The GeeksverseREVIEW | Infinity #1 (Marvel Comics)

REVIEW | Infinity #1 (Marvel Comics)
Published on Friday, August 16, 2013 by
Coming on the heels of the somewhat disappointing Age of Ultron is Infinity, Marvel’s latest “event” miniseries. How does it fare? Read Troy Osgood’s spoiler-free take on the first issue after the jump.

Infinity #1 of 6 ($4.99, Marvel Comics)

  • Infinity_01_001Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Pencils: Jim Cheung
  • Inks: Mark Morales, with John Livesay, David Meikis, and Jim Cheung
  • Colors: Justin Ponsor
  • Cover: Adam Kubert with Laura Martin
  • Lettering: Chris Eliopoulos with Joe Caramagna

Doesn’t it seem like we just had a major Marvel event not that long ago? It’s been less than two months since the much-delayed Age of Ultron‘s disappointing conclusion. I’m suffering from event burn-out. There’s too many of them. Did we really need another?

If they’re going to be as good as Infinity, the answer is “Yes, yes we do.”

Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung’s Infinity shows readers and the industry how a comics “event” should be done.

Many so-called “events” seem to come out of nowhere, with little build-up and all the action taking place in the core series itself, with no real implications for the shared universe. Infinity is firmly tied into Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers stories—everything from when he started on those books has led to this—but is still surprisingly accessible. Hickman, as he proved with his Fantastic Four/FF run, is a top-class world builder. In this day and age, when storylines are expressed in trade paperback lengths, Hickman is old school. His plots and subplots span years starting from when he takes over the book and building to an ultimately satisfying conclusion, rewarding readers who’ve stuck along for the ride.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it, but I wish Marvel had allowed Hickman the full 60 issues he had planned for Secret Warriors.

Infinity pulls together so many things, not only does it take what Hickman set up in Avengers, but it seamlessly adds in Thanos and his forces, tying the death-worshipping Eternal’s story with what Hickman is doing with the Inhumans in New Avengers and the Fantastic Four, building a lot of narrative tension and suspense in the process. It’s also worth noting that Hickman makes full use of the oversized issue’s extra pages, providing much-needed but non-intrusive exposition to set up the story for readers just joining the story. I really don’t know how Hickman will wrap all this up in six issues, this deserves to be a twelve-issue event like Age of Ultron or Avengers vs X-Men (which just dragged on for too damn long).

The creative team also displays a great sense for design with the spectacular chapter divisions. Artist Jim Cheung, always a favorite, does some outstanding work in this issue.

The only quibble I have with this book is the ad placement. At some points the ads interfered with the flow of the storytelling, but that’s a minor complaint in the face of everything the issue gets right.

For the first time in a long time I’m finding myself excited about an event comic and I can’t wait to get the next issue.

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