Cosmic Teams is featured on DC Entertainment's all-new DC Fans section! I've known about this for a while, as they contacted me for permission, but it's SO FREAKING UNBELIEVABLE to actually see it. I'm proud of my site; it's been 20 years and a lot of work. I woudln't do it if I didn't love it, and if that introverted little geek weren't still alive inside.
I've seen many kick-ass sites (understandably) fall by the wayside over 20 years, and others rise up as the ease of making a site has increased. This site is still 100% hand-coded, though I wish it weren't. It needs to be database driven. I'm a front-end designer by day but my skills don't extend that far without some study. Someday!
For months, I've been collecting the "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" issues of Superman Family (1979–82). It irked me that I didn't have these issues so now I've finally strung together the narrative of these fun adventures. By E. Nelson Bridwell and Kurt Schaffenberger, the stories are the perfect combination of geeky history and Golden Age style. The profile was written with the invaluable help of Aaron Severson!
This leads me (ever again) to want to put together really definitive, detailed profiles of DC's other Golden Age heroes. Eventually. Before I die.
"While Clark and Lois Lane Kent settled into their new apartment, they were at no loss for adventure. Before long it was gangster-throws-Lois-from-a-buildling all over again and of course, she was saved by Superman. Women on the street noted the spectacle and gossiped about the new bride's intimate connection with the Man of Steel." … READ MORE »
Every so often I visit pages on my site and realize (a) they are horrible and embarrassing, and (b) I actually have all the information I need to make them good. So it was with my Superboy profile. Recently Aaron Severson wrote the Superman of Earth-One profile, so I already had a good base for the non-Legion history. Then I pulled everything out of the chronologies and voila! This is also engineering a Supergirl update, but that's not totally ready yet.
Catch up on what happened after the Crisis, and the Infinite Crisis! See how the restoration of the DC multiverse restored Superman's career as Superboy (despite the DC lawsuit), and brought the original Legion back to the DCU.
"Kal-El was born on the planet Krypton, the son of Jor-El and Lara
in Kryptonopolis, capitol of the planet Krypton. The El family was heir to a proud lineage dating back almost to the beginnings of Kryptonian civilization" … READ MORE »
Heading out to see Suicide Squad movie? Brush up on their (pre-New 52) history! In reviewing this profile, it could use some more meat and pictures, but I did a fair job of keeping it up-to-date on their appearances. I absolutley love John Ostrander's Suicide Squad series and recommend all DC fans read it.
I have significantly edited this article about the Legion's animated adventures, which includes their own series. Now is a good time to catch up, as the animated series can be purchased for streaming from Amazon Prime.
Thanks to Michael Grabois who pointed out a lot of details from the DC animated universe. There's no linear link between the Legion's appearances in the DC cartoons, but since they shared creators, certain things were repurposed each time they reappeared.
Forget Wonder Woman, Power Girl is the bombshell of DC Comics! I guess I probably avoided doing this profile properly because of all the post-Crisis craziness involved with this character. But since I've been focusing on covering Earth-Two histories more, I really wanted to have this one up.
Originally I had split this profile into pre- and post-Crisis but I realized the issue of her continuity was so fluid that the story needed to fit into one narrative. Her post-Crisis Atlantean origin never really stuck and was eventually discarded, so the whole shebang is found in this single profile. And tons of stunning art from the industry's best!
"Kara Zor-L was born on Krypton in the Earth-Two universe circa 1918. Her parents, Zor-L and Allura lived in the city of Kandor (which unlike the Earth-One universe, was not shrunk by Brainiac). Kara was born just after her cousin, Kal-L, and shortly after their births, Krypton exploded and both children were placed in rockets bound for Earth. Kal-L's rocket arrived much earlier than Kara's, which took 60 more years to reach Earth." … READ MORE »
WIth the new Wonder Woman movie being at least partially set in the past, maybe it's time you brushed up on your Golden Age version of the character?
Frequent JSA and Legion contributor Aaron Severson has written up this profile with his usual attention to detail. It includes early history as well as all the continuity notes concerning the character's journey through infinite Earths.
"Thousands of years before the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the goddess Aphrodite created a race of Amazons on a Greek Island called Amazonia. Led by Queen Hippolyte, Earth-Two's Amazons developed an advanced matriarchal culture. The god Mars, infuriated by the Amazons' female-dominated society, inspired the Greek hero Hercules to challenge Hippolyte, steal her magic girdle (a gift from Aphrodite), and enslave her people. Hippolyte appealed to Aphrodite for help and the goddess enabled the Amazons to reclaim the magic girdle and escape to distant Paradise Island. There, Aphrodite promised the Amazons would be ageless and immortal as long as they held to Aphrodite's law." … READ MORE »
Catch up with the society of heroes on Earth-2! Even if you have been reading their adventures, it's been easy to miss some of the things going on with this new incarnation of the Justice Society.
I can't lie: though my JSA fandom is great, the writing on World's End and the new Society series has been pretty sloppy. Both Tom King and Daniel Wilson have played it rather fast and loose with the details. Is this were we've landed? We can't even manage to keep the continuity straight in a brand new series, or universe? Stories in Society contain numerous switcheroos with minor details, which is disappointing. Apparently DC eschewed copy editors a long time ago.
These two series eliminated several key characters and brought others such as Red Arrow and Dick Grayson to prominence.
The father of all profiles is here! I haven't covered a lot of villains but given Darkseid's stature in the current DCU, he seemed a good (if daunting) choice. Jack Kirby's Darkseid is fun to read: unpredictable in his deviousness. The character has been "killed" and resurrected many times, which essentially amounts to a kind of power of immortailty.
"Darkseid was born 24,000 years ago as Uxas, of a race of powerful aliens (frequently referred to as "gods"). His father, Yuga Khan, was the first leader of their planet, Apokolips. Yuga Khan was a ravenous conqueror, curious about the fate of the Old Gods who had preceded them. Khan's hubris led him to attempt to snatch ultimate knowledge from the Source, the center of all creation. He suffered the same fate as those before him; he was punished by the Source, entombed in the great wall which surrounds it. " ... » READ MORE
More New Gods! Here are the Forever People, the teen group that never took off. This group has been the least utilized among Jack Kirby's Fourth World creations, but their original series introduced the concept of the Anti-Life Equation, a key component in the ongoing story of Darkseid.
