Anyone who has been watching comicbook films over the years understands that many times the ideas for the films are pulled straight from the pages of different comic storylines. Sometimes they are direct adaptations, other times they’re used as a reference point and changed for the silver screen. Everything doesn’t always work when it comes to making a movie, and fans have accepted this practice as a reality.
Now, with comicbook films and television shows becoming so popular, the reverse is happening. The writers of the comics are now starting to take the changes that happen on screen and adapt them to the page.
Carl “Crusher” Creel AKA The Absorbing Man, is a longtime villain of Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Creel first appeared in Journey into Mystery #114 in March of 1965. Given his powers by Loki in an effort to defeat his brother Thor, The Absorbing Man has the ability to take on the form of anything he touches. Recently he has been seen on the live-action ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While he has always been known as a villain, he’s now playing the hero role, and Saladin Ahmed has written him into the new, 12-issue Black Bolt limited series as a good guy as well.
Black Bolt #12 wrapped up the prison storyline of the series, providing a reconciliation for Black Bolt and Medusa. During this time, Creel has been slowly turning from a villain to a hero, and after he sacrificed his life for his new friends, Black Bolt is able to convince Crusher’s wife Titania to help him fight both Lash and the evil Jailer.
It has made for quite the duo between Crusher and Black Bolt. We know from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Absorbing Man was under the spell of Hydra, which made him evil, but to get the full details of Black Bolt, go pick up the series and enjoy what’s in between the pages! Black Bolt #12 is available now from Marvel and comicbook retailers.