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Crisis on Infinite Earths: Review and Reference Guide – Part 3

Woah, we’re halfway there! The threat of the anti-matter wave speeds through The Flash as we get stuck into Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 3.

Earth-203 – Birds of Prey Earth: The action begins immediately as we are thrust into a new Earth, in the city of New Gotham on a world based around the shortlived series, Birds of Prey. Lots of, actually quite good, superhero television shows were kicking about in the early 2000s but none of them really got a fair shake and were cancelled fairly quickly. This show ended in 2003, hence Earth-203. Helena Kyle, as reprised by Ashley Scott, is running from the anti-matter wave. Really, how fast does she think she is? She gets on comms to Oracle, whom we assume is reprised by Dina Meyer, but it’s all futile and both she and her Earth are eradicated.

Earth-74 Waverider above Earth-1: With four of the seven Paragons located, the team pressure Ray to repair his paragon detector as Team Flash arrive by breach. Ralph is in top form in this segment, repeating the ‘holy’ trope from part 1, exclaiming “Holy All Star Squadron.” The All Star Squadron is in itself a reference, with the All Star Squadron being a derivative of the Justice Society of America. They were first published in All Star Comics #3, so there’s that too. “Ignore him, it’s his first crossover” quips Frost; more tasty fourth wall pushing – this time from a Team Flash member rather than a Legend. J’onn J’onzz, Routh Clark and Lois Lane join Alex and Brainy on Earth-1 to continue the evacuation of people from across the multiverse; Earth Prime is about to get a little crowded.

Bipety beep! The paragon detector is done and it identifies J’onn as the Paragon of Honour, Barry as Paragon of Love and well known Arrowverse hero, Dr. Ryan Choi, as Paragon of Humanity. This guy’s inclusion isn’t quite as random as it appears on the surface, though, as, in the comic books, Ryan Choi is the third Atom. I for one hope this doesn’t foreshadow demise for good Dr. Palmer within this Crisis! Ray, Ralph and Iris head to Earth-1 to collect the good doctor. It takes a bit of persuading by Iris but he eventually agrees to join them.

Meanwhile, Diggle arrives and he’s pissed. He chews Sara out for letting the others put Oliver into a Lazarus Pit. He’s down for an all expenses paid trip to purgatory to retrieve Ollie’s soul until he’s told Lyla is missing and likely with The Anti-Monitor. Life comes at you fast.

Kara fetches the Book of Destiny and Kate strongarms Lex Luthor for info on how to use it. She must focus on one singular thing, just as he did with his hatred for Superman. Kate tries to talk Kara out of this stupid idea but, of course, woe-is-Kara isn’t receptive. The two square up and Kara backs down.

Earth-1: Cisco thinks he’s found the source of the anti-matter wave on Earth-1 and he’s on his way to check it out when The Monitor re-Vibes him without permission. He, Flash and Frost head to Nash Wells’ dig site and happy chappy Pariah appears to make everyone feel better. Cisco vibes Pariah to learn the door code because he’s forgotten it; doy! Like a weird episode of Stargate, they tap in the glyph code and enter a nexus between the anti-matter universe and their own. Inside, they find Earth-90’s The Flash on a treadmill. Fair play, if I had a Flash I’d probably use him to generate my electricity too. Flash-90 is within a force field that positive matter cannot penetrate. Vibe gets through, knocking Flash-90 off but he’s got to get back on or the anti-matter cannon will explode, destroying all Earths simultaneously. Bummer.

From out of nowhere appears Black Lightning, brought by Pariah. Jefferson is the only person able to get close enough to the cannon to disable it. The Flashes slow down time to talk strategy and suddenly Barry realises what he has to do and why he vanishes in Crisis. He has to run backwards on the treadmill to reverse something sciencey and destroy it… I dunno.

He says his goodbyes to Caitlin and Cisco when Flash-90 blindsides him and temporarily steals his super-speed. The Monitor said The Flash died in Crisis, but not which one. They play a clip from The Flash 90s series as Earth-90’s Barry Allen disappears, taking the anti-matter cannon along with him. Earth-1 is saved.

