Infinite Crisis Omnibus

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Infinite Crisis Omnibus

Infinite Crisis Omnibus

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This meta-commentary seems to argue that, despite claims to the contrary by the comics fan-base, if those characters had not changed changed and kept up with the times, comics wouldn't survive as long as they did. Whether these Supey’s are in their regular clothing or playing Kumbaya with one another, all seems well in the second world, or third world, or first world or 636282th world.

Of course one can't speak of Countdown without addressing the elephant in the room: the fan favorite character killed within and the other fan favorite character who was darkened irrevocably. Putting Phil Jimenez on the main title was a good idea; his style is very much like that of George Perez, so there's a feeling of continuity with the first Crisis.So, as you can see, there is ALOT collected here, and reading it in this format, is a very fun and engaging experience. It feels like this finale gives us the full scope of Day of Vengeance, as the end of the Ninth Age of Magic and the beginning of the Tenth comes across as truly epic, full of sacrifices (though the Shadowpact are certainly reduced to supporting roles in this finale) [4+/5]. I know there are tons of series that I liked but didn't love (Morrison JLA, New Teen Titans) and others that just weren't for me (Wonder Woman, Flash). I think my pre-crisis highlight was the Brubaker/Rucka run of Batman or Gotham Central, but I also loved Emerald Twilight and the Death of Superman. Of all the Infinite Crisis miniseries, The OMAC Project is the one that most obviously continues on from Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The ending, when you finally get there, is dramatic and another of the major movements in the Infinite Crisis storyline . The only other stories that are also very important to understanding the main story are: Identity Crisis, which is essential to read before the beginning of this book: and the grandaddy of all big events, Crisis On Infinite Earths Deluxe Edition.That problem begins with the book's intro, which info-dumps a pile of confusing information from Adam Strange: Planet Heist. I read the event before with Absolute Infinite Crisis ( review here) and loved it, but rereading the entire event with all of the supplemental lead-up, is a completionist's wet-dream. After reading this story, with my memory of Crisis on Infinite Earths and why Marv Wolfman wrote in the first place, it's kinda inconceivable of me to believe that while Wolfman wanted to end the concept of the Multiverse entirely, the mere fact that there were survivors from that event from other universes (E2 Superman, Superboy Prime, Luthor, and Lois) placed in a pocket dimension of sorts, it feels like, even if subconsciously, Wolfman left the door cracked to bring the multiverse back.

Its still alot to read previously, though, but if it sounds like homework, its not, because these are all excellent reads. The story wasn’t hard to follow, unlike Morrison’s crisis events however, I’m personally just not a fan when Shazam kicks in with all the magic bullshit. This omnibus brings together those lead up stories and along with the series that wrapped it all up. This always rides the line of not showing enough, but Johns lands just right and tells a meaningful and memorable story. Since it’s comic books, of course these seemingly unrelated things are all part of the plot of our bad guys for yet another nefarious purpose.There was alot of depth to alot of these stories, and it really put the Trinity through the ringer, and made them have to come to terms with some of their darkest moments and decisions, and alot of previous stories and decisions are quite masterfully weaved into this crisis. It then slowly grows and grows with each story touching a different part of the DC Comics Universe, from street level D-list villains, to a cosmic war between Thanagar, Rann, and Tamaran with huge ramifications, and a war for magic. In its day, that generated very angry responses from fans, in part because it sabotaged the JLI reunion that Keith Giffen was even then writing. With what Johns has to say about the state of superhero storytelling in the modern day, how it relates to the classic Golden and Silver Age stories, how it all ties into the vast history of Dc and the way he gives old characters new life and nuance, is something to behold. The trinity are on full display here but the 4 (no spoilers) are wonderfully reintroduced and their characterizations are fun and meaningful.

But there's a good chance you'd enjoy the main event even whithout these; it'll just be more confusing. I do think that having read recent comics before the event will make the read much more enjoyable as the trinity's fight will be much more powerful and their point of view much more understandable (especially Batman). It is a cavalcade of appearances by DC characters both beloved and forgotten, but the dialogue is perfectly cohesive and characteristic. But I imagine there are a lot of easter eggs for people who read Crisis on Infinite Earth or have an important knowledge of the hundreds of heroes and villains that show in the event.

This is the Superman story that serves as the loose connection between Identity Crisis and Day of Vengeance, as Eclipso swears vengeance on Shazam and possesses Jean Loring. Being old and experienced with the level of wisdom he should have, should have brought him to that conclusion without E1 Superman having to say it. But if a reader gets acquainted with, at least, CoIE, Identity Crisis, Countdown to Infinity Crisis, The OMAC project, and JLA-Crisis of Conscience, he should really enjoy this. Some suggestions that I already have on my list is the Loeb run of Batman/Superman and the Day of Judgement mini-series.

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