Crisis On Infinite Earths The Companion Deluxe Edition Volume One
Review By Jesse Baker
Published in 1985 by DC Comics, “Crisis On Infinite Earths” was a groundbreaking mini-series on countless fronts. The first ever DC Comics crossover it, it remains the standard that all crossovers are judged by. With it’s ominous tag-line, “Worlds Will Live, Worlds Will Die, and the DC Universe Will Never Be the Same”; “Crisis On Infinite Earths” promised fans that the mini-series would bring about radical change to the company’s universe of heroes. Indeed, a book that was created partly to be the centerpiece of DC Comics’s 50th Anniversary, would become something even more so. It became a marker, a fixed point of irrevocable change in the canon and lore of DC Comics’ elaborate mythology.
The term “Pre-Crisis” and “Post-Crisis” would enter nerd lexicon, as the Crisis On Infinite Earths would fundamentally change the very fabric of DC’s pantheon of heroes. Superman and Wonder Woman would see all of their history leading up to the mini-series thrown out the window as the characters would be rebooted, with an eye towards then modern readers. Batman would also be radically reworked; Frank Miller would provide Batman a new origin and any surviving trace of the Adam West/Super Friends Batman would be purged, with Batman being reborn as a darker, grimmer, humorless agent of justice. Other franchises would see radical changes (most notably Wally West becoming the new Flash), though DC opted to hold off a formal launch of several titles that would define the new “Post-Crisis” era for a year. Opting instead to spin them out of the wake of the “Legends” crossover that would come several months after “Crisis” ended.
While “Crisis On Infinite” has been in print for the last twenty years as a trade paperback and various forms of hardcover releases, only a handful of it’s crossover issues have been collected. Until now at least. “Crisis On Infinite Earths: The Companion Deluxe Edition” is yet another release from DC Comic’s over-sized “Deluxe Edition” hardcover collection series, a three volume series set to collect all of the major crossover issues of DC’s various titles that Crisis on Infinite Earths tied into.