The multiverse is not what anyone thinks it is with new mysteries and new questions being posed. A diverse set of heroes work separately – for now – to have their questions answered in a likeable second issue. Or is it third issue?
You cannot help but warm to Agent Cameron Chase when she is used as the channel through which Joshua Williamson concisely sums up the multiverse mix-ups that happened in both Dark Nights: Death Metal and Doomsday Clock. I think she speaks for many a DCU fan when she makes light of it all in a witty back-and-forth between her, Batman and Superman in the opening scene of Infinite Frontier #2. She is the voice of reason for the normal folk who simply want to know what’s going on. After all, it must be pretty exasperating living in an ever-changing, crisis-filled reality. It’s also a good indication of Williamson’s skills as a writer and why he’s been given the reins to this year’s big DC Comics’ summer event. Definitely a writer finally getting the recognition he deserves as anyone who read his run on The Flash will vouch for.
Meanwhile, Thomas Wayne and President Superman catch up in one of the more bizarre World’s Finest team-ups I’ve ever read. Turns out Thomas was freed from Arkham Asylum in an attempt to transport him away from Earth-0 by some “broad.” All this is discussed before they hop over to Earth-22 where they make a rather informative discovery that gets them both wondering. Wondering how the multiverse now works. Seems there’s a lot of unanswered questions building. And they’re not the only ones with questions, as we catch up with the various different character we were intruded to last issue.
Then I noticed that there was not one, not two but three pencillers on this issue, and I got worried. We’re only two issue into this mini-series (three if we’re counting Infinite Frontier #0) and already one artist can’t keep up. Thankfully, though, the change from Jesūs Merino to Paul Pellitier and finally to Xermánico is seamless as each artist takes on a different teams of characters and therefore different scenes in this issue’s plot. Plus, their art styles aren’t too dissimilar that it would ever spoil the flow of the story. I dare say that must be attributed in no small way to the editing skills of Jamie S. Rich and assistant editor Diego Lopez. Although it’s Pellitier and Merino who both do double shifts with the former illustrating Alan Scott and company as well as catching us up with the seemingly new Black Hand, Roy Harper, while the latter brings us… well, you’ll have to read the book to find out which returning hero we haven’t set in quite some time turns up at the end of this issue. Although even then there seems to be more than meets the eye to this guy. A lot more!
The final pages – more adverts than anything else – promise a summer of inevitable tie-ins and mysteries as we explore the newest version of the DC multiverse. But with so many fan-favourites promised including a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle team-up as well as the highly anticipated Grant Morrison scripted Superman and the Authority, there seems to a level of quality here we don’t always get from such fare.
Two issue in and I’m already hooked. A well scripted, well illustrated, well-paced issue that pushes all the right buttons as well as offering up the odd surprise too.
Infinite Frontier #2 is out now from DC Comics