On December 31st of this year, voting officially begins for The Mightiest Punch! In 2020, Earth-Two Superman won the ranking contest as his Multiversal punch on Anti-Monitor shook fans. This time around, we are doing things different.
In fact, we are asking the fans to rate the Power Level Wikis of 15 DC and 15 Marvel characters according to their possibleness. Indeed, we want to gauge human potential as well as the power of our beloved heroes!
Moreover, we are excited at this new initiative and are committed to our goal of rating the major feats of your favorite superheroes and villains since the Copper Age of Comics. Finally, we want to help fans in their battle discussions and have fun in their debates.
In the end, you decide who is #TheMostPowerfulHero.
Importantly, though the Formidability Rating uses the Fighting Skills Scale, it takes into account four areas: Strength Class, Weaknesses, Quality Opponents and Limitations. As such, it is an accurate measure of Fighting Skills.
Celebrating Horror-Con to entertain yourself about The Most Powerful Villain? To #collectabattle, click on the Amazon product image below to purchase Justice League: The Darkseid War (DC Essential Edition). Visit our product review to find why the comic is the best crossover of the New 52.
‘Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen’ (1970) #134, titled “The Mountain Of Judgment!”, marks the first cameo appearance of Darkseid in DC continuity. Superman foils a bomb attack on the Hairies, Jimmy Olsen and the Newsboys. The attack was from Morgan Edge who received orders from Darkseid.
The issue was created by Jack Kirby and Neal Adams.
BATTLES OF THE WEEK To #collectabattle, click on the Amazon product image below to purchase the comic. OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE: Visit our product review for “Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (Superman (DC Comics)).” SYNOPSIS Doomsday and Cyborg Superman have arrived on Apokolips. Apokolips is in crisis as Doomsday decimates its armies. Sensing the destruction, Darkseid decides […]
BATTLES OF THE WEEK Enter the two contestants on the JLA Watchtower. On the left side, is Batman, the Dark Knight and on the right side, is Prometheus. Let’s look at the stats. BATMAN – NEW EARTH SUPER-STRENGTH: PEAK HUMAN SUPER-SPEED: PEAK HUMAN DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN FIGHTING-SKILLS: METAHUMAN INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS PARAPHERNALIA […]
BATTLES OF THE WEEK To #collectabattle, click on the Amazon product image below to purchase the comic. OUR RATING SCORE: Visit our product review for Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl. SYNOPSIS FOR “The Supergirl from Krypton, Part 6 of 6: Hero” Superman is standing before Kara Zor-El’s ashes. Darkseid’s Omega Effect blasted Superman’s […]
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Previously, Jessica Cruz was chosen by the Ring of Volthoom. After the demise of the Criime Syndicate, the Ring wanted her as the new Power Ring. Elsewhere, at Wayne Manor, Lex Luthor confronts Bruce Wayne. Finally, he has deduced that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Before Lex can continue his accusations, Alfred mounts his gun at the criminal’s temple. Quickly, Bruce knocks Lex down. When Lex notices a clock on the wall, he blows it.
Then, the passage to the Batcave appears behind the rubble. In reality, the billionnaire has come to join forces with the Batman. In fact, he believes a threat is coming to Earth. After Batman tells him a modified tale of the scorpion and the frog, Lex departs. Suddenly, Superman and Wonder Woman alert Bruce. In Oregon, a green energy detonation has been detected. Fortunately, the Doom Patrol arrive to help.
THE JUSTICE LEAGUE AND THE DOOM PATROL FIGHT OVER JESSICA’S LOBOTOMY
In Justice League (2014) #33, the Doom Patrol and the Justice League fight. Previously, the Doom Patrol had come to recruit Jessica Cruz. When her powers are out of control, they elect drastic measures. Heroically, Luthor arrives to save the day. In fact, he threatens to blow Chief’s spine out. Meanwhile, the Ring reveals why he chose Jessica. As matter of fact, she is the lone survivor from a murder attempt by two gunmen in the woods. When Jessica realizes it, a big explosion follows.
Strangely, the detonation reaches to Anti-Monitor. Sinisterly, she tells him of Prime Earth. Dangerously, the cosmic being promises to “consume it.”1 As the fight rages, Lex tells Batman his plan. As matter of fact, the Ring of Volthoom works like a power ring: indeed, it works on emotion. If Luthor can use shock therapy on Jessica’s synapses, he can severe her emotional connection. Drastically, Chief favors psycho-surgery, an euphemism for lobotomy.
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BATMAN SAVES THE DAY
But Batman saves the day. Courageously, he reaches out to within Jessica’s energy field. Honestly, he tells her he too is a victim. In addition, she should face her fear. Instead of fearing the darkness, she should embrace it. Reassuringly, Jessica takes Batman’s hand. Together, they summon their wills and Jessica manages to extinguish the Ring of Volthoom’s blast. Finally, Batman tells Lex they never needed him to save the day.
