Sunday, June 24, 2012


Title: Infestation

ISBN: 9781613771068
Price: $34.99
Publisher/Year: IDW, 2011
Artist: David Messina, Nick Roche, Giovanni Timpano, Gary Erskine, Casey Maloney, Kyle Hotz, Antonio Campo
Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mike Raicht, Scott Tipton, David Tipton, Erik Burnham, Jason M. Burns
Collects: Infestation #1-2, Transformers: Infestation #1-2, G.I. Joe: Infestation #1-2, Star Trek: Infestation #1-2, Ghostbusters: Infestation #1-2

Rating: 2/5

While reading this trade, all I could think is that IDW was trying to capitalize on what Marvel has with the Marvel Zombie line of trades. I think they were hoping to draw pop culture interest by using Transformers, G.I. Joe Star Trek and Ghostbusters where Marvel simply used their classic characters. I don’t feel that they had the same draw that Marvel did.

The art is okay for this trade, even though I suspect that they didn’t utilize the already existing artists from the specific titles. I’ll be honest that I don’t follow any of the regular titles of than G.I. Joe. I think this fact should have been a key indicator of the level of quality contained within. If they didn’t have enough faith to put the professionals who drawn these characters on a frequent basis, then there’s probably not much hope for the series.

Each section has a different spin on how the infection is spread, with the connection being a vampire named Brit from a group called CVO. That’s where it all begins, and that’s where it ultimately “ends”… or does it. The ending leaves it very open to future infestations.

There’s not much that can be said about this particular trade. You could live well enough with or without this trade in your collection. I’m not convinced that it adds enough to give it a glowing nod to go out and have you add it, but it also doesn’t detract.

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