Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #49

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Vince Argondezzi
Inker – Sam Kieth, Frank McLaughlin
Colours – Liz Berube
Letters – Jean Simek

Nuklon is visiting Fury and her parents in a tale that finds the man with an ulterior motive. Ever since he can remember, he has been in love with Lyta Trevor and it has been a love that has lasted over the years until this moment where he finds himself trying to summon the courage so that he might ask her to be his wife. Readers cannot help but root for the big guy as he seems so earnest about it and throughout the book, author Roy Thomas goes through his origin which is tied to hers, from childhood to the current day and it sees him in all his awkwardness as he grows, his falling in love with Lyta and more. This is probably one of the better origin issues that Thomas has penned in the entire series as it is not the usual type of tale that is tied to some experiment or villain or accident or what-have-one. Instead, it is simply the story of a boy and a girl, one that takes readers through the years with them and it is both sweet and a very good read. Sadly, when Nuklon finally does get up the courage to make the big ask, he is let down, nicely but let down for Lyta sees him as nothing more than a friend, if not a brother. It is not what he wanted to hear and yet he accepts it and decides to give her time for she is not quite over Hector Hall as of yet. That being said, her father Steve has confided in Nuklon about seeing a strange costumed person standing over Lyta’s bed one night and when confronted, he remembers nothing except waking up the next morning. So it is that very same night after having been rejected, Nuklon hears something strange in Lyta’s room and upon investigation, sees the same costumed figure – that of the Sandman. While they have a bit of a dust-up, the truth of the matter is soon revealed and it is a shocking revelation that leaves the book off on a cliff-hanger, definitely making the reader want to come back and find out just what is going to happen next. With some great artwork from Vince Argondezzi, Thomas hits it out of the park with this issue.

4 out of 5

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