Ambur & Quelin Amaquelin

Thanks Markz for the heads up! Apparently I didn’t miss anybody from the last Inhumans episode (maybe…), but I did with the one before. In Those Who Would Destroy Us, in her imprisonment Crystal finds solace in watching the picture of her parents, Ambur and Quelin, respectively her mother and father. It’s unknown whether they are still alive or not, but Maximus revealed something interesting about them, telling Medusa that they had been enemies to the Royal Family she was now part of. In the comics, that’s certainly not the case, since they’re members of the Royal Family as well. Waiting to learn something more, maybe through flashbacks, let’s take a look at their original versions…albeit there’s not much to say about them.

Both Quelin and Ambur were born in the hidden city of Attilan, the safe zone of the Inhumans, a race of genetically engineered individuals created by Kree scientists in ancient times. Ambur was the daughter of Kobar and La, and she grew up with her sister Azur; Quelin, on the other hand, came from an unknown family (actually, the Inhuman family tree is a little bit confused here). They both studied as nutritionists, a well-respected job in a society obsessed with genetic perfectioning. The two scientists eventually got married, it’s unknown if out of love or following a decree by the Genetic Council, that controlled eugenics in Attilan. Being it a way or the other, this proved to be quite a boost for Quelin in terms of importance within Attilan society: Ambur’s sister Azur, in fact, married Mander, whose sister Rynda married in turn Attilan’s newly elected king, Agon. Through relationships of brothers and sisters in law, also Quelin and Ambur were now considered part of the Inhuman Royal Family, and they were allowed to move in the royal palace, where they knew a luxury they had never experienced before. Around the same time, all the couples in the extended Royal Family had children, and Quelin and Ambur conceived a daughter, Medusalith.

Life in the palace was quite peaceful for the Amaquelin family, and the several couples came to be close together, mostly because their respective children, all cousins in a way or the other, became friends and companions of adventures. Some years after the birth of Medusalith Ambur got pregnant again, and she gave birth to a second daughter, Crystalia. Albeit being younger than her sister Medusa and her cousins GorgonKarnak and Maximus, also Crystal joined their group, and the children made the palace much a more lively environment. From a certain point in Attilan’s history, however, we lose tracks of both Quelin and Ambur: they were most surely alive when their elder daughter Medusa got married with Agon’s heir, Black Bolt, so they lived long enough to see their beloved firstborn become the new Inhuman queen (curiously enough, Ambur herself started to be referred to as “queen”, but it’s unknown if this meant she had actually been queen some time before Rynda or Medusa, or if it was short for “queen mother”). Since when Maximus overthrew his brother he had his right-hand man, the Seeker, execute many members of the Royal Family still loyal to Black Bolt, including Gorgon’s parents, it’s likely both Quelin and Ambut got killed under his regime, but there’s no record about it. The only thing that’s sure is that by the time their grandchildren Ahura, from Medusa, and Luna, from Crystal, were born, they were not part of their daughters’ lives anymore.

Ambur and Quelin are two serious and brilliant scientists, devoted to their research, but also loving and caring towards their daughters (something that’s not to take for granted in a society like Attilan’s). As Inhumans, they’re slightly stronger, faster and more durable than normal humans, but it’s unknown what specific power Terrigenesis gave them. Coming “from outside” in the Royal Family, Quelin and Ambur are the living testimony of the fact that nothing, even in a rigid society like the Inhuman one, is set in stone, and that all traditions can change and evolve.

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Pulssus

Inhumans goes on despite the (very) bad response, and we meet someone new. At the end of the previous episode, Auran had asked for backup in hunting down the Royal Family, and Maximus readily provided it to her, sending her some dangerous Inhumans who now form her new Royal Guard. One of them is the electric Pulssus, portrayed by Jason Quinn. Along with the others, including the lethal Mordis, he reaches Hawaii to start his mission…but he finds quite some tough cookies to chew. Among the many Inhumans introduced, Pulssus is the only one coming from the comics (I may be wrong: waiting for heads-up on this one), and also originally he’s part of an elite Inhuman team, albeit with a totally different origin and purpose. Let’s see together.

