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Infinity #6 - Amber Review

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The various threads all come together and the sweeping space saga comes to a close.

The Good

Six for six. The six main issues of Infinity have given us a singularly amazing tale that’s become all the more incredible for how rare it is. A massive, sweeping, publisher-wide event that delivered every single issue. And this issue demonstrates some of the book’s strongest traits right out of the gate, recapping the events of Avengers #23 within the first few pages for anyone who elected not to buy that issue (which I still highly recommend going back for) before launching into what amounts to a series of battles that extend, essentially, to issue’s end. The Avengers have returned to Earth to reclaim it from Thanos, his Cull Obsidian and the death cult they’ve formed around themselves, but despite attacking Earth because of a lack of Avengers, they’re not exactly running scared. We also get to catch up with the Illuminati and their attempt to stop a catastrophe only their own foolhardiness could have engineered. Jonathan Hickman’s ability to bring all these threads together is utterly astounding. Just a few issues ago, many of these characters were in space fighting cosmic entities from beyond the stars, now they’re back on Earth fighting a well-trod villain with some new tricks, but it all feels organic and connected. Part of that may have been reading the tie-ins, but upon re-examining the previous issues, the story holds together very, very well (if, perhaps, at a breakneck pace) and if you’re not looking at getting New Avengers #12, this is an absolutely satisfying ending with plenty of potential for future storylines.

Jim Cheung kicks down the door and explodes back onto pencils along with Dustin Weaver bringing everything to a close. Accompanying them with inks on this over-sized extravaganza are, DEEEEEP breath: Mark Morales (with Dustin Weaver), Guillermo Ortega, Dave Meikis, Jim Cheung, and John Livesay. Everyone still with me? Fantastic! Cause we’ve also got Justin Ponsor and Ive Svorcina on colors. Not to downplay the inkers’ contribution, as their smooth, distinct lines crystallized so much of the action that threatened to spill from panel-to-panel, but I think having this many was a smart move as having so few pencilers and colorists helped maintain a standard of tone and tenor. We get Cheung’s animated, particle-filled, kinetic, massive color palette paired with Weaver’s staid, calm exposition-friendly style with perfect tonal continuity.

The Bad

I’m wracking my brain, but I can’t find anything to complain about. The exposition is woven beautifully into the dialog, the pacing is frantic, but that’s what’s called for. There’s not even a deus ex machina to make everything all better at the end because Hickman’s been building weaving these threads together that nothing comes “from nowhere.”

The Verdict

A fitting end to a fitting epic. This issue ties up the disparate elements from the rest of the book, bringing them all where they need to be and even treats us to a glimpse of things to come. While the battle, and even the war, are over, not everything is resolved and not everyone is content, but this is a profoundly satisfying end to what was a great event. Highest recommendation and I can’t wait for the omnibus.

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Posted by batmannflash

can't wait!

Posted by HumanRocket

How excited I'm i about the issue? I'm actually going to the comic store and getting the issue instead of getting it in digital form. Same goes for New Avengers.

Edited by GrenadeFlow

I will be getting the omnibus too, its just that good.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Good to hear that it's a good ending. I'm really interested in what Jim Cheung is doing after this event though. He's one of my favorite artists at Marvel right now.

Posted by tomlikesfries

Can't wait for the new Inhumans title. Infinity was definitely one the best Marvel events I've read in a long while.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@citizenbane: Since I don't care about the title, please, could you tell me, Does hulk have any good action scenes? At least one? or does thanos own him pretty easily.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: I haven't read the issue. I was just saying that I doubt that many disparate storylines were wrapped up in a single issue.

OHHHH, Sorry then. :)

Edited by TDK_1997

I really hope this issue really lives up to my hopes and it isn't a huge or even a small disappointment.

Posted by Wolverine08

Looks good.

