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| Image = FF Vol 1 6 Textless.jpg
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| Image = IVX Vol 1 1 Inhumans Variant Textless.jpg
| RealName = Blackagar Boltagon
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| RealName = [[Blackagar Boltagon]]
 
| CurrentAlias = [[Black Bolt]]
 
| CurrentAlias = [[Black Bolt]]
| Aliases =
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| Aliases = [[Celestial Messiah]],{{r|New Avengers Vol 3 #2}} Celestial Redeemer,{{r|FF #13}} [[Midnight King]],{{r|FF #18}}{{r|Inhumanity #1}} [[BB]],{{r|Thing #3}}, Wishbone,{{r|Black Bolt #1}} Lord Blackagar/Lord Black Bolt{{r|New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 3}}
| Identity = Secret
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| Identity = No Dual
| Alignment = Good
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| Identity2 = <br>([[Black Bolt]] is a shortened form of his full name){{r|World War Hulk: Gamma Files #1}}
| Affiliation = {{M|Illuminati (Earth-616)|Illuminati}}, {{M|Universal Inhumans}}, [[Inhumans (Race)|Inhuman Royal Family]]
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| Affiliation = {{m|House of Agon (Earth-616)|Inhuman Royal Family}}, {{M|Universal Inhumans (Earth-616)|Universal Inhumans}}, formerly [[Kree Empire]], {{m|Illuminati (Earth-616)|Illuminati}}
 
| Relatives =
 
| Relatives =
 
[[Symak (Earth-616)|Symak]] (paternal grandfather, deceased);<br>
 
[[Symak (Earth-616)|Symak]] (paternal grandfather, deceased);<br>
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[[Magnar (Earth-616)|Magnar]] (maternal grandfather, deceased);<br>
 
[[Magnar (Earth-616)|Magnar]] (maternal grandfather, deceased);<br>
 
[[Zeta (Earth-616)|Zeta]] (maternal grandmother, deceased);<br>
 
[[Zeta (Earth-616)|Zeta]] (maternal grandmother, deceased);<br>
[[Korath (Earth-616)|Korath]] (paternal uncle);<br>
 
[[Mander (Earth-616)|Mander]] (maternal uncle);<br>
 
 
[[Agon (Earth-616)|Agon]] (father, deceased);<br>
 
[[Agon (Earth-616)|Agon]] (father, deceased);<br>
 
[[Rynda (Earth-616)|Rynda]] (mother, deceased);<br>
 
[[Rynda (Earth-616)|Rynda]] (mother, deceased);<br>
[[Maximus (Earth-616)|Maximus]] (brother);<br>
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[[Korath (Inhuman) (Earth-616)|Korath]] (paternal uncle);<br>
[[Gorgon (Earth-616)|Gorgon]] (paternal cousin);<br>
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[[Mander (Earth-616)|Mander]] (maternal uncle);<br>
[[Karnak (Earth-616)|Karnak]] (maternal cousin);<br>
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[[Maximus Boltagon (Earth-616)|Maximus]] (brother, deceased);<br>
[[Triton (Earth-616)|Triton]] (maternal cousin);<br>
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[[Medusalith Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Medusa]] (wife/second cousin);<br>
[[Crystalia Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Crystal]] (sister-in-law and second cousin);<br>
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[[Oola Udonta (Earth-616)|Oola Udonta]] (wife, deceased);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
[[Medusalith Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Medusa]] (wife and second cousin);<br>
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[[Aladi Ko Eke (Earth-616)|Aladi Ko Eke]] (wife, deceased);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
[[Ahura Boltagon (Earth-616)|Ahura]] (son);<br>
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[[Onomi Whitemane (Earth-616)|Onomi Whitemane]] (wife, deceased);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
[[Oola Udonta (Earth-616)|Oola Udonta]] (wife);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
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[[Avoe (Earth-616)|Avoe]] (wife, deceased);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
[[Aladi Ko Eke (Earth-616)|Aladi Ko Eke]] (wife);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
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[[Ahura Boltagon (Earth-616)|Ahura]] (son/second cousin once removed);<br>
[[Onomi Whitemane (Earth-616)|Onomi Whitemane]] (wife);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
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[[Gorgon Petragon (Earth-616)|Gorgon]] (paternal cousin);<br>
[[Avoe (Earth-616)|Avoe]] (wife);{{r|FF #7}}<br>
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[[Karnak Mander-Azur (Earth-616)|Karnak]] (maternal cousin);<br>
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[[Triton (Earth-616)|Triton]] (maternal cousin, deceased);<br>
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[[Crystalia Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Crystal]] (sister-in-law/second cousin);<br>
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[[Luna Maximoff (Earth-616)|Luna Maximoff]] (niece/cousin)<br>
 
| Universe = Earth-616
 
| Universe = Earth-616
| BaseOfOperations = [[Attilan]], [[Blue Area of the Moon]]
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| BaseOfOperations = Formerly [[New Arctilan]], [[Gray Area of the Moon]]; [[New Attilan]], [[Hudson River]], [[Upper New York Bay]], [[New York (State)|New York]]/[[New Jersey (State)|New Jersey]] border; [[Attilan]], [[New York City]] (formerly [[Hala (Planet)|Hala]]; [[Blue Area of the Moon|Blue Area of Earth's Moon]]; [[Himalayas]], [[China]]; [[Atlantic Ocean]])
 
 
| Gender = Male
 
| Gender = Male
 
| Height = 6'2"
 
| Height = 6'2"
| Weight = 210 lbs
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| Weight = 220 lbs (99,75 kg)
| Eyes = Blue
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| Eyes = Blue
 
| Hair = Black
 
| Hair = Black
 
| UnusualFeatures =
 
| UnusualFeatures =
| CharRef = {{c|Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #1}}
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| CharRef = {{c|Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #2}}
   
| Citizenship = Inhuman
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| Citizenship = Attilan
| Citizenship2 = Attilan
 
 
| MaritalStatus = Married
 
| MaritalStatus = Married
| Occupation = Monarch of the [[Inhumans (Earth-616)|Inhumans]]
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| MaritalStatus2 = , [[:Category:Widowed Characters|Widowed]][[Category:Widowed Characters]]
| Education = Traditional Inhuman Education
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| Occupation = Owner of the [[Quiet Room]]; former Monarch of the [[Inhumans (Inhomo supremis)|Inhumans]] of [[Attilan]], former King of [[New Attilan]][[Category:New Attilan Monarchs]]{{r|Uncanny Inhumans #13}}<!-- he seemingly had the title, despite being lost and not active, until Medusa's rejection in {{r|Inhuman #12}} -->, Prince, Emperor of the [[Kree Empire]]
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| Education = Traditional Inhuman Education; Royal tutors of Attilan{{r|World War Hulk: Gamma Files #1}}
   
| Origin = Black Bolt possesses powers by virtue of being a member of the Inhuman race, and through exposure to the Terrigen Mists while still in the womb.
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| Origin = [[Inhomo supremis|Inhuman]] exposed to the [[Terrigen Mists]] while in utero
 
| PlaceOfBirth = Island of [[Attilan]], [[Atlantic Ocean]]
 
| PlaceOfBirth = Island of [[Attilan]], [[Atlantic Ocean]]
 
| Creators = Stan Lee; Jack Kirby
 
| Creators = Stan Lee; Jack Kirby
| First = Fantastic Four Vol 1 #45
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| First = Fantastic Four Vol 1 45
 
| Death =
 
| Death =
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| Quotation = <small>I.</small> Am. <big>'''AWAKE!!'''</big>
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| Speaker = [[Blackagar Boltagon (Earth-616)|Black Bolt]]
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| QuoteSource = FF Vol 1 7
   
 
| HistoryText =
 
| HistoryText =
Black Bolt was born to two of [[Attilan]]'s top geneticists, [[Agon (Earth-616)|Agon]], head of the ruling Council of Genetics, and [[Rynda (Earth-616)|Rynda]], director of the Prenatal Care Center. Subjected to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist while still an embryo, Bolt was born with strange powers surpassing even the [[Inhumans (Earth-616)|Inhumans]]' norm. As an infant, he demonstrated certain energy-manipulative abilities which he could not yet control, particularly that of producing quasi-sonic energy of great destructive potential. To protect the community, he was placed inside a sound-proofed chamber and given an energy-harnessing suit. There he was schooled in the art of controlling his powers until the age of nineteen, when he was permitted to enter society.
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<center>''This is an abridged version of Blackagar Boltagon's history. For a complete history see '''[[Blackagar Boltagon (Earth-616)/Expanded History|Blackagar Boltagon's Expanded History]]'''''</center>
   
A month after being awarded his freedom, Black Bolt discovered his younger brother [[Maximus (Earth-616)|Maximus]] in the process of making a treacherous pact with emissaries of the alien [[Kree]]. Attempting to stop the Kree ship before it escaped, Bolt used the forbidden power of his quasi-sonic voice to knock the ship out of the sky. When the ship crashed to [[Earth]], it landed on the parliament, killing several key members of the Council of Genetics, including his parents, Agon and Rynda. The reverberations of his brother's shout affected Maximus's sanity and suppressed his nascent mental powers. Despite his guilt and silent protests, Black Bolt was obligated to accept the mantle of leadership of the Inhumans at age twenty.
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===Origin===
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[[File:Terrigenesis from Secret Invasion Inhumans Vol 1 3 0001.png|thumb|left|200px|Exposed to the Mists while in mother's womb.]]
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Black Bolt was born to two of [[Attilan]]'s top geneticists, [[Agon (Earth-616)|Agon]], head of the ruling [[Genetic Council (Earth-616)|Council of Genetics]], and [[Rynda (Earth-616)|Rynda]], director of the Prenatal Care Center. Subjected to the mutagenic [[Terrigen Mist]] while still an embryo,{{r|Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3}} Bolt was born with strange powers surpassing even the [[Inhumans (Inhomo supremis)|Inhumans]]' norm. As an infant, he demonstrated certain energy-manipulative abilities which he could not yet control, particularly that of producing quasi-sonic energy of great destructive potential through his voice. To protect the community, he was placed inside a sound-proofed chamber and given an energy-harnessing suit.{{r|Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3}} There he was schooled in the art of controlling his powers until the age of nineteen, when he was permitted to enter society.
   
