Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Alpha Primitives, Banyan,
Kludge, Lineage, Maw Queen, (Seeker/Kadlec)
(Amadeus Cho, Hercules/Heracles, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff,
Stature/Cassie Lang, USAgent/John Walker, Wasp/Hank Pym), Avengers
Resistance (Gauntlet/Joseph Green, Justice/Vance Astrovik, Rage/Elvin
Halliday, Tigra/Greer Nelson, Vision/Jonas), Ban-Luck, Devil Dinosaur, Dkamas,
Forey the dog, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Inhumans (Black
Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Captain Swain/Jovana, Crystal/Crystalia
Amaquelin, Flint, Glass Girl, Gorgon/Gorgon Petragon, Grid/Dinesh Deol,
Inferno/Dante Pertuz, Iso/Xiaoyi Chen, Karnak,
Lockjaw, Maximus the Mad/Maximus Boltagon, Frank McGee,
Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin, Moon Girl/Lunella Lafayette, Mosaic/Morris
Sacket, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Naja, Panacea/Ash Minnick, Quake/Daisy
Johnson, Sterilon, Triton, Vinatos), People's Defense Force (Collective
Chang, Lin, Sun & Ho Tao-Yu, , Lady of Ten Suns, Most Perfect Hero,
Ninth Immortal, Princess of Clouds, Radioactive Man/Chen Lu, Scientific
Beast), Reader, Rinzen, Young Avengers
(Hawkeye/Kate Bishop, Hulkling/Dorrek VIII, Patriot/Eli Bradley,
Speed/Tommy Shepherd, Wiccan/Billy Kaplan)
Known Relatives: Black Bolt (Blackagar Boltagon, cousin),
Maximus (cousin), extended members of the Inhumans Royal Family
Aliases: "Farty," the Living Terrigenesis
Base of Operations: Attilan;
formerly Mongolia, formerly Tibet
First Appearance: Mighty Avengers I#27
Powers/Abilities: After undergoing
Terrigenesis, the Unspoken developed the ability to manipulate Terrigen
to give him whatever powers he sees fit so long as he has continual
access to Terrigen, which he has grown addicted to. Without Terrigen,
the Unspoken was unnaturally long-lived until chronal particles
advanced him to the age of an old man.
When in possession of Terrigen, the Unspoken often
assumes a giant form with superhuman strength (lifting over 100 tons)
and enhanced durability (making him virtual invulnerable to physical
attack except when not powered by Terrigen). Other powers have included
taking the form of a monstrous beast, cosmic energy manipulation,
geokinesis, creation of hard light blades and gale-force winds.
The Unspoken has been a gifted, if cruel, leader and
once rose to power through rigorous means. The Unspoken also had access
to the Slave Engine, which could transform humans into Alpha Primitives.
For many years, the Unspoken had access to the technology and military
of the Inhumans.
For a time, the king had advanced armor.
Height: (normal): 7'6''; (in powered form):
Weight: 298 lbs.
History: (Inhumans: Once & Future Kings
I#1 (fb) – BTS) – After the deaths of Agon and
an Inhuman, whose name was later banned from the Inhuman records, took
over as king, leading through insurrection and uprising. The king
created more Alpha Primitives with the Slave Engine and tasked them
with creating a mountain sculpture of his own visage.
(Mighty Avengers I#27 (fb) – BTS) – For years, the king was
respected and loved by all, even adored by the Alpha Primitives, as he
showed them kindness and preferred their company to that of others. The
king was also feared due to his vast powers of manipulating
Terrigenesis to his own needs.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#1 (fb)) –
The king took Blackagar and Maximus Boltagon, the sons of Agon and
Rynda (and the true heirs to the throne) and they saw Inhuman overseers
beating some of the Alpha Primitives. When Blackagar asked about the
welfare of the Primitives, the king emphasized that the Alpha
Primitives were born into their station and they were taken care of
then ended the discussion. They were then attacked by Alpha Primitives
and the king took a spear through his abdomen that was equipped with a
neural inhibitor that blocked his powers. Dkamas, the leader, sought to
kill the Unspoken but Blackagar killed Dkamas with a scream, though it
also destroyed the monument. The king revived and embraced Blackagar.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#1 (fb) –
BTS) – As Kadlec the Seeker punished and imprisoned the Alpha
Primitives, the king had his surgeons upgrade his armor to ward off
against further neural inhibitor attacks. The king was revived by
Terrigen Crystals and, humiliated for having needed rescue from the
heir to the throne of Agon, he planned ways to get revenge on the
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#1 (fb)) –
The king sat in the bath while Seeker updated him on the Primitives and
the king realized he would need to both show strength and compassion.
