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DC Day: In ‘Countdown To Final Crisis,’ Orion Fulfills The Prophecy Of The Source And Rips Out Darkseid’s Heart, Killing Him

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Paul Dini, Sean McKeever, Keith Giffen


Penciler(s)

Scott Kolins


Colorist(s)

Tom S. Chu


Cover

Adam Kubert, Edgar Delgado


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

April, 2008

IN DEATHS AND RESURRECTIONS

WHAT IS COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS?

Countdown To Final Crisis (2007) continues the Countdown (2007) 52-issue weekly series. Countdown goes from issue #51 to #27 then turns to Countdown to Final Crisis till DC Universe #0. Here is the Reading Order leading to Final Crisis.

In the series, Darkseid is manipulating the 52 parallel universes in order to give rise to the Fifth World. Meanwhile, Death of The New Gods takes place during Countdown. Importantly, it is revealed that the evil New God is manipulating even the Source on a giant chessboard.

In Countdown to Final Crisis #2 (2008), Orion kills Darkseid. Let’s explain Darkseid’s death.

ON EARTH-17, THE SOURCE PROPHESIES DARKSEID’S DEATH

Return Of The New Gods (1977) was launched by Gerry Conway and Dennis O’Neil with a 1st Issue Special. However, it was cancelled after a year. The series kept Kirby’s continuity and continued its story. Notably, it resurrected dead characters such as Desaad and Kalibak. In the 1st Issue Special, Highfather learns of the cryptic prophecy of the Source saying “When son slays father chaos reigns.”1 When Orion engages Darkseid in battle, Highfather intervenes and dissuades him.

In addition, the Ruler of Apokolips continued his quest for the Anti-Life Equation. Using six captive humans, he created an Anti-Life being called the Antagonist. In addition, Darkseid became convinced that the Source held the secret of the Anti-Life Equation. For this reason, he sought to penetrate the Source Wall.

 

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IN DEATH OF THE NEW GODS, THE SOURCE CREATES A FIFTH WORLD

Death of The New Gods is part of the Countdown To Final Crisis storyline. After the Old Gods corrupted it and split it in two, the Source sought to create a Fifth World. For this reason, it recruited Infinity-Man to kill the New Gods for the Source to be whole. In this epic, Superman and Mister Miracle must race in order to find the New Gods’ mystery killer. In the end, the Source destroys New Genesis and Apokolips and creates the Fifth World by fusing both worlds.

Readers have pointed out inconsistencies in Death of The New Gods and Countdown and critics doubt Death of The New Gods‘ canonicity. For example, Orion and Darkseid are thought to die at the end of the storyline. However, they appear again in Countdown To Final Crisis #2. Also, it appears the Source creates a Fifth World. However, in Countdown it is revealed that Darkseid is manipulating events on a cosmic chesboard. Nevertheless, Flashpoint reboots the DC multiverse and the Fourth World continues outside the DC multiverse.

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ORION KILLS DARKSEID

In Metropolis, Orion arrives by Boom Tube to fulfill the prophecy. This day, the Dog of War puts an end to Darkseid‘s rampage on New Earth and the multiverse. In a duel, an all-out Orion finally rips out his father’s heart, ending him. In the end, the prophecy of the Source is fulfilled and chaos reigns with Final Crisis.

Final Crisis (2009) is what happens to the DC multiverse when the New Gods die and are resurrected. After the Source kills them, the New Gods continue their war in Heaven. There, Darkseid finally learns the Anti-Life Equation. Then, the New Gods are resurrected on Earth in human bodies. Indeed, the beginning of the end.

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LINKS

Final Crisis Reading Order in Comic Book Herald.
History of the New Gods in Cosmic Teams.
Death of the New Gods in DC Database.
Final Crisis in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. 1st Issue Special.
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DC Day: In “History Of The Multiverse,” We Learn The Origin Story Of Black Canary

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Paul Dini, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray


Penciler(s)

Jesús Saíz


Colorist(s)

Pete Pantazis


Cover

Ed Benes, Rod Reis


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

June, 2007

IN UNIVERSAL AND MULTIVERSAL ANOMALIES

In Countdown To Final Crisis, Darkseid seeks to fulfill the prophecy of The Death of The New Gods and the rise of the Fifth World. On a giant chess board, the Dark god manipulates all the events of Countdown even granting Jimmy Olsen superpowers. Unbeknownst to him, his machinations lead eventually to The Death of The New Gods and Final Crisis.

Meanwhile, the Monitors unravel the causes that threaten the 52 universes of the multiverse lying in the multiversal anomalies. One of them, is Black Canary. Let’s reveal her origin story in the Post-Crisis continuity.

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PRE-CRISIS: DINAH DRAKE MIGRATED FROM EARTH-TWO

In Countdown (2007) #46, the Monitors reveal the origin story of the first Black Canary. Originally, she was from Earth-Two. After retiring from crime, Dinah Drake began her crime-fighting career. Soon, she joined the Justice Society of America. After the death of her husband, Larry Lance, she migrated to Earth-One.

PRE-CRISIS: DINAH DRAKE JOINED THE JLA

In Justice League of America (1963) #21, is the legendary first meeting between the JSA and the JLA. The two super-teams band together to defeat Fiddler, Icicle, Wizard and Chronos, Doctor Alchemy and Felix Faust that threaten the DC multiverse. During the Aquaris crisis, Dinah eventually remained on Earth-One.

