Comic Reviews: Infinity and Black Science!
Last week, in my review of Avengers #23, I mentioned my concern with the finale of Infinity not having enough time to properly showcase the battle between the Avengers and Thanos. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. The final issue of Infinity is a break-neck battle for the fate of Earth that surprisingly teases very little things to come in its final pages. Unlike Age of Ultron, which had ads for the follow-up series every few pages, Infinity has a very clear and set ending that gives us a single tease for the upcoming series Inhumanity.
Much like with last week’s issue of Avengers, Writer Jonathan Hickman tones down a lot of his “Hickman-speak” for this finale, and instead focuses entirely on the battle with Thanos and his army in Wakanda. The seemingly separate plot threads between Avengers and New Avengers come together in a great way, and there are a lot of fantastic battles here in this issue. However, it’s Hickman’s great characterization of Thanos that stands out. His response when the Avengers arrive to help Hulk is awesome, and right on point with how the mad Titan typically responds to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Even the use of Thanos’ son Thane is handled well, which is surprising considering how little time he’s in the story.
Jamie Cheung, who last drew the first Infinity issue, returns for the finale, and holy crap, his art definitely makes the delay of this final issue worth the wait. Characters feel as if they are literally flying off the page, and there’s a great sense of movement and weight to his pencils. You think you’ve seen Thor or Hulk face off with Thanos before? Just wait until you see Cheung’s depiction of it.
Infinity as a whole was pretty sprawling, and while it did go a little off the rails in the middle, I’m beyond pleased to see that Hickman and Cheung were able to stick the landing. Infinity proved to be one of the stronger Marvel events of the past few years, even if it wasn’t very new-reader friendly. Unlike many modern Marvel events, it was refreshing to see Infinity play out the way the creators intended, and I especially enjoyed not reading glorified ads for four spinoff series at the end of the issue. Infinity may have not been for everybody, but at least it had a satisfying ending.
The latest Image title from writer Rick Remender and artist Matteo Scarlera, Black Science follows scientist Grant McKay as he delves into, well, “Black Science”. Trapped in a horrifying dimension filled with freaky frog and fish humanoids, we follow McKay as he attempts to locate fresh water to help power the device he needs to get his team back home. Of course, that doesn’t go as planned, and while it makes a tense situation for McKay, it creates a spectacular comic for us.
Writer Rick Remender has one hell of a comic here. By dropping us into McKay’s predicament with no background info, we become just as confused as he is with the world around him. Every corner he takes leads to some new messed up thing, and you never know what you’ll see when you turn the page. McKay’s inner monologue has us rooting for him to get what he needs, and also makes us feel sympathetic towards him. He’s responsible for his people being in this situation, and we desperately want him to get them out of it.
The art by Matteo Scarlera is absolutely stunning. The alien creatures are both disturbing and enchanting, and I could easily see myself staring at these pages for hours on end. Credit goes to Dean White for supplying the painted colors of the issue as well. Without him, the art wouldn’t be half as effective as it is.
Image has been churning out new series every week, so it’s easy to dismiss a lot of them. However, Black Science is a book that should NOT be missed. The cliffhanger at the end will have you begging for issue two. Mark my words; Black Science is going to be the next big thing in comics very soon. Get on board now so you can tell everyone you read it “before it was cool”.
Posted on November 27, 2013, in Comic book reviews and tagged Avengers vs. Thanos, Black Science, Comic reviews, Infinity, Jonathan Hickman, Rick Remender, Thanos. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.