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Posted by Pyre113

Does star brand and night mask have anything to do in this issue. They seem like had potential and just got completely wasted

Edited by kilomac29

I hadn't been reading this series, but the tie ins were running through the other books I was reading so I got all the issues when 5 came out. I've really enjoyed it, even made me start picking up New Avengers, which I really dig. I'll definitely be getting the omnibus.

Edited by Oscars94

I Can't Wait! Infinity has been my favourite comic-book event in years, possibly ever.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Nice to see this was good MARVEL event. Too bad I dropped out of all the Avengers books after couple of issues.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Sweet.

Edited by snarkybits

Good to hear. I've been loving this event. :)

Edited by Assman

My only question is, does it do the Mad Titan any justice? I'm waiting for the TPB, and can't wait, after hearing good things. I just hope he wasn't disposed of easily with plot. @theacidskull

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Really? All the threads came together? Was there any mention whatsoever of what happened to the conglomeration of Ex Nihili? Or the Builders from the alternate universe who appeared in New Avengers? Did the sole remaining Infinity Gem have any involvement at all to justify Thanos sending most of the Cull Obsidian in search of it? Did the Illuminati have anything at all to say about the fact that one of the alternate Builders pulled Ebony Maw's psychic parasite out of Strange's head right in front of them?

One of my issues with this event from the beginning is that it just tosses out these sub-stories and then ignores them shortly afterward because there's the "main story" that has to be serviced. Why even tell them, then?

I hope all the threads come together. I doubt they actually will, but I'm silly like that. The possibility exists that some of these sub-stories have already been wrapped up in tie-ins I didn't read, in which case I'd appreciate it if someone told me so.

:o

A Mod Vs Mod Throw Downs gonna happen

:DDDD

Posted by cameron83

Cannot wait!

Posted by CerealKillz

@citizenbane: Since I don't care about the title, please, could you tell me, Does hulk have any good action scenes? At least one? or does thanos own him pretty easily.

Judging by the fact they just had Thanos tank BB from up close and from the preview, it looks like Thanos is going to kick Hulk's ass.

Posted by Herokiller12344

That fight between Thanos and everyone else better be something to write home about. I'll be upset if it's just another copout or one shot.

Edited by cameron83

@theacidskull said:

@citizenbane: Since I don't care about the title, please, could you tell me, Does hulk have any good action scenes? At least one? or does thanos own him pretty easily.

Judging by the fact they just had Thanos tank BB from up close and from the preview, it looks like Thanos is going to kick Hulk's ass.

That's.....actually a good thing imo. That sounds kind of weird..

Posted by Killemall

Judging by the fact they just had Thanos tank BB from up close and from the preview, it looks like Thanos is going to kick Hulk's ass.

Well in a one on one encounter you could hardly see it going any other way, i am more interested to see how they finally show Thanos defeat, and hopefully give him the respect he deserves.

Posted by JamDamage

I usually hate cosmic tales, but this one was just so much fun to read and I don't think anyone really didn't like it. I never read Hickman before, but man am I fan since he's jumped on the Avengers books. this story was that good.

Edited by I_am_Warlock

Hated the ending, this doesnt feel like an end of the story.

And no Thanos doesnt really get much respect, apart from getting the better of a small Avengers team consisting of Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Captain Marvel, which honestly Thanos should be able to simply bulldose over.

Where are all the big powerful, what happened to Starbrand, Captain Universe??

Sadly yet again, Thanos gets defeated via plot device.

I am disappointed with the ending, the series however has been awesome.

Posted by I_am_Warlock

@assman said:

My only question is, does it do the Mad Titan any justice? I'm waiting for the TPB, and can't wait, after hearing good things. I just hope he wasn't disposed of easily with plot. @theacidskull

As sad as it may be, he was.

He did get a short nice fight, but that was about it. Nothing there worthy of what Thanos used to be.

Posted by SavageDragon
  1. Im so excited.
  2. Im excited.
  3. I cant wait
  4. AWESOME.
Edited by Hassun

Another hugely disappointing Marvel event.

