Monday, June 2, 2014

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #3 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Szymon Kudranski
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 2, 2014

Let's Get it Started Right

Saying I've been down on Infinite Crisis is an understatement.  The first two issues have been heavy on exposition and light on crazy multiverse characters and worlds.  It may be me, but isn't the draw of this book the fun of the multiverse?  To make matters worse, the story has been pretty boring with bad dialogue and characterization.  Maybe we can all agree to just forget the first two issues because Infinite Crisis #3 is starting to show the promise of what the book and Dan Abnett have is store for us.

Batman and Harbinger traveled to Earth-19 last issue and surprise, that's where we begin.  While I wish we got to see a little more Gotham by Gaslight, it allows Harbinger to explain the situation to Batman.  This really should have been the first issue of the series.  Instead of the spoon feeding we got in the first two issues, we get to learn what's going on along with Batman and it's really good.  I still think the dialogue is a bit stiff and the characterizations are not spot on, but the story has improved ten-fold.

Then we get the start of the craziness I was looking for.  If you don't want spoilers then look away because this issue introduces the series exclusive Atomic Two-Face.  He takes Batman and Harbinger by surprise and turns the young series on it's head.  It's hard to call something a game changer when the game just started, but it definitely was unexpected.  As for Atomic Two-Face, I like what he means for the story, but I'm not a huge fan of the character in general.  However, I WAS a huge fan of how the comic ended.  This is what I wanted from the start of this series and for the first time, I'm excited for next weeks issue.  

Szymon Kudranski's art looks better this week as well.  The toy box is opened a bit and he gets to draw some awesome characters and great action.  Again, the final page won me over for what Kudranski gives us and the promise of what's to come.

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Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #3 does so much to get me on board with the series.  In fact, this is a better start to the series than either of the past two issues.  Dan Abnett and Szymon Kudranski finally show the promise of the crazy fun this book can give. 


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