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Subj: Re: Did anyone ever read Infinity Inc. vol 1?
Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 at 03:22:12 pm EST (Viewed 407 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Did anyone ever read Infinity Inc. vol 1?
Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 at 12:50:16 pm EST (Viewed 385 times)
I can understand perfectly why the concept on Infinity Inc would have a narrow appeal, especially when looked at today, but as with superteam books of any decade you have to put it into the context of when it was published and where the comics universes were at at that moment in time.
Infinity Inc was one of the first New Format deluxe series of which DC aimed exclusively at the speciality shops rather than the Newstands. I found copies of those first couple of years worth of Infinity Inc only thanks to a second hand book exchange, who also had a small but impressively sourced pile of comics that included this title and others not distributed through the conventional channels. The appeal of Infinity Inc as a book lay in its superb visuals and fine production obviously, but more than this it shrewdly launched the series by featuring The Huntress and Power Girl, two popular characters of the time who had a broader appeal thanks to their newness and their family connection. Famously in love with the Justice Society I have little doubt that Infinity was his back-doorway of ensuring he could get a book out there featuring his childhood heroes, and in line with his devotion Roy Thomas' approach to writing this contemporary new group of teens was certainly rather old fashioned in its view of young people, but then this is a chap who would use one of the first Infinity letter columns to rail against the opening of a McDonalds/Burger King outlet near his home and the pollution that arose from it(!) Clearly then ' understanding of modern youth culture and its leanings was going to be somewhat old fashioned.
But look to the plotting of that first year. The task in setting up who these new teens were and how they related to their parents, WHO those parents were, and the clashes in background between the likes of Todd Rice and the super-spoilt Hector Hall, all of this was good soil in which to expand upon. But really for me it was as much the concept of an ageing band of legends like the Justice Society which was the draw. Here was a Wonder Woman and Superman who, unlike their earth-1 incarnations, had lived a life and arrived at the point where age was finally catching up with them. How might they each deal with this? What secrets did they carry in their pasts?
Roy Thomas' consideration of these questions and his obvious love of the characters ensured that despite lacking the same relevance of the X-Men or Teen Titans Infinity Inc was still a cut above the likes of the contemporary New Defenders, Batman and the Outsiders, and, frankly, The All-Star Squadron at the time.
By virtue of its origins and setting the series was always going to be slightly niche and not for everyone, but being direct sales it was perfectly packaged for the purpose as even at that time speciality stores were the epitome of niche. A book catering for fans of Earth-2, targeted at a venue where it might find maximum appeal and sales favour...
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