Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1: Review

Apr 2018
Ralph Macchio, Andrea Di Vito

Story Name:

The Avengers in Shard of Infinity

Review & Comments

Rating:
2.5 stars

Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1 Review by (April 14, 2018)

Review: Just in time for AVENGERS: THE INFINITY WAR, we have this one-shot comic with the word “infinity” in the title but no connection to the Infinity Stones, though the cosmic cube puts in an appearance. Natasha calls it when she sums up the fascist would-be world conquerors as “Old story, new uniforms.” Pretty generic tale with megalomaniac leader, super-strong henchman, huge organization, secret base, superweapon and the like, playing like a rejected concept for a James Bond film (or 1970s Marvel comic for that matter). The oddest bit is Cap's concluding wish for disarmament and tribute to John Lennon.

Comments: First appearance of L.U.N.A.R.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Black Widow infiltrates a terrorist group called L.U.N.A.R. (Life Under Natural Authoritarian Rule) and makes off with a box. She then meets with Captain America, Black Panther (T'Challa), and the Falcon, telling them about L.U.N.A.R., a group bent on world domination led by a fanatical woman named Irma Krakov. They have a Vibranium-powered superweapon, but that's not the worst part: the box Natasha stole from them contains a fragment of the Cosmic Cube. And they already have a Cube fragment so they will likely move up their timetable....

From their base on the Moon, Madame Krakov orders a test for their Cosmic Cannon by shooting down a Helicarrier on Earth. But the Avengers arrive, infiltrating the base and fighting their way through autonomous weapons and living guards to reach the main chamber. As the Cannon recharges, Black Widow goes toe-to-toe with Krakov, beating her up while they debate philosophy; Cap defeats super-henchman Klove, likewise while talking about ideals and weaknesses and the like. The Cosmic Cannon gets ready to fire so Black Panther puts his Vibranium gauntlets onto the Cosmic Cube shard, causing a dangerous overload. The Avengers quickly return to the Quinjet while the L.U.N.A.R. moon base blows up, as most of the baddies also escape in time.


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Andrea Di Vito
Andrea Di Vito
Laura Villari
Andrea Di Vito (Cover Penciler)
Andrea Di Vito (Cover Inker)
Laura Villari (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)