Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's the fifth week special, which means we've crossed the threshold of another month of Infinite Wars! Heading into the home stretch, why not join the time travel as we look back at past reviews of issues that did as we're all doing -- start afresh with a brand new number one!

Moving through the issues chronologically, we naturally come to the end of the line with a crop of fairly recent issues you yourselves may have read. With the benefit of hindsight, how do you feel they measure up, and were they strong platforms from which these series launched, or were they doomed from beginning? Why not let us know, and talk about your own favourite #1s!

If you missed out on the journey, don't fret fanboy!
Here, for your convenience, a go-to guide of this new set of Infinite Wars back issue diversions: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4! You can also use the Cover to Cover tag to browse your way to any number of odds and ends.

Beyond! #1 (September 2006)
"The Great Beyond" McDuffie/Kolins

"Slay your enemies and all you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!" is the decree that rings out as the motley gathering of Spider-man, Venom, The Hood, Kraven, Wasp, Hank Pym, Medusa, Gravity and Firebird, find themselves trapped aboard a spaceship headed for the Beyonder's planet. The omnipotent entity, who has apparently been testing low-grade groupings for years, is at it again!

And all too happy to claim the prise of his greatest desires, Mac Gargan; the new host for the Venom symbiote; sees his objective right in front of him! But what exchange has been made to save the web-slinger from Venom's sting?!

Batman and the Mad Monk #1 (October 2006)
"Dark Moon Rising" Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner returns with a sequel to his critically acclaimed mini-series, 'The Monster Men.' Continuning on in the tradition of Year One, Wagner places Batman in the earliest year of his career, in an ever-changing Gotham full of greed, corruption, and villainy.

Catwoman, up to her old tricks robbing jewellery stores, provides a distraction as the Dark Knight Detective maintains his presence patrolling the Gotham skyline.

This story, inspired by a Golden Age Bill Finger classic, introduces old ideas into a contemporary canon! After Catwoman, Batman will puzzle his way to a strange cult led by a vampire called - the Mad Monk!

New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (February 2007)

2008 will be the year of the Skrull as Marvel unleash their latest intrigue based universe-wide crossover, Invasion!

It all starts here as the cabal of super powered leaders, dubbed 'the Illuminati', gathers during to take it upon themselves to confront the Skrull empire in secret, and warn them off any further invasions of Earth.

Unfortunately for them, the Skrulls don't take kindly to intimidation tactics, and are about to turn the tables on this group of Avengers in a way that will rock the Marvel Universe decades later. The Skrull Invasion has come again, and this time they will be undetectable!

Spider-man Family #1 (April 2007)
"Catfight" Van Lente/Manfredi

The super-anthology serves up a brand new story featuring an early confrontation between the superheroine Hellcat and soon-to-be Spidey foil, the Black Cat!

These two feisty feline femme fatales are about to come head-to-head on the grounds of a museum where the Black Cat intends to put security to the test. Little does she know Chicago has their own brand of Manhattan style defender, and she's about to turn her powersuit on an unsuspecting burgler!

It's quite literally an all-out CATfight, and when the flur finishes flying, you won't believe how this one ends!

Omega Flight #1 (June 2007)
"Alpha to Omega" Oeming/Kolins

When the composite powered entity called The Collective slaughtered Alpha Flight it looked like that would be the end of the Canadian super-team. Not so, however, as threat of spill over from the American superhero civil war threatens those across the Northern border!

Not content to leave the property lie, the Canadian government offers the initiative one last attempt to work, resulting in the formation of Omega Flight!

Charged with rebuilding the team, Sasquatch awaits the arrival of USAgent and Arachne, but there's just one catch. The Wrecking Crew might KILL him before then!

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