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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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90s-00s JLA STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “JLA: TOWER OF BABEL” (2000).

Collects ‘JLA’ #43-46.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

“JLA: Tower Of Babel” is a classic JLA story. Really, it showcased at the time, why the Justice League was DC’s premiere superhero team. True, Superman may function as the first among equals. Though, Batman is revealed to be the most dangerous man on DC Earth.

Certainly, it is a case of Bat-god Syndrome. The main plot of the story is the following: Eco-terrorist Ra’s Al Ghul has hacked Batman’s contingency plans. In his paranoia, the Dark Knight had developed over the years contingency plans. In effect, they were intended to neutralize each member of the Justice League, should they ever go rogue. Of course, when the plans are enacted, disaster ensues.

Mark Waid and Howard Porter collaborate on this timeless story. Without a doubt, what makes it work is the larger-than-life feel of the pencils. Porter’s lines are crisp, athletic and the coloring brings movement to life. The consequences of the story arc lead directly into “JLA: Divided We Fall.”

Overall, this is the best Post-Crisis JLA story. Moreover, Batman fans will geek-out at Bat-god in the loose adaptation Justice League: Doom available on Blu-ray.

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BEST: “IDENTITY CRISIS” (2004).

Collects ‘Identity Crisis’ #1-7.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2004, Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales crafted “Identity Crisis.” To date, no JLA story has been more controversial. In his “Guide,” Sam Stone at CBR.com argues the crossover event drove deep wounds within the superhero community. Indeed, its ramifications bled into the darker universe of “The OMAC Project” and Geoff Johns’ “Infinite Crisis.”

Chiefly, “Identity Crisis” is near the top of this list because of its inter-connectedness and the insurmountable danger it poses. The JLA is expert at handling crises, alien invasions, wars and natural disasters. However, moral dilemmas are another matter entirely. Simply put, what happens when the greatest DC Universe heroes are put before a secret involving questionable moral choices and tragedy?

While Rags Morales’ art shows the urgency of the situation, Brad Meltzer goes through the thought processes of its heroes in the narration. Then, what we are facing is a murder mystery that promises to rip through the relationships in the DC Universe. So, who wiped Doctor Light’s mind? Also, who wiped Batman’s mind? Finally, who is at fault? If these questions spring more dramatic events in the future, the story arc ends with a twist.

To sum, this is ethics put to the test of DC’s elite metahumans and gods. Precisely, it is why it belongs at the top of the list as one of DC Comics’ most thought-provoking stories. Definitely, this story is an essential JLA story.

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BEST: ‘JUSTICE’ (2005-2007).

Collects ‘Justice’ #1-12. *This limited series is not canon to DC Mainstream continuity.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

‘Justice’ offers a flashback on previous Pre-Crisis JLA stories. In his 2009 interview with Newsarama, writer Jim Krueger revealed his inspiration for the 12-issue limited series. Specifically, Krueger intended a Super Friends vs Legion of Doom Silver Age story. And it showed the Silver Age elements resonated with fans. Indeed, ‘Justice’ #1 sold out upon its release.

Simply, the plot is straightforward. Motivated by dreams where the Justice League fails, members of the Legion of Doom assemble. In a few words, their plan is to destroy the JLA in order to better the world. Of course, it turns out their partnership is the result of manipulation by genius evil masterminds.

So, what makes ‘Justice’ work out is its ambition. By pitting against one another good superhero vs evil supervillain teams, Krueger crafts a “superhuman war.”1 More importantly, Alex Ross’s art is the central draw for the price of admission. Without a doubt, his photographic paintings create an experience worthy of the most timeless DC stories.

Definitely, this limited series is certainly a must-have for your JLA collection. In particular, fans of the Silver Age will love the classic feel of good vs evil.

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BEST: “JLA: EARTH-2” (2000).