Pulssus was an Inhuman born and raised in the secret city of Attilan. As a young man, he underwent Terrigenesis like all his peers, and had his body changed to a molecular level, as the Terrigen Mists turned him into a being of living electricity. His power was quite remarkable, even if confronted to others, so the Genetic Council secretly kept an eye on him, having him trained in the arts of war for possible future uses. Such use came when the Royal Family, following yet another scandal, chose the way of exile and escaped to Earth, living Attilan in control of the Genetic Council. With no Royal Guard left to protect the city, the Council formed another team of elite warriors whose sole purpose was to defend Attilan from every threat: the Crimson Cadre. Pulssus was among the first recruits in the Cadre, and he was subjected to the command of General Ator, a purple-skinned military officer blindly loyal to the Genetic Council. Pulssus and the others followed his lead into protecting Attilan from everything the Council perceived as a threat, including former allies of the Royal Family. When the Fantastic Four travelled to the Moon to question Uatu the Watcher, the Council immediately identified them as enemies, since they had often helped the Royal Family to stand against their authority. Pulssus was sent to deal with the “invaders” with a selected number of companions, but he lost them, unable to locate their ship, the Stealth-Hawk. Finally, however, the Cadre found one of them, The Thing, just outside the Watcher’s Citadel, and launched an attack against him. As Pulssus soon learnt, despite his and his teammates’ combined powers, The Thing wasn’t an adversary to take lightly, and they barely managed to bring him to a stand still, until the Tomorrow Man (disguised as Kristoff Vernard‘s servant Boris) threatened to blow them all up with the Stealth-Hawk’s weaponry, saving The Thing. This failure, however, only strenghtened the Crimson Cadre’s grudge against the Fantastic Four.

Soon after that incident, Pulssus was called to face a much more serious threat: Nathaniel Richards had accidentally opened a dimensional vortex that had already swallowed the Watcher’s Citadel, and was threatening to destroy Attilan as well; unfortunately, in that same time Morgan Le Fay had restored Atlantis‘ original position on the ocean’s surface, and the Genetic Council, intrigued, abandoned Attilan to its destiny to reclaim the Inhumans’ original home. Without a guidance, the Crimson Cadre didn’t know what to do, but when they discovered that it was a human the one to be held responsible for the chrisis, General Ator decided to launch a punitive expedition on Earth, armed with the lethal Atmo Gun (one of Maximus’ inventions, a bomb that would have targeted humans only, leaving Ihumans unaffected). On Earth, the Crimson Cadre was faced by the heroes of Fantastic Force, and despite the difference in number they were soundly defeated, with the Atmo Gun being disarmed in the process. Pulssus found himself trapped with the others under an impenetrable Negative Zone Barrier, not knowing that in the meanwhile the Fantastic Four had miniaturized Attilan, saving it from the vortex. The Cadre was saved by Karnak, as the Royal Family had been forced to serve the Genetic Council, now allied with Morgan; together, they battled the formidable alliance of Fantastic Four, Fantastic Force, Namor the Sub-Mariner and Thor over both Attilan and Atlantis. The battle ended with the Genetic Council winning Attilan back (returned to its original size), but losing Atlantis…and the Royal Family, who had gone missing once again. Locked outside Attilan, Pulssus and the others were forced to hunt down the Royal Family and return them to the city. Eventually, however, Black Bolt regained control over Attilan, and chose to mantain the Crimson Cadre as part of the Royal Guard…unfortunately, Pulssus and the others were quite the perfect pawns for the machinations of Maximus and his new ally Fabian Cortez.

Pulssus is a loyal and strong-willed soldier, whose obedience goes to the Genetic Council only, as he sees them as the defenders of Attilan’s traditions and identity. His Inhuman powers make him able to create and manipulate electricity, which he focuses in powerful energy bolts. A man deeply committed to his job and his task, Pulssus will do anything in his power to protect Attilan…or at least to do what he’s told to be for Attilan’s protection.

