By Koppy McFad
August 13, 2008 - 03:36
In this final issue, the members of the new Infinity Inc. confront the mystery man from the Dark Side Club who has sinister plans for the team.
This series has been plagued with problems from issue number one and these problems are still very much in evidence in this issue. The characters are not introduced to new readers. We are forced to get to know them in the middle of the story. But the more we see of them, the less we like them. They are a quarrelsome and unsympathetic bunch and their powers are vague and ill-defined. The art, while detailed, is confusing and unattractive. And as an added insult, they can't even resolve the story in this issue. Instead, we end with another cliffhanger which will supposedly be resolved in the pages of TERROR TITANS.
Maybe DC Comics thought they were being innovative by coming out with this book-- not adhering to any of the old standards of superhero comics. Well, apparently those standards exist for a reason. This series has failed to win any substantial following-- not even among the 'artsy' set who sneer at superhero comics.
DC Comics should be credited for experimentation-- and yes, many of the characters and plots in this book were different from anything else in superhero comics. But in the end, it just wasn't interesting or exciting enough. It was further hampered by the decompressed storytelling and lack of a clear central theme. This book was both weird and boring. It deserved better. After all the "52" miniseries re-established Steel as a major character in the DC universe. Yet even here, in the very book where he was suppose to be the central figure, he was pushed to the sidelines and often depicted without his armour. It was almost as if the writer wanted to distance himself from anything that smacked of conventional superheroics.
Maybe instead of comic webzines interviewing the writers and editors of top-selling books and popular characters, someone should interview Milligan and company and find out just what they were trying to do with this book. It may tell us a lot of how creators' minds really work.
Rating: 4 /10