He ordered Seeker to summon Medusa while he attended the funeral
ceremony that the Alpha Primitives held for Dkamas. When Medusa came as
the king summoned, he asked her about her thoughts on the ethics of the
use of the Slave Engine but she held her opinions back. The king
ordered her to speak her mind more plainly the next time he saw her.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#2) – When Kadlec reported that
Medusa, Blackagar and Maximus had fled Attilan for no reason, the king
did not believe the Seeker's story and he ordered Kadlec to find the
trio and take young Karnak with him. After watching Gorgon in combat,
the king appointed the boy as his new viceroy temporarily and gave him
advice to have shrewd judgment.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#3) – When
Gorgon reported rumors from Crystal that the king had summoned Medusa,
the king asked Gorgon about his loyalties. Gorgon assumed that Kadlec
had his own agenda.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#4) – The king and Gorgon summoned
Crystal and he assured her that Medusa was allowed to come home.
(Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#5) – Elisha returned to Attilan,
using the technology of the Wizard, and he led the Alpha Primitives in
a revolt, seeking to reclaim the Slave Engine for themselves. The king
and Gorgon fought back but soon Blackagar, Maximus, Triton, Karnak,
Crystal, Medusa and Lockjaw intervened and they learned of Elisha's
plan to use the Slave Engine to devolve all Inhumans. Maximus defeated
Elisha then the king offered to bow before Blackagar and surrender the
throne. Blackagar, hoping that the king would revisit the problem of
having a slave race in Attilan, refused the throne, leaving instead to
walk alone for a time.
(Mighty Avengers I#29 (fb) – BTS) – The king
learned of the Slave Engine, a powerful device left by the Kree that,
in conjunction with Xerogen Crystals, could be used in a war with
humans to turn them into Alpha Primitives. Considered too dangerous to
use, the Slave Engine was buried deep and well protected. Ignoring
thousands of years of tradition, the king entered the chamber
protecting the passage to the Slave Engine and the guards turned their
backs to him. The king lifted the barrier blocking the passage then
jumped inside, landing somewhere near the center of the Earth, where
the Slave Engine was kept. He picked it up and moved it through caverns
and lakes of magma and stone to relocate the engine to a deep chasm in
Tibet that he later buried.
(Mighty Avengers I#27 (fb)) – The young royals
(Black Bolt, Medusa,
Karnak, Gorgon), just a week after their Terrigenesis, burst their way
into the king's chambers, forcing themselves past the palace guards.
The teens confronted the king on his choice to move the Slave Engine
and threatened that he could be removed as king if necessary. The king
grew furious and Karnak, able to see the weak spot in anything, told
him that he was the weakest point in Attilan. The king, weak from
moving the Slave Engine, held back Gorgon, Medusa and Karnak but
Black Bolt defeated him, knocking off his crown.
(Avengers Assemble - BTS) - The former king was
held for months
after Black Bolt became the new king and Attilan was moved to the
(Mighty Avengers I#27 (fb)) - When the king
refused to reveal the
location of the Engine, Black Bolt banished him and had his name
stricken from the records of their history. Several Alpha Primitives
followed the king, continuing to serve him.
(Mighty Avengers I#28 (fb) – BTS) – The Unspoken
took refuge in a set
of caves in Tibet, where he grew more Xerogen Crystals. Over the years,
whenever the Chinese military entered the caves, the Unspoken would see
them killed. In time, they knew to avoid the caves and put up warning
signs. The Unspoken planned, in time, to return to Attilan and
apologize for his transgressions then he would use the Xerogen Crystals
prove his worth to his people.
(Mighty Avengers I#28 (fb)) – A child, Rinzen,
entered the caves and
saw the Unspoken and his Alpha Primitives tending to the Xerogen. The
Unspoken changed Rinzen into an Alpha Primitive then he sensed the
walls shaking and realized that somewhere, Black Bolt was using his
voice. He exited the caves, preparing to return to his people, and he
let another mortal child flee but then the Unspoken saw Attilan taking
off for space. In despair, the Unspoken realized the Inhumans had
utilized "Agon's Contingency," deeming humans too great a threat and
taking their homeland into space. The Unspoken felt despair, feeling
he'd be alone forever now.
(Mighty Avengers I#31 (fb) – BTS) – After
remaining in isolation for
more years, the Unspoken heard about a silent war between the humans
and the Inhumans, and he realized he'd been wasting his compassion on
the humans all those years by not using the Slave Engine on them.