In fact, the Justice League held the Doom Patrol back for Batman, not Luthor. Sternly, Lex replies: “But you will.”1 Later, Batman advises Superman and Wonder Woman to recruit Lex Luthor. For two reasons: In order to keep him in check and investigate Lexcorp. Though Superman opposes revealing their secret identities. Eventually, Superman formally welcomes Lex Luthor into the Justice League. To end, he lays down some ground rules.
To begin, Barry Allen was always destined for great things. In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray], the animated film begins with Nora Allen and her son, Barry. When their car breaks down, Nora teaches Barry about the Serenity prayer: “accepting the things that can’t be changed, having the courage to change those that can, and have wisdom to know the difference.”
Fans of The Flash: Season 1, know Barry’s mother was murdered when he was a boy. In fact, the time-traveling and archnemesis Reverse-Flash was the one responsible for her murder. Steadily, Flash has been gaining power-ups every season and adding muscle! However, in the comic medium, the superhero is on another level.
In our article, we choose Barry Allen as “TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse.” Why is that?
BARRY ALLEN DISCOVERED THE DC MULTIVERSE
Notably, the concept of the DC multiverse important to continuity was introduced in Flash (1961) #123, titled, “The Flash Of Two Worlds. Importantly, the issue established that Barry Allen (Earth-One) and Jay Garrick (Earth-Two) existed on two parallel Earths existing in the same space but vibrating at different frequencies. From there, stories featuring different versions of the same hero or different teams were understood as happening on parallel Earths.
BARRY ALLEN RETURNED TO PROTECT THE DC MULTIVERSE IN FINAL CRISIS
Perhaps, revealing Barry’s true manifest destiny. After his heroic sacrifice in Crisis On Infinite Earths, Barry returned with renewed purpose. So, who had a hand in the Flash’s return? The Monitors? The New Gods? The Source? As matter of fact, it was Zoom who zipped the Flash out of the Speed Force. In DC Universe (2008) #0, Barry Allen falls from the sky, resurrected in Final Crisis. In the issue, Barry states he sees the light of heaven, darkness and the DC multiverse.
BARRY CREATED THE POST-FLASHPOINT DC MULTIVERSE
Notably, Flashpoint may have been the most important DC comic of the 2010s. Indeed, within a decade, it has been adapted to The Flash TV series and is the basis for the upcoming Flash movie. What makes it so important is how the personal decisions of a single character can completely alter reality. When Barry went back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, he created an alternate timeline where she was alive. Though, at the end of the series, Flash has to sacrifice what he holds most dear to restore the DC multiverse. Inadvertently, his actions led to the New 52.
Really, Flash is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe. After being struck by lightning, Flash became a Speed Force conduit. In the DC Universe, the Speed Force is a dimension in the Sphere of the Gods, beyond the DC multiverse. From the Speed Force, speedsters are powered with an infinite reservoir of kinetic and potential energies.
Moreover, it appears Barry’s limit is the speed of light. As Flash, he is able to break dimensional barriers, race photons and molecules, react in attoseconds, steal speed, enter the Speed Force and escape, enter into the unknowable realm of the Source. Furthermore, Barry can generate lightning, travel in space, fly, negate the Anti-Life Equation, turn invisible, phase, heal rapidly and is capable of heightened mental processes.
All these super powers put Flash at the Multiversal-Level with infinite Energy Projection potential.
In reality, Flash may be a cosmic being or a god! During the Bronze Age, Barry appeared in a New Gods story. In short, the New God Orion needs help! After falling into unconsciousness, Orion has been growing in size. Now, his size threatens the sun.
In his prescience, Highfather commissions Metron, Lightray and Flash to the Source. According to legend, no god may enter the Source or he may die. In truth, these words ring true. From Apokolips, Darkseid learns of the mission and commissions Hagdar the Mad to stop them.
When the Super-Team arrives at the Promethean Galaxy, they are stopped by Darkseid’s minions. However, understanding the Source’s prophecy, Metron sends Flash forth. Only Flash is fast enough to enter the Source.
Later, he mysteriously comes back with a machine that can help Orion.
In The Flash: Rebirth (2009) #3, Barry Allen runs past the speed of light into the Speed Force. In the issue, Barry’s speed force aura has been contaminated. Now, he is dying.
In Fallville, the JLA and JSA have put Barry in a containment chamber. To this end, they plan to disconnect him from the Speed Force in order to save his life. And Iris has come to be his “lightning rod.” Suddenly, in bursts of lightning, Barry busts out. With Superman in hot pursuit. Nevertheless, outpacing the Man of Steel, Flash has a plan. As matter of fact, Barry plans to enter the Speed Force in order to save everyone.
At top speed, Barry stretches past the boundaries of the universe. As he moves past the speed of light, he remembers Iris, Wally, his death and his trial. As he enters the Speed Force, he struggles to remember Iris. There, he is greeted by a voice that reminds him of Iris and his name. Soon, he meets Johnny Quick and Max Mercury.
Definitely, a feat requiring a Multiversal-Level of super speed with infinite Energy Projection.
As a New God, the Black Racer is the embodiment of Death. Moreover, he has been stated to be the fastest being in existence. In fact, none may outrun Death.
