Infinite Frontier #3
DC Comics 2021
Written by Joshua Williamson
Pencilled by Paul Pelletier, Jesus Merino, Tom Derenick & Xermanico
Inked by Norm Rapmund, Raul Fernandez, Tom Derenick & Xermanico
Coloured by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
Barry Allen's history with the Psycho-Pirate isn't pleasant. The Flash encountered this mind-bending villain all the way back in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it did not end well for the Scarlet Speedster. For the first time since his death and rebirth, Barry runs afoul of this foe-hopefully it will go better this time around! That is, if the even bigger villain behind the Pirate stays out of the fray, or if President Superman of Justice Incarnate sticks around to help win the day.
It is interesting to me that this contains four different simultaneous arcs and the one that excites me the most of the Justice Society one, I say this because basically the JSA consists of Infinity Inc and the last membership of the JSA so for me it feels like the natural progression plus everyone’s back from the dead meaning Beth and Yolanda weren’t killed by Eclipso anywhere which makes me so very happy, you really have no idea. Now if the All-Star Squadron could make a comeback.
I really do like the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter and continues to flesh them out exceptionally well. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story it covers so much and feels so natural.
I really appreciate the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story continue to emerge, grow, evolve and strengthen. The layers are where we see the characterisation, the plot developments and so much more and whether they work with the main arcs, yes plural, or not they all add depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is impeccably achieved.
The inteiros here are fantastic and each segment has a different set of creators and what I appreciate about that this is that it all feels like one person has done the entire thing which is really impressive. I wish we’d see more backgrounds being utilised but it is what it is and how we see the composition within the panels bringing us depth perception, a sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is pretty marvellous. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels how several remarkable eyes for storytelling. The colour work is really rather brilliantly rendered. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work show a sensational eye for how colour works.
The potential that this series possesses and how they can spin off into various series of their own is something that I would love to see happen. Yeah the Justice Incarnate book and the JSA book at the very least and I would like a Chase of DEO title but hey i’m a greedy guy so those along with the All-Star Squadron would make me very happy camper. With some amazing writing and intelligent characterisation with some stellar interiors make this a self-contained event that has so much more potential than a full blown company wide event.