(Mighty Avengers I#27) – In China, the People's
(Collective Man, Lady of Ten Suns, Most Perfect Hero, Ninth Immortal,
Princess of Clouds, Radioactive Man, Scientific Beast) confronted the
Unspoken, ordering him out of their country, but the Unspoken attacked,
defeating them all with one punch.
(Mighty Avengers I#28) – Sensing more heroes watching him, the Unspoken
activated a pillar of rock then he escaped on it with a group of Alpha
(Mighty Avengers I#29) – The military opened
fire on the Unspoken so
he turned the Xerogen Crystals on them, transforming them painfully
into Alpha Primitives. As the Unspoken unearthed the buried Slave
Engine, the People's Defense Force, Ban-Luck, Quicksilver and USAgent
closed in, many of them becoming transformed into Alpha Primitives by
(Mighty Avengers I#30) – The Unspoken activated the Slave Engine and
prepared to enslave all of humanity but just then, many more heroes
showed up to fight him including the Young Avengers, "New" Avengers and
Avengers Resistance. The Unspoken grew to giant size and began smashing
the heroes as more of the heroes began changing to Alpha
(Mighty Avengers I#31) – As the heroes battled
amongst themselves, the
ones affected by Xerogenesis fighting the ones who remained free, the
Unspoken argued that he was showing compassion to the humans by giving
them all a common cause as Alpha Primitives. Wasp (Hank Pym) arrived
and shrank down within the Slave Engine, defeating Kree robots inside
before battling the Unspoken at giant size. He explained "I embody the
genetic changes, the endless array of abilities that define my people.
Whatever power I choose is mine, any feat you are capable of, I can
match and surpass!" Wasp countered by arguing that the Unspoken,
despite all his power, had chosen to dwell on his pain for decades
instead of trying to improve himself. As Quicksilver hit the Unspoken
with a rock in the eye, the heroes swarmed the Slave Engine, where Pym
had realized chronal rays were being used to age the Xerogen Crystals.
Pym used the rays on the Unspoken, advancing him to an elderly man with
memory problems, long past his prime. After restoring those who had
changed to Alpha Primitives, the heroes turned the Unspoken over to the
Chinese government and they chose to return him to his caves, where the
Primitives could tend to him, not wanting to incur further animosity
with the Inhumans.
(Heroic Age: Villains – BTS) – Captain America
wrote about the Unspoken in a report on the world's villains.
(Inhuman I#5 (fb) – BTS) – The Unspoken went on
to Mongolia, developing
a power base. When the Terrigen Clouds passed over, many civilians were
changed into Inhumans and the Unspoken recruited them.
(Inhumanity I#2) – In an Asian country, the Unspoken led his team of
Inhumans (including a six-armed woman in pink, a teleporting woman and
a crab man) in killing a dictator and his Inhuman guards then they
stole a group of cocoons.
(Inhuman I#4) – The Unspoken brought several
Inhumans to New Attilan,
where he sought out Medusa and asked for her hand in marriage.
(Inhuman I#5) – The Unspoken tried convincing
Medusa to marry him,
saying he still wielded influence, but she refused him. He then asked
to see the remaining Terrigen but Medusa, flanked by Gorgon and
Triton, said she would let him nowhere near it. Presenting Medusa with
three Mongolian Inhumans who he had brought with him, the Unspoken then
told her that he had seen Black Bolt alive and he would give her more
information if she let him spend one night in the city. Medusa ordered
Gorgon to find lodging for the Unspoken for the night. Alone, the
Unspoken easily accessed Attilan's secret passages then he led himself
to a secret store of Terrigen. Medusa, Gorgon and Triton followed him
but the Unspoken had his followers attack them then accessed the
Terrigen, transforming himself into a youthful more powerful version of
himself. He ordered his troops be brought in from outside the city.
(Inhuman I#6 (fb) – BTS) – The Unspoken took
over the city, keeping
Medusa as a captive nearby. He lorded his new power over the
populace, keeping Terrigen at hand to power himself up.
(Inhuman I#6) – The Unspoken bragged to Medusa about how he planned for
the Inhumans to rule the world. Vinatos entered the throne room to
protest the Unspoken but he simply disintegrated Vinatos with a blast.
Inferno and Flint entered and Flint quickly dispersed the Terrigen
Mists. The Unspoken spent the rest of his energy defending himself from
a fiery cloud from Inferno and though the Unspoken triumphed, he was
knocked out by a punch from Naja. The Unspoken was placed in a cell,
where Medusa, flanked by Lineage and Gorgon, told him he would rot.
