DC Day Explained: Why Wonder Woman Beats Supergirl Any Day!

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In 'Supergirl' (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth.
In ‘Supergirl’ (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth. Photo/DC Comics

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IN THE NEW 52, WONDER WOMAN AND SUPERGIRL ARE EVENLY MATCHED IN STRENGTH AND SPEED

In ‘Supergirl’ (2013) #17, Wonder Woman and Superman attack H’el’s Star Chamber at the location of the Fortress of Solitude. In reality, H’el intends to time travel to the past in order to prevent the destruction of Krypton, in effect, creating a Big Bang. During the battle, Wonder Woman fights Supergirl. Though Wonder Woman admires Supergirl’s bravery she has no sympathy for her misguided grief.

Though, it appears both fighters are evenly matched in strength and speed. As Wonder Woman manages to tie Supergirl in the Lasso Of Truth, she states the difference-maker is experience or perhaps, fighting-skill. In some ways, this is true. However, Supergirl has been stated to be stronger than Superman Post-Crisis. How does this work?

In 'Supergirl' (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth.
In ‘Supergirl’ (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth. Photo/DC Comics

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POST-CRISIS, SUPERGIRL HAS BEEN STATED TO BE MORE POWERFUL THAN SUPERMAN

In ‘Superman/Batman: The Supergirl From Krypton’, Supergirl arrives on Earth in a pod. Her arrival immediately creates conflicts within the superhero community, notably with Batman and Wonder Woman. The Trinity is at odds with Kara: Superman trusts her and wants her to experience Earth culture, Batman sees her as a potential threat and Wonder Woman wants to train her in case of a war. Unfortunately, things go awry and Kara is captured from Themyscira and brought to Apokoolips by Darkseid.

The Trinity prepares a mission to rescue Kara from Apokolips. But it may already be too late for the Kryptonian teenager who was brainwashed by Darkseid and his minions. Superman is forced to fight Kara. During the battle, Superman notes that Kara may be stronger than him. This does not prevent him from winning the fight by using a lead-lined Kryptonite ring. There have been other instances where Supergirl has been stated to be more powerful than Superman.

 

In 'Superman/Batman' (2004) #12, Superman states Supergirl may be more powerful than him.
In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #12, Superman states Supergirl may be more powerful than him. AP Photo/DC Comics

During “Supergirl: Girl Power,” Lex Luthor used Black Kryptonite to split Supergirl into two: Good Supergirl and Evil Supergirl. During the storyline, Supergirl fights Superman again.

During the fight, she reiterates the statement that the superhero community thinks Supergirl is more powerful than Superman. But Superman counters that she should not believe everything she hears. However, it has been explained that the reason is because Supergirl does not know how to hold back.

In 'Supergirl' (2006) #5, Superman reveals he is stronger than Supergirl.
In ‘Supergirl’ (2006) #5, Superman reveals he is stronger than Supergirl. AP Photo/DC Comics.

POST-CRISIS, SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN ARE EVENLY MATCHED

IN POST-CRISIS AND NEW 52, SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN CAN DEFEAT SUPERGIRL

In the New 52, Superman is portrayed as stronger than Supergirl. During the “H’el On Earth” storyline, Superman takes on H’el in the Star Chamber for the second time. In their first encounter, H’el dominated Superman all across the board. In their second encounter, Superman no longer holds back. By delivering devastating punches, Superman gains the upper hand on H’el.

It appears that in the New 52, Superman is stronger than Wonder Woman and Supergirl. On the other hand, Wonder Woman manages to keep up with Superman due to her experience. At the same time, Wonder Woman managed to defeat Supergirl because of her experience and perhaps, because Supergirl in the New 52 does not hold back also. In any incarnation since Post-Crisis, Wonder Woman has the advantage.

In 'Superman' (2013) #17, Superman delivers a devastating punch on H'el.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #17, Superman delivers a devastating punch on H’el. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Supergirl Vol 6 17 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Vol 1 12 in DC Database.
Supergirl Vol 5 5 in DC Database.
Countdown to Infinite Crisis Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman: H’el on Earth in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 17 in DC Database.

DC Day: In A Banging Crossover, The JLA And WildC.A.T.s. Team-Up Against A Time Lord

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In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics.
Official Name

JLA/WildC.A.T.s.

Heroes

JLA, WildC.A.T.s.

Villains

Epoch, Seven Deadly Sins

Creators

Grant Morrison, Val Semeiks

TEAM-UPS

THE JLA ARE BATTLING EPOCH ACROSS TIME WITH HIS CHRONO-CUBE

In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. crossover for the first time. The issue begins with Kid Flash – Wally West, who is to become the Flash – meeting Epoch for the first time. Kid Flash attempts to combust Epoch’s feet by vibrating the air molecules with his fingers. However, Epoch’s armor is 41st century technology.

