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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)

*Collect Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #133-152.

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)

*Collect New Gods #1-11.

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)

*Collect New Gods v3. #1-28.

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)

*Collect Jack Kirby’s Fourth World #1-8, Genesis #1-4, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World #9-12, Darkseid Villains #1, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World #13-20, New Gods Secret Files #1.

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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DC vs Marvel: Doomsday, The Ultimate vs The Incredible Hulk

 

DC VS MARVEL

FORMIDABILITY SCORES

H/P DOOMSDAY

Strength Class: Boundless 100%
Weaknesses: Universal Forces 92%
Quality Opponents: Skyfather 92%
Limitations: Intelligence 42%

SCORE: 72

FORMIDABILITY:

METAHUMAN

IMMORTAL HULK

Strength Class: Boundless 100%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 96

FORMIDABILITY:

COSMIC

IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

THE TWO STRONGEST MONSTERS IN ANY UNIVERSE

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In today’s article, we compare two fighters that are the cream of the crop in terms of strength, power, rage… and yes, fighting!

Incredibly, let’s introduce the battle to end all battles: Doomsday, the Ultimate vs The Incredible Hulk. Though these two monsters have yet to face in a crossover, fans have salivated at the thought of a vicious brawl.

Really, both are an A-list hero and a B-list villain in their respective universes. Namely, the legendary Doomsday is famous for being the monster who killed Superman. For his part, Hulk is the Strongest Avenger and only keeps getting stronger.

Though both monsters have evolved multiple forms, let’s compare their strength in terms of their strongest power levels. Hence, we compare Hunter/Prey (HP) Doomsday with Immortal Hulk (IMH).

FORMIDABILITY

Generally, formidability is the ability to compete, match and defeat a foe despite overwhelming odds. Usually, formidability indicates a warrior’s ability to defeat a stronger, more powerful and more resourceful enemy.

For this reason, it is almost interchangeable with the Fighting Skills Level. For example, this explains why Batman is able to defeat Killer Croc or Bane who are in fact stronger or more powerful.

Using tactics, training, technology, resources and intel, Batman is usually able to take on more powerful opponents.

Before we rank our two heroes, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the hero should be able to consistently defeat opponents above their strength class or power level.
  2. In terms of power level or fighting skills, they should have few or no weaknesses.
  3. Consistently, they should face quality opponents that are at least able to destroy a city.
  4. Finally, they should have fewer limitations in power, strength, ability or intelligence.

First, we will compare them in Strength Class, Weaknesses, Quality Opponents and Limitations. At the top, you can check their Formidability Scores. To note, all scores are rated out of a 100.

 

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1. STRENGTH CLASS

Generally, both H/P Doomsday and IMH possess a Boundless-Level of Super Strength. As matter of fact, this means they have an infinite amount of Super-Strength and can become as strong as necessary.

In the case of H/P Doomsday, his Super Strength is more properly speaking a form of Reactive Evolution and Resurrection. In Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994) #1, after Darkseid fells Doomsday with his Omega Effect, Doomsday come back to life.

When Doomsday comes back to life, he evolves an adaptation to Darkseid’s Omega Effect which can no longer harm him. And what we estimate to be a Universal-Level of Super-Strength. Theoretically, there is no upper limit to his Super-Strength.

On the other hand, Immortal Hulk, also has the novel power of Resurrection. In fact, he theoretically cannot die. Or in better words, he resurrects from every death. In the first issue, IMH resurrects from a gunshot wound to the head and finds he can smell lies.

In effect, IMH is immortal and can only be killed by the being who is the source of his power, the One-Below-All. Really, Immortal Hulk has Boundless Super-Strength since he can defeat Gods or Abstracts.

ADVANTAGE: TIE

2. WEAKNESSES

For the most part, Doomsday’s weakness is properly speaking Universal Forces. In the comic, Doomsday is felled by Darkseid’s Omega Effect. Because of the OE’s powers and its relation to the chaotic side of the Source, the Omega Effect is certainly a power of entropy.

Really, the only way to defeat H/P Doomsday is to subject him to the powers of entropy. At the end of the comic, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe with Waverider’s help, ending his murderous rampage.

In some sense, Immortal Hulk is protected by a Divine Enchantment. As a host of the One-Below-All, who rules Hell, he comes back from every death. Though he can be wounded, pierced and even killed, he always resurrects. Effectively, his Weakness lasts as long as the Divine Enchantment.

