Infinite Frontier #5
Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 31, 2021
Cover date: October 2021
Writer: Joshua Williams
Artists: Paul Pelletier, Jesus Merino, and Tom Derenick
Cover: Mitch Gerards
Variant Covers: Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair/John K. Snyder and Brennan Wagner
Reviewed by: Craig Boehmer
Pyscho Pirate recaps how he contacted villains from alternate realities to join his team. Meanwhile Green Lantern, and Obsidian confront Bones. During the confrontation are reunited with Jade and the JSA. It is also revealed that Extract is another version of Chase from the original Earth-2, the same as Bones. It seems that Darkseid wants to exploit the Crisis energy living inside some of the heroes. For gathering these heroes, he has promised Bones that Earth-0 would be spared from the oncoming Crisis. Pyscho Pirate shows up with the Injustice Incarnate to attack the JSA, the battle is going poorly until Roy embraces the power of the Black Lantern ring to save the day.
Story – 4: This issue was strong. Seeing Roy plead for them to save his daughter was definitely a highlight, especially as he succumbed to the Black Lantern power. It was cool seeing Pyscho Pirate contact all of these different villains from alternate universes to join his team. I did find it had too many plotlines, it made it seem lacklustre when it came to the big battle. I would prefer a story focused more tightly on a smaller cast of characters to better allow each one’s arc to receive adequate attention.
Art – 5: I’ve been a Pelletier fan since last year when he and Venditti did that digital Superman series last year. He continues to shine in this issue. I just wish there had been more action splash-pages to showcase all of these fantastic characters.
Cover Art – 5: This cover is really cool. The contrast between the cool blue of space and the purplish blue of Darkseid allows him to pop on the cover. Seeing him battle the JLI to a standstill highlights the power that he has. I also loved the background of multiple earths, and the chains crossing the image.
Variant Cover Art – 4: This is a good cover. Roy Harper and Jade look good together. My only issue is more to do with Roy Harper’s costume in general, not he cover. He just looks like one of the many archer superheroes that exist in comic books, I find it a boring design. I much prefer the design he sports when he is a Black Lantern.
Variant Cover Art – 3: The cover’s art is actually pretty good, I just don’t like these variant covers that are completely unrelated to the comic or its contents. I am not an expert on The Suicide Squad, but it seems that it would have been better if they could have found a character from the movie that was in this comic. But maybe that was impossible.
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