"The story of the Forever People begins thousands of years in the past. Drax was the elder son of Yuga Khan and his wife, Heggra, rulers of Apokolips. He and his brother Uxas interacted freely with the gods of their sister planet, New Genesis. Drax was great friends with its citizen Izaya. It is a time of peace between the planets and being pacifists, Izaya and Drax promised to keep it. Uxas, on the other hand, was the duplicitous sort and plotted to ascend the throne with the help of his friend, Desaad. " ... » READ MORE
Wrapping up some stuff about the New Gods here with a rundown of the life and times of Oberon, assistant to Mister Miracle and cornerstone of the post-Crisis Justice League:
"The man known as Oberon was born to two circus dwarves but he craved something other than carny life. He ran away at age 16 and drifted for years, but he couldn't escape the big top world. A circus owner renamed him Tom Thumb and passed the boy off as the grandson of P.T. Barnum's famous performer of the same name. There he became involved with another little person, Vera Little ... » READ MORE
Are you sick of hearing about it? Well I'm happy enough with the history and profiles to promote the New Gods subsection of Cosmic Teams. The links below are all accessible through the left menu when you're in the subsection.
Nothing is ever really done, though right? I'd still like to cover the New 52 New Gods. And the profiles for Oberon and Forever People need to be finished.
And now for Scott Free's more obscure successor, Shilo Norman! This character seems to have been invented to "turn the book around." Just as Jack Kirby's New Gods and Forever People were canceled, the remaining title, Mister Miracle, made a change in direction. Scott and Barda got a fiesty new sidekick, a prodigy in many ways. Kirby even put Shilo in a costume reminiscent of Sandy the Golden Boy, a character he reinvented in the 1940s. In later years there was only room for Shilo if Scott were retired or dead. Shilo's stature was elevated by Grant Morrison who included him as one of his epic Seven Soldiers of Victory. And Norman served as the crucial link between the New Gods and humanity in Final Crisis.
"Shilo Norman was abandoned by his mother, a runaway, as an infant. He was raised in an orphanage in Suicide Slum, was abused by staff, and sought solace on the streets of Metropolis. ... » READ MORE …
I'm done reading the New Gods material! ALL the New Gods material! From Kirby to today. The last series I reviewed was Mister Miracle v.2, which is why the profiles concerning those characters are coming to you last. Poke around the New Gods section as most pages are complete or nearly so.
Wow there is a lot to love about Kibry's original Mister Miracle. The series is breakneck fun and the guest-stars can't be beat. I am now and will forever be a Big Barda megafan. You've simply got to read the way Kirby wrote this character... you will fall in love with her as I have. I wish I could say the same for his revivals.
What I enjoyed very much, however, was John Byrne's New Gods interpretation of the Fourth World. Having read everything, his was the most in keeping with Kirby's spirit. And even if he hadn't, the stories are engrossing.
I hadn't expected Kirby's Fourth World to draw me in so fully. My first exposure to the master was poorly timed; it was the Super Powers mini-series, which were terrible. More was my delight at reading something like his Jimmy Olsen. In fact I might have to admit that Olsen was my favorite of the four.
More than any Fourth World hero, Mister Miracle has appeared all over the DCU. I'll eventually move onto fleshing out the New Gods in the New 52, but give me a breather...
"Scott Free is the son of the ruler and elder god of New Genesis, Izaya the Inheritor. Scott was
born 300 years ago to Izaya's second wife Vayla. Izaya had been left for dead on the battlefield by Darkseid when Vayla found him and nursed him back to health. Izaya stayed with her for a time until he was well enough to return to his war with Apokolips. Vayla was near to giving birth to their child, ... »READ MORE …
"Big Barda was born of the race of New
Gods about 250 years ago, on the hell planet called Apokolips. Her mother, Big Breeda was a fierce warrior for Darkseid, and was also chosen as breeding stock for his army. Breeda mothered many offspring who were brought to term in the Gestatron Labs but Barda was her first child. She was born naturally and conceived in love, from a secret liaison with an unnamed father. Regardless, Barda was taken from Breeda and raised with no knowledge of her parentage... »READ MORE …
Next up is Orion's ever-cheerful brother-in-arms, Lightray. This perennial favorite New God character is always the perfect foil to Orion's brooding soul. Lightray has really only appeared in any major way in conjunction with Orion, which is sad because he has a lot of potential, a complex personality and a power and age that belie his appearance...
"Lightray was born Sollis. When he was a young boy, he and Orion became inseparable friends. Occasionally they were joined by Metron, who was a young "adult" (however it is defined by immortals). One day the three explored a deep pit on New Genesis. At the bottom they found a great complex, a mutant nest serving as a secret outpost for Apokolips. These mutants were the result of the same evolutionary forces that created the Insect Empire (or "Bugs"). Sollis stumbled into view of the sentries, who were energy beings. Their sun-blasts struck Sollis with a million ergs of radiation and they were soon rescued by troops. Metron nursed Sollis back from death and when he awoke, his whole body was aglow. Highfather, leader of New Genesis, taught Sollis to control these powers and said that one day he must choose a new name, one more suitable to his new condition. »READ MORE …
With the Darkseid War heating up, why not brush up on the long history of Jack Kirby's Orion! This profile is nearly complete, with his JLA service being only briefly covered. I'd like to flesh that out. But the rest of it is well fleshed out. I would like to also cover the New 52 Orion, but I will hold off on all New 52 New Gods until I can tackle them all together.
"The warrior Orion was born on Apokolips over 300 years ago, but in his early years he remained ignorant of his parentage. His mother, Tigra, was chosen by Queen Heggra as consort for her son, Darkseid. Prior to this, Darkseid sired another child, Kalibak, with a witch named Suli. Heggra disapproved of Suli, and ordered Desaad to poison her." »READ MORE …
All right let's get back on this horse! The debut of Earth 2: Society was thrilling and it's clear there will be lots of activity in upcoming issues. Whether you withstood Convergence or not, why not catch up with the new Batman? With all this mess over with, I'll be looking to get the other Earth-2 heroes up to date.
