Comic Book: Infinity, Inc.

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Infinity, Inc. is a superhero team developed by American comic book writer Roy Thomas in the early 1980s, consisting of members that are children or proteges of various Justice Society of America members. The team was brought together by the JSA's youngest member, the Star-Spangled Kid, for the purpose of showing the worth of the younger generation of superheroes, who felt put-down by their parents and mentors. They existed on Earth-2, a Parallel Universe which featured the original, now older, versions of many of The DCU's heroes. The original lineup was:

  • Star-Spangled Kid, time-displaced Golden Age Kid Hero. Originally just a Badass Normal (with a lot of money), later owned a "cosmic converter belt" (a redesigned form of Starman's gravity rod) that gave him Green Lantern-like powers. Later changed his identity to Skyman. Eventually killed in battle; Courtney Whitmore, step-daughter of S.T.R.I.P.E. would later assume the Star-Spangled Kid identity before going on to become Stargirl.
  • Brainwave, Jr., son of JSA supervillain Brainwave. Had Psychic Powers.
  • Fury, daughter of Wonder Woman and her long-time Love Interest, Steve Trevor. Same powers as her mother, but doesn't possess a magic lasso. Costume-wise, an Expy of Scarlet Witch.
  • The Huntress, daughter of Batman and Catwoman. Left after their first adventure.
  • Jade and Obsidian, children of Green Lantern (Alan Scott) and one of his old enemies, The Thorn. Jade had the same powers as her father, while her brother Obsidian could turn into a Living Shadow. Appearance-wise, the Expies of She-Hulk and the Vision, respectively.
  • Northwind, godson of the original Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Son of an African American researcher and a member of a hidden race of Bird People called the Feitherans.
  • Nuklon, godson of the original Atom and son of the (reluctant) atomic villain, Cyclotron. Can grow to giant size. Would go on to become Atom Smasher.
  • Power Girl, cousin/adopted daughter of the original Superman. Also left after their first adventure.
  • Silver Scarab, biological son of Hawkman and Hawkgirl; wore a magical armor.

They were later joined by the new Hourman, son of the original; new versions of the Badass Normal heroes Doctor Midnight and Wildcat, who were merely trained by their predecessors; and redeemed villains Solomon Grundy and Mister Bones.

Infinity, Inc. was hit hard by Earth-2's merging with four other Earths during Crisis on Infinite Earths. With the team rewritten to have originated on the post-Crisis Earth, they were left without much of their backstory, including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The book floundered for a few more years before cancellation.

As adults, most of the 'Infinitors' have since gone on to join the JSA or the JLA as full members.

A new Infinity, Inc. for the twenty-first century debuted in the miniseries 52. They were entirely new characters with no connection to the originals. Steel's niece Natasha Irons was a member for a short time.

This series provides examples of:

  • Bad Powers, Bad People
  • The Big Guy: Nuklon.
  • Central Theme: Age vs. Youth.
  • Dangerous Deserter
  • Death by Woman Scorned: In the 1988 annual story linked to The Young All-Stars annual story published that same year, the Fembot Mekanique destroys herself and takes with her the rejuvenated Per Degaton who traveled through time when she realized that Per Degaton would never return the love she had felt for him.
  • '80s Hair: Nuklon and his crazy-ass mohawk, which might have looked cool a few decades ago. Northwind had a mohawk, too, but that was natural plumage rather than a fashion statement on his part.
  • Evil Counterpart: Helix and Injustice Unlimited were considered this for this incarnation of the team.
  • Fan of the Past
  • Gender Bender
  • Gender Flip: The new Dr. Midnight and Wildcat are gender-flipped proteges of their Justice Society originals.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Northwind, who became more avian in appearance in later years.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Mister Bones.
  • Legacy Character
  • Mayfly-December Romance
  • Petting Zoo People: The birdlike Feitherans.
  • Power Palms: Jade had a special star-shaped birthmark on one of her hands that let her use her Green Lantern Ring-type power.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Brainwave.
  • Ret Gone: Fury had all her memories of being the daughter of the Golden Age Wonder Woman erased by Brainwave Jr. after the Crisis. It would take months before she discovered that she was now the daughter of Helena Kosmatos, the Golden Age Fury from The Young All-Stars, and that she was adopted by Joan Dale Trevor, who was the Freedom Fighter character Miss America.
  • Secret Project Refugee Family: Helix.
  • Spin-Offspring
  • Step into the Blinding Fight: Dr. Midnight used blackout bombs to get a drop on fighting her foes.
  • Stocking Filler: The villainess Hazard wears fishnets.
  • What Could Have Been: There was initially going to be a character called Harlequin (after the original Green Lantern villain-turned-heroine) who was to be DC's first openly gay character, but he was scrapped because there were already two GL-related characters and the roster was getting crowded. The new Harlequin character ended up as a villain who was part of the Wizard's Injustice Unlimited team. The original Harlequin later married Green Lantern. (Neither should be confused with Harley Quinn.)

The new Infinity, Inc. provides examples of:

  • Central Theme: Former young Jerkasses learning how to be responsible adult heroes.
  • Dirty Coward: They run away from the fight when Black Adam goes berserk.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Most of their number have met brutal, pointless deaths. In fact that seems to have been their purpose all along, since they were just a part of Steel's subplot in 52.
  • Hypocrite: When the new team finally met the JSA, the new Nuklon basically told them that these heroes were meant to take over from the old because of all their mistakes and failed attempts at making a better world, and when they time came he'd be leading them into battle. Cue World War III some months later, and when the time came for Nuklon to practice what he preached, he turned tail and ran.
  • I Just Want to Be Special
  • In Name Only: In-universe—the members of the team have no personal connection with the people whose names they have assumed. The copyrights for the original identities were purchased by Lex Luthor and he distributed them to the new team. (This might have been a subtle hint that the team itself was created just so DC would not lose the trademark to its name.)
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Trajectory.
  • Miles Gloriosus
  • Mind Screw: The series starring Infinity, Inc. after 52 was... weird, to say the least.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Trajectory.
  • Transsexual: Fury/Amazing Woman. Possibly DC's first transgender superhero.
    • Technically, Coagula of Doom Patrol came first, even if she appeared while the books was under the Vertigo header.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?