Infinity #1 It’s Marvel event time again. Seemingly not content with stopping at Age Of Ultron (which I didn’t even read because I heard it wasn’t much chop), Marvel’s new opus is upon us. This issue is the first of a six part series, with additional details featured in issues #18 to #23 of Avengers, and issues #9 to #11 of New Avengers. The cover price of $4.99US may seem steep but you get 56 pages of content here and you can feel the weight of it.
Now some of those pages are these quite pretentious and annoying white title pages that say dumb things like “Orbital” and “What Was Hidden, Now Uncovered” for very little reason, and I’m thinking this is bullshit padding, but luckily the book itself is a bit of a looker, and features a just-vague-enough story to put Marvel veterans and newcomers both on reasonably equal footing going in. I think. Because Marvel’s spacey stuff is something I’ve pretty much ignored all this time (I’m more likely to tell anyone dipping their toe into Marvel to read something like Civil War), until recently when I gave some Guardians Of The Galaxy from a few years back a bit of a spin last month (and yes, I thought it was pretty cool). This looks like it’s designed for new readers too, particularly someone who liked the Avengers movie and wanted to see “what this whole comics thing is about”, and I don’t mean that in my usual, eye-rolling sense. There’s not a lot I can explain about the plot after one issue as what we have here are simply seeds sown for the rest of what will transpire, so rather than dictate the whole comic I’ll give you the gist of it: Thanos is planning to invade Earth with a small mix of alien races as his resources, The Inhumans and particularly Black Bolt look to be important to the story, Cap prepares a space battle while Iron Man prepares Earth, and I’m going to go out on a slightly shaky limb and say that the cross-title thing for this one, because it sticks to just two Avengers books, will be relevant and actually worth a damn. [STOP PRESS! It looks like there's more offshoots to this than I was first aware of! Buyer beware!] As DC marks September, the New 52’s second birthday, with an event of their own and a vast collection of one-shots (see below) I’m intrigued by Marvel’s decision to step up in competition with Infinity as their trump card. Considering they released an Infinity preview on Free Comic Book Day back in May, Marvel has probably timed the release quite deliberately, and that says to me that Marvel must think they’ve got something pretty ace. I’m a little excited because the whole Marvel-in-space thing is new to me (I think someone just laughed at me from the 80s) so let’s hope it’s a fun ride, and not just another easy trip to the bank for Marvel.
Forever Evil #1 DC’s seven part mini series carries on pretty much directly from their previous event, Trinity War, where it was revealed that Pandora’s Box is a gateway to Earth 3. Cyborg was torn from his cybernetics to create the evil counterpart Grid, and Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, etc. announce they are in control. This first issue sees these nasty versions of Earth’s superheroes freeing and rounding up a vast army of villains under the banner of The Secret Society, and announcing to the world that the Justice League is dead. When we last saw the Justice League they were in a bad way, particularly Cyborg, reduced to a painful pile of flesh, and Superman, with a chunk of Kryptonite lodged in his brain. If they are indeed all dead, there’s still a tale to tell here, but obviously DC isn’t going to can the books that pay the bills. As Nightwing is caught off guard, it’s hinted that it may be up to the Teen Titans to defeat this new threat, and Batgirl is warned by Nightwing about trouble before he is captured. Perhaps we’ll see this series bring together a few second tier heroes to shine, and if it’s done well it could benefit the New 52 in a positive way, even enough to help halt the spate of cancellations we’ve seen in the last two years (that might be optimistic, but if that’s what is being attempted, I think it’s a good thing). Forever Evil still feels a universe away from Marvel’s event and is all the better for it. The gap, or lack thereof, between the setup in Trinity War and this issue is welcome too. Fun times ahead.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. The “Ha Ha Ha” is a little blurry, and Batman in the background is tough for the eye to process. Love the tie flailing in front of the jacket.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. The Count’s raised hand in the foreground doesn’t focus from any angle, but I love the psychedelic background.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. A blurry Hal Jordan from any angle barely distracts from a great foreground Relic casting shattered rings at the reader, backed by a great looking fiery planet in space. Pretty awesome.
Lenticular cover rating: 5/5. The extended claw takes advantage of the 3D effect perfectly, while the green and yellow circuit board, which usually should never go with red and blue, serves to throw Cyborg Superman at the reader even more.
Lenticular cover rating: 1/5. It’s a shocker. The foreground seems to be the skulls on sticks, followed by Grodd’s tits, then his face which falls into the blurry no man’s land on the same plane as the heroes on these covers. Grodd is too Saturday-morning-cartoon-purple too.
Lenticular cover rating: 5/5. The best one yet. The perspectives for each of the layers seems just right, and the chain across the middle looks excellent. One freaky cover.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Nice use of the depth on this one too, but unblurry buildings not look unexcellent and not cause unheadache.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. Would have scored higher, except there’s a bit too much going on for its own good. The bullet in the centre doesn’t work at all.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. Darkseid’s head is slightly offset just enough to make him look like a bobblehead. The top half of the background is empty, and regurgitated-strawberry-ice-cream pink.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. The background is blurry as hell which is a shame, because the little lynched Bat-family puppets are great. The foreground of Shauna pushing Ferdie towards the reader looks fantastic.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. The depth effect is scattered at best here, as Desaad’s right bicep seems to be the foreground. His face is difficult to focus on, as is his right hand. Try not to vomit as your optic nerves attempt to send some kind of image to your brain when you stare at Huntress and Power Girl.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. Good idea that lacks execution, with all layers being difficult to focus on.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. A subtle background of falling leaves while the foreground layers do quite a nice job. Nice one.
Thanks kids. DC Villains Month continues through September.