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Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #37

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

For the bulk of this issue, Roy Thomas and company take a look at Feithera and the man who came from there – Norda, better known as Northwind. For a while now, he has had a calling to return there and now that he finally has, he finds the ruins of his home, laid waste by the glacier soon after the Crisis and haunted with memory. Still, he needs answers and almost as if it were fate itself, his grandsire is there to give them. It is here that Thomas goes into a bit of the history of the place, something he has done once before and with it not being so long ago, it seems a little repetitive to see it here. Be that as it may, it does add a bit of backstory to what Thomas tells next and that is an expanded origin of Norda, of his birth and childhood, of his growing up and yearning to leave Feithera for the world of man, to see that other side of his heritage and be free rather than be trapped by tradition, to never fly as he was meant to fly. It is not only the beginnings of Norda that are shown but a bit of Hector Hall, the main reason that Norda had to come home. Through the lens of the past, he sees just where it is that Hector went wrong, how an ancient curse infected his being and how having Norda around exacerbated all of those hateful feelings over the years, rooting that curse deeper and stronger than it might have otherwise, if at all. This was a solid issue when all was said and done, Thomas always doing a great job when it comes to delving into a character’s background. Here he has gone further than ever before into Norda’s even if it had a little ‘been there, done that’ feel to it all. Hopefully, this all leads to a showdown with Hector Hall and a bit of movement on that storyline as it has been going on for quite some time now. Rope in Fury and possibly the rest of the Infinitors if they must and it should make for a good intervention/clash when it finally happens.

3 out of 5

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