Generally, though both warriors are evenly matched in strength, IMH may lack the specific power necessary to finally overcome H/P Doomsday’s onslaught. As Doomsday evolves, he may land the killing blow that severes his connection to the Green Door.

ADVANTAGE: IMMORTAL HULK

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3. QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, Immortal Hulk has a decisive advantage in this department. Over a more developed series, IMH faces multiple opponents such as Sasquatch, the Avengers and even the One-Below-All.

In Immortal Hulk Vol 1 13, Immortal Hulk faces the One-Below-All and his horde of monsters in Hell. Importantly, he has to deal with his father who disowns him as a child of evil. Decisively, Hulk swats him away dispersing at the same time, the One-Below-All.

In the Marvel hierarchy, the One-Above-All, is the God of the Marvel Multiverse. Oppositely, the One-Below-All is below and is unthinking monster that needs gamma-ray powered hosts in the Marvel multiverse.

Certainly, IMH’s Quality Opponents are God or Abstract-Level.

ADVANTAGE: IMMORTAL HULK

 

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4. LIMITATIONS

Though H/P Doomsday is more limited due to his lack of intelligence, his Boundless Super-Strength, Reactive Evolution, Resurrection and Universal-Level Durability make up for them.

For his part, IMH is only limited by his Power Dependency as a gamma-ray host of One-Below-All.

In general, since both characters are monsters, Intelligence is not an isssue.

ADVANTAGE: IMMORTAL HULK

VERDICT:

Though Immortal Hulk is more powerful and can defeat a God or Abstract, the outcome is either a stalemate or a win for Doomsday who can only be defeated by entropy.

And that’s our ranking! Don’t forget to leave comments if you liked the DC vs Marvel.

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DC vs Marvel: Darkseid, The Boss vs My Boy Thanos!

Darkseid vs Thanos in 'DC Versus Marvel.'
 

DC VS MARVEL

DEATH BATTLE!

IN SUPERVILLAINS

THE TOP A-LIST VILLAINS AT DC AND MARVEL

Darkseid vs Thanos in 'DC Versus Marvel.'
Darkseid vs Thanos in DC Versus Marvel (1996).

In the mega-hit crossover DC Versus Marvel (1996), two powerful abstract entities named the Brothers threatened the existence of the DC and Marvel universes. Namely, in order to decide whose universe survives a contest of champions was decreed by the cosmic entities.

In a series of battles, the heroes of both universes duked it out in outcomes decided by fan-vote. Largely, the battles were a popularity contest though they indeed were fun!

In some respect, one element that has not been appreciated enough is the off-panel confrontation between Darkseid and Thanos. So, let’s ask the obvious question: Who would win in a battle between Darkseid, The Boss vs My Boy Thanos?

Really, both are A-list villains in their respective universes. Namely, Thanos is well known for conquering the Infinity Gauntlet and bringing the Marvel universe to his heel.

At the same time, Darkseid achieved virtual omnipotence in his millennial conquest of the Anti-Life Equation, which threatened the existence of the DC multiverse.

At the same time, Thanos also experienced real victory in Marvel: The End. But since the story is non-canon, we cannot use it to compare both villains.

So, let’s compare Thanos with the IG to Darkseid with the ALE.

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FORMIDABILITY

Generally, formidability is the ability to compete, match and defeat a foe despite overwhelming odds. Usually, formidability indicates a warrior’s ability to defeat a stronger, more powerful and more resourceful enemy.

For this reason, it is almost interchangeable with the Fighting Skills Level. For example, this explains why Batman is able to defeat Killer Croc or Bane who are in fact stronger or more powerful.

Using tactics, training, technology, resources and intel, Batman is usually able to take on more powerful opponents.

Before we rank our two A-list villains, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the superhero should be able to consistently defeat opponents above their strength class or power level.
  2. In terms of power level or fighting skills, they should have few or no weaknesses.
  3. Consistently, they should face quality opponents that are at least able to destroy a city.
  4. Finally, they should have fewer limitations in power, strength, ability or intelligence.

First, we will compare them in Strength Class, Intelligence, Preparation, Power and Leadership. Then, let’s rank Darkseid and Thanos in Formidability. To note, all scores are rated out of a 100.