Black Bolt's first crisis in leadership came when his cousin [[Triton (Earth-616)|Triton]] was briefly held captive by humans. Learning of Triton's encounter upon his escape , Black Bolt decided that the Inhuman' island of Attilan was in imminent danger of discovery by humanity. Black Bolt scouted out possible sites to which to move, and settled upon the remote Himalayan mountains. After the great migration, Black Bolt faced his second great crisis when his now mad brother Maximus unleashed the Trikon, three of the Inhumans' worker drones who were transformed into energy-beings. The Trikon enabled Maximus to wrest the rule of the Inhuman from his brother and send Black Bolt and the other members of the Royal Family into exile. For the next few years, Black Bolt and his kinsmen wandered [[Asia]], [[Europe]], and finally [[America]], in search of [[Medusalith Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Medusa]], his betrothed mate, who had been separated from the others during the battle with the Trikon. Eventually Black Bolt was reunited with Medusa{{r|Fantastic Four Vol 1 #46}} and the Royal Family returned to Attilan and resumed the crown{{r|Fantastic Four Vol 1 #47}}.
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A month after being awarded his freedom, Black Bolt discovered his younger brother [[Maximus Boltagon (Earth-616)|Maximus]] in the process of making a treacherous pact with emissaries of the alien [[Kree Empire|Kree]]. Attempting to stop the Kree ship before it escaped, Bolt used the forbidden power of his quasi-sonic voice to knock the ship out of the sky. When the ship crashed to [[Earth]], it landed on the parliament, killing several key members of the Council of Genetics, including his parents, Agon and Rynda. The reverberations of his brother's shout affected Maximus's sanity and suppressed his nascent mental powers. Despite his guilt and silent protests, Black Bolt was obligated to accept the mantle of leadership of the Inhumans at age twenty.
   
Black Bolt led the Inhumans through some of the most turbulent times in their history, including several more attempts by Maximus to usurp the throne, revolts by the worker class, attacks by human renegades, the kidnapping of Medusa, the destruction and rebuilding of Attilan, the revelation of the Inhuman existence to humanity, and several more relocating of Attilans. Following the traditionally lengthy period of betrothal, Black Bolt and Medusa were wed.
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Black Bolt's first crisis in leadership came when his cousin [[Triton (Earth-616)|Triton]] was briefly held captive by humans. Learning of Triton's encounter upon his escape, Black Bolt decided that the Inhuman' island of Attilan was in imminent danger of discovery by humanity. Black Bolt scouted out possible sites to which to move, and settled upon the remote [[Himalaya|Himalayan]] mountains. After the great migration, Black Bolt faced his second great crisis when his now mad brother Maximus unleashed the [[Trikon (Earth-616)|Trikon]], three of the Inhumans' worker drones who were transformed into energy-beings. The Trikon enabled Maximus to wrest the rule of the Inhuman from his brother and send Black Bolt and the other members of the [[House of Agon (Earth-616)|Royal Family]] into exile. For the next few years, Black Bolt and his kinsmen wandered [[Asia]], [[Europe]], and finally [[America]], in search of [[Medusalith Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Medusa]], his betrothed mate, who had been separated from the others during the battle with the Trikon. Eventually Black Bolt was reunited with Medusa{{r|Fantastic Four #46}} and the Royal Family returned to Attilan and resumed the crown.{{r|Fantastic Four #47}}
   
His role as king of the Inhumans was been tumultuous. The first major crisis occurred when he and Medusa conceived a [[Ahura Boltagon (Earth-616)|child]]. Medusa bore the child in defiance of the Genetic Council who felt that Black Bolt's bloodline was too dangerous to pass on. The Council nonetheless took the child to examine, and forbade parental contact. Black Bolt was torn between his love of family and his duty to respect the Genetic Council, and it was only when the Council was revealed to be using his son in a plot against him that he finally turned against the Council. With that, he also gave up the crown as king of the Inhumans. For a while, they lived away from Attilan, but returned in times of need.
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Black Bolt led the Inhumans through some of the most turbulent times in their history, including several more attempts by Maximus to usurp the throne, revolts by the worker class, attacks by human renegades, the kidnapping of Medusa, the destruction and rebuilding of Attilan, the revelation of the Inhuman existence to humanity, and several more relocations of Attilans. Following the traditional lengthy period of betrothal, Black Bolt and Medusa were wed.{{r|Fantastic Four Annual 18}}
   
By the time the Avengers and the Fantastic Four returned from [[Counter-Earth (Heroes Reborn)|Counter Earth]] following the Onslaught crisis, Black Bolt was re-instated as monarch without much further explanation, but was subsequently exiled after Attilan's forced adventure with [[Ronan (Earth-616)|Ronan]] in space. He returned again to the moon with his Royal Family after being banned from Earth, and again it seemed that the rest of the Inhuman population soon rejoined them there and reaffirmed his role as king without much ado.
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His role as king of the Inhumans had been tumultuous. The first major crisis occurred when he and Medusa conceived a [[Ahura Boltagon (Earth-616)|child]]. Medusa bore the child in defiance of the Genetic Council who felt that Black Bolt's bloodline was too dangerous to pass on. The Council nonetheless took the child to examine, and forbade parental contact.{{r|Marvel Graphic Novel Vol 1 39}} Black Bolt was torn between his love of family and his duty to respect the Genetic Council, and it was only when the Council was revealed to be using his son in a plot against him that he finally turned against the Council. With that, he also gave up the crown as king of the Inhumans.{{r|Fantastic Four Unlimited #2}}
   
There was very little exploration of the ongoing inequities and injustices of the caste-bound Attilan society during this time, and Black Bolt seemed to turn a blind eye to much of it. It could be that as a product of that environment, he accepted the status quo as a given: this would make him a benevolent yet flawed ruler. Given his exposure to the outside world (and his own stand previously against the genetic Council), this seems unlikely. Given his ever changing status as ruler, he likely saw limits to any further changes that he could realistically make to the social fabric at this point (after all, it was only not so long ago during his reign that the [[Alpha Primitives]] were emancipated). He was a great leader in ensuring the survival of Attilan against threats from outside and in; perhaps he was biding his time, awaiting a period of stability before again turning his considerable leadership skills to issues of social justice.
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For a while, they lived away from Attilan, but returned in times of need to deal with the Kree,{{r|Inhumans The Great Refuge}} Maximus, and Morgan le Fay.{{r|Fantastic Four Vol 1 401|402}}{{r|Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising Vol 1 1|2}}
   
[[File:Blackbolt01.jpg|thumb|left|Black Bolt]]
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By the time the [[Avengers (Earth-616)|Avengers]] and the [[Fantastic Four (Earth-616)|Fantastic Four]] returned from [[Counter-Earth (Heroes Reborn)|Counter Earth]] following the [[Onslaught (Psychic Entity) (Earth-616)|Onslaught]] crisis, Black Bolt was reinstated as monarch without much further explanation,{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 1|12}} but was subsequently exiled after Attilan's forced adventure with [[Ronan (Earth-616)|Ronan]] in space.{{r|Inhumans Vol 3 1|4}} He returned again to the moon with his Royal Family after being banned from most of Earth,{{r|Fantastic Four Vol 3 51|54}}, and again it seemed that the rest of the Inhuman population soon rejoined them there and reaffirmed his role as king without much ado.{{r|Inhumans Vol 4 1|12}}
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There was very little exploration of the ongoing inequities and injustices of the caste-bound Attilan society during this time, and Black Bolt seemed to turn a blind eye to much of it. It could be that as a product of that environment, he accepted the status quo as a given: this would make him a benevolent yet flawed ruler. Given his exposure to the outside world (and his own stand previously against the Genetic Council), this seems unlikely. Given his ever changing status as ruler, he likely saw limits to any further changes that he could realistically make to the social fabric at this point (after all, it was only not so long ago during his reign that the [[Alpha Primitives]] were emancipated). He was a great leader in ensuring the survival of Attilan against threats from outside and in; perhaps he was biding his time, awaiting a period of stability before again turning his considerable leadership skills to issues of social justice.
   
 
===Silent War===
 
===Silent War===
After [[Pietro Maximoff (Earth-616)|Quicksilver]] stole a cluster of [[Terrigen Crystals]], Black Bolt and other Inhumans followed him to Earth in pursuit. Quicksilver evaded capture however, and the crystals fell into the possession of the US government, who refused to hand them over to the Inhumans. This led Black Bolt to declare war on the United States. He sent a strike force led by his cousin [[Gorgon (Earth-616)|Gorgon]] to capture several high standing members of American society who were attending a charity opera. The operation went awry however and several civilians were killed and the team was captured by the [[Fantastic Four (Earth-616)|Fantastic Four]].
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After [[Pietro Maximoff (Earth-616)|Quicksilver]] stole a cluster of [[Terrigen Crystals]], Black Bolt and other Inhumans followed him to Earth in pursuit. Quicksilver evaded capture however, and the crystals fell into the possession of the US government, who refused to hand them over to the Inhumans. This led Black Bolt to declare war on the [[United States of America|United States]]. He sent a strike force led by his cousin [[Gorgon Petragon (Earth-616)|Gorgon]] to capture several high standing members of American society who were attending a charity opera. The operation went awry however and several civilians were killed and the team was captured by the Fantastic Four. {{Citation}}
   
The US government began experimenting with the crystals, exposing Gorgon to them once again, causing him to undergo a second terrigenesis. Black Bolt journeyed to Earth to find Quicksilver in search of the Crystals and found that Quicksilver had embedded several of them in his flesh. Black Bolt lost his composure and began savagely beating Quicksilver until [[Medusalith Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Medusa]] stopped him from killing him. Quicksilver revealed that using the powers the crystals had granted him, he had traveled into the future where he witnessed an explosion on the surface of the Moon visible from Earth, deducing that it was Attilan.
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The US government began experimenting with the crystals, exposing Gorgon to them once again, causing him to undergo a second terrigenesis. Black Bolt journeyed to Earth to find Quicksilver in search of the Crystals and found that Quicksilver had embedded several of them in his flesh. Black Bolt lost his composure and began savagely beating Quicksilver until Medusa stopped him from killing him. Quicksilver revealed that using the powers the crystals had granted him, he had traveled into the future where he witnessed an explosion on the surface of the [[Luna (Moon)|Moon]] visible from Earth, deducing that it was Attilan.{{Citation}}
   
Matters were further complicated by the fact that Black Bolts brother [[Maximus (Earth-616)|Maximus]] who as part of a very long plan managed to exert control over Medusa and force her to kiss him, leading Black Bolt to believe she was having an affair. Maximus also manipulated [[Luna Maximoff (Earth-616)|Luna]] into freeing him and Black Bolts son [[Ahura Boltagon (Earth-616)|Ahura]]. Meanwhile, Black Bolt traveled to the Pentagon with other members of the royal family to free Gorgon and get the crystals. They defeated the facility's defenders and the [[Avengers (Earth-616)|Avengers]] who arrived to stop them and reclaimed the crystals. The United States retaliated by sending a marine squad that had been mutated by the crystals to Attilan. The Inhumans engaged them, and the squad surrendered. While inside the city, one of the squad members used her powers to detonate herself in a giant blast that devastated Attilan.
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Matters were further complicated by the fact that Black Bolts brother Maximus who as part of a very long plan managed to exert control over Medusa and force her to kiss him, leading Black Bolt to believe she was having an affair. Maximus also manipulated [[Luna Maximoff (Earth-616)|Luna]] into freeing him and Black Bolts son Ahura. Meanwhile, Black Bolt traveled to the [[Pentagon]] with other members of the Royal Family to free Gorgon and get the crystals. They defeated the facility's defenders and the Avengers who arrived to stop them and reclaimed the crystals. The United States retaliated by sending a marine squad that had been mutated by the crystals to Attilan. The Inhumans engaged them, and the squad surrendered. While inside the city, one of the squad members used her powers to detonate herself in a giant blast that devastated Attilan. {{Citation}}
   
