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: After She Finished Off Ares Impaling First Born And Him To Prevent The Prophecy, Olympus Declared Wonder Woman The New Goddess Of War

DC DAY

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #23, Wonder Woman finishes off First Born and War, impaling them both. Photo/DC Comics

IN RELIGIOUS WARFARE

THE ERASED PROPHECY ANNOUNCED THE DOOM OF OLYMPUS AT THE HANDS OF FIRST BORN

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #14, the prophecy of First Born is told. In Antarctica, a group of American scientists and military have been watching First Born who has been standing at the same position for six hours. One of the scientists named Cassandra speaks to First Born who does not want to be disturbed. She tells First Born that he has been under the Earth for over seven millenia, to which First Born replies he has been clawing his way out over seven millenia. Then he speaks to the scientist about the prophecy. At his birth, a witch prophesied First Born would one day rule Olympus.

Angered at the prophecy, Zeus ordered the witch to kill First Born. Because of Hera’s desperation, First Born was spared. The witch left First Born in Africa where he was raised by hyenas. Cassandra indicates that 60 years ago in Turkey, the witch’s mummified body was found with his story tattooed across every inch of her body. It took that time to decipher it. Cassandra also says he knows the whereabouts of First Born’s armor and weapons. To this, First Born replies that he needs a sign for the one who has taken his birthright. As he finishes the sentence, the sun rises meaning that it is Apollo the the pragmatist and the coward.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #14, Zeus orders First Born killed in order to prevent the prophecy but First Born is spared. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ORION MEETS WONDER WOMAN, SEEKING THE LAST OF ZEUS’ SEVEN BASTARD SONS

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #14, Orion is alerted about the threat of the prophecy. On New Genesis, Highfather tells Orion that the Source has detected a grave danger from Earth. The danger portends the end of time, The end of the Source. In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #15, Wonder Woman meets Orion in the subway system of Manhattan. Wonder Woman is searching for her half-brother Milan and Lennox has led her to the underground subway system of Manhattan.

On the way, Wonder Woman is held back by Hephaestus who does something mysterious to her Bracelets of Submission. There, Lennox finds Milan who holds a grudge against him and tells him to leave. When Lennox begrudges, Orion appears before him and tells him he is looking for the last of Zeus’ bastard children. He makes threats on Lennox which causes Wonder Woman to step out of the shadows. As she attacks Orion, her Bracelets draw out swords. Seeing that, Milan unleashes a swarm of flies out of his mouth to envelope them.

 

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #15, Orion faces Wonder Woman in the subway system in Manhattan. Photo/DC Comics

WAR AND WONDER WOMAN GO TO LOOK FOR ZOLA’S BABY IN DEMETER’S REALM

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #16, Orion reveals the reason for his visit to Earth. He has recently found out about a new threat to the universe from the last Olympian. Wonder Woman and Lennox assume it is Zola’s baby which was kidnapped after birth by Hermes. In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #18, Orion, War and Wonder Woman have to track down Zola’s baby to Demeter’s Realm in order to prevent the prophecy. War, Wonder Woman’s mentor, decides to take only Diana to Demeter’s Realm. Wonder Woman and War go to a restaurant in Manhattan whose rooftop garden serves as an entrance to Demeter’s Realm.

Suddenly, they are attacked by Hermes. Though Wonder Woman is the better fighter, Demeter is faster and nearly wounds her with his talon. At that moment, a Boom Tube appears and Orion transports Wonder Woman away on his Astro-Harness with Hermes in tow. At Wonder Woman’s injunction, the Astro-Harness stops in mid-air, causing Hermes to fall into Demeter’s Realm. In Demeter’s Realm, War confronts Demeter. War laments being bored by being held between life and death. He opens Demeter’s womb and removes the baby from her cavity.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #18, Wonder Woman battles Hermes in Demeter’s Realm. Photo/DC Comics

Wonder Woman and Orion arrive at Demeter’s Realm. They find Demeter without the baby and Wonder Woman inquires whether Hermes took the baby. Demeter reveals that it was War who took the baby by ripping it out of her womb. She notes War hates his pupil, Wonder Woman. Demeter says she let War take the baby and that she couldn’t stop him.

Departing Demeter’s Realm, Orion consoles Wonder Woman. He tells her they will find the baby. Heading back to the hotel, Orion and Wonder Woman are surprised to see everyone. They come in and they see that Zola is with the baby. Zola says War brought the baby back. Zola hands the baby to Wonder Woman and Diana sees it’s a boy. Orion is thankful because it would bother him to kill a girl, to everyone’s irk.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #18, Wonder Woman and Orion find Zeke at the hotel brought by War. Photo/DC Comics

CHAOS IN THE STREETS OF LONDON: WONDER WOMAN VS ARTEMIS!

