In 1985, DC put out Crisis On Infinite Earths (COIE), a maxi-series designed to deconstruct and reassemble their super-hero properties so new readers could more easily understand what was going on. I was a new reader when I was seven in the early 70s. and I understood the whole "multiple-Earth" concept.
So when I was nineteen, this announcement filled me with dread and apprehension. Things were going to change, for good or bad. Certainly it became a must-read title, created by New Teen Titans stars Marv Wolfman and George Perez. But was it worth all the hype, the fear and the anticipation? I'm going to go over the twelve issue series and see.
I'm not going to go through all the Crisis Crossover issues but I do have ICG's Crisis Crossover Index so I may list them.
As for backstory, the Monitor and his assistant, Lyla first appeared in New Teen Titans #21 (Jl'82) as a supplier to super-villains, getting them weapons, technology and even henchmen. But he was far, far more than that. He showed up throughout all the DC titles from Green Lantern to Justice League of America to Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes to All Star Squadron to Saga of the Swamp Thing to G. I. Combat to Jonah Hex! And all books in between!
So now we walk through this historic series and see for ourselves!
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