In the beginning, there was only one...a single black infinitude. Then the infinitude found release, and finally, the darkness broke, filling it with life. With the Multiverse. Every existence multiplied by possibility, and spread out before space and time in infinite measure. Civilizations rose and fell, and rose again to cross realities grasping expanse. Life, a precious gift persevering in the face of every obstacle, until finally, the age of heroes was born.
Chaos, the constant enemy of life, kept at bay by champions from across the Multiverse.
Joining forces to fight on behalf of all creation, they found each other just in time. Because now, the entire Multiverse is about to come under attack.
Earth – 89; Gotham City
In Gotham City, a man sat quietly on a bench reading the Gotham Gazette with the headline of the day: Batman captures Joker. Suddenly the sky suddenly turned red. Taken aback, Alexander Knox saw the ominous red sky, and saw Batman's signal above the city buildings.
There is a malevolent force at work, one driven by a singular goal…
"I hope you're watching, big guy!"exclaimed the frightened old man.
Earth – 9; San Francisco
…The destruction of all there is…
In the city of San Francisco, the young team of the Titans observed with fear the sky turned mysteriously red, before being engulfed by a gigantic wave of energy.
Earth – X;
On Earth once ruled by the Nazis, Ray Terrill flew through the red sky before being swept away by a gigantic wave of energy.
…I have planned. There are those who say I have schemed…
Earth – 66; Gotham city
…But the time for preparation has passed. The Crisis is now upon us all…
Dick Grayson, once known in his youth as Robin, was walking his dog down the street and enjoying a nice day, when the sky suddenly turned red. The old man stared at the stunned sky before screaming in horror:
"Holy crimson skies of death!"
Earth of the Avengers; New York, Greenwich Village
A stately mansion adorned Bleecker Street in New York's Greenwich Village. To unsuspecting passers-by, this was an old Victorian building. But to a few, it was known by its actual name: the Sanctum Sanctorum, home to the Master of the Mystic Arts: Doctor Stephen Strange.
As he meditated in a room, the sky turned red. Strange jumped up from his chair and looked outside from the window. His companion Wong came running up to him.
"What's happening?" Wong demanded.
Very calmly, Stephen Strange continued to observe the reddish skies before retorting:
"A Crisis is coming…"
T'Challa, the Wakandan king, was training with the performance of his new Black Panther suit. He used the abilities that his outfit gave him. When suddenly, the sky turned red. The king ceased his training, and ran to the balcony of his palace. He could see all of Wakanda plunged into a red sky. The townspeople were starting to panic.
Startled, T'Challa stared at the sky not knowing what to do. Then his sister ran to him, her eyes scared.
"The sky has turned red!" she said.
"I can see that, Shuri," Black Panther replied, dumbfounded. "What is it?"
"I've no idea, brother! This is the first time that I see this!"
Then Okoye, head of the Wakandan army and responsible for security and intelligence, rushed to join her king.
"Kumkani, the sky is red and the inhabitants are afraid! What do we do?"
But T'Challa watched his country plunged into unprecedented terror, not knowing what to do. Then he remembered the Monitor's visit a year ago.
Since the Monitor's visit, Clint Barton had been training archery to be prepared for battle, the day the mysterious Crisis would arrive. As he had just fired an arrow right on the bull's-eye, the sky turned red above his head.
The archer looked up at the sky, stunned and horrified.
His wife Laura ran up to him.
"Clint, what's going on? Do you see the sky?"
"I see that, honey." Clint whispered calmly, despite great fear.
"This is the Crisis!"
The young Spider-Man had just dropped off some bank robbers at a police station, when the sky turned red above his head.
Spider-Man looked at the sky. The white eyes of his mask widened in amazement.
"Holy shit! What the heck is that? This is Thanos, again? What the f..."
CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS