Welcome to another edition of the DC History Club where each month we explore the story behind the stories from 80 years of the greatest superheroes in print and on the screen. This month we will join the Crisis of Infinite Clubs crossover as we research and discuss the 1985-86 series Crisis on Infinite Earths . We will be focusing on why DC decided worlds must die, how its creators implemented this multiverse shattering event, and the impact COIE had on DC and comic books in general.
Suggested Reading: Crisis on Infinite Earths , if you haven’t read it before there’s no better time.
Additional Reading: For an even deeper dive, you may want check out some of the COIE tie-ins many available here on DCU.
• All-Star Squadron #50–56
• Amethyst (vol. 2) #13
• DC Comics Presents #86–88
• Blue Devil (DC Comics) #17-18
• The Fury of Firestorm #41–42
• Green Lantern (vol. 2) #194–195; #198
• Infinity, Inc. #18–24; Annual #1
• Justice League of America #244–245; Annual #3
• Legion of Super-Heroes #18
• The Losers Special #1
• The New Teen Titans (vol. 2) #13–14
• The Omega Men #31
• Superman #414–415
• Swamp Thing #46
• Wonder Woman #327–329
Research Reading: In the post immediately below you will find a wiki with links to articles, analysis and interviews concerning COIE. If you find additional resources in your research, you can add them to the wiki by clicking on the orange pencil icon in the upper right corner.
An Additional Research Resource: We are in the unusual position of having an original research tool at our finger tips here on DCU. The DCU Book Club began reading on discussing COIE in mid-November. In their discussion, you will be able to find the reaction and thoughts of those reading the series for the first or tenth time. Many of the clubs dedicated to DC’s greatest characters have focused on COIE related issues, providing more insight.
Discussion Topics: The best discussion topics are those you bring to the table based upon your research and reading of Crisis on Infinite Earths . To help get the discussion started the below are suggested topic questions.
Did DC need to destroy the multiverse? If so, what was gained or lost in the process?
Crisis on Infinite Earths was the first great company-wide, continuity altering event in comics. What was the impact of that example? What are the positive and negative implications for the comic industry?
Death used to mean something. Crisis did the unthinkable and “permanently” killed major and minor characters. What are your thoughts on their deaths, the place of these deaths in DC’s history, and their impact on death in comics in general.
And from @joshtheblueguy, the concept of the Last Son of Krypton was not as well excited as it could have been post COIE with Matrix Supergirl, Altlantean Power Girl and more. Are there any other concepts that could have better executed coming out of COIE?
Keep a look out at mid-month for the Crisis edition of “Vote and Defend.” We’ve already got one poll question for a club member’s suggestion, still open to more.