by Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS! If you haven’t read the issue, proceed at your own risk.
One of the things that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done right since its inception is to make their movies funny. Of course, some movies are funnier than others. Thor: Ragnarok has more humor than the first two Thor movies combined. Even the grandiose Avengers movies always find time for a laugh in between the action and making sure every hero has their proper amount of screen time. This humor isn’t always present in Marvel comics, and huge crossover events are often more muted in their humor. Luckily, that’s not the case with Infinity Countdown 3.
The Guardians of the Galaxy’s battle for the Power Stone rages on, as, across the galaxy, Adam Warlock squares up against Ultron to save the Silver Surfer from assimilation. Those two events make for an overstuffed issue, but that doesn’t stop Gerry Duggan from infusing some fun into his story. When things look their darkest, the Guardians finally figure out how to shrink the Power Stone and use it to their advantage. In a funny twist, Drax uses the stone not to improve his already impressive strength, but to weaponize his saxophone music.
That certainly is a plot point I didn’t see coming. This serves as not only the turning point in the battle, but the turning point, tonally, in the issue as well. Before this, the issue was pretty heavy-handed what with all the warring and death. However, this spread immediately shifts that. How could anyone look at this bright pink page, with saxophone music walloping Warbringer’s forces, and not smile? The icing on the cake is seeing all of the Guardians smile or stand in awe of Drax’s musical prowess as it is amplified by the infinity stone.
The point of all this is that there’s a time and place for comics to be serious and also a time and place for them to interject levity. Duggan recognizes that, and this issue is funner — and better — for it.
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