surreal page layouts. The story finds Black Bolt stripped of his powers and trapped in a prison where he intended to put his vill I must admit I've never been a big follower of the Inhuman Royal Family, and that I only picked up Black Bolt because it was written by Saladin Ahmed (who has produced distressingly little fiction in the last few years). I was not disappointed - not by Ahmed's compelling (if a little too dialogue-heavy) story, nor by Christian Ward artwork, especially the stunning and surreal page layouts. The story finds Black Bolt stripped of his powers and trapped in a prison where he intended to put his villainous brother. The prison break story is action-packed, but the thoughtful moments set it apart, especially the chapter dealing with fellow prisoner Carl Creel's past. Well worth the read - and you don't need a PhD in Inhumans continuity to understand it.
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  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    Last year marked the television debut of the Inhuman Royal Family, so in preparation I read Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, which is a terrific examination of a reclusive society of super-powered beings who each have their own flaw (let alone abilities) and how they confront it. However, due to the universal derision towards the TV series, I chose to stay away from it but did start my fascination with the Inhumans, continuing with Karnak: The Flaw in All Things, which loosely continued som Last year marked the television debut of the Inhuman Royal Family, so in preparation I read Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, which is a terrific examination of a reclusive society of super-powered beings who each have their own flaw (let alone abilities) and how they confront it. However, due to the universal derision towards the TV series, I chose to stay away from it but did start my fascination with the Inhumans, continuing with Karnak: The Flaw in All Things, which loosely continued some of the themes from the aforementioned miniseries, albeit in typical Warren Ellis fashion.Based on the first-ever solo series featuring the silent king of the Inhumans, if there is a flaw towards Black Bolt ridding of his evil brother Maximus, who is always the main culprit for the many catastrophes the Royal Family faces. Although he doesn't physically appear in this volume, Maximus sets up the trouble for Black Bolt, who is locked up in a secret prison somewhere in the cosmos. Accompanied with a number of prisoners, including the Absorbing Man, Black Bolt (without his destructive hypersonic voice) fights his way to escape from the clutches of the Jailer.When I initially witnessed the first issue's cover, I did wonder how can one create a comic solely about a character who can destroy everything with the slightest whisper. And yet, writer Saladin Ahmed found a way as placing our eponymous hero in a prison setting where he remains powerless sets up an interesting premise and how a figure of such royalty can work alongside low-class criminals, whom he oddly grows fond of.Granted, I have not read every Inhumans book ever published, throughout these six issues Ahmed delves deeply into Black Bolt's history and looking back at his own mistakes, particularly his son and former queen Medusa, who apparently is dating the Human Torch. Given how Black Bolt says very little, you never really get inside his head, but it is credited to Ahmed's third-person captions to give some coherence to support the extravagant art by Christian Ward (more on that later).It also helps that Black Bolt is surrounded by a likeable supporting cast, given some of their criminal pasts. Never before have I felt so emotionally engaged with the Absorbing Man as Crusher Creel is introduced here as an antagonist towards the king, to later realise there are greater threats than the both of them and how they must work together, which leads to a great gag of Creel finds out about Black Bolt's real name, which is Blackagar Boltagon. To make you like this absorbing foe even more is in #4 that it is dedicated to a conversation between two prisoners, in which Creel explains his backstory and shows there was goodness in his life, including his relationship with Titania, acknowledging the original Secret Wars.Having previously drawn Matt Fraction's Image comic ODY-C, Christian Ward's psychedelic art is some of the most stunning visuals out there in comics in his experimental use of panel layouts and multi-layered colouring. In terms of world-building, which does evoke Jack Kirby's influence in the Marvel universe, the prison is a dark labyrinth where every location differs whilst our heroes come across a variety of well-designed aliens. Only drawing four pages, Frazer Irving (someone who has never won me over) does his best work, which is close to being painterly as we witness Black Bolt's history from birth through the POV of his trusted teleporting dog Lockjaw, which gave me the feels.Despite my initial reluctance about the prospect of a Black Bolt solo series, Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward proved me wrong as it is a mature sci-fi romp that found vulnerabilities within powerful figures and surprising emotional engagement towards the most unlikely characters.
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  • Tiago
    January 1, 1970
    Such a good surprise, I was not expecting to read such a good prison escape story on a Black Bolt solo series, the story was wonderfully written and narrated, it was trippy, dark and heartwarming, all the new characters were interesting (specially the villain) and the older ones were improved, who knew the Absorbing Man could be this cool. The artwork shined as well, took some time for me to start really digging it, but there's some really cool visuals here. It's gonna be hard to match this qual Such a good surprise, I was not expecting to read such a good prison escape story on a Black Bolt solo series, the story was wonderfully written and narrated, it was trippy, dark and heartwarming, all the new characters were interesting (specially the villain) and the older ones were improved, who knew the Absorbing Man could be this cool. The artwork shined as well, took some time for me to start really digging it, but there's some really cool visuals here. It's gonna be hard to match this quality on the next volumes, five stars.
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  • Bookwraiths
    January 1, 1970
    Best Marvel comic out there right now. Well written, cool artwork, and interesting story. Hopefully this is a series that continues to focus on cool superhero tales.
  • Max
    January 1, 1970
    Great volume! Never known or cared much about the Inhumans, but this felt like a good introduction. Gripping, emotional, and dreamlike, with a lot to say about jails, jailers, and the jailed.
  • Blindzider
    January 1, 1970
    In the first three issues of this six part story, neither the reader or Black Bolt, have any idea what is going on, where he is or why. The last half of the story starts filling in the blanks and this is where Ahmed begins to dive into the character of Black Bolt. It's a nice change of pace to read a story about him where the weight of his kingdom isn't an issue, or his relationship with Medusa or the countless other plot threads that writers continuously rehash for the Inhumans. This is primari In the first three issues of this six part story, neither the reader or Black Bolt, have any idea what is going on, where he is or why. The last half of the story starts filling in the blanks and this is where Ahmed begins to dive into the character of Black Bolt. It's a nice change of pace to read a story about him where the weight of his kingdom isn't an issue, or his relationship with Medusa or the countless other plot threads that writers continuously rehash for the Inhumans. This is primarily a solo adventure, slightly out of continuity, but it takes place during the recent revival of the Inhumans. Black Bolt is simply removed from all of that, allowing the adventure to focus solely on him.That art is...different. A little psychedelic, but with deep, rich colors. The anatomy/characters are a little rough. I think the sequencing could use some work.This gets points for being different, and is intriguing enough to want to read more.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read anything to do with the Inhumans before. I've only heard terrible things about the tv show and great things about this novel. I was really surprised about how cool this was. Black bolt is a man of few words as his words are his powers. Interesting take on something that wouldnt normally work. The artwork is great and the story moves along nicely. There was a moment there where I thought it would stray into an area that would bore me, but not to be.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I love this author right now!I haven't read much of the Inhumans, I'll admit. I read enough when they were featured during some of Marvel's older universe wide events but I'm not a huge fan. Of those issues, Black Bolt was the least interesting character to me. Ahmed changed that for me.This is such a well done series! I admire series that know how to use silence well. Black Bolt doesn't speak so the story is told through artwork, movement and exposition. I got a feel for Black Bolt's pain and f I love this author right now!I haven't read much of the Inhumans, I'll admit. I read enough when they were featured during some of Marvel's older universe wide events but I'm not a huge fan. Of those issues, Black Bolt was the least interesting character to me. Ahmed changed that for me.This is such a well done series! I admire series that know how to use silence well. Black Bolt doesn't speak so the story is told through artwork, movement and exposition. I got a feel for Black Bolt's pain and fear, his restrained power and emotion and in all of this, Ahmed presents him as a compelling character. He's protective over strangers, he has a loving bond with his childhood pet (and guardian) Lockjaw and he's mourning the loss of his relationship with Medusa. And in all of this, Ahmed gave us a sympathetic character in Carl Creel.If you told me last year that Absorbing Man would be a character I cried over, I would have said you were crazy. Somehow, Ahmed told a history of this character and wrote him just understanding enough that I really felt for him. I wanted a happy ending for him and I felt like his relationship Black Bolt grew into something good. The artwork was quite unique and worked really well for the story. I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Saladin Ahmed and artist Christian Ward's Black Bolt has built quite the reputation during it's run, becoming one of the most talked about and highly praised books on the shelves. I hadn't planned on reading it