Johnathan Hickman's world building is just too sterile, millions die and it all seems like a boring footnote nobody cares about. His universe is impersonal, empty and devoid of any feeling or drama.

The angle with the Inhumans and Black Bolt was awful, to the point where I suspect he never wanted to use them to begin with. (Judging from the upcoming Inhumanity storyline, an editorial decision perhaps?) Attilan being destroyed AGAIN, that pocket universe stupidity just to let Black Bolt make a speech (even though that's not how his powers work). And then making him "job" to Thanos to make Thanos look good? Just terrible.

Meanwhile immense space battles happen with no real meaning. The Kree, Skrulls, Shi'ar and other races are all idiots who need guidance from Captain America because humans are so superior to everyone else. And what about all these new characters Mr Hickman has been creating all through his Avengers series? All these superbeings like Starbrand, the new Captain Universe, the new Smasher, Nightmask, Ex Nihilo, Abyss, ... Is anything interesting going to happen with those? Was there a good reason for them to even be around, especially while all the other new members of the Avengers like Canonball, Shang-Chi and Sunspot are used as barely sentient wallpaper?

All in all this has been a beautifully illustrated, boring story devoid of anything interesting happening or meaningful repercussions. I guess it was better than AvX at least but that's about the most positive thing you can say about it.

Edited by GreenScar1990

@i_am_warlock: Honestly, I have no qualm if Thanos is defeated by the combined might of Hulk, Thor, Hyperion, Captain Marvel and Captain America. What I do have a problem with is how they've handled Thanos since 'Thanos Imperative'. I haven't read this issue yet, so I can't judge it. But, to be honest, there is some things I did like about Thanos in Hickman's Infinity. Now let me explain.

I loved what Starlin and Giffen were doing with Thanos. He moved on with his life and further developed as a character. It was a shame that all that came to an end during the "Thanos Imperative" event. The only real part of Jason Aaron's terrible 'Thanos Rising' that I liked was when Thanos ignored Death at the end of the final issue.

That's how I believe Thanos should have stayed. He should have moved past his love/obsession with Death and continued to develop as a character. And I'm enjoying 'Infinity' because of Thanos' involvement. Now let me explain as to why I am.

It seems that Thanos has moved on. He seems intent on killing his son not for Mistress Death, but instead for his own satisfaction rather than appeasing her. In some ways, it could be argued that Thanos has/wants to become his own definition of Death and be worshipped in order to defy/spite his former mistress/love.

The problem is that Marvel isn't going more in depth with this angle and the character's growth in the last decade or so. It would make a lot more sense if they would have shown us why Thanos has seemingly reverted to being a genocidal space tyrant.

For example, in his brief conversation with his son Thane, it would have been better if it went down like this.

Thane: Why are you doing this?

Thanos: Because you keep me awake at night. The very thought of you, out there, extisting enrages me. You represent the being I once was... of a servitude that I no longer honor. And soon that will end.

What do you think?

Posted by patrat18

Can't wait to see a depowered Thanos lol.

Posted by Pyre113
Posted by tigerkaya

@i_am_warlock: Honestly, I have no qualm if Thanos is defeated by the combined might of Hulk, Thor, Hyperion, Captain Marvel and Captain America. What I do have a problem with is how they've handled Thanos since 'Thanos Imperative'. I haven't read this issue yet, so I can't judge it. But, to be honest, there is some things I did like about Thanos in Hickman's Infinity. Now let me explain.

I loved what Starlin and Giffen were doing with Thanos. He moved on with his life and further developed as a character. It was a shame that all that came to an end during the "Thanos Imperative" event. The only real part of Jason Aaron's terrible 'Thanos Rising' that I liked was when Thanos ignored Death at the end of the final issue.

That's how I believe Thanos should have stayed. He should have moved past his love/obsession with Death and continued to develop as a character. And I'm enjoying 'Infinity' because of Thanos' involvement. Now let me explain as to why I am.

