The Infestation in IDW's comics is fading as it nears the end
IDW's crossover event “Infestation” is drawing to a close, with part two of G.I. Joe releasing last week, and part two of Ghostbusters this week. The last issue, “Infestation” issue 2, is still to come, but these last two issues have been a bit disappointing.
The G.I. Joe story is actually the most puzzling, in my opinion. The story itself was fine, I don't think it was completely clearly tied into the overall event. There was never a statement saying how the Joes got the arm, or the origin of the item. I could imagine that any computer virus could do the same thing, and it seemed in no way linked to the events in the first issue of the event, or what was happening in any of the other universes. In events such as this, it is important to make sure everything fits together. Otherwise, it seems like a waste of the reader's time and money. Also, it would have been nice to know if anyone escaped the ship. I felt as if the ending was not complete.
Ghostbusters was a bit better, as it was clearly tied to the event. The appearance of Britt did that nicely, and I liked how she was able to hypnotize the team into doing what she wanted, while believing they were actually solving the problem. Definitely a situation into which I believe the team could stumble. One problem I had with the issue was that the explanations were a bit too complicated. I understand that is part of the nature of the characters and the franchise, but I think the writer went a bit too far with the technical terms.
The other problem I had with Ghostbusters was that the ending was totally confusing, and not satisfying. Unlike the other stories, it would seem that our heroes were not able to defeat Britt and stop the Infestation. Britt in fact is able to walk away with what she wanted, part of Gozer's essence. Also, Britt mentions that she will leave them “something to remember her by” which I assume is the necrotic slime that is detected in New Jersey. However, it would seem from what Egon said that he expected there would be after effects, so how is that really something that Britt did on purpose? Overall, it seems as if the Ghostbusters is the one group that did not truly defeat the invaders, and I have to wonder how that will play out next week.
“Infestation” started out strong, but has faded in these last two weeks. It will be interesting to see how all of the stories are tied together in next week's final issue, if they truly are. Perhaps that issue will clear up some of the lingering questions, particularly those from Ghostbusters. In my opinion, the last issue will have to be incredible to make up for the problems with the G.I. Joe and Ghostbusters chapters.
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