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Nathan Summers

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Subj: Amazing Adventures #3-4
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 at 10:27:36 pm EDT (Viewed 117 times)

In Amazing Adventures #3 when the Inhumans come into conflict with Mandarin while he is seeking an artefact, the Eye of Yin, from an ancient civilisation that happens to be near The Great Refuge. Thoughts on who Jack intended this civilisation to have been? Given the Inhumans relocated from the island of Attilan to the Andes, and their Himalayan home being recently new, it would seem Jack didn’t intend it to be Attilanian.

Note too when the Inhumans descend into the Mandarin's diggings, Triton says "A temple… built by the Ancients!" I can't recall if Jack's earlier Inhumans stories referred to the Kree as "the Ancients"! I’m nevertheless not so sure they would be the intended group as the idol the Inhumans find (containing the Eye of Yin), certainly doesn’t seem to echo designs seen in Kree temples, etc. and in fact it would seem to echo the one we saw in Fantastic Four #38, from the Skrull galaxy. Does this mean the Skrulls had also built temples on Earth?

If it wasn’t Kree, how did Triton know about these "Ancients" to the extent he knew they were "…Masters of Trickery"? Does that mean he knew of the Skrulls, that the Inhumans did also, and that by "trickery" he is referring to their shape-shifting nature, etc.? If so, at what point did the Inhuman culture previously encounter the Skrulls?

In the next issue, #4, Medusa claims "the Ancients" to be "an ancient Land of Sorcerers, called Yin!" Where was this land? Was this in reference to the passive female principle of the universe from Chinese philosophy? If so, why dub them "Masters of Trickery"? Or was Jack referring to Onmyōdō (however that only arose in the 5th and 6th centuries, unless Jack was contending it derived from this ancient culture)? Black Bolt and Gorgon also pass a corridor with a more humanoid face sculpted into it, in this issue. Does it look like any of Jack’s other alien races?

Also worth noting is that the elder who facilitates Mandarin's access to the artefact is called by him "Ancient One". Is this meant to suggest he is a descendent of the "Land of Sorcerers"? What dimension did Mandarin send him to?

Jack really hit on a beautiful idea here, Mandarin as a villain posed against the Inhumans. I expect he intended this for his proposed Inhumans series.

Read more of my theorising here:)
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