DC Comics Spoilers For Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths #2, The Flash #784, Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2, Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Superman #1, Flashpoint Beyond #3, Superman: Space Age #1, Multiversity: Teen Justice #2 and Justice League Vs. Legion Of Super-Heroes #4!
Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths #2 Spoilers follow.
DARK CRISIS #2 (of 7)
(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Daniel Sampere
THE HOUSE OF NIGHTWING BURNS!
As the good people of the world mourn the loss of the Justice League, the forces of evil have seized the opportunity to wreak havoc in a world without its heroes! Leading the charge is a super-powered Slade Wilson…but this time there’s something dark fueling his rage. With a massive army laying siege to Titans Tower, only Nightwing will have what it takes to stand in the way of Deathstroke’s forces-but is this a fight Dick Grayson can win?
Look, up in the sky-reinforcements are on the way! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…uh-oh…it’s Cyborg Superman. The world burns as Pariah and the Great Darkness make their play for planet Earth in this jaw-dropping second issue!
The issue opens with Pariah given more information on tragic secret origin and how we got to be in the Great Darkness’ thrall now.
In modern day, Deathstroke and his Deathstroke Inc. aka the Secret Society of Super-Villains attack Titans Tower and defeat the Titans faculty and the students of the Teen Titans Academy quite easily.
Changeling aka Beast Boy was maimed last issue, but not killed by Deathstroke.
That leads to an agreed upon mano-a-mano battle between Deathstroke and Nightwing that the former Robin wins.
However, he will need fight someone else now unless he sacrifices himself so the Titans and students can survive.
So, he is ready to do that until Superman’s son Jon Kent, Earth’s only Superman right now, intervenes.
This new age World’s Finest team-up is thwarted by the return of Hank Henshaw aka Cyborg Superman.
As the Supermen square off, Pariah influences Deathstroke, who appears to have some of the Great Darkness in him, to spare the super-heroes as they will be needed later as part of a grand plan.
The Son of Superman defeats the Cyborg Superman as Cyborg and…
…Black Adam enter the fray; the latter still lamenting the weakness of the boy Superman and his efforts to form a next generation Justice League.
The book ends with Jo Mullein and Hal Jordan recruiting Kyle Rayner…
…to a growing Green Lantern Corps!
The Flash #784 Spoilers follow.
THE FLASH #784
Written by JEREMY ADAMS
Art by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN
Cover by TAURIN CLARKE
Variant cover by BENGAL
$3.99 US | 32 pages
Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
The search for Barry Allen! Wally and Wallace have arrived on the planet Pariah has trapped Barry on—but it’s not quite a happy reunion among the Flashes. The Dark Crisis tie-in storyline continues!
This Barry Allen has been on this wasteland for 10 years and…
…this where or when Jessie quick and Max Mercury have travelled to via the Speed Force from the modern day.
Wally West’s children have traveled elsewhere through the Speed Force…
…only to tangle with the Night-Flash who is presumably another iteration of Barry Allen?!
Wally West Flash and Wallace West Kid Flash seems to have arrived where the real Barry Allen is.
However, Barry Allen sees Wally West as the Reverse Flash for some reason.
That naturally leads to a battle.
The book ends with Wallace West somehow donning a fan-fave version of his Kid Flash costume and in a world that meets his every desire?!
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2 Spoilers follow.
DARK CRISIS: YOUNG JUSTICE #2
TALE OF TWO WONDER GIRLS!
Written by MEGHAN FITZMARTIN
Art by LAURA BRAGA
Cover by MAX DUNBAR
Variant cover by NIKOLA ČIŽMEŠIJA
$3.99 US | 32 pages
2 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
Impulse, Superboy, and Tim Drake were just saved by Cassie Sandsmark, Wonder Girl in the strange fantasy word they’re trapped in. And she’s here to help them navigate their retro surroundings. But…Cassie Sandsmark is back on our Earth searching for her friends alongside Red Tornado and the superhero formerly known as Arrowette. Which Cassie is lying and who’s about to get burned?!
Time Drake Robin, Conner Kent Superboy and Bart Allen Impulse have been transported to a different world that also feels like the past.
They have teamed with that world’s Cassie Sandsmark Wonder Girl.
This Young Justice team then visits the Justice League.
A time that should see them pleased as…
…Flash is ready to hand the mantle of Flash to Impulse, Superman the same to Superboy and Batman the same to Robin.
Something still doesn’t ring right for the trio.
On the main DC Earth Zero Wonder Girl and Arrowette recruit old mentor Red Tornado to help them find the YJ boys.
He agrees as the boys appear to be manipulated by Mxyzptlk’s son, who we get a glimpse of on-panel, and learn more about in a recent solicitation.
The book ends with the boys in the crosshairs of Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang and Lex Luthor!
Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Superman #1 Spoilers follow.
DARK CRISIS: WORLDS WITHOUT A JUSTICE LEAGUE – SUPERMAN #1
Written by TOM KING
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Backup written by BRANDON THOMAS and CHUCK BROWN
Backup art by FICO OSSIO
1:25 variant cover by STEVE BEACH
1:50 foil variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
$4.99 | 40 pages | (All covers card stock)
When Pariah and his forces of the Great Darkness laid waste to the most powerful superheroes of all time, all hope was lost…with the Man of Steel suffering the same fate as that of his comrades, join us for a look at a world of dreams he would never have thought possible while alive. Where there’s life there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of DCU’s biggest event of 2022!
Not sure about the relevance of this one-shot. The main story features Superman who may or may not be the presumed dead one from Earth Zero. The bac features the an Aquaman who may or may not be the dead one from the main DC Earth as well. I hope these one-shots, as there are more to come, have some kind of pay off in the main Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths series.
