‘Infinity’ continues as the Galactic Council regroups after their retreat from the battle against the Builders in ‘Avengers’ #18. When we last saw them, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had joined the likes of the Kree, the Skrulls, the Brood, the Spartax, and more as they look to stop the threat making it’s way through the universe with Earth in it’s sights. But as they marched into war, the armada had a few tricks up their sleeves that resulted in the loss of many Avenger allies, including one Quinjet full of Earthlings.
While things looked bleak for Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, and their team, we learned in this issue that they survived, but were captured by the Builders to be questioned and potentially tortured. Meanwhile, Captain America, Thor, Shang-Chi, and the other Avengers plan their next move with the rest of the council, but J-Son of Spartax has something else in mind.
To begin with, I don’t have much experience with the J-Son of Spartax, but I definitely wouldn’t call myself a fan. So far, I’ve only encountered him in a few issues of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ since he is Star-Lord’s father, and in the few times that he’s appeared on the page in front of me, he’s just been a douche. However, after reading this issue, I couldn’t possibly hate him more! I mean, from a storytelling standpoint, he’s a pretty useful tool for the plot of this tie-in, but as a fan, he’s just a plain tool. What goes around comes around, J-son, and I can’t wait for it to come back around to kick you in your pompous ass.
Now, going from someone that I didn’t like to someone I did like, the line of the issue goes to the Kree Supreme Intelligence. When J-son was putting down Captain America and the rest of the warriors from Earth, the Supreme Intelligence reminded everyone that the Spartax have “historically achieved victory in 34% of military engagements, a percentage much lower than the humans”. The little floating mass has some sass. Well done, Jonathan Hickman, as usual.
With every issue that comes out, ‘Infinity’ just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Things with the Builders aren’t getting any easier for the Avengers, so I’m starting to get really curious about how they’ll get out of this nearly unwinnable situation, especially when their backup on Earth is tied up with the Black Order and Thanos descending upon the planet. Despite always coming out on top in the end, this time might actually be the toughest fight in the team’s history. Because of that, I am firmly on board and awaiting the next issue of this event.
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Leinil Yu & Sunny Gho
Cover by Leinil Yu & Laura Martin