Not much better - mellotron12
This second installment of "Armageddon: Inferno" is not much better than the first. The story is an exact copy of the first issue, only with different characters. Waverider rounds up more heroes and sends them to various points in the time continuum in order to keep the extra-dimensional villain Abraxis from entering our dimension.
This issue is an improvement for one reason: the appearance of DC's military heroes. However, this also poses a problem. Waverider said that he had to carefully choose heroes to fight Abraxis so that the time continuum would not be upset. So, how does he justify using Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Johnny Cloud, and the rest of the Losers? First, Sgt. Rock is right. Abraxis looks like a challenge for the "mystery men," not for World War II military men. In fact, Waverider is kind of a dick risking the lives of America's greatest war heroes by putting them against a villain they have a soupcon of a chance of defeating. And, to help them he sends in the Hawkman and Hawkwoman from Thanagar? Second, wouldn't using WWI and WWII heroes with future "mystery men" cause some sort of disturbance with the time continuum?
John Ostrander is also yet to explain how this story ties in to "Armageddon 2001." Is it called "Armageddon: Inferno," simply because it stars Waverider? Does it really have nothing to do with Monarch and Captain Atom? Then, this book's title is a misnomer.
The art hasn't improved much. Luke McDonnell and Bruce Solotoff provide the first nine pages. It's incomplete work. To set up the Metropolis scene, they provide the outline of a few skyscrapers with long vertical lines for shading. What is that? Would it have killed them to draw a proper skyline? Walt Simonson's work is, at least, a bit more complete, although he still does not provide any detailed background. This is especially true in the final pages in the battle with Abraxis. I get that the scene is supposed to be dark, but miscellaneous ink spots for backgroud, to me, isn't stylized. It's lazy. Simonson does provide one decent page of art: the one page with Enemy Ace. Here, are some great angles perfect for an aerial battle, Simonson's beloved dinosaurs, and some proper background.
The book's selling point was that it starred many heroes. Nevermind that the reason for their coming together was poorly conceived. Here's two pages of Lobo being Lobo. Here are some panels of Guy Gardner saying douchebag things. Here's one panel of Orion flying in with all of his rage. And why do I care? Maybe it's because I know that this story is really about the return of the Justice Society of America into DC continuity. That's why the series is in my collection. Otherwise, I would have let these books sit in the 50-cent bin.