Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Infinity Man and the Forever People #1 Review

Written by: Keith Giffen and Dan Didio
Art by: Scott Koblish
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014

New Gods on the Block

It's confession time and forgive me, but I have never read much Jack Kirby.  Sacrilegious, I know.  If you're not upset at me already, keep reading and I may get you there.  I'm pretty good at that.  New Genesis?  New Gods?  Fourth World?  None of that rings a bell.  At first glance I may not be the ideal audience for this book.  I think Dan Didio and Keith Giffen would beg to differ.  Infinity Man and the Forever People was made just for me.  Why?  For one, I love a fun story with cool characters.  Mainly though, this book is tailor made to introduce readers to the unique Jack Kirby world of Floating Cities, Mother Box technology and Highfathers.

With people clamoring for their favorite characters to get books in the New 52, Infinity Man and the Forever People seems an odd choice for DC to make.  At first glance, it shouldn't even fit in the New 52.  However, Keith Giffin and Dan Didio do a great job of not only introducing the world and characters of this book, but placing it in the New 52 proper.

While this book is full on exposition and explanation, Didio and Giffen make it fun.  It's fun to meet the team and actually learn their traits by seeing them.  It would be easy for Didio and Giffen to spoon feed us information, but instead they show not tell and believe me, there is plenty more to show.  I already like the team and really want to see what happens.  A fish out of water story featuring New Gods in a singles apartment?  Now that sounds like fun and fun is something the New 52 is lacking.  I just hope they hang out at the Regal Beagle sometime soon.

If you are a Jack Kirby fan, I can't promise how you will feel about this issue.  There is a great shout out to the man himself and I can tell that both authors are huge fans themselves.  If, like myself, you are new to the material, give it a try.  The authors get you up to speed quickly enough to be able to tell this book is going to be such a fun ride.

Scott Koblish's art has a classic feel that, of course, fits the material.  The look brought back memories of when I was given my first comic in the 70's.  Thank you.

Bits and Pieces:

While it's a weird entry in the New 52, not only does Infinity Man fit, but it's great fun to boot.  While I can't speak for longtime fans, Didio and Giffen do a great job of introducing everyone to the unique world of these New Gods.  Scott Koblish's art fits the book with a classic look that just feels right. Highly Recommended.


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