“3 Earths! 3 Deaths!”
- Writer: Marv Wolfman
- Pencils: George Pérez
- Inks: Jerry Ordway
- Colors: Anthony Tollin
- Letters: John Costanza
Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-part maxi-series and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 to simplify their 50-year-old continuity. The series was written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated primarily by George Pérez. The series did away with the old “multiverse” in the DC Universe, and featured the deaths of some DC mainstays (like the Barry Allen Flash). It was ambitious, gigantic, and a huge whopping mess that I personally have never been able to fully wrap my head around.
At this point in the story, Azrael, Flash of Earth-2, Blok, Katana, and J’onn J’onzz (Martian Manhunter) materialize on Earth-4 before an anti-matter curtain in the American Midwest. Captain Atom blasts Azrael, but is not fully in control of himself.
The Blue Beetle and the Question realize that they are being forced to attack the other heroes, but are unable to stop. Katana, Blok, and J’onn J’onzz end up in a stalemate with the Blue Beetle, Judomaster, and Question. Harbinger, existing simultaneously in Earths S, X, and 4, suddenly draws their universes away from the anti-matter and pulls them through her focused image. Back at the lair of the Anti-Monitor, the Psycho Pirate suffers feedback from losing control over the people of those three Earths. Harbinger manages to link Earths S, X, and 4 with the merging Earths 1 and 2. Doing so, she ceases to exist as Harbinger, reverting to the identity of Lyla.
Not much to say about this one. It was epic. Cap only appeared on one panel of one page. But I really like the way George Pérez drew him. He’s the most down-to-Earth “humanistic” looking Captain Atom I’ve seen up to this point. Because Marv Wolfman’s task was so sweeping and huge, I give an A for story and definitely an A for art.