Written by Marv Wolfman; Art by George Perez and others This is the story that changed the DC Universe forever.
A mysterious being known as the Anti-Monitor has begun a crusade across time to bring about the end of all existence.
As alternate earths are systematically destroyed, the Monitor quickly assembles a team of super-heroes from across time and space to battle his counterpart and stop the destruction.
DC's greatest heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman, assemble to stop the menace, but as they watch both the Flash and Supergirl die in battle, they begin to wonder if even all of the heroes in the world can stop this destructive force.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 12/10/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781563897504
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Review by PensiveCat
I'm not really a massive graphic novel reader, but I thought I'd give this one a go, as I recognized a great deal of the comic book characters featured here. That being said, it was a bit overwhelming to keep track of everyone and every universe involved, as well as the concept of time. It was originally a series, so I read a little at a time, which certainly helped. Halfway through the book there was more explanation as to why there were so many universes and particularly earths, and who the "bad guy" was. It's simply a large scale quest for power by some powerful being, and heroic sacrifices are made to defeat it. Just don't read if you are currently suffering from a migraine.
Review by N.Nebeluk
I guess I come from a generation that didn't grow up reading the crisis series issue by issue and while I can see the appeal , it really hasn't aged well. I think the book works great at its intended purpose - clean up the DC Universe, but there's no need to we had to read it. It's like watching a janitor brush up. Very useful, but no need to be observed. The story, or lack thereof, was pretty dull except for the Flash. Every villain (read the same villain over and over) was defeated through brute force. They'd just blast him down or push him into a ball of energy. What happened to the ingenuity of previous comic books? What was the world's greatest detective doing? Nothing! This was practically the definition of the stereotypical comic book - some big supper baddy shows up and everyone bands together to bring him down. But not at interesting idea among it all.
Review by jawalter
This book is ridiculous, but it kind of makes it work. I did find the constant need to involve every single character in the DC universe to be not only annoying, but a hindrance to the story being told. Every time a character asks why the Monitor wants some completely obscure and mostly-powerless superhero rather than just calling Superman right off the bat serves only to point out that <i>Crisis</i> (okay, and pretty much every comic book from DC or Marvel) is more about marketing than storytelling.<br/><br/>But <i>Crisis</i> succeeds where other crossover events fail because it's story (ridiculous as it is) is actually pretty epic. The stakes keep getting bigger and the tragedies have a true sense of permanence.
Review by ptdilloway
A lot of stuff goes on this book. It seems like 75% of the dialogue is essentially heroes/villains introducing themselves or their powers. Since there are so many characters a lot of them get short shrift, especially the non-powered ones like Batman. And then you get others who are relatively minor who get a lot more time. Anyway, most of it is the heroes and villains trying various schemes to destroy the Anti-Monitor until they finally hit on the one to do the trick...for a time. Since it's a comic book of course no one ever stays dead.
Review by ancameme
Reading this felt like a chore. I would have given it one star but the artwork deserved better. To think this started the whole 1-year-event that plagues comics today.
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