THE INFINITY GAUNTLET is one of my all-time favorite storylines in comics; something that doesn’t just seem good through the rose-colored lens of nostalgia. I re-read my copies of the original series from the early 90s by Jim Starlin & George Perez and the whole thing still holds up today. I can’t think of too many other stories from the Big Two that render modern superhero mythology so well in the style of classical mythology. The series was epic in both its scope and its telling.
Marvel editorial is, obviously, similarly enamored with ’91 crossover because they’re revisiting the story this August with AVENGERS & THE INFINITY GAUNTLET. In a manner that I imagine must be similar to SPIDER-MAN & THE SECRET WARS, this mini will retell the story such that it’s not specifically bound to any one period in Marvel’s continuity.
“Upon whose shoulders shall this task be weighed?” you ask.
It shall be two Brian’s - - Misters Clevinger and Churilla. Hearing that Brian Churilla is involved in this makes me all the more interested. I’ve done signings with the man at the previous two Comic Cons and can vouch for what a hard rocking dude he is. Like me, he’s got metal in his blood. Of course, all of that would be moot to you, the head-banging Comic Vine community, were it not for the man’s exceptional work you can easily check out in Archaia’s THE ENGINEER and Boom’s THE ANCHOR (written by another friend of mine, Phil Hester).
Some of you may know this storyline better from Capcom’s MARVEL SUPER HEROES fighting game, which was a loose adaptation. Or maybe not, seeing as that game out 14 years ago. For those who need a refresher, the storyline was about the Mad Titan, Thanos, coming into possession of the Infinity Gauntlet, which gave him universal omnipotence. After using that power to snuff out half the universe with simply a snap of his fingers, he then took the rest of the Marvel Universe on, single-handedly.