The “Infinity Warps” Soldier Supreme has been one of my favorite hero combos, yet and it also gets its second chapter this week. This starts where we left off, with Steve Rogers trapped during World War II awaiting his eventual awakening in the future. Sort of like Captain America’s origin, only with a ton of magic.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
Not only is this an inspired amalgam by Gerry Duggan and Adam Kubert, but it also ends directly tying into the events of Infinity War. Read this to get a full grasp of where the event will lead. I also gave the first issue a 10/10 ,so buckle up because this is a fun ride.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue could be split into two parts evenly, first focusing on Roger’s fate trapped in a satanic realm of monsters and then his release and the new information he imparts via this transformative moment. Duggan keeps you tantalized with interesting twists on the combo character with another amalgam hero that pops up, and how this universe has turned ever so slightly more magical because of the existence of this character. This Infinity Wars tie-in also takes a slightly different turn apart from the other books (at least so far) and sheds a bit of light on where the event as a whole might go from here.
One of the most exciting elements of this issue is how Adam Kubert designs the layouts. Opening in a dark dimension, the book lays out four wide panels per page showing off Rogers’ much-improved control of the dark arts. As hope opens up for him towards an eventual escape, the panels shrink on each page as if to increase the tension, and potentially missed opportunity, before our hero. This leads to an amazing double page layout forcing you to turn the comic so as to fill one of the pages with one of the most bulbous villains in the Marvel universe. There are also fun wrinkles using sound effects and magical effects throughout the book too.
It can’t be perfect can it?
An element that seems lost is the fact that our main character only exists because of the combination, but if he were to be split, wouldn’t he technically be killed? In Infinity Wars #4, Ms. Marvel and Kang are split effectively killing that character, right? I’m a bit confused about that element of the hero, which brings into question Stephen Rogers’ being open to potentially ending his life in the next chapter.
Is it good?
If there was ever an Elseworlds comic that argued the character should be integrated into the main universe, this is it. Exciting, fun, and artistically crafted, don’t miss this book.