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Lets Do The Crisis Again....,
This review is from: Infinite Crisis (Hardcover)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the amazing "Crisis On Infinite Earths", DC Comics decided to have another crisis. The last one (back in 1986) rebooted the DC Universe, cleared up character histories, brought characters (e.g. Captain Atom, Blue Beetle) into the DCU and relaunched several titles (e.g. Justice League America, Wonder Woman) - does Infinite Crisis do the same?
Since the original Crisis the DCU (DC Universe) has become a darker place, what with heroes dying (Superman, Robin II, Green Arrow, Metamorpho) -with some returning, going evil (Hal Jordan/Parallax, Hawk/Monarch) and the raping/mind wiping incidents (see Identity Crisis).
Picking up on all of this Geoff Johns (JSA, Teen Titans), Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman) and George Perez (Avengers, Crisis On Infinite Earths, JLA/Avengers) have created an epic story showing the return of Earth-2 Superman (with Lois), Earth-3 Alex Luthor and Superboy Prime, and their hopes of saving the multiverse from all this darkness.
I originally read Infinite Crisis as it came out and could not wait for each issue - there's so much action, and so much happening that its an amazing read. Seeing the plot unfold, the mysteries of the 2 Lex Luthors, who destroyed the JLA Watchtower and hoping that the Trinity (Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman) can put their differences aside and work together to stop the destruction of their Earth, leads to a pulse pounding read.
Add into that Superboy Primes slippery decent into evil (I kinda felt sorry for him, what with loosing his Earth, having only 3 people to talk to and then being rejected by people he wanted to be friends with), some kick @$$ scenes with the Green Lantern's, excellent one liners (Batman to Superman, "The only time you inspired people was when you were dead") and Power Girl finally finding out the truth about her part - and this becomes an instant classic. Definitely 5 out of 5.
A side note for the skirmish/parents thinking of purchasing for children: The story does contain several deaths, so I'd recommend flicking through it before buying. Watch for my favourite involving Black Adam and watch out for Jokers 2nd appearance - its both terrifying and creepy.
So does Infinite Crisis hold up against Crisis On Infinite Earths? Only time will tell, but it has lead to history altering, several titles relaunching (Justice League America, Wonder Woman) and has strengthened the bond between characters. BTW, anyone interested in more IC should check out the lead in stories (e.g. OMAC Project, Day Of Vengeance, Rann/Thangar War and Villains United) - all available in TPB.
As for this hardcover, extras some scenes being increased (Deathstroke/Batman fight) and some being altered (gun click has gone). There's also a gallery of covers and a great Q/A chat with the creators.