Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artists: Jim Cheung & Dustin Weaver
Infinity has been an outstanding event and much better than I originally expected it to be, which is saying a lot considering I always expected it to be amazing. It is however sad to see it come to an end, but it is this shorter series length that I feel has ultimately made it a huge success and it will be interesting to see the fall out after this.
The Avengers finally make it back to Earth where they face Thanos and his Cull Obsidian.
This was an amazing issue and a terrific ending to the event. Jonathan Hickman has done a phenomenal job with this event, and although there was the odd minor thing that I questioned during this finale, overall it was very fitting and entertaining to read. The tension and drama throughout was simply outstanding with the tone being simply astonishing. I did however feel that a couple of things happened rather suddenly, with the ending itself being very sudden. The narrative of the issue as well as the way it was developed was also outstanding, with the dialogue throughout adding more depth and drama as well as more excitement and intensity.
The artwork throughout this issue would also be phenomenal with both Jim Cheung and Dustin Weaver doing a spectacular job. The detail of both artists work would also be very consistent throughout, as although it was easy to tell both artists work apart, they worked very well of each other, with very few imperfections between them. I did however overall prefer Cheung's artwork, though that is nothing against Weaver's, it's just that Cheung's is more smoother and impactful. I did however find the lack of hair on Cheung's Hulk to be slightly frustrating, though the beautiful and explosive action sequences and character emotion more than made up for that.
We'd finally get to see the Avengers vs. Thanos and his Cull Obsidian in this issue with the Avengers wasting no time in taking the fight to the mad Titan after landing on Earth. Now what I loved most about this would be getting to see the likes of Captain America, Hulk and Thor all go toe-to-toe with Thanos, as although they've done it before, it is always nice to see it time and time again. During the fight I also loved the dialogue and how the Cull Obsidian's involvement would make this much more exciting and intense, with this easily being the fight of the event.
Whilst this is happening that other Avengers would continue battling Black Dwarf and his army on the Peak, finishing the fight that was set-up and started during Avengers #22 and 23. Now I personally felt that this sequences was developed for too long, and could have finished during the Avengers issues themselves. In saying that it would add yet more suspense and excitement to this issue, as well as yet more suspense as well, with some of the dialogue once again being outstanding.
Thanos' son Thane would have a huge role in the way that this event ended. Now I won't go into details but I will say what I thought of the ending as well as Thane's role in the event as a whole. Now Thane's involvement overall hasn't been quite as impactful as I hoped, though the way that he was involved in this issue made up for that. I also found the ending to be very clever, as although it wasn't as exciting as I hoped it would be, as well extremely sudden, it would be very dramatic and intense.
This was a terrific ending to a outstanding event and it will be a while before Marvel top this. The issue wasn't quite perfect, feeling slightly too quick a pace, though the action and tension throughout would make it a extraordinarily great issue as well as one of the best from the crossover. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue as well as the event as a whole.