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Review: Infinity #1

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habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:40 am

thefourthman wrote:Dumb... I mean, what exactly are they doing with him?!


Rom was really Parker Brothers first "toy", they have always been more of a board game company. I'm not really that surprised that they have no idea what to do with him.

Hab
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:19 am

Jonathan Hickman gets his first solo stab at a big crossover event, and on the basis of this first issue, he’s going to do very well. One of my biggest complaints about Hickman is that he’s constantly setting up for a some big, epic cosmic endgame and it takes forever to come, and that’s certainly true for his Avengers comics so far, but now, that endgame looks to have arrived. There’s a lot going on in this comic, and it’s a lot to take in, but really, what Hickman has done here is taken everything that he’s been building up to in the last 18 issues of Avengers and 8 of New Avengers, mixed it together, kicked things off, and then thrown in a massive curve-ball in the shape of Thanos.

After a reprint of Marvel’s FCBD preview story, which I still don’t really like, the story kicks off in earnest as we see ‘The Builders’ attack and destroy Galador. The Builders were introduced in Hickman’s Avengers run, and it’s great to see them finally do something, and for there to be an explanation for the female Ex Nihilo from the cover of last week’s Avengers, she’s the ‘Gardener’ for the villainous group of Builders. It’s pretty crazy that Hickman not only opens this big blockbuster with a rather obscure bunch of characters in the Space Knights, but also that he kills them all and their planet. I guess Marvel figure that if they can’t use ROM, they may as well not bother. It does do a good job of setting up the threat of The Builders, they can destroy entire planets, and not just meaningless ones, planets with Marvel Universe history and importance.

Back on Earth, we see Captain America and Hawkeye deal with some Skrull refugees, and this, along with a distress signal from the Krees and the surprise reappearance of Captain Universe (who was on Galador) that tips the Avengers off about The Builders, so they decide to head off into space to stop them before they reach Earth. Which is… a mistake.

We all know that the Inhumans are set to become much bigger deals thanks to this event, and Black Bolt plays a large role here, as Thanos’ spy-thing goes into his mind and finds out the secret behind the Illuminati and how, in their attempts to stop the ‘Incursions’, they lost the Infinity Gems. Of course, this piques Thanos’ attention, and he readies to attack an Earth that the Avengers have left behind. This is a great set-up for an event, and I think it’s going to be exciting. Hickman has set up so many threads in both his book, so it’s very interesting to see how they all culminate. Plus, after complaining about his Avengers being way too reactive, it’s cool to see them take some initiative and go off into space, even if it does open the door for Thanos.

I’m very excited by Thanos’ role here, Jason Aaron has given me a new appreciation for him, and given the amount of foreshadowing Hickman uses generally, it’s awesome that the big villain here has basically come out of nowhere. I’m also excited by what’s going on with Black Bolt, and as I’ve said before, I love any comic where he speaks, and he does that here, and it is ace.

Jim Cheung provides the art, and he does his usual excellent job, his smooth, clean style is perfect for superhero comics, and he provides a really great level of detail. Justin Ponsor’s colours are also amazing, the Space Knights have never looked better, until they died. This issue had me pumped for the rest of the event, and has me retroactively looking upon Hickman’s Avengers much more favourably. Bring it on!
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The Beast

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby The Beast » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:13 pm

I've been reading New Avengers but now I feel like catching up on Hickman's other Avengers stuff.
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:46 pm

Punchy wrote:Jonathan Hickman gets his first solo stab at a big crossover event, and on the basis of this first issue, he’s going to do very well. One of my biggest complaints about Hickman is that he’s constantly setting up for a some big, epic cosmic endgame and it takes forever to come, and that’s certainly true for his Avengers comics so far, but now, that endgame looks to have arrived. There’s a lot going on in this comic, and it’s a lot to take in, but really, what Hickman has done here is taken everything that he’s been building up to in the last 18 issues of Avengers and 8 of New Avengers, mixed it together, kicked things off, and then thrown in a massive curve-ball in the shape of Thanos.

