Review: Infinity #4
Marvel has billed this issue as the big turning point for the series. And holy cow did it live up to the hype. Infinity #4 is the best issue of the series so far.
While the two story lines, the Builders and Thanos’ son, still seem disconnected, Jonathan Hickman brings them together spiritually in this issue. It’s all about the turning of the tides, and the hope and despair it brings. On the Avengers side, Captain America and Thor devise a great plan to wound the Builders in an unconventional way. Hickman writes it in such an epic manner, that it’s hard not to be pumped with the characters. Thor receives a good amount of time in this issue. Thor hasn’t had much to say in Infinity, but Hickman uses the time well. The big moment for Avengers is more of a morale boost than a big leap forward in the battle against the Builders. But Hickman plays the angle of needing that morale in war, and sometimes that’s more important than winning the big battle. The reader can really feel the energy in the Avengers ramping up for these final two issues.
The other big turning point in Infinity #4 deals with Thanos and Black Bolt. Hickman continues to write Thanos better than anyone has in years. We finally see where the new Inhuman book is going to come from, and how Marvel seems to be making the Inhumans a new version of mutants. It’s not the worst way to start a mini-event, as it feels natural to the story being told. I would have liked a little more character work for Thane, as he goes through quite the change in this issue. But it doesn’t exactly hit the reader that hard, as we know next to nothing about him. Hickman tries to soften that blow by having a few pages worth of narration, but it just isn’t enough. What bothered me a little bit was the lack of mention of what Black Bolt did to New York City. It’s hard to tell how much of the city is leveled, and if some scenes are taking place in New York City, or in other major cities. It’s not a massive complaint, but something that stuck with me.
As always, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver pencil one beautiful book. It’s easy to feel the strength of Thanos when he hits Black Bolt. Dustin Weaver crams an astonishing amount of detail into every panel of New York City. The carnage looks fantastic. As stated before, it’s hard to tell how much New York City has been destroyed. Weaver’s pencils made most of the confusion. But it’s hard to tell if the fault is in Hickman’s writing, or Weaver’s pencils. I love the look of Thane, as it’s just different enough from Thanos to be his own man. The family resemblance is there though. Opena’s pencils in space are some of the best we’ve seen in his career. When Thor gets his hammer back….well it’s hard to say anything but powerful. The reader can feel the energy for the entire war changing in that one panel.
Infinity has been a very strong event, but Hickman and company found a way to make it even better.
Infinity #4 gets 4.5/5.