*This story is a one-shot.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Decisively, “Crisis On Infinite Earths” put an end to the DC multiverse. However, the concept would resurface in continuity with “Zero Hour” and “Hypertime.” Largely because of Grant Morrison, the DC multiverse would surely come back. In a one-shot, “JLA: Earth-2” recounts the first multiversal meeting in Post-Crisis continuity. Per chance, the Justice League of America meets its antimatter counterpart from Earth-2, the Crime Syndicate of America.

Desperately, Lex Luthor, the unexpected hero from Earth-2, has come to the DC Primary Earth. Dangerously, he enlists the JLA to aid in fighting off the Crime Syndicate on Earth-2. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. Eventually, the counterpart teams return to their respective worlds.

Definitely, one of the more polished JLA stories. In a CBR Exclusive, there is speculation that Earth-2 may originate from the Dark multiverse. Also, do not miss the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (Two-Disc Special Edition).

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BEST: ‘JLA: YEAR ONE’ (1998).

Collects ‘JLA: Year One’ #1-12

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Over the years, DC Comics published the “Year One” line of titles. In Post-Crisis continuity, they serve as important origin stories to the greatest heroes in the DC Universe. Previously, in “’00s Batman Graphic Novels Ranked From Best To Worst,” we reviewed Batman graphic novels set in the “Batman: Year One” continuity.

To begin, ‘JLA: Year One’ is set ten years ago in the Post-Crisis continuity. In short, it is part origin story and part world-building. In a few words, the Justice League of America first forms in order to stop an Appelaxian alien invasion. Soon, the JLA are a sensation on Earth. Despite their obvious differences, the founding members who are Green Lantern, Flash, Black Canary, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter must learn to work together. However, trouble brews. As they uncover the clues of the secret organization known as Locus, the JLA soon learn there is a spy in their ranks.

Obviously, the JLA are DC’s A-list superhero team. Indeed, Morrison’s JLA immortalized the Big Seven: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Here, what makes “Year One” work is the introduction of B and C-list heroes. Definitely, there is chemistry and even romance. In the final issue, is the grand finale with big splash pages of ensemble battles. Though, Brian Augustyn’s art suffers throughout the book due to a lack of distinctiveness.

Nevertheless, Mark Waid’s maxi-series is a fan favorite. Indeed, its blend of adventure, optimism and romance make for a fun experience. Definitely, this is essential JLA.

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GOOD: “JLA: ROCK OF AGES” (1998).

Collects ‘JLA’ #10-15

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, “JLA: Rock Of Ages” is one of the most celebrated Justice League stories. In fact, the Morrison/Porter three and half year run has been touted the definitive JLA. In Grant Morrison’s JLA run, “Rock Of Ages” is the third story arc.

Storytelling-wise, Morrison’s story arc fits within a wider narrative. In effect, Morrison devised an alternate DC mythology with big sci-fi concepts and scale. This thread, of an impending crisis that threatens the entire DC multiverse, runs through Morrison’s story arcs. Dangerously, we envision a glimpse of that threat when Luthor and the Injustice Gang use the Worlogog to create an alternate future. In that future, Darkseid has imposed the Anti-Life Equation on New Genesis and Earth.

Critically speaking, the story appears bombastic. Yet, as the future would demonstrate, Morrison was erecting a Superman-centric universe. In “DC One Million,” that future comes to pass. Definitely, “JLA: Rock Of Ages” revealed DC’s most ambitious story yet.

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Comic Book Herald: Justice League Reading Order.


SOURCES

JLA: Tower of Babel in DC Database.
Justice League: How Batman Took Down DC’s Mightiest Heroes in CBR.com.
Best Justice League stories of all time in Gamesradar+.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Identity Crisis: A Complete Guide to DC’s Most Controversial Crossover in CBR.com.
Justice Vol 1 in DC Database.
On Justice: Alex Ross Talks Justice in Newsarama.com.
DC’s “Justice” #1 Sells Out at DC Comics in CBR.com.
JLA: Earth-2 in DC Database.
Could DC’s Crime Syndicate Actually Originate From The Dark Multiverse? in CBR.com.
The 10 Best DC Year One Stories, Ranked in CBR.com.
JLA: Year One Vol 1 in DC Database.
JLA: Rock of Ages in DC Database.
Is Grant Morrison’s JLA the Definitive Justice League Comic? in DC Universe Infinite.