Kitang

The last character appearing in Inhumans last week is another short-lived one. In Behold…the Inhumans!, we witness Iridia and Bronaja undergo Terrigenesis, and the one who supervises the entire process is Kitang, portrayed by Marco Rodríguez. Kitang is portrayed as the head of the Genetic Council, and he’s soon faced by Maximus who demands his support in his plan to overthrow his brother. Kitang refuses, and Auran kills him on the spot, without even showing his abilities. In the comics, his position is the same, but his allegiance is much different…as well as his looks. Let’s see together.

Kitang was born in the hidden city of Attilan many centuries ago. Extremely long-lived, he witnessed the rise and fall of many kings, and he grew up along with the city’s laws and strict rules. Wise and authoritative, he entered the Genetic Council, the main judicial, legislative and executive body in the city, in charge of administrating the Terrigen Crystals and thus the process of Terrigenesis. The Council’s authority was second only to the Royal Family‘s one, so the elders composing it often were in charge of Attilan when the king was missing for a reason or another. Age and wisdom were the criteria that determined authority within the Council, so when Kitang became the eldest among the elders he also obtained the status of chancellor, the highest position achievable by a non-royal. Definitely not a man of his time, Kitang still followed the old ways, and was extremely attached also to rules that most of people in Attilan considered obsolete, such as combined marriages and selective eugenics, all means once used to ensure genetic perfection to the Inhumans. Ironically, during the time Kitang was chancellor Attilan was ruled by one of its most progressive kings ever, Black Bolt, who proclaimed a series of laws that went directly against the old traditions. Kitang didn’t like the new king the least, but he became openly hostile to him the moment Black Bolt freed the Alpha Primitives, the race that for centuries had been used by Inhumans as slaves. The old man wasn’t the only one who disliked Black Bolt’s newest introductions in Inhuman society, and in a matter of a few months he became the main authority for all the traditionalists who were seeking for a leader who respected traditions more than the king did.

The greatest “offense” came when Queen Medusa publicly announced she was pregnant: for Kitang and his followers, people who believed in a strict eugenics, a natural pregnancy was a useless risk. Even more, Black Bolt’s enormous powers were considered too dangerous and destructive, and he wasn’t allowed to have a child who risked to inherit his strenght. Kitang did his best to force Medusa to have an abortion, but the queen strongly refused, and eventually she hid on Earth to bring her pregnancy on and to give birth to her son, Ahura. When the baby was born, Medusa came back to Attilan to show him to Kitang, proving that the newborn wasn’t dangerous as he hadn’t inherited his father’s powers, but the old man still considered the baby’s mere existence an insult to his personal authority, and he obtained to have him locked up in the Pacifiers‘ prison to be constantly in check, if he manifested destructive powers prior to Terrigenesis. Even this, however, wasn’t enough for Kitang, who wanted to get rid of Ahura: he hired a group of mercenaries who posed as enemies of the Royal Family and kidnapped the baby from Attilan, bringing him down to Earth where they were supposed to execute him. The king, however, had many valuable allies and friends among humans: on Earth, the superhero Daredevil helped Gorgon and Karnak to find and free Ahura, and he even obtained a confession from the kidnappers, who exposed Kitang’s plan. Unable to hide behind lies anymore, Kitang was publicly disgraced, and he was banished from Attilan while the title of chancellor was passed down to Arcadius, a much more progressive member of the Genetic Council. An old man alone in a world he had always refused to know, Kitang had lost everything…

Kitang is a mean old man, once wise but now embittered by a world that, according to his limited perception, is going all wrong, forgetting the traditions he swore to protect. As an Inhuman, he’s stronger and more durable than a regular human, albeit age made him weak and frail; it’s unknown what his specific powers are. A man who holds laws and traditions in higher consideration than people, Kitang is a conservative leader who bases all his charisma on his despisal for anything new and innovative, finding quite some supporters ready to follow him as if he was a king from ancient times, back to restore the lost order.

Rynda Boltagon

Still on Inhumans, after the king we inevitably meet the queen: Rynda, portrayed by Tanya Clarke. Just as her husband, she only appears during a flashback sequence in Behold…the Inhumans!, and we only witness her unlikely end. As she confronts her son after Terrigenesis, a young Black Bolt starts asking “Why?”, but his super-powered voice disintegrates both king and queen on the spot. In the comics, Queen Rynda is quite a secondary character, but at least she doesn’t suffer such a dumb death as in the show (ok, the accidental murder of his parents is surely quite an emotional scar for Black Bolt, but maybe there were smarter ways to think of it). Let’s meet the original, fancy-dressed queen of the Inhumans.

