Real Name: Maximus Boltagon
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Maximus has the previously oppressed power of limited mind control.
Maximus was briefly the leader of the Inhumans while his brother, Black Bolt, went into exile, daring not to use his dangerous voice. Maximus believed that the Inhumans were the greater form of life on Earth and he set out to rule them and to destroy humankind to retake the planet. As their leader, he sent his fellow Inhuman Gorgon after Medusa, who was suffering with amnesia and working with the Frightful Four. She ran from Gorgon, but was soon captured when he and the rest of her Inhuman family caught up with her. Together, they returned to Attilan and faced the crowned Maximus.
He announced to his brother that he was the new ruler and that he would marry Medusa, which was the reason he sent Gorgon after her. But Black Bolt struck out and took his crown back, by force, making him the leader of the Inhumans again. Maximus began to fawn over him, explaining that he only kept the crown and Attilan safe for Black Bolt’s return. This fooled no one and Maximus was soon forced to reveal his captive, Triton, who had been brought to him by the Seeker. Then, while the rest of the Inhumans confronted the Fantastic Four - who had followed the Seeker back to the Great Refuge - Maximus announced that he would set off his hidden atmo-gun that would create vibrations in the Earth’s atmosphere to kill off only the humans.
Maximus fired his weapon, and in disgust his brother dealt him a blow that knocked him off his feet. But soon, his weapon’s ineffectualness proved that humans and Inhumans were originally of the same species. When Medusa explained this to him, he went insane and reversed the power of his atmo-gun, creating a Negative Zone around Attilan, trapping the Inhumans within it for some time while the Fantastic Four escaped. Maximus became lost in his madness, babbling about becoming King one day and creating strange inventions. One of which was a very helpful device that allowed his cousin Triton to breathe air like any other Inhuman. But though he continued to taunt his fellow Inhumans, saying that only he knew how to break the barrier around Attilan, Black Bolt soon revealed the secret that only Maximus and Medusa knew: that he remained silent because the merest whisper from his lips would cause immense destruction. He announced this by destroying the barrier around the city, freeing the Inhumans to once again walk the human world. Then their Council of Elders announced that they wished the royal family to split up and explore the human world, which Black Bolt agreed to, and they sped off. Maximus was left in the city, rambling that he now had his chance to reclaim the crone and rule the Inhumans.
He later recovered enough of his sanity to use his scientific genius to capture the Inhuman royal family and retake the Inhuman crown. Maximus also used Lockjaw, along with the Alpha Primitives, to capture Crystal - who had become a member of the Fantastic Four - and brought her back to Attilan. He then sent the primitive, android Zorr, created to destroy the Fantastic Four, against them. But Black Bolt soon used his powerful voice to free the royal family, and Crystal destroyed Maximus' massive hypno-ray, which he had intended to use against all of mankind. Maximus quickly escaped in a hidden rocket with a collection of Inhumans loyal to him.
Full name mentioned in Dark Reign Files.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #45
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Amazing Adventures (1970)
#1 Black Panther (1998)
- 'Beware ... The Inhumans! / The Sting of the Black Widow!'#2#5
- 'If Black Bolt Speaks, A City Dies!'#6
- 'Hell on Earth'
#36 Dark Reign Files (2009)
- '100 Page Monster Issue Celebrating T'Challa's 35th Anniversary!'
Die Fantastischen Vier (1999)
#10 Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Album (1979)
- 'Narren & Propheten'
#7 Die Spinne (1974)
- 'Die Bedrohte Braut!'
#136 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Schüsse im Central Park!'
#47 Fantastic Four (1968)
- 'Beware the Hidden Land!'#48
- 'The Coming of Galactus!'#52
- 'The Black Panther!'#54
- 'Whosoever Finds the Evil Eye--!'#56
- 'Klaw The Murderous Master Of Sound!'#57
- 'Enter... Dr. Doom!'#59
- 'The Mark of -- The Madman!'#83
- 'Shall Man Survive?'#131
- 'Revolt in Paradise!'#132
- 'Omega! The Ultimate Enemy!'#150
- 'Ultron-7: He'll Rule the World!'#158
- 'Invasion From the 5th (Count It, 5th!) Dimension'#401
- 'At the Mercy of Maximus'#577
- 'Universal Inhumans'#601
- 'Forever, Part 2'#602
- 'Forever, Part 3'#603
- 'Forever, Part 4'
#3 Fantastic Four (1998)
- '«La marque du...fou furieux!»'#4
- 'L`homme va-t-il survivre?'#20
- 'Revolte au paradis'#21
- 'Omega! L`ultime assassin!'#39
- 'Ultron-7: Va regir le monde!'#47
- 'Invasion de la 5e dimension!'
#42 Fantastic Four (Faksimile) (1999)
- 'A Clear & Present Danger'#43
- 'And the Walls Came Tumbling Down'#44
Fantastic Four Adventures (2005)
#53 Fantastic Four Adventures (2010)
- 'Meet the New Fantastic Four!'
