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Here’s one from the dusty longboxes. I’m sure all of you, even new fans, are aware of the pivotal Crisis on Infinite Earths. Due to the relatively recent trade releases, you may have also read the excellent Justice League International volumes.

In between that ongoing series (and during the Post-Crisis revamps of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, along with the rest of the DCU) the miniseries/event Legends helped bridge the multiverse into the new ongoing status quo. Staring Darkseid and a bevy of DCU heroes, the event set the foundations for a world with a JLI.

The 6 issue mini is available in a trade paperback, but you’ll have to follow in floppies to get all the crossovers. Luckily, Wikipedia has this list (along with some more tasty info!), apparently released by DC Comics at the time of the event:

Chapter 1 Cross-over: Batman #401 (November 1986): “A Bird in the Hand…”
Chapter 2 Cross-over: Detective Comics #568 (November 1986): “Eyrie”
Legends #1 (November 1986): “Once Upon A Time…!”
Chapter 3 Cross-over: Green Lantern Corps vol. 1, #207 (December 1986): “Simple Minds”
Legends #2 (December 1986): “Breach of Faith!”
Chapter 4 Spin-off: Cosmic Boy #1 (December 1986): “Those Who Will Not Learn the Lessons of History…”
Chapter 5 Cross-over: Justice League of America #258 (January 1987): “The End of the Justice League of America: Saving Face”
Chapter 6 Spin-off: Secret Origins vol. 2, #10 (January 1987): “The Phantom Stranger”
Chapter 7 Cross-over: The Fury of Firestorm #55 (January 1987): “The Stench of Brimstone”
Legends #3 (January 1987): “Send For… the Suicide Squad!”
Chapter 8 Spin-off: Cosmic Boy #2 (January 1987): “Is History Destiny?”
Chapter 9 Cross-over: Justice League of America #259 (February 1987): “The End of the Justice League of America: Homecoming”
Chapter 10 Cross-over: The Fury of Firestorm #56 (February 1987): “Firestorm No More”
Chapter 11 Cross-over: Blue Beetle vol. 6, #9 (February 1987): “Timepiece!”
Legends #4 (February 1987): “Cry Havoc…!”
Chapter 12 Cross-over: Warlord vol. 1, #114 (February 1987): “When A Legend Dies”
Chapter 13 Spin-off: Cosmic Boy #3 (February 1987): “Past, Present… and Future”
Chapter 14 Cross-over: Justice League of America #260 (March 1987): “The End of the Justice League of America: Flesh”
Chapter 15 Cross-over: Blue Beetle vol. 6, #10 (March 1987): “Time on His Hands”
Chapter 16 Cross-over: Warlord vol. 1, #115 (March 1987): “The Citadel of Fear”
Chapter 17 Cross-over: Superman vol. 2, #3 (March 1987): “Legends From the Darkside”
Chapter 18 Cross-over: Adventures of Superman #426 (March 1987): “From the Dregs”
Chapter 19 Cross-over: Action Comics #586 (March 1987): “The Champion!”
Legends #5 (March 1987): “Let Slip the Dogs of War”
Chapter 20 Spin-off: Cosmic Boy #4 (March 1987): “Time Without End”
Chapter 21 Cross-over: Justice League of America #261 (April 1987): “The End of the Justice League of America: Last Stand”
Legends #6 (April 1987): “Finale!”
Chapter 22 Spin-off: Secret Origins vol. 2, #14 (May 1987): “The Secret Origin of the Suicide Squad”

It’s a nice little stack – perhaps for a long Saturday in a comfy chair. I’m not sure if it’s really the epic of the century (especially coming right after CoIE!) but it’s a bit of history and a fun read.

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