Book Review – Avengers: Infinity Prose Novel by James A. Moore

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the prose novelization adaption of the Infinity storyline that ran in Avengers about a decade ago. I enjoyed that story so I gave this a shot in audiobook form. It’s one of the more faithful adaptations of a comic story that I’ve experienced. It’s comprehensive and preserves almost all of the original story. And it’s a good story for me.

My beef with the book that brings it from 4 to 3 stars is that it includes a lot of material from the New Avengers series that was running concurrently at the time. While the stories are adjacent, and do overlap to some extent, the incursion storyline is mostly a separate one. Not only is it separate, but it can be very confusing and I feel like it hurt more than it helped in Infinity.

I understood what was happening due to my previous experience with the material, but I can see everything happening with the mutliverse collapse being VERY hard to grasp as it relates to the other 80% of this book. Terrax and Black Swan appear in a single scene and add nothing to the story other than bloat. I think all the incursion material could have been dropped and you’d still get a full picture of the Thanos storyline without introducing additional mess. Or at least if it was included, branding this as part one of a two part story.

Other than the issues with the mixed storylines, this really is an above average comic adaptation. I think those who have read the Infinity saga in comic form will like the story. I think it might be a bit confusing for those who haven’t.

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