Infinity #5

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The Good

It is truly a testament to the amazing skills of pacing that this event, in only five issues, feels like it could have been two events, and that’s not a negative. Obviously, there’s been help from side issues filling in story beats, but even Infinity, on its own, has felt massively expansive, yet somehow also personal, like everyone has an equal stake in it regardless of their position. Jonathan Hickman’s superhero space opera is nearly complete, but before the curtain is called, there’s still the matter of Earth and Thanos’ legions. We also finally get an answer as to why, exactly, Thanos is so intent on murdering his son, and while the answer may be expected, it is still satisfying. The reveal, and now awakening, of Thane has been one of the slower burns in this series, so I’m extremely intrigued to see the role he’ll be playing not only in the final issue but in the future of the Marvel Universe. We’ve seen very little of him, but he’s been written with such an economy that he feels more fleshed out than he has any right to.

Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver’s art still seamlessly blend from one scene to the next while still being able to strike their own tones and tenors, thanks to Justin Ponsor’s work as colorist across the entire issue. I’ve said it before, but having two (or more) line artists on one title CAN work as long as the styles compliment each other and aren’t just arbitrarily switched between, both of which happen here. The action is mostly snapshots, against striking the tone of a war documentary taking a retrospective look at the battles, and this lends it an air of gravitas that the series uses to great effect, making every battle, even the ones we only caught glimpses of, seem grand and important. There’s also an amazing early scene with the Hulk that I won’t spoil here, but that makes me absolutely love the characters’ seeming rebirth in the Marvel U.

The Bad

It’s not really a spoiler, but I’ll block it out anyway. To those curious, it has to do with the events of last issue and is a very minor quibble. The Builders seem like they’re falling a little too easily here. From last issue’s absolutely incredible reveal of their mortality, it seems that they were functioning more as legends than anything else as they now fall in droves. I get the importance of morale and psychology in a war setting, but this takes that to a very, very literal place where now that it’s been demonstrated that Builders can die, they do so with incredible ease. It’s not quite “stopping them with the power of hope within the human heart,” levels of metaphysics, but it’s a little closer than I’d like in a series that has had very concrete, steady explanations for things.

The Verdict

The above (again, minor) complaint certainly doesn’t reach deus ex machina levels, and for that I’m glad, it’s just a slight sticking point. This issue is a completely worthy chapter in what has been Marvel’s best event in a long, long time. Even if you’ve been reticent to read “big superhero events,” this one should be given its day in court. This issue, in particular, strikes a great balance between downtime and incredible developments in terms of plot and even some characters. If they can stick the landing, I think Hickman and company will have created something truly special with this event.

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#1 Posted by Wolverine08 (38806 posts) - - Show Bio

This series is just pure epic sauce. Thank you Jonathan Hickman.

#2 Posted by AndyPhifer (103 posts) - - Show Bio

The Builders die too easy thing isn't a big deal at all. Just the usual "technology looks like magic" sort of thing. They were in ships, flanked by incredible robots and shielded the whole time. The individual Builder was never portrayed like a god - their technology was.

#3 Posted by nfareed71024 (155 posts) - - Show Bio

this event is good but also somewhat confusing and devoid of some mano to mano fights except black bolt vs thanos

#4 Edited by BattheMan008 (309 posts) - - Show Bio

The Builders die too easy thing isn't a big deal at all. Just the usual "technology looks like magic" sort of thing. They were in ships, flanked by incredible robots and shielded the whole time. The individual Builder was never portrayed like a god - their technology was.

This. ^

#5 Posted by Iragexcudder (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

GOTG #8 tied in.. I thought they were going to explain Richard Rider, but it seems as if they never knew he existed. I can't wait to see what Thane is capable of

#6 Posted by The Mast (779 posts) - - Show Bio

this event is good but also somewhat confusing and devoid of some mano to mano fights except black bolt vs thanos

Typical.

Hickman gives us one of the single greatest Marvel events of all time, in a era with about four events a year, where none have been great since Civil War...and you complain there's not enough punching.

A Vs X had that and people complained it was just another event.

#7 Posted by PeppeyHare (4310 posts) - - Show Bio

This event is so good

#9 Edited by cameron83 (6675 posts) - - Show Bio

@andyphifer said:

The Builders die too easy thing isn't a big deal at all. Just the usual "technology looks like magic" sort of thing. They were in ships, flanked by incredible robots and shielded the whole time. The individual Builder was never portrayed like a god - their technology was.

This. ^

this

#10 Posted by cameron83 (6675 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_mast said:

@nfareed71024 said:

this event is good but also somewhat confusing and devoid of some mano to mano fights except black bolt vs thanos

Typical.

