Review – Avengers vs X-Men #1: Infinite

Doing this in the wrong order but its worth putting out there for fans on the fence about buying this one. AvX Infinite #1 is actually a digital installment to this new series from Marvel. Focusing on more involved story telling using interactive panels that develop as you click along. Let’s get started on this new adventure into the fresh series of AvX.

Infinite #1  tells us the story of Nova and his race to Earth, for those of you who read Avengers vs X-Men already, a big question did revolve around Nova just appearing at random and spiraling into the planet with no real control. Infinite is a unique chapter to get a feel for what these guys are really up against and the trek that Nova made to alert the planet to the threat coming their way. The Phoenix force is coming and that’s the big worry, but we see how powerful it is and how Nova pushes his very limits to relay the warning. While some might hope for more details around the conflict itself, the story stays largely contained to a safe area so that readers without the means to get Infinite aren’t robbed of crucial pieces of the story.

As a new format the delivery is unique, allowing the author to give pause and direction through the pages of the read so that emphasis can be made as needed. Things that would normally cost valuable page space can now be considered like state of being or drama in the moment. A few scenes used Gaussian blur to show poor vision after impact and even visual attention back to Nova. Being able to go from shock to distress with a click was a pleasing experience as you normally inject those frames in with your own mind or sometimes even miss out on what the context was.

Is AvX Infinite critical to your collection? No, would it have worked as well in print? I have my doubts, needing to arrange the panels in such a way to tell the story in print would have consumed quite a bit of paper and required a price hike in the process for something that would have gotten lost in translation. As a fan though I thought the installment gave just enough information to be worth the investment, after reading the current AvX issues 0 and 1 it was a point that bugged for clarity to me even if it was used for an experimental format. The only flaw I really hit with the book was the final panel, while the rest of the art stands pretty high, Captain America’s face in the last scene is just troubling, a little extra time would have gone a long way on that face.

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Link: Marvel Comics – Avengers vs. X-Men #1: Infinite

The Darkness, Bloodstrike and Danger Club sell out for Image Comics

Image is having a heck of a time keeping up with demand these days, at the end of the week they were pinned down with 3 books hitting the printers again to satisfy demand from the public. Joining the casualties are the following.

  • Danger Club #1
    • Distributor level sold out before it went to stores on April 4th, already in press again and should be out by May 2, just in time for fans to catch issue 2 when it arrives on May 16.
  • Extreme Relaunch Bloodstrike #26
    • The book launched March 28 and was out of  stock shortly after, the second wave will arrive on April 25th, the same day as Bloodstrike #27 so you can catch both copies if you missed out on the launch.
  • The Darkness #101
    • Hit stores on March 21, sold out and went into second printing, should be available on April 18th, the story takes up after Artifacts #13 and goes into the second half of Jackie’s arc after he’s made it this far in life.

Image is having a great time with so many popular titles coming out of their doors right now, hopefully the re-launches continue this trend, it would be great to see these thrive again.

Link: Image Comics News

Image Anniversary gets a Giarrusso treatment

Image comics is kicking off their anniversary this year, as part of that celebration of 20 years Giarrusso is re-creating 12 classic issues with custom variants for fans. For those unfamiliar, The Walking Dead for Kids! cover and art was an April Fools gag but it will actually play part into this limited variant launch.

First up for this treatment is the relaunch of Youngblood (Issue 71) the variant will pay tribute to the first issue of the series in kiddie form, they already have the art out and it looks amazing. Youngblood will also see John McLaughlin from Parker and The Black Swan fame as writer and John Malin and Rob Liefeld coming in as artists for this rebirth on May 23.

11 more titles are waiting confirmation but we’ll have to see what happens, Image Comics is only noting to stay tuned for more info on the goodies, fingers are crossed to see some love for Bloodstrike, Shadow Hawk and Spawn though. Unfortunately for The Walking Dead fans it doesn’t seem like this gag series will take off anytime soon.

Link: Image Comics News

Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner talk The Avengers, also TV Trailer

It was getting a bit much with all the Avengers posts but one highlight of this interview by Marvel stood out as a lovely moment that had to be shared.

Zack Zeigler recently talked to both actors for the movie on characters and costumes, we got some gems of the following that had to get passed forward.

“We are humans with high skill sets,” Renner said. “[Hawkeye and Black Widow] fight well together…and they complement each other.”

Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson star as Hawkeye and Black Widow in “Marvel’s The Avengers”
Added Johansson, “Both of us fight hand-to-hand…but we’re fighting in a different way than everybody else. We do a lot of fighting on the ground.”

Johansson made her debut as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” where we learned of her affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. and that she wouldn’t hesitate to lay the smack down on bad guys. Renner made a brief cameo as the bow-and-arrow wielding Hawkeye in “Thor.”

For both Renner and Johansson, getting into character never posed a problem. The issue was getting comfortable in their characters’ clothing.

“It was like 800 degrees in my costume…and everybody looked incredibly uncomfortable until the cameras were rolling,” she said. “And then ‘Cut!’ and we were all like, ‘Ugh, this thing! Get it off me, it’s awful!”

There’s one more part that makes this priceless, although I’m not sure how great Mark Ruffalo feels about it.

Added Renner, “I think the humility award goes to [Mark] Ruffalo. [He was] in a thong or wearing something unflattering, and he’s supposed to be the [Incredible Hulk].”

Keep that in mind future potential Hulk actors, running around in a thong might be part of your job requirements. Outside of that you do get to look like a badass on the big screen and that just might make up for all of the labor invested.

To top things off we have the latest TV Spot showing a roll call of the team.

Link: Marvel News

New Avengers #24 gives a sneak peek with preview pages

Marvel is out in full force promoting AvX, with the debut issue already out they’re now preparing readers for the side story arcs including the New Avengers. Luke Cage isn’t all that sold on the idea of this battle and it seems like he’ll be another stone in the path for Captain America before he expands his forces, how his decision impacts the team at large will be uncovered and we’ll get a better glimpse it seems as to where Wolverine sits in this. By the cover art it seems the appearance on island at the end of Avengers vs X-Men wasn’t as telling as it seemed.

Check out the panels in the gallery below, keep in mind that Marvel preview pages do not come with text so your guess is as good as ours on where it’s all going.

Link: Marvel News