Though he is now ruler of Mount OlympusApollo is still captivated by the prophecy that tells of a child of Zeus who will take the throne of Olympus by killing another of Zeus’ children. He believes that the child in question is Zeke, born of the human Zola. His reflection is interrupted by Poseidon, who mocks Apollo’s claims that he has gentrified Olympus, and is ushering in an age of reason rather than violence, given that Apollo has just sent Artemis to kill Zeke.

-‘Wonder Woman’ Vol 4 20, DC Database

Artemis’ arrival is soon followed by Wonder Woman‘s intervention. The moon goddess warns that Diana had sworn an oath that she would destroy the child if it turned out to be true that Zeke was a threat to the Olympian throne.[1] She has come to either watch her do it, or to do it in her stead. While Diana lunges at Artemis, Zola rushes into the living room with Zeke, and begs Hera and War for help. It is Lennox though, who takes the child from her, assuring her that his stone body makes him the best protector. As they escape, War comments that the child is hardly worth all of this effort.

-‘Wonder Woman’ Vol 4 20, DC Database
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #20, Wonder Woman battles the goddess Artemis in the streets of London. Photo/DC Comics

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ROUND 1: WONDER WOMAN AND ORION ARE NO MATCH FOR FIRST BORN. THEY ESCAPE TO NEW GENESIS

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #21, First Born and Cassandra intend to kill Zola’s child and all the Olympian gods in order to fulfill the prophecy. Wonder Woman arrives as Lennox is about to battle First Born. Meanwhile, Zola flees with Zeke, her baby with Cassandra chasing. Wonder Woman tells First Born that she does not know him but judging from what she saw, he deserves a beating. It turns out First Born is tough. Wonder Woman and Lennox are having a hard time with First Born. Wonder Woman and Lennox pin First Born to the ground with punches. However, First Born frees himself and piledrives both of them onto the concrete.

At that moment, a Boom occurs and Orion appears. He kicks First Born and sends his Astro-Harness to retrieve Zola and Zeke. Finally, Zola and Zeke come on the Astro-Harness and Lennox, Wonder Woman and Orion open a Boom Tube. As they attempt to escape, First Born prevents the Boom Tube from closing, claiming to fulfill the prophecy. The Boom Tube connects any two points in the universe “but to exit the entrance has to close.”1 When Orion says they are close to critical mass and the Boom Tube might implode atomizing them, Lennox sacrifices himself. He flies into First Born with a loud Boom. They arrive on New Genesis.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #21, First Born brutalizes Wonder Woman and Lennox. Photo/DC Comics

ROUND 2: WONDER WOMAN IMPALES BOTH WAR AND FIRST BORN TO BECOME THE NEW GODDESS OF WAR

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #23, Wonder Woman finishes off First Born and War, impaling them both. Photo/DC Comics


SOURCES

Wonder Woman Vol 4 23 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 4 14 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 4 15 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 4 16 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 4 18 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 4 20 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 4 21 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Wonder Woman #21.

Super Power: Brainiac’s 12th Level Intellect Is The Most Advanced Coluan Brain

SUPER POWER

Variant Comics

IN DC UNIVERSE

VRIL DOX I WAS THE MOST ADVANCED COLUAN MIND

In ‘L.E.G.I.O.N.’ (1989) #1, Vril Dox II speaks of the origin story of his father, Vril Dox I, on Colu. AP Photo/DC Comics

In ‘L.E.G.I.O.N.’ (1989) #1, Vril Dox II speaks of the origin story of his father, Vril Dox I who would become Brainiac, on Colu.

Vril Dox I, who would become Brainiac, was born on the planet Colu. Colu was out on the Magellanic clouds, located as the fourth planet from the sun’s star system. Colu was a very advanced planet and it is estimated only about 1 percent of the population lived outside connurban areas. As a whole, the planet Colu was an eighth level intellect.

Coluans lived under the tyrannical control of the Computer Tyrants. The Computer Tyrants controlled and manipulated the daily lives of Coluans, even “brainwashing the chidren from birth– Raising them in sterile, computer-run edu-bloks–“1

Vril Dox I was a genius on Colu even by the Computer Tyrants’ standards. In order to not risk tampering with his mind, the Tyrants offered Vril Dox I a choice. Dox chose to stand with the machines against his own people. Dox worked magnificently for the Tyrants improving their compu-designs and their hold on Coluans. He was rewarded with the permission to inseminate a female. A son was born and was named Vril Dox II.

