Out of the many Secret Wars tie in series, Infinity Gauntlet was the most curious. It’s playing on the title of what is perhaps, the best “event” in Marvel comics history but it wasn’t featuring any of the creators from the original series or any of it’s subsequent squeals in spite of those creators being relatively active with Marvel over the last year. Instead, the series would use fast rising Marvel stars Gerry Duggan & Dustin Weaver, the former of which would be implementing the Nova corps concept that he had been working on in the ongoing series. This was all fragments of information, it was nearly impossible to predict what was coming out of this series but with it’s release this week, Infinity Gauntlet exceeds expectations in creating an excellent new series from patchworks of the Marvel universe & genre tropes. Infinity Gauntlet is a story about a family trying to survive in a post apocalypse wasteland via giant space bugs while their mother is lost in space with the Nova corps. Infinity works best in the way it builds it characters and the world around them by letting the story do the heavy lifting. The family dynamic and stakes are immediately apparent and felt from the characters environment and reaction against it. Marvel cannon is utilized without being beholden to it and instead, used sparingly. This is especially effective with Thanos, who is more like a ghost haunting the peripherals of the story then the center of it. Dustin Weaver’s art is fantastic in it’s details, acting and movement; it might be the best work he’s ever done.
What’s become most apparent with the Secret Wars tie-ins is how the books have worked best the farther removed they are from the main titles story line. Infinity Gauntlet has a minimal connection to the Secret Wars title, the original series or Marvel continuity as a whole, but in place of all that; it’s give a highly original debut that stands up on it’s own merits. There has been a lot of great work coming out of the Secret Wars line so far and Infinity Gauntlet is one of the best.