Opening up Infinity comics, you can’t help but notice the endless array of fantastic static images from people sharing their favourite comic book heroes. Infinity Comics brings together a community of comic enthusiasts who love the art and crafts behind it. It enables a central community where they can retrieve sources, wallpapers, other static images, gifs and contribute their personal opinions on them. It is also a place where you discuss and learn more about the stories plot twists and engage by new literature that connects your favourite characters with another, in the same universe alongside a vast network of comic book fans. There is a diverse range of material to target many aspects behind the comic book genre. I will look into critiquing Infinity comics, and look at the different sections of the page and outline strengths and discuss things that can be improved.
The page has a lot of content. The comic book genre can only take the fans so far, however comic book universes are continuing and there is endless information in one series that fans can keep themselves entertained for a life time, hence the name, ‘Infinity Comics’. The name is a perfect choice in terms of explaining that it is an ultimate, endless resource for comics. Infinity is a word with very deep meaning and is impacting, specifically for a comic enthusiast. The word is used in multiple geek related content in fandom: Sci-Fi, fantasy, superhero, horror and supernatural. The title and logo is magnificent and well thought out. The design of the logo is complicatedly simple; all caps, bold block letters surrounded by a white frame pointing at ‘comics’. The word comics is cleverly designed on the logo, with the ‘C’ connecting to the ‘O’ making it look like the ‘Infinity’ symbol. The sky blue background is a very easy on the eyes and it also brings an old school feel that somehow reminds you of the old comics, showing that they will never grow old and they are still in with the new. The logo is crested with a modernized Wonder Woman, old character but new spin on her attire, thus showing the old blending in with the new. The logo is very professional and very polished, which can appeal to people young and old.
Looking at the section ‘Trending’, it pops out all the new content that features comic book related news, TV shows, web comics, new released rumours of upcoming movies. The idea of trending is a very helpful sub-section to highlight key content. One of the most difficult things to find on a web page your interested in is finding something interesting after visiting multiple times. The use of ‘Trending’, is an affective way to minimize that predicament and keep followers updated immediately when they open the page and not have to look for it.
Infinity Plus and Archives
Infinity plus is a drop down box with 8 selections. I agree with the very simplified idea in how to incorporate sub sections in a drop down. Easy to use and straight to the point. The first section is the home page ‘everything infinity’, the next section is archives. This section is a very user-friendly where you can find uploaded static images, gifs, wallpapers, and fan art with details of previous likes, stories and comments all in one page long endless page. Saving images for your desktop is a breeze and you can easily upload them on to your smart device. ‘Archives’ is the perfect representation to live up to the name ‘Infinity Comics’ because it is absolutely endless. Through scrolling down the content, you can easily find an image of your liking by using the filter above. However, my first critique suggests that the filter could be made even easier. It would be much more convenient if infinity would allow search via hashtags, so you can type up your favourite superhero and have a list of them appear right in front of you.
Creators on Tumblr, and JR’s Comics
Further down Infinity Plus selection you have ‘Creators on Tumblr’. Understanding this section, it would still be good to have an explanation on what it is, and that they are artist that contribute to the page, which adds value to your page from a viewers point of view. However it is a very impressive head count of professional artists and producers that contribute to Infinity Comics.
JR’s Comics shows an extensive range of comic book cover pages from very important classics in comic book genre. Much like Creators on Tumblr, would like to understand more what this page is and what it aims for. Hard to tell for viewers if this actually the comics you have at home, or soft copies of uploaded classics.
Nini’s ‘Where to Start’ Guides
This section is very impressive. From personally being a comic reader or manga reader, this is information that is very hard to come by. The ability to find your favourite character by jumping into different series is very time consuming information to produce. This idea opens up the opportunity to find out more information about your favourite character, how they interact with different characters and just enjoy, without the pain of having to watch hours and hours of content you didn’t know they are in. However at the moment, this is only available for Deathstroke and Thanos. If this idea were to be implemented in all characters of the DC/Marvel Universe, this would be a great innovation for the comic world.
The Infinity Comics Movie List
Understanding that superhero comics are very big in Hollywood in the past few years, it is a very fun and interactive way for comic book enthusiasts to contribute their opinion on certain films, and help other people who haven’t seen them along the way. This section consists in 194 comic book related movies from Avengers to movies you didn’t even know were comic books. The movies are listed in order of rating from 1-10, gathered by votes within those who view the page. Another helpful aspect is the tabs on the top of the page allow you to highlight whether they are animated or live action. However, what would put this section a step further, is if each movie had a description next to each one or more information concerning the movie. Perhaps a comment box for each viewer to contribute opinions of their thoughts of the movie.
Overall the page is a very handy and effective tool for Comic book fans, unfortunately only for people who are specifically interested in DC and Marvel Universe. As I am personally a Manga comic reader, my biggest critique would be to add Manga comics into the mix and increase the range of audiences. Understanding that this is asking for two completely different paradigms, this page could be the ultimate page in terms of Comics. Furthermore, this page creates an interactive resource where any person can join and feel welcome. Anyone is able to upload their own content and share their own thoughts and ideologies, which is a healthy culture for Comic book readers who speak that same language.