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Crisis On Infinite Earths Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Marv Wolfman is the former Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics. He is a longtime comic writer who had long runs on Tomb of Dracula for Marvel, which is where Blade the Vampire Hunter made his first appearance and New Teen Titans for DC Comics. Blade was later adapted to film form with Wesley Snipes in the starring role. Wrote the landmark DC Comic series Crisis on Infinite Earths. Created the character 'Bullseye' for Daredevil comics. Created the current iteration of Robin (Robin III/Tim Drake) for DC comics. The character has remained popular for nearly twenty years and has its own self-titled long-running series
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Perez's art is nothing short of great. No one draws Starfire better than him either. The story is very easy to follow despite it's ridiculous scope. And it really does create a sense of dread. When you see Brainiac show fear in it's own way, and Darkseid react desperately; you know somethings hit the fan. Every being in the DC universe is made to look like organisms struggling desperately to survive. And Wolfman has a great talent for writing sad moments. #tearjerker
If you ever feel like trying one of DC's crossovers, get this one. This is the big daddy. A classic.
Consequently, I was more than elated when, in 2006, iBooks released its latest novel in their series of comic series novelisations, which is a translation of the '85-6 original Crisis maxi-series into novel form, written by one half of the original writers themselves, Marv Wolfman. The novel deviates slightly from its comic-counterpart, by being narrated primarily from the view of the silver-age Flash, Barry Allen, who was an important character in the original plot-line, and who eventually was killed by the Anti-Monitor. The Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, powerful beings of positive and anti-matter yin and yang, wage a multiversal war for supremacy, with the Monitor assembling heroes from all over the infinite stretch of earths, in an attempt to save the five remaining universes that are eventually merged into a New Earth, with one unified history and continuity for readers to consequently explore from 1986 onwards. The Flash's narration offers an alternative viewpoint to the original Crisis, as seen by one of the participating heroes, and it offers the opportunity to experience events from a first-eye perspective.
Even though there are a few misspellings and grammatical errors that seem to have escaped the editing process, Wolfman manages to include allusions to a plethora of retroactive continuity corresponding to stories regarding the Crisis, such as the mention of the Justice Alliance of Earth-D, that were seen in the 'Legends of the DC Universe' Special of the late 90s, honouring the events portrayed in the 80's maxi-series. The heroes of the DC Multiverse are expertly examined and the characterisation of heroes like the two Supermen of Earths one and two and Lady Quark of the forgotten Earth-six, along with lesser known characters like Alexander and Lois Luthor of Earth-three, is trademark to Wolfman's ability to portray comic-book characters with emotional and powerful intensity, along with being able to peel back character relations while portraying a cataclysmic sense of universal danger.
This novelisation of the original Crisis, which spanned infinite earths and universes, is a great accompaniment to the said series, as well as a brilliant addition to the growing collection of novels based on particular comic-series published by iBooks. Additionally, with Graphic Audio having picked up the rights to produce original audio-books based on some of these novels, it is a definite recommendation to purchase the 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' audio-book, which is essentially a 'Movie in Your Mind', as the slogan suggests. It is a great representation of the series using this novel as its source, and it is probably the closest that the comic-book community will get to seeing this brilliantly crafted comic-series on the big screen, at least for a while anyway.