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The Infinity Gauntlet

The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, and George Pérez is pretty understandably epic in scale. I don’t know how the upcoming Avengers movie can get to this story without more setup than we’ve seen so far. But, who knows? I’ve heard rumours that they might not start with this story right away, which means I started in the wrong place. Oops.

It really seems like a huge story arc designed to launch Adam Warlock into an eternal hall of fame at the expense of the entire Marvel universe. Jim Starlin’s Adam Warlock. Jim Starlin the writer of this story. Nothing suspicious here at all, nope.

The cosmic elements are the best. There’s panels with Doctor Strange, Adam Warlock, Celestials and Eternals that knock it out of the park with delicious cosmic visuals. There’s some mind bending bit here to love.

There’s also a cameo of a Trump property getting natural disastered that gave me mean chuckle.

But really, it’s Doctor Strange who gets some of the best visuals.

The framing story is that Thanos is desperate for Lady Death’s love. It’s kind of pathetic, and perhaps a funny commentary on desperate but unrequited nerd ideas of “love”. The framing story seems stuck on repeat for most of the series, until the story catches up to where Thanos is at; then the story gets stuck on repeat as the writing plays the same sequence of heroes trying to defeat Thanos while Silver Surfer or someone doubts Adam Warlock over and over for a while.

But there’s some great “who’s it” with the Infinity Gauntlet including a couple steals and a fumble to liven things up.

As stuck as it may seem repeating in places within this collected volume, it isn’t anything I’ve read before elsewhere. It’s new, but repeats within itself a bit, is what I’m saying. But, it’s good, and, where it does internally new stuff, it does it really well. There’s tons of visuals and moments that struck me, and which I hope to see on the big screen eventually as a bonus.

In the end everyone returns to where they were, except Thanos and Adam Warlock, who both, sort of, escape the cycle of statis, ironically by getting stuck in a different, or maybe the same, from a certain point of view, cycle of stasis.

I’m certainly curious about the rest of the Infinity Gem Saga, but that’s a lot of material. I hope it stays fresh across the whole sequence of 6 collections. It’s a bit daunting and I feel like I got a good complete story in this collection alone, so I’m not super hype about the rest, to be honest. In that sense, this volume is a nice complete thing in itself without feeling left tricked into needing to read anything else.

Originally posted on my personal blog at The Infinity Gauntlet

Gamora

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Gamora: Guardian of the Galaxy by Jim Starlin and J Scott Campbell.

This collection of 1970s Marvel comics is misleadingly titled in order to capitalize on the worthy success of the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise. Contrary to the subtitle, the actual “Guardians of the Galaxy” team does not feature anywhere in this book. It does include Gamora in a set of her earliest appearances, but only as a supporting character. The narrative continuity of these stories is quite remote from the one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

That aside, the book is great fun. It collects a single story-line spanning eight issues across four titles, to supply the account of Adam Warlock’s conflict with the Magus and then Thanos. Throughout, the comics are a violation of the Marvel division-of-labor formula, with Jim Starlin as composer of both text and images. He is accordingly credited with such duties as “insanity,” “everything else,” and “other manual labor.” In the first comic of the arc, his writing credit is given with the anagram pseudonym “Sam Jiltrin.” Starlin’s work on these comics specifically is a signal instance of the Marvel pivot in the seventies towards space opera and cosmic melodrama.

Starlin’s art is unexceptional for Marvel fare of its period, and his dialogue is sometimes clunky, but the plotting is weird as can be, and worth the read, even if it is being peddled under false pretenses. Fans of the Zoe Saldana Gamora as re-imagined by James Gunn will likely get little gratification here. She is introduced as “the most dangerous woman in the galaxy,” but we never really find out why. [via]