Review: INFINITY #6

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Jim Cheung, Dustin Weaver
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 27, 2013

INFINITY2013006_DC11_LRThe mega-event storms to the finish line as Hickman and Cheung bring all the fireworks to this fantastic finale of one of the strongest Marvel events in recent history.

Hickman brings his epic to a close in grand fashion, pulling all the threads he has been weaving together in one explosive issue that simply delivers in every way it could. Spanning three titles, one of which was double-shipping, there has been a lot of story building to the moments in this issue, and they will not let you down. Titans (quite literally) go to war, the Marvel Universe is changed, and the board is set for all kinds of huge storylines to come. Hickman’s mastery of epic superhero comics cannot be questioned after you’ve read Infinity #6 as each page, each piece of dialogue, slams down like a hammer in this issue – driving home the feeling that this is as big as it gets. Infinity #6 has everything a reader could want: we get our epic showdowns between The Black Order and the Avengers, resolution between Thanos & Thane, and a Marvel Universe that is brimming with anticipation for what Inhumanity might bring. This is an event finale done right, tying up loose ends of the event proper while seeding years worth of storylines in a natural way that does not feel forced. Hickman uses clever storytelling tools throughout, in a sense narrating a major battle through the Ebony Maw, and using the entire Earth-bound cast of heroes to their complete potential. No character in the primary battle goes unused in this issue, driving home the feeling that the Marvel Universe is being rocked by this event, not just an extremely minor subset of characters. The pacing is brilliant, the writing is as strong as Hickman has been through the entire event, and I cannot praise his storytelling in this issue enough.

Jim Cheung handles the art duties, for the most part, with a crew of inkers in this extra-sized issue. His work in this comic is amazing, delivering some absolutely amazing splash pages and detailed work that will have you re-reading multiple times to just soak in all of the awesomeness. Cheung pencils the heavyweight action of this issue masterfully and does a great job of portraying the emotions of the characters as well as the intense action. This story has been building to one hell of a big finish and Jim Cheung delivers top notch artwork worthy of bringing this event to a close. There are noticeable inking differences, but they do not detract from the story in any meaningful way. Cheung will make your jaw drop at least a dozen times in this comic, and does an excellent job of pacing the major moments of this comic for maximum effect. His work explodes off the page in the battle sequences and this issue has me craving more Jim Cheung work on anything as soon as Marvel can publish it.

Hickman and Cheung tell one hell of a story with Infinity #6 and wrap this event up in the fashion it deserves. This is an epic comic created by two masterful storytellers at the top of their game. Infinity is one of the strongest events to hit comics in years, and issue #6 sticks the landing perfectly. Inhumanity is hot on Infinity‘s heels, but the effects of this event will be seen in the Marvel Universe for a long time to come. This is superhero comics at it’s absolute best, folks!

The Verdict: 10/10


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