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Infinite Crisis Predictions Round-Up #1

So last week, Infinite Crisis #1 finally came out. I picked up my copy just before Yom Kippur, and because of the holiday and work haven't had time to write up my thoughts until now.

The upshot is that I loved it. This new Crisis is definitely rooted in all the stories that have led into it. And the final page just blew me away. I've been obsessing over this comic, and can't wait to find out where it's going.

(I've also been blown away by the actual full cover for Infinite Crisis #2. Be advised, this cover contains spoilers for the end of issue #1...and I reference it later on.)

But, of course, the main question on my mind is: how well did my predictions pan out? So I went back to my Friday speculations and pulled out the six main predictions I made about the Infinite Crisis. Now, some of these predictions actually contradict each other, as I based each one on the new information from that week's comics. Despite that, I still think I can attempt to score myself via the following system: Right-Wrong-Unresolved.

Be advised -- there are spoilers for the first issue of Infinite Crisis here. If you haven't read it yet, you probably should stop now.

Then again, if you haven't read it yet, you're probably ignoring all these particular posts anyway.

Prediction #1 (made September 2, 2005): Power Girl is the Earth-2 version of Supergirl, who managed to stick around even after the Crisis. The Psycho-Pirate kept her around deliberately, and is using her to restore the Multiverse.

How it stands: Since JSA Classified #4 hasn't come out yet, it's still not clear. However, the fact that the complete cover of Infinite Crisis #2 shows Power Girl among Superman-2, Lois-2, Alexander Luthor-3, and Superboy-Prime, it looks like I was right. Power Girl would appear to have been an anomaly left over from before the Crisis.

The second part of my prediction, that Hayden is using her to restore the Multiverse, is also still unclear. However, given what we have seen, I'm inclined to score this prediction at half-credit. Score: 0.5-0-0.5


Prediction #2 (made September 9, 2005): Someone, possibly the Anti-Monitor, is returning to finish off what he started and failed to do twenty years ago.

How it stands: Unclear. Everything going on definitely feels like someone or some group is behind it, but we still don't know whom. A character in the shadows of JLA #120 looked a little bit like the Anti-Monitor, but for the moment, we can't say this for sure. Score: 0.5-0-1.5.


Prediction #3 (made September 16, 2005): The mysterious Mockingbird is actually Lena Luthor, merged with Brainiac 2.5.

How it stands: Well, I was apparently wrong on this one. Lena is nowhere to be found.

On the other hand, the reasoning behind my prediction is fairly consistent with what we saw. As I said, "Throughout Villains United, it's been pretty well-established that Mockingbird really hates Luthor. While Brainiac might go up against Luthor, he doesn't really hate him, per se. So I went a little further and asked myself the following question: Who out there would have such hatred of Luthor, and also the power to keep an identity as private as possible?"

And the answer turned out to be: the real Lex Luthor of the current universe, secretly fighting against an impostor Luthor from an alternate reality.

Given that Mockingbird is in fact a Luthor, I'm giving myself another half-point for this one. Score: 1-0.5-1.5.


Prediction #4 (made September 23, 2005): Lex Luthor is behind everything, planning to restore the Multiverse.

How it stands: Unclear. The Lex Luthor of Villains United might be behind a lot, but his final goal is still unknown. I suppose I could give myself a half-point here, but I still think we need more information before deciding on this one either way. Score: 1-0.5-2.5.


Prediction #5 (made September 30, 2005): The villain behind the new Crisis will turn out to be the original, Golden Age Superman, of Earth-2. (Clue: the JLA transporter incident in JLA #119.)

How it stands: Well, at this point, I think we can safely say that this prediction was off-base. Infinite Crisis #1 begins with an investigation of the destruction of the JLA Watchtower in JLA #119, and it ends with the return of the Golden Age Superman breaking himself and his companions out of their shell. Obviously, he can't have been the fake Superman who destroyed the Watchtower, since he wasn't even in the universe at the time.

On the other hand, I'd like to claim half-credit for predicting the return of the Golden Age Superman, even if he's coming back as a hero (yay!) and not as the villain.

So who was the destroyer of the Watchtower? For the moment, my money's on it being the Cyborg Superman, since he shares Superman's DNA...

Score: 1.5-1-2.5.


Prediction #6 (made October 10, 2005): Heroes will find themselves on opposite sides during the Crisis, because some will want to restore the Multiverse and others will not, as it will mean the destruction of the current universe.

How it stands: Unclear at this point. It does appear as if there will be some sort of confrontation between the Golden Age Superman and the current Superman, as Superman-2 and his friends clearly feel that the current heroes have lost their way. But until I see this actually happening, I'll leave this prediction in the unresolved column.

Final score: 1.5-1-3.5.


In other words, of all the predictions I made, at this point I'm 25% correct, 16.7% incorrect...with 58.3% of the predictions still unresolved. I'm inclined to call this "not bad."

In the meantime, as the weeks pass, I'll probably make new predictions, based on the new information we learn.

To misquote Bette Davis: Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride.


I'm very glad that you posted, because I read Infinite Crisis #1 Wednesday afternoon and was pretty confused about what was going on. Thank you, and I agree that it's going to be a bumpy ride. I just hope that with more issues I can get what's going on before you post about it.

