I’m a completionist.
I suppose we all are, to a certain extent. It’s part of the appeal/misery of reading comics. Once we decide we love something, we completely invest ourselves in it. Spider-man is great, so I need to read every appearance he’s ever made. Back issue bins only exist for people like us. We need to complete that run.
I say all this because I am determined to write 13 columns on the tie-in issues for Crisis on Infinite Earths. I did so for those comics that led to the series and I have done so for each of the first three issues. The problem that I’m running into is that there just aren’t really any tie-ins, not yet, at least (but they’re coming, so prepare yourself).
I could mention that, just like last month, The Flash is still going through a trial for the murder of Reverse Flash, so his appearances in Crisis don’t make a ton of sense, particularly given that Crisis #4 makes it clear that the image of the Flash is, in fact, the Flash himself and NOT just an image.
I could mention that, as Jonah Hex rather crudely points out, the Green Lantern running around both in this series and in the pages of Green Lantern isn’t Hal Jordan, it’s John Stewart, the one and only Green Lantern at this point in DC’s history. That’s actually a pretty big deal for superhero comics in 1985. While Green Lantern wasn’t the franchise it is today, the primary ring bearer being a black man was incredibly progressive. Sadly, Hal Jordan still appeared in almost every issue. Even though he no longer had his ring, his presence served to undermine John’s role as the lead of the book.
There were two books published by DC this month, All-Star Squadron #47 and Infinity, Inc. #16, that were penciled by some guy named Todd McFarlane. While McFarlane’s style has yet to really develop, his pencils are sadly buried under the heavy inking hands of Vince Coletta on All-Star Squardon and Tony DeZuniga on Infinity, Inc. Interestingly enough, both of these titles would be among the hardest hit by the events of Crisis. In fact, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that All-Star Squardon and Infinity, Inc. were changed by Crisis more than any other DCU books.
Who’s Who #5 did come out this month and, as usual, featured a few hints about Crisis. Congo Bill/Congorilla is one of the entires. He was currently hanging out with a group called the Forgotten Heroes, who were specifically introduced to play a role in Crisis.
Who’s Who #5 also featured the entry for the Crime Syndicate, and if you were a month behind your reading of DC books you were in for a surprise. The entry mentions that the Crime Syndicate and their world had been destroyed by “a power that dissolved entire universes,” but exactly who or what that power is, we don’t know (this is a nice example of DC keeping on top of when these issues were published).
All in all, though, Crisis maintained it’s non-event event status even 1/3 of the way through the series. This wouldn’t last, though, as the tie-ins were coming in full force.