Writer: Keith Giffen, Dan Didio
Artist: Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
From the people who brought you OMAC, AKA the book that almost nobody read because Dan Didio’s name was on it, comes Infinity Man and the Forever People. Dan Didio, Keith Giffen, and Scott Koblish are at it again, this time with a tribute to lesser-known Jack Kirby characters. This book takes various Kirby concepts and sticks them within the New 52 universe, including: New Genesis, Mother Box, Boom Tubes, and various other Kirby essentials. There is even a Jack Kirbyesque art style, courtesy of Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish. The only problem with Infinity Man’s book is that he doesn’t appear in it at all!
Four students from New Genesis are given a task to study life and other organisms on Earth and bring back data for research. Unfortunately, the Boom Tube that transports them mysteriously malfunctions, leaving them temporarily stranded on Earth until they can get it running again. The students get some humorous dialogue from their professor about why the Boom Tube won’t work, but all antics are put aside when it’s realized that they are on Earth for a more important mission that might bring the multiverse to its knees! I like how this book serves as a stepping stone to what might happen with the future of The New 52 and possibly stringing all the different Multiverses together as if they are setting up a crossover.
The dialogue can be a little childlike at times as the book feels as if Jack Kirby got to write a Teen Titans book (I don’t remember Jack Kirby ever doing one, but please feel free to prove me wrong), and it really doesn’t disappoint. The issue moves pretty slow and the giant word balloons crammed with words doesn’t help the slow pacing and feels like a chore in some pages.
The art by Giffen and Koblish is fantastic IF you are a fan of Jack Kirby’s artwork (and who isn’t?), but if you don’t care for retro-style artwork then I wouldn’t blame you for passing on this book.
When I first heard of this book coming out, I immediately thought that this was going to be the most useless book on the market. Don’t get me wrong, I liked OMAC but it got cancelled within eight issues, so how long could this book last? From a creative standpoint, this seems like a really good book to pickup and a great idea from DC Comics. From a business standpoint, this is a horrible idea as Bob Harras and Co. have been putting books on the chopping block left and right, so as previous history has shown us, this book will probably last only eight issues leaving very little story for fans of this type of book.
Written by: Cory Robinson