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Infinite Crisis TP (Superman) Paperback – 3 May 2011
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"Infinite Crisis offers a gratifying, action-packed character-focused epic." --IGN --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit number one on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics. Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow, and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.Phil Jimenez is one of the most talented artists in all of comics. Best known for his work on the bestselling miniseries, Inifinite Crisis--written by Geoff Johns--and Spider-Man, Jimenez's realistic and detailed art style brings the world of superheroes to life in a way that very few artists can capture. He is currently writing and illustrating Superwoman as a part of DC Rebirth.
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The DC Universe is growing darker - villains have united in a new Society, magic is threatened by a rampaging Spectre, interstellar war rages around a bizarre hole opening in spacetime, and an army of OMACs is threatening all metahumans, while the rest of the world reels in shock after Wonder Woman is shown murdering a supposedly defenceless man. The Justice League has collapsed due to recrimination and internal dissent, and the heroic trinity of SUperman, Batman and Wonder Woman are incapable of working together. During all this, 4 beings who were left behind during the last Crisis decide it's time they stepped in and reshaped the world to make it better, whatever the cost.
The sheer action in this series is incredible, there are all sorts of grand references to the previous histories of the DC universe and the last crisis. The art is variable, but mostly quite good. What does let it down is the sheer violence - although the shock scenes in issue 1 and issue 4 are probably essential to the story, the brutality of issue 7 just seems to go a tad too far, I really don't need to see that much blood and gore. A lot of people were v upset that the heroics of the previous crisis were turned upside down, but I think they made a great story here, even if it is retreading some of the same motivations as seen in Zero Hour (which seems to be ignored as the original sequel to Crisis and now donwplayed to just being a side note). The downfall of the two villains is a bit odd, and the little drama between Wonder woman and batman at the climax of issue 7 is pretty flat too. Despite those flaws, Inf C was an amazing ride, and its a shame DC hasn't recaptured that energy since. Definitely a superior piece of work compared to Final Crisis in terms of energy and even just making sense!
The reason is that Infinite Crisis is itself a proper story with a beginning, middle and end; however the acts themselves are simultaneously culminations of storylines which occur in the aforementioned titles. As such, you can read Infinite Crisis in isolation and get the plot without a problem but is it also immediately obvious that a HUGE amount has occured somewhere else other than in the pages of this book. A second problem is that while you may 'get' the story, it will not have any real resonance at all unless you have also read 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'. This is less of an issue though as the majority of the target audience for this book will have done so.
There are positives however. As a fan of DC continuity I have read many of their previous crossover events and this one ranks very highly. The revival of characters from the Crisis of twenty years ago is inspired and the book has a couple of neat twists. The setup from the four prelude series paints a very dark picture leading into the book which allows it to rapidly achieve a feeling that the world really is going to hell in a handbasket. Some people have complained about some of the violence. While I wouldn't want to see it in every title it really sells the threat that the heroes are under and makes the major bad guy seem all the more evil. Traditionally DC crossovers also have a huge cast and this book is no exception. I am one of those who favours this aspect of the DC universe and was pleased to see this story playing out in a number of settings each showcasing a plethora of different characters.
In summary; as a single book I would rate this 2 out of 5. However, this is not really a single book but the crowning piece of a multi-part DC epic. As a result I'll rate it accordingly and give it 4 out of 5.
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Still as i am one of those hardcore puppies...the beginning was a bit messy but promising.Read more
This could've been the same but Geoff Johns is i believe the best comic writer in DC or Marvel, his stories always stand...Read more