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Crisis Is Coming: Suit Up for the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths Superhero Crossover with These 5 Books

by  | December 6

If you’ve watched the CW at any time in the last month or so, you may have heard…there’s a crisis afoot! Each television season for the last few years, the superhero shows of the Arrowverse have come together for a massive crossover where our favorite characters work in tandem (and on each other’s shows) to fight an Evil that threatens all of their worlds. Historically, the crossover event included Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow (except last year and no, they’re not bitter). While the same shows will be participating in this year’s crossover, we’re also going to be treated to the addition of Batwoman and Cress Williams’s Black Lightning as he joins the fight for the first time.

A defining characteristic of the Arrowverse is that it takes place in an expansive multiverse spanning several versions of what we know as Earth. A character who goes by the name of the Monitor has recruited Oliver Queen (the Green Arrow) to help him warn the multiverse about the impending crisis, and has also brought back the body of Lex Luthor. Meanwhile in the world of The Flash, Barry and Iris are dealing with the reality that in order to save billions of people, the Flash has to die. At the same time, on Earth-2, Oliver witnesses the destruction of that planet, and in the year 2040, William Clayton, Connor Hawke, and Mia Smoak (yes, daughter of Oliver and Felicity) must time-travel back to the present.

The five-part crossover event starts this Sunday, December 8, and continues into January when Legends of Tomorrow returns. If you’re looking for books that embody the timey-wimey and multiverse spirit of the crossover, here are five such titles to get you ready!

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch

One of my biggest fears in life is that the reality I’m experiencing isn’t my actual reality. That’s what happens to Jason Dessen in Dark Matter. As he walks home one night, he’s kidnapped and injected with some kind of drug. When he wakes up, he’s in a world that seems like his, except everything he knows to be true, is the opposite. His house isn’t his house, his wife isn’t his wife, and his son was never born. We follow Jason on his journey to figure out where he is, who he is, and if he gets back to the family he loves. Much like the shows in the crossover, Dark Matter is a mind-bending and time-altering ride from start to finish.

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System Failure

System Failure

by Joe Zieja

There is a war spreading throughout the galaxy, which, honestly, sounds a lot like a crisis. System Failure is the third book in Joe Zieja’s Epic Failure trilogy, and it all comes to a hilarious head as the people of Thelicosa and Merida try to figure out who wants this war. This series is perfect for fans of Legends of Tomorrow because of its combination of sci-fi and humor.

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This Is How You Lose the Time War

This Is How You Lose the Time War

by Amal El-Mohtar

Time travel? Check. Rival agents? Check. Enemies to lovers? Check. This Is How You Lose the Time War has all the elements of an angsty cross-world romance, with the thrills you expect from science fiction. Red and Blue belong to rival agencies and have nothing in common except for the fact that they’re each the best at what they do and they’re both determined to win the war. If the time and space elements along with the romance of the Arrowverse are your jam, definitely check this one out.

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Ancestral Night

Ancestral Night

by Elizabeth Bear

During a routine salvage mission, Haimey Dz and her crew discover evidence of a crime and relics of an ancient technology. They soon find themselves on the run and armed with information that will shake the universe as they know it. Haimey’s world isn’t what she’s grown to believe it is, and this epic space opera, the first in a trilogy, follows her on the path to save everything that matters to her.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths

by Marv Wolfman and George Perez

And finally, the source material that started it all. Originally published in 1985, Crisis on Infinite Earths is regarded as the first DC Comics crossover that truly altered the universe. Crisis was a 12-issue series that centered on a mysterious force powerful enough to wipe out billions of people across alternate worlds. It rocked the comics community when it was published, and I can only imagine how the CW’s version will do the same.

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Nicole Sam contains multitudes. She is a huge fan of graphic novels, SFF stories, and reality TV. When she isn’t at the office, you can find her attending cons around the country to experience her favorite fandoms IRL.