I don’t know about everyone else, but of the two sides of the Infinity story, I’m enjoying the Earth-based Illuminati vs Thanos side a lot more than the Avengers out in Space fighting Builders stuff. It’s got a much more interesting villain, and the actual New Avengers themselves are centre-stage, as opposed to just hangers-on in a cosmic war. This issue was perhaps my favourite part of this event so far, it was just great.
Hickman begins right where Infinity #2 left off, with Black Bolt telling the rest of the Illuminati the real reason why Thanos is on Earth… to find and kill his son. Black Bolt sends the rest of the Illuminati off around the planet to find Thanos Jr, but he and Maximus The Mad have a bigger plan. I can’t wait to find out what it is! Oh wait, Infinity #3 is out this week too, happy days.
We then check in on Thanos, as his lieutenants report back to him about what they found, and man, he is not happy with Black Dwarf, who was defeated by Black Panther. I was surprised that Thanos didn’t kill Black Dwarf, but I suppose there’s still a long way to go in this story. I think the best scene in this issue was the very dialogue-heavy one where the Illuminati sit down and discuss what happened in each attack they face, especially Namor’s revelation that Atlantis was completely destroyed, and the very awkward pause that followed. I can’t wait until Black Panther find out that Namor sent the entire army of Thanos at him, that is going to be amazing.
So, the team go looking for Thanos Jr across the world, and eventually, Doctor Strange finds him in Greenland, only… Doctor Strange is under the control of Ebony Maw, who so far, is by far the best of Thanos’ Black Order, and so it’s not the good guys who are going to find the kid, but Thanos himself, oh dear. The ending of this issue was also fantastic, as Hickman showed that even though this booked is tied-up in a crossover, he hasn’t forgotten the central conceit, and yet another Incursion begins. It’s so great that not only do the New Avengers have to deal with Thanos they also have this too, it never rains but it pours.
The artwork from Mike Deodato was once again fantastic, I think he’s done a fantastic job in replacing Steve Epting, and his depiction of Thanos is brilliant.
This was a great example of a tie-in, not only does it greatly contribute to the huge ongoing epic crossover, but it also continues on New Avengers’ own stories, not just the Incursions, but also the rivalry between Black Panther and Namor. I often give Hickman crap for forgetting about characterisation in amongst his grand clockwork schemes, but here, the conflict between the characters still shines strongest.