When Epoch is about to kill Kid Flash, the JLA shows up. Flash wrests all the projectiles at superspeed. Epoch comments that the team has taken control of his Chrono-Cube. Claiming to be a 4D man, Epoch reaches billions of years into the future, and hits Superman with red solar energy. Being a being of pure energy now, Superman survives the attack unscathed. Epoch disappears vowing to destroy the superheroes’ ancestors in the past.

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), in 65,000,000 B.C., Epoch encounters a soliton that enhances his suit and allows him to use the Chrono Cube as a power source.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), in 65,000,000 B.C., Epoch encounters a soliton that enhances his suit and allows him to use the Chrono-Cube as a power source. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The JLA battle Epoch across the timestream. In 14,000 B.C., Green Lantern saves a distant relative from Epoch. When Flash attempts to reach him, Epoch says his advanced technology makes him slow down to a crawl. In 65,000,000 B.C., at the time of the dinosaurs’ extinction, Epoch encounters a soliton that enhances his armor and enables him to steal the Chrono-Cube as power source.

The JLA end up in 33 AD. Meanwhile, Superman and Green Lantern scan the Earth for the power source and discover it buried in limestone. Then, the JLA activate the drive mechanism with Green Lantern’s power ring focusing all their willpower. They end up transported to the Wildstorm Universe.

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), in 33 A.D., the JLA use Green Lantern's power ring to focus their willpower to power the drive mechanism.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), in 33 A.D., the JLA use Green Lantern’s power ring to focus their willpower to power the drive mechanism. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN THEIR FIRST CROSSOVER, THE JLA AND WILDC.A.T.s. BRAWL

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. brawl in their first crossover.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. brawl in their first crossover.

TEAM-UP OF THE ’90s DECADE: JLA/WILDC.A.T.s. vs THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Eventually, Superman and Mister Majestic are able to settle their differences. The JLA/WildC.A.T.s. teams-up to dispatch the Seven Deadly Sins that had been destroying the Wildstorm Universe. During the battle, Mister Majestic agrees with Void to help return the Justice League home otherwise both universes will be destroyed.

Void takes Green Lantern into voidspace. There, she determines Epoch’s dark nova cracked time “into two parallel waves; two separate histories were created.”1 Void explains the JLA’s technology brought them to the wrong time: to the WildC.A.T.s.’ 1997. In order for the entities in voidspace to help, Green Lantern must teach them how to create light constructs. Using her technology, Void is able “to punch a hole through voidspace. A bridge.”1

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN A FINAL BATTLE, THE JLA AND WILDC.A.T.s. TAKE DOWN EPOCH’S OMEGA ATTRACTOR WITH THE CHRONO-CUBE

The JLA and WildC.A.T.s. travel back to the DC Universe. There, the JLA find out they have been away for five days. The heroes find Epoch has merged with the Omega Attractor, a living computer and bomb from the 68th century. With the Omega Attractor, Epoch has access to weapons across centuries. He uses it to deploy weapons to enslave the world and imprison superheroes on the moon. His plan is to turn Earth “into a vast time-traveling time engine powered by its human slave population.”

The JLA and WildC.A.T.s. team-up to take down Epoch’s citadel. Superman tells Maul his plan. He tells Maul to grow large enough to take down the citadel. In fact, to account for Maul’s mindlessness, a burst of electricity to the right motor neurons should return Maul to his normal size within 30 seconds. Maul succeeds. Since the WildC.A.T.s. are not in Epoch’s database, Superman sends them to take him down. Meanwhile, the JLA are working on the Chrono-Cube. Eventually, Epoch is defeated. The JLA program the Chrono-Cube to create a temporal prison cell around Epoch. Finally, the WildC.A.T.s. return home.

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), Maul destroys Epoch's citadel in 30 seconds.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), Maul destroys Epoch’s citadel in 30 seconds.

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THE ‘JLA/WILDC.A.T.s.’ CROSSOVER CONCLUDES WITH A BANG AS EPOCH’S OMEGA ATTRACTOR EXPLODES

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), Epoch's Omega Attractor explodes.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), Epoch’s Omega Attractor explodes. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

JLA/WildC.A.T.s in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. JLA/WildC.A.T.s.

DC Day: During The Terrible Darkseid War, The Members Of The Justice League Replace The New Gods, Plunging The Heroes In A New Darkness

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In "Darkseid War" (2015),
In “Justice League: Darkseid War” (2015), Anti-Monitor and Darkseid are battling faster than sound can reach Wonder Woman’s ears. AP Photo/DC Comics
Official Name

Darkseid War

Universe

Prime Earth

Heroes

Justice League

Villains

Darkseid, Anti-Monitor, Grail

Creators

Geoff Johns

COSMIC HIERARCHY

ON THEMYSCIRA, GRAIL’S BIRTH FORESHADOWS THE DARKSEID WAR

The Prologue to the Darkseid War is on Themyscira. The Amazons were created by Zeus to bring peace to mankind. After defeating Hercules and his army, the Amazons retreated to the Paradise Island of Themyscira. On a fateful night, Diana was to be born to Queen Hippolyta.

