With Crisis on Infinite Earths on its way, what better way to celebrate the long history of DC Comics than ranking the events that led us to this moment?
DC Comics has had a long history of crossovers spanning back all the way to 1961 when Barry Allen and Jay Garrick crossed into each other’s respective universes. Since then, events became ever more grand, covering the universe at large and the multiverse on an even greater scale, with Crisis on Infinite Earths really beginning that trend. So now, which of these events are the best encapsulations of these multiverse-spanning epics?
Before getting into the list though, some criteria for what is determined to be an event. First, it must involve the DC universe at large, even if it focuses on one character above everyone else. So sorry, no “Knightfall,” “The Death of Superman,” “Death of the Family,” or “Throne of Atlantis.” Second, there has to be an imminent threat to at least the world, if not the universe or multiverse. Lastly, it must either told in a limited series or a crossover between titles that involves more characters than just the singular titles involved.
Now, with that out of the way, and Crisis On Infinite Earths upon us, let’s dive right into these events.