Sunday, November 30, 2014

Infinity Man and the Forever People #5 Review

Written by: Dan Didio and Keith Giffen
Art by: Tom Grummett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 26, 2014

Blood Bath

I have been a big supporter of Infinity Man and the Forever People because even when I have no idea what is going on, I still have a hell of a good time.  No, I am not fully versed in New Gods lore and I am far from a Kirby-file, but through this book I am slowly learning and loving every baby step I take with the gang.  This month we get a little history lesson, a setup for some major conflict and a all out brawl with one of my favorite characters in the DC Universe.  Yes, Guy Gardner is in the house and he is pretty pissed off.

The book begins with a little New God history.  Told as a sermon, we learn how Darkseid and Highfather betrayed their father and became who they are today.  We also get a hint at a return of Yuga Khan that will certainly be trouble for everyone, especially the New Gods.  Meanwhile, our favorite New Gods are hanging out on Earth which has gained the attention of Guy Gardner who is busy protecting Earth from...New Gods.

This issue puts the humor on hold a bit for a battle royal between Guy and the Forever People Gang.  I say "a bit" because Guy has the best line in this book so far.  After dispatching of Big Bear pretty easily, Guy goes head-to-head with Vykin.  While the two battle and banter, Guy lets loose a zinger about who trained him.  Every Lantern fan reading this book is bound to laugh out loud.  The battle takes up the bulk of the issue and ends with Guy on his back.  The issue itself then ends with a false alarm and then some more awesome Lantern guest stars.

Didio and Giffen give us a two part issue and I enjoyed both for different reasons.  The first part gives a really cool direction for this book.  The problem it's had for it's first couple of issues is a real defined villain, but that may just have changed.  The second part is a little tie-in to the Lantern Godhead crossover, but anyone can enjoy Guy Gardner and an all out brawl.  I know I did.

I also enjoyed Tom Grummett's art this month.  I've enjoyed this book's look even with so many artists already on it, but this issue may be my favorite.  His modern take on the Jack Kirby classic characters is so good and I loved his versions of Yuga Khan and the young Darkseid and Highfather.  I also want to give a shoutout to Hi Fi for his great color work.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue is a tie-in, a setup and an all out brawl.  Didio and Giffen give the reader hints at a major villain rising up while the Forever People deal with Guy Gardner and repercussions of Godhead.  This book is still getting it's footing and this issue looks like a solid foundation to continue from.  After five issues, this is the strongest combination of art and story we've got yet.



  1. forever is really one of the comics i look forward to :)
    Now to bring up the question: how do the lanterns expect to beat the new gods? Guy was a veteran lantern wielder and got his ass kicked by a newer recruit