Earth-666 – Lucifer’s Earth: Johns Constantine and Diggle, along with Mia, travel to Earth-666 to get help from Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) in the retrieval of Oliver’s soul. This is, of course, the Lucifer from the recent Lucifer TV series… the one that was cancelled by FOX and then uncancelled by Netflix. The Devil is English, by the way… why are they always English? Magical card in hand and off to purgatory they go; it’s Lian Yu, naturally. They find Oliver and John talks him into coming with them. Bit easy, really.

But wait, there’s more! The group are confronted by a man called Jim Corrigan. He says he’s “someone else… something else… a spectre.” He calls Oliver to a higher purpose which will save all the universes. Ollie obviously agrees and the trio are whisked back to the Waverider. While new to the Arrowverse, Jim Corrigan is a “fun” character from the comic books. After his introduction in More Fun Comics, Jim, a hardboiled detective, was brutally murdered on his way to his engagement party, entombed in concrete inside a barrel and thrown into a river. From there he becomes Spectre and goes a bit nuts trying to get vengeance. Fair enough, really.

I touched on it in the previous review but, in this episode, Routh Clark explains the new crest with the black background. He’s is questioned about it by Lois Lane and gets the answer “Even in the darkest times hope cuts through.” That’s consistent with the description in Kingdom Come, deepening those ties.

Earth-74 Waverider over Earth… the only Earth: Everyone is reunited on the Waverider. Harbinger reappears but the fact that she doesn’t have access to some of her memories tips the team off that she is being controlled by The Anti-Monitor. She gets all glowy eyed and Anti-Monitor voicey, declaring that it’s time to end the age of heroes. Not likely, mate. Half of these shows have been renewed for several years.

The Monitor and Anti-Monitor fight via energy beam and The Anti-Monitor (whom Novu calls Mobius) subdues The Monitor (Mar Novu) and an energy is sapped from him. The Anti-Matter wave returns and destroys Earth-1. Pariah suddenly realises what he must do and acts, whisking the Paragons… somewhere. The wave then destroys the Waverider, apparently the last surviving thing of the multiverse.

The Vanishing Point: As the episode closes, the Paragons are shown in the Vanishing Point – a place outside of time and space. We were introduced to the Vanishing Point at the end of the first season of Legends of Tomorrow – originally the location of the Time Bureau HQ; Nice little in-Arrowverse throwback. Very suddenly, a red light bursts from Routh Clark’s chest and he burns away. In his place, Lex Luthor appears. Lex literally rewrote destiny… scrawling his name in pen over the symbol of the seventh paragon. Another Superman killed by Lex.

Everybody’s dead, Dave

While lacking in new “Earths,” this episode didn’t lack in overall references and entertainment value. Time was mostly devoted to the plot this time around and continued to set up plot devices that will come good in the last two parts – Oliver Queen becoming Spectre, ALL of the Earths being wiped out, etc. The total destruction of all of the Earths does present a disappointing spoiler in that the Earths will inevitably be resurrected before Crisis is over. Perhaps, Kara Zor-El will finally stop moaning! This slight annoyance aside, I did like the gathering of the Paragons in the Vanishing Point with their confusion and questioning of The Pariah creating their very own Red Dwarf-esqe “Everybody’s dead, Dave” moment. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Routh Clark but Jon Cryer’s portrayal of Lex Luthor is just masterful and I’m not too upset to see more of him in his place. Luckily for me, I don’t have to wait a month for the final two parts of this crossover and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all pays off in the end.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths: Review and Reference Guide – Part 2

What started on Supergirl now rolls into Batwoman for the second act of our Crisis on Infinite Earths theatre. If you missed yesterday’s review of Part 1, you should catch up here before continuing. Oh, and spoilers… duh!

Earth-1 – Arrowverse Prime: We begin on Earth-1 with the ladies of the group, Sara, Kara and Kate, drowning their sorrows over the death of Oliver Queen. Or, rather, Sara is drowning her sorrows… Kate wants to keep her mind clear to deal with continuing crisis and Kara is too busy wallowing (seriously, annoyingly wallowing) in self pity to even process the fact that both Oliver and her Earth are dead.

Earth-74 – Alternate Legends Reality Earth: Next up, Lyla/Harbinger decides they need a Waverider to be their base of operations. Sara repeats the wonderful piece of fourth wall breaking that was introduced on Elseworlds in which she promised that the Legends would never have to do a “crossover” again. Fantastic. Lyla travels instead, then, to Earth-74, a reality in which the Legends team broke-up after the death of a team member. The Waverider of this Earth has now become the batchelor pad of Mick Rory, catered to by the ships AI, Leonard. That’s right, Wentworth Miller reprised Leonard Snart to be a computer. Mick, henceforth, takes his place in this crossover as the unlikely babysitter of Jonathan. Neato.