That same night, an abomination was born: She was the daughter of Darkseid and the Amazon assassin Myrina Black. Her name was to be Grail. Menalippe was Hippolyta’s favorite oracle. At the birth of the child, she prophesied Grail would bring about a great darkness: a terrible war “between the dark God and the antiGod.” Eventually, Minalippe and Penelope were left to die by Myrina.

In "Darkseid War" (2015), Minalippe foretells the prophecy of the Darkseid War.
In “Justice League: Darkseid War” (2015), Minalippe foretells the prophecy of the Darkseid War. AP Photo/DC Comics.

GRAIL ATTACKS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE AND SUMMONS ANTI-MONITOR

The Justice League are investigating a crime scene. Strangely, they tracked it down because a Boom Tube was open there and two people are dead. Diana narrates the story and reveals the team’s dynamics: Batman and Flash are running tests on the evidence, Hal and Jessica are taking a look at the people in the complex, Shazam and Cyborg are investigating the Boom Tube. When Cyborg locates two other murders of women named “Myrina Black”, an explosion happens.

Grail teleports out of Flash’s mouth and starts tearing the Justice League apart. First, she attacks Batman in a duel then takes out Cyborg and Shazam. Grail proves to be fast, strong and able to emit eye beams.Grail has the advantage over Diana and pins her to a car. Meanwhile, the Green Lanterns intervene but are quickly taken down. Using Power Ring (Jessica Cruz), Grail creates shadows to summon the Anti-Monitor. Sinisterly, the anti-God is here!

In "Darkseid War" (2015), Grail overpowers Power Ring to create shadows to summon Anti-Monitor.
In “Justice League: Darkseid War” (2015), Grail overpowers Power Ring to create shadows to summon Anti-Monitor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ANTI-MONITOR USES THE GOD OF DEATH TO KILL DARKSEID

In 'Darkseid War', Anti-Monitor and the God of Death kill Darkseid.
In “Justice League: Darkseid War”, Anti-Monitor and the God of Death kill Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics.

WHO ARE THE NEW GODS OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE?

Grail’s plan in the Darkseid War was to create New Gods in order to gain the Anti-Life Equation. As Batman later finds out, Anti-Monitor’s origin story on Qward sentenced him to destroying the DC multiverse after every cycle of rebirth.

The punishment was because he sought the beginning… Using the Anti-Life Equation, Grail could stop the rebirth of the universe, with a final plan: Superwoman’s son. Who are the New Gods of the Justice League?

In "Justice League: Darkseid War", the New Gods of the Justice League are here.
In “Justice League: Darkseid War”, the New Gods of the Justice League are here. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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THE JUSTICE LEAGUE RECRUIT THE REMAINING CRIME SYNDICATE TO FIGHT ANTI-MONITOR

In order to stop Anti-Monitor and Grail’s Darkseid War, the Justice League have to break the Crime Syndicate out of Belle Reve. Mister Miracle finds a powerless Ultraman and Cyborg and Power Ring find a pregnant Superwoman at Level 0. Ultraman is scared that Anti-Monitor, who previously destroyed Earth 3 is going to destroy Prime Earth. At Superwoman’s cell, Power Ring is contaminated and activates her ring to become Volthoom. As Cyborg attempts to hack into the ring, he re-activates Grid.

Superwoman blasts Mister Miracle and Big Barda with her eyebeams. Then, Owlman breaks a hole in Superwoman’s cell. Onboard the Watchtower, Wonder Woman and the Justice League agree to work with the Crime Syndicate. Diana orders Superman to give Ultraman green kryptonite to recharge. As Ultraman feeds, Owlman gives the JL the codes Lex Luthor provided. The Justice League locates Anti-Monitor. Visit the conclusion of the Darkseid War if you are interested in the comic.

In "Justice League: Darkseid War", Superman and Ultraman tackle Anti-Monitor.
In “Justice League: Darkseid War”, Superman and Ultraman tackle Anti-Monitor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

Justice League: The Darkseid War in DC Database.

DC Day: During The “H’el On Earth” Storyline, Wonder Woman Bests Supergirl In Combat

DC DAY

In 'Supergirl' (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth.
In ‘Supergirl’ (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

FEAT: IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, SUPERMAN BENCH PRESSES THE EARTH FOR FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT

In 'Superman' (2012) #13, in the center of the Earth, Superman benchpresses the weight of the Earth in five days.
In ‘Superman’ (2012) #13, in the center of the Earth, Superman benchpresses the weight of the Earth in five days. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SUPERMAN, MEET H’EL!

