Synopsis: DC’s mega-event “Infinite Crisis” saw the destruction of the Trinity, the rise of Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, and the rebirth of the Multiverse…but it all started with Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, who saw it all coming and died with secrets that could’ve saved the world. But…things happened differently in the Dark Multiverse! Not only does Blue Beetle survive- he thrives! And after killing Maxwell Lord himself, Ted sets off a chain of events that irreversibly alters the lives of the Justice League and his best friend, Booster Gold.
Review: This single comic might make for a good read once we have seen the Crisis storyline completely played out in the television shows. It’s a really dark twist as we see Blue Beetle go down a very slippery path as he gradually loses touch with his sense of morality.
Set in the dark multiverse. This issue starts with a recap on what happened during the original Infinite Crisis and how the end result ultimately caused more issues than it actually solved. At least that is according to the cold calculations of a super sentient computer that has been developed by Maxwell Lord, but when Blue Beetle kills Lord he winds up forming a bond with the supercomputer and over time he becomes convinced that he is the only person that can make the right moral choices.
Despite their best efforts. The Justice League, who the computer believes to be the cause of many of the crises that have been happening across the multiverse are not able to stop Blue Beetle. Even his best friend Booster Gold is unable to get through to him due to the computer and nanites having such control over his will and decision making processes.
Aaron Lopresti provides some beautiful art as we get to see multiple versions of Superman, Superboy, and countless other heroes. I really enjoyed seeing Kal L and his Lois Lane as older versions of the characters we have become used too.
The panels where Blue Beetle attacks the Justice League with Nanites are absolutely stunning and convey the moment of fear and uncertainty wonderfully on the faces of the JLA as the gradually become assimilated by the computer nanite virus that Blue Beetle has unleashed.
James Tynion IV gives us a really cool story here. Reading how Ted Kord aka Blue Beetle slowly loses his sense of humanity and morality to the computer nanites that have merged with him was an intriguing journey. I felt the heartbreak when the computer virus inadvertently kills Booster Gold in order to protect its host. The Blue Beetle. This is a story full of very difficult and trying moments.