Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #21

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

While still celebrating the wedding of Green Lantern, all seems fine and unassuming until a mysterious character whom readers will recognize as Harbinger appears in a flash and disappears just as quick with the entirety of the Justice Society and the Infinitors. Left behind is Rick Tyler, son of the original Hourman and while upset about the missing people, decides he is going t head off to South Carolina to check on Dr. Chapel who was injured in a previous issue. Finally making his way there after a bit of hitchhiking and a run-in with some yokel cops, Tyler tries to pull the wool over Chapel’s eyes so to speak – even though she is blind and he fails to fool her in the slightest. For whatever reason and none is given, the pair find themselves under attack in Chapel’s home and when Tyler is knocked unconscious before taking his Miraclo pill, it is up to Chapel to do something and that is when she discovers something incredible. So it is that Chapel fends off the shadow monsters that have invaded her residence and she does so with some new powers, whether they emerged with the stress of the situation or something else, it allows her to do what she never could before and she finds that she is not as blind as she thought she was. Roy Thomas writes a good tale though the first third of the book was a little slow in pace, simply due to the fact that it only involved everyone standing around and talking come the end of the wedding. The rest of the story though was far more interesting and definitely picked up as Rick Tyler would meet up with Dr. Chapel for a bit of unintended excitement. Where these shadow creatures came from is unknown and why they attacked also a mystery but it does lead to the emergence of two new heroes featuring old monikers in Doctor Midnight and Hourman. While all of it was a lot of fun, the costumes that the two heroes sport leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully, they get a better design as time moves on for one can see the villains they face stopping to have a bit of a laugh before finally getting on with the fighting and whatnot. As for Todd McFarlane who pencils this book, the man does a decent job with it all, slowly improving with every issue that passes.

3 out of 5

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