How I came by this collection
Because of my work I found myself reading one of those yearly state of tech reports from IBM Blue Wolf. A short time after that they offered to include my opinions in the next report by sending me a survey. I completed it sent it back, and several days later they gave me 5 dollars on a virtual Visa.
Now something like that drops onto my lap and it’s automatic internet currency. So the question was simple: Kindle or Comixology? Comixology won out, so off I went to the site and fired up my favorite section, Sales. After some perusal I decided on a Guardians of the Galaxy collection. Bought it and that’s free money well spent. But waitaminute! Fool that I am I forgot to change my payment details – I was still charged the purchase against my debit card. Oh well, with the virtual money still burning a virtual hole in my virtual pocket I went to Comixology again, this time making sure that my payment details pointed to the virtual Visa. My second purchase, again, after much perusal was the Infinity Countdown collection.
I have read the first issue of that collection which is Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock. The writer Gerry Duggan is unfamiliar to me but the artist is the legendary Mike Allred with Laura Allred doing the colors. Quick capsule review: Read it and loved it.
Duggan and Allred
Duggan does a fine job making a time travel tale both simple and enjoyable. Allred’s art brings to mind the famous saying about something turning out greater than the sum of its parts. Looking at, say, individual figures, I am of the opinion that Allred is no gifted draftsman but look at an entire panel and there’s something there. Look at a series of panels and its magic. Allred’s art makes the story flow through one panel to the next smooth as butter. Outside of this relaxing flow I particularly enjoyed dwelling on the panels set in Kang’ s realm where the creative team saw it fit to pepper Kang’s domicile with the most interesting curios – I saw Klaw’s sound blaster, Doom’ s original metal mask and what seemed to be the full body skeleton of the Angel, lots of other very interesting stuff including a demon’s head mounted like a deer head trophy.
Kang and Adam
The issue reminded me that the more you know about the Marvel universe the more you’ll enjoy the comics. The tale focused on the interaction of two characters: Kang, Master of Time and Adam Warlock. I’ve read Adam off and on since he come on the scene, even attempting to collect his Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch series back in the day. Kang is also very familiar, I’ve read him in Avengers Forever, Thor’s two-issue adventure in Limbo and during the more recent adventures of the Avengers when they were struggling with the collision of universes. Back in the Thor adventure it was Kang and Immortus. This time around it’s Kang and Rama-Tut.
Rama Tut comes out of this tale looking like a pharoah with a capital ‘P’. His Egypt rendered beautifully.
And the verdict yet again
No fight scenes on this one but you won’t miss the action. The story flows, is beautifully presented, and is a good, fun read, particularly if you’ve been reading Marvel for a long time.