This Week in INFINITY: Week Seven

Welcome to the weekly Comicosity roundup of all things Infinity, including issue power rankings, previews, interviews and more. This is your one-stop shop for everything Infinity!

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The reviews are in…

AVEN2012020_DC11_LRAVENGERS #20 (Hickman, Yu)

…Hickman’s voice for the Builders, Gladiator, and Ronan the Accuser are very strong and their prominence in this issue considering their power levels is welcomed. As is typical with Hickman, the events of this issue are definitely building to large payoffs later in the event, and anyone reading the entire event should definitely check this issue out. Pacing aside, the dialogue is well written and a couple significant events do take place.

Avengers #20 is one of those comics that will most likely read stronger in trade format when the wait for the next chapter is minimal, but as a single issue mid-way through an event it is extremely slow. The impact of the previous chapter is diminished heavily by this issue and while the momentum of this series is not stalled completely, it is slowed and that is a shame. The events within this issue will play major roles as this event progresses but as a single issue it falters. Readers of the entire Infinity event will still want to check this issue out for the events that will no doubt erupt down the line.

– Aaron Long

INFHEIST2013001_DC11_LRINFINITY HEIST #1 (Tieri, Barrionuevo)

…Tieri has a solid hook in this book with just how they are going to pull off what Spymaster is proposing, and what it could mean for Tony Stark afterward and his writing is solid enough to give these characters some life in the Marvel Universe going forward.

Infinity Heist #1 kicks off what could be a really interesting series going forward with a different focus than what we typically see in tie-in books. Tieri’s concept is strong and his characterizations show the potential to be quite entertaining and with some more consistent art this series could really surprise readers. Infinity Heist #1 is definitely worth giving a shot, even just for a different look at how the wide impact of Infinity is affecting the Marvel U.

– Aaron Long

AVNASS2012019_DC11_LRAVENGERS ASSEMBLE #19 (DeConnick, Van Meter, Kitson)

The attack on Ringworld and the rescue mission themselves are almost like background, but it’s very cool to see that entire scene again from the rescuer’s perspective. I really appreciated that DeConnick and Van Meter took the time to address the fallout of Jessica and Clint’s relationship. They were, and then they just sort of weren’t (at least from my perspective based on my reading list). The uneasy resolution of that conflict is sure to linger awkwardly around the Avengers Clubhouse.

The two Avengers Assemble tie-ins have been my favorites in the land of Infinity. It’s important to tell stories about individuals to keep readers grounded amidst the reality-altering consequences of the mega-event. It’s also vitally important to hit Clint Barton in the head with a plushie squid.

– Alison Berry

NOVA2013008_DC11_LRNOVA #8 (Wells, Medina)

Paco Medina straight up kills on art in this issue. His art is stronger than it has been on this title and his line work is absolutely excellent. His style is a perfect compliment to the story Wells is telling in this issue and he does a superior job of nailing the tone of this story. Nova is one of the “lighter” books in superhero comics today and Medina walks the fine line of making Thanos and his Generals menacing and imposing but never graphic or out of bounds for the tone that has been set in Nova. The colour work by David Curiel is fantastic, giving this book the visual punch and energy befitting a Human Rocket while keeping the characters true to themselves. Thanos easily could have been made to look a cartoonish fool, but Curiel uses all the proper tones to make the menacing Mad Titan leap off the page.

Nova #8 does an excellent job of staying true to the primary series while also introducing elements of Infinity. The expected humour and lightheartedness is still present and Sam is as fun to read as ever. The stakes have risen immensely for the young Nova and I am excited to see what is in store for him next, both with respect to Infinity and the ongoing series.

– Aaron Long

Hitting stores Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Preview: THUNDERBOLTS #16

Preview: MIGHTY AVENGERS #2

Preview: INFINITY HUNT #2

Infinity Power Rankings

  1. AVENGERS #19 (10/10)
  2. CAPTAIN MARVEL #15 (10/10)
  3. CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 (10/10)
  4. AVENGERS #18 (9.5/10)
  5. INFINITY #3 (9.5/10)
  6. NEW AVENGERS #9 (9.5/10)
  7. INFINITY #1 (9.0/10)
  8. THUNDERBOLTS #14 (9.0/10)
  9. NEW AVENGERS #10 (9.0/10)
  10. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #19 (9.0/10)
  11. INFINITY #2 (8.5/10)
  12. NOVA #8 (8.5/10)
  13. MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 (8.0/10)
  14. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #18 (8.0/10)
  15. AVENGERS #20 (7.0/10)
  16. THUNDERBOLTS #15 (7.0/10)
  17. INFINITY HEIST #1 (7.0/10)
  18. INFINITY HUNT #1 (5.0/10)

Check back throughout the entire Infinity event for more reviews, previews, interviews and updated Power Rankings as the event continues! Sound off below, what are your Infinity Power Rankings?

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