Maximus confronted Black Bolt amidst the rubble, declaring himself king and telling his brother that he'd be taking care of everything now. Black Bolt was jailed, and while imprisoned was approached by Luna who told him that everyone except Black Bolt and she herself were being manipulated by Black Bolt, and asked him what to do.{{r|Son of M #6}}{{r|Silent War #1|6}}
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Maximus confronted Black Bolt amidst the rubble, declaring himself king and telling his brother that he'd be taking care of everything now. Black Bolt was jailed, and while imprisoned was approached by Luna who told him that everyone except Black Bolt and she herself were being manipulated by Maximus, and asked him what to do.{{r|Son of M #6}}{{r|Silent War #1|6}}
   
===Secret Invasion===
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===World War Hulk & Secret Invasion===
Black Bolt was ambushed by the Skrull Empire, while unaware and surprised and was then taken captive by the Skrulls and held prisoner aboard the [[Skrull Battleship Ryb'ik]]. The Skrulls planned to use his quasi-sonic scream as the their deadliest and most powerful weapon.{{r|Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1}} A [[Blackagar Boltagon (Skrull) (Earth-616)|Skrull]] began impersonating Black Bolt.
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Black Bolt was ambushed by the [[Skrull Empire]], while unaware and surprised and was then taken captive by the [[Deviant Skrull|Skrulls]] and held prisoner aboard the [[Skrull Battleship Ryb'ik]]. The Skrulls planned to use his quasi-sonic scream as their deadliest and most powerful weapon.{{r|Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1}} A [[Blackagar Boltagon (Skrull) (Earth-616)|Skrull]] began impersonating Black Bolt.
   
During this time, the [[Robert Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]], embittered over being placed into exile on the planet [[Sakaar]], returned to this star system and attacked the Skrull impostor who he believed was Black Bolt because of his role in the Hulk's exile. Even though this "Black Bolt" was able to knock the Hulk back at first, the Hulk got back up and savagely beat him up. Hulk enslaved him with a slave disk and forced him to fight as a gladiator.{{r|World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1}} Later, the Illuminati discovered the Skrull impostor among them.{{r|New Avengers Illuminati Vol 2 5}} Black Bolt was rescued by Medusa and the Inhuman Royal family, and returned to Attilan to co-rule with Maximus.{{r|Secret Invasion: Inhumans #4}}
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During this time, the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]], embittered over being placed into exile on the planet [[Sakaar]], returned to this star system and attacked the Skrull impostor who he believed was Black Bolt because of his role in the Hulk's exile. Even though this "Black Bolt" was able to knock the Hulk back at first, the Hulk got back up and savagely beat him up. Hulk enslaved him with a slave disk and forced him to fight as a gladiator.{{r|World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1}} Later, the [[Illuminati (Earth-616)|Illuminati]] discovered the Skrull impostor among them.{{r|New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 5}} Black Bolt was rescued by Medusa and the Inhuman Royal Family, and returned to Attilan to co-rule with Maximus.{{r|Secret Invasion: Inhumans #4}}
   
He then took aggressive counteraction against the Skrulls, and deployed Maximus-designed inventions to tap into his quasi-sonic powers for military purposes. The city of Attilan became a weaponized vessel that tracked down and destroyed the fleeing Skrull ships, as well as some Shi'ar vessels trying to intercept. He breached Kree defenses and forced Ronan and the Kree to pledge allegiance to him.{{r|Secret Invasion: War of Kings #1}}
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He then took aggressive counteraction against the Skrulls, and deployed Maximus-designed inventions to tap into his quasi-sonic powers for military purposes. The city of Attilan became a weaponized vessel that tracked down and destroyed the fleeing Skrull ships, as well as some [[Shi'ar Empire|Shi'ar]] vessels trying to intercept. He breached Kree defenses and forced Ronan and the Kree to pledge allegiance to him.{{r|Secret Invasion: War of Kings #1}}
   
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===War of Kings===
 
The Inhumans had plans to lead a benevolent future with the Kree. Crystal was promised to Ronan to further unite the Kree and the Inhumans even offered the Terrigen Mists to enhance the evolution of the Kree. However, the Shi'ar declared war on the Kree.
 
The Inhumans had plans to lead a benevolent future with the Kree. Crystal was promised to Ronan to further unite the Kree and the Inhumans even offered the Terrigen Mists to enhance the evolution of the Kree. However, the Shi'ar declared war on the Kree.
   
At the very climax of the ''[[War of Kings]]'', both Black Bolt and Vulcan appear killed and the Shi'ar surrender to the Kree Empire, despite heavy losses on both sides, leading to the ''Realm of Kings''.
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At the very climax of the ''[[War of Kings]]'', both Black Bolt and [[Gabriel Summers (Earth-616)|Vulcan]] appeared to be killed and the Shi'ar surrendered to the Kree Empire, despite heavy losses on both sides, leading to the ''Realm of Kings''.
   
 
===The War of the Four Cities===
 
===The War of the Four Cities===
He in fact survived the explosion. It was revealed that Black Bolt likely represents the anomaly of the Kree Inhuman genetics program that had been predicted hundreds of thousands of years ago. The genetic prophecy was that this anomaly would bring about the end of the Supreme Intelligence. To prevent this outcome, the Kree Supreme Intelligence had ordered the destruction of all the worlds where the genetic experiments took place. Only five colonies escaped, including Earth's: these were the [[Universal Inhumans (Earth-616)|Universal Inhumans]]. After his return to Attilan, Black Bolt joined the Universal Inhumans and was presented with four new brides, one from each of the other colonies{{r|FF Vol 1 #6|7}}.
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Black Bolt in fact survived the explosion. It was revealed that he likely represented the anomaly of the Kree Inhuman genetics program that had been predicted hundreds of thousands of years ago. The genetic prophecy was that this anomaly would bring about the end of the [[Supreme Intelligence (Earth-616)|Supreme Intelligence]]. To prevent this outcome, the Kree Supreme Intelligence had ordered the destruction of all the worlds where the genetic experiments took place. Only five colonies escaped, including Earth's: these were the [[Universal Inhumans (Earth-616)|Universal Inhumans]]. After his return to Attilan, Black Bolt joined the Universal Inhumans and was presented with four new brides, one from each of the other colonies.{{r|FF #6|7}}
   
They returned to Earth to help defeat the last four Reeds of the Interdimensional Council. They then faced the Kree Armada, who had been ordered by the resurrected Kree Supreme Intelligence to wipe out Earth and the Inhumans.{{r|FF Vol 1 #8|11}} After the Kree fled in defeat, the Inhumans followed in pursuit.{{r|Fantastic Four #600|603}}
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They returned to Earth to help defeat the last four [[Interdimensional Council of Reeds (Multiverse)|Reeds of the Interdimensional Council]]. They then faced the Kree Armada, who had been ordered by the resurrected Kree Supreme Intelligence to wipe out Earth and the Inhumans.{{r|FF #8|11}} After the Kree fled in defeat, the Inhumans followed in pursuit.{{r|Fantastic Four #600|603}}
   
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[[Franklin Richards (Earth-616)|Franklin Richards]] brokered peace between the Kree and the Inhumans. Black Bolt faced the Supreme Intelligence, and they arrive at a truce after Black Bolt convinced it that the prophecy had unraveled and broken, and that he (the anomaly) was no longer a threat to them. Black Bolt agreed to the condition that Ronan be returned alone without Crystal back to the Supremor and the Inhumans travelled back to Earth.{{r|FF #20|21}}
   
'''Ambient Particle & Electron Harnessing:''' Black Bolt's primary superhuman ability is the power to harness electrons. The speech center of his brain contains a unique organic mechanism that's able to generate an unknown particle that interacts with the electrons he absorbs to create certain phenomena that are determined by his mental control.<br>
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Working as part of the Illuminati, Black Bolt (and later Maximus) had been trying to solve the problem of incursions from other universes.{{r|New Avengers Vol 3 1|8}}
   
*'''Quasi-Sonic Scream:''' Black Bolt's most devastating offensive weapon, and one of these phenomena based upon the particle interaction, is his actual voice. A whisper can level a city, cause distant dormant volcanoes to become active once more, shake entire continents apart and generate tremors on the far side of the planet. A hypersonic shout has been said to generate enough force to destroy planets. Due to the constant and extreme danger posed by his voice, he has undergone rigorous mental training to prevent himself from uttering even the smallest sound, even while asleep. Recently it has been shown that Black Bolt's scream is tied into his emotions, especially anger. This in turn would mean that the power of his scream would depend on his emotional state in at least some way. It would explain the somewhat significant difference of the power released by his quasi-sonic scream. While at in a calm state, a simple whisper from Black Bolt has destroyed entire mountain ranges and cities in seconds in the past, but while under more strenuous circumstances, it was stated that a single syllable would be capable of annihilating more than half a planet. The full extent and damage of Black Bolt's scream is unknown, but based on the fact that it is caused by particle interaction and electron manipulation, it is theoretically infinite, destroying both the [[Robert Reynolds (Earth-616)|Sentry]] and the [[Sorcerer Supreme]] [[Stephen Strange (Earth-616)|Doctor Strange]] with one sound wave on a parallel Earth.
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===[[Infinity (Event)|Infinity]]===
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Black Bolt was visited by [[Thanos (Earth-616)|Thanos]]' [[Black Order (Earth-616)|Cull Obsidian]] who demanded a tribute, the heads of Inhuman younglings between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two, or the annihilation of Earth's inhabitants.
   
*'''Particle & Electron Channeling:''' Black Bolt wears a metallic, fork-shaped antenna upon his brow that allows him to focus and channel his powers in more directed and less destructive ways. This antenna monitor's the speech center of his brain and allows him to direct quantities of the unknown particles to create controlled phenomena, such as enhancing his physical strength beyond his normal limits. He can also channel all the available energy he has into one arm for a single, massively powerful punch called the Master Blow. The exertion from this, however, taxes his ability to employ the energy to its full power for a short time.
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Using the [[Terrigen Codex|Inhuman Codex]], Black Bolt discovered Thanos used the tribute demand as a cover for his true mission, to kill his secret Inhuman-descendant son whose identity and location were unknown even by his father.{{r|Infinity #2}} After the Inhumans denied the tribute to [[Corvus Glaive (Earth-616)|Corvus Glaive]], Thanos personally visited Black Bolt in Attilan. Finding the Inhuman city empty, with only Black Bolt left, Black Bolt unleashed a powerful scream which tore down Attilan itself and activated a [[Terrigen Bomb]] which spread the Mists across the Earth.{{r|Infinity #3}} The global distribution of the mists caused millions of humans who possessed a latent Inhuman gene to undergo Terrigenesis and develop powers.
   