FOOTNOTES

  1. On Justice: Alex Ross Talks Justice.”

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Super Power Explained: Male And Female Warriors And Superheroes Ranked That Performed Best To Worst Against Doomsday

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DOOMSDAY’S REACTIVE ADAPTATION GRANTS IT UNIVERSAL-LEVEL DURABILITY

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey' (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid! Photo/DC Comics

In “Super Power Explained: Is The Omega Effect, Universal Or Multiversal In Power Level?,” we rated Darkseid’s Omega Effect. In a few words, Darkseid’s Omega Effect is Universal Level since it managed to kill Doomsday. However, due to Doomsday’s reactive evolution, the monster survived the onslaught. Dangerously, it nearly fatally injured Darkseid. To rate the super power, we looked at the destruction of Doomsday at the end of “Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey.” To sum, it took the entropy at the end of the DC Universe to kill the monster.

On this list, let’s rank those heroes and incarnations that have performed best to worst against the Ultimate in battle. In addition, let’s list the relevant issues.

BEST: POST-CRISIS SUPERMAN, ‘SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: HUNTER/PREY’ (1994) #3

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3' (1994), Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider.
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey’ (1994) #3, Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #3, Superman learns the origin of Doomsday from Waverider. 200,000 years ago, the Ultimate was born on Krypton from genetic engineering by a scientist named Bertron.

Despite Mother Box’s amps, Superman is no match for Doomsday. In effect, his reactive adaptation enables him to evolve to counter Superman’s attack. And, his power of immortality prevents Superman from killing him in the same way twice.

Nevertheless, using Waverider’s Temporal Transporter, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe. There, entropy effectively kills Doomsday. Then, a reconstituted Waverider transports Superman back to the present.

Clearly, one of Superman’s clearest victories. Here, Superman used both brawn and brain to put down the monster. Definitely, it belongs at the top of the list.

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BEST: NEW 52 SUPERMAN, ‘SUPERMAN: DOOMED’ (2014) #1

In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Superman rips Doomsday in half in Smallville.
In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Superman rips Doomsday in half in Smallville. AP Photo/DC Comics.

During the New 52, Doomsday resurfaced as a plague. Terrifyingly, the monster was stealing sentient life forces. To this end, it was in order to be powerful enough to fight Superman.

In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman hunted down the creature in Botswana. However, it spent its time teleporting around the Earth. In fact, it was corrupting all life in its vicinity with its toxins.

Eventually, Superman confronts the menace in India. Then, he takes the fight to outer space. On Venus, Superman destroys the monster with a blast of heat vision. Back in Smallville, the monster follows the Man of Steel. In a vicious attack, Superman rips Doomsday in half, ending the threat.

Clearly, one of the most decisive victories against Doomsday. Definitely, a Herculean effort.

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GOOD: NEW 52 WONDER WOMAN, ‘SUPERMAN: DOOMED’ (2014) #1

In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rumbles against Doomsday.
In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rumbles against Doomsday. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Previously, Doomsday held Wonder Woman on the ropes in ‘Superman/Wonder Woman’ (2013) #1. Until Superman arrived on the scene. Then, Doomsday teleported away.

Similarly, in Round Two, the situation repeats in ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1. But, this time, Wonder Woman performs better against the plague. With a strike of her sword, Wonder Woman pierces Doomsday’s thorax. As a result, the monster releases deadly poison. Though Wonder Woman is infected, she continues the fight.

