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Reading Guide: In The New Gods Chronology, Darkseid Schemes

 

READING GUIDE

Writer(s)

Jack Kirby


Penciler(s)

Jack Kirby


Inker(s)

Vince Colletta


Cover

Jack Kirby


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

March, 1971

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

THE CANCELLED NEW GODS MOVIE

Originally, Director Ava Duvernay and Mister Miracle writer Tom King co-wrote the script for the movie. In fact, the New Gods movie had begun filming. In 2021, New Gods was removed from the DC Extended Universe film slate with little explanation.

In our Reading Guide, we show why the Kirby-created franchise is space opera and can take the DC Extended Universe to the next level. Here is our New Gods chronology since their first appearance in 1970 containing the mainstream continuity titles.

DARKSEID’S FIRST APPEARANCE (1970)

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Before debuting the New Gods, legendary writer and artist Jack Kirby introduced new characters to the series Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen called the Newsboys Legion. At the head was Morgan Edge, who headed Galaxy Broadcasting System, owned the Daily Planet where Jimmy Olsen and Clark Kent worked. Secretly, he operated a criminal organization called Inter-gang. In order to get rid of both Clark and Jimmy, he sent Jimmy on an assignment to uncover the secrets of the Mountain of Judgment.

Namely, Jimmy and The Newboys, filmed their journey through the Zoomway. Indeed, they discovered that the Mountain of Judgment was actually a gargatuan space vehicle. There, they discovered a scientific society called the Hairies led by a man called Jude. Fortunately, the Newsboys discovered that Morgan Edge planted alpha-bombs in their cameras to destroy the Hairies. And he was doing so in service of his alien master, Darkseid. Though the plan failed.


In reality, the Hairies were not New Gods. Instead, they were genetically modified humans by a secret government organization called the DNA Project. Indeed, it was run by the original Newsboy Legion, who were the parents of the current Newsboys. The Project had mastered the human genome and could clone humans from cells. In Post-Crisis Continnuity, The DNA Project was used under the name of the Cadmus Project.

 

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THE NEW GODS (1971-72)

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In 1971, New Gods debuted. In the first issue, Jack Kirby introduced the New God Orion, who with his friend Lightray came from the paradise New Genesis. Together, they lived on the hovering city called Supertown where Highfather, in contact with the Source received messages on the wall.

The Source prophesied that in order for Orion to stop Darkseid’s quest for the Anti-Life Equation, he had to journey to Apokolips then to Earth. On Apokolips, Orion found four people whom Darkseid believed held a fragment of the Anti-Life Equation. He freed them, then returned them to Earth. On his travels to Earth, Darkseid used Mother Box to hide his face and adopt a civilian identity called O’Ryan.


Originally, the war between New Genesis and Apokolips started when Darkseid’s uncle, Steppenwolf, murdered Avia, Izaya’s wife. In retaliation, the ruler of New Genesis invaded Apokolips which was ruled by Queen Heggra, Darkseid’s mother. In the shadows, Darkseid gave Metron Element X so that he would assist. In return, Metron created the Boom Tube which Darkseid used to teleport to Apokolips. Desperate, Izaya pled and the Source evolved him into Highfather. Then, a truce was made where both rulers would exchange their sons, Scott Free and Orion.

LEGENDS (1986)

*Collect Legends #1-6, Superman #3, Adventures of Superman #426, Action Comics #586, Action Comics #592-593, Action Comics #600, Justice League #1–42, Superman v.2 Annual #2.

After the Crisis On Infinite Earths reboot, John Ostrander and comic legend John Byrne re-launched the New Gods. Though, the New Gods continuity was maintained. In Legends, Darkseid schemes against the heroes of Earth to undermine their credibility. To this end, the God of evil unleashes two monsters from Apokoips, Macro-Man and Brimstone. Prominently, the Justice League launched its high profile series.

In the crossover event, the New Gods begin to feature prominently in Superman titles. Importantly, Darkseid transported Superman to Apokolips with his Omega Effect. There, he was transported to Armagetto where he was an amnesiac though a hero to the Lowlies. Orion and Lightray traveled to Apokolips to rescue Superman who had been indoctrinated by Granny Goodness. With the Mother Box, the sentient computer, Superman was restored. After a fight with Darkseid, Superman managed to outrace th Omega Effect, hitting Darkseid. Then, the Man of Steel was sent back to Earth.

