Crisis on Infinite Earths #6: 3 Earths! 3 Deaths!

  • Writer: Marv Wolfman
  • Penciller: George Pérez
  • Inker: Jerry Ordway
  • Colorist: Tom Ziuko
  • Letterer: John Costanza
  • Cover Artist: George Pérez
  • Editor: Marv Wolfman

Cover: Probably the easiest cover of the entire series to note, this is, of course, the face of the Anti-Monitor.

Page 1: Here we have the Anti-Monitor, Psycho Pirate and Flash who, as his thoughts reveal, is slowly recovering.

Page 2 – Panel 7: The Anti-Monitor speaks of three Earths that remain outside of the Monitor’s Netherverse. These are Earths S, X and 4 each of which we will see in this issue.

Page 3 – Panel 1: The attack on the Monitor’s satellite that was launched by the Anti-Monitor in the previous issue continues.

Page 3 – Panel 2: Top to bottom are Steel; Starfire; and Northwind.

Page 3 – Panel 3: Alex Luthor.

Page 3 – Panel 4: The Earth-2 Hawkman catches Dr. Light (who is none too happy about it) and below them are Northwind (again) and Pariah.

Page 3 – Panel 5: Top to bottom are Martian Manhunter; Katana; and Azrael who refers to Katana as an Outsider, the name of the team she belongs to.

Page 3 – Panel 6: Harbinger’s comment about the Martian Manhunter being right makes no sense as the Manhunter merely asked if Katana or Azrael needed help.

Page 3 – Panel 7: Flash at the top and Blok hanging on for dear life.

Page 4 – Panel 1: Changeling as a bird – he seems to have spent most of the series in this form.

Page 4 – Panel 2: Left to right are Kole; Supergirl; Black Canary; Changeling again; and Wonder Woman.

Page 4 – Panel 4: Pariah is drawn elsewhere; however, we never see where he goes. Following this page he doesn’t appear until the start of next issue when he appears with Alex Luthor and Harbinger.

Page 5 – Panels 7 to 23: Harbinger zooms by

Page 5 – Panels 7 to 23: Left to right in the top row are Azrael; Blok; Dr. Light; Hawkman; Katana; Alex Luthor; Starfire; and Supergirl. Middle row is Harbinger. Bottom row are Black Canary; Changeling; Flash; Martian Manhunter; Kole; Northwind; Steel; and Wonder Woman (with miscoloured hair which is corrected in the Collected Edition.)

Page 6 – Panels 4 to 6: Harbinger merges with her “Earthly body” and attempts to save three universes.

Page 6 – Panel 7: And just like that, the Monitor’s satellite is destroyed.

Page 7 – Panel 3: On Earth-2, the Atom carries the wounded Wildcat to safety.

Page 7 – Panels 7 and 8: Yolanda Montez, the god-daughter of Wildcat who was born with cat-like agility.

Page 7 – Panel 12: Yolanda decides to continue Wildcat’s name and tradition.

Page 8 – Panel 2: On Earth-1, Lex Luthor is about to be saved by . . .

Page 8 – Panel 5: . . . Brainiac who, we later find out, was behind the rescue of Psimon in issue #3.

Page 9 – Panel 1: Earth-X which we last saw at the very end of the previous issue.

Page 9 – Panel 3: At the top is Hawkman; in the middle Northwind and Dr. Light; and in the foreground Steel and Starfire. Dr. Light up until now spoke only Japanese and had to have everything translated for her by Katana.

Page 9 – Panels 6 and 7: Harbinger to the rescue

Page 9 – Panel 4: As Northwind says, her new ability to speak English makes things a lot easier for all concerned!

Page 9 – Panel 6: Harbinger stands in the “anti-matter fray“, the result of her attempt to save the Earths.

Page 9 – Panels 8 and 9: As Northwind says, the Monitor did indeed calm the people of Earths-1 and -2 but these are being terrified by the Psycho Pirate as shown earlier this issue.

Page 10 – Panel 5: Left to right are The Ray, the Human Bomb, Uncle Sam, Doll Man and Phantom Lady, most of the Freedom Fighters that we met in the previous issue. They too are under the influence of the Psycho Pirate.

Page 10 – Panel 7: As Hawkman says, the Fighters originally came from Earth-2 but volunteered to head to Earth-X and fight the much prolonged World War II.

Page 10 – Panel 8: Black Condor, the remaining member of the Fighters.

Page 11 – Panel 4: Hawkman refers to earlier this issue when Dr. Light had complained about him saving her. Of course, she only spoke Japanese at the time so I’m not sure how he would have known.

Page 11 – Panel 5: “Heroes don’t battle other heroes without reason” says Hawkman, obviously ignoring the traditional fight that almost always occurs when two heroes meet for the first time.

Page 12 – Panel 3: On Earth-4, the second of the three Earths controlled by the Psycho Pirate, we have more heroes sent by Harbinger. Left to right are Azrael; Flash; Blok; Katana; and Martian Manhunter.

