This month marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Crisis on Infinite Earths #1.
Crisis is the archetype of the company-wide crossover event. Whether you felt it was necessary or not, the Crisis changed the DCU in a lasting way, shrinking the multiverse down, changing histories, and leading to a period of intense creativity for the company.
Out of the Crisis, we got the Byrne Superman, a move which breathed life into a semi-stagnant mythos. We got the Wally West flash. And the new Justice League. And Guy Gardner as a Green Lantern. And a Blue Beetle book. We got Iron Munro and Fury.
As a teenager, I read the Crisis as it came out and approved of almost all of it. I loved the book and much of what came out of it.
I should be celebrating this anniversary just as it seems DC will be.
This is the lasting image from the Crisis ... the death of Supergirl.
Kara was felt to be superfluous. She was felt to be a big enough character to show how serious this series was.
The Crisis removed my favorite character from the DCU. It removed her from the memories of its characters. She was simply erased. And, perhaps just as bad, this very famous death has given older Supergirl fans a sort of PTSD. Her death has been a theme in her subsequent incarnations. Whether it is Peter David's Linda Danvers who for a short period of time was thought to have died in a universal threat or Sterling Gates' Supergirl who saw how she died in the Superman Museum of the future, that sense of a heroic death was palpable for a while.
And while it has receded these last couple of years, it is creeping back a bit as I worry about this upcoming anniversary.
So I ask ... should I be celebrating the anniversary of the Crisis?
There is no denying that this issue, this story, this series is a crucial part of Supergirl's history. I mean I myself have gone out of my way to have meet the creators and have them autograph my issue. It is a great moment for Supergirl. And it made people appreciate her more.
Out of the Crisis we got the Matrix Supergirl which led to the PAD Linda Danvers. And, like many things in comics, Kara Zor-El has returned.
And I have reviewed of Supergirl's involvement in the periphery of the Crisis (albeit in the infancy of this site):
Superman #415 - Crisis crossover
DCCP #86 - Crisis crossover
Legion of Super-Heroes #16 - Crisis crossover
In the end, I will be celebrating this anniversary here. Initially I thought about writing reviews for each issue of the Crisis but I don't think I have the energy. So instead, expect a sprinkling of posts throughout the year, looking at Supergirl in the Crisis, some Crisis ephemera, and some of the homages that have happened from the book.
Happy 30th COIE!