Gamora returns to ask Star-Lord on more time to help her on her quest into the Soul Gem. He turns her down, and she leaves. On Earth, Doctor Strange has called a meeting of the new Infinity Watch. It includes the current possessors of the Infinity Stones and their allies. Star-Lord, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon have the Power Stone, Captain Marvel the Reality Stone, Adam Warlock, Drax, and Iron Lad the Soul Gem, Black Widow the Space Stone, Doctor Strange the Time Stone, and Turk, Bullseye, Sandman, Tombstone, Typhoid Mary, and the Spot the Mind Stone. Strange fears Thanos' arrival and wants a contingency plan should it happen.
Meanwhile, Loki and Flowa seek the Quarry of Creation and meet an unexpected yet familiar face there.
Infinity Wars #1 continues the uphill trend of Gerry Duggans' new Infinity stories. Countdown got better with its final issue, Infinity Wars Prime was also quite solid, and this one impressed me too.
There is a sense of drama and stakes. Disparate and feuding characters have come into possession of the Infinity Stones and aren't entirely sure what to do now. I still think Turk is a questionable choice—if you want a lowlife nobody to have an Infinity Stone, I can think of 20 better choices than Turk—his crew does add to that idea of criminal element and chaos in this new Infinity crisis.
The Thanos "shocker" from last issue didn't do a lot for me. The big reveal of Requiem's identity I actually called before Infinity Wars Prime (I feel proud about that, even if you don't believe me). The "shocker" ending here is oddly undercut by something that immediately proceeds it, though this comic does raise a lot of questions about whose answers I'm genuinely curious (that's the grammatically correct way to say that, right?)
I'm always up for Mike Deodato Jr. doing the art on a comic book. His paneling has gotten too elaborate in these recent Infinity books, but that's not a dealbreaker in this instance. I like what he does with this comic, even if Typhoid Mary's costume looks atrocious this time around (even if it is a throwback look, it's still awful). Frank Martin's color work is dim and foreboding while keeping a nice injection of vibrancy in parts, which gives the book a unique atmosphere.
Infinity Wars #1 is a promising "official start" to this miniseries. The stakes are high, the mystery is interesting, and the character assortment is strange yet kinda cool. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.