 

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THE NEW GODS (1989-91)

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In 1989, New Gods debuted its third series. Particularly, it followed the events after the Cosmic Odyssey four-issue limited series. The new series centers on the struggle between New Genesis and the Insect Empire for Supertown’s governing power. In addition, it tells of Apokolips’ attempts to continue its war on Earth. Again, the central protagonist is Orion of NewGenesis.

THE NEW GODS (1995-97)

*Collects New Gods #1-15

Legendary artist and writer John Byrne debuts on New Gods vol. 4. The premise of the series is the end of Darkseid’s quest for the Anti-Life Equation. Now convinced that it does not exist, the ruler of Apokolips seeks to control the Source. After unleashing a wave of darkness across the universe, Darkseid’s plan is foiled by Orion. In an anticipated showdown, Orion heads into space to confront his father. In the Source, the New Gods duel until one final victor emerges: Orion.

Catastrophically, Darkseid’s death sent shockwaves through New Genesis and Apokolips. Indeed, both planets were destabilized by the imbalance between Good and Evil. In order to prevent the unleashing of the Old God S’ivaa, Highfather started a self-imprisonment in an asylum. However, S’ivaa who slumbered in the eternal sea, was free! After he began his dance of universal destruction, Highfather recruited Superman and Orion to hold it off. Successfully, S’ivaa was imprisoned on the Source Wall though Darkseid and Highfather melted in its fire.

JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD (1997)

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Legendary artist and writer John Byrne created a unified origin story for the New Gods and the Old Gods. In the beginning, there was a First World seedless and ormless. Then, there was a Second World home of the Old Gods. After, the Godwave seeded the universe with divinity and the potential for super powers. Also, there was a Third World where the gods having attained adulthood warred for thousands of years. Then, it exploded into two planets, Apokolips and New Genesis called the Fourth World.

JUSTICE LEAGUE (2011)

*Collect Justice League #1-6.

In 2011, the New 52 re-launch rebooted the DC Universe with 52 parallel universes. For this reason, many characters’ origins were changed while others were removed. In the new origin of the Justice League, Darkseid invades Prime Earth in its first alien invasion with his arm of parademons.

EARTH 2 WORLD’S END (2012)

*Collect Earth 2 #1, #8, #11; World’s Finest #10-26; Earth 2 Annual #1; Earth 2 #14, #15, #15.1, #16, #23, #25, #28; Earth 2 World’s End #1-12.

In 2012, Darkseid continues his conquest of the DC Multiverse. On Earth-2, he sends Steppenwolf to conquer it. There, he finds opposition from Superman though Wonder Woman loves him. On Apokolips, Big Barda falls in love with Scot Free and the two escape. They are randed as traitors. In the battle for Earth-2, Steppenwolf impales Wonder Woman and kills Superman. After the invasion, the Earth is left cratered and Steppenwolf and his armes escape to Earth-0.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR (2015)

In 2015, acclaimed writer Geoff Johns worked on the final storyline of the New 52. Justice League: Darkseid War is a masterful crossover that adds to the New Gods mythology. According to Amazon prophecy, the child of Darkseid and Myrina Black is going to usher a new darkness on Earth. Known as Grail, she summons the Anti-Monitor in order to conquer Earth and kill Darkseid. In his quest for the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid invades Earth though it leads to fatality. Caught between a godly war, Wonder Woman and the Justice League must save Prime Earth or become gods!

KIRBY SPECIALS (2017)

*Collect The Newsboy Legion and Boy Commandos Special #1, Manhunter Special #1, The Sandman Special #1, The New Gods Special #1, Darkseid Special #1, The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1.

The Kirby Specials are six one-shots released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby.

