Review: Infinity

Posted 15 June, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Infinity
By: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, Jason Latour, Nick Spencer (Written), Agustin Alessio (Art), Jim Cheung (Illustrator), Jerome Opeña (Illustrator), Dustin Weaver (Illustrator) , Mike Deodato Jr. (Art), Mike Deodato (Illustrator), Stefano Caselli (Illustrator), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator), Agustín Alessio (Illustrator), Adam Kubert (Cover)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

ollecting Infinity #1-6, New Avengers (2013) #7-12, Avengers (2012) #14-23 and Infinity: Against the Tide Infinite Comic #1-2.

Thanos makes his world-shattering return, and his armies fire the opening shots of a galactic war that will be fought both on Earth and in deep space – with our heroes caught between both battles! As the mad Titan’s secrets are revealed, the Inhumans’ city of Attilan falls, and the members of the Illuminati find themselves on the front line! And as every Origin Site on Earth goes active, the Builders enter the Marvel Universe. But can the Avengers return to Earth in time to save it, when betrayal in the Galactic Council has left them prisoners of war?

With Avengers: Infinity War in theatres, I wanted to read a few comics featuring Thanos. Last month I reviewed Jim Starlin’s The Infinity Gauntlet (review) and now here we are with a more recent approach to Thanos’ story and appearance in the Marvel universe. I picked up this volume because it featured Thanos’ Black Order and I wanted to see them in action in the comics. Admittedly it did take me a while to get through as it was a good 600 pages long but here we are 😛

Hmm, how to go about this comic? It was pretty expansive covering the universe, threats to Earth from how many dimensions, Thanos in the mix…It was so huge, it was hard to keep track at times. I like how the story was sort of going back and forth with the timelines, but at the same time it indeed made it difficult to keep track of. And it was a bit disappointing in a sense that the good first chunk of the comic was dealing with a wrap-up from a previous storyline and then the Builders wrecking havoc. Which, okay, it did bring a lot of far-flung characters into the fold working together, but on the other hand Thanos and the Black Order were on the periphery, popping in and out, until the last third of the book.

And when it finally focused on Thanos, well, things were really getting down and the Avengers were fighting on all fronts. The Black Order was interesting, though I wished some members had a bit more page time as I was curious about their abilities and their role in Thanos’ little group (scary as they are). Ebony Maw was particularly creepy as the guy just did whatever he wanted and even got by Doctor Strange.

As an aside, Ronan the Accuser is usually the bad guy, right? Or is he considered more of an antihero? Because the guy was giving some serious Judge Dredd vibes here, he had some pretty bad-ass moments here.

And Thor, of course 😀

Infinity overall was quite the Marvel event, bringing together all sorts of characters from different series and fronts, and having to fight on so many fronts. The Builders storyline was a bit ehhh to be honest as I wanted Thanos to just show up and really start posing a threat to the Avengers and how to fight him. Nonetheless it was a pretty good read.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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