HOLY SHIT. That was awesome. I’ve been enjoying Infinity a lot so far, but this issue was the best yet, and it featured what is probably the greatest Thor moment ever. Seriously, this is on the level of ‘Ultron, we would have words with thee’ for me.
I’ve said before that my favourite side of the Infinity story is the Earth-based, Thanos stuff, but I want to start with the Builders story, because that’s where the best stuff in this issue was. Captain America has convinced the rest of the Galactic Alliance to surrender to The Builders, and so sends his emissary, Thor. Thor is told to get rid of his weapon, and he does, flinging Mjolnir up into space. Thor and The Builder begin to parlay, but the Builder is not exactly up for negotiation, even going so far as to slap Thor across the face when he demands assurances. The Builder forces Thor to get on his knees, as he rants and raves about how Earth will be destroyed. Throughout all of this, we see shots of Mjolnir flying through space, into a Sun, and back out. You know it’s coming, but when it does, it’s still fucking fantastic. Mjolnir comes back down to Hala, right through The Builder and into Thor’s happens. It doesn’t sound like much when my idiot hands have typed it out, but trust me, it was amazing. Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena work together so well here, and it’s just a fantastic sequence, and as I said, one of the coolest things Thor has ever done.
With the Avengers now demonstrating that The Builders can be killed, Thor gets Ronan and the rest of the Kree back on side, and the tide of the battle really has turned. Captain America says that what happens next is that the Avengers win, and I believe him. Man, that was so great.
As for the Earth stuff, that was good too, but it was ruined a bit by the fact that we all knew that Inhumanity was coming. Hickman gives us a bit of exposition about Thane, Son Of Thanos, and about the hidden Inhuman city he lived in. Thane was a healer, and hasn’t been exposed to the Terrigen Mists because the city only has a small amount of it, and can only do 4 or 5 a generation.
We then head back to New York, where Attilan has crash-landed, and Thanos rises from the rubble to see that the Terrigen Bomb has been activated. Hickman shows us what this bomb has done, that every human with even the tiniest speck of Inhuman DNA has been activated, some get their powers instantly, whilst others go into cocoons. This is a game-changer for the Marvel Universe, and when the Hickman’s narration says that ‘the world was changed forever’, you actually believe it. Black Bolt has also survived (though no sign of Lockjaw or Maximus The Mad), and he and Thanos have a gripping fight scene, with Thanos demanding to know where his son is.
Thane’s metamorphosis is another great scene, with it having catastrophic effects on his city. In the process of becoming an Inhuman, Thane kills everyone else around him. From the looks of him, it looks like he can kill with one hand, and heal with the other. He should be a fascinating character for the future. Speaking of futures, it looks like Black Bolt doesn’t have one, as Thanos wins their battle, killing him. It’s strange that Black Bolt is dead, as Hickman is the one who brought him back in FF, but I suppose if Fraction’s upcoming series is going to be based on Game Of Thrones, you need to have a dead king for the various factions to vie over.
This simply put, was one of the best comics I’ve read this year, and it was a true event comic, amazingly epic things happened in this issue, and even though some of it was expected, it was all very well-written, and the artwork from both Dustin Weaver and Jerome Opena is fantastic throughout. I complain about Hickman’s complex and lengthy build-ups, but when the pay-off is as good as this? It’s all worth it. And once again, that Thor scene was fucking amazing.