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New Avengers (2013) #15 Review

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 Just who, or what is the Black Swan? Black Panther and the Illuminati make a shocking discovery about their mysterious ally! All this and…..everything dies! 

 

The Good

Cover-A painting-esque rendition showing Black Swan in the foreground while statues of the Illuminati surround her in the background.

Art- Simone Bianchi’s art is pitch perfect this issue with, I have no complaints. Complimenting the line work of Bianchi are some bold and dynamic colors courtesy of Adriano Dall’alpi. Good stuff!

Action- Not a whole lot but dismemberment and disintegration are used to break up the rather exposition heavy plot.

Reveal- Clearly we expected the Black Priests to be kill-able but the casual nature by which the Black Swans do it was rather anticlimactic. Nonetheless it was good to know they are not the threat they originally seemed to be.

Story- The Illuminati use their devices to check the background of their “ally” Black Swan. They discover she will betray them and has seemingly more power than they realize. Later they jail her once more hoping to prevent the dismal future they watched from ever happening.

Black Hero- Black Panther the King of the Dead/Most dangerous man alive is present and accounted for.

The Bad

The Reveal-So the big reveal is that the Black Swan is not an ally? Really? Did the readers or the Illuminati trust this chick when in her debut issue she betrays her allies and has them all slaughtered (See New Avengers (2013) #1 for details?

Fight- Am I the only one who would have loved to actually see the Illuminati vs. the Black Swan? No? I didn’t think so! I would have paid good money and enjoyed it allot more than I did this issue if I witnessed a good old fashioned knock down drag out fight.

Somber- It’s becoming a bit overbearing that everything is doom and gloom always with this title. You can only see so much dismemberment and death before it really loses its ‘sting’.

Exposition- At some point it just gets too much, this book is heavy on the exposition

 

 

The Ugly

New Avengers #15 was surprisingly average and dull. We have great art sure but the “big reveal” lacked any kind of punch. This issue gets a 2.5/5

stars- 2.5


New Avengers (2013) #12 Review

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INFINITY TIE-IN – “THE WORLD WE HAVE”

The House of Black Bolt crumbles.

New friends, new enemies.

The Good

Cover- Thanos, frozen in perpetual un-death bathed in orange hues on a plain white background.

Heartbreaking- This issue T’challa has to deal with the fallout from Infinity, his absence while the capitol was attacked and the defection of the Dora Milaje. Oh lord. My heart is heavy reading and reviewing this issue. T’challa, the deadliest man alive, king of the dead and leader of the new Illuminati has now paid the ultimate price for saving the world. He is a man without a home and without allies in that home. The Dora Milaje are loyal unto death to T’challa, a quick glance at Doomwar shows you just how deeply their loyalty runs. This issue they break away from their king, they oust him as an ally of Namor and allude to other secrets. His sister has no choice but to banish him from the capitol city. T’challa is now relegated to the Necropolis…the place Black Panther’s go to die.Newavengers2013#12 (6)

The Queen- Hickman’s depiction of Shuri hits all the right damn notes. She comes across as Regal, majestic and most of all commanding. She is what Wakanda needs on the throne right now and despite her brothers betrayal she does not try to exile him from Wakanda instead she simply forbids his entry into the city. Hopefully Hickman is aware of the bond between these siblings. Leading up to Doomwar together they forced Doom and his allies to expose themselves so they could deal with them accordingly. Shuriknows whatever it is that may have prevented T’challa from entering the fray is secret enough for him to not share in front of the Hatut Zeraze or the Dora Milaje but she trusts him nonetheless.

Wakanda- While some will lament Wakanda was once again attacked, Infinity showed something else. Wakanda is still standing! The Inhuman city of Atitlan has been destroyed, Atlantis home of Namor has also been destroyed but the great and proud Wakanda still stands, sure it needs to be rebuilt but it’s still here. Still a shining radiant city that has never been conquered! Hickman and me….what a bromance!

Hatut Zeraze- I’m not shocked one of Hunter’s men would be the first to accuse T’challa of lying. He did exile the lot of them back in the day.Newavengers2013#12 (5)

Dr. Strange- Stephen is shaken by the events of Infinity and being used by Ebony Maw. He decides to use a forbidden book of magic in hopes of serving some purpose in the coming battles. This makes perfect sense since he spent Infinity as a pawn and caused the events of the Mighty Avengers 1-3 to occur. As powerful as he is, he became the biggest liability of the Illuminati.