Whilst being constantly interrupted by baby Jonathan, The Monitor revealed his plan to defeat The Anti-Monitor. The team must seek out the 7 Paragons, as revealed by the Tome of the Guardians* via the Book of Destiny, which he saved from demise after Elseworlds… probably in the same anal cavity as the Quantum Towers. Luckily for our heroes, two of the seven are right in front of them as Kara is the Paragon of Hope, and Sara Lance is the Paragon of Destiny. Still to find are the Paragon of Truth, the Paragon of Courage and three other untitled Paragons. The Monitor reckons Mr. Courage is a Batman of the Future and Clark/Lois are led to believe that another Earth’s Superman is the Paragon of Truth.

*The Tome of the Guardians, by the way, belongs to a group called the Guardians of the Universe – the creators of the Green Lantern. In some mythologies, John Diggle IS the Green Lantern and so we may see our favourite Arrow-buddy suit up within this Crisis!

Just before the team can set off on their respective missions, Lex Luthor turns up, brought in by The Monitor. Kara, obviously, continues her consta-rant going in the face of this news but Kate recruits Kara to find the Batman of the Future on Earth-99. Inevitably, Lex Luthor steals Book of Destiny and portals away, vowing to kill ALL of the Superman, everywhere. Monitor shrugs. Kara keeps moaning.

Earth-99 – Batman Beyond-ish Earth: Kara and Kate travel to Earth-99 to find the Batman of the Future. Interestingly, Batman of the Future was the name of the Batman Beyond animated series in markets outside of America. The series debuted in 1999, hence Earth-99. That animated series is the basis for this world, then, even if some of the elements are vastly different (there’s no actual Batman of the Future, Terry McGinnis, for starters). Kara and Kate approach Bruce Wayne’s house which looks a lot more like the house from Big Bad Beetleborgs than Wayne Manor, and find Kate’s Earth-1 assistant Luke Fox. Kate is taken aback by Luke’s six pack and he isn’t interested in what the ladies are offering. Kara busts down the door and they are greeted by clanky, cyborg Bruce coming down the stairs. Wayne recognises Kate; Kate is dead on this Earth and it turns out ol’ Batman is an homicidal “broken pissed off, old hermit”.

In the other room, Kara finds Bruce’s trophies – themselves a treasure trove of references: a bloodied Joker card, Riddler’s cane, a snow globe (Mr. Freeze), a plant (Poison Ivy) and the broken glasses of Superman, whom put Wayne in the exosuit. In the Bat Cave, Kate tries to convince Bruce he’s a hero, Bruce tries to convince Kate he’s not. Kara turns up and takes Bruce’s side – she agrees that the guy is dirt – and he goes on a crazy rant before attacking Kara. He turns his attention to Kate but is bounced into a generator and electrocuted. With his dying breath, he tells Kate “there is no hope.” Well, you would say that wouldn’t you… you murdering sack o’ douche.

Some other references of note here are the Earth-1 style Batman suit in cobwebs, the Gotham Gazette (again), the Batman: The Animated Series theme song and the Batmobile from the 1989 movie hidden under a cover.

Earth-75 – Superman Dies Earth: Clark and Lois Lane travel to Earth-75 in search of the Superman Paragon but Lex Luthor has beaten them to it and killed the Superman of that Earth. This Earth is named after the Superman comic book, issue #75, in which Superman is killed by Doomsday. The shot of Superman dead on the rocks with Lois grieving over his broken carcass is replicated directly from the issue. Stellar work.

Earth-167 – Smallville Earth: The next Earth in the Superman search is Earth-167, home of Tom Welling’s version of Clark Kent slumming it sans-powers on Kent Farm. Clark, Lois and Iris are just explaining everything to other Clark when they’re vanished away and Lex turns up. Smallville Clark doesn’t recognise him, obviously… wrong actor. Clark reveals he gave up his powers and has children instead. Lex, realising this guy isn’t much of a threat, leaves. Erica Durance’s Lois Lane comes outside to tell Superdad that, dagumit, the kids’ve made a mess! “Sounds like a job for… us,” Clark retorts. I don’t think I need to tell you the reference there. Why Earth-167? Well, that took a little more digging than the others but apparently the 167 is short for 1967, the year in which Smallville creator, Al Gough, was born.

