The story kicked off in Dc Comics anthology series “Showcase ‘94” #8 and 9 which was the prelude to the story, which was supposed to actually be a direct sequel to the 80’s monster hit “Crisis on Infinite Earthes” (hence the “Crisis in Time” tagline) and is also connected to Armageddon 2001 that had come out in the early 90s. An anomaly was detected in the timestream and Waverider along with a Linear Man who guard the timestream to check it out. It turns out that anomaly was Monarch from the “Armageddon 2001” mini-series. But his powers evolved him into a different character named Extant. He soon steals Waverider’s armbands so he can have absolute control over being able to properly move around through time, and that’s how things got started.
This story was a bit…confusing, and it didn’t help that so many other comics tied into it as well. It was convoluted, confusing (I know I’ve used that word a couple of times, but it’s really the only word I can come up with to properly describe this mini) and had quite a few plot holes. But man was it fun! I re-read the original issues the other day, and it actually holds up pretty well today. And the final issue has an awesome pullout where you can see the events of the new timeline. So, even though it wasn’t perfect by any stretch and in a way was in the shadow of such a revolutionary story like “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, if you have a chance, check it out on trade or the single issues if you find them in conventions. There are moments in this story that genuinely pulls you in to the story and even though there is a huge cast of characters, you do manage to feel for some of them like the alternate Batgirl. So if you have a chance, give it a read, and speaking of which, thank you for reading, until next time, stay safe everyone!
~Alvaro Cortes Ortiz Jr