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Free download Classics on Infinite Earths 105 ☆ In this series acclaimed comics scholar Dr Julian Darius argues that the DC Universe is old enough to have produced a canon of classic stories Here he analyzes this canon as it pertains to the Justice League and DC’s universe wide crossovers Since 1940 DC Comics has been bringing its heroes togeS the Justice Society then beginning in 1960 as the Justice League and finally beginning in 1985 in universe wide crossovers Shared super hero universes achieved widespread attention in the wake of Marvel’s movies but DC’s been paving the way since 1940 A decade in the making CLASSICS ON INFINITE EARTHS t. In this book Julian Darius touches on the main Justice League runs and publications together with the intra DC universe crossovers published by DC Comics All these publications Darius argues culminates in a DC Universe canonThe book is structured into sections explaining analysing and reviewing each work Darius also lists the best works from the DC Universe canon dedicating discussion space to such worksThis book is brilliant and informative Darius introduces highly useful hermeneutical terms like revisionism and reconstructionism with which readers can better understand and appreciate the works involved For example even having read it multiple times I never would have understood what Infinite Crisis was trying to achieve until I read Darius's explanation of the work's interaction with historical contextDarius also uses this analysis to better understand works that have been controversial amongst the fans such as Identity Crisis It convincingly presents the argument that Identity Crisis has a lot of merit in establishing its controversial plot points as opposed to fan criticism that they went against character or established canonThe book is also highly readable Darius provides not just plot breakdowns and hermeneutics he also discusses the behind the scenes elements like editorial mandates fan backlash sales reception and so on that inform certain plot decisions All this ultimately contributes to a complete understanding of the works he examinesMy only issue with the book is the section on Grant Morrison's Final Crisis In this section Darius describes the work as a narrative mess of fascinating proportions I agree with this conclusion However I do not feel like Darius has given the analysis adeuate treatment The bulk of the analysis involves Darius weaving his explanation of the plot with rhetorical uestions meant to point out plot holesThe problem with this sort of assessment is that Darius's book seemed to be aimed not just at critiue but also allowing readers critical understanding of the various works it examines This is flouted in the Final Crisis section because Darius does not seem to have a solid basis of understanding from which to critiue the work nor has he convincingly stated why such a basis is not possible Most of the critiue is surface level aimed at how incomprehensible certain plots are leading the reader to wonder for themselves if the work completely defies any possible comprehensionWhile these may be inherent flaws in Final Crisis in that Morrison should have made the plotting comprehensible I feel like Darius was being uncharitable when he does not take his rhetorical uestions about the plot further and examine why these apparent plot flaws exist in the first place especially since Darius acknowledges Morrison to be a writer of some caliberI interpreted Morrison as suggesting that the structure of the plot in Final Crisis should be at least in part informed by Superman Beyond This is because the latter's exposition and narration is evidently densely packed with metaphors and symbolism about the nature of DC stories that Morrison believes to be poignant and invites the reader to unpack and Superman Beyond's involvement with metafiction is something that Darius is aware of but skimmed over In other words Morrison seems to want to use his ideas about the nature of stories hinted at in Superman Beyond to say something significant about Final Crisis itself a story As a book that seems in part meant to allow readers to understand such stories I wish Darius could have spent some discussion unpacking these two issuesFor example one possible interpretation of the narrative disjointedness in Final Crisis might be Morrison reiterating his ideas on metafiction In Superman Beyond Morrison suggests that the bleed between universes is in fact 'story' distilled into a metaphysical substance while the DC universes between the bleed are composed of actual 'crystallized' stories The race of monitors are vampires leeching on such stories draining them dry and contributing to the death of the multiverse This ostensibly has effects on Final Crisis itself a story within the DC multiverse Superman Beyond also suggests that the DC superhero narrative as its essence is composed of two things first the initial build up of seemingly unbeatable evil as suggested by things like the evil monitor Dax Novu and Ultraman's speech about there being proof of evil winning at the end which also informs Darkseid's degradation and fall dragging the multiverse and space time along with him An impossible situation is presented The second would be the deus ex machina that overcomes the impossible situation the literal thought robot Superman that beats it or the sounds like a challenge to me Ultraman response Superman gives to Ultraman's speech informing the deus ex machina at the end in the form of an actual machine granting wishes along with all the heroes being summonedI feel like these threads possibly lead to the interpretation that Morrison included the aforementioned plot flaws intentionally in order to accentuate any metafictional takeaway he might be suggesting in Superman Beyond It certainly has support in the text than Darius's suggested interpretation that Morrison was going for ambiance over narrative coherenceSure my suggested interpretation if even correct at all might be hacky on Morrison's part It might represent a fundamental misunderstanding of postmodernism's role in storytelling or it might show that poorly telegraphed highbrow concepts drag entire stories down It might be a poor excuse for the presence of gaping plot holes However my point is that I would have preferred if a criticism of Morrison's work is directed at this level of interpretation instead of just the surface reading Darius offersI wish that Darius would have first offered the very best attempts at interpreting what Morrison was trying to do based on textual evidence allowing readers to understand as much as possible and only then offer up criticisms of the work At the very least if a coherent interpretation is not possible it would allow the reader to understand that this work simply defies any proper understanding As it stands however his analysis of Final Crisis just feels lackingAgain this section on Final Crisis is my only complaint with the book which is otherwise a very informative look at the DC Universe