Rynda was born in Attilan, the daughter of Magnar and Zeta, prominent members of the Inhuman Royal Family. She grew up with her brother Mander, and the two of them were very close; while he was a philosopher and a religious figure, however, Rynda had more pragmatic interests, and she became a skilled geneticist, consecrating her life to science. As a young woman she underwent Terrigenesis, and when she emerged from the Terrigen Mists she had become immune to any kind of poison, quite a useful ability for someone from the Royal Family. She was bethroted to another member of the Royal Family, Agon, the most skilled scientist in Attilan’s history. If the two of them couldn’t say they had fallen in love with each other at first, their common love for science made them even closer than regular spouses, and after the marriage they started working together as fellow researchers and equal partners. Agon also helped Rynda to further explore her Inhuman abilities, and she came to realise that she wasn’t just immune to poisons and toxins: she had the ability to filter any kind of substance coming through her body, including the Terrigen Mist. This skill proved to be pivotal in her husband’s researches, as he was trying to develop a new, purer version of the Mist. When Rynda got pregnant, she and her husband decided to experiment their discoveries on their own child: Rynda entered the chamber, and she was exposed once again to the Mist. Thanks to her power, she avoided the dangerous Secondary Terrigenesis, but she also filtered the Mists making them purer, with no imperfection or impurity, and directing them to the phoetus, triggering the earliest mutation in Inhuman history.

The experiment was a success, and the baby was born as the most powerful Inhuman to record, Blackagar Boltagon. The newborn had a semi-quantic voice powerful enough to raze a mountain…too powerful to be allowed to be free until he could perfectly control it. Rynda helped Agon in building a special chamber for her son, and followed Blackagar’s progresses teaching him how to be always silent, even sleeping. In the meanwhile, Agon had been chosen as the new king of Attilan, and Rynda clearly became his queen. She had a second son, Maximus, but he wasn’t subjected to Terrigenesis at such a young age as his older brother. Rynda was advantaged by her husband’s popularity in becoming a beloved queen, and the fact that she and Agon allowed everyone to use the purer Mists they had deviced with their experiments made them one of the most beloved couple of rulers in Attilan’s history. While administering the city, teaching Blackagar and continuing her activity as a researcher, however, Rynda unavoidably neglected Maximus, and she didn’t realise that her younger son was growing up as an ambitious sociopath. Finally, after twenty years in the isolation chamber, Blackagar could come out of it and introduce himself as the crown prince, enjoying social life for the first time since he was born. Even in his freedom, however, Agon and Rynda kept taking datas on him, to check how powerful he could truly be and to further improve their formula. Rynda’s research, however, was cut short a couple of years later: Maximus, whose ambition had only grown, betrayed his own people and made agreements with the Kree, who wanted to conquer Attilan back. As Black Bolt found out about this, he used his voice to destroy the Kree battleship who was about to attack the city, but he unwillingly sent it crashing against his father’s lab, while both his parents were inside. Eventually, Rynda was killed by her greatest scientific success, and her greatest human failure.

Queen Rynda is a brilliant and wise woman, definitely fit to rule over Attilan and to assist her husband in his research, but not as fit to be a lovely and caring mother due to her emotional detachment. As an Inhuman, she’s slightly stronger, faster and more durable than humans, and her special ability grants her immunity from every poison, toxin or venom; she’s also able to control any substance entering her body, filtering it to its purest state. One of the greatest minds in Attilan, Rynda is one of the most beloved queens in Inhuman history, a love that a rational and cold mind like hers finds hard to show even to her own children.

Agon Boltagon

Going on with the characters appeared in the first episode of Inhumans, let’s take a look to a very short-lived one. In Behold…the Inhumans! we get a very short glimpse at the origin of the protagonist, in a flashback sequence during which we witness King Agon, portrayed by Michael Buie, subjecting his young son Blackagar to the process of Terrigenesis. As soon as he asks what’s changed in him, the poor king is pulverized by his son’s super-powerful voice along with his wife. In the comics, he lives a little bit longer than this, and he proves to be smarter than his tv counterpart. Let’s see together.

