What makes the best comic book covers? It is a great topic for debate. For us, as individuals, there is no wrong answer, of course; it is purely subjective. But, with a little thought it’s possible to explain what it is about a particular image that grabs you. The best images are the ones that make you stop and check out something you weren’t previously planning to purchase – and in some cases, you even end up picking up a title you’ve never even heard of before.

When Marv Wolfman and George Pérez unleashed their epic DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths for DC Comics in 1985, no one could have imagined there would be a sequel living up to the original, if not surpassing it in so many aspects. That can be said for Geoff Johns and Phil Jimenez’s Infinite Crisis, which enthralled readers from the first page when it hit comic book stands in 2005.

Although readers were treated to an amazing story between Infinite Crisis #2’s covers by the before-mentioned superstar creators, the issue’s jewel was really the cover that featured Earth-2’s Supergirl iteration, Power Girl, as she witnessed firsthand events happening in various times and places throughout the original superhero comic book cosmos during this sophomore universe-shattering event.

Among the comic book moments pictured are the launching of both Kal-L and Kal-El’s rocketing from their respective Planet Kryptons, The Monitor and Harbinger surveying the horrendous happenings of the original Crisis, the moments before the initial meeting of the Golden and Silver Age Flashes, the alien predator Doomsday delivering his devastating final blow to Superman, Hal Jordan transforming from the premier member of the heroic Green Lantern Corps into the villainous Parallax, and much more.

A thrill to read page after page, this book also has one heck of a cover from perhaps the industry’s most talented illustrators. Many still miss him today; don’t miss out on one his outstanding masterworks.

-Scott Braden