Vril Dox II was born virtually an adult and became his father’s assistant. Vril Dox II hated his father.

Eventually, the machines grew nervous of Vril Dox I’s genius and decided to eliminate him. The Coluan Council convened and when Vril Dox I failed with an experiment, Dox was sentenced to death.

BRAINIAC IS BORN!

Eventually, Vril’s father was discorporated by the angry and fearful Computer Tyrants of Colu. His psyche came to inhabit a robot form and wandered the galaxy as Brainiac. He was destroyed by the Omega Men, and his consciousness traveled to Earth, where another android form was created. (History of the DCU #2) There he soon possessed the body of the telepath, Milton Fine, and began a long history of terrorizing Superman. (Adventures of Superman #438)

Vril Dox II, Cosmic Teams

WHAT IS BRAINIAC’S 12TH LEVEL INTELLECT?

In ‘Action Comics’ (2000) #868, Superman makes first contact with Brainiac’s main A.I. for the first time. Brainiac’s 12th Level Intellect is a vast computer mind that allows multiple running calculations with his Coluan brain and interfacing with machines and technology, as seen with the use of his bio-shell within his skull ship.

When Brainiac makes first contact with Superman for the first time, he mentions the superhuman computing power of his coluan brain which can process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”2

Read on!

Brainiac is generally believed to be the most intelligent being in the DC Universe, possessing a twelfth-level intellect that surpasses even Lex Luthor. He is capable of storing and processing trillions of minds worth of information in his data banks and Coluan brain and possesses superhuman calculation abilities, enhanced memory, and advanced understanding of mechanical engineering, bio-engineering, physics and other theoretical and applied sciences. He has been shown as being capable of feats such as shrinking entire planets, creating impenetrable force fields, absorbing information from other beings, transferring his consciousness, time travel, and even creating an army of ten thousand similarly powered probes who are each able to rival and even kill Kryptonians. His vast intellect also makes him immune to mind control.

Vril Dox I, DC Database

Let’s look at some applications of Brainiac’s 12th Level Intellect in battles.

IN ‘ACTION COMICS’ #868, BRAINIAC STATES HIS COLUAN BRAIN CAN PROCESS THE KNOWLEDGE OF SEVENTY TIMES OCTODECILLION BEINGS

In ‘Action Comics’ (2000) #868, Brainiac states the computing power of his 12th Level Intellect. AP Photo/DC Comics

In ‘Action Comics’ (2000) #868, Superman has been kidnapped by Brainiac. He awakens aboard Brainiac’s Skull Ship and quickly takes down the Brainiac probes and Koko.

Superman heads for the control room and sees the bottled cities Brainiac has integrated into his A.I. At that moment, Brainiac awakens.

Brainiac and Superman soon engage in battle. Brainiac reveals to Superman it has been the first time in five centuries since he emerged from his bio-shell. He claims he will evolve to perfection.

The Brainiac A.I. states his spinal station is able process the knowledge of octodecillion beings. His Coluan brain is able to process seventy times the information. In addition, his programming is to evolve to integrate the knowledge of the galaxy within “a matter of hours”.2

IN ‘ACTION COMICS’ #869, BRAINIAC SENDS HIS SOLAR AGGRESSOR TO DETONATE THE SUN SUPERNOVA

In  ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #869, Brainiac sends his solar aggressor to detonate the sun supernova. AP Photo/DC Comics

During his battle with Superman, Brainiac sends his solar aggressor to detonate the sun supernova. After Brainiac has captured Superman and Supergirl, he bottles Metropolis. He plans to incinerate Earth with the solar aggressor as it detonates the sun supernova. Brainiac states “in less than fifty-seven minutes, my solar aggressor will reach your sun.”4

In Smallville, Pa and Ma Kent watch as the solar aggressor heads for the sun. Pa Kent notes it is headed for the sun.

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘ACTION COMICS’ #869, BRAINIAC BOTTLES METROPOLIS

In  ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #869, Brainiac bottles Metropolis as Lois Lane and the citizens of Metropolis watch helplessly. AP Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

L.E.G.I.O.N. #1 in Comic Vine.
Vril Dox II in Cosmic Teams.
Action Comics Vol 1 868 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 869 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. L.E.G.I.O.N. #1.
  2. Action Comics #868.
  3. Action Comics #869.

