Comic Review: Infinite Vacation #1

Infinite Vacation #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Christian Ward
Published by: Image Comics/Shadowline
Price: $3.50
Release Date: January 12, 2011

After two of my favorite comics from the past two years, Existence 2.0/Existence 3.0 and Morning Glories, writer Nick Spencer brings us the next book in his line of ambitious creator-owned series with the brand new comic, The Infinite Vacation.

The book starts out semi-normally with the introduction of the main character, Mark, but at the same time, it is also already full of question marks by the end of the first page. The opening page shows us several great things, like hooking up with a beautiful woman, becoming a hero by stopping and apprehending a child molester, and becoming President, all of which happen to Mark, and they are all accompanied by a price tag. The next page, however, presents the exact opposite events of the first page. At this point, Nick Spencer’s writing, accompanied by the water colored, psychedelic art of Christian Ward, starts taking a strange turn as we learn that, with the help of a handy mobile device application, you can switch lives with yourself throughout infinite worlds so that, with a price, you can live any life that you choose.

Next up in the book, we are photographically greeted by Hugh, a spokesman for the company behind the application, as he explains, in depth, all the intricacies to the concept. In this world, the very comic book friendly concept of the multiverse is introduced, which basically means that with every decision there is another universe is created. After this, we go back to Mark as he basically lives his day to day, but ultimately finds out that all the Mark’s that he’s met from the multiverse are dying, so this leads Mark down the line to try to find something to actually make life worth living, and that reason appears to be a woman. Unfortunately for him, she’s completely against the lifestyle driven by the Infinite Vacation application.

I’ve gotta say, guys, Nick Spencer and Christian Ward completely blew me away. Like I said before, I’ve enjoyed Spencer’s work before, and I really dig the concept of the multiverse, specifically in the DC Universe, but with the simple twist of having a multiverse in a world without superheroes completely rattles my mind. So, for me, the concept is the real driving point for the comic, but the way Spencer and Ward handle it is perfect. The first issue did a truly fantastic of setting up the world, but with such a high concept, it’s hard to tell if the concept is going to drive the story, but under the writing guidance of Nick Spencer, I have no doubt that the comic will stay strong for the rest of the miniseries, especially with the dreamlike atmosphere drawn to life from Christian Ward.

I’m dying for the next issue.

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