For the last few years Marvel has tried to birth a more establish ‘Universe’ beyond its traditional borders of ‘Earth’. These tales have proved eventful with space-opera crossovers like “Annihilation”, “War of Kings” and “Thanos Imperative”. The later being an interesting take on the duality of the villain Thanos. This super villain duality is what leads us to the newest Marvel crossover “Infinity”.
Thanos is definitely front and center in this crossover, although he plays more of a shadowy figure at first. A strange departure for Marvel as it was just two years ago that we saw Thanos become a hero and save the Universe. Duality in its heroes and villains is not an uncommon theme in the comic medium Even if it is a tiring theme; it’s nice to see Thanos back to his evil roots.
Earth is left with few heroes when the Avengers decide to strike first in order to protect the little blue planet from an impending attack by aliens called Builders. Thanos gets wind of this and decides to attack earth. An interesting note, earth is the center of a mysterious ailment plaguing the Marvel Universe after the events in ‘Age of Ultron’. Although it remains to be seen whether this crossover will solve these ailments.
Jonathan Hickman is front and center in his first major crossover. The only major drawback from this type of writer control is that readers must have knowledge of his previous work in his “Avengers” titles so far. Unfortunately, “Infinity” is not a jumping on point for readers looking for that classic Avengers story. Be prepared for serious references to previous events and knowledge of characters created by Jonathan.