Crisis on Infinite Earths
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Crisis on Infinite Earths

by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  8,674 ratings  ·  203 reviews
The 'event' storyline that started it all - collected for the first time! Back in 1985, when huge multi-part crossovers and 'event' storylines were unheard of, Crisis on Infinite Earths rocked comicdom with a literally Earth-shattering epic that impacted on every character in the DC Universe and beyond. Realities were turned inside and out and classic heroes met fearful de...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by DC Comics (first published 1985)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Watchmen by Alan MooreThe Complete Maus by Art SpiegelmanV for Vendetta by Alan MooreThe Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil GaimanThe Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Best Graphic Novels
189th out of 1,654 books — 3,962 voters
Watchmen by Alan MooreThe Complete Maus by Art SpiegelmanV for Vendetta by Alan MooreThe Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil GaimanBatman by Frank Miller
Required Reading Graphic Novels
131st out of 730 books — 1,154 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Sesana
Crisis on Infinite Earths is unquestionably a landmark moment in the history of DC, and comics in general. At this point, the expectations for new readers are either sky-high or in the basement. The reality is somewhere in between.

First of all, this is such a product of its time that it's kind of funny. Lots of dated posturing, dated art, and really dated character designs. But the art really is quite good, for the time. And the concept is ambitious enough that I'm able to forgive quite a bit in...more
Aaron
This 1980s book is famous as the first attempt to radically overhaul a sprawling, unmanageable fictional mythos: the DC Universe. I was interested to see how they did it.

The answer is, 'with superheroic levels of cheese'. This book is exactly what non-comic-readers think comics are. A colourful costume parade with Kirby crackle everywhere, firework-displays of energy beams, cheesy exposition - a bad guy wailing, 'NO YOU ARE DESTROYING ME' - shallow characterisation, severe ADD, and largely lacki...more
Stephen
2.5 stars. This was an important mini-series in the DC uiniverse as it put an end to the multiverse as an active part of the DC universe (no more Earth II Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, etc). However, from a pure quality and enjoyment standpont, it was only okay. Overall, call it 2.5 stars.
William Johnson
So, what do you do when you know next to nothing about the DC Universe? You decide to read the most complex, complicated, mind-boggingly convoluted saga in the company’s history, that’s what! For whatever reason I was compelled, for months it seemed, to pick up Crisis on Infinite Earths and read it. I can’t explain it but for some reason I decided I’d buy it and try it out. And while the book is everything I described above, it also happens to be a masterpiece of the comic art form and, whether...more
Sam
I now own the Alex Ross cover trade. It's an awesome reworking of Perez's original.

So, backstory. DC Comics was trying to scale down in 1985. Decades of hapless continuity, old, faded characters and a squeaky-clean image had made the company a laughing stock. So, Marv Wolfman and George Perez took up the challenge to make a 12-issue miniseries that completely obliterated all of the wacky worlds that writers had come up with since the 50's. Bizarro World? Gone. Earth-S? Gone. Earth 3? Gone. Plus,...more
Chris
This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the works that has affected me deeply. More importantly, it is something that has caused considerable harm to my wallet and bank account, as I have been collecting comic books for almost twenty-five years now, and it's all because of Crisis. I can still remember going to the drugstore after church one Sunday and seeing the cover to Crisis #9 - a classic George Perez group shot of some of the most terrible villains ever seen in the DC Universe. You name the b...more
Jerry Don
I love frakking love comic books, and I've been hearing about this massive crossover for years, so I finally decided to take the plunge. And...I was a little disappointed. I mean, it's epic in scope, but perhaps, in this case, that's a bad thing. It seems that the writer tried too hard to put too much into this multi-issue story arc. It literally included every hero in the DC Universe at the time and this makes the story cumbersome. The story idea is a good one, and it is interesting enough to f...more
John Yelverton
This was such an epic story! It changed the entire way graphic novels were written forever after it.
Ithlilian
Sep 17, 2013 Ithlilian marked it as did-not-finish
If you grew up reading about all the individual heroes this contains then you were probably thrilled that there was an event that connected everything together. If not, you are probably wondering who all these cheesy heroes with their cheesy sayings and silly powers are. Each is introduced, few have personalities, and for such a large collection of comics there is a bunch of disjointed running around with no purpose. You get plenty holy Hannah and great Scott, if that's any consolation. It's not...more
Bevans
Wow, that was a hell of a thing.

