So, to celebrate the Leap Year and the Fifth Week last week, IDW took a break from the madness of Infestation 2 by putting together a very entertaining book and taking a different look at ‘status quo changing events’ along with other assorted crossovers and such.
INFESTATION 2 TEAM-UP, by Chris Ryall and Alan Robinson, features Archibald, a grey alien first introduced in Infestation: Outbreak who resides in a secret base under Area 51. He likes chocolate, smoking and beer, and Bat Boy, a creation of the Weekly World News tabloid which exists in its own reality. According to this comic, Bat Boy only talks by saying ‘skreee’ and everyone but normal humans can understand him.
The whole thing begins when Archibald is taken by the Elder Gods and tossed into Bat Boy’s world. Things get very entertaining them and there is no shortage of nods and jabs at other events. Plus, we get the first appearance of Super Soldier, Amazon and Iron Lantern that we’ve had in a LONG time!
Some highlights include Archibald talking about strange words like “Clor” and “Rulk”, he continues to go on about the events he was part of, apparently he’s been in multiple universes over the years. Some of the ‘Wars’ he mentioned taking part in, like Apocalypse, Civil, Evolutionary, Secret, Kings and so on were interesting, and the one that came with a ‘fun accessory’ a Gauntlet.
He says he’s seen Heroes get Reborn, Return and so on and has been part of Storms, Imperatives, Reigns and on and on and it’s all boring to him. He explains to Bat Boy that it all seems worthless because people always forget the events as soon as they are over. He doesn’t, though, which is why he doesn’t care to get involved with Infestation 2.
Bear in mind, they are in a bar that looks a lot like The Simpsons’ Moe’s Tavern and was that The Watcher I saw in there? While they enjoy a drink the Elder Gods are destroying everything outside. Things take a turn when the Elder God attacks the bar and snatches Bat Boy forcing Archibald to participate in yet another event, which he is less than enthused about, and seemingly saves the Weekly World News universe with… his pet blob?
This was a very entertaining book. It really does take an honest look at all the events and crossovers the industry has, even pokes fun at the Infestation event so it’s being fair, and really does say a lot about how these events, while major at the time, rarely ever have any long lasting effects. I think what Archibald is essentially saying is ‘What’s the point?’
It’s the perfect book if you’re kind of tired of event after event from Marvel and DC. Remember when Marvel said they were taking a break from events? That was a good few weeks. But, if you’re tired of them, then you should certainly read this. It’s a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at events that could certainly make this something of a classic issue. I wasn’t sure about this one but it was a nice break and Chris Ryall certainly makes a valid point in a highly entertaining way!