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In 1985, the series Crisis on Infinite Earths revitalized DC Entertainment’s publishing line, rebooting its characters and clearing the decks for a creative renaissance that included Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, George Perez’ Wonder Woman and John Byrne’s reinvention of Superman, Man of Steel. Twenty years later, a sequel called Infinite Crisis once again led to a re-energized line, with high-profile creators including Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison taking over the destinies of Superman, Batman et al in its wake. Could 2015 see a third such Crisis help DC once again?
In an interview with IGN to discuss DC Entertainment’s current month of special issues tying into its Futures End series, co-publisher Dan DiDio dropped a fairly heavy hint about what lies ahead for the publisher’s superhero line. “There’s a lot of story to be played out in the next few months. But that’s something I don’t want to give away just yet,” he said, before adding “Think epic trilogy — can I say that?”
On its own, that comment would appear to be little more than a vague tease of what’s to come, but it was actually the second such tease. Earlier this week, DiDio shared an image of his introduction to Countdown to Infinite Crisis — as the title suggests, a prelude to the 2005 series — on Facebook, with a caption that read in part, “It gets me thinking, has it really been almost ten years since then, and maybe it’s time to do it one better.”
Adding fuel to speculative fire, the villain of both Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis, the curiously-named Anti-Monitor, was recently reintroduced to the DC line in the final pages of recent event series Forever Evil. In that appearance, it was revealed that the character had been responsible for the destruction of a parallel world called “Earth-3” referenced earlier in the series, an event that mirrored the opening of the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths.
It’s worth noting that, if DC is planning a new Crisis for 2015, it would actually be the fifth such series from the publisher: 1994 saw the release of Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, with 2009’s Final Crisis intended to act as, well, as the title suggests, an end to the cycle of stories. Similarly, the company’s 2004 series Identity Crisis (written by Brad Meltzer) could arguably be added to this line-up, despite lacking the other titles’ cosmic scope.
DC Entertainment did not respond to a request for comment.
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