Earth-96 – Kingdom Come / Superman Returns Earth: Following Lex Luthor’s breaches, the trio head to Earth-96 where they bump into a Brandon Routh faced Clark Kent. They give him the rundown on Lex before Lois notices plaques of dead names on the wall from when a “reject from Gotham” gassed the building and killed a lot of people. Based on the exreme loss this Superman has dealt with, they believe him to be the Paragon of Truth and recruit him. Lex arrives, turns Routh Clark nasty and sets him on Earth-38 Superman. Are you keeping up? They fight in the skies but Routh Clark turns his attention on Lois and Iris, to take away the thing that Clark-38 loves. This distraction allows the ladies to get the upper hand in Lex, knock him out, steal the Book of Destiny and fix Routh Clark. Job’s a goodun.

The lore of this Earth seems to be a portmanteau of the 1996 (Earth-96!) comic book series, Kingdom Come and the 2006 film, Superman Returns. The Superman suit is a direct Kingdom Come translation, adorned by a different than familiar “S” symbol adopted following the death of Lois Lane. In the comic book, she was killed by Joker – whom one would assume is the Gotham reject Routh Clark mentions.

As for Superman Returns nods, there’s plenty of that here, too (Brandon Routh himself obviously being the first). Routh Clark is dressed in a brown suit, for which it is noted he has an affinity for in Returns. Later in this episode, Routh Clark notes how Jonathan Kent is a spitting image for his own son, Jason, whom is the child conceived in the film. During the sky fight, Routh Clark’s heat vision doesn’t look like his Earth-38 counterparts; the heat vision, instead, looks like it did in Returns and the Reeve Superman movies. Furthermore, given that Returns is supposed to be a continuation in the story of the Christopher Reeve lineage of Superman, it explains Routh Clark’s quip that it wasn’t the first time he had gone crazy and fought himself. This references Superman III, in which Superman literally splits in two and fights with himself.

It makes you wonder what role Christopher Reeve would have played in Crisis in Infinite Earths were it not for his unfortunate accident and untimely death. Perhaps there exists a world in our actual multiverse where that question is answered…

Earth-18 – Wild West Earth: Barry and Mia want to take Oliver to another Earth’s Lazarus pit. They enlist John Constantine to help find said Earth. He also promises to try help bring back Oliver’s soul. It seems fitting that the Earth they find seems to have remained in the Wild West period (from the 1800s, hence Earth-18) because this Lazarus plan is about as good an idea as a mass shootout.

When they get there, Sara and Mia run into this Earth’s Jonah Hex. Hex is less than receptive to them being there and tries to proposition Mia; he’s knocked out for his troubles. Barry and Constantine arrive with dead Ollie and into the water he goes. Oliver surfaces eventually, sans soul, and Sara tranqs him. Constantine struggles to do the deed of restoring Oliver’s soul, apparently the anti-matter swirling around the multiverse has caused him to lose his mojo. Sorry John… it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy, and it is a big deal!

Earth-74 Waverider over Earth-1: Back on the waverider, Kara and Kate return and Routh Clark gets acquainted with some of the other heroes, including his nerdy Palmer doppelganger, whom has finished his paragon detector. While not a DC thing, this sequence made me think of the Spiderman pointing meme; I kinda wish they’d pointed at each other at some point.

The detector reveals that Kate is, in fact, the Paragon of Courage and we didn’t need to go see Batsh*tcrazyman at all. Heh. Speaking of batsh*t crazy… Kara is going to channel her inner Barry Allen and use the Book of Destiny to try and bring back Earth-38; sounds like a swell idea in which nothing can go wrong, don’t you think?

To close out the episode, Lyla/Harbinger hears a relentless voice in her head and is whisked away in a flash of light. She arrives in a corridor with a shadowy figure whom reveals himself to be The Anti-Monitor.

Auntie Monitor would make a great agony aunt, don’t you think?