It seems that Thanos has moved on. He seems intent on killing his son not for Mistress Death, but instead for his own satisfaction rather than appeasing her. In some ways, it could be argued that Thanos has/wants to become his own definition of Death and be worshipped in order to defy/spite his former mistress/love.

The problem is that Marvel isn't going more in depth with this angle and the character's growth in the last decade or so. It would make a lot more sense if they would have shown us why Thanos has seemingly reverted to being a genocidal space tyrant.

For example, in his brief conversation with his son Thane, it would have been better if it went down like this.

Thane: Why are you doing this?

Thanos: Because you keep me awake at night. The very thought of you, out there, extisting enrages me. You represent the being I once was... of a servitude that I no longer honor. And soon that will end.

What do you think?

Now thats the Thanos I know I love reading. Wouldn't be surprised about making him himself his own definition of Death he created a female version of himself out of spite against Death in Infinity Gauntlet. I especially like the dialogue really captures Thanos's voice.

Edited by Rick475069

Very fitting as to what happened to Thanos. I wonder what that thing is that he seems to be trapped in. They called it a "living death".

Posted by Novemberx2

good issue, finally an event that did get ruined at the end by a predictable death

But still not looking forward to inhumanity

where was squirrel girl and she hulk when they were needed, years ago they were able to beat up thanos (you know when marvel thought he was a one dimensional joke)

Posted by ziggy_strdust

**SPOILERS***

Everything was solved with the "wave of a hand"...

The Builders got a hand wave from Capt Universe..

Thanos got a hand wave from Thane..

The Space Pirates got a hand wave from Starbrand..

What was the point of dragging the tired and wounded ShiAr + Kree onto earth when THANE DID NOT NEED SAVING... It's obvious he's become more powerful than Thanos, and he would have awoken sooner or later..

Maxiums was THE STAR.. At least his solution was clever and cool..

Edited by BillyBonzo

Wish the battle was more epic, wouldn't have minded a little issue just dedicated to an awesome final battle with Thanos and his cronies.

Edited by Oscars94
Posted by dondave

Rubbish

Posted by Mxyzptlk_CV

@i_am_warlock: Honestly, I have no qualm if Thanos is defeated by the combined might of Hulk, Thor, Hyperion, Captain Marvel and Captain America. What I do have a problem with is how they've handled Thanos since 'Thanos Imperative'. I haven't read this issue yet, so I can't judge it. But, to be honest, there is some things I did like about Thanos in Hickman's Infinity. Now let me explain.

I loved what Starlin and Giffen were doing with Thanos. He moved on with his life and further developed as a character. It was a shame that all that came to an end during the "Thanos Imperative" event. The only real part of Jason Aaron's terrible 'Thanos Rising' that I liked was when Thanos ignored Death at the end of the final issue.

That's how I believe Thanos should have stayed. He should have moved past his love/obsession with Death and continued to develop as a character. And I'm enjoying 'Infinity' because of Thanos' involvement. Now let me explain as to why I am.

It seems that Thanos has moved on. He seems intent on killing his son not for Mistress Death, but instead for his own satisfaction rather than appeasing her. In some ways, it could be argued that Thanos has/wants to become his own definition of Death and be worshipped in order to defy/spite his former mistress/love.

The problem is that Marvel isn't going more in depth with this angle and the character's growth in the last decade or so. It would make a lot more sense if they would have shown us why Thanos has seemingly reverted to being a genocidal space tyrant.

For example, in his brief conversation with his son Thane, it would have been better if it went down like this.

Thane: Why are you doing this?

Thanos: Because you keep me awake at night. The very thought of you, out there, extisting enrages me. You represent the being I once was... of a servitude that I no longer honor. And soon that will end.

What do you think?

Wow....I love this!! You should write the next Thanos story!!...

