|Infinity: The Hunt #1 cover by Slava Panarin|
By Jim Beard
The sprawling saga of INFINITY can’t be contained in a single series. Not only will the story spread out into some of Marvel’s biggest ongoing titles, but also into a few special books that enrich the tapestry of the event’s cosmic scale.
Writer Matt Kindt heads up INFINITY: THE HUNT, a four-issue limited series with art from Steven Sanders that kicks off this September with a unique call to arms. While Thanos’ forces turn their eyes to Earth, a handful of the planet’s experienced heroes cast their own gaze to the youth of the galaxy and spread the word of a very special contest.
Read on as we asked Kindt to talk a bit about the book and what it will all mean to the up-and-coming champions of the Marvel Universe.
Marvel.com: Matt, what are some examples of your favorite Marvel tales of the past where heroes were pitted against other heroes?
Matt Kindt: CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS was hands-down my favorite because it was the first, or at least the first that I remember. My older brother had bought it and it was back in the day when you couldn't just go buy back issues anywhere so I was so jealous of that series. It had all these crazy characters from different countries in it all put together. And then when SECRET WARS came out I was all over that. I think we're used to it now, but seeing all these disparate characters thrown together was really fantastic.
|Infinity: The Hunt #2 cover by Slava Panarin|
Marvel.com: How did Hank Pym, She-Hulk and Wolverine become the leads in INFINITY: THE HUNT?
Matt Kindt: I really just picked the characters that I was most interested in. And don't forget Meggan! I have a fondness for them and having grown up reading them it was just more fun to finally get to order them around and see how they interact.
Marvel.com: Why will it be necessary for them to announce a contest of heroes? And where will it take place?
Matt Kindt: Well, the contest isn't going to get to take place. It gets pre-empted by Thanos; so in true villain form he ruins everything, including my new contest of champions! But it happens in such a way that we'll get introduced to a few brand new schools that are teaching "weirdly talented" students.
Marvel.com: What will the initial reaction be to the contest among the young heroes? What will it mean to them and what are the stakes?
Matt Kindt: Well most of the students haven't even heard of some of the other schools—like the Wakandan School or the Latverian School—so there's going to be a sense of discovery amongst the students as well as readers. And the stakes are a bunch of really green students having to basically face Thanos and his henchmen before they're ready. And there's probably going to be some dying involved.
Marvel.com: Who among these students really stands out to you? What will the schools that we’ve never seen before be like?
Matt Kindt: I'm most excited about the Latverian school. There are some crazy kids that attend that school that I can't wait to unveil. Without spoiling it too much I can say that we'll see for the first time the daughter of the Son of Satan.
|Infinity #1 cover by Adam Kubert|
Marvel.com: What other Marvel Universe characters might we see in INFINITY: THE HUNT?
Matt Kindt: Really the ones you mentioned above, Wolverine, etc. as well as Quentin Quire and a few other students from the FF and the Braddock Academy and the Jean Grey School. Those will serve as the base of characters that launch us into team-ups and conflict with a lot of new students from the other schools.
Marvel.com: So the events of INFINITY will definitely impact issue #1?
Matt Kindt: Oh yeah. Those events basically postpone the contest of champions—but in a strange way it just changes what the contest is about—and makes it more real for the kids.
Marvel.com: Why is artist Steven Sanders great for this type of series?
Matt Kindt: I think he has a great clean and detailed line so that's really going to help establish the look of a lot of these new characters and show how they work, which is super-important when you're basically unveiling three or four whole new teams of characters. And the guy is easygoing so he makes a great collaborator. What else can you ask for?