In the 10th century, a threat emerged in the north known as the frost king. A cryokinetic Norseman who began covering the earth in a deadly winter. The justice league wasn’t around at this time, but there were still heroes to stop the threat. Hippolyta, Swamp Thing, Viking Prince, and a freed Black adam fought and defeated the frost king. Now, after a series of fortuitous events unfold in Greenland, the frost king is freed and even stronger than before. But this time he is met with the justice league and the battle to stop an endless winter ensues.
Calling this an “event” isn’t the best way to describe this. Events are major and reshape the status quo. Endless Winter is, at its core, a true crossover. It’s what a crossover should be, more importantly. Ron Marz and Andy Lanning wrote this and it shows. Both have experience writing crossovers, big events, and for some of the big leaguers. So the core cast is handled phenomenally.
No one really acts out of character, and this plays to the story’s strength. When it got interesting for me was when the crossover focused on the side characters like Black Adam, some of the villains, and even the Teen Titans. While none of them are the focus of the story, it shows how connected this world is and how well Ron and Andy know this world because they manage to weave a cohesive story that flows from perspective to perspective.
This kind of storytelling is only really possible when you know the characters as well as they do.
There are a lot of fine artists on this crossover as well. Howard Porter, Clayton Henry, Miguel Mendonca, Phil Hester, Jesus Merino, Amancay Nahuelpan, Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci, Xermanico, and Carmine Di Giandomenico all bring their A-game to this crossover. Like Ron and Andy, these talented artists have worked with most of the characters featured, so they know how to properly express them in action and emotion. Each style of distinct and carries the perspective switch. The best part about this artwork is that it’s consistent too. The flashbacks are always in the same style, but when we go to the current day we’re greeted with a new art style. The action sequences are bold but distinctive. You don’t get lost in what happening and you can look around the page and see what every character is doing.
Endless winter is exactly what a comics crossover event should be. There is zero fat on this story, despite all the characters in play and how it spans eight separate titles. It’s a great way to close the year for DC and is a great adventure that illustrates how everyone exists in this same world, but in their own way. I highly recommend you read this if you like big action, strong characters, and great art.