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Infinite Crisis Companion by Greg Rucka
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Infinite Crisis Companion

by Greg Rucka, Dale Eaglesham (Illustrator), Dave Gibbons (Contributor), Justiniano (Illustrator), Ivan Reis (Illustrator)4 more, Greg Rucka, Jesus Saiz (Illustrator), Gail Simone (Contributor), Bill Willingham (Contributor)

Other authors: Oclair Albert (Illustrator), Michael Bair (Illustrator), Marc Campos (Illustrator), Jeromy Cox (Illustrator), Wayne Faucher (Illustrator)6 more, Drew Geraci (Illustrator), Phil Jimenez (Illustrator), Andy Lanning (Illustrator), Joe Prado (Illustrator), Art Thibert (Illustrator), Walden Wong (Illustrator)

Series: Infinite Crisis (8)

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This is a weird book, and by itself, it doesn't really work. It has a followup to each of the Countdown to Infinite Crisis miniseries (Day of Vengeance, Rann-Thanagar War, The OMAC Project, and Villains United), showing what its characters were doing during Infinite Crisis itself. These could have been tacked on to the ends of each Countdown trade, or even better, included in Infinite Crisis itself as they comprise somewhat important parts of its story, showing how the Spectre is brought under control, how the space heroes fight the rift in the Polaris Galaxy, and most importantly, what the heck was going on with that worldwide prison break. By themselves, they're just kinda weird little stories that don't mean anything. Or rather, parts of stories.

In "The Ninth Age of Magic," a group of over thirty magic users draws the Seven Deadly Sins out of Gotham after the explosion of the Rock of Eternity. It's pretty perfunctory: one by one a member of Shadowpact finds and confronts a Sin. Its real interest is in the gaps it plugs, not in it as a story. "Hands of Fate" has a similar problem: adding all the heroes recruited by Wonder Girl to the already-overcrowded space hero group doesn't make these people more interesting. Alan Scott's daughter Jade, who hadn't even been in the story before, is killed off for some reason.

Thankfully, the last two stories are the best. "The Lazarus Protocol" is the least "essential" to Infinite Crisis: Sasha Bordeaux leads a group to finally defeat Brother Eye after it crashes to Earth, but reading Infinite Crisis, you would just assume it was destroyed in the crash itself. But it brings Sasha's story (begun in The OMAC Project) to a nice conclusion, as she learns how to be her own person-- and a hero-- outside the confines of Checkmate, making it the best and most pointful story in the book.

Finally, there's "A Hero Dies But One": the Secret Six try to find their place in the world and Oracle and the Martian Manhunter draw together every hero they can to combat the global prison break. It's not a hugely complicated story, but it is fun. Simone, as always, has a talent for groups and a talent for humor.

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Eaglesham, DaleIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibbons, DaveContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
JustinianoIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Reis, IvanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Rucka, Gregmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Saiz, JesusIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Simone, GailContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Willingham, BillContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Albert, OclairIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bair, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campos, MarcIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cox, JeromyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faucher, WayneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geraci, DrewIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jimenez, PhilIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In the aftermath of the universe-shattering events of 'Infinite Crisis', the new heroes and new alliances forge ahead in their very distinct missions. Written and drawn by a host of talented comic creators, this is a companion to the brave, new post-Infinite Crisis universe!… (more)

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