If you're a DC fan you couldn't have missed out on all the hype surrounding the Infinite Crisis. For everyone else, Mou on the Verge writer Thomas Moudry recaps what you've been missing out on for newcomers entering the fray.
Prelude to Infinite Crisis
By the time DC’s Infinite Crisis debuted, it was clear that something had been building for quite some time. In the pages of Superman/Batman, a defeated Lex Luthor indicated that a crisis was coming, and as villains were recruited by the mysterious Society, the JSA’s Power Girl began experiencing inconsistencies in her powers, and the Teen Titans witnessed a dark future for the DC Universe. Bad moon rising? For the super-heroes of the DCU, certainly; for fans, a sign of good things to come.
Designed to bring both casual readers and complete newbies up to speed, this trade paperback collects full stories from Superman Secret Files 2004, Flash (2nd Series) #219, and Wonder Woman (2nd Series) #214, as well as panels and pages from almost two dozen mainstream DC monthlies and limited series, including the controversial Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day and the rip-roaring Adam Strange (2nd Series).
As a primer, Prelude to Infinite Crisis truly serves its purpose: readers see that the villains are, indeed, organizing like never before; magic is coming undone; an enigmatic entity is corrupting the cyber-realm; and planetary forces are colliding—all of which adds up to the epic follow-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths that will redefine the DCU for the next twenty or so years.
Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: the last page of the first issue of this seven-issue limited series is worth the price of admission—especially for longtime DC readers.
That said, everything that has been developing in the DC Universe culminates here: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are at odds; Superboy no longer trusts himself to be one of the Teen Titans or even wear the “S”; the Spectre, who no longer has a human host to tether him to the world, is attacking magic-users—including Captain Marvel—with abandon; OMACs have essentially declared war on the Earth's superhuman population; and the Freedom Fighters have run afoul of the Society, who have declared all-out war on the super-hero community.
Essentially, the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths universe has gone to hell in a handbasket, and a group of watchers behind a sort of crystal window on reality are not happy. When they take matters into their own hands, everything that’s happened since the previous Crisis is thrown into flux—even as some longstanding anomalies are finally addressed.
Make no mistake about it: Infinite Crisis is easily the comic book event of 2005; it promises and delivers an epic twenty years in the making.
Thomas Moudry is a long-standing writer for ComicBase. His work has appeared in Larry Elmore’s Women of the Woods, Stephanie Law's Such Is the Way of the Faeries, as well as the Teacher's Discovery's Of Mice and Men Navigational Novel Guide. That said, he's also a happily married English teacher who leads a fairly quiet life in a small town, publishes some freelance projects here and there, and generally enjoys his existence. For the inquiring, Thomas can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “ComicBase” as the subject line.