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Absolutely necessary for any DC fan.,
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This review is from: Crisis on Infinite Earths (Absolute Edition) (Hardcover)
When this story was finally collected by DC for the first time sometime between 98/99' they released a regular sized hardcover edition that cost about the same as this Absolute edition but without the extras. I love this series so much that although I already own that very handsome (and expensive) HC regular size edition, I still bought the Absolute anyway. The story is that cool! If you grew up in the 80s and love DC comics, Crisis is just about the most satisfying, thrilling and amazingly drawn comic series the medium has ever produced. It involves an entire superhero universe, featured the deaths of characters you actually cared about, and had a scope that has never been matched in mainstream comics, either before or since. (Nearly every DC character published at the time was featured somehow, although Hal Jordan, one of DC's main Green Lanterns before and after Crisis, never actually shows up in the pages of the series for some odd reason, and I don't think anyone has ever noticed.) Nothing as ambitious has been attempted by either DC or Marvel since Crisis finished, although similar types of events have been tried by both publishers with mixed results.
What makes this series so enjoyable for me is that at the time, the stories mattered, it featured all the characters I loved, and then there's the art. George Perez does amazing work in these volumes, and one of the major reasons I bought the Absolute, other than the 'extra features,' is that the larger size showcases the beautiful art. When Jerry Ordway finally joins Perez midway through the series, the two gel in a way that inker and penciller rarely ever do these days, and they make magic. Perez himself deserves to be commended for having actually drawn not 12 but 14 issues, as two issues of the series were double-sized. How he managed to finish that entire series and not take a break is a story I would love to know one day.
If you love DC comics, get this! Definitely get this. Some people may complain its indecipherable. It's not. Prior to this event, there were parallel worlds in the DC universe. After this series, there weren't. At least until DC comics "52" event. That's about all you really need to know.
One final note on the edition though. The slipcase features the wraparound cover art produced for the first collected edition and trade paperback. But the inside cover to the main volume features a new gorgeous cover by Perez. It's a beautiful image that captures the spirit of the series eloquently. My only major complaint about this volume though is that, DC being the lazy people they are, they just reprint the same foreword and afterword used in the volume from the first collection, which is a shame. While the second volume is jam packed with brilliant information that's worth having for any fan, a new introduction by Wolfman or Perez would have freshened up the collection and given it a sense of having been produced specially for the time, rather than merely reprinted for a buck. The second volume could also have benefitted from some interviews with Wolfman and Perez about that time and their recollections of the series. A glaringly obvious choice to have made and very sadly omitted. For those two things combined, I removed one star, but that's more to do with format than the contents, which rate 5 stars in my mind. Otherwise, well worth the money and I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Jun 24, 2010 6:41:18 AM PDT
Thomas Panarese says:
Hal Jordan doesn't show up in the series because at that time he wasn't Green Lantern, John Stewart was GL (and Guy Gardner gets his ring during the Crisis). Track down Green Lantern issues 194-200 for a REALLY GOOD Crisis cross-over that even without the context of the maxi-series stands on its own as a good story.
In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2011 9:20:44 AM PDT
Thanks for the recommendation. I will. Of course I remembered that Hal wasn't GL at the time. My comment was only directed to the fact that "Crisis" is often billed as the series in which "every DC character" appears when in fact, that isn't the case. Not a big deal really. It is kind of interesting though that Hal was completely absent from its pages considering how important the character is to DC these days.
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