myself, but eventually I was curious to see if Hard Time could live up to the hype.So, does it?Eh, not really. In a strange twist, my biggest gripe with this volume is that it's just 'good'. Good, but not great.There was one issue which made me think the creators might be onto something s Saladin Ahmed and artist Christian Ward's Black Bolt has built quite the reputation during it's run, becoming one of the most talked about and highly praised books on the shelves. I hadn't planned on reading it myself, but eventually I was curious to see if Hard Time could live up to the hype.So, does it?Eh, not really. In a strange twist, my biggest gripe with this volume is that it's just 'good'. Good, but not great.There was one issue which made me think the creators might be onto something special, not least because it features two characters just talking. Ahmed really hits the right tone with the dialogue and Ward's artwork is creative without being too trippy, a trap he falls into during other parts of the book. Aside from that one stand-out issue however, Hard Time was entertaining to read, but nothing i'll be shouting about from the rooftops.Still, it's easy to cast the book in a positive light overall. It's accessible for readers who know nothing about Black Bolt or the Inhumans, an impressive feat given how complicated their history appears to be. Ward's artwork certainly has it's moments and, perhaps most impressively of all, this is novelist Ahmed's first comic book. It's one that shows he has a lot of potential in the medium and I may well be back for his second volume. Ultimately, Hard Time is worth a read, but I wouldn't go into it expecting a game-changer.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Black Bolt is a character that's difficult to care much about, so isolating him in a stand-alone prison breakout story is a smart move. Even here, he takes a backseat to Absorbing Man, the old B-list villain to whom Ahmed gives a sympathetic reassessment. The script is a solid-if-somewhat-predictable prison story, and Ahmed works in some good politics without being clumsy or didactic about it. Christian Ward's distinctive psychedelic artwork is solid, but didn't wow me as much as it did when I f Black Bolt is a character that's difficult to care much about, so isolating him in a stand-alone prison breakout story is a smart move. Even here, he takes a backseat to Absorbing Man, the old B-list villain to whom Ahmed gives a sympathetic reassessment. The script is a solid-if-somewhat-predictable prison story, and Ahmed works in some good politics without being clumsy or didactic about it. Christian Ward's distinctive psychedelic artwork is solid, but didn't wow me as much as it did when I first encountered it in Matt Fraction's "ODY-C."
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars
  • Malum
    January 1, 1970
    An OK start to Black Bolt's solo series. There are some problems here, though:I wasn't a fan of the watercolor looking art. I didn't dislike it enough to detract from my overall opinion of the book, but it just didn't do it for me. They didn't have enough story for the amount of issues here. When one whole issue of a Black Bolt book is a freaking Absorbing Man origin story, you know they are hurting to fill pages. One of the things I like about Black Bolt is that he is so insanely powerful. Here An OK start to Black Bolt's solo series. There are some problems here, though:I wasn't a fan of the watercolor looking art. I didn't dislike it enough to detract from my overall opinion of the book, but it just didn't do it for me. They didn't have enough story for the amount of issues here. When one whole issue of a Black Bolt book is a freaking Absorbing Man origin story, you know they are hurting to fill pages. One of the things I like about Black Bolt is that he is so insanely powerful. Here, though, they just keep finding ways to de-power him. I would have rather had them cleverly write ways around his power level, but I guess taking his powers away over and over is the easier (and thus lazier) way to go. Here's hoping the next volume will be better.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    Black Bolt has always been an enigma among the Inhumans, more a prop than an actual character. Thus, a comic about him could have gone very wrong or very right. Fortunately, the answer seems to be the latter. Ahmed does a better job of revealing who Black Bolt really is, what's important to him, and what decisions he'll make, than all the former writers of Inhuman comics, combined.He's not the only great character in this comic. Ahmed puts together a fun cast of human and alien misfits, of whom Black Bolt has always been an enigma among the Inhumans, more a prop than an actual character. Thus, a comic about him could have gone very wrong or very right. Fortunately, the answer seems to be the latter. Ahmed does a better job of revealing who Black Bolt really is, what's important to him, and what decisions he'll make, than all the former writers of Inhuman comics, combined.He's not the only great character in this comic. Ahmed puts together a fun cast of human and alien misfits, of whom Crusher Creel is my favorite (even more intriguing than Black Bolt, in his own comic).The fact that this Black Bolt comic is set in a prison is a bit of a surprise. However, it turns out to be an intriguing setting, other than the fact that there's a constant series of jail breaks over these six issues that gets a bit old. Overall, a fun comic, including the wacky art (that sometimes goes over the top into murkiness, but is otherwise intriguingly unique).
