Jan 11, 2011

Let us punish, since we are history: Crisis on Infinite Earths

 A specter is haunting DC - the specter of a Crisis:
"Worlds will live. Worlds will die. And the DC Universe will never be the same!" 

With those words, DC Comics launched a 1985 mini-series called Crisis on Infinite Earths. If you're a comics reader, I bet you've at least heard of it.

Crisis on Infinite Earths holds a historical place in superhero comics: before Blackest Night, before Age of Apocalypse, before Superman's death and resurrection, this was the first true "Big Event" crossover. It set the paces for every year to come--unfortunately.

Stripped of all its pretenses as an epic, of a series of cool battles with your favorite characters, it is a narrative cleansing and marketing tactic dressed up in mockery of a story.