On the Road to a Crisis

Alan Kistler

Alan Kistler is a freelance writer who has contributed to MonitorDuty.com and PopCultureShock.com. He is a freelance video editor who occasionally acts in independent film projects. His blog is located at alantkistler.squarespace.com.

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12 Responses

  1. Richard Pachter says:

    This is oddly clear and unburdened by the omnipresent effluvia and ephemera of most Final Crisis discussions.Great job, Alan!

    • Alan Kistler says:

      Very glad you think so. My whole point in this was not to get bogged down in discussions about publishing history and who was originally from what universe and folded into reality, etc., that other Crisis discussions focus on. I just wanted to keep this at a bare-bones, "what you need to know" level.I appreciate the comment. And let's give a shout-out to the Miami Herald, people! Richard here is a business columnist for them! :-)

      • Richard Pachter says:

        Thanks, but please don't shout. Some people here are just waking up from their naps and getting ready for the early bird.Oy.

  2. Linda Gold says:

    I couldn't agree more. Thanks Alan. I now understand everything a lot better than before.

  3. Shane Kelly says:

    If only Grant Morrison were so clear…(sigh) Ah well….Great job Alan

    • Richard Pachter says:

      Grant doesn't have to be clear. Not his job.

      • Alan Kistler says:

        yeah, I don't find Final Crisis terribly hard to understand, but I can still agree with the need for maybe a recap page on the issues or the occasional panel of exposition "hey, remember when we did this five years ago?"

  4. Patrick C says:

    A very good, concise summary of the previous crises. The only thing I would think to add, and I'm not sure if this has been established, but I think the Anti-Matter Universe is separate. There are 52 positive matter universes (including the New Earth DCU) and 1 Anti-Matter Universe. (And Superboy is Conner Kent with an "e," Green Arrow II is Connor with an "o."

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to point out that you made a small mistake. The Anti-Matter universe is not one of the 52. There is New Earth, 51 duplicates, and the Anti-Matter Universe. That is why the final universe listed is Earth-51, not Earth-50.

  6. Brian says:

    Amazing post. Thank you so much. I really needed something like this to get into Final Crisis. Very nicely done, and thank you again.