Art by: June Brigman
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Infinitely Confusing, Inc.
This has been such a hard tie-in for me to review. First off, it's the one I am the least familiar with. I have NO previous interaction with the Infinity Inc. team besides laughing at Eric for liking the Star Spangled Kid. Second, Jerry Ordway (who co-created the team) didn't hold any hands when it came to jumping in. I'm sure that if you are an Infinity Inc. fan, you were sitting in your mansion, eating strawberries the size of hand fruit, enjoying one last fling with your favorite team while I sat here, struggling to follow this book while eating stupid, regular sized strawberries. Why did I review it then? We only have two guys on the site and I promised myself we would review every book. Stupid promises lead to stupid reviews. I apologize in advance. And away we go...
Last issue ended with Infinity Inc. being attacked by Jonah Hex and the Dogs of War. It's funny, I don't recall them being called the Dogs of War then, but everyone does here and I'm jumping on the trolley. There is a whole lot of stuff going down right away and like I said in that awful intro...Jerry Ordway isn't holding any hands.
Brainwave is down for the count and may or may not be communing with Telos while the rest of Infinity Inc. heads to battle. While most of the team is taking a wait and see approach, Fury wants blood. The two sides square off and a bunch of individual fights break out, but I have to admit, I was confused. Again, this problem is mainly because I don't know these characters well enough. I will take part of the blame, but I also blame Ordway for not giving us more character moments to make me care. The first issue did a decent job with the Infinity Inc. characters (especially Jade, Obsidian and Brainwave), but these Dogs of War are lost on me. It's not that big a problem, because they go down pretty easy.
The fight goes on until the Earthquake hits and Brainwave wakes up. He seems to be the only one talking sense as Obsidian dives into Jonah Hex's awful past and a silent rocket ship driven by Harris (?) shows up. Jonah Hex decides that the Infinity Inc. are a-okay with him and Telos severs contact with Brainwave (remember: Earthquake). Neither side wins, but as Infinity Inc. leave Jonah, his city blows the hell up. WTF?!? They aren't sure if it was the Nuclear reactors damaged by the Earthquake (someone really should have checked on them) or Telos' doing, but they have pressing matters to deal with...they are inducted into the Justice Society of America. The End. By the way guys, it was the nuclear reactors...the dead inhabitants thank you.
Well, if you are an Infinity Inc. fan, I guess you got what you wanted in the end...respect. The team was inducted into the JSA and they seemed pretty happy. I just am having problems making sense with the rest.
Usually in an issue that I am this confused about, the art shares a bunch of the blame. Not here. I really liked June Brigeman's art, especially her character designs.
Bits and Pieces:
I tried my best to figure out what was going on in this issue, but I was left utterly confused. The problem is, even the stuff I understood didn't impress me much. In the end, fans of Infinity Inc. got what they wanted and we can file the team away for safe keeping until the next event rolls in.