Mister Miracle (1971–74)

Return of the New Gods • 1977 Revival (Earth-17)

Mister Miracle, 1977 Revival (Earth-17)

The New Gods v.2 (reprint series, 1984) +
The Hunger Dogs Graphic Novel (1985)

The Forever People v.2 (limited series, 1988)

Cosmic Odyssey (1988)

Mister Miracle v.2 (1989–91) + Justice League International (1986–90)

Mister Miracle v.3 (1996)

Takion (1996)

Orion (2000–02) + JLA (1998–2000)

Seven Soldiers + Death of the New Gods + Final Crisis (2005–08)

Mister Miracle v.5 (2017)

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Highfather vs Random Team 11

 

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Overpowered Beings: Super-Charged With The Speed Force, Barry Allen Is #TheAngelOfTheDCMultiverse

In 'DC Universe' (2008) #0, Barry Allen falls from the sky, resurrected in Final Crisis.
 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS

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IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

BARRY ALLEN IS #THEANGELOFTHEDCMULTIVERSE

In 'DC Universe' (2008) #0, Barry Allen falls from the sky, resurrected in Final Crisis.
In DC Universe (2008) #0, Barry Allen falls from the sky, resurrected in Final Crisis. DC Comics.

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.

OVERPOWERED, FLASH IS A SPEED FORCE CONDUIT

In 'Crisis On Infinite Earths' (1985) #8, Flash time travels to the past to destroy the Anti-Monitor's antimatter canon, sacrificing himself.
In Crisis On Infinite Earths (1985) #8, Flash time travels to the past to destroy the Anti-Monitor’s antimatter canon, sacrificing himself. DC Comics.

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.

CHECK OUT THE WIKI: Flash (BARRY ALLEN) TIME TRAVELS TO THE PAST TO DESTROY ANTI-MONITOR’S ANTIMATTER CANNON.

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WHY BARRY ALLEN IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

BARRY ONCE RAN SO FAST THAT HE ENTERED THE SOURCE

In 'Super-Team Family' (1978) #15, Flash ran so fast that he entered the Source.
In Super-Team Family (1978) #15, Flash ran so fast that he entered the Source. DC Comics.

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.

BARRY ENTERED THE SPEED FORCE RUNNING

In 'The Flash: Rebirth' (2009) #3, Barry Allen runs past the speed of light into the Speed Force.
In The Flash: Rebirth (2009) #3, Barry Allen runs past the speed of light into the Speed Force. DC Comics.

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.

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BARRY AND WALLY OUTRACED THE BLACK RACER

In 'Final Crisis' (2009) #7, Barry and Wally outrace the Black Racer and the radion bullet Darkseid fired 50 years in the past.
In Final Crisis (2009) #7, Barry and Wally outrace the Black Racer and the radion bullet Darkseid fired 50 years in the past. DC Comics.

In Who Is Faster Than The Flash? & 9 Other Questions About The Speedster, Answered, David Harth talks about the two Flashes: Barry Allen and Wally West. Perhaps, one of the two Flashes’ greatest feats occurs in Final Crisis. In Final Crisis (2009) #7, Barry and Wally outrace the Black Racer and the radion bullet Darkseid fired 50 years in the past.

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!

AS GOD OF DEATH, HE KILLED DARKSEID

In 'Justice League' (2015) #44, Barry the God of Death kills Darkseid.
In Justice League (2015) #44, Barry the God of Death kills Darkseid. DC Comics.

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.

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LINKS

DC Universe Vol 1 0 in DC Database.
How FLASHPOINT Became The Defining Flash Story In Just 10 Years in ScreenRant.
Super-Team Family Vol 1 15 in DC Database.
The Flash: Rebirth Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
Final Crisis Vol 1 7 in DC Database.
Who Is Faster Than The Flash? & 9 Other Questions About The Speedster, Answered in CBR.com.
Justice League Vol 2 44 in DC Database.
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Super Power: Darkseid’s Omega Effect Is A New God Power That Grants Its User Power Over Life And Death

In 'Our Worlds At War: Man Of Steel' (2001) #116, Darkseid fells Superman with the Omega Effect.
 

SUPER POWER

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IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

IN POST-CRISIS CONTINUITY, THE OMEGA EFFECT IS DARKSEID’S ULTIMATE NEW GOD SUPER POWER

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

Darkseid’s Omega Effect is the New God’s ultimate super power. Being a New God, Darkseid derives this super power from the Source. The ability is probably an extension of the chaotic power of the Source.