After a reprint of Marvel’s FCBD preview story, which I still don’t really like, the story kicks off in earnest as we see ‘The Builders’ attack and destroy Galador. The Builders were introduced in Hickman’s Avengers run, and it’s great to see them finally do something, and for there to be an explanation for the female Ex Nihilo from the cover of last week’s Avengers, she’s the ‘Gardener’ for the villainous group of Builders. It’s pretty crazy that Hickman not only opens this big blockbuster with a rather obscure bunch of characters in the Space Knights, but also that he kills them all and their planet. I guess Marvel figure that if they can’t use ROM, they may as well not bother. It does do a good job of setting up the threat of The Builders, they can destroy entire planets, and not just meaningless ones, planets with Marvel Universe history and importance.

Back on Earth, we see Captain America and Hawkeye deal with some Skrull refugees, and this, along with a distress signal from the Krees and the surprise reappearance of Captain Universe (who was on Galador) that tips the Avengers off about The Builders, so they decide to head off into space to stop them before they reach Earth. Which is… a mistake.
We all know that the Inhumans are set to become much bigger deals thanks to this event, and Black Bolt plays a large role here, as Thanos’ spy-thing goes into his mind and finds out the secret behind the Illuminati and how, in their attempts to stop the ‘Incursions’, they lost the Infinity Gems. Of course, this piques Thanos’ attention, and he readies to attack an Earth that the Avengers have left behind. This is a great set-up for an event, and I think it’s going to be exciting. Hickman has set up so many threads in both his book, so it’s very interesting to see how they all culminate. Plus, after complaining about his Avengers being way too reactive, it’s cool to see them take some initiative and go off into space, even if it does open the door for Thanos.

I’m very excited by Thanos’ role here, Jason Aaron has given me a new appreciation for him, and given the amount of foreshadowing Hickman uses generally, it’s awesome that the big villain here has basically come out of nowhere. I’m also excited by what’s going on with Black Bolt, and as I’ve said before, I love any comic where he speaks, and he does that here, and it is ace.

Jim Cheung provides the art, and he does his usual excellent job, his smooth, clean style is perfect for superhero comics, and he provides a really great level of detail. Justin Ponsor’s colours are also amazing, the Space Knights have never looked better, until they died. This issue had me pumped for the rest of the event, and has me retroactively looking upon Hickman’s Avengers much more favourably. Bring it on!


I read the FCBD book and I didn't like it. I kept it because Jim Cheung's art is great, though.
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Chris

Rain Partier

Postby Chris » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:48 pm

This was really, really, really good. Big potential to be the best Marvel event in a long time.

Having arguably the best superhero artist in Cheung doing the art is a big plus, and Hickman has proven to be more than capable of juggling multiple plot threads -- this is right up his alley.
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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:20 pm

I'm sure it was to be expected after we found out who the Builders were, but seeing their designs in this issue it really highlighted the similarities between them and the Collectors/Reapers from Mass Effect.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:50 pm

habitual wrote:
Other than Ikon they were all major players in the original Rom comic.

Hab


meh
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Arion

Twenty-Something

Postby Arion » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:56 pm

Chris wrote:This was really, really, really good. Big potential to be the best Marvel event in a long time.

Having arguably the best superhero artist in Cheung doing the art is a big plus, and Hickman has proven to be more than capable of juggling multiple plot threads -- this is right up his alley.


Cheung is so good.
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:42 pm

habitual wrote:
Other than Ikon they were all major players in the original Rom comic.

Hab


:smt011
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habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:05 pm

Juan Cena wrote:
:smt011


WTF you talking about Willis?

Hab
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Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:00 pm

habitual wrote:
WTF you talking about Willis?

Hab


I thought Ikon was supposed to be ROM, just tweaked a little bit. :smt102
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habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:52 am

Juan Cena wrote:
I thought Ikon was supposed to be ROM, just tweaked a little bit. :smt102


Uhhhhhh no.

Number one Rom was a dude, and number two he was actually referred too, though not by name in Annihilators.

Hab
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48THRiLLS

Review Grouper

Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:31 am

I thought this was a solid start... I was a little lost with the Space Knights stuff but I am looking forward to issue 2.
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sdsichero

2k11 Outhouse People's Champion

Postby sdsichero » Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:49 am

habitual wrote:
Other than Ikon they were all major players in the original Rom comic.

Hab


I flipped through my copy tonight and this made me very sad.

Rom was one of my favorite comics as a kid and was happy to see OG style spaceknights again.

And not only do they kill the oldies off but Ikon too... Where were the Annihilators? Quasar won't be so happy...
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:43 pm

Chris wrote: Big potential to be the best Marvel event in a long time.



Big time agreement from me. There was nothing I didn't love about this issue.

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