"Dick Grayson was a journalist and his wife, Barbara, a police officer. On Earth-2, their 5-year-old son, Tommy had known only the specter of Apokolips and its repeated attacks on their world. It seemed that their heroes had finally triumphed over Darkseid's shock troops when the despot brought Apokolips — the predator planet — to prey upon Earth. The Grayson's were already uprooted, living under the scant protection of a camp in Chicago when the citizens of Earth began to prepare for worse." »READ MORE …
Unless you're a Golden Age fan, you might not find it that interesting, but I consider this article my crowning achievement as a comics historian. George Brenner created the first original masked hero for a comic book— the Clock.
But the man's fate was a mystery after he left Quality Comics, and there were no personal details on record. I covered him as well as I could in the Quality Companion, but the trail was cold.
Then one day I got a phone call out of the blue from his son! John Brenner helped me paint a picture of this bona fide Golden Age mystery man!
A while ago, I came upon an abandoned site called The New Gods Library! which was originally written, edited and compiled by Sean Walsh. That site is actually still active, but not maintained and the information is not very easily accessible.
I couldn't track down Walsh so I brazenly took the liberty of re-editing it all into Cosmic Teams style. I have added tons of new material and pictures, and now have completed Part One of the History, which covers Jack Kirby's original runs.
Many more sections are fleshed out as well, so poke around! I work towards completing this section as time allows.
Another great pre-Crisis profile written by Aaron Severson all about the classic Hawks from Thanagar.
"After the success of the new Flash and Green Lantern, DC editor Julius Schwartz, writer Gardner Fox, and artist Joe Kubert revived another Golden Age hero: Hawkman. While the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl looked almost the same as their Golden Age counterparts, they had a new origin that cast them as Katar and Shayera Hol, married police officers from the planet Thanagar. ... »READ MORE …
When we were updating and fleshing out the Earth-Two profiles for lots of JSA heroes, the wonderfully prolific Aaron Severson wrote up some brand new profiles for an overlooked but significant slice of DC history: the Earth-One (aka Silver Age) histories of the Big Three. These days most of us probably better remember their post-Crisis histories, which stretched across 24 years. It's difficult to establish precise beginnings of Earth-One continuity (see the profiles for notes on that), but this period also spanned a good three decades. Dial back the clock and read:
OMG so while I was dutifully documenting the New Gods I discovered I really loved the Female Furies (and Barda more)!
I really wanted to put their whole story together but I was unprepared for just how extensive their list of appearances had gotten over the years.
It was a fun but laborious taks bringing all of these together for you, so check them out...
"The Female Furies are a group of elite warriors from Apokolips. They serve Darkseid under the direction of Granny Goodness, but once they "graduate," they are afforded some measure of autonomy. At some point, certain women are selected as Furies-in-training and begin to go on missions with the elite group (Lashina, Bernadeth, Stompa, and Mad Harriet). Fierce competition drives these women to "earn their colors," or special uniforms that set them apart from Granny's brainwashed masses. ..." »READ MORE …
Lois continues to record the history of Earth-2. In Gotham, she briefly witnessed the Batman as he pursued Catwoman. Superman helped catch her only to find that the jewels she'd stolen actually belonged to Selina Kyle, noted socialite. Kyle knew Batman's secret identity. In space, Superman disabled an alien satellite/probe and another landed on Paradise Island, where Princess Diana drove him off. He didn't remember meeting her as a boy. Intri returned to claim the satellite. Prophesies tell those on Apokolips that the wonders of Earth will defy them.
Worlds' Finest #29 (Feb. 2015)
EARTH 2: Worlds' End
On Earth-2: The native John Constantine hangs out with friends Gaz and Chaz, and his wife, Maureen. Constantine of Earth-0 arrives from Dar Es Salaam in London, amid a throng of Parademons. His arrival is sensed by Wotan who calls him "worldwalker" and appears more like a feminine man. Wotan wants to use John to escape from Earth-2's destruction. His pain is felt by his counterpart, who has a seizure. John tricks Wotan into weaving a spell together, opening a portal in John's chest. Wotan steps through and is ripped in two, half of him emerging from his counterpart's chest.
Constantine #18 (Dec. 2014)
On Earth-2: Constantine risks life and limb to head for "home" in Liverpool. He's struck by falling debris and dreams of a pair of burning eyes then is awoken by an ankh who bids him to go to Liverpool. He reaches the place and is shocked to see his friends, and his parents.
Constantine #19 (Jan. 2015)
On Earth-2: Constantine realizes his life went a different direction on this Earth. His parents didn't burn in a fire because of magic. When his counterpart attacks him, they swap memories and both know the truth of the situation. John-2 calls him a "wonder" and they look to him for salvation. Apokolips appears overhead. They set out in search of safety and John-0 takes a hit from a gas gun for the other. They construct a magic circle and draw sigils to transport them all to another Earth but he warns there's always a price. The magic draws the attention of Dr. Fate, who comes to help.
Constantine #20 (Feb. 2015)
Desaad built an army of Superman clones with kidnapped people. Superman suggests they did the same with Wonder Woman. Helena appears as the new Fury of Famine. Grayson and his son grieve for Barbara and are ambushed. Constantine's band intervenes and kills the attackers. Dick puts his son aboard a train to spare him from an oncoming tidal wave. On Apokolips, the Mobius Chamber that fuels the planet is depleted, and core failure is imminent. Mister Miracle finds Darkseid in the core, imprisoned. Barda encourages him to use the Boom spheres to kill Darkseid, but it only releases him from imprisonment instead. The Avatar of the Blue joins the battle against the Furies.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #10 (Feb
Barda apparently has betrayed her friends by encouraging them to release Darkseid. The heroes are pursued by insectoid Rectifiers. Darkseid attempts to control the spheres but they resist and detonate. Fury accepts Darkseid's offer to become new Doyenne of the Furies but Scott denies him again and is taken prisoner. He mentions Highfather and knows he's his true father. Fury meets the Court of Apokolips. Arcanis relishes in taking record of Fury's suffering. Sloan tells her he also goes by the "the Traveler." Fury returns to free Scott, tricked Darkseid. Sloan knows Darkseid has agreed with High Father to feed only on Earth-2. NOTE: The New 52 High Father first appeared in Wonder Woman v.4 #14 (Jan. 2013).