This is a non-stop, almost-out-of-control bullet train. The story is in constant super-crisis mode (fittingly) from start to finish, with almost no lulls in the action. That's fun, but also fairly exhausting. I would've preferred some downtime - or even slightly-less-shocking events between shocking events - to focus on rounding out the story and characters, but since it was created as a 12-part comic series with months between each issue, I can understand why it...more
Dave Johnson
a friend suggested this to me quite a while ago as we talked about some of the latest movies that spawned from comics. i guess if you were to classify me, i'm not a hardcore comic fan, and if you were to classify me even further, i'm more of a fan of Marvel than DC. but i still like some of DC's stories.

although i do like some of the protagonists in the stories, it seems like this wasn't written to be a good story, per se, but rather a means to an end. and, honestly, it shows. the writing in th...more
Farhad
what you got here is a .RAR comic book containing near 4 decades history of DC universe, more superheroes, super villains and locations you could hope to remember unless you are a diehard DC comics (and all their subsidiaries and comic companies they bought and integrated to their own universe) fan.
The story which I'm not going to talk about is actually epic, well-paced and entertaining. Being only hampered by authors trying to involve almost every super power welding individual out there in the...more
Sab
Oct 05, 2010 Sab rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sab by: sj_2150@hotmail.com
this book was an absolute chore to read. a completely cluttered and ugly read that gives you a headache. there is far too much on a page and it is all badly connected from frame to frame. the colouring of the book is ugly, the dialogue is bad (lots of great scotts, announcing what they are doing while they do it and poor cop out explanations to what is going on). the characters are one dimensional and sometimes completely unlikeable.

i would advise that you dont pick this book up unless you are...more
Christopher
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Juan Bosco
¿A donde más puedes ir cuándo tu primer gran crossover involucra salvar al multiverso en múltiples ocasiones? ¿Cómo atraes de nuevo la atención de los lectores?

Al ser el primer crossover de semejante magnitud, es el punto de comparación para todos los crossovers posteriores. No todos pueden aspirar a la ambición de este esfuerzo de DC ni todos serán igualmente atractivos para el lector. Crisis on Infinite Earths sin duda cambió la manera en que se hacen los cómics y aún actualmente su legado per...more
FunkyPlaid
One star for the effort of cleaning up the very messy DC universe. But seriously, reading this again as an adult was like homework; I simply couldn't wait to be done with it. Every single page has some DC hero shouting out his power and calling all the other heroes by their names after every interaction - just so we're clear who's who in this childish morass of a storyline. Too many trite Great Scotts! and Hera Help Mes!

Worst thing about it: Flash's Cosmic Treadmill!

Worst line within it: "Sudden...more
Sophie
After having read this for the second time, I can say the following: reading this book when you only know a handful of DC's superheroes is a very. bad. idea. That's what I did the first time around, and back when I read this in October '08 I didn't really understand any of it. Most of the time I spent reading it I was horribly confused. But now, a year later, most of the characters who appear in this book were at least a little familiar to me, and so I could focus more on the story. It was a lot...more
Jenn
When you take a step back and look at the story as a whole, it's a pretty great concept. However, each individual comic that makes up this trade paperback is NOT so great. A lot of the time it seemed like the story wasn't progressing because too many panels were wasted trying to sum up what happened in the previous issue. Granted, the comics were originally released on a monthly basis, so it's understandable. The last four or five issues are by far the best in the whole series and are what made...more
Mambabasang Miong
By the seven seas, Crisis on Infinite Earths is a long read for a comic book trade paperback. What is meant to be read for a year is not meant to be read for a few days. A maxi-series of epic proportions, Crisis on Infinite Earths literally destroyed universes and traveled dimensions even beyond space and time for an epic series that simplified the DC universe and paved the way for other publishers to do line-wide crossovers - something which was unheard of during that time.

The year was 1985, th...more
luis reséndiz
no sé cómo fue la recepción cuando salió, porque obviamente en aquellos tiempos la expectación fue diferente --por ejemplo, aunque dibujada con mucho oficio, la muerte de supergirl a mí no me despeina, porque no estoy nada familiarizado con el personaje--, pero a mí me parece que crisis on infinite earths es un cómic más bien mediano. cierto, está espléndidamente bien dibujada --la muerte de supergirl, que ya mencioné, es brillante, así como la muerte de flash y prácticamente todas las splash pa...more
Josh Freeman
This was one of the most convoluted, redundant, sloppy, wordy, cramped comic stories I have ever read/seen.

The dialogue is at times painful to trudge through. Phrases and circumstances repeated just for the sake of showing as many characters as possible. There were actually times when reading it where I mouthed the words "this is bad" to myself. The artwork is mushed together by endless TOTALLY uninteresting and unnecessary banter that adds nothing to the empty story, page after page.

