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My First Introduction to the DC Universe

December 09, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

I have this old comic book. From the date of its publication up to this date, this is about 25 years old. This book introduced me to the wonderful world that is the DC Universe.

HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (BOOK TWO) by WOLFMAN & PEREZ. I never had the Book One of this and probably will not. Nevertheless, this book is full of characters, histories, and stories that I consider to be timeless.

This events in this book were told and chronicled by Harbinger, a once lonely young girl at sea rescued by the alien known as the Monitor. The Monitor had been around for thousands and thousands of years observing and recording great moments and observing those with special powers as well as those who have not but still made their mark throughout history.

In this book, I have first read about the Justice Society of America. For those who follow DC history, the Justice Society of America (JSA) were the predecessors of the Justice League of America (JLA) or simply Justice League. But back then I had no idea who are they (JSA). I thought they were just some old costumed superheroes given a story for the purpose of having a background for current superheroes. Never really know that DC had a rich history of being with super powers.

Of course, the origins of DC's greatest superheroes were told here. Superman, Batman, Aquaman. I thought they were the big three then. Of course, a panel of a page was dedicated to my favorite superhero: the Green Lantern.

Other superheroes had their fair share of exposure in this book: the Flash, the Atom, Hawkman and Hawkwoman, Captain Atom, Green Arrow, Blue Beetle.

These superheroes then banded together to fight evil on Earth and throughout the stars, thus the formation of the Justice League of America. Other super teams that were mentioned here were the Teen Titans, Metal Men, Suicide Squad, Secret Six, Doom Patrol, Outsiders, and Global Guardians. All these great individuals and their respective groups makes up this great world we all know as the DC Universe.

Among the many events these super powered individuals had been to, the most significant one that was chronicled in this one is the 'Crisis on Infinite Worlds'. Probably the greatest Crisis ever in the DC Universe. Storylines were altered, changed, and merged. Others made their sacrifice. One of them is the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen.

Since this book had been published 25 years ago, it had not yet chronicled other major events and crisis that had happened in the DC timeline. Plus with the introduction now of DC's 'The New 52' were almost every storylines had been rebooted, this book probably does not bear any importance in the DC continuum. Still, I believe that is is important to learn from the past to better understand the now. This is a book rich with history that made the DC Universe what it is today.

This article is originally posted in my blog, green blogger's site. This is my personal blog where I post my personal Green Lantern collections as well as other related Green Lantern articles.

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