Earth 2: Worlds' End #11 (Feb
Barda becomes Doyenne of the Furies. Power Girl is unable to get through to Helena. Superman's DNA was extracted to create clones but the process corrupted his body. He has no power left. Miracle and Fury return to help their Earth allies. Khan notices the Sloan was missing and questions why they haven't been attacked yet. Sato decides to take civilians undergound, beginning at the launch site of Project Beyond. She wakes Sgt. Pratt to help them.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #12 (Feb
The Huntress uses her powers of famine to feed on Sam's soul, leaving him with no memories. Alan barters for his life, Huntress gives him over. Ted Grant pulls Dick Grayson out of his depression, and the way of the tidal wave. Desaad reveals he's corrupted the last avatar, of the Red — the Great Beast, Yolanda Montez. She becomes a myriad of giant animals. Khan leaves Sloan on Apokolips and drives the Shackleton to crash into Darkseid's. Sato orders the ATom to descend into the Earth and expand to the size of several cities, creating space to settle, but killing Pratt in the process.
The origin of the Furies, all the last of their races. Czarnia-2 was a paradise but segregated. On the surface, a young woman sells scrap. She knows Lobo, a hunter. Above the Veil, the high caste lives, keeping medical access restricted; the woman's parents are ill. She begins raiding the temples of healing, is imprisoned and found to be a carrier of disease, a pox. When Apokolips nears, the high caste promises to cure her parents if she'll deliver disease to kill Darkseid. They fill her with more disease. Desaad (who has a normal face) is immune but Parademons fall to it. He tells her the high caste has begun murdering those below, and offers her a new mission as Pestilence. On Warworld, Mongul's star gladiator, a giant female, performs for Steppenwolf. She is a glutton and craves death. Steppenwolf offers her a Fury's job as Famine and she leaves Mongul, beating him on the way out. On Apokolips, Barda, Kazana and others witness a child crash down from above. She is of Tamaran, of imperial descent, and is a vicious killer. All trainees hope to become one of four Furies. In audience with Darkseid, she kills her trainer in an act of love for her master. On Mars, a nurturing mother is the last survivor when Apokolips invades the planet. Darkseid offers to make a new child with her and she becomes Death.
Earth 2 #28 (Jan. 2015)
In Chicago, the Graysons accept help from a woman named Lottie, who takes them to a supposedly safer camp called Gomorrah. Brutish twins immediately take them prisoner and Johnny is sent back to the refugee camp. Their leader has a parademon captive and they make sacrifices to it. Barbara is to be its next victim, but when it's released, it flies off and Dick and Barbara free themselves. Other demons attack as they escape.
Earth 2 #29 (Feb. 2015)
EARTH 2: Worlds' End
Barda and Fury break into World Army base to rescue Mister Miracle. They call a truce. Kahn wants to ally with them for information to defeat Apokolips. He'll trade Scott's captive Mother Box for intelligence. Scott tells them it's pointless but Barda says there is one dangerous way. Miracle finds that the Mother Box is interacting with Jimmy Olsen, choosing him for a specific purpose. The Box also purges the influence of Bedlam from all present, except Fury who'd been deceived for a lifetime. Scott explains that she isn't ready for its light. Fury is angered, wanting to know the truth about her origins and learns about Steppenwolf's deceptions and his murder of her mother. She finds new purpose in fighting against Apokolips. Barda requests Earth's deadliest warriors for the mission to try to open the Mobius Chamber at the heart of the planet. Sloan and Holt have a technology to transport them to Apokolips.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #4 (Dec. 2014)
Green Lantern and Solomon Grundy's fighting is halted by the the essence of the Green, who tasks them with working together and gathering Earth's other avatars. Marella returns to Atlantis to find undead monsters have taken over. She shatters the dome and enlists Ancient Ones to protect the living. She descends to awaken another ancient power, a devil, that's been sealed away. Mister Miracle's Mother Box reaches out to Jimmy Olsen; it tells him he will die. Flash, Hawkgirl, and Dr. Fate battle Famine in London. Fate's spell of reflection turns her powers back onto her. Sloan reveals his Shackleton Assault Craft, a space ship that is invisible to scanners. Holt reveals his Boom Spheres which create a killer vortex of teleportation. Desaad captures Huntress. Lois and the others find another clone of Superman in Geneva.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #5 (Jan. 2015)
In London, Dr. Fate has slain Famine but her powers live on and infect all those nearby. Fate seeks help from Jimmy Olsen and the Mother Box. Marella makes a bargain with an ancient being, Azathoth, under the sea. Others discover an army of Superman clones in Geneva. Green Lantern discovers the avatar of the white is his partner, Sam. Ted Grant steps in to help the Graysons in Chicago. Famine strikes the World Army base. Miracle and Barda sense an attack from the enemy and must initiate their own plan prematurely. Miracle's Mother Box goes to Olsen, who is transformed. Superman destroys Batman's Miraclo and takes lead.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #6 (Jan. 2015)
The Furies convene at the former Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole. Desaad intends to turn Huntress into a Fury. Batman accidenatlly releases the Superman clones. Alan learns the Sam was going to ask him to marry him, but now the avatar denies any link to his former self. The Helm of Nabu "seeks its mate"—the Mother Box. When they touch, Jimmy is swallowed by light and "elevated." The artifcacts disappear inside him. The helmet was a sort of Mother Box as well. He is supposedly transformed into a god. John Constantine departs London for Arkham base where he intends to free help. His spell chooses people to release. Apokolips readies to feed on Earth. On the Shackleton Assault Craft, Mister Miracle senses the change there. Before they can react, Apokolips disappears and booms into Earth orbit, destroying the moon.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #7 (Jan. 2015)
