With Crisis On Infinite Earths, CW is getting me to watch their slate of shows again. I have fallen behind, having found many of the episodes hackneyed and stretching out stories. Too many times, the overarching plot gets in the way of telling a good story in an hour's time. This is one of those cases where the story is big enough to demand that kind of storytelling.
CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #11 March 1985 I've been very critical of the New 52. A lot of critics have been very quick to call it a disaster. To their credit, DC is sticking to its guns and standing behind a rewriting of the history of the DC Universe, throwing out a lot of continuity. I'm not the first person to draw comparisons to first time that DC tried something like this in 1985 with Crisis on Infinite Earths. There was criticism, too. In retrospect, DC let some personalities exert too much control and resist the changes to DC History, and didn't fully plot out how every aspect of the changes would play out. It was a valiant effort, though, but when DC had to try to fix the changes, everything that happened that had seemed so world-shattering just seemed kind of pointless in retrospect. That's why I'm content to ignore the New 52 for a while, because as is evident from the inconsistencies pointed out by many fans and critics, the time will come when DC will peddle back to fix the problems that their solution to so many problems caused.
DC COMICS PRESENTS #87 November 1985 For this review, I selected a comic at random, to avoid a pattern developing in my reviews. Which brings us to the last year of DC Comics Presents, where the title crossed over with Crisis on Infinite Earths. DC was in the midst of changing their multiverse forever, and no one knew quite where everything would land. Just before this issue came out, readers of Crisis on Infinite Earths were shocked by the death of Supergirl, and the story flows into this comic, which feature the first appearance of Superboy from Earth Prime! SYNOPSIS: As the Crisis goes on, nature is in chaos affecting nearly everything. Meanwhile, Superman is on the surface of the moon, in a fit of grief over his cousin's death. At that moment, two aliens come flying by, and as operatives of the Superman Revenge Squad, hit Superman with a ray that apparently makes him vanish. Superman comes to his senses on the moon and flies back to Earth, but when he scans it with his telescopic vision realizes that he's been transported to Earth Prime, where all super-heroes are fictional characters. He then witnesses a teenage boy in a Superman costume take off into the sky.