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Crisis on Infinite Earths Hardcover – April 26, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743498399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743498395
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marv Wolfman has had an award-winning career in comic books that has spanned five decades. He is the creator of some of comics' most memorable characters, including The New Teen Titans (with artist George Perez), nightwing, Deathstroke the Terminator, and Vigilante for DC Comics, and Blade the Vampire Slayer, Nova, Bullseye, and Black Cat for Marvel Comics. Marv has written virtually every character at DC and Marvel, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four, as well as the Howard the Duck newspaper comic strip, numerous live action and animated TV shows, children's books, novels, and stage shows. Among his many accomplishments was a stint as Marvel's editor-in-chief, a DC Comics senior editor, one of the founding editors of Disney Adventures Magazine, as well as a 16-year run as the writer of The New Titans, and an unforgettable 70-issue run on Marvel's Tomb of Dracula. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Egregious spelling mistakes like 'coat hangar', misplaced full stops, words reversed in phrases and other bad things.
Blue Tyson
This isn't as big a deal in a comic, where it's presumed that the readers have followed them and know who they are, but in a novel you can't make that assumption.
Blake Petit
I commend him for trying something new and different, but it didn't really work for me... at least not as well as the original mini-series.
Thomas D. Feeps

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In 1985, DC Comics made comic book history by publishing a 12-issue maxi series that totally reshaped the DC Universe. Prior to 1985, the DC Universe was a confusion of alternate worlds, timelines and continuities that left readers confused: Did Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Hawkman and others fight the Nazis during World War II or didn't they? Did Clark Kent ever marry to Lois Lane or didn't he? Was Superman's cousin called Supergirl or Power Girl? Did Wonder Woman have a daughter named Fury or didn't she? The problem was, DC Comics was publishing a whole lot of stories that apparently took place on different Earths in different universes. There was Earth-1, where all the modern-day superheroes we are familiar with lived: Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, etc. And then there was Earth-2, where identical or similar heroes appeared decades earlier to fight the Nazis in World War II. And then there was Earth-3, where all the familiar characters were super-villains and the only superhero was Lex Luthor. And Earth-S. And Earth-X. Ad infinitum. Something had to be done, and "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was born. In one stroke, this array of confusing alternate universes was compressed into a single universe. Along the way, the origin of the so-called multiverse was explained, some existing heroes died and some new ones were born, battles were fought and sacrifices were made. Established major characters like Supergirl, the Flash and Wonder Woman were allowed to die, along with a multitude of other minor characters. The resulting DC Universe had a rebooted continuity that was unified, streamlined and easier to keep track of. Twenty years on, no major comic book publishing event has surpassed the epic that was "Crisis on Infinite Earths".Read more ›
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dan Young on April 19, 2005
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Comic fans are probably wondering how this classic tale can be re-told from the POV of Barry Allen as he dies well before the story ends. Without giving too much away, in the seconds before his death Barry begins to bounce around in time to a greater extent then readers of the original comic were lead to believe. The result of this timeshifting narrative is sort of a "Lovely Bones" for superheroes wherein we watch the Flash react to his colleagues struggle against the collapse of the old DC comics multiverse.

