On an unnamed planet a genetically made “outrider” is sent by Korvus Glaive to find the “gauntlet of the tribute” for his master Thanos. The outrider takes off in his ship while Korvus breaks a planets spirit by killing their greatest warrior and collecting a “tribute” for his master.
On earth the Outrider’s ship arrives and cloaked and he searches out the Avengers (2013) team, the staff of Wolverine and the X-men and Shield’s minds for the “tribute” that the planet must pay or the world will destroyed.
Cover-Thanos the mad titan uses his head to smash the earth based heroes into many different pieces. Thanos’ smile and glowing luminescent blue pupil less eyes give this one a very foreboding feel.
One alternate cover is very reminiscent of a movie poster……….Loving it!
Art- Jim Cheung’s art and Justin Ponsor’s colors combine in a magnificent crescendo of divine visuals. I’ve always liked Jim’s art and this is some of his very best stuff!
Free- The best free comic I got from this year’s FCBD. Pick it up here.
Prelude- If this is a taste of things to come in the Jonothan Hickman penned Infinity sign he up captain! This is the first appearance of the Outrider and Korvus Glaive who I might add is one very scary dude.
Black Hero- Storm make a one panel cameo.
Brief- Sure it’s free but c’mon it ends before anything really happened. Mind you this is a complaint because I was enjoying the damn thing so much.
Overall this issue did wet my whistle for what’s to come from Hickman and Infinity. Great art, great covers and just enough of a taste to keep us wanting more, Infinity time baby!