Infinity Countdown Prime
Credit: Mike Deodato Jr. (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Mike Deodato Jr. (Marvel Comics)

The march to Marvel Comics' big event series for 2018 begins February 21 with Infinity Countdown Prime, and Newsarama has the details on the story and creators involved.

Originally solicited without creators or a synopsis, Infinity Countdown Prime will be written by Guardians of the Galaxy's Gerry Duggan and drawn by Original Sin's Mike Deodato Jr. Included here are three pages from the issue.

"The Infinity Stones. Individually, they grant their wielder great power. Together, they grant the power of a god. Newly reformed and scattered throughout the universe, these artifacts allow the ones who claim them their heart’s desire. Now, as their locations are discovered, forces converge for a battle that will begin the universe down a dark path to the end," descibes the new Marvel solicitation. "Jump onto this exciting ride that will lead to the biggest Infinity yet! Plus: The saga of the Infinity Stones - what they are and how they came to be! From creation to destruction to re-creation, this prose primer will tell you everything you need to know about the legendary cosmic gems!"

The Infinity Stones were destroyed in the build-up to 2015's Secret Wars event, but four of them have turned up (in one form or another) in recent "Legacy" titles.

The returning Logan has the Space Stone (as seen in Marvel Legacy #1), Star-Lord has discovered an extra-large Power Stone being protected by the Nova Corp (as seeen in Guardians of the Galaxy #147), and an alternate universe Peter Quill named Starkill has the Reality Stone (as seen in Captain Marvel #126) but in promo art released later, the Power Stone is shown being held by Captain Marvel. A future version of Ghost Rider has a shard of the Time Stone (Thanos #13).

Neither the Mind Stone or the Soul Stone have yet appeared.

Credit: Mike Deodato Jr. (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Mike Deodato Jr. (Marvel Comics)

In this Infinity Countdown Prime art by Mike Deodato Jr., a presumed fifth Infinity Stone is on top of a cane held by an unidentified individual.

Marvel is branding Infinity Countdown Prime (and the event it's leading into) as a part of its long-running "Infinity" events/miniseries which kicked off with 1991's The Infinity Gauntlet and also included the 2013 Marvel event Infinity.

This all, of course, coincides with Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War movie hitting theaters May 4.

Look for more on the 2018 Infinity event here at Newsarama.

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