February 8, 2023

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Noteworthy Issues: Infinite Frontier #1 (June, 2021)

Stuff happens. Seriously, I don't know how to summarize this one.

Wait, that screwy preview issues for all the DC “Infinite Frontier” books managed to get a series of some kind after it?  Um, why?

Issue:  Infinite Frontier #1, June 2021

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Xermanico

The Plot:  The world keeps turning after the Infinite Frontier thing started.

Commentary:  OK, I honestly don’t know where to go with this one.  There’s no plotline that runs through the entire book.  Not entirely.  It seems to be picking up after where both Death Metals and the final few pages of the Zero Issue left off.  For the latter, that would be when Darkseid took out the Quintessence.

Is the Quintessence ever actually useful when they all come together?  Because they sure don’t seem to be.  And how do you kill the Spectre anyway?  He’s a ghost.  I don’t mind the idea that Darkseid is more powerful than he is, but how do you kill a ghost?  There’s a corpse and everything!

Look, I don’t know what the point of this is unless it’s just to eventually set up the Dark Crisis which, if true, seems kinda lame.  Sometimes those mini-series intros work.  Sometimes they don’t.  But I don’t have a single idea where this all is going.

So, instead, I get some stuff involving Alan Scott fretting over his recent coming out until he and Obsidian realize Jade is missing.  Mr. Bones recruits Cameron Chase to come back to work.  Barry Allen finds the Quintessence corpses on Earth Omega.  Roy Harper seems to be a Black Lantern for some reason.  And for most of the issue, Justice Incarnate has a visitor in the form of the Flashpoint Batman.

Does all this amount to anything?  Well, not yet.  Will I stick with this?  Eh, I don’t know.  At least it has a single creative team and doesn’t feel like a slog.  It just feels like it’s just there.

Grade:  C

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