Writer – Johnathan Hickman
Pencils – Jim Cheung with Dustin Weaver
Inkers – Mark Morales with Dustin Weaver, Guillermo Ortega, Dave Meikis, Jim Cheung and John Livesay
Color Artists – Justin Ponsor with Ive Svorcina
Letterer – Chris Eliopoulos
Cover – Adam Kubert and Laura Martin
Publisher – Marvel Comics
Here we stand Marvel fans. Infinity wraps up with issue six and with a final epilogue/hint at possible things to come in New Avengers issue twelve, we’re on the brink of Inhumanity!
We start off with the Last-Time-In-Infinity page which brings us up to date with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes returning to run the blockade Thanos has positioned around our planet.
With some vital assistance from the Kree, Annihilus, the Shi’ar, the Skrulls, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Abigail Brand, our heroes make it to Earth and manage to locate Thanos in the hidden Inhuman city of Orallon. Captain America points The Hulk at Thanos & Crew to soften them up as the battle rages on in space.
Meanwhile, Stark, Reed Richards, T’Challa, Namor, Dr. Strange and Hank McCoy are trying to get into The Necropolis to stop Supergiant from unleashing one of the doomsday devices stored there. They find out the hard way that she has Black Bolt under her control as he unleashes a vocal blast their way. At this point I have to say, Black Bolt must be the easiest hero/anti-hero to mind control in the entire Marvel Universe. Between Magneto, Maximus and Thanos, Black Bolt has been used for some pretty impressive destruction over the years. I mean he has a pretty powerful telepathic ability and is supposed to be resistant to that type of thing but…nevermind, back to Infinity.
Back at Orallon, The Hulk flies in and is swatted away like a mild disturbance, further proving just what Cap and the gang are dealing with. Corvus and Proxima Midnight begin tangling with Hulk as Cap and the cavalry show up.
At the Necropolis, T’challa and the rest of the Illuminati gather themselves after Black Bolt’s scream. Reed Richards wraps up Black Bolt and Supergiant as T’Challa sets off a device called a “rumbler”, which knocks everyone to the ground. Supergiant recovers and goes about setting off the weapon. To her surprise, at some point Black Bolt’s brother Maximus had snuck in and removed the trigger for the device. With a quick teleportation assist from Lockjaw, Supergiant and the bomb are zapped into space as Maximus triggers the big KABOOM!
As battles pop off everywhere, Thanos’ henchman The Ebony Maw has been whispering in the ear of the only living biological child of Thanos, Thane. Thane was imprisoned a little while back for the purpose of Thanos completing his mission to murder all of his offspring. Maw begins his mind tricks and convinces Thane that he is the only hope of saving The Earth and releases him.To avoid spoiling what happens I won’t go any further but I will say that Infinity truly had no “ending” really. I don’t think it was meant to.
In my opinion Johnathan Hickman successfully pulled off what Age of Ultron failed to do, he wrapped up an event satisfactorily without closing any doors permanently, or having too many unanswered questions while leaving room for the consequences to come to fruition like they should in a unified Super Hero universe.
As writer of the essential tie-ins and the main Infinity title, Hickman was able to keep his continuity tight giving the other tie-ins a cool, outside point of view.
Although I agree that to get the main points of the Infinity story you really only need to read the main Infinity title of course, along with Avengers and New Avengers but I feel some of the other tie-ins really did give this event a lot of depth and made it feel like an all-encompassing, universe-spanning event. Thunderbolts, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mighty Avengers and Nova just to name a few, were all great tie-ins that gave us insight into what was happening while The Avengers were in the Corridor or how the Guardians snuck aboard the space station to rescue Abigail Brand.
Big events from Marvel or DC generally make me nervous. I am always waiting for the deal breaker and I’m usually not disappointed. Event books sometimes just don’t live up to the hype. I am thrilled to say that was not the case with Infinity. Hickman and crew hit this thing out of the park and in my opinion reinvigorated the Marvel universe in a way we haven’t seen in a very long time. He brought back the feeling of old school Marvel while giving us a glimpse at what’s to come and he did it brilliantly.
Kudos to Johnathan Hickman, his army of artists and letterers on all three books and Marvel for giving us fans a quality event book.
I give Infinity #6
5 out of 5 nerds