*'''Particle & Electron Manipulation:''' Black Bolt can also direct the unknown particle outwards without the use of his vocal chords. He can route the particles through his arms and create small yet vastly powerful blasts of concussive force. He can also form a field of highly active electrons around his body with a wave of his hand. This field can deflect projectiles like the mass of a large meteor. Black Bolt can also create enough iteration between the electron and particle energies to generate fields solid enough for him to travel over.
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The powerful scream had no physical effect on Thanos but shattered the Mad Titan's Armor, and Thanos found Black Bolt still alive in the rubble, and demanded to know the location of his son. Black Bolt refused, and continued attacking Thanos with his voice, until an enraged Thanos knocked him out.{{r|Infinity #4}} Black Bolt was held captive, for Thanos to use his power to activate the Illuminati's anti-matter bombs to destroy the Earth.{{r|Infinity #5}} When the Illuminati arrived in the [[Necropolis]], they found Thanos' general [[Supergiant (Earth-616)|Supergiant]], with Black Bolt under her control, whom she used to defeat them. When Supergiant activated the bombs, Maximus appeared with the trigger. He triggered the bombs, but also used [[Lockjaw (Earth-616)|Lockjaw]] to transport the anti-matter bomb along with Supergiant to a distant uninhabited planet where she died in the explosion.
   
*'''Matter & Energy Manipulation:''' Through an unknown method, Black Bolt has shown numerous times that he has the ability to manipulate matter and energy to an unknown degree. He has shown the ability to transmute the elements, turn water into ice, create multiple toys out of thin air as nothing but a mere baby{{r|Thor #148}} by re-arranging the molecular structure. He has destroyed a Solar Flare powerful enough to annihilate the Earth, created black holes, and was able to block the powers of others through his abilities and in turn denying them the access to their abilities.
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Black Bolt was liberated, and left the scene along with Maximus and Lockjaw. In the ancient location of Attilan in the Himalayas, Black Bolt hid the Inhuman Codex, and made Maximus understand his survival and that of his brother were to be kept a secret. Maximus also deduced that Black Bolt was always going to activate the Terrigen Bomb, irrespective of Thanos' arrival, to herald a new age of the Inhumans.{{r|Infinity #6}}
   
*'''Telepathy:''' Black Bolt has incredibly powerful telepathic abilities as evident when he was able to easily resist the mental abilities of his powerful brother, and on different occasions, use his own abilities to overpower and take control over Maximus' mind.
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After being examined by Maximus, they discovered that the Terrigen Bomb had greatly diminished Black Bolt's powers. They agreed to keep it a secret.{{r|New Avengers Vol 3 12}} Using [[Exogenesis|exogenetically charged waters]], Maximus was soon able to help Black Bolt recover from this weakness.{{r|New Avengers Vol 3 18}}
   
*'''Anti-Gravitational Flight:''' Black Bolt can also harness the unknown particles his brain generates to interact with electrons to create [[Glossary:A#Anti-Graviton|anti-gravitons]] that enable him to defy gravity. By emitting a jet of rapidly moving particle / electron interaction by-product while enveloped by anti-gravitons, Black Bolt has been shown to fly faster than a 1000 miles per hour for a period of 10 hours, to fly beyond escape velocity, and keep up with Nova, the human rocket who can fly at speeds above light. The anti-graviton field also serves to protect Black Bolt from the detrimental effects of rapid movement through the atmosphere although it's not needed.
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After going missing, Black Bolt was found by [[Auran (Earth-616)|Auran]] and [[Frank McGee (Earth-616)|Nur]], who were sent by Medusa. He was under the control of Maximus by means of an improved hypno-gun based on Wakandan tech. Maximus forced Black Bolt to use his voice to kill Auran. Nur found them again, and shot Maximus, freeing Black Bolt from his mind-control.{{r|Inhuman Vol 1 7}} Black Bolt then turned his voice on Maximus, maiming him.{{r|Inhuman Vol 1 8}} When Black Bolt finally returned to Attilan, he was met by a furious Medusa, who banished him from the throne. He left Attilan.{{r|Inhuman #12}}
   
'''Inhuman Physiology:''' Like all Inhumans, Black Bolt's natural physiology grants him a number of superhuman physical attributes but because of the genetic tampering at birth, Black Bolt's physical abilities are significantly superior to the other members of his race.<br>
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The Illuminati continue dealing with the problem of incursions as the number of universes dwindles. Black Bolt objects to using the Antimatter Injector to destroy [[Earth-4290001]], but [[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Namor]] activates the bomb anyways{{r|New Avengers Vol 3 21|22}}{{r|Avengers Vol 5 39|40}} During the final incursion event of [[Earth-616| Earth 616]] and [[Earth-1610|1610]], Black Bolt is downed by a flying battleship from [[The City]].{{r|Secret Wars #1}} All would be destroyed, but then restored again by [[Reed Richards (Earth-616)|Reed]] and Franklin Richards with the [[Owen Reece (Earth-616)|Molecule Man]]'s power.{{r|Secret Wars #9}}
   
*'''Superhuman Strength:''' Black Bolt, like all Inhumans, is superhumanly strong. According to his bio, under normal circumstances, he is able to lift about 1 ton. However, he can augment his physical strength by channeling the necessary particle energy through his body. At his peak, he is able to lift up to 60 tons. However, he has been observed matching opponents as physically strong as [[Thor]] and [[Gladiator]] in hand-to-hand combat, and even appeared to be capable of overpowering the latter. This would suggest that, at his peak, he is capable of lifting in excess of 100 tons.
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It turned out that Black Bolt had rescued [[Doctor Spectrum (Nenet) (Earth-4290001)|Doctor Spectrum]] before the destruction of Earth-4290001. She later encountered Black Bolt while investigating [[Myriad (Earth-616)|an alien menace]].{{r|Squadron Supreme Vol 4 6}} He was there to rescue captured Inhumans. They joined forces, and Black Bolt destroyed the base after their victory. Doctor Spectrum went to [[New Attilan]] to understand why Black Bolt had saved her during the incursions.{{r|Squadron Supreme Vol 4 7}} Black Bolt offered that perhaps because they had similar possibly Kree-related given powers, and perhaps just to save a life on a day of mass destruction.{{r|Squadron Supreme Vol 4 8}}
   
*'''Superhuman Speed:''' Black Bolt can run and move at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete, as he has been able to catch directed miniature missiles even when attacked from below and unaware with ease{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 5}}, move at a speed so great he is invisible to the human eye{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 5}}, move at such a speed he can travel vast distances before a human can finish processing a thought{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 5}}, and has been able to catch and beat Quicksilver with ease.{{r|Silent War #3}} He can augment his speed to unknown level.
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The mists released by Black Bolt during Thanos' invasion eventually settled in the form of two enormous clouds that roamed the planet, propelled by natural wind currents. Unfortunately, the molecular composition of the Terrigen Mists changed after being mixed with the atmosphere, turning them into a substance toxic for [[Homo superior|mutants]].{{r|Death of X Vol 1 2}}
   
*'''Superhuman Stamina:''' Black Bolt's Inhuman musculature generates less fatigue toxins than the musculature of a normal human, even the finest human athlete. At his peak, he can exert himself for several days before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him. He can augment his stamina to unknown as well as his other physical abilities with his powers.
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The toxicity of the mists was discovered by [[Scott Summers (Earth-616)|Cyclops]]' [[X-Men (New Charles Xavier School) (Earth-616)|X-Men]], though too late, leading to Cyclops' death when he was exposed to residual mists found at [[Muir Island]]. Fueled by grief, [[Emma Frost (Earth-616)|Emma Frost]] called out the Inhumans for the mists' hazardousness, and used a mental projection of Cyclops to lead the destruction of one of the clouds. When Emma confronted the Inhumans, she used the projected image of Cyclops to push Black Bolt into "killing" him with his sonic scream. This event raised tensions between mutants and Inhumans.{{r|Death of X Vol 1 #1|4}}
   
*'''Superhuman Durability:''' Black Bolt's body is incredibly resistant to all forms of physical damage. Black Bolt is resistant to great impact forces, such as falling from a height of several stories that would severely injure or kill a human being unharmed. He has been repeatedly struck by beings with vast superhuman strength such as Hulk, Namor, Gladiator etc. and remained unharmed. Black Bolt is capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, such as the cold in space without any discomfort, the heat from re-entry without any discomfort, and even the heat from a Solar Flare powerful enough to significantly damage the planet without any damage at all. Black Bolt can augment his durability to unknown limits.
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===Uncanny Inhumans===
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Black Bolt discovered Medusa's affair with [[Jonathan Storm (Earth-616)|Human Torch]]. They both still collaborated to rescue their son Ahura from [[Nathaniel Richards (Kang) (Earth-6311)
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*'''Superhuman Agility:''' Black Bolt's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. He has shown inhuman and amazing maneuverability and agility in the air, capable enough of combating numerous air crafts, and dodging various projectiles from multiple directions. Black Bolt can augment his agility to unknown levels.
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After establishing himself as owner of the night club [[Quiet Room]], Black Bolt was confronted by a resurrected Auran, who stole his destructive voice. He went to Medusa for aid, and was able to apologize out loud to her. They enlisted Sterilon, who would be able to reverse the situation. However, that would condemn Black Bolt again to silence. Black Bolt agreed to it, as a depowered Black Bolt would leave Attilan vulnerable to her enemies.{{r|Uncanny Inhumans #16|17}}
   
