Well, finally, Thanos, the Builders and the first issue of this summer's Infinity have struck and we found them very entertaining and engaging.
Now the first tie-in comes with Avengers #18 and, surprisingly, Jonathan Hickman's usual slow and exposition-filled narration is on hold as this issue moves quite well and shows that, indeed, the author was speaking straight when he earlier said things were headed somewhere.
For all the cosmic fans who've been missing that genre at Marvel badly, the array of alien races, cosmic battles and other galactic trappings here are beautiful, thanks to the artistry of Leinil Yu.
Hickman really gives you a space tale for the ages as the Avengers join others in planning the downfall of the Builders, moving through the universe like the Annihilation Wave (so it's ironic to see Annihilus on our side, lol) and destroying everything in its path.
The sad part is, if you have been following this incarnation of Avengers, you would know that heavy hitters like Hulk, Thor, Hyperion, Iron Man and others usually wind up looking flatter than Beetle Bailey after a meeting with Sergeant Snorkel. We could do with a little less of that, Mr. Hickman.
Avengers #18 is a cosmic success. If you liked Infinity, you will not want to miss this exciting tie-in!