Lineage stayed behind, showing the Unspoken through the bars
that he had a vial of Terrigen. Lineage then revealed that Black Bolt
was still alive.
(Inhuman I Annual#1) – The Unspoken sat in his
cell while Lineage sent
out a telepathic broadcast to the Inhuman populace, announcing his
intent to seize power.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#8 (fb)) – Medusa and the
Human Torch walked past
the Unspoken's cell and Medusa didn't acknowledge the former king.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#13) – Maximus and Triton saw
the Unspoken and Lineage in their cells.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#14) – Maximus broke the
Unspoken and Lineage out of jail and took them away from New Attilan in
(Uncanny Inhumans I#18 (fb)) – Maximus took the Unspoken
and Lineage to a beach party in Miami, where he mentally manipulated
the guests into being peaceful. Maximus, continually taunting the
Unspoken for his advanced age, helped the three of them escape when the
F.B.I. showed up to arrest him by threatening to make those at the
party kill themselves. Maximus told the two men that he thought they
might still have value.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#18 (fb) – BTS) – The
Unspoken, Lineage and Maximus spent months living in a hotel room
wasting time, interacting with humans, gambling and eating.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#18) – Months after their
original arrival in Miami, Maximus heard on the news that Medusa's
Inhumans were in war against the X-Men and he asked Lineage to channel
his adviser Monan, who worked with Randac ages ago. Monan revealed a
plan secretly to Maximus to create Terrigen. Maximus took them
to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in New Mexico, where he presented a Terrigen
Crystal to the Unspoken, giving it to him, and he instructed the now
super-strong Unspoken to break in and release Triton. The Unspoken did
so then collapsed in grief when the Terrigen wore off. Triton
reluctantly agreed to help them rebuild Terrigen, realizing it could
help end the war.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#19) – Maximus led the
Unspoken, Lineage and Triton
to Vietnam, where he forced the team to jump off a cliff into the
ocean. Inside protected air bubbles, they swam down into the mouth of a
beast, where the Unspoken and Lineage were forced to grab spears to
help Triton fight off a crab warrior. The Unspoken was furious, yelling
at Maximus for his disrespect, but Maximus helped him realize he had no
choice but to continue his mission to rebuild the Terrigen. Lineage
held back with the Unspoken and they made a plan to betray Maximus at
the first opportunity. Deep in the cavernous body, they found the Maw
Queen, a hideous aquatic creature, and Maximus promised her the hand of
the Unspoken in marriage if she would surrender some of her valuable
Deep Eggs to them. Shocked and furious, the Unspoken refused to stay
with the king so Maximus mentally forced him to. Maximus, Lineage and
Triton departed, leaving the Unspoken behind.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#20 (fb) – BTS) – After Maximus' mind control wore
off, the Unspoken, over a period of weeks, convinced the Maw Queen and
her army to help him go after Maximus for revenge and he promised
to "spawn" with her afterwards. The Maw Queen rose the giant crab
monster they inhabited.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#19) – The crab monster
jumped to the surface and began tracking Maximus.
(Uncanny Inhumans I#20) – The Unspoken,
controlling the crab monster
with the Maw Queen, found Maximus in India with Triton, Lineage,
Banyan and Kludge, and he attacked but Maximus fought back in a giant
suit of armor and used a Terrigen-powered sword to kill the creature.
The Unspoken sensed the Terrigen and absorbed it, changing into a
super-strong giant and tearing the armor in half. The Unspoken yelled
about his plans for world domination but Maximus took control of his
brain and made him release all of his Terrigen energy into the
atmosphere, leaving the Unspoken an old man again. Maximus stated that
he realized the Inhumans needed to learn to move on without more
(Inhumans Prime I#1 (fb) – BTS) – Maximus
manipulated the Unspoken,
Lineage and Triton into going to the Grand Canyon with him.
(Inhumans Prime I#1) – Maximus continued to
insult the Unspoken,
calling him "Farty" as Karnak and Lockjaw teleported in to return them
to New Attilan. Maximus mentally forced Triton to fight Karnak then he
gave a small shard of Terrigen to the Unspoken, who assumed a giant,
energy-wielding, buffalo-like form, but then a large group of
Inhumans teleported in (Medusa, Black Bolt, Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl with
Devil Dinosaur, Reader with Forey, Flint, Naja, Iso, Grid, Quake,
Sterilon, Crystal, Glass Girl, Captain Swain, Panacea, Mosaic, Inferno,
others) and the Unspoken, realizing he had only minutes of Terrigen
left, lashed out at Black Bolt then toppled the giant Ms. Marvel.
used his reality-altering reads to speed the expiration of the Terrigen
up, leaving the Unspoken powerless and old again. Maximus briefly made
the Inhumans fight each other but Captain Swain canceled his powers
out. Soon, Maximus was imprisoned back in New Attilan and it can be
presumed that Lineage and the Unspoken were imprisoned as well.
