Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Jim Cheung
Release Date: August 14, 2013
In Avengers and New Avengers Jonathan Hickman has been building to a major event. Readers have felt this from the beginning, long before anyone knew about Infinity. In this first issue, Hickman delivers what readers have been expecting, a widescreen cinematic mega event spanning the entire Marvel Universe. Infinity is grand in scope and theme and Hickman does a great job of letting it slowly unfurl in the issue. Nothing is rushed or hurried in the script as plot pieces gracefully fall into place as the issue drives forward. Tension builds by the panel as galactic warfare becomes imminent, and Earth’s heroes prepare to react to something they are completely unprepared for. Hickman does a great job with the cast of this comic, though considering the lead-in with Avengers and New Avengers, this is a crew he is quite comfortable with. The heroes of this book are stoic and brave, the villains maniacal and calculating. The issue is a very strong base for this event, with a final page the brims with excitement. This is going to be a massive event, and as the character roster shows at the beginning of the issue, this will have widespread repercussions over the Marvel Universe. While Hickman and crew do a good job alluding to moments that have built the scenario that exists in Infinity #1, it is not the most accessible Marvel event by any means. Anyone could pick up this issue and understand the general plot and status of the Marvel U going forward, but with nearly 30 issues of lead-in material to this point, there is a whole other level of enjoyment for those who have been reading the Avengers titles to this point. This comic is exactly what readers have come to expect from Hickman’s work in the Marvel Universe and he does an excellent job of building a strong foundation from which to drive forward through this event.
Helping Hickman build that foundation is the incomparable Jim Cheung. Cheung’s art is a huge factor in why this issue works so well as he brings the grand plans of Hickman to life in his visuals. Cheung does a fantastic job of evoking the massive scale of this event in this issue, while still nailing ever little detail in every character’s face. The artwork in Infinity #1 is extremely detailed and polished and worthy of an event of this nature. Marvel leaned on Cheung to bring his best, and he delivered in spades. His layouts throughout the issue are superb, delivering some huge splash pages but balancing the storytelling out so the issue doesn’t become burdened by full page spreads. This artwork is explosive, dynamic, detailed, fantastic, and everything the artwork in an event of this size should be.
Infinity #1 is a fantastic first issue, building the situation for this event very well and delivering some of the best artwork you are going to find in superhero comics today. Marvel Cosmic fans, Avengers fans, and fans of the film franchises should be in on this event as the first issue encapsulates everything that is great about those titles and films. This looks like it is going to be one heck of a ride…