So far, this has been one of the slower issues of the series, mainly because, it takes place on Earths that I’ve never been that interested in – 1944 Sgt. Rock’s Earth, 1879 Jonah Hex’s Earth, and 13th Century Legion of Superhero’s Earth. Me being impartial to the aforementioned characters and worlds aside, I have a small gripe with regards to how the story was told in this issue.
The story jumped around between the Earths I mentioned and others making it difficult to be sympathetic to what was going on. No doubt, writer Marv Wolfman was tasked with a monumental story which made it difficult to cover everything in detail, but it was distracting to jump from world to world, at times, without a caption reminding the reader what Earth the events were taking place on.
In this issue, the story didn’t move forward, instead it was more about how powerful the Ant-Monitor is as he wiped out 1944 Sgt. Rock’s Earth, 1879 Jonah Hex’s Earth, and 13th Century Legion of Superhero’s Earth. Of those three Earths, it looked like the only hero that made it out alive was the Blue Beetle who was rescued by the Monitor.
There were some interesting aspects to this issue. Alex Luther is growing at a rapid rate and it’s discovered that he is made of both positive and negative matter. The heroes of Earth-1 look to be in dire straits as the anti-matter begins to move throughout their Earth. And again the Flash appears to warn of a future that is unraveling.
I’ve come to discover that issues with a lot of fighting and explosions aren’t that good of a read. Regardless, it was staggering to see the number of characters and Earths that appeared to be killed off in this issue. Consume. Review. Repeat. gives Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 a six out of seven Michael Bay-like movie explosions.