I went through a lot of the reviews and saw a lot of very insightful comments coming from many people. All I can do is share my own thoughts on the product. I refuse to claim anyone's opinions are right or wrong. All I can do is share my own thoughts and explain why I didn't care for Infinite Crisis. If you liked it, cool. If you didn't, that's cool too.
When I read comics, I see nothing wrong with looking back at what previously happened or closely examining a scene which occurred. To me, a comic is meant to be read slowly and appreciate the art. The artist plays a huge part in telling the overall story, as comic books are primarily a visual medium along side the storytelling. So, it makes sense to take a close look at the picture and examine it to see if it makes any sort of sense along with the story.
The only nice thing I can say about the story was that they tried hard to tell it. I admire the effort DC went through to put this together.
Visually, the story did not work. There were many instances where events happened which doesn't make sense in the context of the DC universe. In DC, Batman may be the smartest man in the world, but he is still only a man. At one point, Mongul was fighting Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. Batman was backhanded by Mongul. He took the full force of a hit and was knocked far away. Keep in mind, Mongul is strong enough to fight both Superman and Wonder Woman at the same time. He can take hits and give them without problem. And Batman may be wearing some reinforced costume pieces, but he is still just a man. That backhand should have killed him. The fact he lived made no sense at all.
More on the visual aspects of the story! For some reason, the artists got very lazy and decided to use photoshop to create alternative earths. That's all fine and good, but they got really lazy. In art, the artist has to take perspective into account. It's not enough to draw, or present, something. The object has to be positions properly so that it will give the impression of distance. Every Earth presented appeared to be exactly the same size, which indicates they were all equidistant from each other. But that is impossible, because they appeared to overlap. Also, look at the shading for the multiple Earths. They are all shaded exactly the same. This makes no sense. The only light source is the Sun. And if they are positioned in different locations, which they are, they should be shaded differently. The only way to account for this is that the artist was very lazy and/or didn't care enough about the product.
In the build-up to Infinite Crisis, Batman's Kryptonite ring was lost right next to the Sun. Wonder Woman used it in an attempt to defeat Superman. They were next to the Sun during the fight when Superman hit her quite hard, and she lost her grip on the ring. The ring was not of a significant size and, given the size of the solar system, should not be easily found. There wasn't any story which indicated that the ring was found, or that Batman retrieved it. For no apparent reason, Batman had it with him when the Superman from Earth-2 talked to him.
Space is 2 degrees above absolute zero. I remember reading multiple DC stories which confirmed that. Yet Superboy's breath was able to freeze multiple Green Lanterns and shatter them.
Early in the story, Superman was seen staring at a news article of himself. It was pretty clear to the reader that it was a picture of him lying dead. If you were to look at the other newspapers around, one of them was about the Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Crisis was not remembered by anyone but the Superheroes who were at the beginning of time. This was established in the DC Universe. This was canon. But, for no apparent reason, there's a newspaper story dealing with it.
Why was the sky red?
How did Doomsday get knocked out? He's virtually a force of nature. In fact, he was point blank on Green Arrow, but Green Arrow was able to say two sentences before Superman showed up to knock out Doomsday. Doomsday is incredibly fast and should have plowed right through Green Arrow over 50 times by the time he finished his two sentences. Doomsday should not be knocked out. He doesn't have the nervous system to be knocked out. That would contradict what was written about in Hunter/Prey.
Why in the world were Superheroes watching Earths get destroyed at the new center of the universe? Shouldn't they have been doing something to stop it? Why weren't they trying to stop it? They only did something when Superman and Wonder Woman were about to die. That makes zero sense.
There were hundreds of OMACs surrounding Luther's tower. It was established that one OMAC was powerful enough to give Superman trouble. Now, there are hundreds of them. They didn't play a role at all in the defense of the tower at all. Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Nightwing were easily able to fly right in, fight off over 100 OMACs, and free the heroes with no difficulty whatsoever. That contradicted everything that is known on the OMACs. Everything.
Why did Alexander Luther kiss Power Girl? Why did that knock her out?
In Crisis of the Infinite Earths, Anti-Monitor's body was destroyed at the end when it fell into a star and the star went supernova because of the anti-matter in the Anti-Monitor. Yet, somehow the body survived for no apparent reason.
Why did Wally get sucked into the speed force? I'm sure there is a great story to explain it, but while reading the story, it seemed to happen for the sake of it happening rather than it adding to the story in any meaningful way. The event just suddenly happened for no explainable reason. It is the responsibility of the author and/or artist to communicate ideas to the reader. To have an event as important as that demands some sort of explanation within the story which it happens.
Earth-2 comes back and is hovering over Earth-1. So do the heroes rush over and investigate? Nope. They go and pray. Heroes. Going to church and praying. An Earth appeared right over the only Earth the heroes knew about...exactly at the time time quite a few heroes disappeared, namely the entire Justice Society of America, and they go and pray rather than investigate? The heroes claim to be concerned over the disappearance of everyone. If they had time to contact everyone to meet in one specific city and at one specific church, they had more than enough time to go to that Earth to investigate. Why didn't Superman rush over there immediately to see what happened. The fact that the heroes did absolutely nothing was just insulting to the intelligence.
These are only some of the problems I have with the story. This isn't including the story structure, the retcons from the comic books to the tradeback. To me, the problems are just too much for me to take. But I saw other reviewers love it.
Thanks for reading. I shared my opinion. What's yours?