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Infinite Crisis Omnibus

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In its day, that generated very angry responses from fans, in part because it sabotaged the JLI reunion that Keith Giffen was even then writing. The way NO ONE in the story seemed to grasp that is why I hate the logic behind not killing some villains; it just isn't realistic in some situations.

And in the middle of it all, a critical moment has divided Earth's three greatest heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. It then slowly grows and grows with each story touching a different part of the DC Comics Universe, from street level D-list villains, to a cosmic war between Thanagar, Rann, and Tamaran with huge ramifications, and a war for magic. All told, there's about an issue of plotline here, and it can mostly be found in Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman. I'm all for an epic battle and if talking does not work, then let's fight, but we don't have to start there.Some of the best DC antagonists can be found within these pages, and some shining moments for a lot of our favorite heroes. I apologize for slamming some of Rucka’s work in my previous reviews, he shined through out these stories. This is truly a fitting omnibus, weaving together the many storylines which all integrated into Infinite Crisis into a coherent whole. mostly the Superboy Prime stuff and the fates of the other alternate universe heroes left over from Crisis on Infinite Earths.

This is the Superman story that serves as the loose connection between Identity Crisis and Day of Vengeance, as Eclipso swears vengeance on Shazam and possesses Jean Loring. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. It's primarily a lead-in for The OMAC Project and Superman: Sacrifice, but it also touches upon the other two introductory series, Day of Vengeance and The Rann-Thangar War. Of all the Infinite Crisis miniseries, The OMAC Project is the one that most obviously continues on from Countdown to Infinite Crisis.The way in which DC incorporates editorial change and commentary into the narrative of their universe may seem convoluted and annoying to many, but I think it really works in this case. However, much like most events, the story does suffer from 2 main things: 1) Too big of a cast, due to the huge number of companion tales resulting in a loss of momentum of main story to tell these pointless tales and 2) Lack of a true consequence (but most comic are like this. With setting up the villains united, Omac, Sacrifice, and more, every plotline, mistrust, and anger towards each other especially from Superman to Batman to Wonder Woman leads into WHY Infinite crisis is so important and ends up a reflection of the more grim/dark look into the world of DC. On one hand, the main antagonist of the story is attempting to do just that - in his own vision, anyway. It collects not only Infinite Crisis but the all the content leading up to it for the few preceding years.

I have a few other gripes about the story as well but apart from my next one, I'll keep it in the vein of the main Infinite Crisis story. I am a character loyalist, but of course I want to be prepared to understand the full story (as best I can) that will have maximum impact. but I have the DC Infinite Ultra and want to check out some other series over the weekend while I take a break before starting Infinite Crisis.

Two issues of imaginary fighting against imaginary foes, followed by a reveal of what really happened and then a fight between Superman and Wonder Woman. I liked a lot, possibly more than the main event, the "Coutdown" arcs with smaller teams and focused plots. It did help setup the Infinite Crisis storyline which you won't get to until reading through some Villians stuff (decent), some magic stuff (ok if only for the interesting characters), suffer through the (awful) Rann Thanagar intergalactic war. I mean, just as you can expect with any DC crisis event, a lot of action, fast paced shit going on, it all seems like doom and gloom however, in the end…everyone walks away unscathed. The only other stories that are also very important to understanding the main story are: Identity Crisis, which is essential to read before the beginning of this book: and the grandaddy of all big events, Crisis On Infinite Earths Deluxe Edition.

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