1. STRENGTH CLASS

Generally, Darkseid is at least Stellar Level in Super Strength. Regularly, he takes on Superman-level foes and either matches or is below Superman in Super Strength.

At the same time, Orion vs Darkseid showed what happens when the two strongest New Gods unleash their power all-out.

With the ALE, Darkseid is in a human body. Due to those limitations, he is still so powerful that we rated his Super Strength as Irrelevant. At the same time, Darkseid is subject to weakness exploitation with the Radion bullet. In Thanos’ case, his only weakness is mental.

On the other hand, Thanos is often stronger than the strongest warriors in the Earth-616 Universe. In Infinity, Thanos takes on the strongest heroes without the IG: Hulk, Hyperion, Thor.

With the IG, Thanos takes on the entire roster of Marvel’s heroes with just the Power Gem. Hence, he has access to Infinite Super Strength.

ADVANTAGE: THANOS

2. INTELLIGENCE

In the Intelligence department, Darkseid is among the most intelligent beings in the DC Universe.

As a New God, he has access to the Mother Box, the Father Box, the Hellspores, and not to mention he rules the entire planet of Apokolips with its advanced tech, armies and defense systems.

In addition, he regularly spies on New Genesis, intercepts its communications with the nigh-omniscient Source. In Death of The New Gods, Darkseid actually decyphers the language of the Source to claim the Soulfire. And of course, at the start of Final Crisis, he claimed the ALE.

Generally, Thanos is a super-genius. In some sense, Thanos is both a space conqueror and a cosmic being. With Sanctuary, his home ship and various other crafts, he can destroy entire planets. In an Adam Warlock story, Thanos threatened to destroy stars in order to win Death.

Though Thanos’ intelligence is cunning, it does not operate on Darkseid’s scale. Indeed, in Thanos: Redemption, the mad Titan was able to intercept Galactus’ files and figured out they had been tampered with.

Of course, Galactus is an abstract on the level of Eternity. However, there is quite a difference of power and scale between the universal Eternity and the multiversal Source, which is the final frontier of the DCU.

ADVANTAGE: DARKSEID

 

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3. PREPARATION

In terms of strategy and preparation, Darkseid does not compare favorably. In order to gain the IG, Thanos largely operated on his own by besting the Elders of the Universe and other champions in single combat or by outsmarting them.

Though, it took Thanos a relative short amount of time after discovering the Soul Gems in Death‘s realm.

In comparison, it took Darkseid millennia in order to obtain the object of his desire, the destructive Anti-Life Equation. As a New God, he intervened in Earth’s history, guiding it and planning in order to investigate that secret. And he still failed.

In the end, it took the Death of the New Gods and the destruction of the Fourth World by the Source. Only in Heaven was the God of Evil able to conquer his prize.

ADVANTAGE: THANOS

4. POWER

Really, the gap in power between both is striking. Let’s start with Thanos. With the IG, the Mad Titan has Infinite power and is nigh-omnipotent. To this end, he was able to beat Marvel’s heroes.

At the same time, at full power, he was able to defeat the cosmic entities, including Eternity. What is striking, however, is the fact that Thanos was able to affect only one universe and even Living Tribunal, the multiversal Judge, was not involved.

On the other hand, Darkseid with the ALE threatened all reality. That is, he threatened the entirety of the DC multiverse, past, present and future. All the way to Heaven or the Hyperverse.

More importantly, unlike Thanos’ power dependency with the Gauntlet, Darkseid only had to upload the ALE over the Internet and speak it. Horrifyingly, the Earths of the DC multiverse were being dragged to Hell, by sinking into a singularity. How nightmarish!

In the end, all that was left of reality, was the Watchtower floating in space, where Superman and company made their last stand against Darkseid and his forces, even Mandrakk.

ADVANTAGE: DARKSEID

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5. LEADERSHIP

Unquestionably, Darkseid wins in the leadership department. In his case, you actually have to beat him and be more powerful. Only Darkseid has succeeded in opposing everyone against Superman at the end of Final Crisis.

With the ALE, the infected are an extension of Darkseid’s will.

In Thanos’ case, hubris undermine his leadership. Notably, despite having attained supremacy in the Marvel universe, Thanos was still challenged by lesser beings. Though he triumphed over his obstacles.

Ultimately, Thanos unconsciously knew he was not fit for omnipotence and supplied the means to lose the IG.

Definitely, Darkseid is the Boss!