Page 12 – Panel 6: Azrael gives a brief run down of his origin, that of an amnesiac alien. We, however, should all remember the Bug from issue #1.

Page 13 – Panel 1: Captain Atom on the attack

Page 13 – Panel 1: The first DC Universe appearance of Captain Atom.

Page 13 – Panel 2: The Blue Beetle returns to the story having been sent back to this Earth in issue #3.

Page 13 – Panel 5: The first DC Universe appearance of Nightshade and Peacemaker.

Page 14 – Panel 1: Judomaster makes his first DC Universe appearance.

Page 14 – Panel 4: Judomaster refers to allies and Nazis – he’s a World War II hero brought to the present time either deliberately by Harbinger or as a symptom of the time fluctuations.

Page 14 – Panel 11: Knocked out by the Flash is another Earth-4 hero making his debut in the DC Universe: Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt.

Page 15 – Panel 2: Aboard the Bug alongside Blue Beetle is the last of the new DC heroes: the Question.

Page 15 – Panel 4: The caption mentions “Five new heroes” but it’s actually six: Captain Atom; Nightshade; Peacemaker; Judomaster; Thunderbolt; and the Question.

Page 15 – Panel 6: This is Arion’s Atlantis brought into the present day by the time fluctuations while beneath the sea, as the caption says, Tritonis and Poseidonis have both vanished. Shown are the Sea Devils.

Page 15 – Panel 7: Shown a lot clearer in the Collected Edition of CRISIS are, top to bottom, Dolphin; Lori Lemaris; Aquaman; and Black Manta.

Page 15 – Panel 8: Though the caption tells us who’s who, for the sake of consistency I’ll mention we have, left to right, Aqualad; Aquagirl; and Aquaman.

Page 15 – Panel 9: And this is Lori Lemaris.

Page 15 – Panels 10 and 11: You can probably work out that the Mera Aquaman refers to is his wife.

Page 16 – Panel 4: Villains vanish

Page 16 – Panel 1: Watching are Black Manta and Aquaman’s brother, Ocean Master, his two greatest foes.

Page 16 – Panel 4: As Dolphin watches, the two villains disappear, much like Psimon did in issue #3 or Lex Luther did earlier this issue. Coincidence? I think not.

Page 16 – Panel 8: On Earth-S, the last of those currently controlled by the Psycho Pirate, we find Black Canary and Changeling.

Page 17 – Panel 1: Checking up on Changeling is, of course, Supergirl.

Page 17 – Panel 2: And here is Earth-S’s greatest hero, Captain Marvel, appearing in CRISIS for the first time. Like the Freedom Fighters and the heroes of Earth-4, Marvel is under the control of the Psycho Pirate.

Page 18 – Panel 4: Black Canary has obviously been told of Psycho Pirate’s disappearance back in issue #2.

Page 18 – Panel 8: Kole protects the civilians from the anti-matter wave.

Page 19 – Panel 1: Wonder Woman battles another of the Shazam heroes, Mary Marvel.

Page 19 – Panel 3: Wonder Woman is attacked by Captain Marvel Jr. Despite his calling Mary Marvel “sis” they are not siblings, though Mary is the sister of Captain Marvel Snr.

Page 19 – Panel 4: Captain Marvel is shown here despite having been knocked cold by Supergirl on the previous page. The Collected Edition has him recoloured as Captain Marvel Jr which makes more sense.

Page 19 – Panel 5: The green snake is Changeling who’s wrapped around Uncle Marvel.

Page 20 – Panel 4: Back on Earth-X the Freedom Fighters are still battling against the heroes sent to save them.

Page 20 – Panel 8: On Earth-4 other heroes are coming to the same conclusion that the Psycho Pirate is behind their troubles.

Page 21: Harbinger’s plan comes to fruition as she pulls the worlds of the remaining universes into the Netherverse through herself.

Page 23 – Panel 4: Harbinger becomes her human self once more, perhaps for the last time.

Page 23 – Panels 8 to 10: Five Earths

Page 23 – Panel 5: She’s joined by Alex Luthor; presumably the pair of them were teleported from the Monitor’s satellite at the same time that the other heroes were sent to the three Earths.

Page 23 – Panel 6: One thing that’s always bugged me about this scene: if the swirling planets below them are meant to represent the universes, why are there stars in the distance?

Page 23 – Panels 8 to 10: Despite Harbinger’s plan, the Earths are not safe.

Page 24 – Panel 2: Despite first appearances, the heroes aren’t chasing the villains as they’re all still working together. From top to bottom are Power Girl; Green Lantern Alan Scott; Johnny Quick; Star Sapphire; Deathbolt; and Per Degaton.

Page 24 – Panel 3: Like the other villains before them, Star Sapphire, Deathbolt and Per Degaton vanish.

Page 25 – Panel 1: Yolanda Montez appears as Wildcat for the first time.