One Word or Less Comic Reviews for September 11th

Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Superman #23.2 (Zod #1)

Avengers #19

Fantastic Four #12

X-Men #5

Green Lantern #23.2 (Mongul #1)

Batman #23.2 (Riddler #1)

Mighty Avengers #1

Manhattan Projects #14

Astro City #4

Walking Dead #114

Locke & Key:  Alpha #1

-WHY AM I NOT ENJOYING INFINITY?

I was enjoying, at least in fits and bursts, Hickman’s Avengers book.  I liked the scope of it, that it was building somewhere, and that even when it seemed to stall for single-issue character spotlights and the like, it felt like it would all come together in the end.  Well, it’s the end.  It hasn’t come together, at least not for me.  There are still a great deal of good moments in the three books making up Infinity, and I still dig the scope of it even if it means that the story has lost me, but there hasn’t been anything to get behind so far.  Regular Avengers has been a weird mix of ultra-battles that accomplish nothing and character beats that lack payoff.  Infinity and New Avengers appear to be channelling Fear Itself’s baddies (and to a lesser extent Avengers vs X-Men’s Phoenix Five), where unbeatable foes wreak havoc but none of it matters because spoiler alert: the heroes are gonna find a way to win at the end!  It also commits the cardinal crime of sidetracking a great storyline in New Avengers to smush in a tie-in, although there are signs that the worldbreaking in NA may end up being the fulcrum in this story, and if that’s the case then all is forgiven regarding this complaint.  And to be fair, New Avengers is still a strong book just on the strength of its cast even if the central story has taken a back seat for now.