This issue confirmed it, if you picked up Infinity #1 last week, you need to start getting Avengers and New Avengers too, these aren’t just meaningless tie-ins, big things happen here!
This issue follows the Avengers out into space as they attempt to stop The Builders by teaming up with… the entire Galaxy. This issue focuses initially on a meeting of the Galactic Council, the same council that has been appearing in Guardians Of The Galaxy. You’ve got the Kree, the Spartax, the Shi’Ar, the Badoon, and now, even the Skrulls. Basically, any important alien race is here, preparing for war, and our heroes are just a small part of it. It’s pretty interesting that the Avengers are not a big part of this war, because, on a cosmic scale, we are fairly unimportant. Other planets have thousands, millions of soldiers present, but Earth only has 18. It’s certainly humbling, and it really gets across the scale of the threat Hickman has set up here.
In many ways, this issue reminded me of the likes of Annihilation and the other cosmic events. A lot of the major players from those stories by Giffen and DnA are present here, and this feels like the next step in that story, only now, it’s not a small event off to the side, it’s the main Marvel crossover for 2013, which is pretty great. Marvel said they wanted to make Marvel Cosmic into a bigger deal, and they’ve done so, first with the new Nova and Guardians titles, and now with secretly turning the Avengers into Marvel Cosmic. It’s awesome to see, and I certainly hope that people who read Infinity will go back and read those other series, because they were just as good as this event.
This issue features the first big battle, and it’s pretty crazy, especially as it’s not the kind of fight you tend to see in superhero stories, this is an interstellar dogfight, with space-ships, and the scale of it is very impressive. Leinil Yu’s art really adds to the epic feel of this story, as even though the fight only lasts a few pages, it feels huge. It was also great to see Yu draw some Skrulls again, he proved the master of drawing the green guys in Secret Invasion, and he’s back at it again, only this time… Super-Skrull is involved.
The ending of this issue was pretty shocking, as The Builders reveal that their fleet was a distraction, only a small part, and start really laying waste, some of the Avengers escape thanks to Manifold, but the likes of Captain Marvel and Hawkeye are left stranded. It’s looking bleak, and throughout this issue, I had Thanos in the back of my head, the Avengers are out there trying to save the world from one threat, but there’s a bigger one back home.
This is such a good crossover already, after only 2 issues, I’m loving it, Hickman is at the top of his game here, and he’s even doing proper characterisation! Cannonball and Sunspot are still hilarious, Spider-Woman’s history with Skrulls is mentioned, as were Captain Marvel’s piloting skills. Now that the Avengers are getting proactive, their personalities are coming to the fore, it’s just a shame it could all end in tears.