Avengers & the Infinity Gauntlet was published in 2010. Why review such an outdated issue of the Avengers? Because it’s FREE. Avengers & the Infinity Gauntlet is one of the five comics offered this initial week of “Free Mondays.” As was announced in a recent news article, Marvel has decided that every Monday they will release five digital comics that will be free for viewing throughout the week. This is a fantastic opportunity for readers to try out the digital comic format without having to shell out for the experience.
I had never read this mini-series within the Avengers line. Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet is a four part series (though only issue one is free for viewing) by Brian Churill and Brian Clevinger with art by Humberto Ramos. The issue features Thanos: a mad, cosmic-level superhuman of the race of Titanian Eternals. He has acquired the even more powerful Infinity Gauntlet and used it to capture almost half of the world’s population. Heroes, villains, and civilians alike were taken into Thanos’s custody. It is up to the remaining heroes back on earth to figure out how the h#$! to stop the insanity and get their friends and family back. As if this all wasn’t confusing enough for our beloved heroes, suddenly Dr. Doom wants to lend a metal hand.
This comic is light. It’s fun. It’s quippy in that comic book kind of way. It also has a nice array of characters sharing the spotlight. This mass team-up was fun both for those who have been around for a while to actually relax and see their characters in a non-dramatic, non-emo light as well as for those who are just starting to get their first taste of the who’s-who list of Marvel celebrities. Even some of the lesser known characters like Misty Knight and Black Panther were seen in the background (as in the wallpaper), which was amusing. The art matched the tone of the writing: kind of a little off, but fitting.
I do have a few complaints about the writing. It was a little spasmodic. Every once in a while the scene would jerk into some other occurrence happening which would cause a “wait … what?” moment. The characters, in pursuit of entertaining dialogue, were like personality-amplified versions of themselves. Doom was even more pretentious than usual. Spiderman was treated entirely as the goof with no skill.
My rationale for choosing Avengers & the Infinity Gauntlet from the other four free digital choices was due to the mass appeal of the Avengers lately. My still-intense excitement after seeing the trailer for the Avengers movie at Captain America: The First Avenger has had me in a bit of an Avengers kick lately. But, if I could do it all over again, and write a different Thursday review (aka, if I hadn’t started this article so darn late in the day), then I think I would have chosen Namor: the First Mutant, which is something I have wanted to read for a while now. But, don’t let a lack of review stop you. Go read it yourself! It’s free. What can ya lose?
Unfortunately the reason for my late review was technical difficulties trying to view the free comic. The solution, at least, was simple – under the “help” section at the bottom of the Marvel website is a link where consumers can write to Marvel about such technical difficulties as this. I received a reply within a few hours as well as a friendly email. If you have any trouble, I’m sure you will receive the same treatment. (Amazing, considering a person can’t even call their own bank without getting an automated message these days!)
See all five free issues on the “Marvel Free Mondays” news article directly on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/story/16345/free_mondays_72511