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411’s Comic Reviews: Infinity Wars #1, The Walking Dead #182, More

August 2, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Infinity Wars

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Yesterday we discussed Comic Books That Were Cancelled Too Soon

Now on with the show!

Volition #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

In a not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence has spawned a race of robots that serve all of humanity. Robots are considered second class citizens, but a few in the A.I. community are fighting back in a constant struggle for equal rights.

When a debilitating virus called “Rust” threatens all artificial life, salvation lies in the most unlikely of robotic heroes—not a warrior or an solider, but in an obsolete construction worker and a dedicated caregiver. Together, HALE-19 and AMBER-7T embark on a perilous journey in search of a cure that could potentially change the balance of power on Earth forever. The next bold adventure from Aftershock Comics begins here!

From writer Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Star Trek, Batman: Gates of Gotham) and new artist sensation Omar Francia (Star Wars, Mass Effect) comes an epic quest into a dazzling future world told through the lens of AfterShock Comics!

The Walking Dead #182

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Reading The Walking Dead #182 was like watching someone pour a cold bottle of maple syrup. You know what’s going to happen but it sure gets there slowly.

The last arc, “New World Order” was an uneven set up that never delivered the “pop” Walking fans have grown used to. It ended before it really started and “The Commonwealth Growing” doesn’t seem to give us much steam.

While the Commonwealth is an intriguing concept on paper, in practice it has been a frustrating, slow paced tale that hasn’t really progressed the characters or the situation in a fresh way.

Like the show, it feels like the book is retreading territory it has already explored. The Commonwealth offers a new angle to the Walking Dead world and I hope they can find a way to kick it into gear.

This issue is a miss and I hope it’s just a bump in the road to get back to a focused, fast paced adventure.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Infinity Wars #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

I was just thinking that it had been a while since we’ve had a big cosmic crossover that promised to change everything! I say that with the strongest sense of sarcasm possible.

Infinity Wars, to me, rests on what you think of the “SHOCKING MOMENT” that kills a certain character.

I won’t spoil it but I have serious doubts Marvel will let this go on too long as this character has been riding high on popularity lately.

The general gist of the story centers on the Infinity Watch and their struggle to save the universe from Requiem. The issue sets up plenty of questions and promises answers but feels vaguely familiar in its theme.

I’m most likely suffering from crossover, event fatigue but I’ll judge this series more on its second issue and how they play off this one.

For now I’ll give a begrudging thumbs up and a half-hearted “wait and see”.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

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