*'''Superhuman Reflexes:''' Black Bolt's reflexes are beyond those of the finest human athlete, and he can augment his reflexes to unknown levels.
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When [[Henry McCoy (Earth-616)|Beast]] discovered the remaining Terrigen Cloud was weeks from being completely assimilated into the atmosphere, thus making the Earth uninhabitable for mutants, the different factions of the X-Men joined forces to take down key Inhuman players so they could destroy the cloud with no interference, believing that the Inhumans would refuse to assist even at that moment. In order to neutralize Black Bolt, Emma Frost enlisted the help of [[Alison Blaire (Earth-616)|Dazzler]], a mutant who used her ability to absorb and repurpose energy from sound to dampen Black Bolt's sonic scream and use its power against him. Black Bolt was subsequently held captive in [[Limbo (Otherplace)|Limbo]], though he was eventually rescued by the other royals. The attack had left Black Bolt unable to access his voice; however, he and the Royals joined the final battle against the X-Men. Black Bolt is impaled by Emma Frost's diamond arm, but is saved by [[Karnak Mander-Azur (Earth-616)|Karnak]] and Lockjaw. The Inhumans continued fighting against the mutants until they realized the stakes of the conflict. After Medusa willingly destroyed the cloud, the X-Men and the Inhumans joined forces to take down Emma Frost, who, having been driven mad by Cyclops' death, tried to massacre the Inhumans in spite of the mists no longer being a threat. In an inspirational act, an injured Black Bolt flew Medusa up for her final confrontation with Emma Frost. In the aftermath of the conflict, Black Bolt and Medusa reunited to start their relationship anew.{{r|IVX Vol 1 1}} Unfortunately, they failed to re-spark their love, but decided to stay together so to project an image to inspire the rest of the Inhumans.{{r|Royals Vol 1 3}}
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Together with numerous Inhumans, Black Bolt tracked down Maximus and captured him. Before Maximus' trial, Black Bolt spoke privately with his brother.{{r|Inhumans Prime Vol 1 1}} Maximus managed to knock down Blackagar, and switched places with him using image inducers. Thus, Black Bolt was sent to the deep space detention facility meant for Maximus.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 1}} Once there, Black Bolt was subjected to psychological and physical torture by the [[Jailer (Inhuman) (Earth-616)|Jailer]], learning in the process that the prison's punishments were much more ruthless and unfair than he had anticipated. Not all hope was lost as Black Bolt found allies in the form of a group of prisoners comprised of the [[Carl Creel (Earth-616)|Absorbing Man]], [[Blinky (Earth-616)|Blinky]], [[Raava (Earth-616)|Raava]] and [[Molyb (Earth-616)|Molyb the Metal Master]],{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 2}} with whom Black Bolt carried out a failed attempt to escape.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 3}}
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Lockjaw, having seen through Maximus' ruse, tracked down Black Bolt all the way to the prison and rescued him.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 4}} Blackagar, however, decided to return in order to put an end to the horrors the Jailer's prisoners were put through.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 5}} Black Bolt and his friends fought their way through the prison until they confronted the Jailer once again. Powered by Black Bolt's sonic scream, the Absorbing Man sacrificed himself to kill the Jailer. The villain's defeat also cost Black Bolt the use of his vocal chords. The remaining allies of Black Bolt bid farewell and parted ways, with the exception of young Blinky, who convinced Blackagar to take her with him back to Earth.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 6}}
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On their journey back, Black Bolt returned [[Monsteroso (Alien) (Earth-616)|Monsteroso]] to his parents, and was forced to destroy upon [[Conclave of Seven Planets (Earth-616)|Conclave]] ships in self-defense.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 7}} Back on Earth, he was initially greeted with suspicion and resentment, but Blinky helped to clarify matters with her telepathic powers. He attempted to reconcile with his son Ahura, but was rebuffed.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 8}} Together, they went to visit [[Mary MacPherran (Earth-616)|Titania]], the wife of Crusher Creel, to inform her of his heroic death. After a brief skirmish, Blinky again helped clear things up. They held a funeral for Crusher, which was attended by [[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]] and [[Thor Odinson (Earth-616)|Thor]]. However, they were attacked by [[Lash (Earth-616)|Lash]] and his crew, who kidnapped Blinky.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 9}} Black Bolt and Titania pursued them and bested Lash's team in hand-to-hand combat. However, Black Bolt surrendered when Lash threatened to kill Blinky. Lash revealed his scheme to use Black Bolt's blood to make a Terrigen-type bomb to make new Inhumans (but would result in the death of millions of humans in the process).{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 10}}
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As preparation, Black Bolt was infused with a powerful poison, and the extreme pain threw him into psychic encounter with his wife Medusa who was also in agony in the midst of battling the [[Progenitors]]. They reconnected, and Medusa's love for Gorgon was revealed. They reaffirmed their commitment to each other even if they could not go back to their marriage, and she promised to reunite with him as they were separated again.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 10}}{{r|Inhumans: Judgment Day Vol 1 1}} Back on Earth, Black Bolt freed himself, only to collapse from the poison. Blinky attempted to save him from Lash, but was taken over by the essence of the Jailer,{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 10}} who had implanted himself in her to escape death. While Black Bolt was being mentally assaulted by the Jailer and losing the fight, Blinky's astral form managed to seek out help from Ahura, and they were both transported inside the painful memories the Jailer was forcing Black Bolt relive.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 11}} Their presence inspired Black Bolt and gave him enough strength to break out of the Jailer's grasp. Titania and the just-then recently reborn Absorbing Man joined the fight against the Jailer physically, giving Black Bolt the ability to break the Jailer's physical restraints. Having regained his lost powers due to his allies' invigoration, Black Bolt used his sonic scream to kill the Jailer once and for all and free Blinky's body. A week later, while spending time at Creel's apartment with his friends, Black Bolt was approached by Medusa, and they finally reunited.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 12}}
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When the Kree Empire began ordering all surviving Inhumans to join it or perish, Black Bolt accompanied the Inhuman Royal Family to a secret meeting place where they supposed to meet with the rest of the Universal Inhumans to discuss the situation. However, the leaders of the Universal Inhumans and their attendants were found dead, and a bomb was left behind as a trap. Lockjaw was able to teleport the Royal Family to safety but wasn't able to save Triton who seemingly died in the bomb blast. The Royal Family realized that while they were away, the Kree were attacking the Inhuman city of [[New Arctilan]] located on the Earth's Moon. The Royal Family hurried back to New Arctilan using Black Bolt's voice to increase their ship's speed. However, by the time they arrived, New Arctilan was in ruins, causing Black Bolt to shed a tear.{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 1}}
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Karnak went ahead to [[Hala (Planet)|Hala]] to let the Kree know that the Inhumans weren't going to surrender before Black Bolt arrived to avenge those the Kree killed. Black Bolt let loose his powerful voice while saying the names of everyone that the Kree killed. When Black Bolt arrived where Karnak was, he found [[Vox (Super-Inhumans) (Earth-616)|Vox]] holding Karnak hostage. Before Black Bolt could do anything, Vox surprised Black Bolt by teleporting behind him and slitting his throat with a dagger.{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 2}}
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Black Bolt survived and was held prisoner by the Kree. Despite the damage done to his throat, Black Bolt was still able to his sonic scream and used it to escape as well as kill his captors. During his escape, he discovered Ronan the Accuser who was being experimented on by his fellow Kree. Ronan apologized to Black Bolt for everything he had done, including Crystal, before Black Bolt put him out of his misery.{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 3}}
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Black Bolt reunited with his family who had brought in the aid of [[Beta Ray Bill (Earth-616)|Beta Ray Bill]]. When Vox unexpectedly died, Black Bolt and the others discovered that Vox was actually Maximus in disguise, which made them realized that the Inhumans the Kree didn't kill were converted into brainwashed cyborg soldier under their control.{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 4}}
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Black Bolt, his family, and Beta Ray Bill launched a final assault on the Kree's stronghold and were confronted by a brainwashed Crystal and Lockjaw. Black Bolt let his family deal with Crystal and Lockjaw while he made his way to the location where the Kree asserted control over the brainwashed Inhumans. There, Black Bolt was met with Triton and other Inhumans turned into brainwashed soldiers of the Kree. In order to stop the Kree, Black Bolt was forced to use his powerful voice to kill everyone before him, including Triton, in order to stop the Kree's plans, freeing Crystal and Lockjaw from the Kree's control but also permanently losing the use of his powerful voice.{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 5}}
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Along with Earth's other most powerful heroes, Black Bolt was recruited by Dr. Strange to help fight Galactus, who had been transformed into a hybrid of extreme science and extreme magic. Black Bolt managed to stagger Galactus with his scream (which was augmented by magic), but got crushed to death by the hand of Galactus. After Dr. Strange's victory, Black Bolt was resurrected along with the other heroes.{{r|{{c|Doctor Strange Vol 5 15}}-{{c|Doctor Strange Vol 5 17|17}}}}
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*'''Particle & Electron Channeling:''' Black Bolt wears a metallic, fork-shaped antenna upon his brow that allows him to focus and channel his powers in more directed and less destructive ways. This antenna monitors the speech center of his brain and allows him to direct quantities of the unknown particles to create controlled phenomena, such as enhancing his physical strength beyond his normal limits. He can also channel all the available energy he has into one arm for a single, massively powerful punch called the Master Blow. The exertion from this, however, taxes his ability to employ the energy to its full power for a short time.
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*'''Particle & Electron Manipulation:''' Black Bolt can also direct the unknown particle outwards without the use of his vocal chords. He can route the particles through his antennae or his arms and hands to create small yet vastly powerful blasts of concussive force, absorb and redirect vast quantities of energy.{{r|War of Kings Vol 1 6}} He can also form a field of highly active electrons around his body with a wave of his hand, this field can deflect projectiles with the mass of a meteor. Black Bolt can also create enough iteration between the electron and particle energies to generate fields solid enough for him to travel over.
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*'''Telepathy:''' Black Bolt has strong psychic resistance, as was evident when he was able to easily resist the mental abilities of his powerful brother, Maximus, and overwhelm him in psychic ability. Often using it as a means to communicate with his wife Medusa as well.{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 11}}
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*'''Anti-Gravitational Flight:''' Black Bolt can also harness the unknown particles his brain generates to interact with electrons to create [[Glossary:A#Anti-Graviton|anti-gravitons]] that enable him to defy gravity. By emitting a jet of rapidly moving particle / electron interaction by-product while enveloped by anti-gravitons, Black Bolt has been shown to fly faster than hypersonic speeds for a period of 10 hours, and to fly beyond escape velocity. The anti-graviton field also serves to protect Black Bolt from the detrimental effects of rapid movement through the atmosphere although it's not needed.
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'''[[Acoustikinesis|Quasi-Sonic Scream]]:''' Black Bolt's most devastating offensive weapon, and one of the phenomena based upon the particle interaction, was his actual voice. A whisper could level a city, cause distant dormant volcanoes to become active once more, shake entire continents apart and generate tremors on the far side of the planet. A hypersonic shout has been said to generate enough force to destroy planets. Due to the constant and extreme danger posed by his voice, he had undergone rigorous mental training to prevent himself from uttering even the smallest sound, even while asleep. Recently it had been shown that Black Bolt's scream was tied into his emotions, especially anger. This in turn would mean that the power of his scream would depend on his emotional state in at least some way. It would explain the somewhat significant difference of the power released by his quasi-sonic scream. During Black Bolt's final confrontation against the [[Jailer (Inhuman) (Earth-616)|Jailer]], he lost use of his vocal chords, which included his quasi-sonic scream,{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 6}} but regained it not long afterwards.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 12}} Due to the damage done to his throat,{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 2}} Black Bolt eventually lost the ability to use his scream.{{r|Death of Inhumans Vol 1 5}}
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| Abilities = Black Bolt is able to communicate non-verbally, although [[Medusa]] often will act as a translator for him. He is also a master of hand combatant, although even though the slightest sound, even the smallest sigh directed towards most all individuals, even those possessing great physical attributes, is enough to destroy them.
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| Abilities = '''Non-Verbal Communication:''' Black Bolt is able to communicate non-verbally, although [[Medusalith Amaquelin (Earth-616)|Medusa]] often will act as a translator for him.
   
