Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 Review

One Beetle Army Corps

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: November 27, 2019

It's back to the Dark Multiverse for us, which thankfully isn't the worst thing possible because with each of these installments we're getting, it seems that they're getting better and better.  It's just too bad that Tempus Fuginaut's original plan of gathering people seems to have been sidelined for him to instead just gawk at heroes with their "what if" situations, where this time we're shown Ted Kord living after his encounter with Maxwell Lord.  Let's jump into this issue and see what this Dark Multiverse Infinite Crisis looks like. 

Like I said in my opening paragraph, these stories keep getting better and better, where it seems that the care taken to really tell a story, based on the actual events is taken more into consideration when coming up with what the world would look like after a crazy "what if" and for this with Ted Kord living we see that the Infinite Crisis and all its side stories would have become lighter in some fashions, but way darker in others and it's the only time that I'll ever say this, but maybe it was good that Blue Beetle was killed by Maxwell Lord originally when Ted discovered Checkmate because the alternative is way worse.  

Like we saw from the Blackest Night issue, this too makes sure that you don't have to be too in the know to get enjoyment from the issue because Tempus Fuginaut fills the reader in on what happened during the real Infinite Crisis and then we see how everything changes from Ted Kord simply being alive and altering the course of history.  Some aspects are glossed over and some are heavily depicted, but overall everything is handled with care here and we just see how far Blue Beetle will take the knowledge of Checkmate and Brother Eye to ensure that the world is saved.  

All in all, I had a lot of fun this issue and loved the art throughout.  The story dealt the most with Brother Eye, the OMACs and the survivors of the original Crisis in a interesting way that felt like it was really thought out and I appreciate that because a believable world is important for stories like this and the fun is where the changes from the original timeline make a whole new one.  Yeah, we just have Tempus Fuginaut putting on his best Rod Serling here, but after the first issue of these that's all it really felt like and here he's not even pretending, which I kind of appreciate, but I still want something bigger to come from these stories.  

Bits and Pieces:

It's crazy to think that the best thing to happen to the DCU might have been the murder of Ted Kord because we have a frightening look at what may have happened if he would have lived here and with that I had a fun time reading this issue and thought the art was great throughout.  This installment seems to be the most thought out of what we've been getting and it really added to my enjoyment of the issue.


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