Hardcore fanboys will no doubt rail against the minor changes to the original story but most were obviously omissions for the sake of brevity. Marv Wolfman uses the Flash to get to the heart of a very complicated narrative and makes this story accesible to the non- comics fan. In the end, "Crisis" is a worthwhile companion to Wolfman and Perez's original collection
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Russ Burlingame on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Now that it's 20 years later and Marv Wolfman's insanely complex 12-issue comic book series "The Crisis on Infinite Earths" is being sequelized (by DC's current "Infinite Crisis" mini), I figured it was time to try and make a little sense out of the old story. I knew the basic plot outline: these two feuding godlike beings known only as the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor are kind of the god-beings of the matter and anti-matter universes. The Monitor's matter universe had an infinity of variations, as each instant spawned endless new realities in accordance with Einstein's theory of relativity. The antimatter universe was a singular, uninhabited field of antimatter with nothing in it except one desolate planet that couldn't support life. Somehow or other the Anti-Monitor started destroying the universes on the "matter" side, and the end result was that a whole buttload of superheroes had to team up to stop him, eventually resulting in one, unified reality. The new reality created chaos for comic book readers, as the DC Universe (home to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern, among hundreds of other, less well-known characters) now had to cope with reconciling the numerous "realities" it had created over the years. Ever since 1985, DC has been getting farther and farther away from the idea of a single, unified reality, essentially deciding with the 2001 series "The Kingdom" that they would undo the CRISIS without actually undoing it, by introducing a concept called Hypertime, which allows for alternate realities but understands that they exist only with the singular DC Universe timeline as a reference point. No matter how different each reality is from the "main" one, they only exist because they're somehow connected to it.

At any rate, the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Cepeda on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There's no question that Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Novel doesn't have the complete scope of the original comic book mini-series. I think it's impossible to translate the mini-series into a 310-page verbal novel and frankly not worth the effort to redo the EXACT SAME STORY. It would have been very boring to me to read the EXACT same thing that I got in the original mini-series. I LIKE having new angles on stories and in this case I do feel that Crisis: The Novel has new angles to offer on the story as much as the Kingdom Come novel had to offer new insights with respect to the Kingdom Come graphic novel, too.

That said, I like the angle Marv Wolfman used to retell this story. If you love The Flash and human-centered drama, this is a nice book to get. Be aware that there is time-skipping through the novel (without giving away revelations completely, The Flash IS time-travelling). I know some people can't get their heads around time-travel, but it's not that bad in the novel.

If there's a sore point that this novel brings up, it's how DC Comics completely wasted the Barry Allen character. The 1950s/1960s Flash IS the definitive iconic version of that character but for reasons that defy logic DC essentially abandoned the character in favor of a hipper, frankly less-sophisticated successor. As much as I like Wally West, he doesn't have the police scientists/forensics specialist background of his predecessor (Barry Allen) and has added little to The Flash saga. Wally has basically inherited Barry's rogues gallery and costume and in effect become Barry Allen, Mark II minus the innnovations and science that made Barry Allen stand out.
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Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter which has been turned into three hit movies starring Wesley Snipes, as well as a TV series. Marv also created Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, and was the writer-creator of the New Teen Titans which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. It has also been picked up as a live action movie. Marv's character Cyborg, has also been featured on the TV show Smallville, while his Superman creation, Cat Grant, was a regular on the Lois And Clark, The New Adventures of Superman TV series. Many of Marv's other characters have appeared on many animated series.
Beyond comics, Marv writes video games, novels, cartoons, animation and lots more. Marv wrote the direct-to-video animated movie, The Condor, for POW Entertainment, released in March, 2007, and just completed his newest direct-to-DVD animated movie, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" based on his own comic story. Marv also wrote the novelization of Superman Returns" - which won the industry SCRIBE Award for best speculative fiction novel adapted, as well as co-wrote the "Superman Returns" Electronic Arts video-game. His book "Homeland," the Illustrated History of the State of Israel" was published in April 2007 and has already won many awards including the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. He has also written a novel based on his own comic, Crisis on Infinite Earths which was published in April, 2005. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level.
Marv co-created and co-wrote The Gene Pool, a feature length live-action movie. Marv also co-created, story-edited and was co-Executive Producer of Pocket Dragon Adventures, a 52-episode animated series appearing on the Bohbot TV network. Marv has written dozens of animated TV episodes as well as developed and story-edited the animated series' The Transformers, The Adventures of Superman and Monster Force.
Marv has also been Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine. He has also edited and produced educational comics and was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the "Just Say No" program.
Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a senior producer at Blizzard entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have a obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn't nailed down.

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