| Strength = Normally possesses enhanced to the point where he can lift 1 ton, but he can amp his strength to Superhuman class 75 range , whereby Black Bolt becomes capable of press lifting 60 tons, possibly more.
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'''Master Combatant:''' Black Bolt is also a master of hand-to-hand combat, although even the smallest sigh directed towards most individuals, even those possessing great physical attributes, is enough to destroy them. It is reputed that he once defeated [[Ikaris (Eternal) (Earth-616)|Ikaris the Eternal]] in one on one hand-to-hand combat with ease.{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 6}}
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| Equipment = None; formerly the [[Space Gem]] <br>
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'''[[Diplomatic Immunity]]:''' As the leader of a sovereign nation, he often visits the United States or the United Nations for political reasons. He enjoys diplomatic immunity during these trips.{{r|Inhumans Vol 2 6}}
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'''Stress Point Detection:''' Black Bolt was trained by [[Karnak Mander-Azur (Earth-616)|Karnak]] in using his superhuman senses to detect weaknesses. Through this method, Black Bolt was able to find the weak link of a chain he was being held with.{{r|Black Bolt Vol 1 4}}
   
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| Strength = Normally enhanced to the point where he can lift more than 5 tons, but he can amp his strength to Superhuman classes between 75-100 ton range.{{r|Inhumans Vol 1 12}}{{r|War of Kings Vol 1 3}}
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| Equipment = Formerly the [[Space Gem]].
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*http://snarkfree.blogspot.com/2006/05/black-bolt-king-of-kickass-or-black.html
 
*http://superherochat.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=100972
 
* [http://www.killermovies.com/forums/showthread.php?s=fc2fbfb4a264bf015f7a0d7309f9080e&threadid=370432&perpage=20&highlight=&pagenumber=1 Respect Black Bolt! forum thread at Killer Movies]
 
* {{c|Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 2}} (January 1986)
 
 
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Quote1 I. Am. AWAKE!! Quote2
-- Black Bolt src
 
This is an abridged version of Blackagar Boltagon's history. For a complete history see Blackagar Boltagon's Expanded History

Origin

Terrigenesis from Secret Invasion Inhumans Vol 1 3 0001

Exposed to the Mists while in mother's womb.

Black Bolt was born to two of Attilan's top geneticists, Agon, head of the ruling Council of Genetics, and Rynda, director of the Prenatal Care Center. Subjected to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist while still an embryo,[11] Bolt was born with strange powers surpassing even the Inhumans' norm. As an infant, he demonstrated certain energy-manipulative abilities which he could not yet control, particularly that of producing quasi-sonic energy of great destructive potential through his voice. To protect the community, he was placed inside a sound-proofed chamber and given an energy-harnessing suit.[11] There he was schooled in the art of controlling his powers until the age of nineteen, when he was permitted to enter society.

A month after being awarded his freedom, Black Bolt discovered his younger brother Maximus in the process of making a treacherous pact with emissaries of the alien Kree. Attempting to stop the Kree ship before it escaped, Bolt used the forbidden power of his quasi-sonic voice to knock the ship out of the sky. When the ship crashed to Earth, it landed on the parliament, killing several key members of the Council of Genetics, including his parents, Agon and Rynda. The reverberations of his brother's shout affected Maximus's sanity and suppressed his nascent mental powers. Despite his guilt and silent protests, Black Bolt was obligated to accept the mantle of leadership of the Inhumans at age twenty.

Black Bolt's first crisis in leadership came when his cousin Triton was briefly held captive by humans. Learning of Triton's encounter upon his escape, Black Bolt decided that the Inhuman' island of Attilan was in imminent danger of discovery by humanity. Black Bolt scouted out possible sites to which to move, and settled upon the remote Himalayan mountains. After the great migration, Black Bolt faced his second great crisis when his now mad brother Maximus unleashed the Trikon, three of the Inhumans' worker drones who were transformed into energy-beings. The Trikon enabled Maximus to wrest the rule of the Inhuman from his brother and send Black Bolt and the other members of the Royal Family into exile. For the next few years, Black Bolt and his kinsmen wandered Asia, Europe, and finally America, in search of Medusa, his betrothed mate, who had been separated from the others during the battle with the Trikon. Eventually Black Bolt was reunited with Medusa[12] and the Royal Family returned to Attilan and resumed the crown.[13]

Black Bolt led the Inhumans through some of the most turbulent times in their history, including several more attempts by Maximus to usurp the throne, revolts by the worker class, attacks by human renegades, the kidnapping of Medusa, the destruction and rebuilding of Attilan, the revelation of the Inhuman existence to humanity, and several more relocations of Attilans. Following the traditional lengthy period of betrothal, Black Bolt and Medusa were wed.[14]

His role as king of the Inhumans had been tumultuous. The first major crisis occurred when he and Medusa conceived a child. Medusa bore the child in defiance of the Genetic Council who felt that Black Bolt's bloodline was too dangerous to pass on. The Council nonetheless took the child to examine, and forbade parental contact.[15] Black Bolt was torn between his love of family and his duty to respect the Genetic Council, and it was only when the Council was revealed to be using his son in a plot against him that he finally turned against the Council. With that, he also gave up the crown as king of the Inhumans.[16]

For a while, they lived away from Attilan, but returned in times of need to deal with the Kree,[17] Maximus, and Morgan le Fay.[18][19]

By the time the Avengers and the Fantastic Four returned from Counter Earth following the Onslaught crisis, Black Bolt was reinstated as monarch without much further explanation,[20] but was subsequently exiled after Attilan's forced adventure with Ronan in space.[21] He returned again to the moon with his Royal Family after being banned from most of Earth,[22], and again it seemed that the rest of the Inhuman population soon rejoined them there and reaffirmed his role as king without much ado.[20]

There was very little exploration of the ongoing inequities and injustices of the caste-bound Attilan society during this time, and Black Bolt seemed to turn a blind eye to much of it. It could be that as a product of that environment, he accepted the status quo as a given: this would make him a benevolent yet flawed ruler. Given his exposure to the outside world (and his own stand previously against the Genetic Council), this seems unlikely. Given his ever changing status as ruler, he likely saw limits to any further changes that he could realistically make to the social fabric at this point (after all, it was only not so long ago during his reign that the Alpha Primitives were emancipated). He was a great leader in ensuring the survival of Attilan against threats from outside and in; perhaps he was biding his time, awaiting a period of stability before again turning his considerable leadership skills to issues of social justice.

Silent War

After Quicksilver stole a cluster of Terrigen Crystals, Black Bolt and other Inhumans followed him to Earth in pursuit. Quicksilver evaded capture however, and the crystals fell into the possession of the US government, who refused to hand them over to the Inhumans. This led Black Bolt to declare war on the United States. He sent a strike force led by his cousin Gorgon to capture several high standing members of American society who were attending a charity opera. The operation went awry however and several civilians were killed and the team was captured by the Fantastic Four. [citation needed]

The US government began experimenting with the crystals, exposing Gorgon to them once again, causing him to undergo a second terrigenesis. Black Bolt journeyed to Earth to find Quicksilver in search of the Crystals and found that Quicksilver had embedded several of them in his flesh. Black Bolt lost his composure and began savagely beating Quicksilver until Medusa stopped him from killing him. Quicksilver revealed that using the powers the crystals had granted him, he had traveled into the future where he witnessed an explosion on the surface of the Moon visible from Earth, deducing that it was Attilan.[citation needed]

Matters were further complicated by the fact that Black Bolts brother Maximus who as part of a very long plan managed to exert control over Medusa and force her to kiss him, leading Black Bolt to believe she was having an affair. Maximus also manipulated Luna into freeing him and Black Bolts son Ahura. Meanwhile, Black Bolt traveled to the Pentagon with other members of the Royal Family to free Gorgon and get the crystals. They defeated the facility's defenders and the Avengers who arrived to stop them and reclaimed the crystals. The United States retaliated by sending a marine squad that had been mutated by the crystals to Attilan. The Inhumans engaged them, and the squad surrendered. While inside the city, one of the squad members used her powers to detonate herself in a giant blast that devastated Attilan. [citation needed]
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Maximus confronted Black Bolt amidst the rubble, declaring himself king and telling his brother that he'd be taking care of everything now. Black Bolt was jailed, and while imprisoned was approached by Luna who told him that everyone except Black Bolt and she herself were being manipulated by Maximus, and asked him what to do.[23][24]

World War Hulk & Secret Invasion

Black Bolt was ambushed by the Skrull Empire, while unaware and surprised and was then taken captive by the Skrulls and held prisoner aboard the Skrull Battleship Ryb'ik. The Skrulls planned to use his quasi-sonic scream as their deadliest and most powerful weapon.[25] A Skrull began impersonating Black Bolt.

During this time, the Hulk, embittered over being placed into exile on the planet Sakaar, returned to this star system and attacked the Skrull impostor who he believed was Black Bolt because of his role in the Hulk's exile. Even though this "Black Bolt" was able to knock the Hulk back at first, the Hulk got back up and savagely beat him up. Hulk enslaved him with a slave disk and forced him to fight as a gladiator.[26] Later, the Illuminati discovered the Skrull impostor among them.[27] Black Bolt was rescued by Medusa and the Inhuman Royal Family, and returned to Attilan to co-rule with Maximus.[28]

He then took aggressive counteraction against the Skrulls, and deployed Maximus-designed inventions to tap into his quasi-sonic powers for military purposes. The city of Attilan became a weaponized vessel that tracked down and destroyed the fleeing Skrull ships, as well as some Shi'ar vessels trying to intercept. He breached Kree defenses and forced Ronan and the Kree to pledge allegiance to him.[29]

War of Kings

The Inhumans had plans to lead a benevolent future with the Kree. Crystal was promised to Ronan to further unite the Kree and the Inhumans even offered the Terrigen Mists to enhance the evolution of the Kree. However, the Shi'ar declared war on the Kree.

At the very climax of the War of Kings, both Black Bolt and Vulcan appeared to be killed and the Shi'ar surrendered to the Kree Empire, despite heavy losses on both sides, leading to the Realm of Kings.

The War of the Four Cities

Black Bolt in fact survived the explosion. It was revealed that he likely represented the anomaly of the Kree Inhuman genetics program that had been predicted hundreds of thousands of years ago. The genetic prophecy was that this anomaly would bring about the end of the Supreme Intelligence. To prevent this outcome, the Kree Supreme Intelligence had ordered the destruction of all the worlds where the genetic experiments took place. Only five colonies escaped, including Earth's: these were the Universal Inhumans. After his return to Attilan, Black Bolt joined the Universal Inhumans and was presented with four new brides, one from each of the other colonies.[30]

They returned to Earth to help defeat the last four Reeds of the Interdimensional Council. They then faced the Kree Armada, who had been ordered by the resurrected Kree Supreme Intelligence to wipe out Earth and the Inhumans.[31] After the Kree fled in defeat, the Inhumans followed in pursuit.[32]

Franklin Richards brokered peace between the Kree and the Inhumans. Black Bolt faced the Supreme Intelligence, and they arrive at a truce after Black Bolt convinced it that the prophecy had unraveled and broken, and that he (the anomaly) was no longer a threat to them. Black Bolt agreed to the condition that Ronan be returned alone without Crystal back to the Supremor and the Inhumans travelled back to Earth.[33]

Colliding Universes

Working as part of the Illuminati, Black Bolt (and later Maximus) had been trying to solve the problem of incursions from other universes.[34]

Infinity

Black Bolt was visited by Thanos' Cull Obsidian who demanded a tribute, the heads of Inhuman younglings between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two, or the annihilation of Earth's inhabitants.