Feat: Mr. Majestic, ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s.’ #2

MR. MAJESTIC (LORD MAJESTROS OF KHERA)
WILDSTORM UNIVERSE

In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s.’ (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic performs a durability feat. The story is told of the first encounter between the future WildC.A.T.s members and the Daemonite Helspont. During the mission, Mr. Majestic takes a blast to the chest from Helspont.

How much durability does it take to withstand a blast to the chest from Helspont?

In 'Team One: WildC.A.T.s.' (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic tanks a blast to the chest from Helspont.
In ‘Team One: WildC.A.T.s.’ (1995) #2, Mr. Majestic performs a durability feat. Mr. Majestic withstands a blast to the chest from Helspont. Wildstorm Comics

MR. MAJESTIC WITHSTOOD A BLAST TO THE CHEST FROM HELSPONT AND KEPT FIGHTING.

MR. MAJESTIC GENERATED 2*10^32 JOULES, EQUIVALENT TO THE ENERGY OF THE GRAVITATIONAL BINDING ENERGY OF EARTH CAPABLE OF DESTROYING THE EARTH.

DURABILITY FEAT:

PLANETARY

                       

For more information on potential energy, visit the Omni-Calculator.

Head over to Who is Image / DC Comics’ Mister Majestic? A Darker “Superman” by New Sage.

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SOURCES

Team One: WildC.A.T.s Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Helspont (Wildstorm) in VS Battles Wiki.

Image Day: Ethan Crane Gains Super Powers In ‘The Gospel According To Ethan Crane’

IMAGE DAY

In 'The Legend Of Supreme' (1994) #1, Supreme kills researchers at GeneTech World Headquarters in condemnation of genetic research.
In ‘The Legend Of Supreme’ (1994) #1, Supreme kills researchers at GeneTech World Headquarters in condemnation of genetic research. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN IMAGE UNIVERSE

ETHAN CRANE KILLS TWO MEN BECAUSE OF RAPE

In ‘The Legend Of Supreme’ (1994) #1, a reporter named Maxine Winslow investigates the “origin story” of Supreme and of how he gained his super powers. He was born Ethan Crane. In 1937, in St. Louis, Ethan Crane walks up to two men in a bar and accuses them of the rape of a 15 year-old girl.

Declining comments about religion and penance, Crane pulls up a gun and kills the two men. Walking into the street with the gun in his hand, he gets stopped by two police officers. Crane gets shot.

In 'The Legend Of Supreme' (1994) #1, Ethan Crane shots two men with a gun over the rape of a 15 year-old girl.
In ‘The Legend Of Supreme’ (1994) #1, Ethan Crane shots two men with a gun over the rape of a 15 year-old girl. Photo/Image Comics

ETHAN CRANE PARTICIPATES IN GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENT

Crane survives the shootings by the two police officers. However, he gets sentenced to life in prison for his crime. Maxine in her investigation interrogates Sophie, the 15 year-old that was raped by the two men Crane killed.

Sophie Miles reveals that in prison, Crane received the proposition to participate in a government experiment to enhance humans and grant them super powers. Crane accepted. One of the researchers on the project revealed to Maxine that Crane was the seventh of all the participants who were experimented on to grant them super powers. Crane actually died.

In 'The Legend Of Supreme' (1994) #1, Ethan Crane is the seventh participant in a government project to enhance humans.
In ‘The Legend Of Supreme’ (1994) #1, Ethan Crane is the seventh participant in a government project to enhance humans. Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPREME IS BORN AND LEAVES EARTH

Ethan Crane actually is reborn from the government experiment. In 1939, he reaches out to Maxine and sends her the manuscript of “The Gospel According To Ethan Crane” which details his life since being reborn and the manifestation of his super powers. “On The First Day”, in 1939, Crane finds sanctuary at Father Beam’s church.

Looking at the Cross, Crane has a religious experience that triggers his super powers. It is flight. Supreme is born. During an argument with Father Beam over Supreme’s killings of seven men, Supreme accidentally kills Father Beam. Supreme leaves Earth in anguish.

In 'The Legend Of Supreme' (1994) #3, Supreme leaves the Earth in anguish over his killing of Father Beam.
In ‘The Legend Of Supreme’ (1995) #3, Supreme leaves the Earth in anguish over his killing of Father Beam. Photo/Image Comics

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘Supreme’ (1997) #49, Supreme and the Allies face the menace of Optilux.


SOURCES

The Legend of Supreme #1 in Comic Vine.
The Legend of Supreme #3 in Comic Vine.
Supreme #49 in Comic Vine.

FAN REACTION

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