Jimmy moves immediately to restore Khalid. Chancellor Hagen attempts to take command of the World Army, but Major Sato prevents him. She orders evacuation of the planet. In Chicago, people go berserk from the Furies presence. Constantine's spell identifies four allies to release: Henry King Jr., Brainwave; Todd Rice, Obsidian; Jonni Thunder; and Jeremy Karn, Karnevil. When Karn shows his racist tendencies in relation to Obsidian, John kills Karn. Fate absorbs the power of Famine and Flash heads to try to find his mother. He finds her in New York but Hawkgirl is then infected with rage and attacks him. Green Lantern, Grundy, and Sam are attacked by the Furies. Alan attempts to stop debris falling to Earth. Mister Miracle claims Apokolips is desperate, starving, and the impact with the moon scrambled its defenses. the heroes decide to land on Apokolips. The plan is to set nuclear devices across the surface. Lois finds the chest shield from the real Superman. Helena's life monitor goes dead.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #8 (Jan. 2015)
The avatar of the blue is awakened near Atlantis, where it had been sealed for centuries. Constantine and his new allies head for Chicago. People are fighting to board an outbound train, and the Grayson's fight for a spot. Barbara is shot and killed. Red Tornado and Power Girl find the real Superman in Geneva. Thomas lashes out at him for not stopping the devastation for good and Clark bleeds from his punch. Flash's mother tries to soothe Hawkgirl but she can't fight the Furies' control. Fate regains his helmet and arrives with Jimmy and they dispel the rage from the people with a magical thunderstorm that bathes the populace. The Army plants its bombs across Apokolips. Mister Miracle, Barda, and Fury head for the Mobius Chamber where Paternus must relinquish the key. Paternus tells Scott that he has been a pawn, "the son of two fathers, and of none." His giant head is reunited with its body but Scott steals the key from Paternus' head. Scott descends into the Chamber.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #9 (Feb
The origin of the Earth-2 Wonder Woman: On Paradise Island, Diana was already centuries old when an oracle foretold the coming of Apokolips. Diana and her mother had both sinned—they have "slept with the enemy," which is a revelation to Diana. She didn't know Steppenwolf was the enemy. The oracle tasks her with protecting Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Minerva appears and offers the Amazons passage away from Earth, but Diana defies her preferring to atone for her sin. Mercury comes to her aid, creating new armor for her and taking her off to Man's World. She witnesses Bruce with his dad at the zoo where they see bats. Thomas is attacked but Jarvis intervenes, then Diana stops the attacker. Diana witnessed Intri visit young Clark and stops her from kidnapping the boy. Intri retreats but sends a blast to kill Martha Kent, which Clark steps in to deflect. When Lois Lane was a girl, she was in the Middle East with her family and received a gift from Mercury and the goddess of the winds, Eurus. He binds the god's spirit to hers to help her "live beyond death." She forgets the encounter.
Worlds' Finest #28 (Jan. 2015)
The New 52: Future's End
Ships fleeing Earth-2 latch onto a beacon from Earth-0 (sent by Brother Eye) that leads Mister Terrific across the mulitversal border. They are pursued by Apokoliptian warships, Mister Miracle asks Red Arrow II (Oliver Queen) to shepherd the civilians to Earth while the other heroes fight off Apokolips. They destroy their own ship to take them out, and are presumed dead. Some troops make it to Earth, but are eventually repelled. The Teen Titans are killed. Red Arrow and Barda are aboard a same cargo ship, escorting civilians. Barda lands in Toronto and goes into hiding. There are millions of refugees and policies are put into placed to register Earth-2 people, by the new Global Peace Agency. In Seattle, Green Arrow meets his own counterpart and discovers that Earth-2 heroes have gone missing—they haven't died. Just before Miracle's ship detonated, Brother Eye emitted a pulse of energy, a teleportation of those onboard to Cadmus Island. The Queens plot Oliver's death, leave a clue for Lois Lane, and begin building an army of Outsiders to attack Cadmus.
New 52: Future's End #21 (Nov. 2014)
Five Years in the Future: Green Arrow fakes his death.
New 52: Future's End #1 (July 2014)
At Green Arrow's funeral, Lois Lane gets his encrypted note.
New 52: Future's End #2 (July 2014)
On Cadmus Island, an OMAC pursues Fury, who's escaped. She's brought down easily by Fifty Sue. NOTE: Fifty Sue first appeared in New 52: Future's End #1.
New 52: Future's End #5 (Aug. 2014)
Grifter learns that Cadmus is holding Earth-2 heroes as prisoners: Fury, Power Girl, Marella, Hawkgirl, Mister Miracle, Dr. Fate, and the Doom Patrol.
New 52: Future's End #9 (Sept.
Emiko Queen (Green Arrow's sister) recruits Big Barda in Vancouver.
New 52: Future's End #10 (Sept. 2014)
Cadmus is also using Earth-2 scientists, including Lana Lang (identified in #14). Emiko tells Barda her friends might not be dead. They're found by Fifty Sue and Deathstroke.
New 52: Future's End #13 (Sept. 2014)
Green Arrow's message to Lois reveals a vision of the captured Earth-2 heroes, even connecting her with the Earth-2 Red Tornado.
New 52: Future's End #14 (Oct. 2014)
Mister Miracle secretly frees himself and disguises his movements while investigating Cadmus.
New 52: Future's End #15 (Oct. 2014)
Fifty Sue adopts Lana as her "mother."
New 52: Future's End #16 (Oct. 2014)
Mister Miracle has detected their implants are growing. Hawkgirl is taken to Doctor Sook to have her implant reprogrammed. She gives a command and an OMAC kills Sook. The prisoners are released from their cells and attack, as if possessed (including Icicle and Vandal Savage?, Obisidian?, Killer Wasp?). Emiko and Barda are met by Diggle and depart for Green Arrow Island.
New 52: Future's End #17 (Oct. 2014)
Emiko, Diggle and Barda arrive on Green Arrow Island, where Oliver Queen was originally stranded. He'd known there was more to the Earth 2 situation that it seemed and began preparing for a secret war, fortifying the island. 1st app. Red Arrow II (Oliver Queen) of Earth-2. Anarchy reigns on Cadmus. Power Girl watches Deathstroke.
New 52: Future's End #18 (Nov. 2014)
Power Girl is possessed by Brother Eye and attacks Deathstroke but halts when Sue intervenes. She has a deal with Brother Eye.
New 52: Future's End #19 (Nov. 2014)
The Earth-2 heroes run free—but possessed—on Cadmus Island
New 52: Future's End #20 (Nov. 2014)
Barda learns of the Arrows' plans, and what happened they day people from Earth-2 arrived. The Outsiders prepare to attack Cadmus.
New 52: Future's End #21 (Nov. 2014)
Badly beaten, Mister Miracle and Fury try to survive, free. Fury had attacked Scott and he managed to remove her implant.
New 52: Future's End #24 (Dec. 2014)
Fifty Sue plans to free Cadmus of Brother Eye's control.
New 52: Future's End #25 (Dec. 2014)
Green Arrow readies for invasion of Cadmus. Mister Miracle is attacked by the possessed Huntress.
New 52: Future's End #27 (Jan.
