Monday, October 13, 2014

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #22 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Eduardo Francisco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 12, 2014

Infinitely Bad

To describe this book, I need to reach into my bag of sports metaphors.  Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse is like the New York Yankees of the 1980's.  I'm sure three people know what I'm talking about, bet they are shaking their heads knowingly right now.  For the other six that read my reviews, let me explain.  The Yankees of the 80's were a team that tried to buy their way to a World Series. George Steinbrenner (the Owner) bought any free agent he could whether they fit the team or not.  The problem was, they ended up with a bunch of overpriced players who had no chemistry and really didn't make a "team".  Sure, there were some highlights, but in the end they were a disappointment.  That is Infinite Crisis.  There are huge stars, but they have no chemistry and they sure don't make a winning team. This issue is just another game in a long, losing season.

The Flash and Wonder Woman start off the issue talking to the Monitor.  What What?  If you've been reading IC, then I feel bad for you and you know why this is bizarre.  He's supposed to be dead.  He explains what's going on and then passes out.  It's a really odd moment, but nothing surprises me in this book anymore.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are fighting Nightmare Brainiac and Metallos.  I'll admit, I like the action even if it does go on a bit too long, but (of course) something about it bothers me.  The Heroes are kicking ass while telling the reader how bad they are doing.  It ends up being a disconnect between the art and the dialogue that threw me out of the book.  The other thing that bothers me is the lack of tension in this book.  The battle seems to rage on with no real threat of anything bad happening or really anything happening at all. The not-so cliffhanger that ended this issue is a prime example.  I wish I could say I can't wait until next week, but I can.  I really can.

I did like Eduardo Fransisco's art in this issue.  Everything has a clean, cartoony look that I like, especially Wonder Woman and Sir Harold.  I wish the script would hold up it's part of the bargain because this is a good looking issue.

Bits and Pieces:

I would say I'm not the target audience for this book, but who is?  Maybe people who like comic books that throw a bunch of poorly characterized characters into a generically awful story about a team with no chemistry whatsoever and a Crisis that no one cares about.  That is a weird target audience.  If you aren't one of those people, stay clear of this book and use your $0.99 for something better.



  1. its a tie in comic man. its for people to get interested in the game or for people already playing. if you don't get that then maybe you are not the target audience if you don't get that.

    1. Unfortunately, I may be the target audience...a guy who loves comics, but is not interested in the game. This comic is not getting me to care about playing the game at all. Plus, being or not being in the target audience has nothing to do with awful dialogue, poor characterization and weak storytelling. I like Dan Abnett, but this is a lazy effort from start to finish. Of course this is only my opinion and if you disagree I may have to rip your arm off and beat you with it. Seriously, if you read it I'd like to hear your opinions on why you enjoy it.