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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Reader's Diary #1690- Jim Starlin (writer), Various artists: The Infinity War

Despite the title, I'm told that next year's Avengers movie of the same name will be based more heavily on the Infinity Gauntlet than this story line. Nonetheless, I'd be lying if I said that the upcoming film didn't inspire me to pick this one up.

The problem with this collection are likely to be an issue with the film: with an abundance of characters, it's hard to give everyone something to do. Starlin has clearly picked his favourites and Adam Warlock, Magus, Thanos, and Gamora get more "screen-time" than the rest. Granted, even as large as the cast of the movie will be, due to property rights they'll still have far less to worry about the book.

The Infinity War is a classic evil-power-grab story but has a strong space-opera component. In this regard, the film might do best to rely heavily on their Guardians of the Galaxy characters. And, if they're trying to give homage to the visuals of The Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Wars books, perhaps best to rely on the special effects of Doctor Strange.

Despite the battle for control of the universe, it's mostly fluff fun with little in the way of philosophical ideas (though there is posturing). Perhaps those looking for such concepts would do better to turn to the more recent Secret Wars story line.

In all, a fun, wild ride but nothing earth-shattering.

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