Lois lands on Cadmus island, fleeing into the jungle from an OMAC she stumbles on the Red Tornado. Fifty Sue conspires with King Faraday; she's hurt that Deathstroke has apparently been in cahoots with Brother Eye without her knowledge.
New 52: Future's End #28 (Jan. 2015)
Lois talks with her counterpart. Arrow's crew land on the island, are immediately engaged by OMACs and possessed Earth-2 heroes. Oliver wants Barda to shut down Brother Eye with brute force. Fury rips Deathstroke's head off. Barda is reunited with her friends and they work together to breach the compound. The island explodes as the Outsiders escape in rafts. Hawkgirl is freed from control. Power Girl is beyond saving, too infected. She, Barda and Red Tornado are presumed dead.
New 52: Future's End #30 (Jan. 2015)
Lois returns to the United States with the story of Cadmus, publicly revealing the rescued heroes. Oliver chooses to remain "dead," his murder pinned on Cadmus.
New 52: Future's End #31 (Jan. 2015)
33 years from now: Brother Eye has taken over life on Earth. He leaves his co-creator, Michael Holt, intact.
In an interesting New 52 twist, these two New Gods were placed on Earth-2 instead of Earth-0 this time around. There they've become allies with that Earth's heroes in the war against Apokolips.
"Little is known about the origins of Scott Free, one of the so-called "New Gods" of Apokolips (which exists in a parallel universe of Earth-51 and traverses the multiverse by use of "Boom Tubes"). Scott is the son of that world's brutal conqueror, Darkseid. He resisted his father's sinister influence and escaped to Earth-2, where he studied with a retired escape artist named Shilo Norman… »READ MORE…
Don't call him Terrific: Terry Sloan has become one of Earth 2's more intriguing supporting characters. Read more about the man also known as Mister Eight.
Mister Eight was an alias used by Terry Sloan, of Earth-2. This DC Comics character is based on Terry Sloane, the original Mister Terrific. This Golden Age hero first appeared in Sensation Comics #1
(Jan. 1942), and later joined the Justice Society.
"Terry Sloan is a scientific genius with questionable motives and a suspicious origin. (Sloan designed special glasses that could identify people from Earth-2. When Michael Holt used the glasses to view Sloan, he was identified as not an Earth-2 native. »READ MORE…
14 may 2014
Recently: Earth 2 +Worlds' Finest+Justice League 3000
Lots of catching up to do! Including the Legion's new crossover with Justice League United! Some Legionnaires are also appearing in the Future's End material.
Part 1: The Justice League return to Earth with Ultra, the powerful alien child. Alanna introduces them to Equinox and her friend, Heather. Martian Manhunter takes the child under wing, hoping to temper his great powers with the proper upbringing. It's growing quickly and speaks. Ultra senses the coming of Mon-El, who arrives from teh 31st century warning that Ultra is destined to cause the destruction of the Legion. NOTE: Ultra first appeared in Justice League United #2 (Aug. 2014).
Justice League United #5 (Dec. 2014)
Future's End, Five Years From Now: Equinox stops the Polargeist. She receives a mental distress call from Martian Manhunter on Mars. He is the warden of the Gulag: a metahuman prison built there by Terrifitech, the Queen Foundation and S.H.A.D.E. Animal Man refuses to help her so she goes to the current League's Fortress of Justice in New Mexico. Cyborg, Vostok, Flash, Dawnstar, and Stormguard agree to help her. Dawnstar suggests that Wildfire was once a member. They battle through Killer Frost, Mongul, Blockbuster, and Mechaneer. Grodd is in control of J'onn. The leader of the breakout is Captain Atom.
Justice League United: Future's End #1 (Nov. 2014)
Future's End, Five Years From Now: Captain Atom was responsible for the deaths of millions two years prior. He claims to have done it to save billions of others. Wildfire unexpectedly joins the battle. The team distracts Atom long enough for J'onn to reassert mental control over him.
Justice League: Future's End #1 (Nov. 2014)
Green Lantern and Hawkgirl survive with a pair of Parademons. He has them deliver a message that their masters have failed. They seek Flash in Washington DC find him. GL wants to stay and fight alone but Kendra asserts that the three of them were thrown together for a reason, to be a team. Batman delivers Red Arrow's body to the World Army in Amazonia. He chides Val for not stepping up, deriding his pacifism. Jimmy knows who Batman is, strartling him, he was told by Lois. He defends Val for having protected the heroes, notes the irony that a doctor like him wouldn't see the value in that. Jimmy says he thought about being Robin but not without some changes. Jimmy counsels Val, who seems to be hiding something under his clothes, eventually reveals that his uniform underneath is the S symbol. Jimmy has photographic memory.
Earth 2 #24 (Aug. 2014)
Val wears the symbol of the house of El. Lara and Jor-El took him in after his parents died. They spoke the truth to power and were punished. They saved him the same as their son and two others. His suit was designed to survive the voyage. He doesn't want to remove it lest he dishonor the Els. Hawkgirl confronts Beguiler longe enough for Aquawoman to drown her forces with a tidal wave then GL blasts her. Flash takes last stab running with her faster than ever before, so fast that she disintegrates into nothingness. Superman attends dinner with his parents with Lois. Jonathan can't stand it and speaks up and is killed by the omega heat vision. He's tortured to think he's not Superman, and just then called back by Bedlam. The gateway is ready. They open the Boom Tube to let Apokolips through. Doctor Fate puts his helmet on Val to give him a broader view of things. Val emerges with conviction but vows not to kill Superman. He heads to space to confront Superman.
Earth 2 #25 (Sept. 2014)
Lois must leave Smallville to help. Martha begs her to stop Clark. Sandman transports World Army forces to Geneva to take out the source of their Boom Tube. Marella aids them because of Batman. She tells Flash to get her to Bedlam so they make a path. She's punched out but also manages to move water to his brain and Bedlam collapses, enabling the others to shut down the boom tube. Val makes Superman suspicious of the team's agenda and Superman takes off for Geneva. Lois moves to stop him, long enough for Val to attack. Then Val finds that Superman's powers are waning, his form crumbles. He deteriorates into a bizarro-like form and they realize it's not Superman, just a sort of clone who thought it was him. Lois blasts him apart with her power. Bedlam recovers and disappears, taking Holt and Sloan with him again. Bedlam retreats to Puerto Rico where Fury and Barda await him. He wants to start again with their work and unleash the "four from below." Leads into Earth 2: Futures End #1.
