Infinity: Heist #2 by Frank Tieri (Comics Review)

Event tie-in comics are often hobbled by the fact that at some point, no matter how separated their story is from the main narrative, they do have to refer to that, and this can be a challenge in how well it is executed. A lot of things in fiction come down to the execution and comics are no different. Infinity: Heist is a 4-issue mini-series that ties into the ongoing Infinity event, where the galaxy is faced with a really big threat and the great majority of Earth’s heroes have left the planet to deal with that threat, leaving behind the villains and the supervillains. And these guys aren’t sitting quiet.

The first issue of this mini-series was really good. Despite being a tie-in, it felt like its own self-contained story and it focused on characters that I’d never read of or knew of before, so it all felt really fresh, especially since I’ve avoided reading the main event after the second issue, preferring to read it all collectively. The second issue however has a few significant connections with the main story, and since I’m not reading the main story, I felt a bit cut off from what’s going on.

Infinity Heist 02Considering that with this issue the story is essentially half-over, we are still no closer to the big heist moment than we were in the first issue. Its a really odd decision to still be focused on building up the team and showing off the characters, when we could be in the thick of things already. As such, the pacing feels off in the meta sense, particularly if the next two issues are going to end up focusing entirely on the heist. It’ll be interesting, but its not a decision that’s really working for me, if that is indeed how it is going to work out. That said, this was still a fun comic because it explored some of the characters really well.

At the end of the last issue we saw that Blizzard had fainted all of sudden during a meeting with the Spymaster, a former Iron Man villain who was putting together the big heist at Stark Tower in the first place. This issue, we find out why that happened, why he collapsed like he did, and its not a pretty thing at all. What little I’ve gleaned from the internet while trying to avoid spoilers is that in one of the Infinity issues Thanos has exploded some kind of a bomb on Earth and the consequence of that is that some people are beginning to display superpowers. Specifically, they are becoming Inhumans, like Black Bolt and his coterie. This created a really interesting angle in the narrative since it showed of Blizzard’s character development a great deal, and even shows how he changes, once the full impact of the alien invasion sinks into his mind.

Of course, villains like Spymaster don’t take kindly to such changes of heart and he has a problem with Blizzard not being willing to go on the big heist, so measures are taken, Blizzard and his friends Firebrand and Whirlwind are given a strict lesson in behaviour and that, as they say is that. Like I said, the story doesn’t really advance, but we do get to see the characters a fair bit. I’d been hoping to see some more of Firebrand in this issue, even the “bad guys” like Unicorn and Titanium Man, but the issue retains focus on Blizzard in the first half and Spymaster in the second half. That’s not really problematic per se, since there is only so much ground you can cover in 4 issues. It’d be like trying to cram the entire Ocean’s Eleven movie into half its running time.

Frank Tieri does a decent job with the characters and the plot, he makes them interesting and nuanced, but I still feel that he should have allowed the characters to breathe a little easier with respect to the ongoing story of this mini-series. If this issue had ended up with the team suiting up for the big moment, that would have allayed a lot of my concerns, but as it happens, it ends a little before that. And this is why I mentioned the pacing, since this issue feels a little slow, slower than it should have been that is.

Despite being credited on the cover, colourist Chris Sotomayor isn’t on the internal credit list. Instead, there are four other names in that spot: Pantazis, Mossa (he did the cover for the first issue with Ale Garza), Loughridge, and Fabela. Al Barrionuevo is still the primary artist with VC’s Joe Caramagna still holding the letterer spot, so there aren’t too many changes this time around. Barrionuevo’s work is as consistent throughout as it was last time. There’s a slight difference in how Blizz is drawn from the first issue, but its very minor thankfully. All the colourists however mean that there is a mid-level inconsistency in the work from one page to the next. The colours are mixed, sometimes muted, sometimes vibrant, sometimes dark, sometimes light, so it made for an odd visual experience. Four colourists is definitely too much for an issue.

Regardless, this was still a pretty fun comic, and I might even re-read the whole thing when I do my read-through of Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity soon as that’s all done with, so it does have some re-read value, and that’s often an important thing.

Rating: 8/10

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Posted on October 26, 2013, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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