Wed­nes­day Mar­vel’s In­hu­mans 9pm, Sky1

Sunday Herald Life - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

IS it pos­si­ble there are too many Mar­vel comic adap­ta­tions flying around now? A rel­a­tively ob­scure gang of loopy, su­per-pow­ered, evo­lu­tion­ar­ily ad­vanced sorts first cre­ated by Stan Lee and vi­sion­ary artist Jack Kirby in 1965, back when comics were fun, bright and Pop, The In­hu­mans have by now evolved a deep and knotty back­story, which is one of the rea­sons this new show is such hard go­ing. In this lack­lus­tre and con­fus­ing telling, they’re the royal fam­ily of a se­cret city hid­ing on the moon, ruled by king Black Bolt, whose voice is so mighty he can de­stroy things by speak­ing, and so, eh, doesn’t, prompt­ing a fairly funny per­for­mance from An­son Mount, as he ex­presses him­self through his eye­brows. He’s mar­ried to Me­dusa (Serinda Swan), who has magic hair. The weighty plot in­volves Black Bolt’s jeal­ous/ evil brother, Max­imus (Iwan Rheon), who starts a bloody re­volt, caus­ing the king and his fol­low­ers to flee to Earth. Un­cer­tain of tone and clunky of di­a­logue it’s kind of … stupid. But there is a big cute tele­port­ing bull­dog.

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