Captain Marvel #16: This issue wraps up our "Infinity" interlude. I can't say we really gain a better insight into Carol's situation, but I did actually find myself enjoying the focus on the Avengers trying to figure out a way to escape the Builders. At first, I was surprised by how callously Carol dismissed the moral implications of destroying an entire sector of space to save Earth, but then I remembered that she's not really feeling emotions at this point, so it works in the context of the larger story that DeConnick is telling. (I was a little more disturbed by Cannonball and Sunspot going with the plan so easily. I mean, at least Hawkeye raised some opposition.) The best moment was her banter with Jessica, whose affectionate teasing about them having to start from scratch showed that she's there for Carol for the long haul. It made me all the more eager for us to return to the regularly scheduled programming. But, given that these two issues are probably the only ones I'm going to read about the Avengers' battle with the Builders in space, I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with them.
Infinity #3: My only real problem with this event -- to my surprise -- is that it's still feeling a little schizophrenic. I get that the whole point is that Thanos is taking advantage of the Avengers being distracted by their off-world fight with the Builders to make his move on Attilan. Although the idea is clever, it's still leaving me feel like I'm reading two entirely different events -- a cross-over event about the Galactic Council working together to repel the Builders and a miniseries about Thanos' attempts to find and kill his son. Although I'm intrigued by both, I find myself wishing that Hickman had treated them separately. For example, he has to rush through the capitulation of the various galactic empires to the Builders, somewhat underselling the awesome moment where the Shi'ar and the Skrulls decide to throw in their lot with Earth. I mean, the Shi'ars and the Skrulls! Dogs and cats, living together! That said, I'm still happy with both stories, as loosely connected as they are. Cap's gambit was pretty great to watch unfold, though you have to wonder how they're going to defeat the Builders when even this win seemed to have a limited impact on their overall operational capacity. I guess we'll see!