Born in the secret city of Attilan from Symak and Tanith, Agon was one of the most skilled scientists among the Inhumans, the genetically-engineered race created by the Kree. As an adult, Agon specialised as a geneticist, and started studying the effect of the Terrigen Mists on the Inhumans, perfecting the formula and managing to predict with incredible accuracy the right time for each individual to obtain the best metamorphosis possible. As a young man he married Rynda, a woman from his same house, and she helped in him his researches. She also helped him as a test subject: when she got pregnant of their first son, Agon decided to expose both his wife and his unborn child to the Terrigen Mists, thus triggering his son’s metamorphosis while he was still in the womb. The result was amazing, as the prince, Blackagar, was born as the most powerful Inhuman ever recorded…as a baby, however, he wasn’t able to control his extremely destructive voice, so Agon deviced a special chamber to contain him until he would have become able to control his powers. Upon his incredible results, his renowned wisdom and his noble descent, Agon was selected by the Genetics Council as the new ruler of the Inhumans, replacing his deranged predecessor. As a king, he put his discoveries at disposal of the entire population, radically changing the way Inhumans looked at Terrigenesis. In a matter of a few months, Agon became one of the most loved kings in the Inhuman history, being responsible for the improvement of his kingdom’s quality of life. He also had a second son from Rynda, Maximus, and he exposed him, as well as his relatives’ children, to the Terrigen Mists when they were children.

Even as a king, Agon never stopped being a scientists, and despite his political duties he still spent most of his time in his lab. His influence in the Genetics Council, however, had grown along with his political power, and he easily had one of his rivals, the cloner Phaeder, expelled from the Council (this was the beginning of a feud that, decades later, would have put Attilan in grave danger). After twenty years, finally, Agon deemed Blackagar ready to leave his containment chamber, and the prince could finally join the rest of the Royal Family in their training to rule Attilan, one day. After ninety years of rule, finally, Agon faced the most serious threat to Attilan he had ever experienced: the Kree had come back to Earth, claiming their creations back, but they found the Inhumans ready to fight. Agon faced the emergency with an iron fist, repelling the invaders more than once, and he even recruited new Inhumans to protect Attilan, obtaining the immediate, positive response of the entire population. Unfortunately, Prince Maximus’ ambition was already out of control, and following one of his intricated schemes the young man entered in contact with the Kree, offering a deal to them. Agon didn’t know anything about his son’s maneuvres, but the other prince, Blackagar, discovered about his brother’s treason, and used his incredible voice to hit the Kree battleship he had summoned to Attilan. The ship was destroyed, but it crashed exactly on Agon’s lab, while the king was conducting one of his experiments with the queen. They both died in the istant. Because of Agon’s popularity, the exact dynamics of the incident were kept hidden from the population, and Blackagar, despite his young age and his (silent) protest, was crowned the new king of the Inhumans.

Agon is a wise and just king and a brilliant scientist, a ruler who somehow manages to balance his political duties with his scientific resposibilities. As an Inhuman, he’s slightly stronger, faster and more durable than a normal human, and much more long-lived; the Terrigen Mists didn’t have any physical effect on him, but they augmented his already remarkable intelligence, making him one of the greatest geniuses in Attilan’s history. Severe but rightful, detached but committed, King Agon is understandably one of the most popular Inhuman rulers ever lived, a noble researcher who chose to share his knowledge with his population.

Eldrac (The Door)

After a discussed premiere in selected theatres, the first episode of Inhumans has been released…and it’s quite as divisive as it was announced. Anyway, some new characters have been introduced, starting from the weird door the huntress Auran uses to reach the Royal Family on EarthAldrac. In the show, Auran threatens Aldrac’s family to force him to use his powers to teleport her on the planet, and he gladly sends her into a stone wall as revenge. In the comics, Aldrac is a pretty recent character, having being introduced only in 2010, and he’s surely one of the weirdest Inhumans around, having undergone quite a drastic transformation (even more than the “liquid wall” from the series). Let’s see together.

