Warning: This review contains spoilers
Infinity Man and the Forever People debuted last month with an issue that could be described as a pleasant surprise. Though Keith Giffen’s Kirby-influenced art is absent in the second installment, the script by Giffen and his co-writer Dan Didio maintains the fun and panache which characterized the series’ debut. Bringing the Forever People to life is the art team of Tom Grummett (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks) and Mike Atiyeh (colors).
Didio and Giffen waste no time in grabbing the reader’s attention. The first page features the striking image of Darkseid looming over Dreamer as she sleeps. Though it is quickly revealed to be a manifestation of her dreams, Grummett and Hanna’s imposing depiction of the New God is impressive nonetheless – it is a strong enough hook to pull readers into the story without letting go. If there is a complaint, it’s that the writers still seem to be setting up the arc’s major conflict, using Mantis as a distraction from the major threats this team will eventually encounter.
Once again, the character interactions are one of the series strengths. One of the standout elements is the developing bromance between Vykin and Moonrider. Their relationship remains, for the most part, antagonistic as they verbally spar throughout the issue. For example, Moonrider comments about the kinkiness of Vykin sleeping with the Motherbox beside him. The jabs continue throughout the issue, but when Big Bear suggests the team investigate a food production facility, the two excitedly — and in unison — shout “Road trip!” As this series progresses, it should be exciting to see what other relationships develop in the coming months.
Tom Grummett performs admirably filling in for Keith Giffen, providing the issue beautiful artwork. The aforementioned appearance of Darkseid is striking, but his work in the issue’s closing action sequence is a joy to behold. Though the script becomes too expository, Grummett’s depiction of the Forever People’s powers elevates the quality of those pages. Scott Hanna’s inks, as well as Mike Atiyeh’s colors, give the art a bright and clean finish which contributes to the book’s levity. Though enjoyable, the artwork is not without it’s flaws. The issue’s middle pages feature some inconsistent faces which are noticeable, albeit far from distracting.
Infinity Man and the Forever People #2 is another issue worth picking up. Didio and Giffen continue to offer engaging character interactions between the junior New Gods. Combined with bright and fun art by Grummett, Hanna, and Atiyeh,Infinity Man and the Forever People feels far from a standard DC title, which may be enough for new readers to pick it up.