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Infinity Paperback – September 23, 2014
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Pre-order today
About the Author
Jonathan Hickman is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for the Image Comics series "The Nightly News" and currently writes "Fantastic Four," "FF," and "S.H.I.E.L.D" for Marvel Comics.
Jerome Opena is a Filipino comic book artist best known for his numerous collaborations with writer Rick Remender.
Jim Cheung is a British comic book artist, known for his work on the series such as "Scion," "New Avengers: Illuminati," "Young Avengers" and "Avengers: The Children's Crusade."
Dustin Weaver is a comic book artist currently living in Portland, Oregon where he is a member of Periscope Studio."
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Infinity's problem is that it is a mishmash of two much stronger events: the Jim Starlin Infinity Gaunlet/Infinity War stories about Thanos and the Annihilation story arc about Annihilus' invasion of the galaxy. The Builders are never sufficiently fleshed out as enemies (and the world building attributed to them in Hickman's Avengers series had been minimal at best previously) and end up feeling like another big cosmic threat not unlike the Annihilation Wave or the Phalanx. They decide to wipe out all life that resists them and the Avengers marshal the resistance. The action is fun enough and big enough to provide a decent read and it is great to see the Avengers team up with so many other characters from the cosmic branch of Marvel's stories. That said, the Builders in the end are a bit of a let down because they are revealed to be another symptom of the wider "incursion" story arc that runs throughout Hickman's New Avengers title and laid the groundwork for his much stronger Secret Wars crossover. The Builders really want to destroy Earth to prevent any future incursions from wiping out the entire universe, but that doesn't explain why they feel the need to attack and wipe out all the other races in the galaxy as well.
The Thanos story arc seems like it should be the bigger one (he is on the cover after all), but frankly Thanos' role in the story feels like an afterthought. His role is a B plot that keeps the Illuminati busy while they also deal with another incursion event. Hickman adds a lot to Thanos' mythos in this book by introducing the characters of the Black Order (Thanos' elite generals) and Thane (Thanos' son). However, I myself am not a huge fan of the Black Order as they are essentially grim dark mini bosses (only Corvus Glaive and Proximia Midnight end up feeling like real characters by the end). Furthermore, a few of them are defeated really easily (Black Dwarf gets his tail handed to him twice) and they don't end up living up to all the hype. Thane is a stronger character, but he gets so little to do in the overarching story that he never justifies being such a major part of Thanos' plans (he is the real reason Thanos decides to invade). Jeff Lemire's recent Thanos series did a lot more with members of the Black Order and with Thane especially. All in all, Infinity is a decent read but nowhere near as good as Hickman's Secret Wars or any of Starlin's classic Thanos stories.