Review by Alexander Moser
Infinity ends this week in a typical Marvel fashion, leading us into further events, crossovers, and various spinoffs. Of course, those who are already into the “Inhumanity” storyline will be greatly interested in this book’s outcome, but overall Infinity succeeds as a comic book miniseries with some very impressive artwork.
After stopping the Builders from decimating the galaxy, the Avengers finally land on Earth to find it consumed by Thanos and his armada. They assemble into action, taking on the Mad Titan, who is merely amused at Earth’s attempt to hurt him. His strongest warriors cripple even Hulk and Hyperion. But when all hope seems lost, the newly awakened Thane, son of Thanos shows his true power, ending the battle once and for all.
The ending is abrupt, but Hickman and Cheung do it well. Hickman’s story is deep and motivational. His dialogue is affluent, yet charismatic. He captures the elements of epic grandeur in a comic book quite well. The plot may be lacking in some places, but as a giant fight scene, Infinity works quite well, provoking the reader into reading strongly into the details.
Cheung’s artwork is some of the best we’ve seen in a while. Every pose is iconic, and every panel flows right into the next. Cheung captures the best of heroes and the worst of villains in his facial expressions, and knows how to really express the action from panel to panel. Infinity is a bombastic explosion, and deserves to have the very best artists attached to it.
Unfortunately, Infinity has some downsides to it as well, mostly attending to my complaints with the series overall. Not only does the “Avengers World” plotline seem silly, it detracted a lot from the story. I’d rather see a story with Thanos on Earth, leaving a minor faction of heroes to deal with the problem be the main focus, but instead it fell to the side. When the Avengers finally do get there, they don’t do anything, and the battle is ended with a magical explosion. It’s a cheesy effect that doesn’t explain anything, and I don’t think it was the most satisfying ending ever, certainly not one to warrant $5.99.
If you go ga-ga for Hickman/Cheung, pick up this title. There’s good stuff here. But be warned: it’s not that great.
-Fight is fun to read
-Infinity wasn’t well-plotted at all, and this issue wasn’t either.