Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #19

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

Helix put the hurt on Jade, Mr. Bones specifically with his cyanide touch, and so the team have rushed her to the hospital and the team is quite upset about it. Thankfully, Dr. McNider is on the scene, otherwise known as Doctor Midnite and so they can at least take a little comfort in the fact that she is in good hands. While in the hospital, the sky suddenly goes red and the team decides to head up to the roof to see what is going on and once there, they find Commander Steel along with a strange robotic woman who they learn is named Mekanique. Most thought Steel had been lost in time, yet hearing from the man they now find he was on another Earth which people call Earth-One. It was there that he was trying to save the JLA and while he never managed to do it there, he has learned that a group of young super-criminals has taken over the Justice League here and he means to put a stop to it, hopefully, with the help of Infinity Inc. With Jade feeling better, the team rushes off with Steel to confront the Justice League and when they show up, their own version of Steel who is the grandson of Commander Steel is shocked to see the man alive. That only lasts for a second though as Roy Thomas has them start duking it out and so it is that Zatanna, Martian Manhunter, Vibe, Gypsy, Steel, Elongated Man and Vixen find themselves on the defensive. This was a decent tale with a lot of drama packed into it and Thomas who has to write this tie-in to Crisis on Infinite Earths does a good job of making it seem natural progression of his ongoing story. Steel coming back was a good idea as it is always nice to see classic Justice Society/All-Star Squadron members make an appearance and it makes for an interesting choice of villain though most do not see him as such just yet. Though it might have been nice to see a little more action, the team does eventually get to it during the final act which then leaves everything on a cliff-hanger that should be resolved in the next book. As for Todd McFarlane, seeing him evolve as an artist is interesting though it can be rough at times, the man still perfecting his craft. Overall, a good effort by all that may or may not lead to better things going forward.

3 out of 5

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