Eldrac was an Inhuman, born in the hidden city of Attilan. Instead of undergoing the Terrigenesis, he preferred to embark into a political career, serving his people in a different way, advising the Royal Family even if being part of a minor faction. Attilan, however, faced a period of great chrisis, with discoveries that shook its very identity: during a mission in outer space, the Royal Family discovered a group that would have later been known as the Universal Inhumans, aliens the Kree experimented on in the same way they had done with primitive humans giving birth to the Inhumans. When the Universal Inhumans joined Earth’s ones, Attilan’s politics changed radically, and the minor factions like the one Eldrac served in became less than irrelevant. There was nothing Eldrac could do for his people anymore, not in that field, so he finally decided to undergo Terrigenesis, believing this way he would have found a new purpose. He was granted the exposure to the Terrigen Mist, and he was transformed…but his metamorphosis was much more radical than anyone could have imagined. He was turned into a giant robotic head, with his body being the city of Attilan itself. He was unable to move or to speak, but he had gained a new ability: he had become a living portal to any possible destination, the ultimate doorway. This way, he had become useful to his people once again, and in quite a unique way. With the city of Attilan located on the dark side of the Moon, first, and in horbit around an alien planet, later, Eldrac became the Inhumans’ main and favourite means of transportation, a way to feel less secluded from the rest of the universe. In times of peace, Eldrac the Door became more loved and popular than he evere was as a politician…but the times of peace didn’t last long.

The Inhumans had been hiding for long the secret son of Thanos the Mad Titan, who was now hunting for him. As Thanos and his Black Order attacked Attilan, it became clear that the situation was desperate. Black Bolt and Maximus approached Eldrac, and asked him for the greatest effort he had ever subjected himself to: to teleport the entire city of Attilan, himself included, all around the globe, so that the king and his brother could set off the Terrigen Bomb without hurting anyone from the city. Eldrac obeyed his king, but this enormous task exacted quite a toll on him, as it hurt him severely. The following explosion affected him also, and he found himself buried under the debris of Attilan, in Battery Park. A lot of time passed before Eldrac was finally found by a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who in turn summoned Medusa. The Inhuman queen informed Eldrac of the events happened while he was buried, of Thanos’ defeat and of Black Bolt’s disappearance; he asked him yet another favour, as she needed his help to locate her missing husband. Albeit suffering, Eldrac accepted to teleport Medusa to Black Bolt’s location. Barely healed, Eldrac was then transported to New Attilan, but his life as a living door had become quite a burden for him, who felt less and less like a person. When the NuHuman who called himself Lineage approached him, Eldrac was embittered and depressed. Lineage made him an offer he just couldn’t refuse in his current state: he would have granted him a robotic body to allow him to walk again, in exchange of transporting the entire Royal Family to a certain location. Albeit it was clearly treason, Eldrac agreed: he sent the Royal Family where their enemies were waiting for them, and Lineage kept his part of the deal by giving him a new body. The Door immediately escaped, enjoying his freedom for the first time in a long time…but as soon as the euphoria ran out, he suddenly realised what he had done. Ridden with guilt, he cursed his selfishness: maybe it wasn’t too late to fix his treason…

Eldrac is a selfless man, whose sole purpose in life is to serve his own people any way he can. As the Door, he’s just a giant robotic head, able to teleport anyone anywhere by letting them enter his mouth. This power of interdimensional transportation costed him his voice and his ability to move, and even if Eldrac’s loyalty and selflessness are beyond doubts, being considered more a tool than a living person is something that nobody would accept for long, and even an altruistic man like him starts to suffer for his forced immobility.

Iridia

If the reviews of the upcoming Inhumans are quite worrisome, it looks however that Marvel is trying to improve its series before its official release, and the trailers show us more and more interesting footage and visual effects. In one of the latest ones, no new character is properly introduced, but one of the Inhumans appearing in Attilan is quite hard not to recognize: I’m speaking of the girl with butterfly wings we see speaking with Crystal, a still unnamed actress who’ll bring on the screen the first live action appearance of Iridia. In the comics, Iridia is a flashy yet secondary character, who actually stands out even more than her live action appearance thanks to wings much more colourful than the show’s ones. Let’s see together.

