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Now Playing @ Sound on Sight: Infinity #5 by Hickman, Opena and Weaver

Infinity #5 is really the end of one event story and the beginning of another. Unfortunately with only one issue left to go, that second event story is going to get short shrifted because there’s no room left. Just as Hickman barely used the room he had in the first five issues to tell an Avengers story, he barely has any room to tell the Avengers versus Thanos story that’s left. Infinity #5 shows how this storyline has just been another in the line of the Marvel cosmic Annihilation/Conquest/War of Kings/Guardians of the Galaxy/Nova stories without any of the enjoyable characterization that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning brought to Marvel’s space bound heroes.

Warren Ellis’s victory lap? A few thoughts on Avengers: Endless Wartime

You can see Warren Ellis’s Authority in almost every big superhero team story that Marvel has produced in the last 10 years or more. Even though Ellis himself has barely been writing superheroes lately, his “voice” is everywhere, echoing through the words of all of these writers. His strong influence still resonates in comics like Hickman’s Avengers, Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers and in movies like Iron Man3. Through The Authority, Ellis defined the modern approach to superhero comics. The problem is that all of those lessons have been absorbed by today’s Marvel writers.

“I could follow her to the edge of the universe if I—” Thoughts on Avengers #20

As the Avengers still feel like they’re only in this story because the Fantastic Four or the X-Men were out of town this week, characters like Ex Nihilo and Abyss begin playing larger parts in this story as Hickman begins building deeper mysteries into their roles in Infinity. Their tie to the Builders, the Doctor Who-ish alien antagonists, is the first sign that there is something more sinister happening here than just an alien horde attacking planet after planet.

So long Avengers

For a long time now, Bendis’s New Avengers has been on the cutting block for me but I’ve never gone through with it.  Since the launch of the title, something’s never felt right but I always thought that the promise…