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Crisis On Infinite Earths Paperback – January 1, 2001
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About the Author
In a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, Marv Wolfman has helped shape the heroic careers of DC Comics' Green Lantern, Blackhawk, and the original Teen Titans, as well as Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Nova. In addition to co-creating The New Teen Titans and the universe-shattering Crisis on Infinite Earths with George Pérez, Wolfman was instrumental in the revamp of Superman after Crisis, the development of The New Teen Titans spin-off series Vigilante, Deathstroke the Terminator, and Team Titans, and created such characters as Blade for Marvel, along with Night Force and the retooled Dial "H" For Hero for DC. In addition to his numerous comic book credits, Wolfman has also written several novels and worked in series television and animation, including the Superman cartoon of the late 1980s and currently the hit Teen Titans show on Cartoon Network.
George Pérez started drawing at the age of five and hasn't stopped since. Born on June 9, 1954, Pérez began his professional comics career as an assistant to Rich Buckler in 1973. After establishing himself as a penciller at Marvel Comics, Pérez came to DC in 1980, bringing his highly detailed art style to such titles as Justice League of America and Firestorm. After co-creating The New Teen Titans in 1980, Pérez and writer Marv Wolfman reunited for the landmark miniseries Crisis On Infinite Earths in 1985. In the aftermath of that universe-smashing event, Pérez revitalized Wonder Woman as the series' writer and artist, reestablishing her as one of DC's preeminent characters and bringing in some of the best sales the title has ever experienced. He has since gone on to illustrate celebrated runs on Marvel's The Avengers, CrossGen's Solus, and DC's The Brave and the Bold.
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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.
My big problem with DC - and to a lesser extent, Marvel - has always been the convoluted, ever extending continuity (or lack thereof), not to mention the rebirths and retcons. I think all comic/graphic novel fans remember fondly The Death of Superman, and not so fondly, his rebirth.
This was why when the comic reading bug bit me again last year, after a long hiatus, I went straight to Marvel's Ultimate universe, and read almost everything in it (from Ultimate Spiderman to Ultimatum, and beyond). It was a clean start, it was contemporary, and it was awesome.
September 2013, almost exactly a year later, I decided would be my month of DC, and being somewhat familiar with Superman (Birthright, Earth One) and Batman (Year One, Long Halloween, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke) I decided to wade as deep into DC as I did into Marvel last year. This - their first attempt to straighten the mess out - seemed a logical place to start.
And you know what? It almost worked for them, and it certainly entertained me! No, the problem didn't go away, but clearly they tried very hard, and have created something so epic that it clearly inspired all crossovers since. Heck I even realized this inspired two crazy Doctor Who ideas (see The Stolen Earth, and The Wedding of River Song for details :)
I'm glad I read it, and while I know the continuity was reset and rebooted with abandon many times after, it felt like the right entry point into the DC universe to me. Onward then, and upward... hopefully!
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