Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #18

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Todd McFarlane
Inker – Pablo Marcus
Colours – Adrienne Roy, Anthony Tollin
Letters – David Cody Weiss

The eighteenth installment of Infinity Inc., as of this issue, is the worst book in the run and it begins with the first seven pages featuring Helix both terrible in every sense of the word and not funny in the slightest, though it is hard to say if it was meant to be or not. From there, it rarely improves as Roy Thomas has Tao Jones babysit the kidnapped heroes, hitting on Silver Scarab while recounting the origins of her team. It finds Obsidian eating cereal only to get kidnapped himself by Harbinger to fight in the DC event Crisis on Infinite Earths until the book finally finishes off with the rest of the team battling it out with the rest of Helix. Ever since the end of the first story-arc, it has felt like Thomas and company have been trying to create a sort of Teen Titans type of book and it has ended up being a very poor copy. There is little fun present and one hardly ends up caring about any of the characters no matter what situation they find themselves in. There is little characterization in the book as it tends to focus more on solving the current problems at hand than anything else and thus it becomes a chore to read during certain points. As for the artwork, Todd McFarlane, while able, does not seem like a good fit for the title though his style does differentiate the book from any other that could be found on the stands at the time. Altogether, the book has done better and it could do better once again and hopefully it does just that.

1.5 out of 5

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