ADVANTAGE: DARKSEID

FORMIDABILITY SCORES

Strength Class: Irrelevant 100%
Weaknesses: Rare Minerals or Elements 75%
Quality Opponents: Reality 100%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 79

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR

Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Hubris 50%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 71

FORMIDABILITY:

METAHUMAN

VERDICT:

Darkseid with the ALE is an Abstract in the DC multiverse. Thanos with IG is the Supreme Being of the Marvel universe.

Darkseid wins.

And that’s our ranking! Don’t forget to leave comments if you liked the DC vs Marvel.


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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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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.

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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.

SUPER SPEED FEAT: MULTIVERSAL

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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.

Read on!

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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Super Power Explained: Is The Omega Effect, Universal Or Multiversal In Power Level?

In 'Invincible Iron Man' (2010) #25, Tony Stark explains to Mister Fantastic about the Bleeding Edge Armor.
 

SUPER POWER

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

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Today, we talk about a destructive super power. I speak of the Omega Effect.

On October 12th, we had Battles Of The Week: Doomsday vs Darkseid. Darkseid actually kills Doomsday “with the unsurpassed force of my Omega Beams.”1 A question that has intrigued fans for some time, is to determine the Power Level of the Omega Effect.

What is the destructive super power called the Omega Effect?

Read on!

The Omega Effect is a strange force of entropy, perhaps a destructive side to the often creative nature of the Source.

It is Darkseid‘s possession of the Omega Effect that allows him to fire his Omega Beams from his eyes. These beams are capable of vaporizing, erasing, as energy blasts/energy beams or transmuting any form of matter, living or non-living. They can send/retrieve something from different places, times, dimensions, and even universes.

Darkseid uses his Omega Beam to send Batman back in time at the climax of Final Crisis. From there Batman had to journey through time in order to get back home to his own time period.

It is practically impossible to avoid, dodge or deflect Darkseid’s Omega Beams, as the beams are able to make sharp turns around obstacles and few can withstand a direct hit from them.

The Omega Effect, Comic Vine

Because the Source is Multiversal in Post-Crisis continuity, it might seem that the Omega Effect super power is also Multiversal in Power Level.

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‘SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: HUNTER/PREY’

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 ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday resurrects then guided by Cyborg Superman, lands on Apokolips. There, a brutal confrontation between Darkseid, the God of Evil, and Doomsday, the Ultimate, follows. Darkseid states in the issue, that he can equal Doomsday’s power. If Darkseid can equal Doomsday’s power then he used the full power of the Omega Effect. During the battle, Darkseid uses the destructive super power to kill Doomsday. However, Doomsday comes back from death and evolves beyond the attack. At the end of the battle, as Doomsday defeats Darkseid, Darkseid says that Doomsday is a being of legend, citing the fear he creates.

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #3' (1994), Doomsday throws Superman into Calaton's nuclear reactors causing an explosion "equal to a million nuclear blasts."
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #3’ (1994), Doomsday throws Superman into Calaton’s nuclear reactors causing an explosion “equal to a million nuclear blasts.”
In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3' (1994), Superman exclaims he has found his limit and can't move, due to surviving the concussive force of an explosion "equal to a million nuclear blasts" on Calaton. Doomsday survives unscathed!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3’ (1994), Superman exclaims he has found his limit, surviving the concussive force of an explosion “equal to a million nuclear blasts” on Calaton.

In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3’ (1994), Doomsday and Superman survive an explosion “equal to a million nuclear blasts!”2 This durability feat is Stellar in Power Level and we used it to rate a similar feat.

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

Since Superman is unable to defeat Doomsday with the help of Mother Box and Waverider, he takes Doomsday to the end of time where the universe is ravaged by the forces of entropy. Doomsday’s destruction ends there. This indicates that Doomsday’s durability is Universal.

As a result, since the Omega Effect succeeded in killing Doomsday once, it is Universal in Power Level. The destructive super power is capable at full power of destroying even the Ultimate. However, Doomsday comes back and evolves from the attack. At the end of time, there is nothing that Doomsday can come back to since the universe is ravaged by the forces of entropy. As Doomsday keeps coming back to an entropic universe, he cannot evolve from entropy, he eventually dies.

ENERGY PROJECTION POWER LEVEL:

UNIVERSAL

                       

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LINKS

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 3 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #1.
  2. Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #3.