Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Infinite Frontier #4 Review



Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Xermanico, Jess Merino, Paul Pelletier
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 10, 2021

I have enjoyed this series, and while I still want many answers, I have been okay with the slow burn.  At the halfway point here, I am worried that this mini-series will just set up the next big thing down the line, but the cool characters and intriguing story have me hooked.  So, let's see what we get in this issue...

While we start with a brief scene with Captain Carrot and Machinehead (is he better than the rest?), we quickly head off to Calvin Ellis and Thomas Wayne on Earth-23 for a bit of character work and a big revelation...Lex Luther has been working on multi-dimensional travel. But, even more significant than that, he's the one who designed the ships that Director Bones, X-Tract, and Hector Hammond have been tooling around the Multiverse in!  Unfortunately, Lex cannot defend his work (or himself) as we head to Earth-0 and see that Cameron Chase doesn't see eye-to-socket with Bones about everything going on.

I don't blame Chase since she almost died when Captain Atom went all "Darkseid is...", only to find out it was a learning lesson to get her on board with Bones' plans.  I may be on #TeamChase, but she kind of messes things up a bit as we zip into the Bleed to catch up with Roy Harper, Jade, and the rest of the incredible team from last issue's cliffhanger.

This was a bit of a weird scene as they attack Black Lantern Roy, only for Jade to realize it's Roy so she can help him fight the ring and be Roy.  It works, though, and we get a quick explanation of how they all got there right before the shit hits the fan again.

The issue ends with a quick glimpse at Barry Allen, a crash landing on Earth-Omega, and a betrayal at the House of Heroes.  Joshua Williamson seems to like to finish issues with a team reveal, and this one is pretty damn cool!

I enjoyed this issue as Williamson moves the story ahead with some explanations that make what we saw in the last issue make more sense and set up some cool stuff for the next issue.  I expect some big Darkseid stuff to hit soon because the pieces are falling into place for just that.  There are still way too many artists on a big book like this, but it all looks good with Xermonico's looking the best, in my opinion.

Bits and Pieces:

This is another good issue of Infinite Frontier that explains some things we've already seen while setting up what should be an action-packed second half of the series.


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