Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #4

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Gardner F. Fox
Artist – Jerry Ordway, Joe Kubert
Inker – Mike Machlan
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – John Costanza

Strangely enough, there is little of note that happened in this issue as almost all of it was told in flashback, again Roy Thomas fleshing out some of the characters present, more specifically Jade, Obsidian and Northwind. The mains sequence is written by Roy Thomas and co-plotted by his wife while drawn by Jerry Ordway and Mike Machlan which comprises about half of the book while most of the final act is by Gardner F. Fox and Joe Kubert, reprinted from Flash Comics #71. It all begins with the three heroes transporting c to Feitheira where he might be held captive till the end of his days and along the way, it is then that Thomas goes into the origin of Jade and Obsidian and surprisingly considering the man who writes the tale, the stories of the two are not only inextricably tied together as they are siblings but it is also rather mundane and unextraordinary. After dropping Grundy off, the companions are treated to a bit of a history lesson with a story about Hawkman and a lost ‘bird city’ he soon makes a trip to. While it too is all well and good, the most interesting part of the entire issue happens to take place in the last few pages when the heroes are called home and they discover that five members of the JSA – Hawkman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Atom and Robin all lie dead. It is hard to believe, not only for the team but for the reader as well, to think that these amazing heroes were defeated by something as simple as drowning. Though readers will know who the culprit was, Fury believes that it must have been the Ultra-Humanite and she swears revenge as the book comes to an end, a finale that could not have been any better. As for the rest of the issue, it was not the most exciting book of the series to be sure, though that is not to say that it did not provide a modicum of entertainment either. It is hopeful that things pick up exponentially in the fifth issue as a bit of action would be appreciated with the team finally getting on to the business of being a team.

3 out of 5

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