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  • Frédéric
    January 1, 1970
    Black Bolt wakes up without power in a prison far away in space after Maximus took his appearance and sent him there. "Crual and unusual punishment" is the rule there and if hr wants to survive and escape Black Bolt will have to ally with other inmates.On this very classic prison break basis Saladin Ahmed manages a decent story undoubtly enhanced by Christian Ward's art.Good points: For what seems to be his first comic book Ahmed, a novelist by trade, shows knowledge of the medium and how to use Black Bolt wakes up without power in a prison far away in space after Maximus took his appearance and sent him there. "Crual and unusual punishment" is the rule there and if hr wants to survive and escape Black Bolt will have to ally with other inmates.On this very classic prison break basis Saladin Ahmed manages a decent story undoubtly enhanced by Christian Ward's art.Good points: For what seems to be his first comic book Ahmed, a novelist by trade, shows knowledge of the medium and how to use it and that's comforting. He also makes good use of the Absorbing Man, a C-list character if ever. Nothing very original but I like this kind of characters to be under the limelight from time to time. I wouldn't qualify Christian Ward as a very good penciller but he has a good storytelling and a very good use of psychedelic colors that more than make up for it. Bad points: Ahmed tends to overwrite, typical mistake of novelists-turned-comic books-writers. Several scenes are filled with unnecessary captions, Ward's designs being self-sufficient to convey the point. Also, the plot is solid but really not very original.A pleasant enough read to preferably borrow from you local library if available.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    This is a character I've always found to be somewhat akin to scenery, with less of the personality, but Lo! and behold Ahmed writes him so well as a fish out of water, imprisoned with an assortment of miscreants in The Worst Jail EVER... And the results are fantastic.First off, YAY! power suppression, meaning that the Silent King can, you know, actually have dialogue in his own title. Next up, AMAZING art! So glad they saw the potential in Ahmed's script and got an artistic collaborator in Chris This is a character I've always found to be somewhat akin to scenery, with less of the personality, but Lo! and behold Ahmed writes him so well as a fish out of water, imprisoned with an assortment of miscreants in The Worst Jail EVER... And the results are fantastic.First off, YAY! power suppression, meaning that the Silent King can, you know, actually have dialogue in his own title. Next up, AMAZING art! So glad they saw the potential in Ahmed's script and got an artistic collaborator in Christian Ward who brought this hellish realm and the characters to life. Lastly, STAKES! (view spoiler)[ so rarely to be found in Marvel Superhero comics, but my disbelief was suspended enough to actually question if Ole Blackagar Boltagon or his confederates were going to make it out. (hide spoiler)]Yes, it was better than this TV series. Shocking, I know.Definitely recommended, even if (like me, generally) you don't have much time for Inhumanity.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    As a result of Maximus' plan over in the Royals series, Black Bolt is now imprisoned in one of the most dangerous prisons in the galaxy, and the only way to get out is to team up with hardened criminals. Can the Midnight King escape his bonds and his fellow prisoners in order to save himself?Considering this is (I think?) Saladin Ahmed's first comics work, I was very impressed with this. The story is pretty unique, despite being a prison break-esque type deal, and the character work is very stro As a result of Maximus' plan over in the Royals series, Black Bolt is now imprisoned in one of the most dangerous prisons in the galaxy, and the only way to get out is to team up with hardened criminals. Can the Midnight King escape his bonds and his fellow prisoners in order to save himself?Considering this is (I think?) Saladin Ahmed's first comics work, I was very impressed with this. The story is pretty unique, despite being a prison break-esque type deal, and the character work is very strong. It's clear that this was originally an Absorbing Man story that got co-opted into Black Bolt, but the shift isn't too noticeable and Black Bolt's definitely the main character.The way things play out is decent, and the use of Black Bolt's powers in the ultimate conclusion is both sad and innovative. I'm not sure if I like the Lockjaw-Ex-Machina we get midway through, but I'm always for Lockjaw being in more things, so I'm torn.Christian Ward is a great psychedelic artist, and you can tell he really wants to let loose and go nuts with this series; there are certain points where he gets to, like when the Jailer's true form is revealed, but the rest of the time he feels a bit restrained by the claustrophobic nature of the prison, which is a shame.This volume ends with 'The End' but there are another six issues after this, so I'm definitely curious where this is going to go next, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more of Ahmed's comics work in the future too.
