By Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
With all of the backstory it lays out, Infinity Countdown Prime 1 should probably be renamed “Infinity Countdown Primer.” The book is equal parts past and prologue. Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr. set the stage for Infinity Countdown, cushioned between a Marvel editorial recap of what the Infinity Stones do and what their history is. And while it does throw a lot of information at the reader at once, it feels like one of the more successful starting points for a major comic event in recent memory — especially if you aren’t heavily versed in all things Infinity.
It’s likely that you may not know who all the wielders of Infinity Stones are or how they ended up where they have. Duggan doesn’t seem to mind this fact; he just wants to let us know where they are all starting for his epic tale. How is Logan back? Why is Hank Pym merged with Ultron? I’d recommend not stressing yourself out with the Marvel minutiae for the moment and just let things be.
Deodato constructs unique panel layouts throughout Infinity Countdown Prime 1. The majority of the book is devoid of the traditional black-lined panels and white gutters. Instead, Deodato dissects a single image on the page into many separate panels. The most eye-catching examples of this comes at the beginning of the issue, when Wolverine SNIKTs Loki in the head.
In the turn of a page the gutters flash to bright red, as if we are visualizing Loki’s nervous system to his excruciating pain. The second “panel” cleverly masks Loki’s eyes with a red gutter panel, saving the horrific reveal of that pierced eyeball for the bottom of the page.
The Marvel Universe can be overwhelming, but I like to jump with both feet in and find my way around after the fact. I think Duggan and Deodato Jr. feel the same.
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