Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver (Artists), Justin Ponsor (Colorist)

The Story: The terrigen mists causes immediate change to the planet, as Thor negotiates with the Builder on Hala.

The Review: Events comics have many things to accomplish, but the most important one would be to possess a sense of spectacle. Things need to be big, memorable, surprising on an even grander scale than usual. In a world where resurrection and world-saving battles are the norm, it can be hard to excite readers that can be jaded with the constant event-mode that is on-par for the big two.

Well, believe it or not, Hickman delivered with this issue, as not only there are big moments and rather spectacular twists, but he also manage to actually deliver on a saying that has become some kind of a joke these days in the comic fandom: the ”nothing will ever be the same” paradigm. It may be too soon to say so, as the ramifications of this event will probably be felt in the coming months after this event is done, yet there is a huge sensation of importance in display.

The issue is split in two bigger scenes, with one dealing with Black Bolt and the terrigen mist while the other deals with the war against the Builders. The former one is actually much more focused on the results of Black Bolt and Maximus action’s rather than moving the plot forward. The strength of this scene, though, is on narrating the ramifications of such events, with a good number of people now being changed as Hickman does some massive change in the Marvel universe. The way things are narrated and the way the scene switch from the effects of the terrigen mist to Black Bolt and Thanos fighting makes for a rather neat reading experience, enhancing the tension and letting the gravitas of what Black Bolt has done reach the readers.

The other scene is thoroughly different, though, as the conflict with the Builders reach a new stage, with Captain America wishing to surrender to their overwhelming forces. The negotiation scene with Thor, a surprising choice, is perhaps one of the best example of event comics and how they are written in general. The dialogue is rather generic in an evil way*, with the antagonist gloating over one of the heroes, yet there is a certain immensity in the scope of this scene. While the idea to send Thor to show the Builders what they can do and to show the Kree that they should fight back makes for a rather spectacular scene in its right, there are some details that are glossed over, such as how Thor was able to control his hammer in such a way in space. There are other questions that can be brought up with some of the logic in this scene, but it really do bring forward the ”rule of cool” that pretty much govern capes comics to begin with. As flawed as some of the elements are in this particular scene, it is still a powerful moment in the tapestry that is Infinity, which is complete with a particularly memorable last line of dialogue.

Of course, something that is one of the many norms when it comes to event comics is the immense effort from the art team, which is as great as the previous ones. The workload is still divided in the same way as usual, with Dustin Weaver dealing with the scenes on Earth while Jerome Opena deals with those in Space. Weaver’s work is pretty good at setting the scope of what is happening in the issue, with panels that encompass large actions and massive events almost flawlessly. His characters are also pretty well done, as he sets them up in such a setting without hurting the effect at all, thanks to the various expressions and how he is able to mix a certain amount of alien designs with human architecture to great effects. Where he falters a bit, though, is with Black Bolt and his expressions, with his eyes almost bulging out along with some of the backgrounds. Some of them simply have too much details, which overload some of the panels to the detriment of the issue.

Opena fares a bit better on the space front, though, as he is able to mix grandeur with a smaller scale, switching between the two without any problem. The tension in the negotiation and the way Mjolnir fly through space shows a certain restraint, with an emphasis on Thor, the Builder and their surroundings. There is enough visual diversity to allow the tension to rise, which receives help from the expressions of the characters themselves. If there is an area where Opena excels, it’s when he draws aliens and with his backgrounds, revelling his part in the issue to the outlandish meeting spot on Hala, the depths of space and the many ships and technology he gets to design. Visually, his parts are quite striking, to say the least.

Both artists aren’t the only one to be commended for the striking visuals, though, as Justin Ponsor do shine here as well. The way he uses luminosity and shadows to enhance the bizarre feeling of the Inhumans and aliens technology along with how he creates a contrast with the urban and natural environment works really well. He is able to pick two concepts and give them two different palette without making it clash negatively together, such as the red sky of Hala with the bright green Supreme Intelligence, or the blank backgrounds with the black and endless space panels. Ponsor is simply quite cooperative here, bringing a lot of good visually to the issue.

The Conclusion
: Big, game-changing and full of excitement, Infinity is proving to be a memorable event thanks to the ideas of Jonathan Hickman and the beautiful work of Weaver, Opena and Ponsor. Another satisfying issue that is easy to recommend.

Grade: A-

-Hugo Robberts Larivière

*When I first read some of the opening dialogue from the Builder, I half-expected him to reveal himself as Loki considering how he uses some of the lines from the Avengers movie.

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