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Infinity War #1: Review

Jun 1992
Jim Starlin, Ron Lim

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Chthonic Maneuvers

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3 stars

Infinity War #1 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Hulk does not appear in this issue.

Comments on tie-ins by Rob Johnson:-

Some of the issues have only a small connection to the event. Especially in this early stage we have some which only show heroes receiving Mr Fantastic's call to a meeting and others which only feature a hero battling his Doppelganger, sometimes only briefly.

The 1st set of tie-ins to mention here connect directly to this issue.

The whole of Spider-Man #24 features a fight between Spidey and his 6-armed Dop and between Hobgoblin and Demogoblin. The 2 battles get mixed up. Spider-Dop is defeated but he doesn't disappear like other Dops. Demogoblin takes Spider-Dop away for his own use and a later independent career.

In Fantastic Four #366 the team are worried about Franklin Richards' reawakened power. Mr Fantastic has the fight with his Dop (intertwined with scenes in this issue) and loses. MrF-Dop absorbs and replaces MrF. Invisible Woman is suspicious.

Captain America #408 only includes a very short fight between Cap and his Dop which he wins. It also includes a brief encounter between Demolition Man and his Dop which continues into #409.

Then we reach the part where the MrF-Dop sends out invitations to a meeting the next day.
In a backup tale in Avengers #350/2 the team go to answer his call.
In the opening bit of FF#367 IW sees MrF calling the X-Men and works out he's either a fake or been taken over.
Wonder Man is with the West Coast Avengers when they get the call in his (1991) #12.
Alpha Flight also get the call in a backup tale in their #109/2.

The last tie-in directly to our #1 is Warlock And The Infinity Watch #7. The team have ended up on Monster Isle and done a deal with Mole Man to use it as their base.

There are other issues which occur between #1 and #2. Ie between MrF's call for a meeting and the meeting itself the next morning.

In Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #42 Galactus sends Nova to recruit DrS and then follows himself. He wants DrS to get him past a mystical barrier the big bad (Magus) has erected. DrS is reluctant but Big G persuades him. G mentally shows DrS what's happened to Eternity, which sends Stephen into a coma.

In Silver Surfer (1987) #67 SS looks in on Nebula on Titan who's been catatonic since the end of Infinity Gauntlet. Then he confronts Galactus over what he thinks is DrS's dead body until DrS wakes up. They all set off in Galactus' starship.

In DSSS#43 Galactus wants DrS to use the Eye Of Agamotto to track the big bad down. Agamotto isn't happy and takes all his toys away, and DrS with them, to his dimension. Galactus follows and fights Agamotto. Hoggoth and Oshtur intervene and persuade Aggie that he should comply for the good of the multiverse.

Deathlok (Michael Collins) geta a warning call from MrF-Dop and defeats his own Dop in his (1991) #16.

FF#367 continues as Puppet Master helps Thing defeat *his* Dop. Invisible Woman spots Wolverine breaking in to FF HQ, and lets him. She checks that Thing is the real deal when he arrives, and explains about her suspicions of MrF. (The issue will conclude within IW#2.)

In Daredevil #310 it is villainess Calypso who has to face DD's Dop without the hero ever knowing.

In Alpha Flight #110 AF gather with other heroes at FF HQ waiting for MrF's meeting. Meanwhile the self-styled Master Of The World protects 'his' Earth from the cosmic threat by arranging for some other some evil folk to be let loose in the world. (This issue will be concluded within IW#3.)


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Infinity War #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
In his retirement, Thanos detects energy emanations that indicate the universe is in grave peril; he follows the energy signal to a fortress in space where he finds the Magus, an evil variant of Adam Warlock. An arrogant Magus revels that he has a scheme for conquering the universe and sends Thanos back to his own reality to warn Warlock. Meanwhile, Galactus has discovered Eternity in a catatonic state and sets out to find the party responsible; his way blocked by mystical barriers, he recruits Dr. Strange as an ally. Doctor Doom has also detected the energy emanations and, seeing an opportunity to expand his power, enlists the aid of Kang the Conqueror, who has the technology he needs to locate the source. On Earth, various heroes, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man and Reed Richards, are attacked by evil doppelgangers. Afterward, Reed contacts all the Earth heroes he can find to deal with a threat to the universe.

Also in this issue: the Infinity Watch (Gamora, Pip the Troll, Moondragon, Drax the Destroyer), Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, X-Factor, New Warriors, Alpha Flight. Cameo by the Mole Man.

Ron Lim
Al Milgrom
Christie Scheele
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.
Editor: Craig Anderson. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)

(James Howlett)

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