Okay, we now have the strongest team of Avengers aligned together that we have ever seen. Not even the nearly forty-strong team that faced the threat of Michael/Korvac possessed such power. Thor, Hyperion, a Star Brand. Captain Universe. Not to mention all of our stalwart heroes who have been there forever.
Now with the tumultuous ending of Age Of Ultron, with the whole breaking of the time-space continuum as its conclusion and teasing itself as the build-up to Infinity, can I be (hopefully) the first to ask – just what on Earth do these events have to do with Infinity?
Infinity does not need the breaking of the time stream to occur. The race of Builders return to this region of the universe, and start their cleansing agenda. Thanos sees a power vacuum and reaches to grasp it. (Yeah, still not convinced this is the real Thanos, not after so much work was put into his character to rehabilitate itself. Unless his current actions can be seen to be a direct result of his immersion in the Cancerverse, then I think that this is just yet another clone. Mayhap a dangerous one, but a clone nonetheless.)
X-Men: Battle of the Atom sounds like the events of Age of Ultron were necessary as a build up. Hunger and the release of Galactus in the Ultimate Universe, now that needed the Age of Ultron. Infinity, not so much.
It’s not often that the very first issue of the summer (er, fall) crossover grabs me. Usually it takes two or three issues. Infinity #1 succeeded where previous ‘events’ have failed, probably due to the larger page count and the foundations set in Jonathan Hickman’s two Avengers series. This event has weight, a plausible (well, Marvel-plausible) all-encompassing threat, interstellar politics (although after the previous decade it is a wonder that any inter-planetary empire is still standing) and heavy hitters. Finally, the Marvel Earth is about to take its place on the galactic stage, and I couldn’t be happier.
But I’m sure that somewhere I was promised some more breaking of dimensional walls and various multiversal shenanigans. What happened to that?
Is Infinity really not going to be Crisis enough?