Infinite Crisis: The Novel
by Greg Cox
Review by Drew Bittner
Ace Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014445
Date: 03 October, 2006 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In Infinite Crisis, a novelization of the bestselling miniseries from DC Comics, the world is becoming a dark place.
When it becomes clear that one of the four has horrifying plans for Earth, working secretly with another of their small "family," can the heroes reunite in time to stop the literal end of the world?
Greg Cox takes on the forbidding task of unifying a seven-part miniseries and four lead-in miniseries into one coherent narrative. It's a daunting challenge because the diverse threads appear to have little connection, until the true nature of the plot is revealed. Suffice it to say that there's a lot going on in this book.
Comic book fans will see many of their favorite scenes from the series revisited, including extended stretches with Power Girl (who finally discovers her true origin, after decades of confusion) and Superboy (aka Conner Kent, the "super-clone" created after the Death of Superman). One by one, the heroes must rise to the challenge of these different but interrelated dangers... as the world's greatest hero makes some discoveries of his own-- what does a "perfect" world need with superheroes?-- and goes into battle one final time.
Cox does an elegant job of putting all these puzzle pieces together. There are bits left out, which is only natural given the number of connected comic book titles involved, but the essence is there-- and readers who want the lowdown on DC Comics' reinvention can get it in one enjoyable package.