Crisis on Infinite Earths
Marv Wolfman, George Pérez (Illustrator)
DC Comics, 2001 [terbit pertama 1984] | 368 hlm
The backcover said: “CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS finds the alternate worlds that once were a hallmark of the DC Universe under siege by a mysterious force powerful enough to wipe out the lives of billions”. The mysterious force is said to be The Anti-Monitor and his antimatter universe, but actually, in the real world that force is what we call “the market”. Yes, DC at that time (mid 1980s) risked to lose new (and younger) generations of readers because their continuity of the so-called “multiverse” became so complicated and confusing for the newbies.
There’s Earth-1, Earth-2, Earth-3, Earth-4, Earth-10, Earth-S, Earth-X, Earth Prime and many more, not to mention that each earth has its own past, present and future. Earth-1 for example, has Sgt. Rock for its WW II past, Superman and the likes for its present, and Legion of Superheroes for its 30th century future. Earth-1’s Hawkman came from a planet called Thanagar, while Earth-2’s Hawkman was a reincarnation of some Egyptian prince. In the present times, Earth-1’s Batman is alive and kicking while Earth-2’s Batman was already six feet under, being replaced by his daughter, Helena Wayne aka The Huntress. In Earth-3, Luthor was hero.
So Marv Wolfman came out with this groundbreaking idea of a very powerful foe that will wipe out the entire DC multiverse and simplify them into a single universe with a consistent history. And he did it with a very chaotic storyline that readers will be glad that the multiverse is finally over 😀 And parts that didn’t make sense at all? Harbinger said, “There are still many questions that cannot be answered.” So just don’t ask, okay?
Read it today, I can’t believe that these series was soooo ’80s. I laugh out loud reading too many self-important boastings like “This is a job for Superman” or “None can resist the power of Phobia”; and the heroes called each other in middle of a fight by their full names “Watchout, Blue Beetle!”; too many lines like “And it’s time for you to die”, “You sealed your own fates, fools, prepare to go to oblivion”; too many “explanation scenes” when someone explained/preached something and the heroes just stood there listening; and too many ridiculousness like The Flash’s Cosmic Treadmill, treadmill that will take you across time barrier if you run fast enough (OMG whose idea is that?), or the whole Marvel Family (Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Marvel Junior, Uncle Marvel. (Changeling said, “If Baby Marvel and Fetus Marvel show up, I quit!”)
I’m glad I didn’t read it when I was a kid. I’d be mad as hell if I did 😀
By the way, where are Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew? Also Super-Squirrel and JLA (Justa Lotta Animal)? Earth-C and Earth-C minus were also parts of DC multiverse, right?