Art by: Angel Hernandez
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 23, 2015
In my last review of Infinite Crisis, I complained that this book is pretty much unnecessary. While that comes off as harsh, I still stand by the statement. I truly believe that DC was still high on the success of Injustice when they green lit this video game tie-in. I'm not sure what went wrong, but this is nowhere near the quality of that book and only comes off as an attempt to grab a few extra dollars. It's a shame, though, because the many worlds and characters at Dan Abnett's disposal should make this book at least a little fun. It isn't. The cliffhanger at the end of last issue at least promised some action, but I've grown wary of anything this book promises. I have been burnt too many times in this book's thirty some issues. Is that the case again? Let's find out, shall we?
The end of last issue had the Monitor stupidly messing around with the Gaslight Earth Engine and going completely mad with anger as a result. You see, the Engine (and the others throughout the Multiverse) were set to drive each world insane if screwed with. Questions about that plan aside, the immediate concern is how can the heroes stop a rampaging Monitor. We find out quickly that it isn't going to be easy.
I can't really call what we get here a fight. Hawkgirl does take a major swing, but in the end, the best we get is K.A.L trying to put the Monitor in a sleeper hold. While this is going on, Dan Abnett again shows he doesn't like Batman. When Batman decides to sacrifice the Gaslight world for the safety of the Heroes, it's not the decision itself that upset me, it's that Abnett put Batman in that situation in the first place. Oh well, at least it gave my favorite character, Sir Hal, a chance to shine.
Up until now, it's been business as usual. For issue after issue we have dealt with pretty much the same thing to the point of ridiculousness. I'm happy to report that that all changes at the end of this issue. Alexander Luthor has been begging anyone who will listen to believe he is innocent in this whole affair. It's been a tough sell with all the evidence pointing in his direction. I can now tell you that he's been telling the truth...kind of. His inventions are being used against him and wait until you see who is responsible. I have to admit, because of who is involved, I'm actually looking forward to next week's issue. Imagine that.
This book continues to look really good. Angel Hernandez does a fine job with all the characters involved especially with the surprise villain at the end. With all the problems this book has had, art has never been one of them.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue of Infinite Crisis may have a few glaring problems, but I actually enjoyed reading it for once. It all had to do with a fan favorite villain showing up on the last page, but I'll take whatever I can when Infinite Crisis is involved. Hopefully, Dan Abnett continues the momentum into next week's issue because I'm tired of being burned.