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Jon Walker

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little kon-el

Subj: We had Infinity Inc. before we had Crisis (lt)
Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 08:19:32 am EST
Reply Subj: The Legacy of Crisis on the Infinite Earths? A meditation on JSA Legacies... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 09:16:49 pm EST (Viewed 4 times)

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The conversation below made me think that the only thing that Crisis on the Infinite Earths gave us was the notion of legacies. Before Crisis, most of the heroes were their own men. Barry Allen read comics, but he didn't really take on the GA Flash's legacy...he took a name from what he thought was a fictional character. It would be like Batman taking on the name Sherlock Holmes because he admired the character.

What Crisis gave us was the notion of legacies. And the years and years later, we seem to be utilizing legacies more and more.

When we one world, it made sense to create character legacies. But now, that we may have multiple worlds...is there a need for legacy characters?

- little kon-el

> The conversation below made me think that the only thing that Crisis on the Infinite Earths gave us was the notion of legacies. Before Crisis, most of the heroes were their own men. Barry Allen read comics, but he didn't really take on the GA Flash's legacy...he took a name from what he thought was a fictional character. It would be like Batman taking on the name Sherlock Holmes because he admired the character.
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Granted, the first members of II weren't actual legacies in name, but they were the next generation of the original heroes - carrying on the legacy of superheroes. Of course, that was because most of those original heroes were still active on Earth 2 so there was no need to have a legacy for the character have the same name.

Unlike their Earth 1 counterparts, the Earth 2 heroes were allowed to age, marry, have children, and at least semi-retire. Because of that, there would be the opportunity for and the eventual need for legacy heroes. Without that factor, I doubt if there would be near the number of legacy heroes that there are today.

Jon


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