As Doomsday attacks, he is blasted by a dose of heat vision. In the nick of time, Superman has arrived to save his girlfriend. Strangely, before Superman can take down the monster, Doomsday teleports away. Perhaps, in fear of the Kryptonian.

Definitely, a victory for the Power Couple.

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GOOD: POST-CRISIS MAXIMA, ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ (1992) #497

In 'Adventures of Superman' (1992) #497, Maxima battles Doomsday.
In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1992) #497, Maxima battles Doomsday. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Promptly, it is time for a Maxima revival. Post-Crisis, the Queen of Almerac is a heavy hitter of the JLA. During “The Death of Superman,” Maxima and the Man of Steel were the only JLAers left standing against Doomsday.

A warrior-born, Maxima performed impressively against the creature. Though, her fierceness and her battle lust may have caused her undoing.

In her battle lust, Maxima removed a light pole from its base. With the gasoline gushing from a nearby gas station, the sparks from the light pole caused a huge explosion. Caught in the explosion, Maxima and Superman were knocked out. Later, Superman and Maxima are revived by Guardian. In the end, Doomsday survived and Superman decided to stop the monster alone.

Indeed, a good showing by a female warrior against the Ultimate.

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BAD: POST-CRISIS MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ‘SUPERMAN’ (2001) #175

In 'Superman' (2001) #175, an intelligent Doomsday breathes fire on Martian Manhunter.
In ‘Superman’ (2001) #175, an intelligent Doomsday breathes fire on Martian Manhunter at the White House. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Superman’ (2001) #175, Joker unleashes Doomsday on the anniversary of the Last Son of Krypton’s death. On that day, President Luthor gives a speech commemorating recent events during “Our Worlds At War.” At the White House, President Luthor is under attack by the Berserker.

Disguised as a secret agent, Mac transforms into Martian Manhunter. For the first time, Doomsday displays intelligence and speech. Unfortunately, Martian telepathy has no effect. When Doomsday blocks J’onn’s punch, the Martian notes the creature is sentient.

Then, Doomsday brings Martian Manhunter to his knees. Though the monster acknowledges J’onn’s power, he states the Martian is no Superman. Finally, Doomsday demonstrates another super power. Atrociously, the monster breathes fire on Martian Manhunter, defeating him.

Definitely, a bad performance against Doomsday.


RESOURCES

REDDIT: Respect Doomsday (Post Crisis).


SOURCES

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
Superman: Doomed Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 497 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 175 in DC Database.

“Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (Superman (DC Comics))” Review

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“Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey” AP Photo/DC Comics.

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The Man of Steel must cross a galaxy to hunt down Doomsday, the creature that killed him. But as Superman gets closer and closer to his quarry, he becomes Doomsday’s prey! This fast-paced story reveals the shocking origin of Doomsday.

“Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey” shows character evolution for a major supervillain in the DC Universe. It is mainly an origin story on the supervillain named Doomsday.

Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding pair up to deliver this classic 90s series that packs a wallop! You will not believe the pages of this comic and definitely will want more action. The unexpected connection between Superman and Doomsday is revealed.

This is an event you do not want to miss. Share this graphic novel to fans of ’90s Superman comics. It is definitely worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Doomsday! And Darkseid!

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  • “Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (Superman (DC Comics)).”
  • Publisher: DC Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 151 pages.
  • Dimensions: 6.63 x 0.25 x 10.25 inches.
  • Publication Date: September 1, 1995.

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This comic completes “The Death of Superman” storyline. It provides an origin story on Doomsday and belongs to your ’90s Superman collection.

The comic stands out because of its fast pace and the urgency of the storyline. This is Superman at his most vulnerable and confronting his mortality. Doomsday is depicted as a threat not even the Man of Steel can overcome on his own power. The comic definitely changes the DC Universe status quo by modifying the hierarchy of power.

This product has excellent reviews and has 26 ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5. There is a great satisfaction with the product.

