Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #22

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Todd McFarlane
Inker – Steve Montana, Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – David Cody Weiss

Roy Thomas gives readers yet another Crisis on Infinite Earths tie-in, this one actually tieing in unlike many of the previous books as it features Pariah, Alexander Luthor and Harbinger – at least for a moment. There was still very little going on except for a bit of conversation, a little confusion as to where Green Lantern and Harlequin were – the Infinitors acting like the two are just doddering old fuddy-duddies and the appearance of Helix, the team of ‘super’ villains which gave this book one of its very worst arcs. So of course, there is a bit of a skirmish but after a little bit of admonishment from Harbinger and company, that is soon put to rest and the book departs from all of this to continue the story of the new Hourman and the new Dr. Midnight. It is here where the book gets a little more interesting even if the costumes used worn by its heroes are still utterly ridiculous. Be that as it may, they still find themselves being attacked by cannonballs of all things and while they might seem like an outmoded form of weaponry, they still do a lot of damage and so stopping them is a priority. When it is discovered just who is firing on them, they realize that something is off, much like it has been with the red skies and the disappearance of the Infinitors and so forth. It seems the current crisis is bleeding through more than it was, not that Hourman or Midnight know of it or even how to stop it but the two do their best to face the challenge and a challenge it is. For the first time in what seems a long time, Thomas has crafted a tale that makes readers intrigued by what is going on and it definitely is a lot better for the fact that the main team is tied up with Crisis business leaving it to the second-stringers, though Hourman and Midnight are not actually a part of any team. One does have to wonder just where it is this title might head once it comes out the other side of this Crisis but for now, readers can sit back and enjoy these very strange issues which have not only been different but better than the norm.

3 out of 5

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