YMMV / The Inhumans

  • Broken Base: The post-Infinity era, headed by Charles Soule. Either it's a new golden age for the franchise, bringing them into the mainstream and giving them the attention they deserve or a dork age that's removing much of what makes the Inhumans unique and making them the poor man's X-Men, complete with the overexposure.
    • Worsened by accusations of it being done out of spite over the movie rights, making the comics comply more with MCU canon. Recent story previews show that the terrigen mists make mutants sterile and mutant hate is at an all time high. Fans are not pleased to say the least. Even fans who don't think that Marvel are doing it deliberately to hurt the X-Men do agree that Marvel aren't doing a good job at making it look like they're not, especially when editors refuse to answer 'yes or no' on if its true or not.
  • Designated Hero: The Inhumans' status as social outcasts is largely self-imposed, as they possessed both advanced technology and Stock Superpowers well back into ancient times when ordinary humans would not have had the means to persecute a society that had either, much less both. They practice Eugenics and maintained a sub-race of cloned slaves. Their internal culture is a mess of class divisions (a fact which Maximus has exploited more than once) despite their comparatively small population. Plus, the current "heroic" royal family overthrew the previous monarch because they did not want to give up the Slave Engine, a device intended to do Exactly What It Says on the Tin to humanity! At best their "heroism" is analogous to the characters of A Game of Thrones. Even their status as Mutant analogues is dubious, since the majority of their mutations are activated deliberately via Terrigenesis, and if they were to forego the desire for superhuman powers they could still be Badass Normal types like Karnak even without it! Thus any Body Horror or Power Incontinence actually are their faults because, unlike Mutants, they get to choose to play the Superpower Lottery.
  • Genius Bonus: "Terrigen" is likely taken from "teratogenesis", literally meaning "monster birth".
  • Older Than They Think:
    • A lot of X-Men fans have been crying foul over the Uncanny Inhumans title stealing the adjective from the mutants, and see it as another sign that Marvel is shoving them under the rug in favour of the Inhumans. However, the Inhumans had the "Uncanny" epithet first.
    • The idea of hidden human / inhuman hybrids was done before Infinity in a Fantastic Four storyline during the mid-00s.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Crystal and Johnny. It was even spoofed in the Fantastic Four animated series from The '90s when Crystal sends out Lockjaw to retrieve Johnny for a secret meeting... and they can't find her.
    • A subdued version of this can be seen again with Crystal and Ronan the Accuser
    • Even Janet Pym called out Crystal and Johnny's relationship when Crystal called out Janet for wanting to wed the mysterious new Yellow Jacket from an old Avengers comic.
  • Tearjerker: The romance between Gorgon's daughter and Reyno, an Alpha Primitive child. Since she's the daughter of one of the royal family, she can't really be seen with him, and Gorgon's forcing her to go through terrigenesis (such a great father), which is changing her physically and mentally each time. The two run away to the Fantastic Four for help... and Reed refuses to do anything for fear of upsetting the Inhumans. So poor Alecto is taken back to Attilan and made to go through with the process anyway. Some time after, the boy tries approaching Alecto, only for her to harshly yell at the primitive daring to speak to her... only for her to suddenly break out crying, because she just can't keep up the pretence, and she still loves him.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • As this article notes, there is something disturbing about Marvel having a group that they've long used as a stand-in for the LGBT community getting wiped out in favor of the Inhumans, who've long represented intolerance and separatism.
    • Joe Glass, an author of several comics featuring gay superheroes, wrote this article criticizing the attempts to fit the Inhumans into the same Applicability mold as mutants. He compares the similarities between the various experiments used to create Inhumans to the implication that you're turned gay by an outside force, which is a very disturbing idea since Mutants have been a longstanding allegory to homosexuality.
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