Black Bolt- The Inhuman king has lost the lions share of his abilities during the detonation of the Terrigen bomb. His brother suggests they keep it a secret but in light of Inhumanity and what Karnac said….this may have been Maximus’s plan all along. Create a monstrous kingdom and weaken the king in hopes of taking the throne. Dangerous bedfellows indeed!

Revelations- Black Swan this issue explains that the Infinity event was paltry compared to what is coming. She reveals that the builders while powerful were not the most powerful beings out there. The Ivory kings, the mapmakers etc, threats that dwarf the builders. She tells the Illuminati to prepare themselves because everything will die.  This was a spine tingling exchange that ties into Hickman’s earlier issues on both Avengers 2013 and New Avengers 2013. Check those early issues and you start to see the jigsaw puzzle coming into view.

Art- As always with this title, it was simply divine.

The Bad

No complaints

The Ugly

Infinity is done but this issue gives us the first taste of what comes next……EVERYTHING DIES! 5/5

stars- 5 excellent


New Avengers (2013) #11 Review

New Avengers (2013) #11 Review

New Avengers (2013) #11 Review

INFINITY TIE-IN – “BUILDING WORLDS”

The Illuminati travel to another Earth during an incursion.

Thanos in Necropolis.

The Builders on Earth.

 

The Good

Cover- Hue is green this month as the Infinity books continue to ramp things up!  A planet is almost crashing into our six heroes clearly in an incursion event. I like it!

Action- Glorious battle between Proxima Midnight and Shuri was just what I’ve been waiting for. I wish it was longer, surely but it was deeply satisfying. Every time Proxima took aim with her spear my heart raced.. Wakanda and especially Black Panther fans can’t deal with any major loss after Doomwar, death of S’yan, AVX, the annulment of Storm and T’challa’s marriage etc. Hickman you cur! Like the Black eyed Peas would say “don’t phunk with my heart”.  

Story- Maximus and Lockjaw watch as the Inhuman floating city is destroyed, detonating the terrigen bomb. Elsewhere the illuminati witness another incursion event and came face to face with other world builders. Shuri and the Hatut Zeraze are forced to retreat before Proxima Midnight. Proxima has the alien forces head to the Necropolis where they hope to find the Infinity gem. At the location they discover the antimatter bombs and the Illuminati prisoners. In the Incursion world the builders free Dr. Strange of the mind control. The builders’ then state what was already obvious to save existence all earths across the multiverse should be destroyed.

Art- Mike Deodato’s art is still detailed and top notch.

Black Heroes- Black Panther/Tchalla is here front and center with the illuminati. Shuri/Black Panther also shows up to defend Wakanda from the invading alien forces alongside the Hatut Zeraze.

 

 

The Bad

I honestly think it’s time for the other shoe to drop. What is Thanos grand plan outside of finding and killing his son? Why search for the infinity gem? We’re past the half way mark and I’m still waiting for the next big reveal to carry us into the conclusion or into the next phase of things.

 

 

The Ugly

Infinity continues to be well written, well drawn and all around fun. Some may be shocked by the ending and the “amazing idea” presented there but if you’ve been reading New Avengers 2013 and Avengers 2013 it’s neither new nor amazing. This issue was still pretty strong but not for the reasons most reviewers think 4/5

stars- 4


Infinity #4 Review

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Negotiating the fall of worlds.

The Illuminati versus Thanos.

Thor, God of War.

Before reading this review catch up on Infinity here!

Infinity #1 

Avengers (2013) #18

New Avengers (2013) #9

Infinity #2 Review

Avengers (2013) #19

New Avengers (2013) #10

Infinity #3

New Avengers (2013) #11

Avengers (2013) #20


The Good

Cover- Green is Infinity’s color this month and it does look super cool on the stands! Thor, hammer held high with lightning swirling around him is the order of the day.

Tragedy-Thane undergoes Terrigenisis and kills everyone he has ever known. This former healer and son of Thanos is shaping up to be quite the dysfunctional hero/anti hero/villain. One god knows what happened to his mother, his father wants him dead and he’s now lost everyone he’s ever known? Yikes!

Action- Infinity has some mighty fine action scenes and this issue Thanos and Black Bolt throw down in the ruins of the Inhuman city to great effect. Every blow had weight; Thanos’s rage was palpable as was Black Bolts determination. INFINITY2013#04 (3)

Art-two distinctive styles one for earth, one for space, both perfectly fitting.