Comments: Created by Dan Slott, Christos Gage,
Khoi Pham and Allen Martinez.
There is clearly a lot of Inhuman history to rummage through and
on. The Unspoken is a relatively recent addition to Inhuman history
but one with a profound place in the mythos. The series "Once &
Future Kings" doesn't fit quite comfortably into continuity. The Slave
Engine was supposed to be buried in the Earth but the Unspoken had
access to it for at least that storyline. It is also possible that
"Once & Future Kings" took place after the flashback in the Mighty
Avengers storyline. The king was also supposed to have been banished
from Attilan for decades but Spider-Man, the Wizard and the Trapster
all show up in "Once & Future Kings" so it may not even be
in-continuity. I'll let a future writer figure this out.
The Unspoken has no known connections to:
- any other "Unspoken" characters
Avengers Assemble, p56, pan1 (main)
Mighty Avengers I#27, p1, pan3 (face)
Mighty Avengers I#30, p13, pan3 (giant-size)
Inhuman I#4, p22, pan1 (bald, old man)
Uncanny Inhumans I#18, p18, pan1 (Terrigen-strength)
Inhumans Prime I#1, p9, pan1 (in buffalo form, etc.)
Mighty Avengers I#27-29 (September-November, 2009) – Dan Slott,
Christos Gage (writers), Khoi Pham (penciler), Allen Martinez (inker),
Tom Brevoort (editor)
Mighty Avengers I#30 (December, 2009) – Dan Slott, Christos Gage
(writers), Sean Chen (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Tom Brevoort
Mighty Avengers I#31 (January, 2010) – Dan Slott, Christos Gage
(writers), Sean Chen (penciler), Craig Yeung, Mark Morales (inkers),
Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Assemble (July, 2010) – Jeff Christiansen, Sean McQuaid (head
writers/coordinators), Rob London, Michael Hoskin, Ronald Byrd, Markus
Raymond, Madison Carter, Gabriel Shechter, Kevin Garcia, Mike
O'Sullivan, Chris Biggs, Jacob Rougemont (writers), Gus Vasquez
(Unspoken entry art), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Heroic Age: Villains (January, 2011) – Michael Hoskin (head
writer/coordinator), Chad Anderson, Anthony Flamini, Rob London, Sean
McQuaid, Kevin Garcia, Markus Raymond, Gabriel Shechter, David
Wiltfong, Peter Sanderson, Stuart Vandal, Madison Carter (writers),
Khoi Pham (Unspoken entry art), Jeff
Inhumanity I#2 (March, 2014) – Matt Fraction (writer), Nick Bradshaw,
Todd Nauck (pencilers), Scott Hanna, Tom Palmer, Todd Nauck (inkers),
Nick Lowe (editor)
Inhuman I#4-6 (October-December, 2014) – Charles Soule (writer), Ryan
Stegman (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Inhuman I Annual#1 (July, 2015) – Charles Soule (writer), Ryan Stegman
(penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny Inhumans I#8 (July, 2016) – Charles Soule (writer), Kevin
Walker (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny Inhumans I#13 (November, 2016) – Charles Soule (writer), Carlos
Pacheco, Kim Jacinto (pencilers), Andy Owens (inker), Wil Moss (editor)
Uncanny Inhumans I#14 (December, 2016) – Charles Soule (writer), Kim
Jacinto (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Uncanny Inhumans I#18 (March, 2017) – Charles Soule (writer), Kim
Jacinto (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Uncanny Inhumans I#19 (April, 2017) – Charles Soule (writer), Kim
Jacinto, Ario Anindito (artists), Wil Moss (editor)
Uncanny Inhumans I#20 (May, 2017) – Charles Soule (writer), Ario
Anindito (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Inhumans Prime I#1 (May, 2017) – Al Ewing (Writer), Ryan Sook,
Christopher Allen (pencilers), Walden Wong, Keith Champagne (inkers),
Wil Moss (editor)
Inhumans: Once & Future Kings I#1-5 (October, 2017-February, 2018)
Christopher Priest (writer), Phil Noto (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
First Posted: 05/10/2020
Last updated: 05/12/2020
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