I’m still waiting when the creator of Battle Royale is going to file a lawsuit against Disney for Avengers Arena, and while they are at it, they can add Infinity The Hunt #1, as well.
The issue is (basically) the same set-up as Battle Royale – except it is the G-rated version – as all the Marvel schools decide to hold a “Contest of Champions” (rolls eyes) on a remote island for various hand-picked students to compete.
And then Infinity hits, and the issue ends.
The entire issue delves on introducing the young Marvel characters with all those captions: “This is so and so with powers of this and that!” I found myself wanting to skip past every page because the captions are not needed, which caused the issue to be a boring and uninteresting read. I find it better if the reader learns about the characters through storytelling (“show don’t tell”), but that is not what we get with Infinity The Hunt #1. The issue reads as if it is a freebie or a wiki page. Marvel had an opportunity to show these kids off and show us their powers battling it out with Thanos‘ army – and what a first issue that would have made – but sadly again that is not what we get.
Marvel also does not give us Corvus Glaive. If you have been reading the main Infinity series and various tie-ins, you know Corvus Glaive is one of Thanos‘ main goons. Well, judging from the cover you may think that is what will be in the issue, or maybe as it is titled “The Hunt,” possibly an Outrider or two. Wrong; no Corvus Glaive; no Outriders; at least not, yet. Wait: Marvel used the Infinity event to
take advantage of help convince people to pick up this limited series at $4.00 a pop? Not surprising, just go pick up Thunderbolts #14.
The main problem with the issue is that it is supposed to be an Infinity tie-in, or book for that matter, and it is not. I do not see why the entire first issue devotes itself to introducing all these characters with no action whatsoever, no hook, nothing. Okay, the last page was “go read the next issue because that is where the real story starts.” I’m sorry; I was done with that during Fear Itself. If you are interested with the young’ins of the Marvel U. (and of course Wolverine etc.), then skip this issue and buy #2 next month.
The art of Steve Sanders is hit or miss depending on your tastes; it does go well with a book such as this. It sorta has that Cartoon Network feel to it that is popular with kids nowadays. I do prefer my art photo-realistic and gritty, which this is not, and again it is a matter of taste, but the story in this issue does nothing to help out the art. All Sanders did is draw various characters in panels, add a bit of expression, and that’s it. There is no action, so the art is just simple character designs with the added lettering explaining who the characters are. The issue is a yawn fest.
I think the blame for this issue goes mostly to the editing team behind the book, and not as much Kindt and Sanders. My guess it that the first and second issues could be merged together, and be “issue #1,” but Marvel ED is drawing it out. I’ll let you speculate why that is.
I’m enjoying the main Infinity series, but these tie-in issues need a lot of work.