Infinite Crisis #4B (March 2006) VF $3.40
I am taking a break from the World’s Finest sub-collection to present a Hawkgirl cover that I missed when doing my research for this collection. It is a variant cover of Infinite Crisis #4. This seven-issue miniseries is my all-time favorite DC Comics miniseries and it was published 15 years ago on the 20th anniversary of the classic miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths (COIE) from 1985. The main premise of COIE was all about destruction of the multi-verse and this meant destroying some characters. For example, Supergirl was tragically killed off in issue #7.
Superboy needed a different treatment – the character was, of course, Superman when he was a boy – and although his teen pals from the future, the Legion of Super-Heroes, were staying, Superboy had to go. Since the destruction of the universe was occurring across time and space and one of the goals of the series was to overhaul the Superman continuity such that Superman was not introduced to the world until he became an adult, this meant that there was no room left for Superboy.
To remedy this (and for possibly no other reason but to set-up a twenty-anniversary miniseries), the creators decided to have a little fun with this by making use of the DC Universe concept of Prime Earth one last time.
Prime Earth was our Earth, the universe without any superheroes other than the ones that lived in our comic books. Superboy-Prime was introduced in DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985). In the continuity of COIE the revelation of his existence occurs between #9 and #10 of the series.
The origin of Superboy of Earth Prime is slightly different than the origin of the Superman of Earth-1 (Silver Age) and Superman of Earth-2 (Golden Age). For one, he lives in a world where super heroes only exist as fiction and while he was born on Krypton, he did not arrive on Earth by way of rocket ship but rather he was teleported here by his father Jor–El, an eminent scientist of Krypton. Instead of living in Smallville, Kansas he is living in a small seaside town in New England. When we first see him, he is walking along the beach with his girlfriend, Laurie Lemmon. (get it, Laurie Lemaris?). From that time on until the end of the series Superboy-Prime was an exemplary team member and fought alongside his fellow teammates for truth, justice, and the multi-verse way. At the end of the series he, Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-2, along with a character named Alexander Luthor who was from Earth-5 voluntarily left the new universe to go off and live in a pocket universe that they dubbed Paradise.
Metaphorically, Superboy-Prime stands for the Silver Age and at the same time the Me Generation of the 60s and 70s. We are talkin’ about my generation!
The events of Infinite Crisis began at some unspecified period of time after COIE. We now see Superman of Earth-2 along with Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor plotting the destruction of New Earth and replacing it with a revived Earth-2. Their reasoning was mainly due to the teen angst that was consuming Superboy-Prime in his sadness over the loss of his reality at the end of COIE. He looked upon New Earth as being a corruption of his Earth and listening to the Earth-2 Superman described what life was like in the Golden age, made him even more angry. At some point this led to him shattering the wall with that separated the pocket universe from our universe and thus causing reality to become shattered. The result was that the multi-verse was restored and what followed then was a mighty battle involving just about every known superhero in the DC multi-verse.
Hawkgirl plays only a minor supporting role in this series and you may spot her in one or two panels throughout the series but this is the only cover that she appears on and I only caught this just the other day when I was reading this series for a second time.
Superboy-Prime went on a murderous rampage resulting in the death of several heroes. An army of Green Lantern’s eventually subdued him, and he was held prisoner inside a Green Lantern prison center called a Sciencell near a giant Red Sun Eater.
Artist who drew Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)? George Perez. Artist who drew this cover (2005)? George Perez.
From the solicitation: George Perez Cover – Written by Geoff Johns Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning, George Pérez & Jerry Ordway. Covers by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope and George Pérez. The Crisis continues to explode across the DCU as a great power is unleashed. But whose side is it on? Witness a shocking confrontation between Batman and Nightwing, a vicious battle that threatens to tear the heroes of the DCU further apart, and a startling change to the recently deceased. Plus, guest appearances by more characters than we can list! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with covers by Lee & Hope (approximately 50%) and Pérez (approximately 50%). On sale January 11 ? 4 of 7 ? 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US Cover price $3.99. Grade: Very Fine
See also my multipart post on the topic of Superboy, The Revenge of Little Boy Blue.