What does this mean?

The Omega Effect is Darkseid’s power to create or destroy from the chaos aspect of the Source. In post-crisis continuity, the Source is the boundary to the DC multiverse and its creator.

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The Godwave was a mystical wave of energy, created by The Source, that swept across the cosmos, responsible for creating various pantheons of gods. As it spread it eventually reached the edge of the universe and rebounded, making a second pass that created the potential for Superhumans. Thus, it was responsible for creating the likes of the Speed Force, the Quantum Field and the energy channeled by the Guardians of the Universe. In time, the resonance created by the Godwave began to expand and contract whereupon it returned to The Source. This expansion and contraction began to affect the powers of various beings throughout the universe. As a result, the cosmic energy force began to tear apart the structures it had created whereupon it would wipe the universe clean bringing about the emergence of a new and terrible Fifth World to replace it.

Godwave (Concept), Comic Vine


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THE OMEGA EFFECT GRANTS DARKSEID POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH

Darkseid uses the Omega Effect in order to create and to destroy. The Omega Effect grants Darkseid power over life and death. The Omega Effect is fired as concussive beams from Darkseid’s eyes. The super power is able to disintegrate beings and objects on target. In addition, the Omega Effect can curve though it does not err from its target.

The Omega Effect grants Darkseid the power to erase beings from reality and re-create them at will. It is thus a reality-warping power. The New God derives this super power from the chaotic side of the Source.

 

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IN ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ (2019) #12, DARKSEID DISINTEGRATES JESSICA CRUZ WITH THE OMEGA EFFECT

In 'Justice League: Odyssey' (2019) #12, Darkseid disintegrates Jessica Cruz with his Omega Effect.
In ‘Justice League: Odyssey’ (2019) #12, Darkseid disintegrates Jessica Cruz with his Omega Effect.

WINNER: DARKSEID WINS BY DECIMATION

IN ‘NEW GODS’ (1972) #11, DARKSEID ERASES DESAAD FROM REALITY WITH THE OMEGA EFFECT

In 'New Gods' (1972) #11, Darkseid erases Desaad from reality with the Omega Effect.
In ‘New Gods’ (1972) #11, Darkseid erases Desaad from reality with the Omega Effect. AP Photo/DC Comics.
In 'New Gods' (1972) #11, Darkseid erases Desaad from reality with the Omega Effect.
In ‘New Gods’ (1972) #11, Darkseid erases Desaad from reality with the Omega Effect. AP Photo/DC Comics.

WINNER: DARKSEID WINS BY REALITY-WARPING

DARKSEID’S OMEGA EFFECT CAN HURT SUPERMAN-LEVEL FOES

Darkseid’s Omega Effect is particularly destructive. It is able to destroy planets and even hurt Superman-level foes such as Kryptonians and Daxamites.

In fact, the Omega Effect is able to hurt even other New Gods such as Orion and Highfather. The Omega Effect grants Darkseid the power to hurt or to negate powerful magic such as Wonder Woman‘s Aegis bracelets.

IN ‘OUR WORLDS AT WAR: MAN OF STEEL’ (2001) #116, DARKSEID HITS SUPERMAN WITH THE OMEGA EFFECT

In 'Our Worlds At War: Man Of Steel' (2001) #116, Darkseid fells Superman with the Omega Effect.
In Superman: The Man of Steel‘ (2001) #116, Darkseid fells Superman with the Omega Effect. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘FINAL CRISIS’ #7, DARKSEID FIRES THE OMEGA SANCTION SENDING BATMAN THROUGH TIME

In ‘Final Crisis’ (2009) #6, Darkseid fires the Omega Effect at Batman. AP Photo/DC Comics.
In 'Final Crisis' (2009) #6, the Omega sanction hits Batman at the head and the torso, sending him through time.
In ‘Final Crisis’ (2009) #6, the Omega sanction sends Batman through time. AP Photo/DC Comics.

LINKS

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Godwave (Concept) in Comic Vine.
Justice League Odyssey Vol 1 12 in DC Database.
New Gods Vol 1 11 in DC Database.
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 116 in DC Database.
Final Crisis Vol 1 6 in DC Database.
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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


LINKS

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.