The film release of Avengers: Infinity War makes for an auspicious and long-awaited weekend.
Ten years in the making! With the release of the smash hit Iron Man in 2008, the fan base of eighteen (and counting!) films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been waiting for this very moment in time! Avengers: Infinity War, the nineteenth instalment in the film franchise, is the one movie that ties everything together.
After this weekend nineteen (and counting!) films and ten (and counting) television series’ make for unprecedented pop culture territory. And It’s All Connected, as we’ve been told so often.
But with all the success on the silver screen and television, it’s easy to forget that these stories are all connected to their origins in comic book lore. And that’s why Marvel Comics, under their cut-rate priced “True Believers” banner (where books are sold at a paltry and totally affordable $1.00) is republishing the first issue of 1992’s Infinity War comic book miniseries.
Written by comic book sci-fi mainstay, the legendary Jim Starlin (Dreadstar, Warlock, the Death of Captain Marvel, Infinity Gauntlet) and illustrated by fan favourite Ron Lim (Infinity Gauntlet, Silver Surfer, Captain America), Infinity War was originally published as a six-issue miniseries. It was a direct sequel to the smash-hit Infinity Gauntlet six-issue miniseries from the previous year – the story that told of evil despot Thanos’ quest for the various infinity stones and the rule of the galaxy!
In fact, readers should be interested in the Infinity Gauntlet series as it’s the story that inspired this weekend’s release of the Avengers: Infinity War film.
But that doesn’t mean today’s comic book release of True Believers: Infinity War #1 shouldn’t be read. On the contrary. More that sharing a title, this particular comic book also sheds major light on the imminent box office smash – while at the same time, potentially heralding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
True Believers: Infinity War #1 tells the story of Adam Warlock, his dark, evil side, the collection of the infinity stones and the absolute power inherent in the infinity gauntlet. Eagle-eyed, stay-in-your-seats, comic book know-it-alls have already begun whispering Adam Warlock’s name. He was teased in a mouth-watering after-credits scene in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is nearing the end of its third phase. Drastic shifts in story, characters – and actors – is to be expected. True Believers: Infinity War #1 could very well give us a glimpse into this weekend’s film… and the fourth phase of the MCU!
Get prepped and be ahead of the curve! Make the run to your lock comic book shop and pick up the nearly free and highly entertaining True Believers: Infinity War #1!