Crisis on Infinite Earths – 12


Crisis on Infinite Earths – 12

General Info

Issue No:
12
On Sale Date:
November 1985
Cover Date:
March 1986
Era:
Bronze Age
Story Title:
Final Crisis

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
George Perez
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Penciller:
George Perez
Inker:
Jerry Ordway
Letterer:
John Costanza
Colourist:
Tom Ziuko
Editor:
Marv Wolfman, Robert Greenberger (associate)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Diana Prince/Princess Diana) - Earth One, Wonder Woman (Princess Diana) - Earth Two, Fury (Hippolyta Trevor), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El) - Earth One, Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El) - Earth Two, Harbinger (Lyla Michaels), Pariah (Kell Mossa), Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) - plus numerous others
Heroes:
Numerous
Villains:
Anti-Monitor, Brainiac, Darkseid, Circe - plus others
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Lois Lane, Steve Trevor
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With this final issue of the Crisis on Infinite Earths mini-series DC completely obliterated all that had been before and ‘re-imagined’ the DC Universe anew. Many heroines fell victim to this “out with the old – in with the new” revamp, including well known and popular characters such as the Huntress and Supergirl, but the biggest casualty was surely the iconic Wonder Woman herself.

In this final issue the Earth One Wonder Woman was blasted by the Anti-Monitor and apparently killed. For such an iconic character, her death takes up one small panel and barely registers further mention. This compares with the death of Supergirl, who dies heroically in combat with the Anti-Monitor to save Superman’s life. We even see the world mourning Kara’s loss afterwards and the heroes of the planet attending a solemn memorial service. Poor Diana on the other hand gets zapped and that is that!

However, all is not what it at first seems, because at the end of the issue we are told how Wonder Woman was not in fact killed, but was instead somehow sent back in time, devolving back into clay again which spreads itself across Paradise Island. As time continued in reverse, the rest of the Amazons returned to the Grecian Isle from where they had originally fled. Meanwhile on Mount Olympus, Zeus decided that an injustice had been dealt upon the Earth Two Wonder Woman, and both she and her beloved Steve were brought to the Home of the Gods where they lived happily ever after.

Rumours had been rife at the time that with the cancellation of her book she was going to actually be killed off for good in “Crisis”, never to return. Certainly her recent sales did not seem to justify keeping the character in print any longer. However, DC thankfully realised that she was still a potent marketing icon, being the most famous and recognisable female comic book heroine in the world, and that they could reinvent her to be a heroine fit for the modern world instead of an outdated throwback to World War II.

So instead of letting her die, they thankfully saw the great potential she still had and boldly decided to resurrect and create an entirely new origin for the character. She would, in the process, discard some major elements of her mythos, such as her “Diana Prince” secret identity, her invisible plane, the vulnerability of losing her strength when bound by a man etc. In turn though, she would gain some new abilities – in particular the power of flight, become more powerful and update hers characterisation and costume for the modern age.

Ironically however, many years later, much of this would be subsequently undone  – or at least tweaked – and there would be a nostalgic return to some of the “pre-crisis” elements of the character.

Synopsis

The final battle between the Antimonitor and the heroes begins on 2 fronts: one on Earth, the other in the Antimatter universe. After great loss and suffering on both fronts, including the “death” of Wonder Woman, Superman [Earth-2] delivers the final blow to the Antimonitor and goes into a limbo alongside Superboy Prime, his wife Lois Lane Kent [Earth-2], and Alex Luthor Jr. never to be seen again for a long time. The only other person left to ever remember how the multiverse truly once existed as it did is Psycho Pirate [Roger Hayden], besides Pariah, Harbinger, and Lady Qwark.