Cosmo: So, in the past month, DC & Marvel have both launched new series from 70s icons. In the case of the latter, it was Infinity Entity, the latest installment in Jim Starlin’s cosmic comeback. For DC, it was Superman: The Coming of the Supermen by Neal Adams. In each case, the results were quite idiosyncratic, if not downright weird. Continue reading Comic Convo: Infinity Entity & The Coming Of The Supermen
Fall is upon us but while Secret Wars and it’s many tie in’s sit in delay purgatory for the time being, Marvel is once again relaunching it’s superhero line with a whole bunch of #1 issues for their comics. With that said, the publisher is moving from a different position than they were in with Marvel Now & All New Marvel Now. With the former, Marvel had a lot of young creative talent that they were able to re-position during the relaunch to give their line a fresh make over and give creators they had brought up on their lower tier titles a higher profile like Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron or Rick Remender. After Marvel Now was a success, they added several new talents into their fold by building off the success of the original relaunch, giving creators like Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, Michael Walsh, Felipe Smith or Michel Fiffe their first shot at a major comics launch with the publisher. Now, much of the talent from both those initiatives has moved on from the publisher. In their place, Marvel has new creators coming on from all sorts of different mediums in addition to some of their old standby’s like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid or Greg Land, and they are publishing a lot of comics. Probably too many. Below is a list of all the announced new series categorized into grouping of Yay, Mayhaps or Nah like we did with Secret Wars. Keep in mind that I won’t be including series that are basically the same creative talent and that Marvel will surely have more books to announce in the months ahead.
Jim Starlin of The Infinity Gauntlet, Captain Marvel, Cosmic Odyssey, Batman & Thanos vs Hulk will return to the Warlock character on a four issue miniseries with artist Alan Davis of Captain Britain, Excalibur, X-Men & The Savage Hulk. Jeff Lemire of Descender, All-New Hawkeye & Bloodshot Reborn will be relaunching Moon Knight with the series former art team of Greg Smallwood & Jordie Bellaire. Novelist Chelsea Cain will return to the Mockingbird character that she recently wrote a one shot for in an ongoing series while Allred & Slott’s Silver Surfer will be returning in addition to Chris Sims & Chad Bowers X-Men ’92 with Starlord & Kitty Pryde artist Alti Firmansyah.
Writer Jim Starlin launches The Infinity Entity with immaculate art from Alan Davis, Mark Farmer & Jordan Boyd. Out of all the recent work we’ve seen from Jim Starlin, Infinity Entity may be the greatest approximation of the writers strengths and weakness’s in 2016.
Infinity Entity follows up on recent Starlin OGN’s the creator has been making with Marvel centered around the Adam Warlock character. Here, Warlock has entered another parallel reality of the Marvel Universe where he now has the ability to traverse across time and space. He has a quick run in with an early version of the Avengers before going back to look over the Guardians Of The Galaxy and heal Gamora before closing out this issue with a challenge from the In-Betweener. The Infinity Entity #1 looks amazing and it’s an experience to behold in terms of it’s scope in storytelling. Illustrator Alan Davis is a master of the form but this is some of his strongest Marvel work in close to the two years. Infinity literally opens with the big bang and remains just as epic going forward with both cosmic and action scenes that are impressive in equal measure. The team of Davis, Farmer & Boyd construct an amazing visual narrative based on Stalin’s story direction and for the writers part, he is bringing a whole host of interesting idea’s and concepts to the table. With that said, Starlin’s biggest handicap has always been his reliance on exposition and that is on full display with Infinity Entity as the Adam Warlock character basically tell the reader everything that is happening in text on the page as it’s appears in the visual narrative. Your millage may vary depending on how much you value classic Marvel comics, in particular classic Marvel work by Starlin. Even from that angle, the dialogue can feel tedious at points and ultimately, the book amounts to very little in the way of actual plot for a single issue of a comic. Had this been the first 20+ pages of a graphic novel that aspect might have been a moot point but as a debut issue of a new series, it’s a hindrance.
Overall, Infinity Entity has enough in the way of excellence to overcome it’s flaws but those flaws are still pretty glaring. While this is certainly a comic I would recommend to readers, approach it with trepidation.