Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #26

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

Yolanda, the new Wildcat, has been captured by a shark-like-looking person named Carcharo after she and some of her teammates were attacked in the previous issue. So it is that this book takes place on two fronts, one being Yolanda and what she ends up discovering and the second featuring the rest of the Infinitors as they get berated by the Star-Spangled Kid for ruining their new ship and failing to call in for help which ended up resulting in the missing Wildcat. One such result that comes out of this finds Fury and Scarab fighting with each other, not seeming like the young lovers they are and writer Roy Thomas letting readers know by hinting at it, that something is not exactly right and there might be some outside influence making them act as such. While that is interesting in itself and will most likely lead to a future storyline, the bulk of the tale belongs to Yolanda who is taken by Carcharo for a rendezvous with Helix, the villains who are sure to kill any story they are in. Surprisingly, they do not end up doing so here and for once, manage to create a bit of intrigue with their presence by revealing to Yolanda that they and Carcharo are all related, albeit in a strange sort of way and it all goes back to the origins of Helix. It seems that much like them, Yolanda was also an experiment as was her newfound cousin, Carcharo and while they should have been gathered together like the rest of Helix, they were not until this very moment. She does not believe it of course and soon enough, the Infinitors show up to put the hurt on Helix and rescue her though it too makes readers wonder if this will be the end of this particular plot point or just the beginning. Nice to see is Thomas reining in the more ridiculous aspects of Helix to make them more of a credible threat, not to mention just a little more interesting. Carcharo makes for a good villain though one does have to wonder if he will make his way to the side of the angels should Yolanda get closer to him. Todd McFarlane, aided by Tony DeZuniga, provides the best pencils this title has seen as of yet by the young artist and it looks quite good at times. As a complete package, this book managed to be a win on all fronts and a fun read.

3.5 out of 5

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