Crisis on Infinite Earths #8: A Flash Of The Lightning!

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

Cover: Framed by the legs of the Anti-Monitor are Flash and the Psycho Pirate.

Page 1 – Panel 2: This is the ship the Anti-Monitor used to escape in the previous issue.

Page 1 – Panel 4: The Psycho Pirate and, above him, the Flash held in some sort of gelatin prison.

Page 2 – Panel 6: The new-look Anti-Monitor. As he explains, Supergirl destroyed the earlier suit.

Page 2 – Panel 7: Wait a minute? What happened to “I shall stand triumphant at the dawn of time!“?

Page 3 – Panel 2: This is Desaad, (mostly) loyal servant to the ruler of Apokolips . . .

Page 3 – Panel 3: . . . the great Darkseid. Note that Darkseid refers to the Anti-Monitor as “that Monitor” one of a handful of instances that title is used.

Page 4 – Panel 1: Oa sits unique while, in the background, other planets have their multiversal duplicates.

Page 4 – Panel 2: Trapped until now, the Guardians of the Universe have been released.

Page 4 – Panel 3: The speaker is Green Lantern (GL) Katma Tui; to the right of the panel is GL Ch’p; climbing on the head of the dead GL in the foreground is GL Xax.

Page 4 – Panel 4: GL Arisia.

Page 4 – Panel 5: GL Tomar-Re.

Page 4 – Panel 9: Democracy in action

Page 4 – Panels 7 to 9: A rift between the Guardians is revealed.

Page 5 – Panel 3: Left to right are Blok; White Witch; Ultra Boy; Phantom Girl; Dawnstar; Wildfire; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Shrinking Violet; Brainiac 5 (hidden in the chair); Lightning Lass; Element Lad; Sun Boy; Mon-El; Shadow Lass; Chameleon Boy; Colossal Boy; Star Boy; Dream Girl; and Proty. Those Legionnaires who took part in the battle against the Anti-Monitor have obviously returned to their own time.

Page 5 – Panel 5: Kara is, of course, Supergirl who died in the previous issue.

Page 6 – Panel 4: Firestorm and Firehawk. Despite Firehawk’s use of the term “lover” they’re actually just good friends.

Page 6 – Panels 5 and 6: Firehawk’s referring to the start of CRISIS when the Psycho Pirate convinced Killer Frost she was in love with Firestorm.

Page 6 – Panel 9: Vixen holding the captured T.O. Morrow who, as she says, created the Red Tornado who, you’ll remember, was transformed by the Anti-Monitor and then damaged in issue #5.

Page 7 – Panel 1: The mostly abandoned satellite HQ of the Justice League of America.

Page 7 – Panel 3: The Martian Manhunter waits for them. Firestorm’s comment about Mars not needing women is a reference to the movie Mars Needs Women.

Page 7 – Panel 4: Standing next to the damaged Red Tornado is Cyborg of the Teen Titans. Firehawk wonders why the JLA left the satellite which the Martian Manhunter dodges. The JLA had fractured as a team some time before with most of the original or senior members leaving.

Page 7 – Panel 5: The Martian Manhunter is, indeed, vulnerable to fire.

Page 8 – Panel 3: This is the Atom. If you’re wondering why a scientist is wearing a sword it’s because he’s recently returned from living with a race of six inch high aliens in the forests of Central America. No, really.

Page 8 – Panel 9: Bad news

Page 8 – Panel 8: The Red Tornado was indeed altered by the Anti-Monitor.

Page 8 – Panel 9: The floating head is Professor Martin Stein, the other half of the Firestorm persona.

Page 9 – Panel 1: GL John Stewart flying above Los Angeles, thinking the Crisis was over.

Page 9 – Panel 3: He’s here to pick up Blue Devil who, like him, thought things were getting back to normal.

Page 9 – Panel 6: Back on the satellite, Blue Devil attempts to help out.

Page 10 – Panel 2: Red Tornado’s body explodes.

Page 11 – Panel 1: Firehawk reveals her new costume while Firestorm douses the Martian Manhunter with water; he’s vulnerable to fire, remember?