Inhumans- Hickman has managed to renew my interest in the inhumans in a big way.  While War of kings was intriguing because of Crystal’s marriage to Ronan and their taking over of the Kree and defeating the shiar empire. Hickman has grounded the race on Earth and managed to add so much depth and history in the Infinity line of books that I’m dying to see, hear and learn more.

Story- Captain America rallies the Galactic council while the builder on Hala makes plans to broadcast their surrender throughout the galaxy. On earth in the hidden city of Orollan five disparate being undergo terrigenisis with a small fragment of the terrigen crystals. In New York at the site of the terrigen bomb and the destruction of the inhuman city those with Inhuman genes start undergoing terrigenisis immediately.  In the ruins of the inhuman city Black Bolt and Thanos survive and start a fight. Black Bolt battles valiantly but Thanos defeats him. In Orollan the terrigen mists hit the city and activates the latent powers of Thane which kills everyone in the city. In space Thor is sent to negotiate the surrender of the council. Thor of course kills the builder, brings the kree back to the council and thanks to the builders broadcasting what took place everywhere guarantees that their army will grow.

Cool- By now everyone has heard or at least seen Thor toss his hammer in a sun, retrieve it and then kill the Builder. This is one of those comic book moments where the art and story blend so seamlessly and create the one perfect moment that readers will be talking about for the next decade.    


 

The Bad

No complaints

 

The Ugly

Infinity #4 is emotional, action packed, top notch event book. It has a certain pick up and read it charm but has so much depth if you’ve been reading Hickman’s New Avengers (2013) and Avengers (2013). . Not reading Infinity? Shame on you!

stars- 5 excellent


Avengers (2013) #20 Review

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INFINITY TIE-IN – “AVENGERS UNIVERSE: III”

Unexpected overtures from the Builders.

A meeting of Ex Nihilos.

Total, unconditional surrender.

 

 

The Good

Cover- Bathed in yellow light this month we have the other Ex Nihilo stepping from the shadows. It’s pretty damn awesome looking and stands out on the stands big time!

Interior art-Leinil Yu continues to provide top notch art from beginning to end. No complaints from me.

War-This issue the council realize they may still not be able to win the war despite turning the tide last issue. They send word to the planet Hala which houses the only builder who has not fled. Captain America laments that must surrender before things get worse.

Abyss and Ex Nihilo/a- Now this is an unexpected turn in the war. All the golden beings similar to Ex Nihilo have been used as foot soldiers in this war by the builders. They have also just realized that they may have been lied to since an “Abyss” still exists. They rally as a third power in this war who will no doubt go after their creators for this betrayal.

Black Heroes- Nightmask, Sunspot are back in the saddle after being captured in the early part of the war, now hopefully they get some time to shine!

 

The Bad

Like just about every issue of Infinity this one is full to the brim with plot and story developments that come in such rapid succession you can’t help but feel either overwhelmed or lost. This is not the most accessible series for new readers since so much is related to Hickman’s New Avengers (2013) and Avengers (2013).

 

The Ugly

Hickman continues to wow me with every new issue and my man crush for him is approaching Grant Morisson and Joss Whedon levels. I’m in love with Infinity and everything it encompasses. The scope is epic, the story has so many layers and these tie in books contain great clarity and fits seamlessly in the overall narrative. 4.5/5

stars- 4.5


Infinity #3 Review

Imfinity #3  (1)Prison break.

Stealing a worldkiller.

The fall of Attilan.

 

The Good

Art-The space bits were the best illustrated, the other section were not terrible but were not of the same quality.

Cover- This month’s Infinity book follows the trend of an all black background but switches it up will yellow illumination. We have the InHuman king Black Bolt mouth wide open screaming and the Inhuman floating city broken in two. The sheer simplicity of these Infinity covers have me falling in love every month.Imfinity #3  (12)

War- Picking up where Infinity #2 ended this issue has the Behemoth planet destroyed by the Builders. The Kree and other races then surrender to them so their planets will be saved similar fates. As the Builders settle on Hala the Kree home world Captain America rallies the remnants of their army and springs a surprise attack which seemingly turns the tide. They also manage to rescue the captured Avengers squad.  On earth the Mighty Avengers battle Proxima Midnight (See Mighty Avengers #1 and Mighty Avengers #2)

The King- Black Bolt, what to say about the Inhuman king? He’s in typical recent characterization where his only concern is his people and it doesn’t matter who or what must be sacrificed as long as they are safe. It was also pretty damn epic how Black Bolt faced Thanos and scattered his people across earth for their own good.

