Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NB of the Week


Infinity #4 (of 6)

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Drawn by Jerome Opena & Dustin Weaver

Infinity has been pretty damn amazing from it's start but if you haven't been reading Hickman's full run on Avengers, you could be a little lost. Here's a quick (for me) recap of where things stand before this issue:
The Builders (the world changers that Hickman created in the very first issue of his Avengers run) have come to destroy Earth. They demand servitude from all races and such but Earth must surrender and then be destroyed. The Avengers are in space trying their best to stop them. Back on Earth, Thanos is continuing his quest to kill all the offspring he has sired (as seen in Jason Aaron's Thanos Rising mini) and is down to his last son that is also part Inhuman. In order to save that child and the rest of the Inhumans, Black Bolt and his brother Maximus have created a terrigenesis bomb. When Thanos attacks Bolt, his cry not only destroys their beloved city of Attilan, crashing it down into New York, but it also releases their bomb across the world.
In this issue (finally), we start seeing the effect the bomb has as people all across the world begin to change. Throughout time, the Inhuman races have splintered and faded and some of the genes have been crossed and mixed as they lived with other races (namely human). Any bloodline that has Inhuman genes is changed, including the son Thanos has been searching for. Once a healer for the village he lived in, his transformation has killed everybody there (I do believe Marvel has said he has the powers of both "life and death" so no idea how it exactly happened or what it means for him yet).
Back in space, Captain America and the Space Council have decided the best thing to do in order to save as many as they can is to surrender to the Builders, just as Ronan the Accuser and his Kree already have. Cap sends in the best messenger they have: Thor. Thor says a prayer to Mjolnir as he hurls it far into space, for they will allow him no weapons, and begins to try and work a truce. Builder says there will be no give and take and that Earth shall die. As this happens, Gladiator (back with Captain America) is surprised to find that radar is showing an incoming trajectory. Cap answering that "It's a reckoning". Mjolnir has traveled around a burning hot sun and has flung itself back to Thor. As the Builder lectures him, we get the setup and pay off we're all giddy for:
"Humanity should have the good sense to know their story is over. Mankind should know they are done."
"And what if I am not just a man?"
And as their alarm begins to sound, Builder turns just in time to see it's too late. Mjolnir finds the mighty hand of Thor once again, killing the Builder in order to do such. Thor calls a rally to the Kree and all their Accusers to rejoin their cause and fight once more as free men. Gladiator and Cap send our issue off with words of hope that maybe not all is lost:
"What follows after this?" Gladiator asks.
"Now we win."
As I've said, this may all be a bit confusing and a bit much if you haven't been reading Hickman's run but golly damn does he know how to rally the troops. I was amped and ready for a fight after this issue. We know that, for the most part, the Avengers will likely win. But even with that, I want to cheer them on every step of the way. I can't wait to see how this mini ends and I can't wait to see what happens with all the random Inhumans popping up (Hint: it leads to a new ongoing book by Matt Fraction).

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