Using the Inhuman Codex, Black Bolt discovered Thanos used the tribute demand as a cover for his true mission, to kill his secret Inhuman-descendant son whose identity and location were unknown even by his father.[35] After the Inhumans denied the tribute to Corvus Glaive, Thanos personally visited Black Bolt in Attilan. Finding the Inhuman city empty, with only Black Bolt left, Black Bolt unleashed a powerful scream which tore down Attilan itself and activated a Terrigen Bomb which spread the Mists across the Earth.[36] The global distribution of the mists caused millions of humans who possessed a latent Inhuman gene to undergo Terrigenesis and develop powers.

The powerful scream had no physical effect on Thanos but shattered the Mad Titan's Armor, and Thanos found Black Bolt still alive in the rubble, and demanded to know the location of his son. Black Bolt refused, and continued attacking Thanos with his voice, until an enraged Thanos knocked him out.[37] Black Bolt was held captive, for Thanos to use his power to activate the Illuminati's anti-matter bombs to destroy the Earth.[38] When the Illuminati arrived in the Necropolis, they found Thanos' general Supergiant, with Black Bolt under her control, whom she used to defeat them. When Supergiant activated the bombs, Maximus appeared with the trigger. He triggered the bombs, but also used Lockjaw to transport the anti-matter bomb along with Supergiant to a distant uninhabited planet where she died in the explosion.

Black Bolt was liberated, and left the scene along with Maximus and Lockjaw. In the ancient location of Attilan in the Himalayas, Black Bolt hid the Inhuman Codex, and made Maximus understand his survival and that of his brother were to be kept a secret. Maximus also deduced that Black Bolt was always going to activate the Terrigen Bomb, irrespective of Thanos' arrival, to herald a new age of the Inhumans.[39]

After being examined by Maximus, they discovered that the Terrigen Bomb had greatly diminished Black Bolt's powers. They agreed to keep it a secret.[40] Using exogenetically charged waters, Maximus was soon able to help Black Bolt recover from this weakness.[41]

Inhumanity

After going missing, Black Bolt was found by Auran and Nur, who were sent by Medusa. He was under the control of Maximus by means of an improved hypno-gun based on Wakandan tech. Maximus forced Black Bolt to use his voice to kill Auran. Nur found them again, and shot Maximus, freeing Black Bolt from his mind-control.[42] Black Bolt then turned his voice on Maximus, maiming him.[43] When Black Bolt finally returned to Attilan, he was met by a furious Medusa, who banished him from the throne. He left Attilan.[44]

Secret Wars

The Illuminati continue dealing with the problem of incursions as the number of universes dwindles. Black Bolt objects to using the Antimatter Injector to destroy Earth-4290001, but Namor activates the bomb anyways[45][46] During the final incursion event of Earth 616 and 1610, Black Bolt is downed by a flying battleship from The City.[47] All would be destroyed, but then restored again by Reed and Franklin Richards with the Molecule Man's power.[48]

It turned out that Black Bolt had rescued Doctor Spectrum before the destruction of Earth-4290001. She later encountered Black Bolt while investigating an alien menace.[49] He was there to rescue captured Inhumans. They joined forces, and Black Bolt destroyed the base after their victory. Doctor Spectrum went to New Attilan to understand why Black Bolt had saved her during the incursions.[50] Black Bolt offered that perhaps because they had similar possibly Kree-related given powers, and perhaps just to save a life on a day of mass destruction.[51]

Death of X

The mists released by Black Bolt during Thanos' invasion eventually settled in the form of two enormous clouds that roamed the planet, propelled by natural wind currents. Unfortunately, the molecular composition of the Terrigen Mists changed after being mixed with the atmosphere, turning them into a substance toxic for mutants.[52]

The toxicity of the mists was discovered by Cyclops' X-Men, though too late, leading to Cyclops' death when he was exposed to residual mists found at Muir Island. Fueled by grief, Emma Frost called out the Inhumans for the mists' hazardousness, and used a mental projection of Cyclops to lead the destruction of one of the clouds. When Emma confronted the Inhumans, she used the projected image of Cyclops to push Black Bolt into "killing" him with his sonic scream. This event raised tensions between mutants and Inhumans.[21]

Uncanny Inhumans

Black Bolt discovered Medusa's affair with Human Torch. They both still collaborated to rescue their son Ahura from [[Nathaniel Richards (Kang) (Earth-6311) |Kang the Conqueror]].[53] There first attempt led them to an elderly Ahura who had become a ruthless conqueror, and Black Bolt killed him with his voice.[54] They then travelled back in time to save the young Ahura, and Ahura used his ability to project himself psychically to defeat Kang.[55]

After establishing himself as owner of the night club Quiet Room, Black Bolt was confronted by a resurrected Auran, who stole his destructive voice. He went to Medusa for aid, and was able to apologize out loud to her. They enlisted Sterilon, who would be able to reverse the situation. However, that would condemn Black Bolt again to silence. Black Bolt agreed to it, as a depowered Black Bolt would leave Attilan vulnerable to her enemies.[56]

Inhumans vs. X-Men

When Beast discovered the remaining Terrigen Cloud was weeks from being completely assimilated into the atmosphere, thus making the Earth uninhabitable for mutants, the different factions of the X-Men joined forces to take down key Inhuman players so they could destroy the cloud with no interference, believing that the Inhumans would refuse to assist even at that moment. In order to neutralize Black Bolt, Emma Frost enlisted the help of Dazzler, a mutant who used her ability to absorb and repurpose energy from sound to dampen Black Bolt's sonic scream and use its power against him. Black Bolt was subsequently held captive in Limbo, though he was eventually rescued by the other royals. The attack had left Black Bolt unable to access his voice; however, he and the Royals joined the final battle against the X-Men. Black Bolt is impaled by Emma Frost's diamond arm, but is saved by Karnak and Lockjaw. The Inhumans continued fighting against the mutants until they realized the stakes of the conflict. After Medusa willingly destroyed the cloud, the X-Men and the Inhumans joined forces to take down Emma Frost, who, having been driven mad by Cyclops' death, tried to massacre the Inhumans in spite of the mists no longer being a threat. In an inspirational act, an injured Black Bolt flew Medusa up for her final confrontation with Emma Frost. In the aftermath of the conflict, Black Bolt and Medusa reunited to start their relationship anew.[57] Unfortunately, they failed to re-spark their love, but decided to stay together so to project an image to inspire the rest of the Inhumans.[58]

Imprisoned

Together with numerous Inhumans, Black Bolt tracked down Maximus and captured him. Before Maximus' trial, Black Bolt spoke privately with his brother.[59] Maximus managed to knock down Blackagar, and switched places with him using image inducers. Thus, Black Bolt was sent to the deep space detention facility meant for Maximus.[6] Once there, Black Bolt was subjected to psychological and physical torture by the Jailer, learning in the process that the prison's punishments were much more ruthless and unfair than he had anticipated. Not all hope was lost as Black Bolt found allies in the form of a group of prisoners comprised of the Absorbing Man, Blinky, Raava and Molyb the Metal Master,[60] with whom Black Bolt carried out a failed attempt to escape.[61]

Lockjaw, having seen through Maximus' ruse, tracked down Black Bolt all the way to the prison and rescued him.[62] Blackagar, however, decided to return in order to put an end to the horrors the Jailer's prisoners were put through.[63] Black Bolt and his friends fought their way through the prison until they confronted the Jailer once again. Powered by Black Bolt's sonic scream, the Absorbing Man sacrificed himself to kill the Jailer. The villain's defeat also cost Black Bolt the use of his vocal chords. The remaining allies of Black Bolt bid farewell and parted ways, with the exception of young Blinky, who convinced Blackagar to take her with him back to Earth.[64]

The Midnight King Returns to Earth

On their journey back, Black Bolt returned Monsteroso to his parents, and was forced to destroy upon Conclave ships in self-defense.[65] Back on Earth, he was initially greeted with suspicion and resentment, but Blinky helped to clarify matters with her telepathic powers. He attempted to reconcile with his son Ahura, but was rebuffed.[66] Together, they went to visit Titania, the wife of Crusher Creel, to inform her of his heroic death. After a brief skirmish, Blinky again helped clear things up. They held a funeral for Crusher, which was attended by Captain America and Thor. However, they were attacked by Lash and his crew, who kidnapped Blinky.[67] Black Bolt and Titania pursued them and bested Lash's team in hand-to-hand combat. However, Black Bolt surrendered when Lash threatened to kill Blinky. Lash revealed his scheme to use Black Bolt's blood to make a Terrigen-type bomb to make new Inhumans (but would result in the death of millions of humans in the process).[68]

As preparation, Black Bolt was infused with a powerful poison, and the extreme pain threw him into psychic encounter with his wife Medusa who was also in agony in the midst of battling the Progenitors. They reconnected, and Medusa's love for Gorgon was revealed. They reaffirmed their commitment to each other even if they could not go back to their marriage, and she promised to reunite with him as they were separated again.[68][69] Back on Earth, Black Bolt freed himself, only to collapse from the poison. Blinky attempted to save him from Lash, but was taken over by the essence of the Jailer,[68] who had implanted himself in her to escape death. While Black Bolt was being mentally assaulted by the Jailer and losing the fight, Blinky's astral form managed to seek out help from Ahura, and they were both transported inside the painful memories the Jailer was forcing Black Bolt relive.[70] Their presence inspired Black Bolt and gave him enough strength to break out of the Jailer's grasp. Titania and the just-then recently reborn Absorbing Man joined the fight against the Jailer physically, giving Black Bolt the ability to break the Jailer's physical restraints. Having regained his lost powers due to his allies' invigoration, Black Bolt used his sonic scream to kill the Jailer once and for all and free Blinky's body. A week later, while spending time at Creel's apartment with his friends, Black Bolt was approached by Medusa, and they finally reunited.[71]

Death of Inhumans

When the Kree Empire began ordering all surviving Inhumans to join it or perish, Black Bolt accompanied the Inhuman Royal Family to a secret meeting place where they supposed to meet with the rest of the Universal Inhumans to discuss the situation. However, the leaders of the Universal Inhumans and their attendants were found dead, and a bomb was left behind as a trap. Lockjaw was able to teleport the Royal Family to safety but wasn't able to save Triton who seemingly died in the bomb blast. The Royal Family realized that while they were away, the Kree were attacking the Inhuman city of New Arctilan located on the Earth's Moon. The Royal Family hurried back to New Arctilan using Black Bolt's voice to increase their ship's speed. However, by the time they arrived, New Arctilan was in ruins, causing Black Bolt to shed a tear.[72]

