Given the Avengers movie this summer, there's likely to be moat than usual interest in this series. Here's a checklist provided by Marvel.

Prepare for the END with the INFINITY COUNTDOWN Checklist!                                                                                                              

New York, NY—January 10, 2018—This year, Infinity is the word – and the countdown is on for the beginning of the end! And before you start your hunt for the most important gems in the galaxy, Marvel is here to make sure that you don’t miss any of the action with a special INFINITY COUNTDOWN checklist.

Serving as a handy map and designed to help guide readers towards key Marvel issues that have played a role in preparing the Marvel Universe for this epic saga, the INFINITY COUNTDOWN checklist ties it all together – from the first reappearance of the Infinity Stones in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to the upcoming INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1. And fans can download this digital checklist to whatever device they choose, placing it right at their fingertips for easy access! (Retailers can find a file on the Diamond retailer page.)

It all leads into the mega Infinity tale and battle that will change the balance of cosmic power. Download Marvel’s INFINITY COUNTDOWN checklist today, and don’t miss out on all the action in INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1, coming this March!

INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art and Cover by MIKE DEODATO

On-Sale – 2/21/18

 

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1 (of 5)

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art by AARON KUDER

Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

On-Sale – 3/7/18

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Here's what I posted last week about Guardians of the Galaxy #150 in "What Comic Books Have You Read Today?" If we want to have a dedicated "Infinity" discussion here, I'm for it.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150: I bought this one because it features the return of Adam Warlock. It also features a 3-D cover, the first I’ve ever bought. Although I admit the effect looks cool, I generally eschew cover gimmicks of any kind. (I’m a purist that way.) But this time I didn’t have a choice because there was no standard version to choose. The Warlock story was six pages at the beginning and five pages at the end. For this I paid five bucks. If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, the main story was the last of a four-parter which began in #147, but I didn’t bother to read that and don’t plan to. (This is the last issue of the series.)

For those of you interested in the Warlock piece of it, I think this chapter can be safely skipped, but here’s a summary. Warlock come to awareness in the Gemworld (or I suppose it’s called “Stoneworld” now, since the Infinity Gems have been rechristened the Infinity Stones), a kind of limbo where he spent many years before. A brief, mainly pictorial, recap of his past is provided. He emerges from his cocoon to be greeted by Kang the Conqueror.

I am a big fan of Marvel’s “cosmic” books, especially those written by Jim Starlin. I’ve read several other non-Starlin cosmic books and most of them were… well, pretty good actually. But Starlin continues doing his own brand of “cosmic” in a series of OGNs (one trilogy completed, another on the way). In those he demonstrates that he can work within the new paradigm, even though he did not create it himself (not that everything Starlin himself has done has been stellar). I’m looking forward to reading the new Starlin series, but I have also decided to buy this new non-Starlin Infinity thing and see where it goes.

Yes, it was my intent to start a thread for comment on Infinity Countdown. Glad you're game, Jeff! I'll be reading this one, too.

As to Starlin, I respect those who love his work. But for my part, I was entertained early on, but then I felt like he just repeated himself over and over. Every story seemed very much like every other story, hitting the same beats and working the same tools.

I didn't dislike the various "Infinity" stories, but I had low expectations that were adequately met.

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