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The Infinity War

Writer: Jim Starlin
Pencils: Ron Lim
Inks: Al Milgrom
Colours: Max Scheele, Ian Laughlin, Evelyn Stein
Cover Artist: Ron Lim, Al Milgrom

InfinityWar1With Avengers 2: Age of Ultron just around the corner, audiences are presumably going to be set up for the next two Avengers films: Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. However, what many people seem to be confused on is how the Infinity War movie is NOT about the book series. While Avengers seems to be setting up Thanos as the big baddy for Infinity War, he was only the villain in the Infinity Gauntlet. So what in the world are we getting?

The story, Infinity War, spans six issues and is strongly based off of the events AFTER the Infinity Gauntlet and the comics, Warlock and the Infinity Watch. The story is about how strange things begin to happen in the Marvel Universe. Earth’s superheroes are attacked by evil doppelgangers, Thanos is being stalked by his own clone, and the Infinity Watch, led by Adam Warlock, begins to take notice. To add to the seriousness of the event, even Galactus feels something strange happening as cosmic deities like Eternity begin to act strangely.

The reader learns early on is that the Magus, a version of Adam Warlock from another dimension (with a back story that I’m not getting into), is the one causing it all. But why?

As the problems on Earth arise, the Avengers, X-Men, West Coat Avengers, Alpha Flight, New Warriors, and X-Factor are all rallied to try and figure out what could be the cause of the strange happenings. Meanwhile, Dr. Doom and Kang the Conqueror begin their own quest – together – on a search for the strange anomalies in the universe.

The reader is brought along through various events, fracas, and mysteries which all seem vaguely connected to one another. With multiple storylines involving many familiar faces, the reader is left to try and piece it all together before the big finale.

As the many strung together stories converge to reveal the plot of the Magus, it becomes apparent that he is hell-bent on controlling the Infinity Gauntlet for himself. Once again, it is up to Adam Warlock and his new ally, Thanos, to stop the Magus from destroying the universe as everyone knows it.

The Infinity War story is more of a space-wide whodunnit compared to how the Infinity Gauntlet was more one major battle spanning multiple issues. Author Jim Starlin manages to pace the story quickly with more suspense building from the mysteries over multiple viewpoints of characters. The reader is left guessing – along with the characters – to try and figure out how and why things are happening the way they are.

Most of the time, however, the reader will be awed by the gorgeous work of Ron Lim and co. With Starlin continuing his “Infinity” story, readers are put into new worlds, realms, and places that are beautifully displayed and crafted.

When the book reaches its galactic conclusion, the artists go all-out with wonderful colours and details, which still leave much to the imagination of the reader. It’s rare when artists can pull off such a strong “less is more” experience.

While Infinity War is significantly less action-packed than Infinity Gauntlet, the story is filled with more depth and compressed storytelling.

Unlike what Marvel Studios has been suggesting though, the actual book of Infinity War is not the Infinity Gauntlet. I guess “War” just sounds cooler than “Gauntlet.”

And yes, I’m aware the story from the Age of Ultron comics is nothing like the movie.

For the movie’s sake, thank goodness for that.

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