Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Infinity Countdown #4 Review - Marvel Monday

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Aaron Kuder, Mike Hawthorne, Mike Deodato
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 6, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99
Review by: Dispatchdcu (read all of his awesome reviews)

I normally don’t like to start off a review negative but this part really stuck out to me. In comics, I’m a story guy through and through. To me, that’s where you get points. Story over art. I’m sorry artists but that’s just me. That said; the art is still vital to the story. It’s the foundation of your building. It’s the drummer in a band, which I can say because I was in many bands growing up. As a set drummer, you keep the rhythm, the balance, the structure, and without the drummer, the song is just ok.... for example, acoustic songs!!! 

Anyway, the art normally comes after that for me. The story sells. The story gets the girls/ boys. The story makes the money. But if your drummer sucks, you suck! And if the art is so bad it takes away from my desire to want to finish the issue, that’s pretty bad and effects the story. I did not like the art in the issue at all. It seemed rushed and thrown together, especially in the beginning. Rocket looked like a rabbit without a soul and people looked like paint blotches in the background. If I’m wrong in that assumption and it’s a style choice than I apologize but then I’m not a fan of this “style”. Maybe it’s because I was reading Doc Strange right before this and saw such amazing art, as well as Immortal Hulk... I don’t know, but I was truly not a fan of the art in this one. The Galactus parts were pretty good. But that’s it. And I feel like it brought the issue down for me. 

As for the story, the GoG heads back to Nowhere with the Power Stone. Nova wants to take the stone and use it to help find and save his brother, who is a Raptor now. Gamora won’t let him take it and says they should collect them all, kind of like Pok√©mon Cards, and reform the Infinity Watch. For those that don’t know, the Infinity Watch was something Adam Warlock formed after defeating Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet. The stones were spaced out one amongst each person to wield. So, what Gamora is talking about is doing that same thing again.

So, the GoG fight over who is to hold the stone until Drax comes in with his sax and just takes it. Next, Quill is asked by Cosmo the space dog to go talk to the Collector and the Grandmaster. Turns out, they have a reality stone that doesn’t work. Well, we quickly find out that it doesn’t work because it’s from another dimension. And if you learned anything from Hickman’s run about the Infinity Stones, each reality/ multiverse has its own Stones and they only work in that reality/ multiverse. Point is; their stone won’t work in our reality.... and someone named Phyla comes and takes it from them. 

We then jump to Pym-tron fighting with Adam Warlock. Warlock is trying to stop all the missiles from destroying worlds all over the universe but there is too many of them for him to stop. That’s ok because the Silver Surfer comes back with Galactus and he lays waste to the entire planet. Galactus was the Lifebringer and was reluctant to help. But now, he’s back to being the destroyer of worlds with the Surfer as his herald. Norrin made a deal to help save millions. He would have Galactus destroy Pym-tron and the planet if he would become his herald afterward.

The parts with Galactus were amazing. The art in those parts was also not that bad. But the art from around page 9-21 was awful. The entire second part was a really good and interesting story as a whole but the entire part with the GoG was really boring, uninteresting, not funny, had terrible art that looked rushed, and didn’t progress the story at all.

I don’t know anything more about these stones after 4 issues. I know who has the stones and I know Galactus is back. That’s it. You could have opened with that in two pages. We wouldn’t need four issues to tell me that. 

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Bits and Pieces:

I think this issue left me more frustrated than anything for this event. I was excited when the last issue ended. It was funny and interesting and left me thinking we would be getting answers. I leave this issue feeling the total opposite way.

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