Supergirl meets Clark at his apartment as Lois is visiting. When Lois departs, the two fly to Metropolis Centennial Park. Superman is surprised at Supergirl’s ability to speak English. She tells Superman she has made a friend who can help them restore Krypton. Immediately, H’el flies in. He introduces himself and tells Superman he was part of the space mission that would ultimately send Kal-El to Earth. However, he arrived 27 years after Kal-El.

Superman does not believe H’el and tries to convince Supergirl otherwise. At that moment, H’el teleports Superboy. Superman is shocked at H’el’s speed and at his violence. H’el tells Superman that he is going to kill Superboy, since being a clone he is considered an aberration whose species destroyed Krypton ages ago. A fight follows where H’el’s super powers outmatch Superman. Having defeated Superboy, H’el departs promising to restore Krypton with Kara’s help.

In 'Superman' (2013) #12, Superman battles H'el.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #14, Superman battles H’el. AP Photo/DC Comics.

H’EL PLANS TO DESTROY THE SOLAR SYSTEM BY A REVERSE BIG BANG TO PREVENT KRYPTON’S DESTRUCTION

After an attack by H’el, a powerful Kryptonian, Superman visits Lex Luthor in a military prison designed to specifically hold him. General Garrison initially refuses to let Superman meet Lex Luthor, but Superman convinces him. Lex Luthor is held in a containment cube defended by antimatter cannons. H’el has taken control of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and only the most intelligent mind on Earth can help him. Luthor has a scarred face which was caused by Superman. He reveals to Superman that he is aware of H’el and Superboy.

Superman asks if it is possible to go back in time in order to prevent the destruction of Krypton. Lex Luthor reveals Superman’s mind is second to his. He asks to speak with Superboy which results in an exchange about Superboy’s genetic structure. Luthor reveals it is possible by creating a reverse Big Bang that will destroy the solar system. Luthor tells Superman that the Man of Steel already guessed it, though he meant to ask whether it would have to kill H’el in order to prevent it. Superman and Superboy depart with the Man of Steel contacting the Justice League.

In 'Action Comics' (2013) #15, Lex Luthor imprisoned at a military facility, states Superman's mind is second to his.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #15, Lex Luthor imprisoned at a military facility, states Superman’s mind is second to his. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE ATTACKS, WONDER WOMAN BESTS SUPERGIRL IN COMBAT

At the location of the Fortress of Solitude, H’el prepares his Star Chamber in order to time travel to the destruction of Krypton. Wonder Woman prepares to fight Supergirl. Though Wonder Woman admires Supergirl’s bravery, she has no sympathy for her misguided grief. In the mean time, Superman fights H’el. He scolds H’el for manipulating Supergirl’s grief to his nefarious ends. At that moment, H’el punches Superman into space.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has managed to tie Supergirl in her Lasso of Truth. She comments that though they are a close match in strength and speed, experience is the difference-maker. This is significant since in Post-Crisis continuity, Supergirl has been stated to be stronger than Superman. Though, however, Superman is ranked as stronger than Wonder Woman by Checkmate. Post-Flashpoint, Wonder Woman and Supergirl are matched physically.

In 'Supergirl' (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth.
In ‘Supergirl’ (2013) #17, Wonder Woman ties up Supergirl with the Lasso of Truth. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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FOOTNOTES

Supergirl Vol 6 17 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 13 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 14 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 15 in DC Database.

DC Day: In “The Power Of Shazam,” Captain Marvel Can No Longer Say The Magic Word

DC DAY

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word. AP Photo/DC Comics

GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

HAWKMAN LEAVES THE JSA

In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, the JSA holds a meeting after the recent events. The elder members disapprove of the other members behavior during their battle with Gog and feel he should take a leave of absence.

Enraged, Hawkman vociferates he is a founding member of the JSA. He says the elders’ righteousness does not get results and decides to quit the JSA. Alan Scott tries to intervene but Flash says “Hawkman always returns.”

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Hawkman leaves the JSA.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Hawkman leaves the JSA. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BLACK ADAM FREES A RESURRECTED ISIS FROM FELIX FAUST’S SORCERY

At the Tower of Fate, Felix Faust possesses the body of Isis. He brought her back at the Tower of Fate and notices, however, that Isis’ bond with the Earth has been creating Isis flowers in order to contact Black Adam. As Felix Faust looks for the Scarab, Black Adam storms into the room. He holds Faust by the throat and threatens to rip his larynx out of it, unless he returns Isis to him.

Faust undoes the mindless spell and Isis returns to her senses. Faust looks for the Scarab but Black Adam steps on his right hand when he finds it. With the Scarab and Isis’ Amulet, Faust had been able to control Isis and dupe Black Adam. Isis orders Faust to return the Amulet, he does. Black Adam intends to take Faust’s head to his throne. But Isis goes for his lower body.

