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Superman: Infinite Crisis by Joe Kelly

Superman: Infinite Crisis

by Joe Kelly, Dan Jurgens (Illustrator), Marv Wolfman (Author)

Other authors: Kalman Andrasofszky (Illustrator), Ed Benes (Illustrator), Mariah Benes (Illustrator), Lee Bermejo (Illustrator), Dave Bullock (Illustrator)27 more, Howard Chaykin (Illustrator), Ian Churchill (Illustrator), Kevin Conrad (Illustrator), Nelson DeCastro (Illustrator), Derenick Tom (Illustrator), Dale Eaglesham (Illustrator), Wayne Faucher (Illustrator), Drew Geraci (Illustrator), Dick Giordano (Illustrator), Renato Guedes (Illustrator), Phil Jimenez (Illustrator), Geoff Johns (Contributor), Karl Kerschl (Illustrator), Andy Lanning (Illustrator), Jeph Loeb (Contributor), Doug Mahnke (Illustrator), Jose Marzan Jr. (Illustrator), Ed McGuinness (Illustrator), Jerry Ordway (Illustrator), George Pérez (Illustrator), Norm Rapmund (Illustrator), Ivan Reis (Contributor), Duncan Rouleau (Illustrator), Tim Sale (Illustrator), Cam Smith (Illustrator), Art Thibert (Illustrator), Dexter Vines (Illustrator)

Series: Superman, Infinite Crisis (10), Superman TPBs (226), Action Comics TPBs (836), Adventures of Superman TPBs (649), Superman TPBs Post-Crisis Continuity (226, Action 836, Adventures of Superman 649)

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Like the Infinite Crisis Companion, this plugs some gaps in Infinite Crisis. The first story here shows what time in their "paradise dimension" was like for the Alexander Luthor of Earth-Three, the Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-Two, and the Superboy of Earth-Prime. Though it doesn't really help me comprehend Luthor's motivation, it does help make Superboy and Superman's actions more palatable. It's by Marv Wolfman, who revisits his theme that the new universe created after the Crisis on Infinite Earths was intrinsically darker.

It helps explain more clearly what all the Countdown to Infinite Crisis stories had to do with the main event. It's interesting to note that one of things Superboy-Prime observes from the paradise dimension that causes him to think the new timeline is too dark is Wonder Woman killing Maxwell Lord, but when Superboy-Prime crosses over into New Earth, he meets Blue Beetle during the events of The OMAC Project-- obviously before Maxwell Lord was killed. Superboy and Luthor manipulate events somewhat, but I think their manipulations must precede even this, as their interference was the reason Maxwell Lord was able to create OMACs to begin with. So it's all a little bit predestination paradox, but I wonder if this isn't a commentary in and of itself: just like Superboy and Luthor commit violent actions to rewrite the universe to eliminate violence, so too do authors like Geoff Johns depict awful violence in order to write stories about how awful violence isn't necessary for good stories.

One should also note that this is the origin of the infamous Superboy-Prime "retcon punch": as he hits the edge of the universe in frustration, he causes time and history to shift. We see changes to the  form of baby Kal-El's rocket, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Jason Todd's death, Power Girl, Hawkman, Wonder Girl, Fury(!), and so on. I kinda both love and hate this. Like, it's both incredibly elegant and incredibly stupid!

Like the Companion, I think it would have worked better as part of the main story than on its own like this. Heck, if you chucked this story plus the four Companion stories in with the main miniseries, you'd have twelve issues: just like the original Crisis. Perfect!

The rest of this book fills in some of Infinite Crisis from the perspective of the Supermen of New Earth and Earth-Two. First we see some snippets from the eve of the original Crisis on Earth-Two, as Lois gives Clark a scrapbook she's made of his greatest moments, illustrated by Tim Sale with his usual flare and skill. Most of it is the two Supermen trading blows, causing them to experience each other's lives-- and make changes to them. It's a neat conceit, showing how each Superman perceives a simpler morality than the other: Superman-Two thinks New Earth is too dark and tries to act to correct it more forcefully; Superman-New thinks Earth-Two is innocent but that too many wrongs are allowed to happen. Both discovers nothing is quite so obvious as that, that the other universe is just as complicated as his own, and that each of them probably did the best they could, given the circumstances. It's not essential, but it slots nicely between the pages of Infinite Crisis and gives us some insight into both Supermen.

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Jurgens, DanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfman, MarvAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrasofszky, KalmanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benes, EdIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benes, MariahIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bermejo, LeeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Ordway, JerryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Rapmund, NormIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reis, IvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rouleau, DuncanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sale, TimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, CamIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thibert, ArtIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Written by Joe Kelly, Marv Wolfman and Jeph Loeb Art by Ed Benes, Lee Bermejo, Howard Chaykin, Ian Churchill, Karl Kerschl, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Ed McGuinness, Jerry Ordway, Tim Sale and various Cover by TK The Earth-2 Man of Steel saw his world fa

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The multiverse has collapsed leaving ours as the only surviving universe. Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-Two, Superboy of Earth-Prime and Alexander Luthor of Earth-Three are the only survivors of the other universes and have been exiled to a limbo dimension that is killing Lois. To save her, Superman must bend reality to what he thinks should be, but must first face our Superman.… (more)

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