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  • Scott Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really weird one for me, as I simultaneously wanted to go with five stars and wit three stars. I couldn't decide so I split the difference. 1st--I am truly intrigued by Ahmed's characterization of Blackbolt and the various friends/inmates he meets in the prison in this volume. i'm fascinated by the implications of what Blackbolt realizes about himself and about the characters he's locked up with. I'm fascinated by the villain, and how it relates to all of the above. This makes me want This is a really weird one for me, as I simultaneously wanted to go with five stars and wit three stars. I couldn't decide so I split the difference. 1st--I am truly intrigued by Ahmed's characterization of Blackbolt and the various friends/inmates he meets in the prison in this volume. i'm fascinated by the implications of what Blackbolt realizes about himself and about the characters he's locked up with. I'm fascinated by the villain, and how it relates to all of the above. This makes me want to give the book a five. 2nd--The implications of this prison in a connected universe are immense, yet while it is explicitly indicated that this is a really old place, we've never heard about it before. And yet it's well known enough for a relatively minor bounty hunter like Death's Head to know of it? For Earth government/international forces to use it to lock away a criminal like Creel? Strains credulity too far unless its new. Now had it been limited Inhuman prisoners with a few exceptions a secret prison might be more believable. 3rd--this things is weird. Even those creators who work with some truly bizarre stuff off in independent comics, or Image or DC's vertigo line are relatively tame when working within the context of the mainstream superhero universes. This is really, really strange compared to most books out there. it's nothing like anything else Marvel has going right now artistically or in any other way. I am both fascinated by it, and wonder if it can possibly stay this bizarre mix of the strange in familiar places without either conforming or just becoming kinda randomly meaningless. I'm hopeful. I'll definitely be looking for the next volume.
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  • Joana Veríssimo
    January 1, 1970
    Since I first watched the show, I fell in love with Medusa and Black Bolt (the rest was between 'meh' and bad, as you know), so I've been looking for Inhumans comics and this one is the best one so far (and I think the best new book I've read this year) :D So definitely 5+ stars!!!The art is beautiful - very colourful, with this great use of color!! It kind of it reminded me of the look of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie - this very different, fun and pretty scifi... But it's also a very heart Since I first watched the show, I fell in love with Medusa and Black Bolt (the rest was between 'meh' and bad, as you know), so I've been looking for Inhumans comics and this one is the best one so far (and I think the best new book I've read this year) :D So definitely 5+ stars!!!The art is beautiful - very colourful, with this great use of color!! It kind of it reminded me of the look of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie - this very different, fun and pretty scifi... But it's also a very heartfelt story, exploring Black Bolt as a character, but also his relationship with these new characters in this world - such beautiful stories and interactionsMost importantly, it's also a book that works very well for someone with limited knowledge of the Inhumans and Black Bolt. Really GOOD for a casual comic reader :D So I 100% recommend this comic - it was so enjoyable!!(Also a fourth OWL done!! The Astronomy OWL for the #OWLsreadathon2018!!)
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  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Marvel keeps trying to make the Inhumans happen. And so we have a whole series devoted to the one Inhuman who rarely talks...until now. Turns out, he really doesn't have anything interesting to say, and we'll all be better off when he goes back to the elective mutism. The story is just a weird prison break mess about which, appropriately, the less said the better.Well, okay, there's a nice little role for Lockjaw, and the quirky psychedelic art is worth a quick scan. But overall, I think the Kam Marvel keeps trying to make the Inhumans happen. And so we have a whole series devoted to the one Inhuman who rarely talks...until now. Turns out, he really doesn't have anything interesting to say, and we'll all be better off when he goes back to the elective mutism. The story is just a weird prison break mess about which, appropriately, the less said the better.Well, okay, there's a nice little role for Lockjaw, and the quirky psychedelic art is worth a quick scan. But overall, I think the Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel books and the Paul Jenkins/Jae Lee Marvel Knights outing have pretty much sated me for a lifetime. No more Inhumans...please.