I read Watchmen yesterday. Brilliant, powerful, deeply disturbing story. Thank you for the rec.
Watchmen is A. MA. ZING. I just received the Absolute Watchmen Hardcover in the mail and I'm still as awed today as I was back then.

You might also want to try the following books as well:
- Mage: The Hero Discovered (now in trade paperback) a modern retelling of the Arthur legend.

-Trinity: trade paperback. Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman team up for the first time.

- Crisis on Infinite Earths: Also in trade.

- Birthright: A retelling of the origin of Superman (now in Trade Paperback I believe)
Thank you for the recs. I'll hope to pick up some if not all of your recs when the money's there. I know that I need to read Crisis on Infinite Earths - that'll be the first one I get.
I'm still not sure what's up with Power Girl. The problem is that in a story, also written by Geoff Johns, where she learned she wasn't Arion's granddaughter, she was told that when she did learn her origin she'd have to help her mother. Her Earth-2 mother may have ever gotten one panel of appearances as Kara was put in the spaceship and certainly should reasonably be considered dead. She and Lois-2 have never been shown to have a significant relationship, so it's not a foster mother riff. Either Geoff changed his mind and is going to ignore the previous bit, or there's a bit more than just Earth-2 Supergirl going on here.
Which story was that? I don't remember it.

So much has happened and changed throughout the history of the DC universe, I can easily imagine something like this being retconned into nonexistence.
Quick Google Groups search puts the remark at JSA 50, just a bit over 2 years ago.
I actually didn't like it as much as I hoped to; since I haven't read every issue of all the miniseries leading up to it, it felt very fragmented to me, and there were a lot of moments that didn't make sense. I wished they had put in a little more backstory for those who only read part of the lead-up, or who are just picking up the arc because they heard that something big is going to happen.
If you go to Wikipedia, you can find synopses of all four lead-in series as entries.
I'm sure I can, but I don't think I should have to. Given the work that's gone into this series, the reader should be able to pick it up and understand what's happening. A few extra captions along the lines of, "The Rock of Eternity, home of the wizard Shazam, hangs over Bludhaven..." would have helped a lot. I haven't read CoIE in a while but I remember it as being a lot more self-contained.
It sounds like you're not going to like what they do after the Crisis then. They're planning to jump forward a year in time, so no one will know what's going on, and to fill the missing year in with a weekly book called 52. From what I understand, the idea is that anyone can jump in and start reading, because both long-time readers and new readers will be starting at the same page.
Sounds almost like they didn't know what would happen after I.C. so they decided to skip it... that seems a little weird. I'm not quite clear on what you mean by weekly, though. Do you mean all the monthly titles will be linked? Or they're dropping all their titles except this one?
They're not dropping any titles as far as I know.

Basically, every title in the DC universe will skip ahead by a year right after the Crisis. But also, DC will publish a weekly comic book called 52, which will explain all the events of the missing year. So you'll be reading your regular comic, not understanding why (for a made-up example) Superman is addicted to bananas, and then in some issue of 52 they'll explain how Superman discovered that bananas are a good antidote to kryptonite poisoning.
Huh. And do you know if there will be a chart somewhere if which issues connect to which titles, so you don't have to buy all of them?
I don't think it's going to work that way.

From http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visualart/245359_comicsfuture.html:

"Toward the end of "Infinite Crisis," the characters will be catapulted a year into the future, some emerging with significantly new outlooks....To explain their transformation, next May DC will begin publishing "52," a yearlong weekly series set in "real" time chronicling the gap in the heroes' lives. By the end of the process, DC hopes to have re-created a universe of superheroes more in keeping with the times."

And from http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/living/12923250.htm:

"Between issues 5 and 6 of “Infinite Crisis,” a year will pass, marking major changes in the DC Universe...new titles will be introduced, including a weekly one called “52,” which will fill in the missing gaps of the “one year later ...” storyline, more or less, in real time."
Does that mean issue 6 will be published a year after issue 5? I can't see them doing that. But I also don't think I'm going to want to spend another $150 on a series that may or may not be relevant to the titles I follow, so I'm going to have to figure out a way to be selective.
They're not planning to wait a "real world" year between publishing issues.

What it seems to mean is that some sort of event at the end of issue 5 will push all the characters' stories ahead by one year, and then the story will continue from there. It might be a hint that some sort of universe-shattering event will happen then. Think about what happened at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths #10. The heroes stopped the Anti-Monitor, but the "next morning," there was only one universe, and not everyone remembered the old continuity as the next issue started. But the universe continued from that point on.

Or think about what happened in Zero Hour. Parallax essentially destroyed the universe, but a group of heroes stopped him at the Big Bang. When they succeeded, they returned to the point in time where they had come from, and not from the start of the universe.

Perhaps at the end of IC #5, a group of heroes will stop the universe from being destroyed, but it will still undergo some change. And when they succeed, they'll find themselves living in a universe a year later from where they were before, possibly as clueless as the rest of us (just like Kal-L woke up in the post-Crisis universe unaware that he no longer was a part of the world).

Again, I don't know any of this for sure; this is all guessing.
Fair enough... we can't really know what's going to happen at this point, we'll have to just wait and see.

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