COMICS IN CRI­SIS

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Secret Wars -

With Se­cret Wars first hit­ting the shelves in May 1984, it took Marvel’s Dis­tin­guished Com­pe­ti­tion al­most 12 months to re­spond with their own uni­verse- bust­ing cross­over in the for­mi­da­ble shape of Cri­sis On In­fi­nite Earths. But with Marv Wolf­man and Ge­orge Perez’s 12- is­sue minis­eries de­signed to sim­plify DC’s over- con­vo­luted con­ti­nu­ity, Cri­sis was a very dif­fer­ent beast to the mostly self- con­tained Se­cret Wars. “Se­cret Wars and Cri­sis were def­i­nitely ri­val books,” says Brevoort. “Es­pe­cially in that the prep work for Cri­sis was go­ing on while Se­cret Wars was com­ing out. They were both big event se­ries that fea­tured al­most every­body from their re­spec­tive uni­verses, although they did have dif­fer­ent goals. But for all that, some of the re­sults along the way in terms of changes to the main char­ac­ters were sim­i­lar. Se­cret Wars was there, at least ini­tially, to sup­port a toy line, whereas Cri­sis ex­isted to stream­line the DC pub­lish­ing line and their multi- Earth con­ti­nu­ity. But in the same way that fans will make com­par­isons be­tween, say, Thor and Su­per­man as they’re both pow­er­ful alien be­ings in red capes, who are the strong­est mem­bers of the pre- em­i­nent su­per­hero team of their re­spec­tive worlds, de­spite the fact that they are oth­er­wise very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, it’s per­fectly le­git­i­mate to view Se­cret Wars and Cri­sis On In­fi­nite Earths in con­text to one an­other.”

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