Action- Epic spine tingling action in this one from start to the big banging finish!Imfinity #3  (15)

Inhumanity- I’m going out on a limb here and assuming the Terrigen bomb that Black Bolt commissioned from Maximus which was to be used against the shiar during war of kings has been modified to go off within earths atmosphere to activate all latent inhumans. This will add another layer to the superhuman dynamic of the marvel universe in light of the upswing in mutant births after Avengers Vs X-men. The MU is about to get mighty crowded!

First Victory- On the far side of the galaxy Captain America rallies the remnants of their almost defeated resistance and manages to give them their first real taste of victory since the war began. Cap managed to

Black Heroes- Eden Fesi again is central to rescuing those captured and Night Mask and Sunspot also get cameos.

The Bad

 A few nitpicks.
Firstly when we first saw the seeders in the form of Aleph in Avengers (2013) #1 they were able to singly dispatch a squad of Avengers. These on the front lines of battle have become the equivalent of the power rangers putty. They are easily killed and dispatched. Mind you this dramatic drop in power was used by Joss Whedon in his last televised season of Buffy. The first ancient Vampire could easily defeat her but when she faced an army with apprentice slayers everyone was able to kill multiple.

The Ugly

Marvel’s Infinity is breathtaking, exciting, edge of your seat action sure to please comic veterans and neophytes alike. 5/5


Infinity #2 Review

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The Inhumans pay the tribute.

Victory in deep space.

The secrets of Thanos.

 

The Good

Cover- This month’s cover has a red hue bathing everything, war rages on around him but Captain America leaps head first into the fray.

Interior art- Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver are both on this issue but it does not detract at all. The facial and emotional portrayal of the characters are all spot on.

Epic Scale- One thing that this event has going for it is it’s unification of the entire mainstream marvel universe. Stuff is happening on Earth on multiple fronts and on the other side of the galaxy again on multiple fronts.

Inhumans- The illustration of the Inhumans as regal was spot on, though I still can’t tell how or why they left the Kree after the War of Kings event but I’m loving them right now!

Respect- It’s a nice feeling to see Wakanda actually on the winning side nowadays after Doomwar and AVX.

Illuminati- I really enjoyed Hickman’s use of his illuminati in critical roles throughout earths conflict with Thanos invading forces. Black Panther and Wakanda managed to repel the invaders; Dr. Strange fell to Ebony Maw while Iron Man and Reed Richards try to hold New York City. Black Bolt meanwhile and his Inhumans are given the same proposals as the race from the FCB day issue. Kill all your young between a certain ages. At the time the tribute was very vague but this issue sheds new light on earlier events involving Thanos and his “tribute”.

Revelation- So Thanos has come to Earth to find and kill his son to appease lady death. This ties in to the continuity of the Thanos Rising storyline.

 

 

The Bad

Too big- Jumping all across the galaxy may be too much for some as the scope and constant jumping from point to point will def put some off.

 

The Ugly

Overall this issue was very good with nice art, an epic scale and a revelation that ties into current continuity and opens this story up in a major way. 4/5

stars- 4


New Avengers (2013) #9 Review

 

newavengers2013#9 cover“CULL OBSIDIAN”

The Illuminati on the front line as the Earth is invaded.

The House of Black Bolt cracks.

Earth falls.

The Good

Cover- Thanos and his generals bathed in blue light on a black background. It’s quite foreboding and quite fitting while being evocative of Infinity #1.

Art-Mike Deodato as always delivers with his art. Strong dark lines, dominant shadows

Action- plenty of explosions and a brief fisticuff in Wakanda should wet the appetite for what will undoubtedly come next. Let’s also make note of Corvus kicking Wolverine’s ass, that’s always good for a chuckle.newavengers2013#9 01

Mystery- What the hell does Black Bolt have brewing with his brother? The last time he commissioned anything it turned out to be a Terrigen bomb which was supposed to mutate the Shiar Empire into Inhumans. I don’t know about anyone else but Black Bolt has been wonky in the head and very extreme when he knocks heads with his brother. Equally as curious is Ebony Maw and both his abilities and motivation, is he truly the weakest of the generals, what are his powers and is he truly loyal to Thanos or just to himself?

Respect- Wakanda successfully fends off Black Dwarf and his small army in this issue. It warmed my heart to see them actually victorious for a change.

Black Heroes-Storm made an appearance briefly, Shuri and T’challa kicked ass in Wakanda and the Dora Milaje also make an appearance.

