Infinity Warps #1 Embraces The Silly Side Of Infinity Wars
by James Ferguson
We’ve seen the effects of Gamora’s mash-up through her use of the Infinity Stones with Weapon Hex, Soldier Surpreme, and Iron Hammer, but what of the characters that didn’t warrant their own two-issue mini-series? Welcome to Infinity Warps, an anthology where a few other hybrids are explored, although a bit more on the humorous side. We’ve got Observer-X (Professor X and the Watcher), Moon Squirrel and Tippysaur (Squirrel Girl and Moon Girl), Green Widow (Black Widow and She-Hulk), and the Terrific Two (You can probably figure this one out).
It’s made pretty clear that this is the quirky side of Infinity Wars with some pretty fun stories that don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re all pretty solid and play into the mix of the different characters involved. My favorite is probably the Terrific Two because writer Jim Zub amps up the larger-than-life nature of the Fantastic Four, packed into just two characters. It’s like a tongue-in-cheek homage to the classic issues of the series with outlandish statements of adventure and excitement.
I am a little confused why this short required a total of three artists. Todd Nauck, Ozgur Yildirim, and Scott Hanna all contributed to this six page story. It looks good overall, and the styles of each artists flow well into one another, but at the end of the day, this is only six pages, so it feels like overkill. I do love how Ben Storm looks as Hot Rocks, a fiery version of the Thing. Colorists Ruth Redmond, Matt Yackey, and Chris O’Halloran do a great job of bringing this character to life.
Another great example of Infinity Warps being more on the silly side is in Moon Squirrel and Tippysaur where we meet Doctor Dommactus (Dr. Doom and Galactus). He’s an arrogant entity that travels the universe eating planets or forcing them all to worship him. It’s a pretty absurd concept, but a hilarious one. Letterer Cory Petit uses a large, green font surrounded in a cosmic-esque word balloon for the character’s speech to show just how massive and powerful he is, even though he only cares about what people think of him.
While I’m starting to get tired of Infinity Wars and the various alternate versions of characters it has created, Infinity Warps #1 was a breath of fresh air. These creators didn’t re-invent the wheel or start from scratch to tell a brand new origin story. Instead, we get these solid little adventures where we can put the pieces together and understand who’s who and what’s going on in the lives of these characters.
Infinity Warps #1 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle. It features writing from Jim Zub, Ryan North, and Mariko Tamaki, artwork from Flaviano, Todd Nauck, Ozgur Yildirim, Scott Hanna, Natacha Bustos, and Francisco Herrera, coloring from Ruth Redmond, Matt Yackey, Chris O’Halloran, and Tamra Bonvillain, and lettering from Cory Petit.