Iridia was born in Attilan, the secret city of the Inhumans. Since her birth, beauty hadn’t exactly been her thing: with her skin ruined and covered in blotches and boils, her hair thin and gray and her hunch, she looked like an old crone, and she was the laughing stock of all the other kids in Attilan. When she came of age, she wasn’t selected to undergo Terrigenesis, and she lived this news as a tragedy, as she was denied the only means she had to escape her horrible visage. Not giving up, she asked for an audience with King Black Bolt, and she pled to him to let her undergo the process, explaining her situation and telling him she only wanted to be “less ugly” than she had always been. The royal bodyguard Gorgon yelled at her, scorning her for making such a childish and selfish request to the king, but Black Bolt, via his queen Medusa, reduced him to silence, and agreed to bring Iridia to the Gene Chamber personally. Much to the Royal Family‘s shock, Black Bolt used a huge amount of Terrigen Mist on the woman, who was left in a horrible state after the process: only a brownish, ugly lump of organic material was left in her place, and the attending ones believed Black Bolt had killed her in punishment for her vanity. Before the Royal Family could question the unnecessary cruelty of such a punishment, the alien Blastaar attacked the city along with an army of Kaptroids, ancient Kree robots, and the Inhumans abandoned the Green Chamber to repel the attack. While the Royal Family was fighting, Iridia, still alive inside what was actually a coccoon, slowly transformed, obtaining a new form. She emerged just in time for the victorious Royal Family to witness her transformation: she was now young and beautiful, with a pair of splendid butterfly wings protruding from her back. She was finally just as beautiful as she had always dreamt to be.

The newly reborn Iridia had to face an immediate chrisis, as the destruction of the Kaptroids had activated a strange monolith that caused dangerous earthquakes all over Attilan. While the Royal Family left the city to ask the Fantastic Four for help, the other Inhumans guarded the city. Iridia was with the feral Leonus when a strange meteor struck Attilan: the space rock would have hit her, but she flew away just in time to avoid it, while Leonus wasn’t fast enough. The “meteorite” vaporized the moment it hit Leonus, leaving a green aura behind. Iridia was worried for her friend, but he dismissed her, and ignoring her concerns he went to the dungeon. Iridia, suspicious, followed him, and she witnessed Leonus speaking to the centaur-like Stallior and touching him, infecting him with the same green aura of the meteorite. Iridia realised the meteor was mind-controlling both her fellow Inhumans (it was in fact a Kree device), and she could do nothing but watch as the two hypnotised guards freed the most dangerous prisoner in the dungeon, the deranged prince Maximus the Mad. Maximus pled his loyalty to the Krees, and accepted to do their bidding in exchange of his freedom. Maximus didn’t lose time, and attacked with his machines the only two members of the Royal Family remaining in Attilan, Crystal and her husband Quicksilver, imprisoning them. Iridia then took the matter in her own hands, and decided to warn Black Bolt, so that he didn’t come back to Attilan unprepared. While Maximus was busy capturing all Inhumans, Iridia snuck away, but Black Bolt was already close to Attilan: she started shouting her warning to him, but this attracted Maximus’ attention, and the usurper shot her down. Luckily enough, Iridia wasn’t the only one who had escaped Maximus: she was rescued by a “resistance” and nurtured back to health. While Black Bolt himself had been captured, LockjawTriton and Karnak managed to escape, and Iridia met them and told them everything she knew about Maximus’ escape. Finally, the Inhumans loyal to Black Bolt could begin a counter attack to free their king.

Iridia is a young woman who’s suffered marginalization and humiliation all her life, and who uses her newfound gift of beauty not for vanity or self-esteem, but just as a means to fit in a society she felt excluded from. As an Inhuman, she possesses strength, durability and reflexes slightly superior to a regular human, while her senses are enhanced by the antennae-like appendixes on her forehead; she can fly at high speeds thanks to the wings on her back, and her muscles and lunghs evolved to allow her to fly. An Inhuman who truly felt Terrigenesis as an evolution and the beginning of a new life, Iridia is ready to consecrate her newborn self to Attilan, grateful to the king who was able to change her life forever.