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Crisis on Infinite Earths #6

Crisis on Infinite Earths #6“3 Earths 3 Deaths” – Sept. 1985

Writer/Editor: Marv Wolfman
Penciller: George Perez
Inker: Jerry Ordway
Lettering: John Costanza
Colors: Tom Ziuko
Published by DC Comics

In 1985, DC Comics published a 12-issue “maxi-series” designed to streamline their alternate timelines, universes, histories, versions of characters and general convoluted continuity into one thread, Earth, universe, etc. Crises on different “Earths” became an occurrence during the early days of Gardner Fox’s Justice League of America, when the members of the JLA met the golden age heroes of other Earths. The Crisis story was told primarily by the team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez, then riding high on the popularity of their New Teen Titans series.

Long and sort of complicated story short, the multiverse may potentially find itself destroyed by the villainous Anti-Monitor unless the benevolent Monitor, sidekick Harbinger, and a rag-tag group of super-heroes collected from the numerous Earths can succeed in defeating the badguy, in the process combining the multiple universes into one.

The Question, along with the other Charlton characters, comes from what Crisis refers to as Earth-4. Though his sometime teammate Blue Beetle plays a large role in the creation of the post-Crisis Earth, the Question has an appearance in only one issue (though he may appear, in theory, in other crowd sequences) — Crisis #6.

A driving rain falls on Earth-4, where Azrael, Flash I, Blok, Katana, and Martian Manhunter find themselves teleported after the Monitor’s satellite explodes. There, they find the Blue Beetle (who previously learned about the whole imminent destruction of the multiverse thing via a cross-dimensional meeting of random heroes in Crisis #1), along with the Question, Nightshade, Peacemaker, Captain Atom, Peter Cannon Thunderbolt and Judomaster. The Earth-4 heroes charge into battle against the strange Earth-1 heroes, possessed with anxiety because of the Psycho Pirate (told you it was complicated!).

Above the fray, Beetle and the Question watch from the Bug. Jay Garrick defeats Peter Cannon and the Question remarks: “Beetle, the runner seems to have stopped Thunderbolt! Thank goodness for that!” The Beetle replies: “I–I know what you mean, Question. The longer it takes…the more I realize we’re being forced into this craziness. Trouble is–I can’t stop myself.”

The Question responds, standing behind Beetle in a swirl of yellow vapors: “Neither can I, Beetle. Some terror is gripping us…forcing us on…Not only to refuse to believe those trying to save us…but to kill ourselves as well.”


Trivia / Minutiae

The first appearance of the Question (and most of the Charlton characters) published by DC Comics.

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Views From Other Sources

Matt Rossi at The High Hat: “Marv Wolfman intended Crisis on Infinite Earths to prune away the DC multiverse into a unified single universe with all the strengths of DC?s classic Golden Age combined with the Silver Age renaissance as a launching pad for new stories. In some cases (Starman, Animal Man) it did just that. In a great many others, writers took Crisis as license to disregard the past or twist it entirely out of shape. Some of the blame for this has to fall on Crisis itself. While new creators and editors may have taken the revision too far, the goals of the series encouraged them. They?d just seen icons killed or relegated to the trash in the name of consistency. It may be ironic that this obsession with continuity created more contradictions than it ultimately fixed, but it may also be exactly what we should expect when we pull loose threads on an elaborate tapestry.”

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