The GeeksverseInfestation #1

Infestation #1
Published on Thursday, January 27, 2011 by

Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciled by: David Messina Prologue: Elena Casagrande
Inked by: Gaetano Carlucci
Colored by: ScarletGothica
Lettered by: Robbie Robbins
Cover Art: A- Gabriel Rodriguez; B- John K. Snyder III; C- Ashley Wood
Associate Editor: Bobby Curnow
Editor: Chris Ryall & Tom Waltz

When Infestation was first announced, I didn’t meet it with the skepticism that alot of the fan community did. I figured it wouldn’t be a direct cross-over between the four liscensed titles but would instead be four fairly standalone books but with a linked conflict. Basically how each title deals with the same threat.

What I didn’t expect was the masterful way they brought it all together and tied in a couple of other series.

They cross-over their four liscensed titles and use their own home grown series/characters to create the conflict and tie the four seperate titles together. It’s a really good idea and works very well.

I’m not a fan of zombies. And think the concept is getting worn out. I would have hoped for something different to use as a threat but in this context the zombies make the most sense for a unifying concept. Not only is “Zombies vs Robots” one of IDW’s home grown series, the zombies are a threat that reacts the same way regardless of who the zombies are facing. A zombie will react the same way regardless of if it’s a giant robot fighting the swarm or a group of soldiers. This provides a common point of reference and we get to see four different ways of dealing with the same threat.

Abnett & Lanning do a good job of providing just enough of the CVO to give a new reader, someone unfamiliar with them, the ability to enjoy the story. You can get into who and what they are without prior knowledge. To someone that has read it before, it would just be “Bools being Bools”, but to a new reader there’s enough there to support what the introductory text piece at the front of the issue says about Bools.

What this issue doesn’t fully explain is the Undermind. Having Britt be the voice for it, describing it’s never-ending hunger, is good. But this doesn’t really explain where it came from. It’s not something that is truly necessary to enjoy this issue, but an introductory text piece at the end of the issue, or the beginning, explaining about “Zombies vs Robots” like there was for CVO, would have really helped bring all this together.

I enjoyed Messina’s art on True Blood and it’s better here. I’m not sure why Casagrande did the prologue. The two styles are different enough to be noticable, but not so different as to really stand out. The first page of Messina’s part, Cross’ nightmare, almost seems as if it was done by Casagrande, making the transition from prologue to main story mesh together. It’s hard to immediately tell where the prologue ends and the main story begins.

There’s a couple of jumps in the layouts, where the action moves from one thing to another roughly. But overall Messina’s storytelling and layouts is fairly solid.

Infestation #1 receives
4 out of 5

Excellant start, providing a good way to tie the crossover together.

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