Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths

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This is the story that changed the DC Universe forever. A mysterious being known as the Anti-Monitor has begun a crusade across time to bring about the end of all existence. As alternate earths are systematically destroyed, the Monitor quickly assembles a team of super-heroes from across time and space to battle his counterpart and stop the destruction. DC's greatest heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman, assemble to stop the menace, but as they watch both the Flash and Supergirl die in battle, they begin to wonder if even all of the heroes in the world can stop this destructive force.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563897504
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Series: Crisis on Infinite Earths
Edition description: Graphic Novel
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 40,305
Product dimensions: 10.06(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

In a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, Marv Wolfman has helped shape the heroic careers of DC Comics' Green Lantern, Blackhawk, and the original Teen Titans, as well as Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Nova. In addition to co-creating The New Teen Titans and the universe-shattering Crisis on Infinite Earths with George Pérez, Wolfman was instrumental in the revamp of Superman after Crisis, the development of The New Teen Titans spin-off series Vigilante, Deathstroke the Terminator, and Team Titans, and created such characters as Blade for Marvel, along with Night Force and the retooled Dial "H" For Hero for DC. In addition to his numerous comic book credits, Wolfman has also written several novels and worked in series television and animation, including the Superman cartoon of the late 1980s and currently the hit Teen Titans show on Cartoon Network.