Classics on Infinite EarthsS the Justice Society then beginning in 1960 as the Justice League and finally beginning in 1985 in universe wide crossovers Shared super hero universes achieved widespread attention in the wake of Marvel’s movies but DC’s been paving the way since 1940 A decade in the making CLASSICS ON INFINITE EARTHS t. In this book Julian Darius touches on the main Justice League runs and publications together with the intra DC universe crossovers published by DC Comics All these publications Darius argues culminates in a DC Universe canonThe book is structured into sections explaining analysing and reviewing each work Darius also lists the best works from the DC Universe canon dedicating discussion space to such worksThis book is brilliant and informative Darius introduces highly useful hermeneutical terms like revisionism and reconstructionism with which readers can better understand and appreciate the works involved For example even having read it multiple times I never would have understood what Infinite Crisis was trying to achieve until I read Darius's explanation of the work's interaction with historical contextDarius also uses this analysis to better understand works that have been controversial amongst the fans such as Identity Crisis It convincingly presents the argument that Identity Crisis has a lot of merit in establishing its controversial plot points as opposed to fan criticism that they went against character or established canonThe book is also highly readable Darius provides not just plot breakdowns and hermeneutics he also discusses the behind the scenes elements like editorial mandates fan backlash sales reception and so on that inform certain plot decisions All this ultimately contributes to a complete understanding of the works he examinesMy only issue with the book is the section on Grant Morrison's Final Crisis In this section Darius describes the work as a narrative mess of fascinating proportions I agree with this conclusion However I do not feel like Darius has given the analysis adeuate treatment The bulk of the analysis involves Darius weaving his explanation of the plot with rhetorical uestions meant to point out plot holesThe problem with this sort of assessment is that Darius's book seemed to be aimed not just at critiue but also allowing readers critical understanding of the various works it examines This is flouted in the Final Crisis section because Darius does not seem to have a solid basis of understanding from which to critiue the work nor has he convincingly stated why such a basis is not possible Most of the critiue is surface level aimed at how incomprehensible certain plots are leading the reader to wonder for themselves if the work completely defies any possible comprehensionWhile these may be inherent flaws in Final Crisis in that Morrison should have made the plotting comprehensible I feel like Darius was being uncharitable when he does not take his rhetorical uestions about the plot further and examine why these apparent plot flaws exist in the first place especially since Darius acknowledges Morrison to be a writer of some caliberI interpreted Morrison as suggesting that the structure of the plot in Final Crisis should be at least in part informed by Superman Beyond This is because the latter's exposition and narration is evidently densely packed with metaphors and symbolism about the nature of DC stories that Morrison believes to be poignant and invites the reader to unpack and Superman Beyond's involvement with metafiction is something that Darius is aware of but skimmed over In other words Morrison seems to want to use his ideas about the nature of stories hinted at in Superman Beyond to say something significant about Final Crisis itself a story As a book that seems in part meant to allow readers to understand such stories I wish Darius could have spent some discussion unpacking these two issuesFor example one possible interpretation of the narrative disjointedness in Final Crisis might be Morrison reiterating his ideas on metafiction In Superman Beyond Morrison suggests that the bleed between universes is in fact 'story' distilled into a metaphysical substance while the DC universes between the bleed are composed of actual 'crystallized' stories The race of monitors are vampires leeching on such stories draining them dry and contributing to the death of the multiverse This ostensibly has effects on Final Crisis itself a story within the DC multiverse Superman Beyond also suggests that the DC superhero narrative as its essence is composed of two things first the initial build up of seemingly unbeatable evil as suggested by things like the evil monitor Dax Novu and Ultraman's speech about there being proof of evil winning at the end which also informs Darkseid's degradation and fall dragging the multiverse and space time along with him An impossible situation is presented The second would be the deus ex machina that overcomes the impossible situation the literal thought robot Superman that beats it or the sounds like a challenge to me Ultraman response Superman gives to Ultraman's speech informing the deus ex machina at the end in the form of an actual machine granting wishes along with all the heroes being summonedI feel like these threads possibly lead to the interpretation that Morrison included the aforementioned plot flaws intentionally in order to accentuate any metafictional takeaway he might be suggesting in Superman Beyond It certainly has support in the text than Darius's suggested interpretation that Morrison was going for ambiance over narrative coherenceSure my suggested interpretation if even correct at all might be hacky on Morrison's part It might represent a fundamental misunderstanding of postmodernism's role in storytelling or it might show that poorly telegraphed highbrow concepts drag entire stories down It might be a poor excuse for the presence of gaping plot holes However my point is that I would have preferred if a criticism of Morrison's work is directed at this level of interpretation instead of just the surface reading Darius offersI wish that Darius would have first offered the very best attempts at interpreting what Morrison was trying to do based on textual evidence allowing readers to understand as much as possible and only then offer up criticisms of the work At the very least if a coherent interpretation is not possible it would allow the reader to understand that this work simply defies any proper understanding As it stands however his analysis of Final Crisis just feels lackingAgain this section on Final Crisis is my only complaint with the book which is otherwise a very informative look at the DC Universe

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Classics on Infinite Earths ´ In this series acclaimed comics scholar Dr Julian Darius argues that the DC Universe is old enough to have produced a canon of classic stories Here he analyzes this canon as it pertains to the Justice League and DC’s universe wide crossovers Since 1940 DC Comics has been bringing its heroes together first a. The author tries to set a canon for the DC universe I thinks it's a worthy goal but undone by the author's pomposity Overall I think many of his choices were correct but for the wrong reasons review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ò Julian Darius

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