Thank you, guys. I started off by writing about how the Electric Warrior, 'Mazing Man, and Elvira were all standing closer to the front lines than Star Trek or "V" and pondering what their involvement in Crisis would have entailed. Where were the Lords of the Ultra Realm while all of this was going on?
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I found steering into the topic directly a great deal more satisfying than noodling about the edges of it.
One thing that did occur to me in the first draft however was that Angel Love, the teen-romance style character whose world included cocaine and a fatal illness for her mother, only started up around the time of Legends, making her an exclusively Post-Crisis concept. What was the Pre-Crisis Angel Love's world like, I wonder? :-)
In any case, it was more fun just to write Star Trek.
As for what Wolfman had in mind with the two Monitors, I look back on Crisis as purely seat-of-the-pants plotting. The Monitor and his assistant were originally presented as a henchmen-and-assassins-for-hire concept, a gruff urban-speaking wiseacre sitting in the shadows with a full head of hair and a blonde piece of fluff secretary. One of the first character re-imaginings of Crisis was the Monitor himself.
That doesn't read like a misdirect. It reads like, "Oh, y'know who I already have with a gigantic database and a space satellite?" I suspect the Monitor may have been cooked up for the History of the DC Universe project rather than Crisis and would have played a different role had the series gone in that direction instead.
The entire DC line then goes on to assemble the perfect task force to battle the menace of the Anti-Monitor, something Marvel's Contest of Champions did in one page, twice, but Secret Wars took its sweet time with. As Cinema Sins once said, "Bloaters gotta bloat."
Wolfman's crack team of carefully selected representatives from different settings and eras in DC continuity go on one mission, fail, and are thereafter subsumed into the larger community of endless crowd scenes. I'm willing to grant that the team-building and recruitment sequences may have all been a misdirect, but it would nevertheless have been nice if Firebrand, Solovar, and company had had something to do with what went on later, pitching in at the end somehow, so as not have made their assemblage a complete waste of everyone's time and comics-buying dollar.
Then the entire multiverse is destroyed, fades to white (giving Perez and his inker a much-needed blank page in the middle of the action) and... resets itself. Later, the worst possible thing that could happen happens again and the entire multiverse fades to white... and resets itself. I seem to recall everything going to a black page at one point as well, but it has been a while since I read the thing. The events all seem pretty ad hoc and on-the-fly, especially given that the ending was changed by DC editorial to ensure that all of the heroes, yes, even B'Wana Beast, Ultra the Multi-Alien*, and the Human Cannonball, were there at the beginnings of the Multiverse and so remembered everything about their Pre-Crisis existences...
To what end? Why? Because very quickly it becomes clear that, ultimately, they don't. Yes, Superman and a few of the others have some lag time before their realities are summarily excised and rewritten from scratch, but why did the entire story have to shoehorn this "crucial" bit on nonsense into the mix when nothing was going to be done with it?
Was it because DC had nothing idling in the garage at the point Crisis ended? As written, Man of Steel's first appearance should have been Crisis #11, but since Man of Steel wasn't in the offing yet, did DC editorial suddenly screech to a halt on the idea of Crisis rebooting their line, and say, "Wait! Wait! Don't wipe their memories yet! We still need them for a few months!"
If "The Alternative Factor's" basic premise of one man from our universe and one man from a universe of anti-matter did somehow influence Wolfman's conception of Crisis, I'm surprised it finally made it onto the page. Everything else from that series looks like guesswork held together with spit and bailing wire.
* Hey, wait... Multi-Verse... Multi-Alien... Is Grant Morrison still working for DC? We have got to jump on this!!
** With Batman and Wonder Woman once again lagging behind and the yellow oval playing a role in confusing readers as to who was who and when.