Things to come- Am I the only one whose spine is tingling at the thought of Thanos throwing down with Black Bolt? Oooh lordy! EVERYBODY HAVE TIME FOR THAT!

newavengers2013#9 02Escalations- Last issue T’challa’s sister Shuri after refusing an offer of peace with Atlantis and literally decimated the nation by using the once defunct Hatut Zeraze founder by her father T’chaka and once lead by her adopted brother Hunter.  Now Namor grief stricken and realizing he possibly can’t win the war against Wakanda and Thanos’s new invaders lead by Proxima Midnight. Namor unlike Shuri bends the knee to a superior adversary in hopes of saving his people and also turns the invaders on those he wants revenge, the Black Panthers and Wakanda. This move is powerful in many ways. For one we can contrast Namor’s leadership style as a veteran to that of T’challa. Both saw the merit of peace between the nations to save their people. Shuri, brash and young had a point to prove and may have paved the way for more bloodshed by her people. The other interesting thing is I think Namor and Shuri if they ever did sit down together instead of fight (As they did in Black Panther [2009] #11) they would discover a startling mutuality.

Emotional- The other part of Namor’s panels that really struck a chord with me was purely emotional. By the time I realized what he was about to say I could reach in and grab him by the throat and kill him. All I could think of was Namor’s friendship with T’chaka, his onetime friendship with T’challa, how he betrayed T’challa to Dr. Doom (Black Panther [2009] #1 & Black Panther [2009] #2)  and set in motion the events which lead to Doomwar, then his recent destruction of Wakanda’s capital. Namor should evoke a raging inferno of emotion from continuity buffs and Black Panther purists. Watching this friendship disintegrate has been very entertaining but also very painful when you realize that Namor was once an ally of Wakanda dating back two generations.

Earth Vulnerable- With Captain America and his Avengers (2013) team off in space fending off

The Bad

Fight- I would have paid good money to see the intricate details of the fight between Black Panther/T’challa and Black Dwarf in Wakanda. I’m disappointed that a book in which T’challa is one of the stars wasted time showing what was taking place at the Jean Frey School and Wolverine being creamed (despite enjoying it). New Avengers (2013) readers are only concerned with the illuminati and their place in the war honestly.

The Ugly

Great art, great cover, top notch action and emotional to boot: Jonathan Hickman delivers….big time! 5/5

stars- 5 excellent


Avengers (2013) #18 Review

Avengers2013#18 1 (4)“AVENGERS UNIVERSE”

Deep in space, the Avengers join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders.

The rebirth of the Skrull Empire.

The first encounter with the Builders.

The Good

Art- Leinil Francis Yu does stellar work this issue. Everything is super detailed and the action is illustrated well.

Alliance-So we get a really neat near past flashback of the remnants of the Skrull Empire and how they have united under one warlord to join with the rest of the universe to battle the builders was executed well. Seeing Gladiator lead the shiar tied back into the War of Kings storyline of yesterday. Seeing the Kree and the supreme intelligence was also a neat kick.  The Annihilation wave and even the brood are also thrown in for good measure tying in both avengers and X-men bran galaxy types in one neat bow.

The Knight- Eden Fesi is the single most important person on the AVENGERS (2013) team. His teleportation abilities have saved this team’s lives and time so often he’s really the only real critical piece of on the chess board. It’s interesting to realize that if the enemy neutralizes him it would be so much easier to take down this Avengers team.

Action- This is war and man does the art give us just that! Strong lines, incredible inks, explosions, cloaking, de-cloaking, yes yes YES! I like it!

Continuity- I loved the small exchange between Spider-woman who was captured and impersonated by the Skrull leading up to Secret Invasion and Black Widow. This small nod to past events really worked for me and enhanced the story.

Cover- This one has a foreboding and epic feel to it with the three Skrull generals decked out in armor bathed in blue light. I like it!

Black Heroes- So Sunspot and Nightmask are on the second quincruiser which is now spiraling into a black Hole. Manifold is on the other Quincruiser and Falcon…was flying around in space. Yeah the whole crew was here minus Captain Universe.

The Bad

Continuity-There was no mention of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel’s past with the brood. Even more than Spider-woman’s past with the skrulls this is central to her past. Without the torture and capture by them she would never have become binary

Another small nitpick for me, were the shiar not defeated in war of kings by the Inhuman’s and Kree thus making them a nation within the Skrull Empire? I can’t remember nor is it stated in the issue what the relation between both are now that the inhumans are back on earth.

The Ugly

Avengers (2013) #18 is sci fi meets comics on an epic almost mind blowing scale! Sure it lacks some of the sheer shock value of say Avengers vs X-men but it’s a damn near perfect issue. 4/5

stars- 4


Infinity #1 Review

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The oversized kickoff to the year’s most anticipate Blockbuster summer event, chaning the way you view the Marvel Universe!