 

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PRE-CRISIS: DINAH LANCE IS HER DAUGHTER

On Earth-One, Dinah Laurel Lance was born of the first Black Canary, Dinah Drake and police officer Larry Lance. Precociously, Laurel started her crime-fighting career at the age of 19. Soon, she became the second Black Canary.

POST-CRISIS: DINAH LANCE IS A FOUNDING JLA MEMBER

In JLA: Year One, Dinah Lance became a founding member of the JLA. Early on, the JLA was an inexperienced and under-funded group that took on alien invasions and corruption.

 

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LINKS

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Countdown Vol 1 46 in DC Database.
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Metropolis Battles: Orion vs Darkseid (Hero vs Villain)

 

METROPOLIS BATTLES

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Writers and Artists

Paul Dini, Sean McKeever, Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins.

SYNOPSIS FOR “DARKSEID EQUALS DEATH”

In an attempt to create the Fifth World, the Great Disaster has fallen. Not even the gargantuan might of Jimmy Olsen is sufficient to hold Darkseid in check.

Suddenly, Orion Boom Tubes in Metropolis. To this end, he has come to fulfill the prophecy of Darkseid’s death at his hands.

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

ORION BOOM TUBES IN METROPOLIS TO DUEL TO THE DEATH WITH DARKSEID!
In 'Countdown To Final Crisis' (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid.
In ‘Countdown To Final Crisis’ (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics

Enter the contestants in Metropolis. On the left side is Orion, the Dog of War and on the right side is Darkseid, the God of Evil.

Let’s look at the stats.

ORION – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Multiversal 92%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Warrior Madness 83%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mother Box.
  • Astro Harness.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Radion.
  • Berserker Rage.
DARKSEID – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Multiversal 92%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Cosmic 75%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mother Box.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Radion.
  • Dependency on X-element.
  • Phobia: Fear of his father Yuga Khan.

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THE FIGHT

In the issue, Darkseid seeks to create the Fifth World on Earth no matter the cost. Suddenly, Orion boom-tubes on Earth. According to the prophecy, this is the day Orion kills Darkseid!

The battle to decide who is the New God

DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Orion blasting Darkseid with the Astro Foce. Soon, it creates a giant blast in space.

ORION UNIVERSE-BUSTING + EXPLOSION ATTACKS: 12+ DAMAGE PTS + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 17 DAMAGE PTS.



Previously, Orion and Darkseid battled in the explosion. Then, Darkseid hit Orion on the head. On the following page, Darkseid hit Orion on the back with the Omega Effect. On the four next pages, Orion is incinerated and lies on the ground beneath Darkseid’s boots. On the next two pages, Orion frees himself and lands three punches on Darkseid. Pummeling him, Orion has Darkseid on the receiving end on the ground.

ORION BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x3): 1 DAMAGE PT (x3) = 3 DAMAGE PTS.
DARKSEID BLUNT FORCE (x3) + UNIVERSE-BUSTING ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PTS (x3) + 12+ DAMAGE PTS = 15 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final pages, Orion rips out Darkseid’s heart. After, Darkseid disappears in a giant explosion.

ORION INTERNAL BLEEDING + EXPLOSION ATTACKS: 4 DAMAGE PTS + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 9 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Orion wins leaving behind Darkseid’s ashes.

TOTAL


ORION’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-15 DAMAGE PTS


Total Entropy Of The Universe = (3.1 × 10^104)(k) = 4.2800104*10^81 J*K^-1.
Temperature Of Universe = 2.73 K.

-(15 DAMAGE PTS * 4.2800104*10^81 J*K^-1 * 2.73 K * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -4.1730101*10^73 PTS * Ton of TNT. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/710/2/1825/pdf


DURABILITY: GALAXY

Durability: Galaxy 75%

DARKSEID’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-29 DAMAGE PTS


Strong Force Of A Particle = 2.40326493*10^-7 J.
Strong Force Of Universe = = (2.40326493 × 10-7 J)(3.28 x 10^80).= 5.586709*10^81 J.

-(29 DAMAGE PTS * 5.586709*10^81 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -8.0678196*10^73 PTS * Ton of TNT. https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/a-strength-test-for-the-strong-force


DURABILITY: DEATH

Durability: Death 1%

WINNER: ORION WINS BY DEATH.

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DARKSEID IN COMICS

‘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.

‘Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen’ (1970) #134, titled “The Mountain Of Judgment!”, marks the first cameo appearance of Darkseid in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Countdown to Final Crisis #2 in Comic Vine.
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen Vol 1 134 in DC Database.
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Metropolis Battles Preview: Orion vs Darkseid

 

METROPOLIS BATTLES

ORION BOOM TUBES IN METROPOLIS TO DUEL TO THE DEATH WITH DARKSEID!
In 'Countdown To Final Crisis' (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid.
In ‘Countdown To Final Crisis’ (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics

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Our preview for the Battle Of The Week of Orion vs Darkseid. The battle occurred in ‘Countdown to Final Crisis’ #2. Visit the Battle of The Week on September 17th.

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