Obviously, things aren't going as planned right now, but before the torches and pitchforks come out...these two issues aren't bad at all. Besides the introduction of Howard The Duck, this is the strongest of Gerber's "Crisis" style stories thus far. It seems pretty obvious what the comparisons are-the opening pages of Fear aren't that far removed from the Multiverse Mash-Ups that DC had started playing with in the early 60's JLA books, and, if you just tweaked the on-frame characters, you'd have something that wouldn't be out of place in 1985's Crisis On Infinite Earths. Although I'm not the best of comics scholars, I'm going to assume that the barbarian hordes here are some kind of Conan stand-ins, and while the GI's they're fighting could have come from any war comic, I'd guess that Gerber had something more specific in mind. (From what Noah and I have read so far, most of these stories include some kind of veiled reference points.) And while some portions of these two issues do falter a bit as they work to move through a somewhat "all-in" approach to plotting, the moments of crazy inspiration are pretty successful. For instance, when a jar of peanut butter becomes a jar of man.You can't fault Gerber's explanation for what's going on either--sure, it's a little cloying that corporate greed and environmental negligence has resulted in a "catastrophe" that might result in the collapse of existence due to what happens when "alternate universes collide"--but honestly, none of those types of dialog have ever worked, regardless of writer. Crisis On Infinite Earths wasn't tense or upsetting because a bunch of random no-name Earths might be destroyed, making it impossible for Superman to date himself, it was tense and upsetting because specific characters that people liked might be destroyed. Nobody cares about the physics of apocalypse, the alternate realities of milkmen, and nobody gives a shit if the fake Batman from Earth-19 dies. But again, around the time that all that overcooked explanation starts to wear--in walks Howard.