Sunday, September 8, 2013

Infinity #2

   It's a marvel of precision to watch the Infinity series play out across two Avengers series and this "event" mini-series.

   It's been the downfall of many events in recent years - stories told out of order, revealing events before their time, confusing the reader and muddying the story.

   That hasn't happened here (so far), and the handy chart in the back of the book keeps it clear - what order the books are to be read in and where to go next.

   It helps to have the same writer - the ingenious Jonathan Hickman - in charge of all three series - and it doesn't hurt that the issues bring you up to date with a quick recap at the top (just in case your first issue is in the middle).

   The story continues the cosmic conflict threatening Earth on two fronts - the massive threat of the Builders, who destroy planets with Galactus-like ease, and the emissaries of Thanos, who offer a chilling ultimatum to Black Bolt and the Inhumans.

   I love the art by Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver - it has an epic and stunning (yet lovely) approach to this cosmic warfare.

   Look, this series isn't for everyone - it's complicated and thoughtful (the twist at the end was a shocker with an intellectual twist) and, yes, it's challenging - but I am loving every bit of it.

Grade: A


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