As regular readers know, I’ve been annotating DC Comics summer events for the past few years, mostly the older ones that I read at the time, as well as some more recent ones. My favourite, though, has to be the grand-daddy of them all, Crisis on Infinite Earths which I annotated a few years back.
For the series I’ve done most recently, things like Eclipso: The Darkness Within, War of the Gods and even Bloodlines I haven’t just focused on the main series, but have written up all the crossover issues in between. If I hadn’t done that for Eclipso and Bloodlines, they would have been very short and sweet.
And now, as I’m halfway through Millennium and am writing up summaries of those crossover issues, I find myself thinking back to my first annotations, Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis and, of course, Crisis on Infinite Earths. There’s a ton of issues missing from those stories which I never considered before. IC and FC both had spin-off miniseries which I’ve covered but the monthly on-going titles that crossed over into the series have been left out.
In recent years, when doing things like Eclipso and Bloodlines, I’ve bought back issues of the annuals which has meant getting them shipped over from the States which isn’t cheap, but now, thanks to technology and Comixology, I’ve mostly gone digital. For the Crisis crossovers, I already owned a bunch of them – I have complete runs of All-Star Squadron, Infinity Inc and others, and a mostly complete run of Justice League of America – but for those that were missing I was able to buy 12 out of 17 from Comixology, including the first appearance of Superboy-Prime which cost £1.49 as opposed to around £10, not including shipping.
All of that is by way of saying I’ll be revisiting some of the earlier annotations over the coming months and including the crossovers; my plan (and yes, I have it planned out!) is to finish Millennium over the next four or five weeks and then get the Crisis crossovers done around late July/into August. Beyond that is the write up of Legends and the other series I haven’t yet done.