In the last issue, it looked like all was lost. The Monitor was killed, worlds exploded into dust, and one of the worst villains in DC history (to read) was still alive, the Psycho-Pirate.
In this issue, things get complicated like really, really complicated. Turns out that the Monitor’s essence lived on after he was killed. The Monitor’s essence explains that when the Monitor was killed his positive energy was released powering the vibrational forks positioned throughout the universes; the ones our heroes have been protecting. The forks did their part to save Earth-1 and Earth-2 and all their respective planets by placing them within the Netherverse created by the Monitor. Unfortunately, because the forks were not attuned to their fullest (isn’t that always the case?) the vibrations separating the universes slowed down which caused them to merge.
Turn the page, and we see our heroes looking dumbfounded as they watch dinosaurs walking by futuristic cities and the Mayflower floating down a river next to a submarine. The chaos doesn’t end there. As a modern news-reporter tries to interview a caveman, the caveman devours the news-reporter’s microphone. One of my favorite scenes from this issue is the depiction of a bunch of cavemen coming out of a cave (what else?) where Bruce would enter the Batcave from within his home. Classic Marv Wolfman.
Alexander Luther gathers as many of the heroes as he can and explains to them that the vibrating of the universes will eventually cause the destruction of each other. Luther believes that the only way to stop that disaster from happening is to merge the universes into one.
The Anti-Monitor decides that the best way to challenge those that oppose him is to turn the Red Tornado (who he captured in the last issue) into a raging…tornado-storm. Ah, classic Wolfman strikes again. Our heroes beat the Red Tornado and decide to follow Luther’s advice. But wait, there’s more.
The Anti-Monitor begins to disintegrate the Monitor’s satellite, where Luther and the heroes are operating from, in a way that is not explained. Ok, time out. Why did the Anti-Monitor waste time messing around with Red Tornado? Why not just disintegrate the satellite from the start? The answer: because comics. Comics, especially 1980 comics, had a problem; the main super-villains were written way too powerful, and the storylines delved deep into the confusing. I’m not knocking 1980 comics; I’m just making an observation. In fact, its fun to revisit what was hot back then.
The last page is the first reveal of the Ant-Monitor and he looks devilish. The Anti-Monitor is by far one of my favorite character designs – classic (this time) Perez.
Consume. Review. Repeat. gives Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 a 7 out of 10 classic Marv Wolfman moments.