DC wows with ‘Infinity Man and the Forever People’
Most comic fans can agree that DC Comics’ New 52 initiative offers a mixed bag of great and not-so-great titles to comic fans. “Batman” and “Aquaman” have wowed fans while titles like “Mister Terrific” and “Blackhawks” feel best left forgotten in the wake of their cancellations. Anytime an out of the blue debut happens, fans are left wondering whether it will be a big winner or a massive loser.
In the case of “Infinity Man and the Forever People”, DC have one of their best New 52 titles yet. Written by DC co-publisher Dan DiDio and drawn by Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish, the new title introduces the New 52 version of the classic Jack Kirby characters. Originally introduced as part of the Fourth World series of characters in the early 1970s, the new take on the characters alters the gender and ethnicity of one member, but otherwise leaves the team in tact.
The premiere issue introduces us to the cast: Mark Moonrider, Beautiful Dreamer, brother and sister Vykin and Serafina, and Big Bear. By issue’s end, the five young gods of New Genesis have found their way to Earth and found a new home there, while a familiar threat from previous versions of the characters finds his way to Earth as well.
As far as debuts, the plot isn’t designed to wow the reader but instead give a solid starting point for crazy adventures. Giffen’s art brings it all to life with panache. His eclectic lines bring home the Kirby inspiration of the series emphasized by the colors of Hi-Fi. The result is a gorgeous package unlike anything else a reader can find on a New 52 title.
Ultimately a DC title survives not just on a great story but also ongoing sales. The Superhero Examiner encourages everyone to make sure “Infinity Man and the Forever People” survive for years to come. Pick up every issue at a local comic retailer in your area or buy copies through Amazon or Comixology.