Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Steve Epting
Oh-Ehm-Gee! This is bad... in a good way! Jonathan Hickman delivers his first major one-two punch since taking over the Avengers franchise. Infinity has Beast joining the Illuminati just in time for the secretive organization to stop one of the soon-to-be-common incursions, cataclysmic events that end up in the destruction of two universes at a time. In the aftermath of this last minute save, the team has a big ideological clash over the way these threats are to be approached.
Cap's view, of course, is that the end does not justify the means, and he is not willing to go down what clearly is a slippery slope. Namor then rises an even more disquieting point: is a man's clear conscience more important than all of existence? This is good writing, dear fans. What comes next is a shocker that will throw everyone for a spin, as questions about the sequence of events between this book and Avengers are answered, forcing one to wonder whether what is happening in that title is all a dog and pony show, and the stage is set for Tony Stark and company to declare moral bankruptcy. Fantastic issue!
Mr. Fantastic, Namor, Black Bolt, and Black Pather. Art by Steve Epting.