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Black Adam holds Felix Faust by the throat so that Faust may free Isis from his possession.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Black Adam holds Felix Faust by the throat so that Faust may free Isis from his possession. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ATOM SMASHER WANTS TO REJOIN THE JSA

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Atom Smasher wants to rejoin the JSA.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Atom Smasher wants to rejoin the JSA. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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BILLY BATSON CAN NO LONGER SAY THE MAGIC WORD

Black Adam and Isis travel to the Rock of Eternity. There, Black Adam fights Billy Batson while Isis uses a book of spells. She intends to find the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man that led to the murder of brother, and herself. Isis needs the power of the Rock of Eternity for her magic. Black Adam finally gains the upperhand on Billy and pins him to the ground. Speaking the magic word “Shazam,” Isis casts Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity with a lightning bolt. Billy Batson wakes up on the street of Fawcett City. He attempts to say the magic word “Shazam” but nothing happens.

At the Bromfield residence, Billy summons Freddy Freeman, the current Captain Marvel. However, it is the JSA that answers his summons. They say they received a distress signal from Captain Marvel from the location. Wildcat wants to interrogate Billy with a beating. However, Stargirl intervenes and tells Billy not to tell them his secret. With courage, Billy reveals his codename, he is Captain Marvel, leader of the Marvel family. At the Rock of Eternity, Black Adam and Isis offer Mary Marvel to join the Marvel family.

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Isis says the magic name "Shazam" in order to cast Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Isis says the magic name “Shazam” in order to cast Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Justice Society of America Vol 3 25 in DC Database.

DC Day: We Co-Sign ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1 As The Bright Revamp That Injects Hope Into The DC Universe

DC DAY

‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ (2016) #1. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

THE NEW 52 WAS UNPOPULAR

In 2011, the DC Universe was rebooted with the events of Flashpoint. In an attempt to save his mother from death, Flash ended creating an alternate timeline changing from New Earth to Prime Earth. The multiverse became an important aspect with Prime Earth at its center.

The new DC Universe resulted in the rebooting of the many popular series in DC such as ‘Action Comics,’ the end of the Superman-Lois marriage and the budding relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman, the loss of the traditional families and legacy in DC since Wally West was absent, the shake-up in the founding of the Justice League and in general the loss of heart and hope in story-telling.

One of the biggest issues fans had with the reboot was that it seemingly erased classic characters from the picture. Undoubtedly the most high profile absence was Wally West, who had taken on the role of the Flash for over a decade, and was arguably the version of the character audiences were most familiar with, owing to his presence on the long-loved Justice League animated series.

And yet, the character went completely missing during the reboot, along with other heroes, like the Question (no, the version we got most definitely isn’t Vic Sage), Cassandra Cain, and a whole host of other classic characters – all wiped in the name of keeping things simple. Which is awful, if we’re being honest.

-“10 Reasons Why The New 52 Was Doomed To Fail,” WhatCulture
In order from left to right: Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash and Cyborg.
In order from left to right: Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash and Cyborg. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE PREMISE OF ‘DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH’ #1

The premise of ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1, is the dramatic re-appearance of hope, under the form of Wally West. The one-shot argues that the characters are not themselves and it is up to Flash to help them remember who they are. The plot of the comic is Wally West, the Flash, trapped into the Speed Force and attempting to contact someone in order to return Prime Earth otherwise he will vanish forever.

Flash first attempts to contact Batman but Batman fails to recognize him. Then, Flash attempts to contact John Thunder and asks him to contact the Justice Society. Wally West tries to contact Linda Park and return to the DC Universe. However, his attempt fails and he vanishes further. Finally, Wally reaches out to Barry Allen to say goodbye. However, Barry remembers him and pulls him out of the Speed Force before he vanishes forever. Hope has returned to the DC Universe!

 

In 'DC Universe: Rebirth,' Barry Allen recognizes Wally West as he is about to vanish from the Speed Force.
In ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ (2016) #1, Barry Allen recognizes Wally West as he is about to vanish from the Speed Force. AP Photo/DC Comics.

WE CO-SIGN ‘DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH’ #1, AS THE RE-EMERGENCE OF HOPE IN THE DC UNIVERSE

Wally West serves as the character that corrects the Post-Flashpoint DC Universe. Barry and Wally exchange a hug and Barry laments the fact he had forgotten Wally. Then Barry remembers Wally’s life and becoming the Flash. Wally tells Barry about Flashpoint. He tells Barry Flashpoint was not Barry’s fault.

Wally mentions a mysterious force that took ten years of their lives, changing families, legacies. The new battle is between “hope and despair” with a force even more powerful than Darkseid. The storyline thread continues in the “Watchmen” sequel called ‘Doomsday Clock’. The sequel reveals Doctor Manhattan as its villain.

