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Crisis on Infinite Earths #1
December 3rd, 2017 by Rusty

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Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 cover

Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Date: April 1985
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2017 Price Range: $2 – $16
Stats: 32 color pages plus Crisis Beginnings column. (No ads!)
Writers: Marv Wolfman, Len Wein and Robert Greenberger
Artists: George Perez, Dick Giordano, Anthony Tollin and John Costanza
Notable Notes: DC finally decides to clean up its continuity and parallel Earths!

Crisis, finally!

I picked up this entire series 18 years ago, and am just now getting around to reading it for the first time! Sheesh – I feel like such a comic slacker. I know it is one of the most influential comic series of all time, but my desire to experience it hasn’t been very high. When I was a kid I never read DC comics, and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I started getting into them at all. So there’s that – plus for some reason I always thought this was a serious, no-fun series whose only goal was correcting horrible DC continuity problems. That last part may be true, but this first issue turned out to be really cool, and I am excited to read more! In the introduction the writer even states that a fun and interesting series is one of the goals. So I am happy to verify that, for this issue anyway, it was accomplished!


The Summoning!: In the multiverse, several of the parallel Earths are being destroyed a huge wave of anti-matter. One man, known as Pariah is forced to watch this happen each time. (That would be a sucky job!) On Earth-3 Luthor and his wife Lois put their baby, Alexander Jr., in a capsule which blasts off to safety before their Earth is destroyed. Meanwhile, on some satellite, a being known as the Monitor orders a woman named Lyla to turn into a powerful being called Harbinger, then he sends her to many of the parallel Earths to gather heroes and villains and bring them back to the satellite. She does just that, rounding up several of them, including: Solivar the gorilla king, Dawnstar, Firebrand, the Blue Beetle (1st appearance in a DC comic), Superman of Earth-2, Cyborg, Green Lantern and many others. After returning to the satellite, as they are discussing why they might be there, they are attacked by a group of shadow men. Just as things begin to look grim for our ragtag group, they are saved by the Monitor himself – who then announces that their universes are about to die!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – OK, things were just getting started in this issue, but it was still a cool story! I was pleasantly surprised to see heroes on some of the Earths get wiped out right from the start. I guess that’s a sign that things really are changing!
  • Art: 5 stars – George Perez is an awesome artist! His drawings of the heroes and villains were simply gorgeous, and his scenery wasn’t too shabby either!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – I’ll admit it: I was totally sucked in by the cool start to this series! It was really fun to read, and I am looking forward to the rest of the issues.

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