Infinity Chapter Two & Three + Tie-Ins | thanosrules quick reviews
Okay, some of these are late, but keeping up with reading AND reviewing has been somewhat difficult. Of course, that is not why you are reading this - so let’s get to it.
Overall Note - The “space” portion of the story still seems REALLY BIG. I feel a little lost as to where people are at any given time. Because we have some big players and teleporters we lose track of any space-time. It all kind of loses meaning. While it is a big universe, sometimes I feels like it is all taking place around the same giant ring-world planet. Maybe it is just me. I am sure it will all pan out in the end - then again, a star chart would be nice.
Infinity #2 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - I really loved this issue. I talked about it briefly in Stacks of Comics - Episode 030, but no one seems to believe me. It got infinitely easier to understand what is going on with the story. This issue really cleared a bunch of stuff up AND provided us with a FANTASTIC reveal (which I will not spoil here). There is so much going on in this issue, it is hard to encapsulate it all in a short blurb. I will say my favorite part was Black Bolt calling in the rest of the Illuminati to one of the coolest places in the universe(s). Needless to say, if you are a fan of any of the characters in this story - pick this up.
Avengers #19 ( 4 / 5 ) - This issue and Captain Marvel really go hand in hand. Which makes sense - she is on the cover. And what a beautiful cover it is… in fact, I loved the art throughout the book. This issue picks up right after the last, and mostly tracks what happens with Carol and her team (“the captured”). It does give quite a bit of insight on what is happening with the Galactic Council (and proves that J-Son of Spartax is a #$%!@, here and in Guardians of the Galaxy). This issue is definitely worth reading and has important (expanded) tie-in information for the event itself.
Mighty Avengers #1 ( 3 / 5 ) - This title and Thunderbolts are a “boots on the ground” perspective on the event. At least for the time being. It is a good issue, sets up the characters, but as far as “Tie-In”, you could take it or leave it for the event. It has some potential, I will give it that. And as we saw in Infinity #3, this team will likely play a larger role as the event rolls on.
Infinity: The Hunt #1 ( 3 / 5 ) - I am biased - I love Matt Kindt’s work. Period. This is the first of of four tie-in issues of the event mini-series. Again, it has HUGE potential. While slow to start, this particular issue sets things up, and if you like the “Avengers Academy” / “Jean Grey School” age characters, it will be right up your alley. I just have to assume in the four available issues we will see great things. I do wish Matt did the art as well, that would be incredible - but then he wouldn’t have time for Mind MGMT (and the million other things he is doing). ;) PS. Latverian School of Science - ‘nuff said!
New Avengers #10 ( 5 / 5 ) - There is really no way to talk openly about this book without ruining the surprise that was revealed at the end of Infinity #2. At this point in the event, you likely know what I am talking about, but I am not going to discuss it until my next round of reviews. I do love that the entire book starts out with Stark saying, “What did you say?” to Black Bolt. Sets up the “gravity” of the situation. We get an EXCELLENT amount of Thanos in this issue. There is yet another pretty big reveal as it pertains to Dr. Strange…and we end the issue with another “incursion”. With all that is going on, we lose track of the fact that the Illuminati have been dealing with world ending stuff even before this event. Wow. Get. This. Book. Read. This. Series.
Captain Marvel #16 ( 4 / 5 ) - Girl Power! Wondering what happened “off panel” in Avengers #19? Well here are most of your answers - and we find out how Carol went from “Binary” to “Captured”. I really enjoy how Carol is represented in this event - a major player. She is not too shabby to look at either. The artists are really doing a great job. Kelly Sue of course is doing a bang up job portraying one of the most important/powerful Marvel characters as a strong and independent woman. Great role model material here… whether you are a “half-breed dynamo” or not.
Thunderbolts #15 ( 4 / 5 ) - The moment that this became a 4/5 I actually said it aloud. I was as shocked as anyone, especially based on previous issues. Now, again, I am not hyper-critical like some of my peers, but the last issue had very little to do with the event. This one at least is event-adjacent. Getting closer. Obviously, after this issue, we will see direct involvement from some (not all apparently) of the Thunderbolts. What did it for me? Well besides the oddly quirky (in a good way) art - it was the writing. Yeah. I LOVED the movie reference discussion that Deadpool and Venom had. I can tell you, this book would have received a much lower score if Deadpool didn’t have his a-ha moment. You will see what I am talking about. :) Anyway, I know that is trivial, but it goes up from there. It seems like this book is finally getting legs. Check it out.
