The first look at Marvel Comics' upcoming Infinity Countdown miniseries reveals the owners of all six of the Infinity Stones. The publisher has also revealed the creative team charged with bringing the adventure to life, starting with February's Infinity Countdown Prime one-shot.
Writer Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Deodato Jr. will kick the mini-event off in the Prime issue. Duggan will continue to script the story in the five-issue series, with Aaron Kuder handling art. Nick Bradshaw will provide covers for the storyline.
As expected, Wolverine and Captain Marvel are both represented on Deodato's cover art for both the story's Prime prologue and first issue. The pair are seen holding the Space Stone and Reality Stone, respectively. While early art indicated Star Lord would possess the Power Stone, we now learn his Guardians of the Galaxy teammate Gamora will control it.
The Super Skrull is revealed to posses one of the remaining Stones, as is the Magus, the evil alternate reality incarnation of Adam Warlock. While the Super Skrull doesn't have a history with wielding a Stone (it appears he nw has the Time Stone), Magus is quite familiar with them. At one time, he even welded the Infinity Gauntlet when it was fueled by the power of all of the then-named Infinity Gems. It's probably a solid guess that he's controlling the Soul Stone now, as it's the one that has a history with Adam Warlock.
While the sixth stone's owner is somewhat vague on the Prime cover, Loki appears on the cover for the series' first issue. It's a safe bet, though not a sure thing, that the Asgardian has possession of the cosmic artifact known as the Mind Stone. In last summer's Marvel Legacy one-shot, he was shown attempting to take possession of the Space Stone before the newly resurrected Wolverine acquired it. For him to turn his attention to the Mind Stone would make sense, considering his tendency to manipulate peoples' perception of reality.
"The race for power in the post Secret Wars universe has begun, and its search will impact every Marvel character," Marvel Comics said in a statement. "From the street to the cosmos, from the Avengers to Spider-Man to the X-Men, even bringing about the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy!"
Infinity Countdown Prime #1, by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato, arrives in February. Infinity Countdown #1 follows in March from Duggan and artist Aaron Kuder, with covers by Nick Bradshaw.