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Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People #1

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Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People #1

Postby GLX » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:03 pm

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Infinity Man and the Forever People #1

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Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN
Art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
1:25 Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Four of the best students from New Genesis arrive on Earth to study and aid in the advancement of humanity – but they soon discover a darker purpose to their mission: a threat so great that it may bring the multiverse itself to its knees! The only thing that stands between them and total destruction is the mysterious entity known as the Infinity Man!
Don’t miss the start of this new series by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, the team that brought you the over-the-top adventures of O.M.A.C.!


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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby Amoebas » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:31 pm

Some college kids bicker about as they leap into a school assignment/field trip to Venice Beach where they're set up in a strange apartment. Meanwhile some farming/scientist guys in the Sudan are attacked and a menace is revealed.

And that recaps the issue in just 40 words. But this issue is really needs more than that...

1) Keith Giffen. His love of Jack Kirby is legendary and every bombastic panel simply explodes in honor to him.

2) The characters. The Forever People aren't very well know, so most won't know the difference between New 52 Forever People and the DCU and/or Pre-Crisis versions. For me, knowing those differences, I was irked to see how Beautiful Dreamer was so much unlike her other versions. But realizing these are new characters, I gave her a chance and by the end of the issue she became my favorite of the cast. Mark & Vykin (constantly at each others throats) was a little annoying, but I'd imagine that won't last long. Serifan really didn't do anything to stand out yet. And then there's Big Bear as a a kind of R.A. in LA (this is absolutely perfect for him!).

3) Dan Didio - most people won't even look at a cover if he's involved. Their loss. Like with his OMAC, Didio writes a fun comic. And yes, 'fun' in a comic book is definitely an old school mentality - but then I'm old school so it works well.

Story - 6
Art - 8
Overall - 7

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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby GLX » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:00 am

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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby Stephen Day » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:56 pm

I bought this yesterday and i should be able to review it sometime this weekend.
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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby AngusH » Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:45 am

Ditto - haven't had a chance to read yet.

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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby AngusH » Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:17 am

I went into this issue expecting a heavy-handed tribute to Kirby's "grooviest" creation in his Fourth World saga. Instead, Didio and Giffen have updated the Forever People, much like Morrison did (although less dramatically this time around), and what we have here is something very unusual for DC - a fun book! The layouts are an obvious tribute to Kirby, and the art is good overall, but I think Allred's Kirby-stuff in Silver Surfer tops Giffen's Kirby-stuff here.

The issue is pretty light on plot, some of that is the large panel sizes, but like I say above, this is a fun little issue, which is a rarity in the DC universe.

While the main aim of this series is probably just to bring the unused Fourth World characters into the New 52, and it's not likely to run very long or break much new ground, if the book keeps the same tone throughout its run I'm likely on board.

7.5/10

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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:33 am

There are a few changes to these characters for these New52 versions with some of those changes being ones I like and some being ones I don't like. Big Bear and Mark Moonrider seem to be close to their old versions. Vykin the Black also seems to be close to what he used to be, with a slight name to Vykin Baldaur. It's not the 70s any more and Vykin the Black was a very 70s name that I don't think really works today, so this change, I can live with. I feel less so about the change to him regarding his conflict with some of his other teammates, a conflict that never existed before as far as I remember. I'm hoping this gets smoothed over at some point though.

The biggest changes come with this issue's two female characters, Serafina Baldaur and Dreamer Beautiful. Dreamer Beautiful was Beautiful Dreamer in the Old DCU and along with the reversal style name change comes a new barely defined power set. I think I like the fact that she's more of her own character and more powerful than she used to be though. It all makes her more interesting. Now we come to the one changed character that I can't say I like. The female Serafina of this issue is the reworked male Serifan from the old DCU. Didio has taken a somewhat likable male teammate and turned the character in the annoying younger sister of another teammate. It's a change I can easily say I don't really like.

As for the story itself, I'd say it's a fairly strong first issue. By the time I got to the last page I knew who all of the main characters were and what their motivations were going to be. The other important part about this issue was that it convinced me to buy more issues of this series. It made me want to see where things are going with these characters. I've always said that this factor is one that really affects my ratings of first issues as I see that as the primary task of any number one.

In conclusion, it was an enjoyable read and did the job it needed to do. There were some complaints I had, but there's more I liked than didn't.

7 Out of 10
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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby GLX » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:03 pm

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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:42 pm

GLX wrote:Wednesday's pick should be.....?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... =61&pl=348


There's:

Witchfinder: Mysteries of the Unland #1 from Dark Horse
Nova #18 from Marvel
Punisher #7 from Marvel
Green Lantern: New Guardians #32 from DC

All these issues seem to be either beginning, beginning a new story, or set to be a single issue story. The problem for me is that none of them are on my pull list. The only issue set for me to come out this week is Daredevil #4 and it being mid story, added to the fact that we've reviewed issues from that series more than any other current series makes me feel like it shouldn't be the choice.

I might be out of this week, depending on what gets picked and what is available at my LCS.
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Re: Review Group #434 - Infinity Man and the Forever People

Postby GLX » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:44 pm

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