I’ve said before that my favourite side of the Infinity coin is the Earth-set Thanos storyline, so I was a little bit annoyed that the entire first two thirds of this issue were focused on the space stuff instead, but I nevertheless enjoyed this issue.
The artwork from Weaver and Opena continues to be fantastic, and their two styles mesh together incredibly well, every page looks beautiful, I particularly liked the sequence by Opena where Starbrand unleashed his power, that was some iconic shit right there.
So, with the space-stuff, everything is looking pretty bleak for the Avengers and the rest of the Galactic Alliance, after J’Son Of Spartax’s dick-move in last week’s Avengers, the Builders have attacked again, and seem to have taken the upper hand, with many alien races surrendering. Including the Centaurians (think Yondu from Guardians Of The Galaxy), the Kymellians (Power Pack!) and perhaps most importantly, the fucking Kree! J’Son also takes the Spartax home, but screw those guys. So, basically, the Galactic Alliance is now only the Avengers, the Shi’Ar, the Skrulls and Annihilus’ Negative Zone crew, which may sound like bad news, but for this story, it’s actually very good news. Up until now, the Avengers have been a minor part in this conflict really, just following orders, but given the Alliance’s depleted state, they can now take centre-stage and actually do something. Captain America makes a plan… and it works.
They lure the Builders in, and thanks to Manifold, teleport inside one of their Worldkiller ships, and take control of it, giving them a weapon that can actually defeat the Builders, since it’s one of their own. They rescue the captured Avengers, and when Starbrand does his thing, it looks like for the first time, the Builders are on the ropes, exciting stuff.
Hickman then takes us back down to Earth, and as well as reflecting what’s been going on in some of the Infinity tie-in books (we see Red Hulk, which is I assume a reference to what’s been happening in Thunderbolts, and also Luke Cage’s new Mighty Avengers), in particular New Avengers, picking up with the Illuminati about to deal with the latest Incursion. Well, the Illuminati apart from Black Bolt, because when we last saw him, he was about to be attacked by Thanos. When Thanos arrives in Attilan, it’s deserted apart from Black Bolt, Maximus The Mad and Lockjaw, Black Bolt and his brother have sent the Inhumans away, teleporting them across the Earth, each of them to a different place. Thanos confronts good ol’ Blackagar, asking him to hand over Thanos’ son, but Black Bolt refuses, and he does that thing he rarely does, but when he does it, it’ss always awesome, he speaks. Just one word, ‘No’, but it’s enough to destroy Attilan, and also activate whatever device it is he had Maximus create.
It looks like this is the inciting event for Matt Fraction’s upcoming Inhumanity series, Black Bolt has not only unleashed the Terrigen Mists upon the world, but he’s also sent those who were already Inhuman across the planet as well. Truly, this is the age of the Inhuman, which is pretty cool. I wonder if this is the end of Black Bolt? I doubt Thanos is dead here, but Black Bolt, Maximus and Lockjaw very well could be.
This was another excellent issue of Infinity, the Earth-scenes were as excellent as always, and with the shift in momentum for the Avengers out in space, I enjoyed those scenes a lot as well, this really is a very well put together event, and with stuff happening in it like what just happened to Attilan, it really does feel like a capital ‘e’ Event.