The outbreak of war on two fronts: Earth and Space, with our heroes torn between them.

The world-shattering return of Thanos!

Includes material from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: INFINITY

 

The Good

Cover- The standard cover has Thanos bathed in blue light while he stands in pitch darkness. The blue hues are very bright and dynamic making this cover easily stand out on the stands.

Art- Jim Cheung does a bang up job on this opening arc, I’m very satisfied!

Threat- So the builders are not dead as previously thought (or that’s what I thought in Avengers (2013)’s opening arc [See Avengers #1, Avengers #2 and Avengers #3 for details] they are continuing their work by destroying planets they deem unworthy. Now this issue they destroy a whole planet very casually and if we remember the opening arc, the entire Avengers team could not defeat Aleph (one of their robots) and these guys have a whole armada of said robots. If these guys reach Earth our heroes are screwed! Infinity#1 (2)

It Begins- Ever since Avengers (2013) #1 and New Avengers (2013) #1 I’ve been eagerly anticipating Hickman’s event and to finally have it in my hands fills me with all kinds of excitement

Black Heroes- The books opens with a flashback to New Avengers (2013) #6 when Black Panther and his Illuminati destroyed another planet to save our own. On the cast page we have Captain Universe who now lays comatose after surviving the destruction of a planet, Falcon, Eden Fesi, Nightmask and Sunspot.

The Attack- Now when I initially heard of the invasion of Earth I was left wondering who in their right mind would even think of attacking the mainstream Marvel Universe when they have defeated Galactus, thwarted alien invasions by the kree, Skrull and Brood, survived the Phoenix etc. It’s suicide to attack this planet, it never ends well, heck I would be terrified to even meet a human from said planet. Corvus Glaive paints the picture for us of why this is the time to invade and Hickman uses the army to voice my concerns and those of countless others by having him reason that Schism among the mutants, discord among the Inhumans and the Avengers heaviest hitters leaving the planet; this leaves the planet, at least from the outside prime for an invasion of some kind, all it’s defenders are either divided or not present. Infinity#1 (4)

Comixology-   The beauty of modern technology, if you want to check out this issue buy it here

Mystery- What is Thanos searching for on Earth?

Two edged sword- The Avengers have been instrumental in just about every one of Marvel’s big events since Civil War so they have this reputation that makes them intimidating on many levels.

Digital Content- There is a Silver Surfer tale tacked onto the Digital version that shows what’s happening to the people/individuals on the planets set upon by the builders and their machines. It’s written by Jason Latour and illustrated by Agustin Alessio. This makes the almost perfect Infinity #1 perfect! It really could not have unfolded in this manner in a physical comic and gives credence to  Digital only content o at least putting extra effort into the presentation of Digital content. The war and the absolute reality of the panic, the madness and the fear of what’s going really reaches new heights int his tale. Silver Surfer’s action scenes are just epic from start to finish as is his reaction to the Skrulls seeing him initially as a threat instead of a savior. Kudos all around this was tight!

The Bad

Reprint- Not a fault of the book itself really but the first fifteen pages where reprints/flashbacks that we have seen in other books so far. It didn’t hurt the story but I skipped them since I know them inside out already, I think most already following this crossover will do the same.

Enjoyable- I was disappointed when the issue came to an end…..but that may be because I was enjoying it so damn much! Around 54 pages of story and it flew by quicker than I would have liked. Infinity#1 (3)

New Readers- So new folks can pick up this issue but there is no way for them to understand or really follow the gravity of the situation unless they have been reading Hickman’s Avengers line and have intimate knowledge of X-men’s Schism etc. A few text boxes may have helped in that regard or include a  back up feature to detail what some things are would have really helped to explain to new readers just what the hell is going on.

Event- No matter how grand a scheme Hickman and Jim Cheung present this is just another Marvel event and another will follow just like last year we were having Avengers vs. X-men fever.

The Ugly

Overall I found Infinity #1 is a very enjoyable read with great interior and cover art. It managed to introduce us to the two pronged threat approaching Earth and the assortment of villains. It’s all just set up so it’s not the most perfect of issues but it prepares us for what comes next. Luckily if you have the digital version with the Silver Surfer backup tale then it becomes perfect. So for the Physical copy I give this one 4/5 For the Dgital though with the added bells and whistles it’s a 5/5

stars- 5 excellent


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