Earth 2 #26 (Oct. 2014)
5 years later: Survivors from Earth-2 have taken escape craft and come to Earth-0. Zenophobia is rampant and Terry Sloan has developed goggles to identify those from Earth-2. Sonia Sato is on the run with Michael Holt, who's also identified as E2 by the goggles, a bug specially added by Sloan. Holt is locked out of his own resources. Red Tornado is taken apart, on Cadmus Island. Sloan is working with his Earth-0 counterpart, both wear Mister Eight costumes. In Epoch Center for Special Children, Jimmy Olsen is in a wheelchair. Holt visits him and receives a message via a puzzle cube/Mother Box. It delivers messages "release your treasures" (t-spheres); "I will share with you the secrets of the Source"; "you must bury the sword in the stone." For his freedom, Holt agrees to give away his T-spheres to the Sloans who use it to make a Boom spheres, a "god-killer." Once the E2 Sloan has what he needs, he killed the counterpart. He wants to become godlike himself and has slain other counterparts. Holt reveals the spheres were programmed to sink into the Earth. Before Sloan retreats, Holt learns with the goggles that he is not of Earth-2.
Earth 2: Future's End #1 (Nov. 2014)
FUTURE'S END: Ten years ago: Kara began calling Lois "momma" and her powers began to develop. 45 years ago: Kara met Val-Zod on Krypton. His parents were executed. Kara's parents were also dead by this point. Four children were launched from Krypton when it exploded. Batman, Superman, Lois, Huntress and Power Girl go to C.E.R.N. in Geneva answering a distress call from scientists trapped from a quake. Power Girl is flirtatious with Val. They find mutated monsters. Trapped, Huntress argues with her grandfather, who tells her about the Miraclo. She asks him to give some to her so she can free themselves, which he vehemently refuses. They find Dr. Klaudia Massaquioi who says Bedlam had come with Miracle, Holt, and Sloan to open a portal. It unleashed monsters that infected the staff. She advises the Supers to fly at top speed, collide, and create the effect of a neutron bomb. It burns away the contamination. Thomas was always secretly looking out for Helena.
Earth 2 #27 (Dec. 2014)
EARTH 2: Worlds' End
Alan Scott hired Terry Sloan to develop technology to reach across universal boundaries to other worlds, in aid of his broadcasting company. Sam warned him not to trust Sloan. But Sloan had his own agenda and discovered Michael Holt, and intended to "add him to his collection." Alan kept it a secret but Sam leaked it to Accountable. Batman and Robin tracked down Olsen just as he was reviewing the information and arrested him. He even knew Batman's secret identity. Shortly after Apokolips invaded and Lois was lost in the first attack, as were Selina and the Amazons. In the 9th dimension Steppenwolf and his daughter, Fury, prepare for invasion. They have Mister Miracle and Barda among them—traitors. Barda was Fury's mentor. They talk of vanquishing Wonder Woman. World Army was created but Sloan was one step ahead. the Army asked for his help. The Trinity met in the ARkham base where Batman has been interrogating Olsen, who's given him the key to defeating Apokolips. Dick and Barbara Grayson have a 5 year old son, Johnny. Sloan finds out that Sam tipped off the Army and has him killed. He transferred Lois into REd Tornado. Sandman had kidnapped Marella. The Grayson's are housed in Chicago, a camp for protection. Power Girl and Huntress return to a horror. They see images of Batman and a Superman in Geneva and head that way. Kara is reunited with Lois. Kahn searches for Oliver Queen, a weapons expert. Bedlam goes to Puerto Rico in attempt to call Apokolips. Below, Barda is under his control. She calls Miracle the "spawn of Darkseid." A Boom Tube opens from Apokolips and sends through four Furies who emerge from the fire pits: K'Li (war), Pestilence, Famine, and Death. Dr. Fate —calling himself Nabu—gives Hawkgirl strange prophesies.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #1 (Dec. 2014)
Sato picks up something large heading for Earth—Apokolips. In the Court of Apokolips. Paternus complains about Bedlam leading the world to Earth-2. 1st app. of insectoid Rectifier, small Lowest, and gangly Arcanis. He foretells "in time sof crisis, the god planet will send an emissary born of itself." K'Li devastates the heroes. Mister Miracle breaks through into Bedlam's mind when he's distracted, using a series of mental triggers. Inside his mind, Miracle and Sloan fight their demons and disable Bedlam. Green Lantern senses the elemental forces of the planet, the Parliament Enclave, rising to defend Earth. Miracle, Holt, and Sloan return to Amazonia. K'Li enthralls the women.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #2 (Dec. 2014)
Apokolips enters the solar system. The world's leaders decide to launch its nuclear arsenal at it, not realizing that the world is a god itself. Sandman interrogates Mister Miracle, who tries to tell them the nukes are worthless. The Graysons help keep the peace in Chicago camp. John Constantine arrives from Earth-0 in Earth-2's London. Red tornado's system reboots to overcome K'Li's influence and shakes the others free as well. Miracle's Mother Box speaks to Jimmy, pleading for release. Sloan claims that he's made peace with his past actions since being inside Bedlam's mind. Barda and Fury arrive to break Miracle free. On Amazonia, Doctor Crane wears a robot suit. He, Dr. Linda Holland, and Ted ?? are testing the Mother Box. Aquawoman finds her kingdom invaded by Death.
Earth 2: Worlds' End #3 (Dec. 2014)
Tanya Spears is shot by her kidnapper, whom Huntress stops from setting off a dirty bomb. The bomb nearly detonates but it's caught by Tanya. Power Girl helps get a power plant up and running. She then prevents a potential nuclear meltdown.
Worlds' Finest #24 (Aug. 2014)
The women prepare to leave for home. Desaad prepares to return home as well, he senses the barrier weakening between worlds. He follows Tanya Spears, and waits for Starr's team to attempt to open a portal. Kara hears him attack and orders the portal to be opened immediately. She and Huntress depart and Power Girl leaves Tanya "a surprise or two." They arrive in Boston on Earth-2, a burnt husk.