Jump Around

While there was a lot less action and larger plot points in this episode than in part 1, the cameos and references kept on coming! I was slightly troubled by the layout of this episode as it seemed to jump around the different Earths and groups a lot more than was comfortable. Given that the passage of time in each setting was fairly linear, I’d have much rathered they stayed in one place, played that act out, and then moved on to the next. This said, it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of this episode and I’m glad young Kate got a bulk of the focus in this hijacked episode of Batwoman. Still lots to happen before we get to the final battle and loads more heroes to encounter. My eyeballs are ready for Part 3.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths: Review and Reference Guide – Part 1

I know what you’re thinking… Jeremy, Crisis was three months ago; why are you only getting to it now?! The thing is, I’m quite new to the DC universe. My first experience was watching Arrow, and its subsequent tie-ins. I’ve never read a DC comic book in my life… I hadn’t even seen any of the Batman or Superman movies, and this is why I’m late to the party – I tried, in vain, to “catch up” on all the film and television before watching Crisis. I quickly realised this task was fairly insurmountable and I’d be sat alongside broody, solitary, Earth-16 Oliver Queen in 2046 before I’d be up to date. Internet research had to suffice and into the Crisis I went!

Besides… it only aired for the first time in the UK this week anyway; not that I rely on Sky’s antiquated, months-long lag style broadcasting.

We begin on Supergirl (Season 5, Episode 9) with an episode that, if what happens during Crisis sticks, will have long lasting effects on the Supergirl TV series, as well as the upcoming Lois & Clark spinoff. The Monitor opens with the explanation that an anti-matter wave is tearing through the multiverse, destroying everything in its path. To combat this Crisis, The Monitor has been working aggressively to assemble heroes from throughout the multiple Earths to aid him and save, well, everything. From here, we begin to look in on some of these Earths and get our first slew of references and cameos from other DC properties.

Earth-89 – Batman (1989) World: The establishing shot of this Earth was very much reminiscent of the opening sequence the film (yes, I’ve seen it now). They’re even playing the old school theme music in the background as Alexander Knox (reprised by Robert Wuhl) sits on a bench under the red skies reading his particularly Burton-esque doom and gloom Gotham City Gazzette newspaper… apparently nothing positive is happening on Earth-89. The image on the newspaper is pulled directly from the comic book adaptation of the film; the art of the venerable Jerry Ordway. Pretty neat little set of Easter eggs here.

Earth-9 – Titans World: Titans is one of the shows I’ve not had the opportunity to catch up on yet but, to be fair, we didn’t see much of this Earth aside from its destruction. It’s not obvious why this Earth has its “9” designation but a popular headcanon on the interwebs is that Titans is the 9th Greg Berlanti produced DC television programme and, so, Earth-9 it is! I’m perfectly happy to roll with that.

Earth-X – Evil Hero World: Very quick look-in on Earth-X; long enough mostly to see it destroyed by the anti-matter wave. Happy trails, The Ray (Russell Tovey).

Earth-66 – Batman (1966) World: This is perhaps the most fun of all the quickly referenced Earths. The campy, over-the-top style of the 60s TV show is replicated fairly well, greatly aided by the cameo of Burt Ward. Ward didn’t explicitly reprise his role of Robin (whom he’s continued to voice in animated and extra material to this day) but in donning the colours and walking his Bathound-esqe German shephard, it’s close enough. Seeing the skies turn red, Ward shouts “Holy crimson skies of death!” which is, obviously, a ridiculous line but also a homage to the overuse of the “Holy” prefix in the 60s programme. Honestly, it was relentless… go check out some of the montages on YouTube.

Earth-1 – Arrowverse Prime: We take a brief journey to Earth-1 at the start of this episode to pick up the heroes we’re most familiar with. Lyla Michaels, now in full comic-style Harbinger mode, collects Oliver and Mia from Lian-Yu, Batwoman from Gotham, The Flash from Central City, and Legends Sara Lance and Ray Palmer… from a pub quiz.

Quick note about that pub quiz: the team that beats them is called “Strange Visitors.” This is a subtle reference to early Superman media in which people referred to the Kryptonian as “strange visitor from another planet.” Ray Palmer’s actor, Brandon Routh, played Superman in the 2006 movie, Superman Returns, and Routh is confirmed to be reprising this role at some point during Crisis. More Super-bang for your buck.