In 'DC Universe: Rebirth,' Barry Allen recognizes Wally West.
In ‘DC Universe: Rebirth (2016) #1, Barry Allen recognizes Wally West. AP Photo/DC Comics

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IN THE COLLECTION

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Batman: Rebirth #1

Superman: Rebirth #1

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

The Flash: Rebirth #1

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Justice League: Rebirth #1

Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Titans: Rebirth #1

Batgirl And the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1


SOURCES

10 Reasons Why The New 52 Was Doomed To Fail in WhatCulture.
DCU: Rebirth in DC Database.

DC Day: ‘Superman, The Greatest Story’ Discussion Part I

DC DAY

In ‘Superman, The Greatest Story’ Discussion Part I, I discuss Part I of my book.

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DC Day: Are Elseworlds A Dystopian Future? In ‘DCeased’, Cyborg Is Infected With The ALE Virus Becoming A Carrier For The New Gods Of Apokolips To Turn Humans Into Zombies

DC DAY

In 'DCeased' (2019) #1, Cyborg is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus. Kneeling and helpless, Cyborg spreads the virus on Earth Prime.
In ‘DCeased’ (2019) #1, Cyborg is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus. Kneeling and helpless, Cyborg spreads the virus on Earth.

CRISES

IN A FOILED INVASION ATTEMPT BY DARKSEID, CYBORG IS MISSING

In ‘DCeased’ (2019) #1, Cyborg is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus. At the beginning of the issue, the Justice League has foiled an invasion by Darkseid. Superman and Batman order Darkseid to not return to Earth. Wonder Woman has bound Darkseid in the Lasso of Truth, which compels him to speak the Truth. Surprisingly, Darkseid uncoils the Lasso of Truth and states he has what he came for, leaving in a Boom Tube without further battle.

At that moment, Batman’s tracking device signals that Cyborg is missing. Batman states Cyborg is not in Metropolis, and not on Earth. Asked by Flash how Batman knows, the Dark Knight says he has a location monitor in one of Cyborg’s programs. Superman asks Batman if Cyborg knew the Dark Knight was tracking him. Then Flash asks if Batman has a tracking device on Superman. With a pause, Batman answers in the negative.

In 'DCeased' (1999) #1, Darkseid uncoils Wonder Woman's lasso and leaves without further battle, as the Justice League foils his invasion.
In ‘DCeased’ (1999) #1, Darkseid uncoils Wonder Woman’s lasso and leaves without further battle, as the Justice League foils his invasion.

CYBORG IS TORTURED BY DESAAD, AND DARKSEID HAVING CORRUPTED THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION (ALE), GOES MAD

Desaad has abducted Cyborg on Apokolips. The purpose of Darkseid’s plan is to obtain the first half of the ALE. Desaad reveals to Cyborg that Darkseid seeks the second half of the ALE and suspects Cyborg possesses it. Cyborg questions Darkseid’s motives and at that moment, the monarch shows up. He asks Desaad to cut Cyborg’s tongue. Darkseid wants to use Motherbox in order to add Darkseid’s half of the ALE to Cyborg’s system.

However, Desaad points out that Cyborg will likely not survive the process and the ALE will cease to exist. At that moment, Darkseid summons the Black Racer with the Motherbox. After Desaad grows Cyborg a new tongue, he takes a piece of the Black Racer and corrupts the ALE merged to Cyborg with it. The ALE virus was born. Though Desaad was immune to disease. Desaad tried to send Cyborg away with the ALE virus, but to no use. Darkseid was infected with the ALE virus. Darkseid went raving mad.

In 'DCeased' (1999) #1, Darkseid summons the Black Racer with the MotherBox in order to corrupt the Anti-Life Equation.
In ‘DCeased’ (1999) #1, Darkseid summons the Black Racer with the MotherBox in order to corrupt the Anti-Life Equation.

INFECTED WITH THE ALE VIRUS, DARKSEID DESTROYS APOKOLIPS WITH THE OMEGA EFFECT

In 'DCeased' (1999) #1, Darkseid is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus and destroys Apokolips with the Omega Effect.
In ‘DCeased’ (1999) #1, Darkseid is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus and destroys Apokolips with the Omega Effect.

THE PANDEMONIUM IN METROPOLIS PROVES ELSEWORLDS ARE DARK: CYBORG GOES ONLINE AND SPREADS THE ALE VIRUS TO THE INTERNET

Cyborg is Boom-Tubed to Metropolis. Immediately, he goes online. The ALE virus spread from its patient zero as a techno-organic virus to the Internet. Cyborg attempted to firewall himself but it was too late. an Elseworlds story, was this a celebration of darkness, a romanticization of horror stories? As the pandemonium in Metropolis will prove, Elseworld stories tend to be too dark. That may also be the case for mainstream continuity stories.

