Writer: Al Ewing and Jed Mackay
Art: Juan Ferreyra, Flaviano, Rachelle Rosenberg, Paco Medina, David Curiel, Tom Muller, VC’S Travis Lanham, VC’S Cory Petit, VC’S Joe Caramagna, Carlos Lao, R.B. Silva, Erick Arciniega, Mike McKone, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 4th, 2021
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THE PREMISE AND STORY
Part 1: Two Demigods walk into a bar… Well not quite since only one of them is an actual demigod. However, it’s a chance meeting between Hercules and Prince Otherone. Now, Hercules is happily minding his own business when Prince Otherone stumbles in to ruin his evening. Sure, some bonding ensues, however, Otherone ends up highlighting his life story to Hercules.
Part 2: Nick Fury is on the hunt for the Infinity Stone hosts with Nighthawk. Nevertheless, Nighthawk thinks he can track them down. Yet, when they do, Fury and Nighthawk try to acquire the stones for themselves to create “a better world”. Now, where have we heard that before?
Part 1: Without spoiling the whole issue, it’s safe to reveal that the story is largely a satirical riff on He-Man in particular. It’s quite a funny little story and told not at all that seriously. Nevertheless, the premise came across as somewhat dour. Plus, Otherone just wanting to prove himself worthy to his people. However, he found himself struggling with sibling rivalry and always being second fiddle.
Part 2: This backup story is part 6 of 8 and it’s only five page. However, it does pack a surprising amount within those pages. Nick Fury retrieves something Nighthawk needs for P.E.G.A.S.U.S to track the new hosts and invites Fury to become his new “Bat boy”. Yet, as the story wraps, something isn’t quite right with Fury and all is not as it seemed.
Flaviano’s art and Rachelle Rosenberg do a fine job with the illustrations and coloring to bring Planet Muscular and all its gluteus glory to life. Furthermore, Juan Ferreyra works both the art and colors in the second story well. Ferreyra style fits the tone and there isn’t much to complain about with the design.
We are finally given the Background for the newest Prince of Power – Prince Otherone. Plus, readers see how he acquired the Power Stone which bestows him his powers… and those massive Glutes and fabulous abs. The story in Part 1 is fun and even whimsical Nevertheless, it does have a darker undertone if one cares to look under the pretty covers.
As for the backup story, Jed Mackay handles these 5-pages extremely well. Additionally, I think it’s safe to believe Mackay would do a phenomenal job writing Nick Fury and other super-spies in action if given the future opportunity. I was initially a bit skeptical in thinking there could be enough story with only five pages but there’s an interesting anecdote in the making here. I might get the rest of the Infinite Destinies books just to get the other parts of “Infinite Fury”. This is truly what a backup story is supposed to do people.