As the Inhumans are destined for an expanded role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here’s the ultimate guide to all the Inhuman comics you can read. The saga of Black Bolt, Medusa, and the kingdom of Attilan can be somewhat confusing, so this should help explain how the Inhumans fit into the Marvel Universe!
I) The Origins of the Inhumans
Fantastic Four #36, #38 to #47, #62 to #65, Fantastic Four Annual #5, partial selections from Fantastic Four #48, #50, #52, #54 to #61
Fantastic Four #45 To #47
Update 8.13.16 – The Origins of the Inhumans selection above is now the most cost-effective collection for these early appearances of the Inhumans!
Inhumans first appearances in Fantastic Four #45 – #46 (very slight carry over into #47). Medussa and Gorgon actually appear before this in Fantastic Four, but this is our first formal introduction to the Inhumans of the Marvel Universe.
Thor #146 To #152 (Backup Issues)
Inhumans origins run as back up stories for Thor #146 – #152. Note that only issue #146 features the Inhumans backup feature in Marvel Unlimited.
II) Marvel Knights Inhumans for the 2000’s
Inhumans #1 To #12 (1998 To 1999)
My favorite Inhumans story, and one of my favorite Marvel graphic novels. Collects the 12 issue miniseries from Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, launching out of the new Marvel Knights imprint in November 1998.
Inhumans #1 To #4 (2000)
Another Inhumans miniseries, this time from Carlos Pachecho, Rafael Marin, and Jose Ladronn. This was one of my least favorite reads on the list, but it does carry the distinction of moving the Inhuman’s royal city, Attilan, to an awesome new location.
Young Inhumans #1 To #12 (2003 – 2004)
Note that this enjoyable look at the young Inhumans is listed simply as “Inhumans (2003 – 2004)” in Marvel Unlimited. Deceptively relevant read for coming Inhumans continuity, and a quality read if you enjoyed the Jenkins and Lee Inhumans.
Inhumans 2099 One-Shot
You don’t need to read this persay, but a mildly bonkers 2099 version of Inhumans from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. It’s a relatively quick, fun/horrifying read if you have 10 minutes on Marvel Unlimited.
III) Inhumans and the Marvel Era of Events
Son Of M #1 To #6 (Dec 2005 – May 2006)
Son of M is both enormously relevant to Inhumans continuity, and entirely reliant on reading House of M (in fact, the Son of M trade is listed as a Decimation tie-in). While I certainly encourage you to read House of M, it otherwise has virtually no direct impact on the Inhumans.
Silent War #1 To #6 (Jan 2007 – June 2007)
A uniquely Inhumans focused event/miniseries. The continuity following the conclusion of this series will get very problematic. Just plow ahead, and I promise by Secret Invasion you’ll feel better.
World War Hulk #1 To #6
While this might seem like a Hulk story, it actually delivers major ramifications on the Inhumans, particularly Black Bolt. If you do dive into World War Hulk here, I have two recommendations. The first, is to check out my World War Hulk reading order. And the second is to consider reading both Planet Hulk, and the first issue of New Avengers: Illuminati (below) before WWH.
New Avengers: Illuminati #1 To #5
I highly enjoy all 5 issues, but you only need #1 and #5 if you want to fast track your way to Secret Invasion. That said, New Avengers: Illuminati #3 is very Black Bolt focused, and also provides some interesting continuity build for the upcoming Secret Wars.
IV) Inhumans… In Space! Cosmic Attilan
Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1 To #4
These four issues help right the ship for the Inhumans moving forward. If you want the full context of the event, you can dive into the Secret Invasion reading order.
Mighty Avengers #27
Some bonus, new Inhumans history to add to the mythology.
War Of Kings #1 To #6
Realm Of Kings: Inhumans #1 To #5
Black Bolt’s Inhuman cosmic reign continues with the Realm of Kings reading order.
Fantastic Four #577, Ff #5 To #11, Fantastic Four #600 To #603
As always, I’d recommend you read the entirity of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run for both 1) a great comics experience and 2) full understanding of the Inhumans stories within. Nonetheless, if you’re on a crunch, these issues will get you the most directly realted Inhumans pieces of the puzzle.
V) Infinity, Inhumanity, and All-New Inhuman
For the full context of this time period, I recommend Comic Book Herald’s complete Marvel NOW! reading order.
New Avengers #1 To #7
Hickman’s New Avengers establishes Black Bolt’s involvement in the larger Marvel Universe leading up to Infinity.
Infinity #1 To #6, New Avengers #8 To #12
Most notable issues for the Inhumans are Infinity #4 and New Avengers #12. For a full Infinity reading order.
Avengers Assemble 21.Inh-23.Inh, 24-25; Inhumanity 1-2; Uncanny X-Men 15.Inh; Indestructible Hulk 17.Inh-18.Inh, 19; New Avengers 13.Inh; Iron Man 20
You can find the proper Inhumanity reading order in the above Infinity guide.
Perhaps the greatest character creation of Marvel’s 2000’s, the all-new Ms. Marvel finds her origins in the wake of Inhumanity.
For the rest of Kamala Khan’s comics, I recommend Comic Book Herald’s complete Ms. Marvel reading order.
VI) All-New All-Different Inhumans
You can see how the Inhumans fit within the Marvel Universe of this time period with Comic Book Herald’s complete All-New All-Different reading order.
Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 1: Time Crush (Uncanny Inhumans #0 to #4)
All-New Inhumans Vol. 1: Global Outreach (All-New Inhumans #1 to #4)
Karnak Vol. 1: The Flaw in All Things (Karnak #1 to #6)
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 to #6)
Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 2: The Quiet Room (Uncanny Inhumans #5 to #10)
All-New Inhumans Vol. 2: Skyspears (All-New Inhumans #5 to #11)