Infinity #3 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - Wow. I still feel “lost in space”, but this book is definitely impressive. They are doing a great job of not requiring the tie-in books if you just want to main story. In fact, some full panels from the tie-ins appear in this issue. That can be seen as good or bad, I guess. I liked Hickman’s play of “Submit or Perish” - actually a better execution than AoU, IMO. ;) Anyway, this issue was a good mix of space vs. earth. We get a few great “Captain America FTW” moments; a few “other team” Tie-In, tie-in panels (Thunderbolts, Mighty Avengers, Illuminati); AND the showdown we have been waiting for finally erupts. As indicated on the Skottie Young variant cover (one of my all time favs) Thanos and Black Bolt go head to head. I really want a statue of their final interaction from this issue. Thanos wants what is “his” Black Bolt says, “NoOoO” (duh).
Fantastic. And if you missed it, here is a little tweet that I sent out commemorating this issue:
Infinity Chapter One + Tie-Ins | thanosrules quick reviews
It has been a LONG time since I did a thanosrules Quick Review, but the time has come. The event is here. My event is here.
I also realize that I haven’t even “officially” reviewed Infinity #1 yet (outside Stacks of Comics - Episode 028 - Infinitely Too Stupid For Comics…) so I will add a quick review for that in here as well…
Infinity #1 ( 4 / 5 ) - As mentioned in the podcast, I felt a bit lost, stupid even…and this is with having read ALL the Prelude to Infinity stuff. The event seems too big at this point. That said, it was a great setup issue. It incorporated the FCBD Infinity Comic and some of the Prelude content from Avengers/New Avengers. The point(s) I believe we were supposed to take away: Avengers have headed into space to battle The Builders, leaving Earth “Avenger-less” for Thanos and the Cull Obsidian (The Black Order) to conquer. There is a lot more in the issue, but if you “get” that, you are ready for the beginning of the end - Infinity!
New Avengers #9 ( 5 / 5 ) - This issue is amazing. It has everything I could ever want in a comic book: Earth based, but cosmic, Thanos, Infinity Gem search, individualized battles per major Illuminati member, Earth invasion, etc. We also see some perfectly characterized behavior: Namor being the jackass that he is, and Blackbolt looking like a real bad-ass. This issue was my favorite of all the tie-in issues. It is a MUST READ for the event in my opinion. Oh, and it gives some pretty nice bios of the Cull Obsidian at the end of the issue…
Avengers #18 ( 4 / 5 ) - As New Avengers handled the fight on the homefront this issue dealt with the Avengers in space, at The Corridor - the battle that would either make or break The Builder’s advance towards Earth. Based on some of the other tie-in covers, you can imagine how it went. It did show a massive “teamwork” effort among significant warring factions throughout the 616 universe. Certainly an interesting mix of elite Earth allies and enemies. This issue was a bit more confusing than New Avengers, probably because it is a battle on a cosmic scale. What you need to know is that the Avengers (and many for-the-time-being allies) are battling The Builders in space in an effort to “head them off at the pass” - literally, The Corridor. I still wonder why there are so many “non-cosmic” characters out in space. The rule should be: “If you cannot survive in space, you shouldn’t be battling in space. We do see some of this fallout for some of the character experiences. Overall, it is a good chunk of the ongoing event story and should be read alongside the main books.
Captain Marvel #15 ( 4 / 5 ) - This book ties directly in to the Avengers battle with The Builders in space. It is a specific angle on the battle, obviously from Captain Marvel’s POV. Kelly Sue DeConnick is one of my favorite writers, so I knew this (and Avengers Assemble) would be quality tie-ins. Heck, I have been collecting both series from the beginning, so reading these as tie-ins was a no-brainer anyway. She handled this story exactly as I expected - wonderfully. This, on top of the MAJOR character changes in Captain Marvel - in the most recent art/mini-event Enemy Within, Carol basically loses her memories as it relates to her identity - it makes for an interesting dynamic in the team, as well as her close relationships. This is a great tie-in to get a different perspective on the space battle. It is not required reading for the event, but adds something that is often lost in big events - much needed individualized character development.
