Infinity #6 review

I never know what to feel at the end of events in either Marvel or DC. Am I supposed to feel excited or giddy about the new directions, characters, and foreshadowing of future stories? Am I supposed to feel satisfaction that the event, whether good or bad, is finally over? Or am I supposed to feel a sense of relief because now all the mess of poorly developed tie-ins are over and my favorites can get back to their m.o?

What I feel with Infinity #6 is a mix of relief and well, nothing really. It was a fun, solid event plagued with some problems and an emotionally hollow conclusion. That’s what leaves me with mixed opinions on this issue. As a conclusion to a story, by all accounts it is technically perfect. It answers some questions, raises others, leaves a few things unanswered and ends a conflict. By all means and purposes it should be perfect. The problem therein lies with the execution.  It’s emotionally hollow.

I’m not saying this is a terrible thing, but it’s not necessarily a good thing either. The story is the first and foremost focus in an event and should be suitably grand but for it to be truly grand, it needs to have an emotional core. Everything felt hollow and distant. I couldn’t connect to the characters because they felt like ciphers or simple plot devices as opposed to people who are genuinely affected by the events at hand. We should see some of the rookie avengers in emotional distress, or Captain America trying his best to keep his composure even when his world is falling around him. It allows us as readers to empathize in a way we normally wouldn’t. And yes these are fictional characters but traits of ourselves can always be found in fiction of any sort.

Even Jim Cheung’s relentlessly complex pencil work can’t save this entirely. Sure the fight scenes look great and Thor vs. Thanos was definitely a highlight, especially when Thanos gives an expression like he enjoys the pain, but everything feels hollow once again. The scale of the fight isn’t very large considering who it is, and therefore even the art suffers a little. This should’ve been a conflict spanning the world, not one taking place in a small cave.

thanos likes the pain

Infinity #6 does have its saving graces. As I said earlier, for as small scale as they are, the action looks great and has a real sense of visceral, kinetic movement. Some of the inking looks rushed, but that’s entirely understandable. The story and writing have some neat moments as well, such as the foreshadowing of Ebony Maw’s and Thane’s ventures together and the aforementioned Thanos vs. Thor moment. Also, Lockjaw vs. Supergiant was a hilarious, fun, and badass moment.

I can’t help but feel distant from this, and therefore my rating of it dips dramatically. As a whole event it was still a fun story, and I look forward to the second part that was foreshadowed all the way back in Avengers #1.  I’d recommend reading Infinity #6 as part of a larger whole because it suffers individually for it.