When Darkseid fires the radion bullet at Superman, Barry and Wally arrive. Together, they outrun the Black Racer and the radion bullet vibrating through Darkseid. Then, Black Racer claims Darkseid’s soul.
Here, Barry actually outran a Celestial or abstract being. Talk about an angelic feat of eternal proportions!
From #TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse, Barry became the God of Death. In Darkseid War, Darkseid and Anti-Monitor battled on Prime Earth. Namely, their battle was over Grail, Darkseid’s daughter. In addition, the God of evil sought the Anti-Life Equation.
Between them, the Justice League was caught in the crosshairs. In order to turn the tide, Darkseid summoned Black Racer. However, his plan backfired. Sinisterly, Anti-Monitor fused Black Racer to Flash. Now, Flash became the New God of Death. With the Anti-Life Equation, Mobius blasted Darkseid as the God of Death vibrated through his body.
Perhaps, one of the most talked-about moments in the New 52. Definitely, Barry Allen always performs impressive feats in times of crisis. Though the New God of Death, he proved why he was once #TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse.
Justice League: The Darkseid War (DC Essential Edition) collects the entire “Darkseid War” storyline in this new Essential Edition, featuring brand-new cover art! For new readers and longtime fans, this is a definitive entry point to the DC Universe’s vast library.
Years ago the Justice League first formed to stop Darkseid and his parademon army from invading Earth. Now Darkseid will once again make the planet a war zone, as Earth becomes the front line in his battle with the Anti-Monitor, a universe-devouring creature who can reduce whole planets to rubble. To stop their planet from becoming collateral damage in this war of gods, the Justice League must uncover the secrets of the New Gods and learn the hidden truth behind the Anti-Monitor’s identity and his history with Darkseid.
WRITER AND ARTISTS
From writer Geoff Johns (Doomsday Clock) and acclaimed illustrators Jason Fabok (Detective Comics) and Francis Manapul (The Flash) comes the epic event that changed the Justice League forever. Collects Justice League #40-50, Justice League: The Darkseid War Special and DC Sneak Peek: Justice League.
The DC Essential Edition series highlights the best standalone stories the medium has to offer, featuring comics’ greatest characters. These trade paperback editions focus on the easiest entry points DC has in its vast library, with seminal, groundbreaking tales that transcend the printed page. Start with the Essentials.
Critically, “Justice League: The Darkseid War (DC Essential Edition)” (2018), is the best story of the New 52. Importantly, it features star-studded talent in a story of epic proportions. To this end, the Justice League faces a threat beyond the DC multiverse that brings an overwhelming darkness.
Together, critically-acclaimed writer Geoff Johns and a team of artists collaborate on the story. Though dark, the writing shines on the powerful narration by its strong female characters. Though, there are unexpected twists … and a baby! Nevertheless, the art in the book is characteristic of the New 52: big, bold, innovative and multi-dimensional. Moreover, Darkseid vs Anti-Monitor!
Indeed, share this graphic novel to fans of Darkseid, at comic clubs and the occasions of Comic-Cons. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Darkseid! And Grail!
To begin, this comics foreshadows the end of the New 52. Mysteriously, the menace of the Darkseid War looms. Indeed, Darkseid and Anti-Monitor battle over Grail. However, the battle ends in a disaster. Though, a prophecy is later fulfilled. In terms of storyline, the Darkseid War is the most tightly-crafted event of the New 52.
Importantly, the comic is excellent for your collection. Definitely, you will love the modern color palette, the surreal style of art and the characters’ imposing physiques. Indeed, this is the DC Essential Edition to build your comic collection.
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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.
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!
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?
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 ‘Infinite Crisis’ (1985) #8, titled “A Flash Of The Lightning,” Flash performs a super speed feat. On Qward, the Flash frees himself from his prison and stops the Anti-Monitor’s antimatter cannon from destroying the five remaining Earths. During the battle, Flash destroys the antimatter cannon, time travels to the past and dies.
How much super speed does it take for Flash to time travel to the past in order to destroy the Anti-Monitor’s antimatter cannon?
FLASH (BARRY ALLEN) MATCHED THE ENERGY OF THE ANTI-MATTER CANNON SUFFICIENT TO DESTROY FIVE POSITIVE MATTER UNIVERSES IN EXPANSION WITH KINETIC ENERGY OF 4.0296675*10^62 JOULES.
FLASH GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF INFINITE ENERGY, ACCELERATING HIS MASS TO INFINITY AS HE REACHED THE SPEED OF LIGHT, TO TIME TRAVEL TO THE PAST THEN DYING.
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In ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’ (1985) #7, titled “Beyond The Silent Night,” Supergirl performs a super strength feat. After the five remaining Earths start merging (Earth S, Earth-1, Earth-2, Earth-4 and Earth-X), the heroes use Alexander Luthor’s Jr super powers to open a portal to the antimatter universe to travel to Qward, the base of the Anti-monitor. During the battle, Supergirl destroys Anti-Monitor’s armor with a punch.
How much super-strength does it take for Supergirl to destroy Anti-Monitor’s armor with a punch?