One customer review said: “I’ve been fascinated by this story since I first read it. I ordered this book for my niece to get her on board with what to me is the greatest story ever told in comic book history.

This story is actually the sequel to the classic Death Of Superman trade paperback. In this collection they go back and tell how the aliens created Doomsday.”

The reviews were overall very positive with 3 negative reviews. A problem cited by a negative review was the poor writing: “When is someone going to write Superman so that it does not sound like the same writers that were writing for him in the 1930’s? This book is full of the same cornball dialogue that has become a plague throughout Superman’s career. Superman grew up human – why not make him sound like it? This book does allow us to see a more human side to Superman – one with fears and an eroding self-confidence. The problem is that this unique storyline is overshadowed by the grade school, dumb it down writing. The story also uses the old fail safe, when it doubt make it Kryptonian safety net. ”

Overall, this comic was great.

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  • Paperback format available.
  • Sequel to “The Death Of Superman.”

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  • Poor writing.

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I recommend this Paperback as an action-packed sequel to “The Death Of Superman.”

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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 “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

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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.

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.

Feat: Darkseid, ‘Infinite Frontier’ #0

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DARKSEID (UXAS)
PRIME EARTH

In ‘Infinite Frontier’ (2021) #0, titled “Infinite Frontier”, Darkseid performs an energy projection feat. The Quintessence are on Earth Omega surveying the threat they trapped there. Freed, true form Darkseid attacks and kills the Quintessence.

How much energy projection does it take for true form Darkseid to kill the Quintessence?

DARKSEID FREED HIMSELF FROM EARTH OMEGA AND UNITED ALL HIS PAST FORMS TO BECOME TRUE FORM DARKSEID.

TRUE FORM DARKSEID ATTACKED THE QUINTESSENCE BY SURPRISE AND KILLED THEM WITH AN INFINITE AMOUNT OF ENERGY.

TRUE FORM DARKSEID GENERATED A BOUNDLESS LEVEL OF ENERGY PROJECTION DESTROYING THE POSITIVE ENERGY OF THE QUINTESSENCE.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

BOUNDLESS

                       

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The Quintessence are surveying Earth Omega. Wonder Woman had sensed a new threat and the Quintessence hid from her their imprisoning it on Earth Omega. Suddenly, true form Darkseid attacks the Quintessence from behind, killing them.

We will use the energy of Doctor Manhattan to estimate the Quintessence’s power.

THE QUINTESSENCE AND DOCTOR MANHATTAN

In “Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020) #1”, Wonder Woman meets Wally West in Themyscira which has been turned into a prison hell. Wally is powered by Doctor Manhattan’s Positive energy and explains the Justice League’s battle against Perpetua: Perpetua created the Prime multiverse using Crisis energy and the Positive energy from Doctor Manhattan granted to the Justice League by the Quintessence was not sufficient. Ultimately, Perpetua won the battle.

Since the Quintessence is able to manipulate the Positive energy at the multiversal level, its Energy Projection is at least Multiversal Level.

In ‘Watchmen’ (1986), Doctor Manhattan claims to be able to see his past, present and future timeline. Doctor Manhattan’s main super power is to be present to all points in time in the DC multiverse.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

Doctor Manhattan has the power of nigh-omnipresence since he is present to the past, the present and the future. This indicates Doctor Manhattan is likely present 20 billion years ago in the Prime Earth multiverse created by Perpetua. To calculate his nigh-omnipresence is simply to estimate the total energy of Perpetua’s Prime Earth multiverse. Since it extends to the Sixth Dimension, that energy is infinite.

ENERGY PROJECTION

True form Darkseid freed himself and killed the Quintessence in a surprise attack.

True form Darkseid generated a Boundless Level of Energy Projection.