Flashpoint Beyond #3 Spoilers follow.
FLASHPOINT BEYOND #3
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, JEREMY ADAMS, and TIM SHERIDAN
Art by XERMÁNICO
Cover by MITCH GERADS
Variant cover by XERMÁNICO
1:25 variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
1:50 variant cover by IVAN REIS
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
The DC event of 2022 continues! Thomas Wayne’s investigation into the Clockwork Killer goes sideways when he is confronted by a deadly alien invader the world knows as…Project: Superman? But what’s happened to the Kryptonian and Krypton in the World of Flashpoint? Will Thomas Wayne do what he has to in order to stop Superman—or has he changed? And what are those strange earthquakes now erupting across reality?
The Reverse-Flash haunts the Flashpoint Batman Thomas Wayne’s lackey Oswald Cobblepot the Penguin and his ward Dexter Dent.
Elsewhere, the Flashpoint Batman needs the Flashpoint Batman’s help at any cost.
In Arkham Asylum, Dexter’s mom is set to become Two-Face who is hearing voices that may from inside her head or not.
Turns out the reason Superman wanted Batman’s help is that in this reality Superman’s people the Kryptonians, led by his father Jor-El, are coming to take over Earth?!
Superman doesn’t want that to happen and rallying the world’s heroes.
Batman has his own mission and wants none of Superman’s.
The book begins to end with the Clockwork Killer seemingly having killed the Reverse Flash.
The book’s actual end shows the Time Masters and…
…Hypertime in peril.
Superman: Space Age #1 Spoilers follow.
SUPERMAN: SPACE AGE #1
Written by MARK RUSSELL
Art and cover by MIKE ALLRED
Variant cover by STEVE RUDE
1:25 variant cover by NICK DERINGTON
1:50 variant cover by MIKE ALLRED
$9.99 US | 80 pages | 1 of 3 | Prestige
Meet Clark Kent, a young reporter who just learned that the world will soon come to an end (Crisis on Infinite Earths) and there is nothing he can do to save it. Sounds like a job for his alter ego…Superman!
After years of standing idle, the young man from Krypton defies the wishes of his fathers to come out to the world as the first superhero of the Space Age. As each decade passes and each new danger emerges, he wonders if this is the one that will kill him and everyone he loves. Superman realizes that even good intentions are not without their backlash as the world around him transforms into a place as determined to destroy itself as he is to save it.
Uniting the critically acclaimed writer Mark Russell (One-Star Squadron and The Flintstones) and Eisner-winner Mike Allred (Silver Surfer and Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams) for the first time, this series promises fans an unforgettable journey through U.S. history and culture starring our beloved characters.
This huge prestige book begins in 1985 as the Earth is set to be destroyed during the original Crisis on Infinite Earths; the retcon is that child Jon Kent is also here.
Then we pivot to 1963.
A time in which Clark Kent struggles in a dark world of real life tragedies; he does get his Superman costume to close out the year.
Then in 1964 he moves from Smallville to Metropolis.
He’s now a reporter for the Daily Planet with the usual allies.
It is also a time where Clark Kent meets Pariah.
We warns Clark Kent about the Crisis of Infinite Earths.
An event to occur in 1985.
A moment where the super-heroes will not win.
We then pivot to 1944.
Followed by 1965.
A time when Clark Kent becomes Superman.
A time in which he forms the Justice League.
Superman: Space Age #2 is teased and it is expected in stores on September 27, 2022.
Multiversity: Teen Justice #2 Spoilers follow.
MULTIVERSITY: TEEN JUSTICE #2
Written by IVAN COHEN and DANNY LORE
Art by MARCO FAILLA
Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Variant cover by STEPHANIE HANS
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
The explosive miniseries starring Kid Quick and their allies shifts into even higher gear as Teen Justice investigates the Church of Blood! When efforts to infiltrate the mysterious church backfire, one hero faces a devastating loss! Plus: Supergirl and Robin attract surprising allies when they discover an unexpected mystery, Aquagirl finds herself out of her element (and then some), and an encounter with the Justice Guild threatens the future of Teen Justice!
On Earth 11 the Justice Guild’s mentees Teen Justice…
…are struggling with the macabre?!
Justice League vs. Legion of Super-Heroes #4 Spoilers follow.
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #4
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art and cover by SCOTT GODLEWSKI
Variant cover by TRAVIS MOORE
$3.99 US | 32 pages | 4 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
Now it’s the Legion of Super-Heroes’ turn to get stuck in a time they don’t belong in: the 21st century. Time for the greatest heroes of the future to see the reality of their heroes of the past. All this is happening because the Great Darkness is coming, and even as the truth behind it is about to be revealed, it may be too late to stop all from becoming nothing. It’s the heroes of two eras in ways you’ve never seen them before!
We open with a catch-up page of what has transpired up to now in this limited series.
We continue to see a Great Darkness threaten Earth at various times during Earth’s history including in the past where the future’s Gold Lantern meets the Golden Age Green Lantern.
As the Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice League team-up’s through time also investigate the Great Darkness and the Gold Lantern, Computo has found a way to bring everyone back together.
All the team-ups through time converge in one place and…
…everyone is back together…
…to witness the most imposing Great Darkness yet!
An interesting time for DC Comics with so much happening concurrently impacting the multiverse and timeline.
As you can see from a variant cover and solicitation for Dark Crisis on Infinite Crisis #5 (of 7) above that the Pariah continues to loom large not just during the summer, but as approach the winter too.