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  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    If I could I would actually give this book 4.5 stars. I really enjoy reading about comic book characters I normally don't get to read. The Inhumans have never really been a big draw for me concerning Marvel comics. However I did enjoy the series written by Charles Soule. Much of what I know about the Inhumans comes from my exposure to the characters' appearance in the 90s Fantastic Four animated series. I particularly loved the Black Bolt. Sticking with the marvel formula of flawed superheroes B If I could I would actually give this book 4.5 stars. I really enjoy reading about comic book characters I normally don't get to read. The Inhumans have never really been a big draw for me concerning Marvel comics. However I did enjoy the series written by Charles Soule. Much of what I know about the Inhumans comes from my exposure to the characters' appearance in the 90s Fantastic Four animated series. I particularly loved the Black Bolt. Sticking with the marvel formula of flawed superheroes Black Bolt is basically the mute version of Superman. He is always so noble and honest even though he has a pretty tragic back history. I had heard alot of positive reviews on this series back when it was being released from issue to issue. I have not read any other books by Saladin Ahmed so it this is his first solo series I have to say that this book is thoroughly impressive. This book proves what I have come to believe that in the hands of a great storyteller even the "B" or "D" list superheroes can have amazing books. One of the key factors that makes this story enjoyable are the characters. Ahmed really does a good job getting you invested in the cast via their motivations , great dialogue and some really solid character interactions. The artwork was good and bad in some parts but it works well with the feel of the story. Some of my favorite parts in this book involve the use of the longtime Thor foe the Absorbing Man, Crusher Creel. Ahmed must really like the character because Creel almost steals the spotlight from our title character. I really enjoyed getting into Black Bolt's mind. With all of the things that have taken place in the world of the Inhumans it was great to get its king's perspective. This was definitely fun series for those looking for something a bit different from the normal fair. You do not need to read anything prior to this book but I suggest reading Inhuman, Volume 1: Genesis, Inhuman, Volume 2: Axis, The Inhumans & Inhumanity just to get a little exposure to what happening with Black Bolt and his people in the Marvel Universe.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    The overall story was maybe slightly too long, but otherwise very well written, and a pleasure to look at.
  • charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    is there actually a better series around rn??
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    'He is a king, but he wakes in filth and darkness.'Black Bolt decidedly has one of the best beginnings to a story arc in comic format that I've ever read. It's basically about a prison break, but from an insane torture prison in deep space complete with shifting walls, a whole lot of creepiness and a lot more.I had no idea about who Black Bolt is or even that he is an Inhuman before reading this comic and that wasn't ever an issue. His powers are in his voice so you can imagine how that leaves s 'He is a king, but he wakes in filth and darkness.'Black Bolt decidedly has one of the best beginnings to a story arc in comic format that I've ever read. It's basically about a prison break, but from an insane torture prison in deep space complete with shifting walls, a whole lot of creepiness and a lot more.I had no idea about who Black Bolt is or even that he is an Inhuman before reading this comic and that wasn't ever an issue. His powers are in his voice so you can imagine how that leaves silence, body language and facial expressions to be his communicative medium. The end result is breathtaking and impressive since it has to be illustrated via art and his inner monologues.It's such a misfit team of criminals with Raava being a vengeful badass with understandable anger management issues, Molyb the Metal Master who's old and gay, the adorable Blinky who's the kid of the group and doesn't want to hurt anyone but will if needed, Crusher Creel and Black Bolt. Through their attempts at a prison break, Black Bolt ends up with Crusher Creel for a companion and they bond over their impending deaths, their life stories and how they ended up where they did. So great! I definitely laughed when Creel referred to Spider-Man as part of 'pummelin' guys in tights' LOL. Anyway, this comic is executed extremely well since Black Bolt clearly has a lot to learn and he does. I always appreciate when a character's development and story arc involves them shedding their preconceptions and this one is about Black Bolt coming to terms with what constitutes being a criminal and whether that's deserving of being locked in a torture prison.The art in this is exceptionally well done. The prison has a blue, black and pink color palette going on throughout and it is nothing less than stunning. Really, the whole volume has a very cinematic feel to it which I hope continues in the next volume.Bonus: Loki shows up in a scene!
