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Infinity Crusade, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 17, 2008
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But eventually the ball gets rolling, at least a little.
Hopefully part 2 will pick things up.
it's not all bad though. adam warlock and thanos are very well crafted characters and have an interesting dynamic with each other. it would be worth reading for the interaction between the two alone, and possibly for the fight beteen gamorra and thanos drawn by liam sharp i think it was?
The first book, Infinity Guantlet, from 1991 is quite a good story and highly recommended. In fact, it is still fondly remembered even today. Less so are the Infinity sequels: Infinity War from '92, Infinity Crusade from Summer '93, and the much later (and rarer, back to the well follow up) Infinity Abyss form the early 2000s.
All are by written Infinity architect and Marvel's cosmic master storyteller, Jim Starlin. Artwork in the original Infinity Guantlet was by legend George Perez & Ron Lim of early 1990s Captain America and Silver Surfer fame. Lim also picked up art duties on War and Crusade.
Infinity Crusade opens with the Godess (the totality of good in Adam Warlock's soul) returning to our solar system to recruit many of the then-present day Marvel heroes to her cause and help eleminate all crime and evil in the universe. Sounds like a good idea right? Maybe. Read the book to find out.
All in all, I'd only give this book a 3 out of 10. The story is fairly preachy, overdramatic, and just plain predictable times but the real killer is the artwork. In places it is so bad it's an actual detraction from the storyline. Especially in the "tie in" issues from Warlock Chronicles, and Warlock & the Infinity Watch.
Nothing against Ron Lim, in his day he was a fine enough choice for an event book. But judged against today's uber-detailed hyper stylized artists such as Bryan Hitch or Ed McGuiness there's just no comparison.
During the cosmic scenes I just found my mind kind of wandering off. The scope was just kind of "ho-hum". The figures look stiff, and the layouts just plain boring. Also, if you look at the anatomy and faces of book's characters they're pretty much all identical if not for their respective costumes.
On the positive side, the book contains plenty of early '90s grimacy, angry, clenched teeth, lots of mullets and dramatic poses thrown in for good measure!!
I never read Infinity Crusade back in the day, only picking up Infinity Guantlet and the first couple issues of Infinity War. I'd always wondered how the entire saga played out. Turns out, I wasn't really missing much. I would only recommend this collection to completists wanting to get their hands on the full trilogy. Your money, in my humble opinion, would be best spent elsewhere.