This goes all the way back to FF. I imagine it was just a stylistic decision
to convey the concept that he is unable to communicate verbally. Since the
other characters need Medusa to translate his feelings, we need her too.
He sports a single thought balloon way back in the first installment of
the Inhumans series in AMAZING ADVENTURES, written and drawn by Kirby
-- but that balloon always looked to me like an editorial addition. (I
stress that's just a guess, tho.)
Also, there's MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE annual where he does the logical and
writes a message to the Thing -- who can't read it, since its in
another alphabet, even though the Inhumans apparently (can) speak
English. (I just tell 'em like I read 'em, folks.)
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> I know why Black Bolt doesn't speak. But what prevents him from having
> thought balloons? His thoughts & feelings are always done by
> Danny Quizon
Consider it one of this unique occasion where the editorial line is
Black Bolt can't communicate.
(PS : I know enought "challenged people" to know that this is stupid. Sign
Language. Vocal Synthetiser. Writing. Morse..... )
Ho well.. The InHumans are another culture enterely.
Maybe they have some taboo against "artificial help", considering the
variety of they biological talents.
So maybe even the idea of "Writing in a foreigner language", or "Using
other media than voice to speak" is as anathema to them as xeno-graft of a
pig's heart is to a jewish or muslim....
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The power of Black Bolt as a character derives largely from his
inability to communicate with the other characters, or with the
audience, except through Medusa's interpretation (and the narrator
is an extension of that filtered communication idea). The main
impact of this inability to communicate is that the audience is
generally left wondering "What the hell is this guy thinking?" If
you actually answer that, the mute thing becomes little more than a
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He has. Medusa speaks it too, and presumably a few other Inhumans
do as well. He doesn't speak American Sign Language for the
entirely good reason that he isn't American, doesn't live there,
and rarely has to communicate with anybody who would speak it.
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Presumably, this is also why DC's Jericho (RIP) didn't
have thought balloons either.
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> Presumably, this is also why DC's Jericho (RIP) didn't
> have thought balloons either.
Well WCW's Chris Jericho isn't similarly afflicted :-)