Writers Tyler Kirkam & James Tynion
Colorist Arif Prianto
Letterer Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Kirkam & Prianto
We learned of the origins of the Immortal Man and the Infinite Woman, and what we thought were two immortal houses are actually five, each of which are run by a person of prehistoric age whom was bestowed immortality by a meteor. The five vowed to work towards the betterment of humanity, each doing it in their own way. Today, only two of those remain and are helmed by the two immortals that were also siblings: the Immortal Man and the Infinite Woman! With a jump back to the modern day, we are met with Timber growing and swinging her mighty blue axe through the building in which her group had holed up. When the last five of the House of Action escape, they run straight into the Infinite Woman. In the middle of the chaos Caden realizes he can use his tactile telepathy to learn combat skills and experience, being able to copy and have the form of the person he had just learned it from. All while the Immortal Man and his sister battle fiercely until she was overwhelmed, forced to send in her bloodless to fight. The Immortal Man, being such an old combatant handles this without even breaking a sweat, leaving his team in absolute awe. Suddenly, the 50,000 year old man is brought down by a literal, and figurative, backstab from his sister – attacked with a blade made from the blood of students to whom he had bestowed immortality. Caden attempts to acquire his knowledge with his ability, but is too late. The Immortal Man is dead.
The Infinite Woman gave the last remaining members of the House of Action 24 hours to mourn their loss before they either join her, or die. For a moment to process and bury their mentor they bring him back to where this all began, The Campus. As they eulogize their mentor, Caden stumbles upon the Immortal Man’s Room, where Caden finds an a device made by the recently killed immortal Communion, whose consciousness is in the item. With some new found confidence and vigor through this discovery, Caden and the remnants of the House of Action are ready to finish this war.
This issue was very well done, it made me feel the gravity of our hero’s loss in a manner that is quite uncommon in such an action centered title. The art continues to wow me as the fights flow like well thought out storyboards for a blockbuster movie. Coupled with very carefully written backstory and very well written and timed cliff hangers, i can’t help but be excited to see how Caden finishes his hero’s journey. The only bad point I have so far in this series is that it’s a monthly!