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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

DC Comics: Infinite Crisis #4

WOW! Just WOW!

What? More details?

Well, it's a long story...

Back in 1985 DC Comics decided their "Universe" had gotten too convoluted and confusing. It was made up of many, varied, multiple universes each with it's own history and characters. For example, the "modern" heroes, starting with the Martian Manhunter and the "Barry Allen" Flash lived on "Earth 1" while the original "Golden Age" heroes, created prior, and during WWII, lived on "Earth 2." Then there was "Earth S," "Earth X," "Earth 5," and so on. Plus, to make matters more confusing, various characters existed on multiple Earths, like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, The Flash, and so on.

Anyway, to sum it up as quickly as I can, the company launched a massive year-long company-wide publishing event in which ALL the multi-verses were destroyed and merged into one. The entire company re-started all the characters circa 1986. ONE Superman, ONE Batman, ONE Wonder Woman, etc.

The story ended with the ORIGINAL Superman, of Earth 2, and the classic Superboy, of Earth Prime, defeating the villian and slipping into a "pocket Universe" created by the hero Alexander Luthor (Lex's son) from one of the other universes to live out the rest of their days in peace and solitude.

Or so we thought...

It's been 20 years since that story, and in that time we've DC has re-imangined Superboy (he's now a 'clone' of Superman) and many others. The DC "universe" has grown darker and much more edgy.

And, DC decided to do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths.

So, Alexander Luthor, the original Superman, and the Superboy of Earth Prime have escaped their "heaven" on a mission to replace the current DC universe with the "original," more light-hearted one.

The results have so far not been pretty, to say the least.

Here's what happens when the original Superboy confronts the current version:

And it just gets worse from there. The modern version of Superboy calls in The Teen Titans, The Justice Society of America and The Doom Patrol to help with disasterous results.

A few pages later, he's stopped, but it looks like the Flash sacrificed himself to get the job done.

The finale of the issue is Alexander Luthor managing to actually split reality and recreate Earth 2. But, to me, that pales in comparison to the lunatic rampage that the original Superboy goes on throughout the majority of the book.

WOW! Just WOW!

I have not read comics regularly for a decade, at least, but for this story DC has me back, enthralled.


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