Infinite Frontier #0 hits stores March 2nd, 2021 with a $5.99 price tag and 64 pages that are set to blow your mind!
Justice League by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, and Tamra Bonvillain
Batman by James Tynion IV, Jorge Jiménez, and Tomeu Morey
Wonder Girl by Joëlle Jones and Jordie Bellaire
Green Lantern: Alan Scott by James Tynion IV and Stephen Byrne
Teen Titans Academy by Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona, and Alejandro Sanchez
Superman by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jamal Igle, and Hi-Fi
Green Arrow & Black Canary by Joshua Williamson, Alex Maleev, and Jordie Bellaire
Stargirl by Geoff Johns, Todd Nauck, and Hi-Fi
Green Lanterns by Geoffrey Thorne, Dexter Soy, and Alex Sinclair
The Flash by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, and Hi-Fi
Epilogue by Joshua Williamson, John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson
Infinite Frontier – it’s quite a catchy name. I like it. As we all know this spills directly out of Death Metal with a sprinkling in of “possible” futures in the two-month interim known as Future State. But, don’t confuse Future State with 5G because that didn’t happen. Or did it, with a different name?? With that being said, this is “Comics” in a nutshell. Extremely confusing when trying to make sense of eighty-plus years of history. And in Infinite Frontier, we get DC’s latest attempt at a soft reboot, or reset or attempt to boost sales, or attempt to right the listing ship known as continuity. Do they succeed? Is this another “Rebirth” or something else altogether?? Let’s take a peek and try and make some sense of this!
Wonder Woman, or Diana I should say, has evolved. She saved the day and right off the bat we get the caveat that is basically the whole premise of this reboot in my opinion. That “Possible futures that may or may not come to pass” In layman’s terms I take that as “anything goes”. Everything is wide open and if doesn’t work it can be backtracked in a sense.
That’s not a complaint by any means, just my take on it.
Spectre, as the art clearly shows is not as important as the “quintessence” but I guess he’s good enough to be our guide, and we’re off on our story after what I consider to be a very well-written intro/setup.
I’ll touch briefly on each story without spoilers.
Justice League – Brian Michael Bendis gets only three pages and surprisingly doesn’t jam-packed them with dialogue. Instead what he’s done is get me interested in his Justice League run. Some new characters on the team are always nice and some humor at Batman’s expense which while funny is also sadly true.
Batman – didn’t Joker War just end recently? Well, things may not be what they seem in Gotham! What is obvious, is that James Tynion IV is setting up a future Bat-Family book, and I couldn’t be happier! We touch base with some of the 5G, I mean Future State storylines, and set up the next villain in a nice way.
Wonder Woman – although I didn’t read the Wonder Woman Future State books I wasn’t lost at all. Enough well-written dialogue between Spectre and Diana had me feeling like I’ve been a long-time reader, which I’m not!
Wonder Girl – we get a very quick story here that gives a quick bit of history while setting things up at the same time.
Green Lantern: Alan Scott – Is this the first time Tynion has written a GL story? If so, he does so like he’s a seasoned veteran. This story I think will have the most chatter because of its surprising revelation.
Teen Titans Academy – based on Spectre’s dialogue this one has certainly piqued my interest.
Superman – Based on the Future State books and the story here in Infinite Frontier, I think I’m fully onboard the Superman train! Wait a minute though, IS this a Superman story?? I’m sure my buddy Jay in Canada 🇨🇦 can answer all my questions!!
Green Arrow/Black Canary – again, in very few pages there’s enough info that new readers can jump on board for wherever Green Arrow and Black Canary end up. Justice League perhaps? We also get a cameo that will make fans extremely happy!
Star Girl – this story is the one I was most apprehensive about but came away pleasantly surprised. It appears Jeff Johns hasn’t lost his touch at all and has a unique ability to mesh a new character with lower-level older characters into setting up what will likely be a nice little series.
Green Lanterns – in three quick pages Geoffrey Thorne sets up his ongoing, throws in some Green Lantern history, and unfortunately follows trends in ignoring some established Lanterns that have been around for decades. Good story, but a bit disappointing on a personal level.
Flash – I felt this story would either be great or crash and burn considering all that’s been dumped on Wally the last year or so. Fortunately, this ended up being one of my favorite stories of the whole issue!
Epilogue – has our “possible future” for one hero that poured out of Death Metal changed already?? You’ll have to read it and find out!!
Final Thoughts :
While I may have personally been a bit disappointed in not seeing some of my favorite heroes besides in a tiny panel with no dialogue, that doesn’t sway my feeling that this is one heck of an issue! Everything is open. Everything is basically up for grabs. Now, hopefully unlike Rebirth, DC can follow through with some GREAT stories! This issue is certainly accessible to new readers and left this fan filled with a sense of hope and genuinely excited about what’s to come from DC for the first time in quite a while!