Infinity: New Avengers #9 

With the huge space battles that go down in this issue, I was tempted to compare it to Star Trek, but, honestly, Star Trek ain’t got nothin’ on this Avengers tie-in to Infinity. Jonathan Hickman orchestrates an intense encounter that’s simply epic. It’s of note that there’s a certain lack of humanity as far as the superheroes go. Surprisingly, we instead find our sympathies with characters who are just about as loathsome as you can find in the Marvel Universe. If you would have told me that this issue would make me sympathize — and even root for — the Skrulls, then I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet Hickman has done just that. He’s made a conflict that is so massive and is approaching with such immediacy that just about everyone you’ve ever hated has now banded together to fight as one. Well, almost everyone. If Earth and the rest of the universe were truly at the end of their rope, then wouldn’t a few super villains have tagged along for the ride, too? I’m sure Dr. Doom would want a stake in this fight.

Artist Leinil Francis Yu delivers the goods on this one. The opening sequence with the Skrulls has just the right amount of emotional vulnerability and brave determination to make it the standout scene of the whole book. When the big fight comes later on, it’s a thing of fanboy beauty to see Thor, Falcon, and a slew of others rocketing through space in the company of countless starships. There are a few odd designs here and there, most notably Cap’s space suit that looks too uncomfortable to function, but just about everything else is gravy. This issue isn’t really a tie in. I would say it’s critical to read it it’s more than just a tie in. The artwork is ok I’m not so impressed but it was good. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling.

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