So I'm a big geek. I'm the first person to admit that. Heck, I practically revel in it. And I was a huge fan of DC Comics's Infinite Crisis saga from last year. Still, I was skeptical at the announcement that a novelization of the comic book was in the coming. Comic novelizations -- like novelizations of movies or TV shows -- are notoriously hit and miss, and most of those I've read of late have been misses. Infinite Crisis, to put it simply, falls somewhere in between.
The world is falling apart around its greatest heroes. Batman's paranoia has led him to create a supercomputer that has rebelled against him, threatening the entire world. Wonder Woman has slain a former ally to save the life of another. And Superman has lost his ability to lead, lost their faith, and lost his faith in himself. Four separate crises are converging, and the only hope for the entire Earth is that their champions conquer themselves and learn how to be heroes again.
The original story was pretty powerful and kept my attention throughout. The novel suffers from the same obstacle as most comic novelizations -- it assumes that the reader has familiarity with the characters and the situations involved. While that's true in my case, you can't assume that will be true for every reader, and that lack of accessibility is a big problem. On the other hand, Greg Cox does exactly what you hope a novelization author will do -- he delves deeper into the minds and hearts of the characters than was allowed in the comic book format. The Last Run of the Flashes, for example, pulls us straight into Bart Allen's heart and lets us feel for him in a way that the comic book -- strong as a scene as that was -- did not.
The rest of the novel is similarly hit-and-miss -- if you don't know the characters, you won't get as much out of it. If you do know them, it will hit you a lot harder. Strong, but not strong enough to recommend to the casual reader.