Sunday, January 4, 2015

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #30 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 21, 2014

Is It Me You're Looking For?

Have you ever made a promise that you regret immediately after making it?  You know, like promising to take your cousin to the prom and I'm talking about Ryan, not Denise.  Then you go to pick him up and your both wearing the same tuxedo even though he told you he was going with the black Braydon style.  That's how I feel right now having to review this book.  We made a promise to review every DC book and I made a promise to review Infinite Crisis.  I regret that promise every week and yet as a man of my word, here we go again.  Seriously, slow dancing with Ryan to Lionel Richie's "Hello" doesn't seem so bad right now.

This week's issue opens with a continuation of Mecha Deathstroke versus K.A.L. and Sir Hal, the Green Lantern.  If you don't know what I'm talking about don't worry, it doesn't last too long before Deathstroke goes down in a heap.  Then in peculiar timing, Batman and Superman arrive.  They are here to verify what Deathstroke was guarding...a second Earth Engine.

For those not reading (I envy you), this story arc is about these Earth Engines that are located on Earth's throughout the Multiverse.  It's as exciting as it sounds which is not very.  Our heroes seem very concerned  with them, however, so the story keeps plodding forward.  Next stop, Earth-19.

Everyone is gathered in Alexander Luthor's office on the Gaslight Earth.  All the evidence points to Luthor being the big bad of this book, but he maintains his innocence.  While he begs anyone who will listen, the group splits into two teams.  Batman's heads off to the Nightmare Earth, while Superman's crew leaves for Prime Earth.  Really?  Don't risk too much there Supes.

Superman, Atomic Wonder Woman and Sir Hal quickly find Earth Engine number three while Batman, Damian and Hawkgirl add number four to the list.  While Team Superman had to deal with a pretty cowardly Captain Boomerang, the guardian of the Nightmare Earth Engine is a bit more formidable.  It's one of the characters I was looking forward to seeing the most and Batman may be in some real trouble.

Meanwhile back on Earth-19, Luthor has an epiphany.  It seems that he suddenly remembers that something that looks just like an Earth Engine is in his headquarters.  Wait, it is an Earth Engine after all.  Can I be the first to call "bullshit"?!?  If this was any other book, I would probably complain more, but in Infinite Crisis, it's all par for the course.

I really liked Angel Hernandez's art this week.  In fact, while I really don't like this series in general, the art has been very good from the start.  It's a shame it has to go to waste.

Bits and Pieces:

The best I can say for Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #30 is that it's a comic book.  It's got words and pictures.  While most of the pictures are really nice, the words are not so good.  The story hasn't been good from the start and yet each issue finds something new to make it worse.  I will continue reviewing this book because I promised to do it and if you see Ryan, tell him to save the last dance for me.


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