Worlds' Finest #25 (Sept. 2014)
On Earth-0, crews rescue Tanya from the wreckage of the Starr lab. She finds she has super-strength when she removes the debris that covers her. She's also invulnerable and has increased musculature. She's counseled by Professor Romberger, a former teacher at MIT. She receives a delivery from Karen's legal team: papers that bestow upon her the name Power Girl. Desaad went through the portal after them and arrived on Earth-2 as well, in Cern Switzerland where another generator is being used to power a portal to Apokolips.
Worlds' Finest #26 (Oct. 2014)
Future's End: 5 years from now, Earth-0, Cadmus Island: Power Girl breaks free from the Cadmus prison and disguises herself to walk among the workers there. She creates diversions to draw the OMACs' attention. She spots Tanya Spears but doesn't know if she can trust her. A woman notices Power Girl and helps her stay hidden, but not for long. She's sniffed out by Deathstroke. Fifty Sue overpowers her and Tanya breaks out in Karen's defense. Fifty Sue unleashes so much power that she kills bystanders just to stop them. When they're imprisoned, Karen is reunited with Helena.
Worlds' Finest: Future's End #1 (Nov. 2014)
Origins of the Earth 2 Superman and Batman: In the midst of Earth-2's second invasion from Apokolips, Lois Lane endeavors to record their history. Kal-El was one of only a handful of babies born in Krypton's last days. Jor-El opposed the council, he believed their sun was ready to die and had theories about how to save it. He took matters into his own hands, launching a rocket towards their sun. It was intended to spark a gravity well to warm the star and turn it yellow again. Instead, it destabilized the star and pulled Krypton from its orbit. Just then a visitor from Apokolips came to them, Intri. She offered to stop the devastation if they would give her their infant child, Kal-El. They refuse. They desperately put Kal, Kara, Val, and one other child into experimental crafts and launched them just as the planet exploded. Thomas Wayne refused to run from Frankie Falcone. He encountered Falcone on the street. Falcone wanted access to the hospital so he could kidnap the infant Alan Scott. Scott's father's TV station had been calling down heat on Falcone. Wayne punched Falcone and refused, leading to a brawl that Wayne won. Thomas left a document with his lawyer, Cranston, with evidence on Falcone. If harm should come to Bruce, the file was to be turned over to the police. Cranston's father served as "batman" to Thomas' uncle, in India.
Worlds' Finest #27 (Dec. 2014)
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000
On Idyll, Green Lantern manages to knock out Locus. Firestorm threatens to detonate and kill thousands unless the Five back off and allow the League to leave. Coeval tries to threaten Firestorm with the implants, but they're easily burnt out. It's enough of a delay for the JLA to leave the planet to a rim world. Ariel finally confronts the twins about their actions. Firestorm inactivates the JLA's implants as well. The Five's fifth member is revealed—Terry. He kills his sister by breaking her neck, then detonates "nano-mines" in the Flash's head, revealing they all have the mines within them. He formed the Five, and blackmails them into returning to Cadmusworld. Terry and Coeval kill most of the Cadmus staff, intending to bring in their own.
Justice League 3000 #7 (Aug. 2014)
Firestorm accepts some kind of offer from Coeval and departs Cadmusworld. A "freelance" gig; he has no allegiance to the League. Cadmus has the DNA of hundreds of metahumans from the 21st century. Green Lantern finds he has much greater abilities over the green energies. He masks the JLA's conversation from the Five. Ariel resurrects Teri with modifications to her DNA—she has the powers of the Flash.
Justice League 3000 #8 (Sept. 2014)
The JLA use Teri to threaten Terry's life and broker a deal with the Five to let them take a transversal to a world beyond the range of Terry's mine detonation signal. Locus arrives and GL pushes the others through the portal and stays to confront her. Teri takes out her brother quickly. Once the League is gone, she takes off and is ambushed by Kali. The League return long enough for Superman to pick her up and depart for deep space. She admits she could never kill her brother.
Justice League 3000 #9 (Oct. 2014)
The JLA settle on Camelot Nine where they have an audience with Arthur, king of the New Britons. They are at war with Etrigan's dark empire. Arthur wants them to leave, but his wife Guinevere comes to their defense. Their world has remained beyond the Five's reach after the Commonwealth fell. They meet knight Galahad. Ariel builds a transversal to coax the Five to enter it to Camelot, but she redirects them to Etrigan's castle. This delays them but they finally find the JLA. Without masses to control, Batman takes out Convert. Wonder Woman and Superman best Kali, then move on to Terry. Coeval retreats. GL confuses Locus and knocks her out. Arial suggests they create a new headquarters.
I've been meaning for some time to write down my own history here, and a very tangential reason provided the prompt to do so (has to do with search engines and "author pages"). Sadly I never had the foresight to save old copies of my site so my info and screen shots had to come from the Wayback Machine.
Here's another profile fashioned form the clay of Aaron Severson's Golden Age Batman Chronology (also read the recently completed Earth-Two Robin). When I realized that there was enough in there to also write up the original Catwoman, I decided that the two of them went well together in one massive story.
The Huntress was originally created
as the Earth-Two daughter of Batman and
Catwoman. The character was popular enough to sustain a backup feature in Wonder Woman for over four years (arguably keeping that title afloat). After Crisis on Infinite Earths, those people and that Earth
no longer existed, but the character itself proved popular enough to survive. »READ MORE…
» SEE ALSO: Read about Blackwing, the obscure character from the Huntress' Wonder Woman backup.
What a difference it is, writing a profile for a character who's been around less than a year.
Catch up now before Earth 2: World's End heats up! (By the way, the first issue of that series is so good.)
"About 45 years ago, on the planet Krypton, two pacifist scientists from the house of Zod were executed for their radical beliefs. The scientists' young son, Val-Zod was taken in by Jor-El and his wife Lara. When he was young, Val met the El's niece, Kara Zor-El, whose parents had also died by this point..." » READ MORE…
Another great undertaking, but well worth the effort. I recently reconnected with Aaron Severson, whose research is the foundation of my JSA and Legion chronologies. I now also house his Golden Age Batman Chronology. Folks, if reading timelines isn't your bag, reading this timline is different. It's great fun for a comics geek because its detail makes it read like prose.
I realized that it was prime fodder for forming a series of JSA related profiles. The first of these is Robin the Boy Wonder! This was a lot of fun and you'll find lots of great moments in artwork from his history. I think it's a very overlooked piece of Bat-history.
Check back for updates in other related Golden Age Batman family!