Thursday, September 24, 2015

Infinity Gauntlet #3 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Man, this series just keeps getting creepier and creepier.

First, it still feels like "The Road."  In this issue, Gamora and Peter throw in their lot with the Nova family simply because they essentially have nothing else left to do.  The world is so desolate that it doesn't even have enough to steal.

But, we're also at a point where reality itself doesn't have much meaning.  The plot of this issue revolves around the fact that Thanos is using the Time Gem to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet, traveling into the past every time his latest scheme fails.  Said failure appears more often than not to involve the Nova family, so Thanos returns this time to co-opt, rather than combat, them.  He convinces the mother to take him with them as she assembles the gems, as much as it pains him to be kind to small children.  Moreover, Anwen seems to have the same thought as I did about her mother's coincidentally appearing just as she found the Mind Gem.  (Anwen's mother thinks that she's asking if she could resurrect her grandfather with it, but it's pretty clear to the reader what she actually meant.)  As Anwen's mom continues to gather gems, you have to wonder if reality is going to have any meaning as she becomes more and more able to control it.

Finally, we also have the arrival on the scene of Drax.  He's as determined as ever to kill Thanos, and it seems pretty clear that his discovery of the group is going to be the spark that starts the fire that consumes everyone.  (Oddly, Gamora doesn't recognize Thanos, though she does have a bad feeling about it.  Go with your gut on this one, Gamora.)

In other words, yeah, it's pretty grim.

*** (three of five stars)

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