Page 11 – Panel 5: I’ve long wondered what the significance of this close up of the Martian Manhunter is as it doesn’t get picked up on again.

Page 11 – Panel 7: T.O. Morrow, like many other villains before him, vanishes.

Page 12 – Panels 1 to 3: Blue Devil is sucked into a space warp.

Page 12 – Panel 8: Blue Devil appears amongst the Omega Men who are all lined up on the right hand side. Top to bottom are Rynoc; Shlagen; Doc; and Zirral.

Page 14 – Panel 3: On the planet Qward in the Anti-Matter universe, the Anti-Monitor watches the construction of a vast anti-matter cannon with which he plans to destroy the five remaining positive matter universes. Looks like he’s put the whole “dawn of time” thing on hold, then?

Page 15 – Panel 6: Sounds like Psycho Pirate’s powers have returned.

Page 15 – Panel 9: The blue background of this panel has been replaced by a white background in the Collected Edition.

Page 16 – Panel 1: And just like that, the Flash is free again!

Page 16 – Panels 11 and 12: Free Flash

Page 16 – Panels 5 to 12: The Flash overcomes the Psycho Pirate’s attack and vents weeks of frustration on him.

Page 16 – Panel 14: Flash refers to the trial that eventually drove him to leave the 20th century of Earth-1 and live in the future with his wife Iris.

Page 17 – Panel 4: The Flash uses the Psycho Pirate to instil hate for the Anti-Monitor in the Thunderers.

Page 17 – Panel 7: “I sense . . . a disturbance!” In the Force, Anti-Monitor?

Page 18: Time and again the Flash forces the Pirate to turn the Thunderers against the Anti-Monitor.

Page 19 – Panel 4: The mass-attack sends the Anti-Monitor reeling.

Page 19 – Panel 9: The Flash refers to “the universe” – imprisoned all this time, he’s unaware he’s trying to save five universes!

Page 20 – Panels 4 and 5: Despite knowing the outcome of his attempt to destroy the anti-matter cannon in advance, Flash still goes ahead with it.

Page 21 – Panel 4: Iris was Flash’s long-time love and wife whom he thought dead for a while before meeting up with her again in the future.

Page 21 – Panel 5: Fiona is Fiona Webb who almost became Flash’s second wife when he thought Iris was dead; Wally is Wally West, Kid Flash, who was Iris’s nephew; Dexter is Dexter Myles, the curator of the Flash Museum; Ralph is Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man and one of Flash’s closest friends; Sue is Sue Dibny, Ralph’s wife; and Hal is Hal Jordan who until recently was the Green Lantern of Earth-1 and was Flash’s best friend.

Page 22 – Panels 7 and 8: Not just back in time, Flash

Page 22 – Panel 5: The Flash says “The Monitor’s opening some temporal portal…” It’s likely he means the Anti-Monitor.

Page 22 – Panel 7: This is Kid Flash as he will appear in issue #12, Page 18 – Panel 2.

Page 22 – Panel 8: The Flash thinks he’s moving back through time but he’s actually going both forward and back because the scene with Kid Flash hasn’t happened yet.

Page 22 – Panel 9: The Joker as he appeared in issue #2, Page 7 – Panel 9.

Page 22 – Panel 11: The Batman as he appeared in issue #2, Page 8 – Panel 7.

Page 23 – Panels 1 to 6: The Flash of Earth-1 dies having saved five universes from destruction.

Page 24 – Panels 1 to 3: The Anti-Monitor absorbs the entire anti-matter universe killing all life instantly to provide himself with the power he needs to (finally) travel to the dawn of time.

Page 24 – Panel 5: The Challengers of the Unknown. Left to right are Professor Haley; Red Ryan; June Robbins; Rocky Davis; and Ace Morgan.

Page 25: The Spectre can sense what the Anti-Monitor plans to do and yet is unable to prevent him, hence his scream of frustration.

Deaths in this issue:

  • The Flash – sacrificed himself to save the universes