Review: INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS

INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS
Written by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Gail Simone, Bill Willingham, Dave Gibbons, et al.
Art by Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, Jesus Saiz, Dale Eaglesham, Ian Churchill, George Perez, et al.
Release Date: June 27, 2012

The DC Universe faced its darkest days in 2005. This is the complete story of how the heroes fought and won.

Twenty years after their seminal mini-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Comics decided to commemorate the anniversary with a year-long storyline, culminating in the mini-series titled Infinite Crisis. In a bold move, the company tried its hand at weaving an foreboding atmosphere through their entire publishing line. This would slowly develop the event that occurs within this massive tome. Four mini-series spotlighting different aspects of the DC Universe (the espionage community, super-villains, alien worlds, and magic users) came out weekly over the course of six months, literally counting down to the crisis at hand.

Far from featuring just the ultimate series itself, the Infinite Crisis Omnibus includes all of the following (and in order):
Countdown to Infinite Crisis
OMAC Project #1-3
Sacrifice (Superman #219, Action Comics #829, Adventures of Superman #642, Wonder Woman #219)
OMAC Project #4-6
Villains United #1-6
Lightning Strikes Twice (Action Comics #826, Adventures of Superman #639, Superman #216)
Day of Vengeance #1-6
Rann-Thanagar War #1-6
Crisis of Conscience (JLA #115-119)
Infinite Crisis #1-3
Day of Vengeance Infinite Crisis Special
Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006
Infinite Crisis #4
Rann-Thanagar War Infinite Crisis Special
Infinite Crisis #5-6
OMAC Project Infinite Crisis Special
Villains United Infinite Crisis Special
Infinite Crisis #7

At the time, these series had me running to my comic shop to get the latest installment — the first time I had been this excited for my weekly fix since the very early 1990s. Theories abounded month after month as to the villains behind all the twists and turns. Heroes were compromised, both physically and morally, and it seemed as if everything we had known about these pantheon of gods was being turned upside down. Today, to have this insanely huge (over 1400 pages) story in a single volume on my shelf almost makes me giddy all over again. The binding, although a mix of glue and sewn, is the best DC has produced yet, and I’m told it compares favorably with the well-praised sewn Marvel Omnibus binding. There is very little to no loss in the gutters throughout and the paper stock is slick, bright and appropriately thick.  The price point at $150 retail is admittedly pretty steep, but with current single issues going for $3-4 each these days, it’s actually quite the steal.

As a look back on the previous (now revised) DC Universe, the Infinite Crisis Omnibus can’t be beat. This is as complete a story and look at a critical year of publishing for DC Comics as you will ever get — at least until November’s release of the 52 Omnibus, the weekly follow-up to these tales. As a narrative in itself, the Infinite Crisis Omnibus tells a compelling tale of hero versus villain, hero versus hero (a theme clearly popular these days), and hero versus the unknown. The latter of these is perhaps what gave these comics such a punch, one that holds up brilliantly to this day.

Verdict: 9.0/10

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  • Lexavi80

    No extras in this book?  Cover gallery?  Introduction?  Afterwords?  Sketeches?

    • http://twitter.com/FotoCub Matt SantoriGriffith

      Small gallery in the back that includes alternate covers and a brief introduction by Dan Didio, but the real meat here is all the tie-ins. It really captures how exhaustive this story arc was for the DC Universe that year.

      • Lexavi80

         All I needed to know Matt.  Thank you!

        VERY good and complete review!

  • http://twitter.com/MikeBise Mike Bise

    I agree with you that the entire Countdown To Infinite Crisis throughout 2005 was the most exciting time in comics for me since the Early 1990s (“Total Chaos!”, Armageddon 2001, Knightfall, Reign Of The Supermen, Zero Hour).  There are even more essential tie-ins not in the Omnibus, like The Return Of Donna Troy and Power Girl: Power Trip, but there is only so much space. Seeing Donna Troy remember the Multiverse was shocking and fueled the Event even more, as did the Psycho Pirate revealing to Power Girl her true past.  My own reading order sequences the issues as happening concurrently, with natural breaks to fit in each beat.  But this order is pretty good, despite making it read like a stack of TPBs (And “Lightning Strikes Twice!” after Sacrifice is awkward.) Great review!

    • http://twitter.com/FotoCub Matt SantoriGriffith

      Thanks! You’re right, though! The Power Girl origin story would have been a great addition here. I love all things Donna Troy, but that one might seem more confusing than helpful years from now.

  • JokersNuts

    I just read the whole omnibus. The two Geoff Johns written Teen Titans tie in issues might have made for a good addition, as well as the Kal-L vs. Kal-El tie in. But neverthe less a massive omnibus filled with an essential period of DC history. Was fun to go back and reread.

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