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The Infinite #1

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The Infinite #1

Credits

  • Words: Robert Kirkman
  • Art: Rob Liefeld
  • Inks: Rob Liefeld and Adelso Corona
  • Colors: Hi-Fi Designs
  • Publisher: Image/Skybound
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Aug 3, 2011

If you were trying to forget just how infinitely crappy mainstream comic books were in the nineties, too damn bad…

Shoulder pads, rectangular guns, and receding hairlines are all the rage again – at least in the stagnant imaginary world of Rob Liefeld’s The Infinite. Published by Image, under writer Robert Kirkman’s new Skybound imprint, I’m left puzzled as to how the same company that produced Witch Doctor could crank out such boring, inappropriately over-the-top drivel. The quality gap between the two books is awesome – in the truest, scariest, most disturbing sense of the word.

It was this sort of bombastic, self-congratulatory garbage that almost drove me away from comics in the nineties. Thank God for Vertigo…

I mean, talk about a vanity project. Perhaps we should be thankful, though. Without The Infinite we might not have realized just how far up his own ass Liefeld’s head is. This book is that bad. Even Kirkman, despite a valiant effort to imbue the story with some heart and craft, can’t/won’t save The Infinite from a quick transition to the quarter bin.

I could go on at length about the retread, Cable-esque time travel story or how Liefeld’s visual storytelling is so technically flawed, it literally defies logic but that would feel like too much of a validation of the work. This is a guy who doesn’t seem to respect the medium. If he did, he would be able to draw feet by now and foreshortening wouldn’t be such an exercise in grotesquerie.

Perhaps the worst comic I’ve read in years, here’s hoping The Infinite's shelf life is far more finite than six issues.

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  • chemiami

    chemiami Jul 28, 2011 at 4:11pm

    Surprisingly, I have never heard such an appropriate commentary on the work of Rob Liefeld. I don't know how this guy is still working. I have to admit that in the early nineties for a short while there, I sort of liked his work. I was a kid then and I think I was dazzled by the celebrity of Liefeld and the rest of the soon to be Image Comics crowd. But even before graduating High school, before my BFA,, before years of practice in drawing and design, Rob made me realized just how truly BAD some professional comic artists were.

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Aug 4, 2011 at 8:18am

    This is not a review, this is slam bang piledriver! :p

  • Jason Wilkins

    Jason Wilkins Aug 4, 2011 at 7:31pm

    I know, not much of a review (more of a rant) but in all honesty there wasn't much comic to review. I was really hoping Kirkman's involvement would kick things up a notch or two but no dice :P At one point, during the main battle the hero and the villain inexplicably switch positions between panels and the good guy's getting elbowed in the face, when the bad guy should've been the one in the rear. (err that sounded almost as awkward as the actual storytelling but you get the point...)

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Aug 5, 2011 at 2:47am

    LOL

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