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

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Paul Dini, Sean McKeever, Keith Giffen


Penciler(s)

Scott Kolins


Colorist(s)

Tom S. Chu


Cover

Adam Kubert, Edgar Delgado


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

April, 2008

IN DEATHS AND RESURRECTIONS

WHAT IS COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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ORION KILLS DARKSEID

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

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

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LINKS

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

FOOTNOTES

  1. 1st Issue Special.
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Metropolis Battles: Superman vs Doomsday (Hero vs Villain)

 

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METROPOLIS BATTLES

 

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Writers and Artists

Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Dan Jurgens.

SYNOPSIS FOR “DOOMSDAY!”

In the middle of America, a new threat arises that threatens the nation.

In a murderous rampage across the East Coast, Doomsday lays a path of destruction. It is up to Superman to stop him.

In a battle to the death, Superman is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for Metropolis. Who will mourn our fallen hero?

 

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IN DEATHS AND RESURRECTIONS

SUPERMAN VS DOOMSDAY: WE REMEMBER THE FALLEN HEROES! WILL THEY RISE AGAIN?
Superman (1993) #75. DC Comics.

Enter the contestants in Metropolis. On the left side is Superman, the Man of Steel and on the right side is Doomsday, the Ultimate.

Let’s look at the stats.

SUPERMAN – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Mountain 33%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Mountain 33%
Energy Projection: City Block 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

DOOMSDAY – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Mountain 33%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Mountain 33%
Energy Projection: Irrelevant 17%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Neophyte 1%

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THE ART

To begin, the art is pure Dan Jurgens. The artist, writer, creator rose to fame with his incredible work on Superman in the 1990s and with the soft revamp Zero Hour. In Death of Superman, Jurgens’ curvy lines and strong musculature create kinetic panels.

Though Jurgens’ art may seem exaggerated with a lack of perspective and propotion at times, his characters are all distinctive and come to life with powerful facial expressions. Witness an all-out Superman unleash a destructive blast of heat vision to protect Lois Lane and the citizens of Metropolis. Check out Jurgens’ art book You Can Draw: Marvel Characters.

THE FIGHT

In a battle to the death, Superman must stop the rampaging Doomsday, to protect the citizens of Metropolis. Even making the ultimate sacrifice!

The battle to decide who is the strongest!

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS

An all-out brawl between the DC powerhouse and a rampaging monster.
SUPERMAN BLUNT FORCE (x3) + INTERNAL BLEEDING + ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT (x3) + 4 DAMAGE PTS + 6 DAMAGE PTS = 13 DAMAGE PTS.
DOOMSDAY BLUNT FORCE (x2) + INTERNAL BLEEDING (x3): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) + 4 DAMAGE PTS (x3) = 17 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


SUPERMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-17 DAMAGE PTS.

Durability of a Mountain = 100000 Ton of TNT.
-(17 DAMAGE PTS * 3184046586 W * 12 h * 3600 s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -556753.288752 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Superman’s Durability = (-556753.288752
​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(100000 Ton of TNT) =
-5.56753288752 PTS.
Durability = 4 – 5.56753288752 = -1.57 PTS = DEATH.


DURABILITY: DEATH

Durability: Death 1%

DOOMSDAY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-13 DAMAGE PTS.

Durability of a Mountain = 100000 Ton of TNT.
-(13 DAMAGE PTS * 3184046586 W * 12 h * 3600 s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -425752.514928 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Superman’s Durability = (-425752.514928
​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(100000 Ton of TNT) =
-4.25752514928 PTS.
Durability = 4 – 4.25752514928
= -0.26 PTS = DEATH.


DURABILITY: DEATH

Durability: Death 1%

WINNER: DEATH TO A STANDSTILL

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DOOMSDAY IN COMICS

DOOMSDAY'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Superman: The Man Of Steel (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders.

'Man Of Steel' (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders.
Superman: The Man Of Steel (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders. DC Comics

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Death of Superman in DC Database.
Process in Dan Jurgens.
Kal-El (New Earth) in DC Database.
Doomsday (New Earth) in DC Database.
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 17 in DC Database.