“Infinite Destinies” is a story arc going on across multiple annuals, and it all leads to Black Cat #8 which is part 1 of the “Infinity Score” arc. Jed MacKay has done an excellent job keeping Black Cat on her toes with new heists that seem to top one after the other. Now with the Infinity Gauntlet in play, fans are highly anticipating how this event might change the status of the Infinite Stones. That, and whether Black Cat can steal something even bigger than the power of all cosmic energy known to the universe!
If you’re a fan of getting into the headspace of a character, this is a great issue. Much of the first third of this book is focused on Black Cat’s thoughts via captions. Jed MacKay catches us up to speed on her antics while getting us into where Black Cat is emotionally in the issue. Much of this portion of the story, which you can read in the preview, sets up the big heist. Customary of MacKay at this point, it has plenty of twists and turns as well as some good old-fashioned thief tips.
It takes about 10 pages to get to the main conflict of the book, which firmly sets this issue up as a table-setting sort of affair. When collected it’ll read as a solid intro, but it feels top-heavy with the setup. If you’re unfamiliar with Black Cat, this is a solid opening as it establishes her supporting cast as well as takes the time to get us invested in Black Cat’s personal journey.
The art by C.F. Villa and color artist Brian Reber helps establish the slick moves and sultry nature of Black Cat. Set during the night, of course, Black Cat is taking on a job that’s a high risk, but you couldn’t tell from her cool attitude. The acrobatics of Black Cat is incredibly well rendered with good body position and choreography. She may not be super strong or capable of flying, but Villa makes you believe Black Cat’s agility is second to none.
Again, this is a spoiler-free review, but know the cliffhanger is tantalizing, especially if you’ve read the Annual issues that lead to this. It’s clear those laid the seeds to where this story will go. Since this series wasn’t in the October solicits, one might assume this is the last arc for MacKay and Villa, but if it is that’s okay considering how high the stakes are.
Black Cat #8 is a cinematic take on the heist story with superheroes. Read this to get into Black Cat’s headspace, but also to not see, but feel how high the stakes are in this story.
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