Earth-38 – Supergirl’s Earth: The bulk of the story from the Crisis opener takes place in Supergirl’s universe, named after 1938: the year in which the first Superman comic was published. Before things kick off, we get a cameo from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton, who plays an apocalypse calling nut job. As a big Trekkie myself, I appreciated this brief appearance. Wheaton’s doomsaying wasn’t far wrong, though, and the severity of the anti-matter wave is understood quickly by the cast. Brainy immediately identifies Argo, the remnant planet of Krypton on which Kara’s mother, Superman, Lois Lane and their son Jonathan reside, as being among the first to perish. Kara gets a message to Argo and the aforementioned group put baby Jon in a pod and launch it towards Earth – harkening back to the journeys of the child’s father and cousin before him. Lois says that they’ll look out for him “even in the face of our deaths” which is a line lifted verbatim from Superman: The Movie, which starred Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder. Quite the high powered cast! The anti-matter wave hits and, it is assumed, everyone else perished. More on that shortly.

Harbinger arrives on Earth-38 and is met by Alex Danvers and her squadron of gun totin’ D.E.O. agents. ‘Binger magics up the Super Friends, including Clarke and Lois whom she apparently whisked away in the nick of time, and we’re thrusted into full save the multiverse mode.

Earth-16 – Future Lonely Arrow World: The mishmash team of Sara Lance, Brainy and Lois Lane travel to Earth-16 to collect Jon, whose pod was sidetracked by a wormhole. Standard stuff. This Earth somehow exists in a different time to the others and, in this universe, it’s 2046. Here they find a slightly greying and very confused Oliver Queen who is haunted by the sight of Sara Lance, whom, on this Earth, died on the Queen’s Gambit a very long time ago. They have a heart to heart, Sara makes the questionable statement that Oliver is “a good man on every Earth,” (Nazi Ollie, anyone?) and back to Earth-38 they go. For the record, Earth-16 is where the Young Justice series is set.

The Demise of Earth-38

Back on Supergirl World, the proverbial kryptonite infused sh*t is hitting the fan. The Monitor has summoned a quantum tower, seemingly out of his ass, but apparently he placed these towers on critical Earths to act and some kind of interdimentional backup plan should this very specific form of threat come about. Alrighty then. In brief, it’s a macguffin that dissipates anti-matter. Cool.

It is in this quantum tower that the heroes mount their defense against the uninspiringly named Shadow Demons of the even-more uninspiringly named Anti-Monitor. The Demons are taken out a bit too easily but there’s a lot of them and the group are regularly overwhelmed. The Shadow Demons are plucked straight out of the comic books and their origins trace back to Sinestro, which is a much more imaginative name.

Meanwhile, the evacuation of Earth-38 is in full swing with Alex and J’onn J’onzz taking the role of extreme contingency planners, flanked by Nia Nal and a Guardian-shield-wielding Kelly Olsen. Alex appeals to Lena Luthor to help them by building a portal to transport large numbers of people in spaceships to Earth-1 for safety. She agrees while continuing to reserve the right to be her usual irritating, bitchy self. Seriously, get over it already. Lest we forget, The Monitor still has Lex Luthor in his back pocket just waiting to be pulled out.

The quantum tower begins to fail and The Monitor starts to pull his heroes away from Earth-38 so that they may fight another day. Oliver, however, refuses to leave and makes the ultimate sacrifice, laying down his own life to give this Earth’s inhabitants more time to evacuate.

Green No More

The Monitor, now joined by Nash Wells/The Pariah, finally gets the Green Arrow back to his home Earth with enough time for Ollie to use his dying breaths to say goodbye to Mia and ask her to find William and Felicity.

The Monitor explains how Oliver’s sacrifice allowed 1 billion more of Earth-38’s 7.35 billion population to escape but laments how this isn’t going as he foresaw. Pariah Wells, whom is responsible for releasing the Anti-Monitor from his confinement chimes in… “Everything we know, everything there is, and everything there ever was, is doomed.”

Thanks for that, Nash. Super uplifting.

At the end of one…

Overall, this was a very solid start to Crisis. The cameos and references, while mostly throwaway, were well placed and enjoyable. Killing Oliver Queen in the opening is a bold move but it really helps to develop the mindset that the stakes here are very high and that no character is safe, no matter the tenure within their show or even if the show is named for them. I think we will see Ollie again in some form but ultimately the focus will now shift to transitioning completely to Mia Smoak as the Green Arrow, which I personally am all for. Bring on the second act!

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