Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Road To Infinity

In August, Jonathan Hickman gets his shot in the big spotlight at Marvel with a six issue limited series titled Infinity. Joining him for this cosmic tale is artist Jim Cheung. Any person even remotely familiar with Marvel understands what the title implies....

Thanos, The Mad-Titan, The Avatar of Death
I've never been into cosmic based comics a great deal. The Fantastic Four is the closest thing I can think of to a cosmic book that I read regularly. Sure other comics might have a cosmic adventure here and there, but I wasn't into any pure monthly cosmic stories. I've checked out the Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, Guardians of the Galaxy and Legion of Super-Heroes, but couldn't get into any of them for any great length of time. Even when the Infinity Gauntlet came about in 1991, I didn't care one bit.

Twenty-two years later and spending ten years out the hobby brings about changes. One change being that I'm much more open to reading comics that I never would have in the past, and the emergence of one of the most talented writers in this solar system, Jonathan Hickman.

I was completely unfamiliar with many of the writers and artists that came into the comic industry while I was away. I had never heard of Jonathan Hickman before, all I knew was that he was writing the Fantastic Four and I heard nothing but positive reviews of his work on the title. His run on the Fantastic Four and FF would come to rival that of John Byrne and Kirby/Lee.

When news came of Marvel Now! and that Hickman was taking over writing duties on the Avengers, I was happy, actually I was quite excited. Jonathan writes for the big story, and you may not even notice all of the pieces coming together until it happens. So of course when I had heard that Hickman was doing an event called Infinity, I was down right giddy.

This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. One of the books available was a prelude to Infinity and now August cannot get here fast enough. At first, with the announcement of Infinity I was just patiently looking forward to it. Then the excitement began to grip me after I read the prelude. Then after reading this interview with Marvel Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort at Comic Book Resources, all of my patience has been exhausted. Jim Cheung is a beast, that's all I'm going to say, go look up some of his other works.

Right now I am really enjoying what Marvel has been cranking out. Not only am I digging the Avengers family of books and the Fantastic Four but I am also getting into Marvel cosmic with Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy. I know the Avengers will be front and center when Thanos comes knocking, I 'm very hopeful to see the Guardians and Nova right along side the Earth's mightiest heroes.

So come August, hit up your local comic shop and dive into some sweet cosmic goodness and get a taste of what that purple guy at the end of the Avengers movie is all about.

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