SOURCES

Darkseid: How DC’s Darkest New God Reached His Final Form in CBR.com.
Infinite Frontier Vol 1 0 in DC Database.
Dark Nights: Death Metal Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

Battles Of The Week: Green Lantern Jessica Cruz vs Darkseid (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “THE DARK ARISES”

Darkseid’s manipulations on Hypertime reach their apex. As Darkseid arises, he gains total control over Cyborg as New God of Code, Starfire as New God of Fire and Azrael as New God of Belief.

As Darkseid reaches full power, only Jessica Cruz stands between him and his conquest of the Ghost Sector.

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

DARKSEID IS RESTORED TO FULL POWER!
In 'Justice League' (2019) #12, Darkseid is restored to full power.
In ‘Justice League Odyssey’ (2019) #12, Darkseid is restored to full power. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Enter the two contestants in the Ghost Sector. On the left side is Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and on the right side is Darkseid, the New God of Evil.

Let’s look at the stats.

JESSICA CRUZ – PRIME EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: MOUNTAIN
SUPER SPEED: COSMIC
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: PLANETARY
FIGHTING SKILLS: EXPERT COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Green Lantern Ring.
WEAKNESSES
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • General and Social Anxiety.
DARKSEID – PRIME EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER-SPEED: UNIVERSAL
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGY PROJECTION: UNIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: UNIVERSAL
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mother Box.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: CYBORG VS GRID (HERO VS VILLAIN).

THE FIGHT

Darkseid arises in the Ghost Sector. When he reaches full power, he has full control over Cyborg, Starfire and Azrael. Only Jessica Cruz stands between him and conquest of the Ghost Sector.

The battle to decide who is the cosmic god!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Jessica Cruz on the offensive at four percent ring power. Darkseid responds with a backhand.

JESSICA CRUZ ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.
DARKSEID BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.


On the following page, Darkseid breaks Jessica Cruz’s right arm with a stomp as she is at zero percent ring power.

DARKSEID BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.


To finish off Jessica Cruz, Darkseid incinerates the Green Lantern with the Omega Effect.
DARKSEID ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, all that’s left are Jessica Cruz’s incinerated remains.

TOTAL


JESSICA CRUZ’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-8 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.

-(8 DAMAGE PTS * 4.2800104*10^81 J*K^-1 * 2.73 K * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -2.2256054*10^73 PTS * Ton of TNT. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/710/2/1825/pdf

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

DARKSEID’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy Received By Earth From Sun = (430*10^18 J* 1 hr)/(hr* 3600 s) = 4.7777778*10^15 J/s.

-(6 DAMAGE PTS * 4.7777778*10^15 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -6825396.85714 J * Ton of TNT. https://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-the-potential-of-solar-power-2015-9

DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL

OUTCOME: DARKSEID 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.

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: JUGGERNAUT VS HULK (VILLAIN VS HERO). JUNE 15TH.

Justice League Odyssey Vol 1 12 in DC Database.
Jessica Cruz (Prime Earth) in DC Database.
Darkseid (Prime Earth) 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

CHECK OUT THE STORY: IN “HUSH,” BATMAN HAS TO FREE SUPERMAN FROM POISON IVY’S MIND CONTROL AND RECOVER LAMONT’S RANSOM.

DC REBIRTH READING GUIDE

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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.

Battles Of The Week: Darkseid vs Superman (Villain vs Hero)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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 cousin, turning her to ashes.

Superman, enraged, engages Darkseid in a vicious battle that will have permanent consequences on their rivalry.

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

SUPERMAN BATTLES DARKSEID TO THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE!
In 'Superman/Batman' (2004) #13, Superman is angry and battles Darkseid.
In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #13, Superman is angry at the death of Kara Zor-El and battles Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Enter the two contestants at the Kent farm in Smallville, Kansas. On the left side is Darkseid and on the right side is Superman, the Man of Steel.

Let’s look at the stats.