#5 Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993)
- 'A Skrull Walks Among Us!'
Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising (1995)
Fantastic Four: Fireworks (1999)
#1 FF (2011)
#5 FF (2013)
- '...The Sound of War'#6
- 'Two Kings'#7
- 'The Supremor Seed'#9
- 'Burn It Down'
#10 Guardians of the Galaxy (2008)
- 'Paint It Black'#11
- 'The Possible Boy'#12
- 'Mind Mischief'#13
- 'Moloid See, Moloid Do'#15
- 'Operation: Latveria'
#1#2 Inhumanity (2014)
- 'Kingdoms Fall'#5
- 'The Left Hand of Death'#6
#1 Inhumans (1998)
- 'Spawn of Alien Heat'#4
- 'The Doom Called Shatterstar!'#5
- 'Voices From a Galaxy's End'#6
- 'A King of Ruins'#9
- 'The Inhumans!'
#1 Inhumans (2000)
- 'Sonic Youth'#2
- 'Ghost in the Machine'#4
- 'Chinese Whispers'#5
- 'First Contact'#6
- 'Welcome to the Jungle'#7
- 'Coming Apart At the Seams...(Everything Happens at Once)'#8
- 'A Window to the Soul'#11
- 'Plan 'A''#12
- 'Plan 'B''
#1 Inhumans (2003)
- 'The Stars Our Destiny'#2
- 'Sons of Hala and Rhiannon'#3
- 'The Darkest Hour'
Inhumans [GER] (2000)
Inhumans Special (1990)
#1 L'incroyable Hulk (1968)
- 'Remembrances of Revolutions Past'
#9 Marvel (1988)
- 'A la merci de...Maximus le fou furieux!'
Marvel Comic-Stars (1981)
#1 Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988)
- 'Im Land der Unmenschen'#22
- 'Die Rächer - Aufstand auf dem Mond'
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four (2003)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
#15 Marvel Tales (1964)
- 'Let the Silence Shatter!'
#125 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- 'Jackal, Jackal... Who's Got the Jackal'
#11 Marvel's Greatest Comics (1969)
- 'The Doomsday Gambit!'
#34#41 Marvel's Greatest Comics: Fantastic Four (2006)
- 'Whosoever Finds the Evil Eye--!'#43
- 'Klaw The Murderous Master of Sound!'#64
- 'The Mark of--The Madman!'#65
- 'Shall Man Survive?'
N/A New Avengers (2013)
- 'The Black Panther!'
#7 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
- 'What Maximus Made'#9
- 'The Cull Obsidian'#10
- 'The Thanos Seed'#11
#4 Realm of Kings: Inhumans (2010)
- 'The Inhuman Race'#5
- 'Mad City'#6
- 'Mists and Tempests'#10
- 'Blue Moon'
#1 Sarjakuvalehti (1985)
- 'Duty Calls'#2
- 'High and Mighty'#3
- 'Weapons of Mass Distraction'#4
- 'Devices & Desires'#5
Secret Invasion: Inhumans (2008)
#1 Secret Invasion: War of Kings (2009)
- 'Family: Chapter 1'#2
- 'Family: Chapter 2'#3
- 'Family: Chapter 3'#4
- 'Family: Chapter 4'
Silent War (2007)
#2 Silver Surfer (1968)
- 'Act Two: The Child'#3
- 'Act 3: The Mother'#4
- 'Act 4: The Lover'#5
- 'Act Five: The Hero'#6
- 'Act Six: The Madman'
#18 Strange Tales (2009)
- 'To Smash the Inhumans!'
Thanos Sourcebook (2010)
The Avengers (1963)
Annual 12 The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
- 'Something Inhuman This Way Comes..!'#127
- 'Bride and Doom!'
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
Special 01 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'A Refuge Divided!'#119
- 'At the Mercy of-- Maximus the Mad!'#120
- 'On the Side of... ...the Evil Inhumans!'
HC The Mighty World Of Marvel (2009)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#14 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Mighty Avengers And The Inhumans!'#16
- 'Will Quicksilver Learn The Truth About The Scarlet Witch?'#18
- 'Black Bolt versus Vulcan... to the Death!'
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'H-J: From Hangman to Juggernaut'#5 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'H-J: From Hangman to Juggernaut'#7
- 'M: From Mandarin to Mystique'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Thanos Imperative (2010)
#149 Ultimate Fantastic Four (2004)
- 'When Falls a Hero!'
War of Kings (2009)
#1 War of Kings Saga (2009)
- 'Every Last One of Them'#3
- 'The Head That Wears The Crown'#5
- 'In Rage and Blood and Fire'#6
- 'Power Levels Rising. Twenty-Three Percent. Twenty-Five Percent...'
War of Kings: Who Will Rule? (2009)
Women of Marvel (2011)
#1 Women of Marvel Digital (2010)
- 'Women of Marvel - #1'
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