Avengers Assemble #18 ( 4 / 5 ) - From the cover you can see that Jessica is having a bad day. And while this isn’t exactly what happens in the book, it is a good representation of her experience. Like Captain Marvel #14, this issue is another great tie-in for a different perspective on the space battle. As you may have inferred from the cover, it is narrated by Spider-Woman. A POV that, like Jessica, is full of stubborn and reckless abandon. It centers around her current life situation: breakup with Clint and mourning for the loss of her best friend’s (Carol) identity. If this wasn’t enough, she nearly gets lost in space…only to be rescued by and unexpected and unwanted savior. Jessica is having a bad day. Like Captain Marvel #14, this is not required reading for the event. If you like Spider-Woman and want yet another POV on the space battle, go ahead and pick this up, it only adds to that much needed individualized character development I was talking about…
Thunderbolts #14 ( 2 / 5 ) - Let it be known that this score reflects how this issue relates to THIS EVENT, not its actual story. If I was to rate its story alone, it would be a ( 3 / 5 ) as it relates to the ongoing series - which is mediocre. Let me get this out of the way - it is NOT recommended to read this as a part of the Infinity Event. The ONLY, and I will “spoil” this for you here, tie-in, at all, is a mention by Venom that the Avengers are in space. This one statement simply changes the Punisher’s decision on who to take on “his mission”. You see, his name was pulled from Deadpool’s fancy hat as the next Thunderbolts member to have “their mess cleaned up” - as was each team member’s deal with Thaddeus at the start. Sounds riveting, huh? Hrm…yeah. Another “spoiler” - they don’t even get to the Punisher’s mission in this issue, it is extended to the next…who knows if that will be considered a tie-in as well - maybe Deadpool will make a joke about Thanos’ chin - that will warrant “tie-in classification” for sure! BTW - I read the entire series to get to this “tie-in”. Yeah. My mistake…
That’s it! I hope you enJOY these thanosrules quick reviews! Until next Chapter of Infinity, keep reading and keep listening! :D
Marvel’s Infinity Event - Checklist!
Keeping up with the latest and greatest Marvel Event? Well here is the checklist published at the end of Book 1!
Thanos Origin (from 1974)
Looking forward to the start “Infinity” this week? I am! I wanted to re-read some of the classic stories that brought this event to light… So, if interested, here is a very brief history of Thanos, Titan and their combined fate.
For a short reading list (as presented by Marvel), check out the following: https://marvel.com/comics/list/710/thanos_road_to_infinity_
For the latest take on the Thanos Origin Story, be sure to check out Thanos Rising by Jason Aaron: http://marvel.com/comics/series/17661/thanos_rising_2013_-_present
I was lucky enough to show this amazing piece of artwork to a couple of my favorite Marvel writers: Kelly Sue Deconnick (writer: Captain Marvel) and Jason Aaron (writer: Thanos Rising).
Infinity Gauntlet Tug of War 2013
I wanted to create a sketch with the following criteria:
I feel that I have met these criteria. So, I decided to share it with the world. :)
What do you think?
Update: 8 orders in the next 36 minutes to unlock the Crystal Burst Earrings. Can we do it Carol Corps?
Here’s the Pre-Order Link again. http://www.optimysticalstudios.com/pre-orders (formatting being weird, so adding the direct address)
What you’re unlocking: All pre-orders of the Carol Corps dog tags will receive a pair of these awesome Captain Marvel Star Burst Earrings free (on top of all the other bonuses). These will come with silver plate earwires.
Here’s the new Pre-Order bonus for the Carol Corps dog tags:
If we can get 17 more orders by Midnight Wednesday January 16th (MST) you will unlock a new pre-order perk.
All pre-orders of the Carol Corps dog tags will receive a pair of these awesome Captain Marvel Star Burst Earrings free (on top of all the other bonuses). These will come with silver plate earwires.
So here it is, Carol Corps! The present I promised:
Wait, what? Where are you going???
Here, lemme ‘splain:
That right there is Carol Danvers’ lucky hat, as knit for her by Grandma Rose in Captain Marvel Issue 9, which I know you are all going to have in your hot little hands…
Fun with knitting!
So… I’m not sure if this is a good idea or a bad idea and I’m *really* nervous about it, but I’m going to give it a shot.
Here’s the thing: Captain Marvel and Ghost are about as different as two books could be. Captain Marvel is about identity and heroism and what makes us rise above and give of…
I know it is a bit late… but I am ALWAYS a big supporter of your work kellysue! :D
Charles Joy (thanosrules) - ALL issues + ALL covers! (plus all the related Dark Horse Presents issues covering Issue #0)
Just make sure Phil Noto, Emma Rios and/or Dexter Soy are on for the art!