Karnak went ahead to Hala to let the Kree know that the Inhumans weren't going to surrender before Black Bolt arrived to avenge those the Kree killed. Black Bolt let loose his powerful voice while saying the names of everyone that the Kree killed. When Black Bolt arrived where Karnak was, he found Vox holding Karnak hostage. Before Black Bolt could do anything, Vox surprised Black Bolt by teleporting behind him and slitting his throat with a dagger.[73]

Black Bolt survived and was held prisoner by the Kree. Despite the damage done to his throat, Black Bolt was still able to his sonic scream and used it to escape as well as kill his captors. During his escape, he discovered Ronan the Accuser who was being experimented on by his fellow Kree. Ronan apologized to Black Bolt for everything he had done, including Crystal, before Black Bolt put him out of his misery.[74]

Black Bolt reunited with his family who had brought in the aid of Beta Ray Bill. When Vox unexpectedly died, Black Bolt and the others discovered that Vox was actually Maximus in disguise, which made them realized that the Inhumans the Kree didn't kill were converted into brainwashed cyborg soldier under their control.[75]

Black Bolt, his family, and Beta Ray Bill launched a final assault on the Kree's stronghold and were confronted by a brainwashed Crystal and Lockjaw. Black Bolt let his family deal with Crystal and Lockjaw while he made his way to the location where the Kree asserted control over the brainwashed Inhumans. There, Black Bolt was met with Triton and other Inhumans turned into brainwashed soldiers of the Kree. In order to stop the Kree, Black Bolt was forced to use his powerful voice to kill everyone before him, including Triton, in order to stop the Kree's plans, freeing Crystal and Lockjaw from the Kree's control but also permanently losing the use of his powerful voice.[76]

Herald Supreme

Along with Earth's other most powerful heroes, Black Bolt was recruited by Dr. Strange to help fight Galactus, who had been transformed into a hybrid of extreme science and extreme magic. Black Bolt managed to stagger Galactus with his scream (which was augmented by magic), but got crushed to death by the hand of Galactus. After Dr. Strange's victory, Black Bolt was resurrected along with the other heroes.[77]

Power Grid [87]
Intelligence
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Strength*
Speed
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Durability
 3
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Strength amplified by energy powers

Powers

Ambient Particle & Electron Harnessing: Black Bolt's primary superhuman ability is the power to harness electrons. The speech center of his brain contains a unique organic mechanism that's able to generate an unknown particle that interacts with the electrons he absorbs to create certain phenomena that are determined by his mental control. After the detonation of the Terrigen Bomb, Black Bolt's powers were greatly diminished.[40] He has since recovered thanks to a bath in exogenetically charged waters.[41]

  • Particle & Electron Channeling: Black Bolt wears a metallic, fork-shaped antenna upon his brow that allows him to focus and channel his powers in more directed and less destructive ways. This antenna monitors the speech center of his brain and allows him to direct quantities of the unknown particles to create controlled phenomena, such as enhancing his physical strength beyond his normal limits. He can also channel all the available energy he has into one arm for a single, massively powerful punch called the Master Blow. The exertion from this, however, taxes his ability to employ the energy to its full power for a short time.
  • Particle & Electron Manipulation: Black Bolt can also direct the unknown particle outwards without the use of his vocal chords. He can route the particles through his antennae or his arms and hands to create small yet vastly powerful blasts of concussive force, absorb and redirect vast quantities of energy.[78] He can also form a field of highly active electrons around his body with a wave of his hand, this field can deflect projectiles with the mass of a meteor. Black Bolt can also create enough iteration between the electron and particle energies to generate fields solid enough for him to travel over.
  • Matter & Energy Manipulation: Through an unknown method, Black Bolt has shown numerous times that he has the ability to manipulate matter and energy to an unknown degree. He has shown the ability to transmute the elements, turn water into ice, create multiple toys out of thin air[79] by rearranging molecular if not particle structure. He has destroyed a Solar Flare powerful enough to annihilate the Earth, and was able to block the powers of others through his abilities in turn denying them access to their abilities.
  • Telepathy: Black Bolt has strong psychic resistance, as was evident when he was able to easily resist the mental abilities of his powerful brother, Maximus, and overwhelm him in psychic ability. Often using it as a means to communicate with his wife Medusa as well.[80]
  • Anti-Gravitational Flight: Black Bolt can also harness the unknown particles his brain generates to interact with electrons to create anti-gravitons that enable him to defy gravity. By emitting a jet of rapidly moving particle / electron interaction by-product while enveloped by anti-gravitons, Black Bolt has been shown to fly faster than hypersonic speeds for a period of 10 hours, and to fly beyond escape velocity. The anti-graviton field also serves to protect Black Bolt from the detrimental effects of rapid movement through the atmosphere although it's not needed.

Inhuman Physiology: Like all Inhumans, Black Bolt's natural physiology grants him a number of superhuman physical attributes but because of the genetic tampering at birth, Black Bolt's physical abilities are significantly superior to most other members of his race.

  • Superhuman Strength: Black Bolt, like all Inhumans, is superhumanly strong. Physically superior to the finest human specimen and to some inhumans, under normal circumstances he's able to lift a couple of tons. However he can augment his physical strength by channeling the necessary particle energy through his body. His base strength level while under these conditions is at best undetermined, for while at his peak he is listed at class 60, Black Bolt has been observed fighting opponents dynamically superior matching them blow for blow such as Thor, Gladiator, The Thing and even The Incredible Hulk in hand-to-hand combat. The latter acknowledging him to be very close to him in strength.[81]
  • Superhuman Speed: Black Bolt can run and move at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete, as he has been able to catch directed miniature missiles even when attacked from below and unaware with ease,[82] move at a speed so great he is invisible to the human eye,[82] move at such a speed he can travel vast distances before a human can finish processing a thought,[82] and has been able to catch Quicksilver.[83]
  • Superhuman Stamina: Black Bolt's Inhuman musculature generates less fatigue toxins than the musculature of a normal human, even the finest human athlete. At his peak, he can exert himself for several days before the buildup of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.
  • Superhuman Durability: Black Bolt's body is incredibly resistant to all forms of physical damage. Black Bolt is resistant to great impact forces, such as falling from a height of several stories that would severely injure or kill a human being unharmed. He has survived blows by beings with vast superhuman strength such as Hulk, Namor, Gladiator, and Thanos; taken to extremes when Black Bolt weathered a blast from his own T-Bomb which had killed Emperor Vulcan, destroyed a Shi'ar space fleet and ruptured the fabric of reality.[78] He's capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, such as the cold in space, or the heat from re-entry. Black Bolt can further bolster his durability by generating a force field to further increase considerably his invulnerability.
  • Superhuman Agility: Black Bolt's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Longevity: Like all Inhumans, Black Bolt has a natural lifespan that is at least twice the average lifespan of a human being.

Abilities

Non-Verbal Communication: Black Bolt is able to communicate non-verbally, although Medusa often will act as a translator for him.

Master Combatant: Black Bolt is also a master of hand-to-hand combat, although even the smallest sigh directed towards most individuals, even those possessing great physical attributes, is enough to destroy them. It is reputed that he once defeated Ikaris the Eternal in one on one hand-to-hand combat with ease.[84]

Diplomatic Immunity: As the leader of a sovereign nation, he often visits the United States or the United Nations for political reasons. He enjoys diplomatic immunity during these trips.[84]

Stress Point Detection: Black Bolt was trained by Karnak in using his superhuman senses to detect weaknesses. Through this method, Black Bolt was able to find the weak link of a chain he was being held with.[62]

Strength level

Normally enhanced to the point where he can lift more than 5 tons, but he can amp his strength to Superhuman classes between 75-100 ton range.[81][85]

Equipment

Formerly the Space Gem.

Transportation

Flight under his own power, teleportation using Lockjaw or Eldrac.

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Footnotes

  1. New Avengers Vol 3 #2
  2. FF #13
  3. FF #18
  4. Inhumanity #1
  5. Thing #3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Black Bolt #1
  7. New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 #3
  8. 8.0 8.1 World War Hulk: Gamma Files #1
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 FF #7
  10. Uncanny Inhumans #13
  11. 11.0 11.1 Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3
  12. Fantastic Four #46
  13. Fantastic Four #47
  14. Fantastic Four Annual 18
  15. Marvel Graphic Novel #39
  16. Fantastic Four Unlimited #2
  17. Inhumans The Great Refuge
  18. Fantastic Four #401-402
  19. Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising #1-2
  20. 20.0 20.1 Inhumans Vol 2 #1-12
  21. 21.0 21.1 Inhumans Vol 3 #1-4
  22. Fantastic Four Vol 3 #51-54
  23. Son of M #6
  24. Silent War #1-6
  25. Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1
  26. World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker #1
  27. New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 2 #5
  28. Secret Invasion: Inhumans #4
  29. Secret Invasion: War of Kings #1
  30. FF #6-7
  31. FF #8-11
  32. Fantastic Four #600-603
  33. FF #20-21
  34. New Avengers Vol 3 #1-8
  35. Infinity #2
  36. Infinity #3
  37. Infinity #4
  38. Infinity #5
  39. Infinity #6
  40. 40.0 40.1 New Avengers Vol 3 #12
  41. 41.0 41.1 New Avengers Vol 3 #18
  42. Inhuman #7
  43. Inhuman #8
  44. Inhuman #12
  45. New Avengers Vol 3 #21-22
  46. Avengers Vol 5 #39-40
  47. Secret Wars #1
  48. Secret Wars #9
  49. Squadron Supreme Vol 4 #6
  50. Squadron Supreme Vol 4 #7
  51. Squadron Supreme Vol 4 #8
  52. Death of X #2
  53. Uncanny Inhumans #0-1
  54. Uncanny Inhumans #1-3
  55. Uncanny Inhumans #4
  56. Uncanny Inhumans #16-17
  57. IVX #1
  58. Royals #3
  59. Inhumans Prime #1
  60. Black Bolt #2
  61. Black Bolt #3
  62. 62.0 62.1 Black Bolt #4
  63. Black Bolt #5
  64. 64.0 64.1 Black Bolt #6
  65. Black Bolt #7
  66. Black Bolt #8
  67. Black Bolt #9
  68. 68.0 68.1 68.2 Black Bolt #10
  69. Inhumans: Judgment Day #1
  70. Black Bolt #11
  71. 71.0 71.1 Black Bolt #12
  72. Death of Inhumans #1
  73. 73.0 73.1 Death of Inhumans #2
  74. Death of Inhumans #3
  75. Death of Inhumans #4
  76. 76.0 76.1 Death of Inhumans #5
  77. Doctor Strange Vol 5 #15-17
  78. 78.0 78.1 War of Kings #6
  79. Thor #148
  80. Inhumans Vol 2 #11
  81. 81.0 81.1 Inhumans #12
  82. 82.0 82.1 82.2 Inhumans Vol 2 #5
  83. Silent War #3
  84. 84.0 84.1 Inhumans Vol 2 #6
  85. War of Kings #3
  86. Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #2
  87. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Vol 1



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