Sadly, I didn't like the ending of infinity....Thanos was dealt with too easy...And what about the gem that was missing???...I thought that would play a role in the end...The story would have been better if it focused more on Thanos's character...(remove builders + put more Thanos instead)

Edited by InnerVenom123

This was awesome.

Posted by HumanRocket

I don't have anything to say except 10/10 and also Lockjaw.

Posted by batmannflash

I don't have anything to say except 10/10 and also Lockjaw.

Lockjaw!!

Edited by New_World_Order

What is everyone complaining about? How was Thanos not displayed well in power? First we have Hulk dive at him, what does Thanos do? Simply punch him across the town their in. We have Captain Mar-Vell (Binary) easily slapped aside like a wasp by Thanos. Than we a battIehave been waiting for, Thor vs Thanos. We have Thanos block a strike from Mjolnir with his hand, and than takes multiple lightning strikes from Thor without flinching or anything! He did not move, than we have Thor hit him with an amped lightning strike and he still barely moves. They soon lock arms and we soon see who is the physically superior. The guy was letting off so much energy thatTthe Avengers went flying and they're costumes began to fray off. Before all of this we have Thanos one-shotting Black Dwarf the guy who was taken on the combined might of the alliance ( Gladiator, Super-Skrull, Anihllus, and Ronan ). Although he lost to Black Panther, doesn't add up, but whatever. Last but least we have him tanking full blown screams from Black Bolt that only gives him a nose bleed and rips his clothes. Honestly Thanos was NOT hurt through this entire event and he was made to look a lot more powerful than anyone ( Except his son, Captain Universe and Star brand maybe ).

You people want too much, he was displayed well in my opinion.

With that out of the way. I loved this issue, and I believe this was a very sucessful event. I loved it way more than Avengers Vs X-Men and believe that this is how Marvel should go back to writing events. One thing i did not like was the whole Black Widow and Shang Chi were out of place, but it was alright.

Posted by TheFirstLantern

This was an okay ending. I feel as if Thor vs Thanos lasted shorter than BB vs Thanos. The ending felt a little too abrupt, although it seemed like two out of five members of the black order seemed to want to kill Thanos. Interested to read New Avengers next week since this issue was pretty high priced I didn't have enough :|

Edited by War Killer

While I've found this event entertaining, I honestly have no clue as to what the point of all this was? Maybe it's just Hickman's style of writing, but I still don't understand why any of this happened and what the purpose of it was. I mean the story starts off great with The Avengers going into space to deal with the Builders, leading to this epic Star Wars-feel war being waged for the universe. But then the whole thing with Thanos is thrown in, and while it appeared he would be the main focus I really didn't understand how what happened to the Builders and with Thanos tie-together. It feels that those two storylines could have been split into two completely different storylines instead of being made into one. I also still don't fully understand what Thanos really wanted; we have the whole thing about his son, then you have that alien chick trying to destroy the whole planet, and I think the Infinity Gems were mentioned at one point...what exactly was Thanos' goal here?

That's my biggest issue with this whole story, it just feels TOO big.

On a side note, I still really don't like Star Brand. I feel like he's just there for when Hickman throws something at The Avengers that is impossible to defeat, but because he has to end the story just has Star Brand pop and get rid of the problem. He just feels WAY too overpowered and inconsistent as one minute he doesn't know how to control his abilities and is nowhere to be found, the next he's destroying a whole alien fleet with the flick of a finger.

Edited by spinningbirdcake

So Maximus the Mad and Lockjaw kind of were scene stealers for the little bit they showed up for. I'm pretty sure people are going to have to keep reading Hickman's Avengers title's to know what's going to happen to Thane in the long run. And I so want to know what's going to happen to Maximus, Black Bolt and Lockjaw.

Posted by BillyBonzo

I think Thanos will try and get a little revenge when he comes back.

Posted by Fenderxx

Wow what a great story, I was grinning ear to ear when I read it.

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