Monday, September 8, 2014

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #17 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by:Eduardo Francisco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 7, 2014


I've mentioned over and over, Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse has been one of the most inconsistent books I've come across in a long while.  However, the past few issues have been pretty good and with the Heroes gathered for the first time, I was really looking forward to this issue. Unfortunately, this one didn't continue the recent upward trend.  I will give it one thing, it's bad in all the ways it was before...I guess that's a kind of consistency, right?

If you enjoy exposition, then you may like this issue.  There is a lot of it, but I'll warn you, the dialogue is pretty horrible.  It all starts with Batman.  I'm not sure why, but Dan Abnett has struggled with Batman since the beginning of the series.  This issue may be his worst.  Batman isn't the only guilty party, however.  Almost every line of dialogue is pretty bad and to add insult to injury, not much important is said.  The book does end with a nice cliffhanger, but Batman is there to try to ruin it.

Eduardo Fransisco gets to go wild with all these different Earth characters and does a pretty good job overall.  There is a part in the middle of the issue that annoyed me where the art repeats itself for effect, but comes off as lazy instead.  Seriously, these issues are not that long, there is no need for that kind of gimmickry.

Looking at this review sitting on my screen, I realize it's not too long.  I'm sorry, but not much happens.  It's pretty much a recap of the series up until now, which is an odd choice seventeen issues in.  I'd say it's a good jumping on point, but it's far from "good".  We'll just agree it's a jumping on point. It's a shame because I really want to like this book.  I love the DC Multiverse and the fun characters and stories in it.  So far, this is the Multiverse where fun goes to die.

Bits and Pieces:

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #17 is an exposition heavy issue with awful dialogue and no story progression.  It's basically a recap and other than a promising cliffhanger, fans (if there are any) can pass on this one.  Actually,  it may be time to pass on this series altogether.


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