Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Infinite Frontier #6 Review


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Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Xermanico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 8, 2021

I have enjoyed this Infinite Frontier story a lot, and while I don't think Joshua Williamson can tie all the loose ends in this issue, I don't expect him to.  Infinite Frontier is just the first stage of what appears to be a vast slow-burn story that will continue with the Justice Incarnate mini-series and beyond.  So, what do I need from this finale?  I need it to continue to feel significant and keep my excitement level up for what's to come next?  So, does it fill those needs?  Let's find out...

The issue picks up right where we left everyone at the end of the last issue's cliffhanger, which means our heroes are in deep shit!  Darkseid has arrived and has Wally and his (whatever it is) Omega Ring at his beck and call while the Injustice and Justice Incarnates beat the crap out of each other.

The fights continue to be cool in this issue, but a big highlight was seeing Calvin Ellis step up and kick ass.  After taking down Machine Head, he is the one who frees Barry and seemingly turns the tide of the entire battle.  By the end, that doesn't seem to be the case, but at least he gives them a little breathing room to figure things out.

In the meantime, Obsidian also shines as he saves Roy Harper, and one of the things that has me most excited after reading this issue is that Roy can make a proper return to the DCU.

As far as the overall narrative goes, some HUGE things happen, but there is a whole lot swept under the rug as well.  It's an odd combination of a forced ending that made this 6-issue story feel smaller than it should while giving readers some mind-blowing things that set up what's next to be humongous.

I don't want to spoil too much, but the issue looked fantastic with Xermonico doing the entire issue, and while I am very excited for what's next, I was a bit let down with how this first part ended.  It felt like Williamson was way more interested in moving on without giving a satisfying ending to what has been my favorite DC Comics story since the end of Death Metal.

Bits and Pieces:

Infinite Frontier ends by setting up some humongous stuff as we advance.  However, it didn't finish the story at hand as well as I was hoping it would.  The issue looked fantastic, but this ending made me like Infinite Frontier overall when I loved it most of the way.


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