Reminiscent of the best horror stories, the ALE virus jumped from media to media spreading horror. People literally tried to tear the equation from their heads. They have turned into zombies. At the home of Scott Free and Big Barda, Superman succeeded in recruiting the heroes, when suddenly, he heard the world screaming. He flew into the streets and saw the pandemonium. Distraught, he sped to his family and destroyed the cellphone and the television screen with his heat vision before Jon and Damian could access them.

In 'DCeased' (2019) #1, Cyborg is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus. Kneeling and helpless, Cyborg spreads the virus on Earth Prime.
In ‘DCeased’ (2019) #1, Cyborg is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus. Kneeling and helpless, Cyborg spreads the virus on Earth.

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AT THE BATCAVE, SYSTEMS GO OFFLINE AND ESTIMATE 600 MILLION INFECTED

In 'DCeased' (1999) #1, the Batcave's systems go offline and estimate 600 million are affected.
In ‘DCeased’ (1999) #1, the Batcave’s systems go offline and estimate 600 million are infected.

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FOOTNOTES

DCeased Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

DC Day Explained: Why Apollo Is “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet!”

DC DAY

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN DC DAY EXPLAINED

IS APOLLO “FASTER THAN SPEEDING BULLET”?

In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies “faster than a speeding bullet.”1 The Authority must face an invasion by the Vigil, who are an extra-dimensional race from the Bleed that are gigantic in stature.

As the Vigil invade Earth, Apollo asks Angie: “You know the phrase, ‘faster than a speeding bullet?'” Then, he flies into the Vigil. How fast is Apollo flying through the Vigil? The question can be answered by estimating another feat by Apollo in the first issue of the storyline.

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

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APOLLO CAN DODGE METEORITES

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the Authority are on the scene of the disaster in Florida. The U.S. government attempted to invade the Bleed with a probe. However, the probe exploded in the Bleed and destroyed a shiftship boarded by the Vigil. The Vigil fell to Earth and looked at first like meteors.

What is the speed of meteors? The speed of meteorites falling to the ground approach 72,000 m/s. In comparison, the speed of a speeding bullet is about 1,220 m/s. In order to dodge the Vigil falling to the ground, Apollo had to fly Midnighter at 59 times the speed of sound. That is definitely faster than a speeding bullet.

 

Meteoroids enter the earth’s atmosphere at very high speeds, ranging from 11 km/sec to 72 km/sec (25,000 mph to 160,000 mph). However, similar to firing a bullet into water, the meteoroid will rapidly decelerate as it penetrates into increasingly denser portions of the atmosphere. This is especially true in the lower layers, since 90 % of the earth’s atmospheric mass lies below 12 km (7 miles / 39,000 ft) of height.

-Fireball FAQs, American Meteor Society
In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, the shiftship's crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the shiftship’s crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Coup d’État: Sleeper Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Coup d’Etat: Sleeper #1.

DC Day: In “Hush”, Batman Has To Free Superman From Poison Ivy’s Mind Control And Recover Lamont’s Ransom

DC DAY

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN MIND CONTROL

CATWOMAN, UNDER MIND CONTROL, STEALS LAMONT’S RANSOM AND DELIVERS IT TO POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman fights Poison Ivy’s mind control of Catwoman. It is almost midnight. On the scene of a kidnapping, Batman sneaks through an FBI security perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard. He has one minute and 13 seconds left. Using acid, he burns through the lock and gets into the Shipyard. He quickly takes down the enemy crew who he knows by name: Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.

Having interrogated Spider Hancock, he locates the kidnapped, Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune. Batman notes that he only has 37 seconds left and attempts to get the boy out. The boy is trembling and Batman notes Superman’s smile could have re-assured the boy. He had been kidnapped two days ago by Killer Croc. Within six hours, a $10 million demand for ransom was made. Everyone, the Lamont Family, the Mayor, G.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. but Batman wanted to pay the ransom.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.

During the fight, Batman recalls that Killer Croc send everyone on a “wild-goose chase” and went to retrieve the money.1 Batman thought he had two minutes before Croc would realize the child was missing. In reality, he was off by 11 seconds. Batman is intrigued at the fact that kidnapping was never Killer Croc’s Modus Operandi. In fact, the operation was well-planned and executed. Using Croc’s vulnerability to hypersonics, Batman takes him down with “ten thousand bumblebees at one thousand decibels.”1 Batman ties Killer Croc into chains.