Hickman gives us one of the single greatest Marvel events of all time, in a era with about four events a year, where none have been great since Civil War...and you complain there's not enough punching.

A Vs X had that and people complained it was just another event.

You can't please everyone. And to tell you the truth,it's true. I've seen many people call Infinity boring basically because it wasn't full of action as you describe....which I just find disappointing. Screw a mix of action,development,plot pacing,etc....let's just have mindless action be crammed into these books. Maybe that's why the new 52 sells so well.....

This series is just pure epic sauce. Thank you Jonathan Hickman.

Agreed.

One of the best events I have read in years from Marvel since Civil War.

I've also read many that I liked from DC (they've also had crappy ones),but the new 52 happened,so......that awesome universe is dead.

#11 Posted by timelord (600 posts) - - Show Bio

All I have to say is their better be some actual fall out from this event. It has been good but I am starting to get burnt out.

Marvel and DC need to time their events so there all not right next to each other. If it happens again I will just end up dropping one company due to the the reason I have a hard time keeping up.

#12 Posted by Supreme_Maj (255 posts) - - Show Bio

This event is fantastique,incroyable, magnifique I am even losing my english is soooooo good long time I had so much enjoyment Hickman as always you are "Good at what you do"

#13 Posted by caladbolglight (90 posts) - - Show Bio

This event has been rather boring. I'm still trying to figure out what the plot really is. Builders attack Earth and Thanos takes advantage of the distraction? All the buildup in Avengers and New Avengers has been kinda a letdown.

#14 Posted by PeppeyHare (4310 posts) - - Show Bio

Really don't understand how people are so confused by this story...

#15 Posted by cobra88king8 (337 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm looking forward to this event being over just so I can go back and reread it with all of its tie ins. I love Hickman but his work reads much better when collected.

#16 Edited by manwithoutshame (624 posts) - - Show Bio

I felt like I missed something and suddenly it's over?

#17 Posted by Lvenger (18390 posts) - - Show Bio

So Hulk doesn't reach this supposed new level of power in this issue then?

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#18 Posted by RageEx2 (92 posts) - - Show Bio

@timelord: Inhumanity and Avengers World seem like the "fall out" you're looking for

#19 Posted by sparty-dbq (776 posts) - - Show Bio

With the newly purple skin, and now the gold suit, I keep thinking Thane is Sinestro for a second everytime I see him.

#20 Posted by Mxyzptlk_CV (1111 posts) - - Show Bio

This event has been rather boring. I'm still trying to figure out what the plot really is. Builders attack Earth and Thanos takes advantage of the distraction? All the buildup in Avengers and New Avengers has been kinda a letdown.

Exactly that...and why the hell would Thanos be afraid of the Avengers and wait till they leave to attack earth...he has faced greater threats...makes no sense...

When I read a Cosmic Marvel Event I don't need the Avengers to snoop around...They should stick to "earth stuff"...probably the worst marvel cosmic event in recent memory, faaaaar behind "The Thanos Imperative", "War of Kings" and "Annihilation"..

To your complaint regarding the buildup in New Avengers I think it will conlude in the issue after infinity #6...

#21 Posted by SavageDragon (2248 posts) - - Show Bio

This has been my favorite Marvel event, maybe ever.

Great issue!

#22 Posted by nfareed71024 (155 posts) - - Show Bio
#24 Edited by Zarathos_No_Daimaoh (6 posts) - - Show Bio

@mxyzptlk_cv: Except that's not at all what happened . Thanos decides to come as soon as his Outrider scout reported back his findings to Thanos . The only ones afraid were a few grunts and foot soldiers of the Black Order . The Avengers being stuck in space , was just poor timing for Earth and icing on the cake for Thanos

#25 Posted by Mxyzptlk_CV (1111 posts) - - Show Bio

@mxyzptlk_cv: Except that's not at all what happened . Thanos decides to come as soon as his Outrider scout reported back his findings to Thanos . The only ones afraid were a few grunts and foot soldiers of the Black Order . The Avengers being stuck in space , was just poor timing for Earth and icing on the cake for Thanos

hmmm...ok, if you put it like that...I''l wait for issue #6 and then we'll see how things end..

#26 Posted by LouieXIIIth (5 posts) - - Show Bio

Great event all issues thus far no doubt. How Hickman concludes this should be interesting. I feel like 1 last issue of Infinity will be hard to conclude such an epic event with such magnitude. We're talking about a "last battle" and more pages to conclude this huge universal event that has happened. I would have liked Hickman do this "last battle" solely upon one issue. There's so many characters that can be put into these panels, it can easily be deserved of an issue itself. With such a good story and arguably a lack of action in this event, I hope that the last issue really emphasizes the title "last battle" and not just show another panel of an Avengers victory.

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