Advance Review: JD reviews THE INFINITE#1,
by Kirkman and Liefeld!

The Infinite #1
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Rob Liefeld
Inks: Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona
Colors: Hi-Fi Design
Lettering: Rus Wooton
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

If you have nostalgia for 90’s Image Comic-booking, then by all means: buy the shit out of this book. Buy all 7 variant cover editions. You will be transported back in time, and you’ll love this new series. If you have a less …enthusiastic view of the 90’s and that decade’s place in comic book history, maybe skip this one. Also, if you are one of the 5 people that will be upset about me speaking ill of your lord Rob Liefeld: Skip this review. You’ll be mad at me.

I’ll be honest: the ONLY reason I picked this book up was the fact that Robert Kirkman wrote it, but I’m not even sure I believe that to be true. By the time I finished this issue, I was sure that Liefeld just pretended to be Kirkman to add some cred to his book. Mr. Kirkman is right this second, bound and gagged in Liefeld’s basement, being force-fed Grape Nuts cereal and wearing a wig while the former superstar penciler wears a hobo’s face as a mask and dances around. I’m certain of it.

But for the sake of an argument, let’s say that isn’t the case. I know that writers, when paired with certain pencilers, tend to write to that artist’s strengths. But what do you write when said artist’s strengths consist of lipless, grimacing teeth, shoulder pads and pouches? Well, let’s just say that my opinion of the writing matches my opinion of the art in this book. I know I’m breaking Mama Destructo’s cardinal rule about saying nothing if you have nothing nice to say, but good god. Let’s go back to the aforementioned pouches. On page 2, our main man Bowen has an entire belt rigged with no less than 9 pouches that are in view. Yet on page 5? They’ve gone away. Page 6: there are 2. So on and so forth. The same applies for the character’s completely useless arm and leg bands. Also, there’s a very important belt in the beginning scene. It’s nowhere to be found until it becomes important, as if Liefeld only read the panel descriptions as he drew them and then decided “Whelp..too late now! Eff that belt and it’s utter importance in the plot.” At least the very awkward and improbable shoulder pads are mostly consistent. Quick note: the villain’s emblem is the Image logo upside down and on his head.

To be writing a review this negative about a book that Robert Kirkman is involved with hurts me. I wish I felt more positive about this experience. I went in hoping that even if I wasn’t into the art, the story and dialogue would be interesting…but there’s nothing here I haven’t seen before. In the 90’s.

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, and Booking his Face off over here. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo.

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4 Comments to “Advance Review: JD reviews THE INFINITE#1,
by Kirkman and Liefeld!”

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  1. Hal says:

    Wish I had read this review before I bought the thing to support Kirkman. I should have known given Image United . . .

  2. jaydee says:

    did Kirkman write Image United? I barely remember that but remember that it was a MESS

  3. Bobby says:

    I ALMOST actually purchased this yesterday – just for kicks- but then i realized that it is my responsibilty as a consumer NOT to buy inferior product in the hopes that it dies out and is replaced by something that’s actually GOOD.
    Liefeld is the only artist I know whose work has never changed yet has always been in desperate need of improvement. This book looks EXACTLY like the shit featured in X-force #1 from 1991.
    The thing that infuriates me about Liefeld is that it never occured to him, even after he became wildly successful against all odds, to maybe go back to art school or apprentice himself to an older artist and actually learn to improve upon his many glaring blindspots. Facial expressions, anatomy, foreshortening, perspective, etc… His work has never evolved after almost 20 years.

  4. Paul says:

    I bought this for Kirkman. Won’t be buying issue two. I was interested in the idea, as it was clear that the two characters on the cover were the same guy, but EVERYONE in the book looks the same. Look at page 19, when Bo says to Case “Just look at him- – he’s me.” The two faces are identical. I thought Case was the same guy with blonde hair. Core is the same gut with a mohican. And why is Imperius wearing a mac? It’s easy to pick a fault with virtually every panel in this dog’s breakfast. A shameful disgrace. Hope it gets cancelled, so Kirkman can do something else.

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