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Book Review: Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 1

Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 by Marv Wolfman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


More than 500 pages of comics tying in to Crisis on Infinite Earth plus introductions to the state of each major series. This is the first of three volumes.

DC Comics Presents #78: Yes, this is the second part of a two-parter and there's only a brief cameo from the Monitor and Harbinger. However, I give this one a pass because not only hasn't this been reprinted, but it's got a ton: of rare gold and silver age characters. It's a blast.

All-Star Squadron #50-#60: Given that Crisis was a celebration of the entire DCU, the All-Star Squadron is a great tie-in because it features so many characters from the gold and silver ages of a wide variety of comic companies. We get to see a reprint/revision of a JSA Adventure, multiple direct conflicts that intersect with Crisis as well as some additional conflicts including a battle with Mister Mind with his first version of the Monster Society of evil, appearances by Captain Marvel (Shazam.) There are so many great moments. It's a shame that most of this series hasn't been reprinted, but it's treat to read these and Roy Thomas' obvious love for these characters.

Fury of Firestorm #41 and #42: In #41, Harbinger and the Pyscho Pirate arrive to recruit Ronnie Raymond and Professor Stein just as they're getting settled in a new collected. In #42, Firestorm's gone, so we actually get a book with Wonder Girl and Firehawk and they get thrown back in time to the Revolutionary War. It's good fun.

Green Lantern #194-199: This is an interesting period for the Green Lantern corps. Hal Jordan had resigned his as a lantern with John Stewart now being the Green Lantern. However in #194, he's called away to fight in the Crisis, leaving fellow Green Lantern (and love interest) Katma Tui to guard Earth, but while he's away, the Guardians are making a variety of moves that end up with Guy Gardener with a ring and leading a plan to stop the Crisis. Sinestro and Hal Jordan get done before it's all said and done. Overall, this is really fun story. I will say that unlike other stories in this book, this has been reprinted elsewhere.

In addition to the comics, you get an introduction to the book itself by Crisis Writer Marv Wolfman, and intros to the three series featured by Roy Thomas and Robert Greenbrier, there's some great background stuff here.

Overall, a really solid collection. Look forward to the next volume.



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Published on January 14, 2019 06:07 Tags: all-star-squadron, crisis-on-infinite-earths, green-lanterns

Book Review: Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 2

Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 by Marv Wolfman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book continues collecting Crisis on Infinite Earths tie-ins.

Detective Comics #558 drops us in the middle of a lot of stuff going on with Batman with not a whole lot of forward momentum.

DC Comics Presents #86: Features a Superman/Supergirl team-up as Supergirl tries to find out what's behind the crisis and we get some foreshadowing of her fate in Crisis.

Swamp Thing #44: Not quite as confusing as Batman, but still off doing its own thing with the Crisis element being relatively small.

The Losers Special #1: We learn the fate ofWorld War II-level heroes in a solid war comic, we get a look at the end of three World War II war story heroes.
Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 was probably the most surprising story in the book. It was written by Wolfman in the 1990s to introduce Earth-D where his idea of a more diverse identity for the DCU was in place with a Black Superman, Native American Wonder Woman, and a different take on Batman. The heroes from Earth 1 arrive to try and stop the crisis. It's a very moving story and quite well-done.
The bulk of the book is Infinity, Inc. #18-25 and Annual #1 and Justice League of America #244 and #245. Infinity Inc. is pretty good, but I don't think its as good as All-Star Squadron in the previous book. It focuses on the second generation of heroes in Earth 2, many of who were rejected for the Justice Society. There was a lot of good stuff, including the wedding of the Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott and the introduction of a new Doctor Midnight and Hourman. There's also a team up with Solomon Grundy in the middle of the crisis. On the other hand, some of this is over-angsty. The final JLA-JSA crossover is pretty lame. Add to that, that this run begins in the middle of one story and ends with a cliffhanger for another, and this is good but not great reading.
New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #13 and #14 concludes the book and its pretty good. There's a lot of stuff that's been going on, but like a good soap opera, it draws you in. The highlight of this may be seeing the Crisis affect another planet.
Overall, while I liked this a little less than the first volume and I think the Detective Comics and Swamp Thing books feel tangential, this is a worthwhile read for fans of 1980s comics and Crisis on Infinite Earts.



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Published on June 20, 2019 06:44 Tags: crisis-on-infinite-earths, infinity-inc

Book Review: Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 3

Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 by Marv Wolfman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is the final volume of Crisis tie-ins and the contents are a bit of a mixed bag.

The book starts out with obscure comics like Amethyst, the Omega Man, and Blue Devil and doesn't really provide enough information for a reader to actually connect with the comics. The same could be said for the Legion of Superheroes stories.

On the other hand, the final three issues of Wonder Woman are great and it's a very fitting ending for Pre-Crisis Wonder Woman that actually has some moving moments in it. The Superman and Supergirl stuff is all golden. We get to see the first appearance of Superboy prime and there are some fun team-ups. Overall, while flawed, it's still a fun read.



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Published on November 22, 2019 22:09 Tags: crisis-on-infinite-earths, wonder-woman

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