Thursday, January 19, 2006

Infinite Crisis #4 - Mild Spoilers Abound!

Well, I finally enjoyed an issue of Infinite Crisis. I was beginning to think that there wouldn't be a single part of this sprawling story that I would find satisfying, but I honestly had very little complaints after reading this issue. What made the difference? A decided reduction in self-serving "meta-commentary" on the sorry state of the current DCU, and a big jump in plot and character.

There were a lot of highly enjoyable moments in this issue, from the Brotherhood of Evil's deployment of Chemo onto Bludhaven, to the welcome appearance of a number of much-missed speedsters. I think this series is finally hitting a comfortable groove, albeit maybe a few issues too far into its seven issue run.

There was also a fair bit of gore in this issue, supplied by a seemingly unlikely cast member. The carnage did manage, to my recollection, to be restricted to characters that no reader is terribly likely to call a favorite, which seems a bit coy (although I personally prefer them killing off d-listers as opposed to somebody I might actually miss).

If Geoff John's can keep the lid on his "DCU is too dark" rants for the remainder of the story, and just tell the story, this might turn out to be a decent read. This issue put the cataclysmic events occurring in the DCU front and centre, and also put the heroes involved on a more proactive path, rather than the previous issues "What is happening!?!" vibe.

Dan DiDio's latest "Crisis Counselling" (found here) contains the following bit of info that might be of interest to 7S fans:

?: Does Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers: Zatanna book take place before or after Crisis? Does Seven Soldiers factor into Crisis at all?

DD: We have positioned Seven Soldiers as post-Crisis, running simultaneously with 52. Anyone think otherwise?

And, a bit later, something I quite appreciated reading:

?: Will the Crisis have any major effects on the Starman legacy? Or on Opal City? Now that you have "terminated" Black Condor (in a rather disrespectful way, I must say), that city is without a hero.

DD: That’s a question only James Robinson can answer.

I'm still kind of killing time until 1YL, but this issue did give me some thrills, which is certainly more than I expected.

Related Posts:
Infinite Crisis #2 - Spoilers Abound!
Infinite Crisis #1 - Spoilers Abound!


Blogger kelvingreen said...

I enjoyed it more than previous issues, but it still stank, I thought. many reasons why, which will all be in my review of it this Sunday (I think).

10:50 AM  
Blogger Jhunt said...

Sunday, Kelvin?

...typical lolly-gagging Brit....

11:09 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

That's just when the reviews go up at SBC. Of course, I'm not complaining... ;)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

For me, this was the most enjoyable issue so far. The 'carnage' part actually reminded me a little of the climactic battle between Miracleman and Kid Miracleman years ago.


9:14 PM  
Blogger Jhunt said...

Except Bates didn't wander around the battlefield decapitating peple and muttering "..oops... sorry..., nuts.. 'the hell?... sorry... look, back off!... sorry..."

Honestly, though, it was probably a pretty fair representation of what would happen if Superboy had little to no training on how to pull punches. But couldn't Superman Sr. have found some time to train him during the long period they were all locked in Paradise Town?

9:34 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

I'm going to give Kal-L the benefit of the doubt and figure he never thought it'd be worth his while to train the kid, what with his persistent belief that they were stuck in that little dimension forever and all.

Or Superboy-Prime is just nuts. That works, too.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Jhunt said...

Yeah, it certainly seems that Superboy-Prime is batsh*t crazy. And a bit of a crybaby whiner, too.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Republic of Replicants said...

"We have positioned Seven Soldiers as post-Crisis, running simultaneously with 52. Anyone think otherwise?"

I wonder how they explain the comment of the "coming crisis" in the early issues of Zatanna...
I thought it was a premonition of Infinite Crisis, myself.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Jhunt said...

I suppose it could be a reference to an Apocalyptic endgame for 7S itself...

7:51 AM  
Blogger Republic of Replicants said...


9:03 PM  

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