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  • Moonglum
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Throne of the Cresent Moon in 2012, I have been looking forward to reading more from Saladin Ahmed. The series was supposed to be part of a trilogy, but I had not seen anything from Ahmed in years, and was wondering what he was up to. It appears that he has taken to writing comics for Marvel, and wow can that guy write comics!Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time delivers everything you want from a Marvel super hero comic. Its got plot twists galore, artistic alien weirdness, and incredible After reading Throne of the Cresent Moon in 2012, I have been looking forward to reading more from Saladin Ahmed. The series was supposed to be part of a trilogy, but I had not seen anything from Ahmed in years, and was wondering what he was up to. It appears that he has taken to writing comics for Marvel, and wow can that guy write comics!Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time delivers everything you want from a Marvel super hero comic. Its got plot twists galore, artistic alien weirdness, and incredible visions of funky cosmic scope along side human, relatable characters, pathos, and witty banter.But this comic goes beyond even what you get in an excellent Marvel comic series, like for example, Planet Hulk (which has all of the above, and which I loved, but which is also not *quite* as awesome as this one). In Hard Time, Black Bolt awakes in an ancient prison on the edge of the galaxy, created by the Inhumans to contain their most dangerous enemies. He himself had sentenced his brother Maximus here, but Maximus swapped forms with him, and now Black Bolt is imprisoned in Maximus's stead. The comic explores the humanity of criminals, the inhumane treatment of prisoners, and the capacity for evil doers to gain redemption. Also, from a literary perspective, Ahmed has elements of Greek drama and the Odessey running through it. One such element is the use of repetition, from "Name your crimes! Repent your crimes!" Another is the use of epithet like signature modes of speech-- the characters each of particular set of lines that define them, like a Homeric epithet. Yeah, this comic is quite cool.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I am very happy with this collection of a six-issue arc of Black Bolt, and was surprised by the emotional heft it contained. I really enjoy when a writer can take a minor (often goofy) supervillain and provide them depth and make them sympathetic. Crusher Creel really got room to breathe, and serve as Black Bolt’s guide through empathy. He also provides the audience a lens through which to explore what heroism means. Freedom is a major theme of this story and is explored through for-profit priso I am very happy with this collection of a six-issue arc of Black Bolt, and was surprised by the emotional heft it contained. I really enjoy when a writer can take a minor (often goofy) supervillain and provide them depth and make them sympathetic. Crusher Creel really got room to breathe, and serve as Black Bolt’s guide through empathy. He also provides the audience a lens through which to explore what heroism means. Freedom is a major theme of this story and is explored through for-profit prisons. Yet Ahmed displays a keen subtlety by keeping the story front and center, while allowing the message to resonate through. Also, kudos for making fun of Blackagar Boltagon’s name, also comfortably within the confines of the story.
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  • Tim Beck
    January 1, 1970
    With the staggering amount of books being cranked out by the comics industry, it is truly difficult to find something that sticks out like this does, especially amongst the Big 2 Publishers. Black Bolt is unique in the best way possible; from the dialogue down to the art. What other author can turn a list B-list villain into one of the most likeable characters of 2017. Christian Ward's art is psychedelic and incredible. The plot really is one of the most original stories I have ever read. It say With the staggering amount of books being cranked out by the comics industry, it is truly difficult to find something that sticks out like this does, especially amongst the Big 2 Publishers. Black Bolt is unique in the best way possible; from the dialogue down to the art. What other author can turn a list B-list villain into one of the most likeable characters of 2017. Christian Ward's art is psychedelic and incredible. The plot really is one of the most original stories I have ever read. It says something that by the end of the book, you find yourself really caring for, and invested in every single side character. Read it!
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  • C. Varn
    January 1, 1970
    Strong Saladin Ahmed's writing manages to get around some of the more difficult elements of the Black Bolt character while keeping him engaging. It was skeptical as I have often found some of the post-1990s attempts to expand the role of the Inhumans in the Marvel universe both forced and tended to hit narrative limitations quickly. Ahmed's arc here,while not perfect, does give the Black Bolt some depth and a subtly cosmic scale that does feel forced or artificially silver aged.
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