Well, it’s here! And as usual the cosmic-minded Jonathan Hickman delivers … and how!
How the writer balances all the locations, characters and action in this overstuffed first issue of Marvel’s summer blockbuster is anyone’s guess.
And while doing so, he is also shoring up and fleshing out danglers and brief situations from Avengers and New Avengers.
Despite the text pages and reprintings of FCBD materials (which I for one had not yet read), if you want a solid beginning to an enthralling event, Hickman has pulled it off in Infinity #1.
As mentioned elsewhere by EIC Matt McGloin, we do say goodbye this issue (as hinted by Captain Universe in Avengers) to a DnA character, Ikon of the Spaceknights. And, it appears, the entire planet of Galador. I never cared for Ikon, but I certainly hope this does not preclude someday the return of Rom. In the second Annihilators series, he was off-planet and apparently had been for sometime.
We only have one issue to appreciate the art of Jim Cheung, but oh what a grand performance he gives in this cosmic opus. Especially memorable are the Galador sequence and those awesome cuts to the face of the mad Titan, Thanos.
While this has many hints of a Hickman property others would trade for more story, Infinity #1 is truly an enjoyable book of cosmic proportions. Avengers fans will be especially thrilled.