So far Infinity has been a hell of a ride, and this issue just brought it up yet another notch.
Ironically the story of Thanos seeking his son isn't the primary enjoyment for me, although it did produce the best moment of this particular issue at the end, it is the story of the alliance in space fighting the world-destroying Builders that has been so grandiose it is impossible to ignore.
Typically I'm not a fan of Captain America rallying the troops since we've seen it countless times before, but something about him commanding the Skrull leader Kl'rt in space is just too awesome to ignore. And Starbrand unleashing his full power, how incredible was that?! New Universe fans rejoice, this was the moment you've been waiting over 20 years to get! As a fan of another much-shunned character (Dazzler), it was nice to see a D-lister like Starbrand get huge play in this issue.
Having Hickman at the helm for all of this event has been great. His interstellar saga is coming together brilliantly, and his ability to keep all of these pieces on the board, while still giving most of them decent visibility, has been quite a herculean task I'm sure, but he is in fine form.
And back to that 'best' moment of the issue, the Blackbolt "no" in Attilan was just out of this world. Artist Jerome Opena nailed every aspect of that scene, allotting an entire page for the explosion, but brilliantly laying out four bottom-half panels to give scope, over an intense half-splash of Blackbolt looking more angry and focused than I've ever seen him before was just sheer perfection in artistic layout.
Also, that entire spread deserves to have the lettering mentioned, as it sold the entire thing for me. Chris Eliopoulos' choice to use a descending and staggered stack for the letters of Blackbolt's "NO" was absolutely brilliant. Visualizing the auditory power of the Inhuman king, while representing the desperation and anger of the situation spiraling out of Blackbolt's heart is some of the best lettering I've seen this year in comics, just perfect. Talk about lettering selling the climax scene of a book, it couldn't have been done any better. So much emotion conveyed through a single word, it defines who Blackbolt has always been as a character. That page alone deserves an Eisner for Eliopoulos.
If you can't already tell, I am very happy with this event so far, VERY HAPPY.