Hot on the heels of last month’s cliffhanger, Joshua Williams and a slew of artists won’t stop swinging as Infinite Frontier rushes on. Whether readers are spending time with Alan Scott and Obsidian, Roy Harper, Calvin Ellis and Thomas or Barry Allen, the series is delivering the most concrete developments that have been seen so far. It’s becoming clear that this series might be bigger than anyone expected, and so too is the role of Mr. Bones.
Williamson has traded in the staccato pacing of Infinite Frontier #1 and #2, which were littered every few pages with reveals, for a more consistent and plot-focused issue. Each strand is now beginning to wind into the larger mystery and few readers might’ve expected how it all seems connected.
It’s also interesting that while the plot seems to be becoming more clear, Darkseid’s role is becoming less clear. Somehow the story seems to be moving away from him, which feels like the prelude to some kind of big surprise.
This isn’t to say that Williamson is pulling his punches as far as reveals go. Specifically, this issue ends with maybe the biggest surprise of the whole series thus far. Additionally, small surprise references and developments continue to give this story a feeling of being applicable to the DC Universe as a whole.
The most intriguing thing at this point is what is going on with Barry Allen.
Williamson continues to use this story to provide development for lesser used characters, and despite the development of the plot he never moves focus from that. Specifically, Alan Scott and Obsidian continue to display a deeper and more nuanced relationship.
Readers might miss development on certain fronts, though. Specifically, last issue’s climactic ending isn’t directly followed up on here and readers might find that somewhat disappointing.
It’s almost shocking how well Williamson is threading together historical DC concepts, his own new creations and the desires of the fans to finally see the DC Universe whole again. Any lesser writer would make this story feel forced, editorially mandated or choppy, but under Williamson’s pen it feels perfectly adapted for where DC Comics is right now.
Similarly to last issue, this one contains a murderers’ row of talent on art. This includes Paul Pelletier, Jesus Merino, Tom Derenick and Xermanico. Each brings their best to this issue, and to displaying these exciting new elements of the DC Universe.
The issue very much feels the lack of Xermanico’s prominence throughout the issue in the same way the previous two had. They only handle four of the pages in this book, and where they had the ability to act as a pace car and standard bearer for the rest of the issue previously, they struggle to do that here.
Lastly Paul Pelletier gets the opportunity to deliver the final page, and the biggest surprise of the series. Then when given this opportunity he delivers some very exciting work, which serves as a great poster page.
Infinite Frontier #3 is another exciting issue in DC’s best event in years. Williamson and the team of artists here deliver their best work, and continue to give the characters and universes an opportunity to shine.
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