DARKSEID – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER SPEED: UNIVERSAL
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: UNIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: COSMIC
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Father Box.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Radion.
  • Dependency on X-Element.
Superman in the Middle East hovering over the land to stop a war.
SUPERMAN – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER-SPEED: COSMIC
DURABILITY: SOLAR SYSTEM
ENERGY PROJECTION: SOLAR SYSTEM
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Items in the Fortress of Solitude.
  • Legion Flight Ring.
  • Archer rifle.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite.
  • Vulnerability to Red Sun Radiation.
  • Vulnerability to Magic.
  • High-Pitched Noises.
  • Psionics.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: SUPERMAN VS BLACK ADAM (HERO VS VILLAIN).

THE FIGHT

Superman watched Darkseid murder Supergirl with his Omega Effect at the Kent farm. Now, he is going to avenge Supergirl, in a battle that takes Darkseid to the edge of the Promethean Galaxy!

The battle to decide who is the true warrior!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Superman punching Darkseid with his back turned to the Man of Steel.

SUPERMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PTS.




On the following page, Superman does a piledrive attack and Darkseid responds with a blow.

SUPERMAN CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.
DARKSEID BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.




Wonder Woman intervenes and re-directs Darkseid’s Omega Beam. After removing Wonder Woman from the battlefield, Superman dials up the gears. He takes Darkseid to the sun. Both characters trade haymakers near the sun. Finally, Superman gets the upperhand with three punches in the sun.

WONDER WOMAN ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.
SUPERMAN CONCUSSION ATTACK (x2) + BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x4): 6 DAMAGE PTS + 4 DAMAGE PTS = 10 DAMAGE PTS.
DARKSEID BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
At the end of the battle, Superman Boom Tubes Darkseid to the Source Wall, past the Promethean Galaxy.

SUPERMAN BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL (x2): 12 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


DARKSEID’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-28 DAMAGE PTS.

Gravitational Pull Of Sun On Earth = 3.52*10^22 N.
Distance From Earth To Sun = 149.6*10^9 m.
Kinetic Energy Of Universe Expansion = (0.5 * 1.5×10^53 kg)(73300^2 m/s) = 4.0296675*10^62 J.

-(28 DAMAGE PTS * ((149.6*10^9 m * 3.52*10^22 N) + (4.0296675*10^62 J)) * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -79.5944464*10^52 PTS * Ton of TNT.


Durability = We therefore can calculate that the total energy the sun has to burn is around 1.3 x 10^44 Joules. Dividing 3.8 x 10^26 Watts (the rate at which the sun is giving off energy) into this number gives an approximate value of 10 billion years for the sun’s lifetime.
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/our-solar-system/51-our-solar-system/the-sun/birth-death-and-evolution-of-the-sun/167-how-do-you-calculate-the-lifetime-of-the-sun-advanced

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

SUPERMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Gravitational Pull Of Sun On Earth = 3.52*10^22 N.

-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 1609.34 m * 3.52*10^22 N * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 3.7765845*10^17 PTS * Ton of TNT.


Durability = We therefore can calculate that the total energy the sun has to burn is around 1.3 x 10^44 Joules. Dividing 3.8 x 10^26 Watts (the rate at which the sun is giving off energy) into this number gives an approximate value of 10 billion years for the sun’s lifetime.
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/our-solar-system/51-our-solar-system/the-sun/birth-death-and-evolution-of-the-sun/167-how-do-you-calculate-the-lifetime-of-the-sun-advanced

DURABILITY: SOLAR SYSTEM

OUTCOME: SUPERMAN WINS BY BATTLEFIELD REMOVAL

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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.

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: SPIDER-MAN VS CAPTAIN AMERICA. APRIL 20TH.


SOURCES

Superman/Batman Vol 1 13 in DC Database.
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen Vol 1 134 in DC Database.

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.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: It’s Official! In His Thirst For Vengeance Against The Third Horseman, Black Adam Became A Genocidal Maniac By Killing Every Man, Woman And Child In Bialya.

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.