The F.B.I. arrives on the scene. One of the officers states though they may not use Batman’s methods, he gets results. Asking about the money, Batman states someone may have gotten it during the fight. Using his heat sensors, he sees Catwoman leaving the scene on a rope. Batman catches up to her and notes that taking ransom money was never Catwoman’s style. In fact, as of late, she had been on the path to reform. As Batman is about to catch Catwoman, his Batrope breaks. Batman exclaims to himself that someone must have cut it. Batman tries to hold onto a gargoyle but his shoulder breaks, then he falls to the ground. At the end of the issue, Catwoman delivers the ransom money to… Poison Ivy who says that no man or woman can resist her mind control.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont's money to Poison Ivy.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont’s money to Poison Ivy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

DR. ELLIOTT, BRUCE’S CHILDHOOD FRIEND, OPERATES ON AND SAVES BRUCE FROM A SKULL FRACTURE

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Bruce Wayne is operated on and saved from a skull fracture by Dr. Elliott. On the streets of Gotham, thugs witness Batman’s fall. He is bleedy and barely conscious. Batman manages to activate the alarm signal on the utility belt in order to alert Oracle. The thugs attempt to take off his mask. When they are unable, they try to kill Batman. Oracle manages to alert the closest vigilante to Batman. Batman smells the smell of gun oil as one of the thugs is about to shoot him.

Suddenly, Huntress answers the alarm and arrives on the scene. She takes down the thugs. Batman is able to follow on the fight and thinks to himself, that Huntress wants to prove herself. Oracle remote controls the Batmobile to their location. Huntress is startled and Oracle tells Huntress to load Batman into the Batmobile. Huntress says Batman feels broken. As the Batmobile shuts and departs, Oracle tells Huntress that Batman is sure to thank her in person once he recovers. As the Batmobile departs, a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages observes from a vantage point.

 

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground as he is attacked by thugs.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground. Thugs who witnessed his fall are trying to kill him. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the attaché case with half of the ransom money retrieved by Catwoman who is under her mind control. She gives it to a mysterious man. At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth states Batman’s injuries are too severe for his skills. Bruce has a skull fracture. Oracle recommends contacting Shondra Kinsolving but Alfred advises against it, as she is having some issues as of late. Oracle says she will have Dick Grayson wreck Bruce’s Porsche.

At that moment, Bruce starts tapping a name. Alfred thinks it is an involuntary nerve movement. Then, he realizes it is Morse Code and that Bruce is tapping “Thomas”. Alfred thinks Bruce is delirious and is recalling childhood memories of his father. However, Bruce continues tapping and Alfred recognizes the name “Thomas Elliott”, Bruce’s chilhood friend who is now a neurosurgeon. The news report on the surgery at Gotham City Hospital and that Dr. Elliott is being flown in from Philadelphia. Eventually, the surgery is successful and Dr. Elliott saves Bruce Wayne’s life.

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne's skull fracture.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne’s skull fracture. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND CATWOMAN KISS

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. AP Photo/DC Comics

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EXPLOSIVE RUMBLE IN METROPOLIS: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN UNDER MIND CONTROL BY POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman has to fight Superman under mind control by Poison Ivy. In order to recover Lamont’s ransom, Batman and Catwoman have traced Poison Ivy to Metropolis. Poison Ivy has Superman under mind control and orders Superman to kill Batman and Catwoman. Superman attacks them with heat vision but Batman and Catwoman escape to the Metropolis underground system. When Superman vociferates he can’t kill, Poison Ivy poisons him. Batman is conflicted because of his feelings for Catwoman who has a personal vendetta against Poison Ivy because she put her under mind control to steal Lamont’s ransom.

However, with prep time, Batman has a plan. They have escaped to the Lexcorp tunnel systems which are lead-lined. After Batman puts on his Kryptonite ring, Catwoman kisses him and departs. The fight between Batman and Superman is uneven. During the fight, Batman thinks Clark is a good person, while Bruce is not. Though Superman has the advantage, Batman uses Clark’s psychology with a lie so he can’t use his heat vision. Then, he times Superman’s punch and avoids it, to hit High Voltage. Superman is electroshocked by Metropolis’ power system. There is a power outage, then power returns.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman storms out of the underground and exclaims to Batman: “You hurt me. This ends now.”2 He grabs a car in order to slam it into Batman. Batman asks Superman to look up and gives him a choice: He can either continue fighting or he can save Lois Lane who is being held by Catwoman atop the Daily Planet building. Catwoman pushes Lois off the Daily Planet. Superman frees himself from the mind control of Poison Ivy and saves Lois.

Coming to his senses, Superman says they are unable to track Poison Ivy though Batman knows someone who can. Meeting Ivy at Metropolis Plaza, Superman says he has arranged for Maggie Sawyer to deliver Poison Ivy to G.C.P.D. Poison Ivy attempts to leave but is met by Krypto the super-dog. Batman, Catwoman and Superman used Krypto’s super smell in order to track Poison Ivy. Then, Catwoman knocks out Poison Ivy to even the score for Poison Ivy putting her under mind control. At the end of the issue, Batman and Superman congratulate each other for their friendship.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy's mind control in order to save her.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy’s mind control in order to save her. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

Batman Vol 1 612 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 608 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 609 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 610 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #608.
  2. Batman #612.