Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 9, 2013
After slowing the pace down a bit in Avengers #20, Hickman kicks it into overdrive for Infinity #4, giving readers a conflict we’ve been waiting weeks to see and some explosive cosmic consequences. Hickman does not shy away from big moments and huge fights in this issue, dropping a bomb on the Marvel Universe that will pave the way to series that we’ve known are in the pipeline. The stakes of this event are even higher than they have been, and as the whole Infinity show drives toward the final third Hickman is definitely throwing his entire arsenal at this event. The dialogue does not overpower the issue, by any means, but Hickman still gets a lot of story told in these pages. His mastery of Captain America’s dialogue grows stronger by the issue, and Cap delivers some fantastic lines in this issue. Each character’s dialogue has an amazing level of magnitude to it, like every word uttered is changing the world forevermore. The gravity of the events in this issue are massive and Hickman does a fantastic job of turning the dial up even further in this epic event.
Hickman’s partners in crime, Jerome Opena & Dustin Weaver, provide simply flawless work in Infinity #4. This issue is simply gorgeous, with both artists firing on all cylinders and bringing their best to the table. Weaver’s devastated Earth is a sobering wonder to behold, and his masterful work amidst the rubble showcases the consequences this event will have. Opena’s work in the space theatre of war matches Weaver’s panel for panel and his Thor is as strong and stoic as they come. His work will have you fired up and ready to take the galaxy back with your own two hands. These two artists do a fantastic job of complimenting Hickman’s script and taking it to the next level and their work in this issue is absolutely perfect for this event.
Infinity #4 is Hickman & co.’s strongest issue yet, and I don’t use those words lightly. Huge action, strong characterization and flawless art highlight one of the best event issues in years.