*MILD SPOI...more
Stephen
So, there's some history behind this particular graphic novel. By 1985, the DC Universe had grown complicated and unwieldy. They had introduced a "multiverse" that was complicated by complex storylines, overlapping characters, and inconsistent back stories. It had gotten to the point where things were becoming problematic.

The solution? A multi-part megaseries that would help collapse a lot of these elements back into a manageable framework.

There's a certain appeal to the story presented: it's b...more
Blaine
Jul 05, 2014 Blaine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I was not a big comic book reader as a kid. This is the third graphic novel I've read as an adult. The first was The Watchmen, which was every bit as good as the hype. The second was Identity Crisis, which I picked up because it was written by an author I really like, Brad Meltzer. So, I decided to try this one.

The backstory of this 1985 series is pretty interesting. DC Comics had decided to whittle down its properties to make its story lines simpler for new readers. So it crafted this battle ro...more
Ben Drexler
Revered as one of the greatest storylines DC has ever produced made me more than ever remember why I prefer Marvel. I can understand that the major character deaths were shocking for the time and that DC badly needed to clean house with is long line of continuity issues, but there's only so many times that we can go back and forth between collecting heroes for a speech from the Monitor, then have them strewn out into time protecting his machinery (the only point of which inevitably winds up bein...more
Tomás
No voy a hacerme el sabiondo y conocedor absoluto del universo DC ya que a muchos de los personajes que aparecen en esta serie no los conozco. A algunos si y a otros no. Nada más voy a decir que comprendo la importancia que esta obra tuvo dentro de DC Comics y que era una lectura pendiente que tenía desde hacía mucho tiempo. Me pareció una de las mejores obras de género superheroico que haya leído y tiene unos dibujos exquisitos que acompañan al minucioso guión de manera perfecta.

Por momentos de...more
Nick Nguyen
My favorite super heroes and villains team up epic, most likely out of pure nostalgia. Wolfman and Perez are pretty good at dealing with small moments with large significance (ie. the death of the Flash and the departure of Earth-2 Superman).

This last re-read (for the umpteenth time) was with the Absolute Edition, which includes a supplemental area containing information that helps to historically situate the series in its production context. Interesting to read about the challenges and the pre...more
Mike
On the one hand, it's corny, melodramatic, and dated. On the other hand, it is fun to see all of the heroes together, the storyline is epic, and the series' lasting influence is immeasurable.

I'm not sure whether this series' influence was good or bad (does every series need to be epic? Do characters need to die to make it epic? How many comics do you need to buy to follow a storyline?!), but it's truly the granddaddy of all crossovers.

Personally, I'm a Marvel fan and I never got into DC, but I...more
Scott Lee
It's not perfect, but man.... This was a lot of fun. Wolfman does a great job, and Perez's art looks as wonderful as always. The comic does feel dates in several ways--one it takes place in a version of the D.C. Universe that completely pre-dates my own comic book experience. This is essentially the end of silver-age D.C. My experience is also clouded by the fact that even though I know a lot of these characters in their pre-New 52 incarnations and have a somewhat stable idea of what they were e...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
This long sprawling epic is basically everything that a "last DC Comics story" should be. Indeed, it was just that for some readers, as I've heard. It is also exactly what a mythical beginning of a universe should be: epic battles fought by larger than life heroes and villains. A lot of knowledge of DC Comics history helps in fully comprehending all of the people, places, and events here; but enough is explained so that even those readers still learning their continuity can piece it all together...more
Adrian Alvarez
"Explain that to me, Harbinger! What happened to my life? I am flesh and blood... I exist... yet I don't exist."

This is a wild read. Originally intended as a sort of business move for DC Comics, who had by that time created so many different versions of characters on so many different Earths (for example, Earth 1, Earth 2, Earth 3, Earth X, Earth Prime, etc) that their DC Universe had become unwieldy, this comic was supposed to tidy things up and reset everything into one, congruent universe set...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Today's children 'facing housing crisis' warning 2 13 Dec 26, 2013 04:04PM  
  • Infinite Crisis (DC Comics)
  • JLA: Earth 2
  • JLA/Avengers
  • The Return of Superman
  • Justice League International, Vol. 1
  • Identity Crisis
  • JSA: The Golden Age (Justice Society of America)
  • Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
  • The DC Comics Encyclopedia
  • JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice
  • JLA: Year One
  • The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection, Vol. 1
10178
Marvin A. "Marv" Wolfman is an award-winning American comic book writer. He is best known for lengthy runs on The Tomb of Dracula, creating Blade for Marvel Comics, and The New Teen Titans for DC Comics.
More about Marv Wolfman...
Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Crisis on Infinite Earths Superman: Infinite Crisis The New Teen Titans: The Terror of Trigon

Share This Book