Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #31

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

Looking to freshen things up a bit, the Star-Spangled Kid has decided to drop the costume and the moniker in lieu of something new and that would be Skyman along with a suit that would retain the same colour scheme but bring it in line with modern sensibilities. Not only does it look good but it gives Sylvester Pemberton newfound confidence and the idea to go and ask Jonni Thunder out on a date. Roy Thomas and Todd McFarlane create a sense of fun during the opening bout of this book and it continues on as Skyman tries to woo the private detective but being a superhero book, the fun and games are not to last and the Thunderbolt that wants to take over Jonni Thunder’s body has returned and means to make it a reality. Skyman does his best of course, as does Jonni but everything spirals out of control until fellow members of Infinity Inc. finally show up to lend a hand. There is a lot of action throughout the book as first Silver Scarab and Fury battle it out with the Thunderbolt and after they take it to the streets, Jade and Obsidian also join in and eventually, while they pull out what could be called a win, the Thunderbolt gets away signalling another battle for another day. Thomas and company finish the book off with a bit of family drama between the Infinitors, the team voting in their newest members – those being Wildcat, Hourman and Doctor Midnight though Hourman gets benched until the Miraclo he takes can be proven to be safe. Hector still has something going on that is making him distant, something tied to some doctor and Lyta is getting to the point of not caring anymore. It all wraps up with Obsidian, Brainwave and Jade sitting around, having pizza with Todd not happy about the relationship between the latter two when a surprise villain busts in to leave it all on a cliff-hanger. All in all, a fairly standard issue that furthers the mystery of Hector Hall and gives the former Star-Spangled Kid a moment to shine but also one that sets up what could be an epic confrontation.

3 out of 5

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