Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time isn't just the first volume of Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward's excellent series about the Inhuman king escaping from a prison in space. It also offers some of the best examples of how to revitalise a well-established, but often ignored and misunderstood legacy character.
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Blackagar Boltagon, king of the Inhumans and first of his name, has always been the strong, silent, spandex-y type. But although he's been a mainstay of Marvel's comics for more than 50 years, it's always been difficult to get a read on who Black Bolt was as a person. In Hugo Award-winning novelist Saladin Ahmed and artist Christian Ward's Black Bolt solo series, that's finally changing, in small part because now he's alone and powerless.
Everything's changing for the Inhumans next autumn -- the events of Inhumans vs X-Men will give way to "Ressurxion", a new line of both X-Men and Inhuman comics from Marvel. And while the newly announced Royals will see the Inhumans blast off into space, a new series will explore the man atop their throne: Blackagar Boltagon.