George Pérez started drawing at the age of five and hasn't stopped since. Born on June 9, 1954, Pérez began his professional comics career as an assistant to Rich Buckler in 1973. After establishing himself as a penciller at Marvel Comics, Pérez came to DC in 1980, bringing his highly detailed art style to such titles as Justice League of America and Firestorm. After co-creating The New Teen Titans in 1980, Pérez and writer Marv Wolfman reunited for the landmark miniseries Crisis On Infinite Earths in 1985. In the aftermath of that universe-smashing event, Pérez revitalized Wonder Woman as the series' writer and artist, reestablishing her as one of DC's preeminent characters and bringing in some of the best sales the title has ever experienced. He has since gone on to illustrate celebrated runs on Marvel's The Avengers, CrossGen's Solus, and DC's The Brave and the Bold.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is THE BEST DC COMIC I'VE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think the story was outstanding and the artwork was phenonemal. With an ensemble cast of the world's finest heroes, this is by far a must-have for D.C. fans. When a strange occurence is destroying entire dimensions, the Monitor, a shady character, enlists the help of our world's super heroes. Even though this series kills off such memorable heroes like Supergirl and (sniff) the Flash, you should read this book if you love comicbooks. If you're still reading this close this web site and buy Crisis! I am boring and Crisis is AWESOME!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before Watchmen, Dc One Million, and Kingdom Come, DC introduced Crisis on Infinite Earths back in 1985 as a 12 part mini series. The premise was to start from scratch because the multiverse was becoming confusing to readers old and new alike. DC took a big risk when they said that things would never be the same and they have kept their word. It showed the deaths of heroes and introduced new ones. I read the other reviews and strongly disagree with them. The series was full of hype, it delivered unlike later mini series that came after it. It had no enhanced covers, just a excellent story that forever changed the DCU.
phantomscar More than 1 year ago
I can say without a doubt that before the infinite crisis series was created the only interest I had with comics was because I have an obsession with the unstopable amazing Joker. Now my love has grown, and my interest in wanting to know more, and understand every super heros powers and weaknesses, and if villans fall into the chaotic spectrum, or just a pure evil spectrum. I without a doubt owe my passion for comics to this . I wish Harley Quinn was more recognized though!!!!!
Omnigeek More than 1 year ago
This is the one that started the whole "crisis of" cross-over trend at DC. An outstanding tour-de-force by Marv Wolfman and George Perez that achieved what it set out to do: lay a basis for reorganizing the DC Universe into a single self-consistent whole. Wolfman didn't do this without casualties -- several beloved figures died in the process and their deaths provided additional tragedy and pathos for future stories -- but in the process he provided a basis for understanding the DC characters we have known and loved in the context of a new single universe. Characters such as Kal-L, Kara Zor-El, Barry Allen and others are celebrated and treated with a reverence lacking in more recent "crises". On the whole, I missed the Multiverse concept and the color it gave to DC stories in the past but if they had to combine everything, this was the way to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DC writers apparently experienced their own crises when chronicling stories of the various DC parallel worlds and universes. Parallel world "Earth-2" was introduced by writer Gardner Fox and editor Julius Schwartz in "Flash of Two Worlds," and was revisited in the Flash story "Vengeance of the Immortal Villain" and the subsequent Justice League and Justice Society team-ups. It was hardly the most innovative concept, having been used many times before in various science-fiction stories, but nontheless provided a convenient vehicle for the reappearance of the "Golden Age" super-heroes from Earth-2, and their inevitable team-ups with their modern day ("Silver Age") counterparts. A problem is that it didn't stop there. Earth-2 begat Earth-3, which begat the various "infinite" earths. DC writers and editors -- patently not doing their jobs correctly -- eventually could not keep things straight, and even confused which characters could interact without the necessity of "parallel world hopping," via their existing on the same earth. Rather than deciding to "get things right," or simply ignore prior glaring inconsistencies, DC decided on a major overhaul. Part of this massive upheaval was DC's desire to de-age its various characters, to make them more "appealing" to younger readers. Another was to rid itself of "clutter," including the multiple earths concept and the various "Super-" characters which were a part of the "Superman Family." And yet another was a major project which would provide DC with a great deal of publicity. For those reasons, the Silver Age Flash died, with Kid Fash assuming the Flash identity, because there's a lot more hoopla over a major character dying rather than merely retiring and passing on the mantle to his successor. Superboy now "never existed," and Supergirl both "died" and "never existed," because the post-Crisis writers couldn't seem to agree whether the Crisis events were REMEMBERED by the super-heroes who survived, or were simply forgotten in a rebirth of sorts. But, of course, we now have a new Superboy, and two new Supergirls, both albeit conceptually somewhat different, so DC has gone back to "cluttering" its new universe which already reeks of the inconsistencies it supposedly strove to excise. Is the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS maxi-series and book bad? No, it's an average story which sought to do too much, and, more importantly, did what was UNNECESSARY to DC's universe. DC's "problems" could have been corrected by writers and editors who could read and think. Instead, they took the avenue of needlessly starting from scratch because they thought (rightly or wrongly) that would sell more product, and because (wrongly) that was the best alternative to correct its past mistakes. CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS is nontheless worth a read, just don't expect too much from it. Except, that is, for the unbelievable art. The story features fantastic pencil art by the great George Perez (and equally fantastic inking by Jerry Ordway), and a beautiful cover by Perez and the incomparable Alex Ross. Anyone who appreciates great comics art will want to purchase this volume even if only for that reason.
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman was an unusual book for me. Like I said in another thread, my eldest son wants to start getting into comic books so I picked this up. He really likes Batman and gets very upset at me for saying Batman is not a superhero-¿He doesn¿t even have super powers! He is rich and has a cool utility belt and some very nice vehicles but he is NOT a superhero.¿ I always tell him. Anyway this book was kind of difficult for me at times. The reading wasn¿t but the characters were often unknown to me. This book was all about a lot of parallel universes. I was never into comic books as a child and didn¿t know a lot of the background story. It did have a large (and good) role for Flash and I really appreciated that part in this book. Basically, there is a character called Monitor and his opposite Anti-Monitor (made of antimatter) and lots of heroes and villains that try to work together before all of the worlds perish (and the trillions of people with them) if Anti-Monitor succeeds. We read about various superheroes and their demise, like Super Woman. I did not even know who the Psycho Pirate was or a lot of the other heroes from different worlds that were there. Some of them seemed cool and all but I don¿t know. It wasn¿t my thing I guess. This book had Wonder Woman and others that I would have enjoyed reading about if they were talked about more I guess but didn¿t. The best part for me was learning something about Flash, how he was a normal nerd scientist, how he became a speedster even though in his real life he took forever to do anything and how he negotiated through various parallel universes and his love and how he only thought of her and how he hated to see the worlds die. I could get into this book deeper but I was really checking it out for my son. There was also the use of the D word a few too many times for me and death that were not all that spectacular to me and I wasn¿t too crushed at their deaths I guess. I mean, they are superheroes aren¿t they? Superman even had his hands full, took a licking dealing with Anti-Monitor but I guess Super woman did what she needed to do so that part was cool I guess. Oh, another cool thing was how all the other heroes and villains all had respect for Superman. I always tell my son, ¿Superman is a REAL superhero! If you want to measure a hero, compare him to Superman. Ok, that¿s enough about this book. It was an ok read I guess. It was 320 pages and I¿d give it a 2 stars. If I know more about the characters I¿d probably give it more stars but for me, it was a 2 stars out of 5.
PensiveCat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not really a massive graphic novel reader, but I thought I'd give this one a go, as I recognized a great deal of the comic book characters featured here. That being said, it was a bit overwhelming to keep track of everyone and every universe involved, as well as the concept of time. It was originally a series, so I read a little at a time, which certainly helped. Halfway through the book there was more explanation as to why there were so many universes and particularly earths, and who the "bad guy" was. It's simply a large scale quest for power by some powerful being, and heroic sacrifices are made to defeat it. Just don't read if you are currently suffering from a migraine.
N.Nebeluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess I come from a generation that didn't grow up reading the crisis series issue by issue and while I can see the appeal , it really hasn't aged well. I think the book works great at its intended purpose - clean up the DC Universe, but there's no need to we had to read it. It's like watching a janitor brush up. Very useful, but no need to be observed. The story, or lack thereof, was pretty dull except for the Flash. Every villain (read the same villain over and over) was defeated through brute force. They'd just blast him down or push him into a ball of energy. What happened to the ingenuity of previous comic books? What was the world's greatest detective doing? Nothing! This was practically the definition of the stereotypical comic book - some big supper baddy shows up and everyone bands together to bring him down. But not at interesting idea among it all.
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