Wonder Woman’s been offered godhood, a place at the cosmic table of the Quintessence. But before she accepts, she wants to see how her heroic friends are after the latest multiversal rewrite. And she’s looking for hints as to what the ‘lurking threat’ she was earlier warned about might be. The Spectre agrees to show her around the new-look reality. First stop, Egypt, where two Justice Leaguers get their first hint that someone unexpected may be worthy of membership.
Then, it’s away to Gotham City, where there’s trouble at Arkham. Because it’s Tuesday.
On Themyscira, there’s a quiet coronation.
While in Boise, Idaho, an Amazon of a different stripe is starting her own journey.
In New York, Green Lantern Alan Scott is bringing daughter Jade up to speed with information he’s recently shared with son Obsidian.
Somewhere – it could San Francisco, it could be New York or it could be somewhere else entirely, no one bothers to tell us – a group of kids approach their new school.
In Metropolis, possibly in the future, the Spectre throws shade at that nice Jonathan Kent.
Green Arrow and Black Canary are having a post, and likely pre-coital moment, and Spectre insists Wonder Woman intrude with her ghostly gaze.
Exuberance is the order of the day in Blue Valley
Back in Gotham, as Batman rushes to the asylum on his Bat-bike, we see one of his oldest foes has had a makeover.
En route to the planet Oa, two Green Lanterns and a Teen Lantern chat.
At the House of Heroes, a torch is passed… again.
And Spectre shows Diana yet more of the multiversal game board.
So, having seen so much, surely the former Wonder Woman is ready to ascend to godhood?
Not quite. Well, she now has access to memories from previous lives, and will recall that she’s already done the goddess dance. What she hasn’t done is dip her toes into this new reality. So it’s thanks but no thanks, so far as joining the Quintessence is concerned. As it turns out, the decision is a well-timed one, as the baddest of DC’s baddies shows up on the just-revealed Omega World.
No points for guessing who that is! Expect more from him in the coming Infinite Frontier six-issue series starting in June.
I was looking forward to this comic hugely, expecting something like Countdown to Infinite Crisis or the DC Rebirth Special, a game-changing shocker. Sadly, Infinite Frontier doesn’t hit those heights, being simply a Marvel-style collection of scenes introducing new mysteries and scenarios.
So we find that a character last seen as a walking corpse is fleshy again. Barry Allen is taking a break from Earth 0 to explore the new Multiverse/Omniverse/Metaverse/Linearverse… who can keep up? Basically, the Multiverse is multiplying. Alan Scott looks set to be hanging out with Justice Incarnate too, with hints that he’s reclaiming that awful name he had for two minutes in the Nineties, Sentinel.
I liked the visit with Stargirl a lot, for its cheery vibe, TV-friendly sentient sceptre and promise of a Seven Soldiers of Victory story. It’s great to see Barbara as Oracle again, Huntress has thrown away the daft New 52 overcoat (but reclaimed the dafter belly shirt) and there’s a hint the Birds of Prey will be back.
But oh, I detest the prediction that Jon Kent will be a super-disaster… we had plenty of super-kids going bad in Silver Age Imaginary stories, but they were 12 pages and done – I really don’t want a drawn-out version of that in regular continuity. The end of Death Metal gave DC the perfect opportunity to put Jon back to being a tween, take away all the angst he’s gone through, but no, they’re leaning into it. Also, if his sequence is set in the present day – it’s really not clear – why is he going by Superman? I’ll give new writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson a go – he had some good moments in the Future State event – but please, let Superman be the star of his own book and give Jon and Lois a break.
While Geoff Johns and Todd Nauck manage to give us a Stargirl story in four pages, and Tim Sheridan and Rafa Sandoval show us there’s a new school for superhero kids – complete with traitor – in their Teen Titans Academy two-pager, it’s a real shame some stories are so squeezed. Even Brian Bendis has just three pages for his new Justice League series to wave at us. Batman, meanwhile, has 14 pages, split into two chunks. I know DC is excited about James Tynion IV’s vision for Gotham, and I applaud the ambition of he and artist Jorge Jimenez (while being unconvinced by Scarecrow’s revamp into the Human Haystack), but let’s have a bit of equity when it comes to sharing out the pages.
As for the framing sequence, Diana deciding she doesn’t want to float around in space dressed as a Mummy was a happy surprise given Hippolyta and Nubia both seem set for Wonder Woman-hood. But what the heck is that furry monstrosity she changes into at the end? And why is some of her dialogue so very awkward? This is her in the yellow boxes.
See you Jimmy? Please don’t let that be an indication of Diana’s speech patterns going forward.
Behind an impressive cover by Dan Jurgens and Mikel Janín, Infinite Frontier #0 is more of a sampler than a story; it’s diverting, but it fails to excite me. It’s full of decent writing and cracking art, but lacks a big moment or surprise that has me itching to see what comes next.
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