Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, Drew Geraci, Christian Alamy, Norm Rapmund, Rodney Ramos and Walden Wong
Page 1 – Panel 1: There’s no indication as to which world this is but it is reminiscent of Earth-D; either way, they’re sharing the same crisis as the red skies indicate.
Page 1 – Panels 2-4: The President of the United States of this Earth is also Superman; note the reversed colours on his S-shield.
Pages 2-3 – Panel 1: Superman meets with Nubia, this world’s Wonder Woman analogue, who has called for help across the multiverse.
Pages 2-3 – Panel 3: And help arrives in the form of the Ultima Thule, the universe-crossing ship featured in Superman Beyond 3D.
Page 4 – Panel 1: The Question, recently recruited to help collect the Supermen of the Multiverse, sticks her head out of the ship and swears.
Page 4 – Panel 3: Captain Marvel and the Question stand in front of several Superman-analogues.
Page 5 – Panel 1: The Watchtower, last stand for the heroes of our Earth. It seems to be made up of parts of other structures including the Watchtower satellite and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. The S-shield is upside down which, in 52 co-written by Morrison, was deemed to be the Kryptonian symbol for resurrection.
Page 5 – Panel 2: Heroes standing guard: Power Girl on the left; Iman behind her; Frankenstein; and Starman. The narrator, Lois Lane, tells of the Metal Men from Earth-44 and their human leader, “Doc” Tornado.
Page 5 – Panel 3: And here they are – on Earth-44 it appears the Metal Men are robotic versions of the Justice League.
Pages 6-7 – Panel 1: At the printing press are Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane and Supergirl. Around them are various bits and pieces that have been saved: Batman’s cowl on the left; Dr. Fate’s helmet next to the giant penny from the Batcave; Hawkman’s mask; and the mask Wonder Woman wore while under Darkseid’s control.
Pages 6-7 – Panel 3: The souvenirs are placed into a rocket ship which is very reminiscent of the rocket from Krypton that brought Superman to Earth.
Pages 6-7 – Panel 4: The League members fight against Earth-44’s Metal Men; as Lois Lane said on Page 5, the Metal Men went berserk because of the magnetic field. Left to right are Blue Devil; Starman; Supergirl; and Atom Smasher with various robots members of the Metal Men.
Pages 6-7 – Panel 5: Dr. Sivana and Lex Luthor use a ray of some sort to stun Supergirl and the Metal Superman. Presumably they’re helping, here.
Page 8 – Panel 1: Superman holding the still smoking corpse of Batman, picking up straight from the previous issue.
Page 8 – Panel 2: Darkseid, bleeding from the radion bullet Batman fired into him.
Page 8 – Panel 4: Darkseid’s threat that, with everyone in the world succumbed to Anti-Life, Superman will become the lone enemy reminds me of the excellent Richard Matheson novel (not the dreadful Will Smith movie) I Am Legend.
Page 9 – Panel 3: Superman recognises that Darkseid has possessed the body of Dan Turpin. The pair interacted quite regularly when Turpin was a Metropolis police detective.
Page 10 – Panel 5: The two Flashes, Barry Allen and Wally West, race toward Superman and Darkseid, chased by the Black Racer.
Page 11 – Panel 1: At the start of Final Crisis, Orion, Darkseid’s son, was found dying of a gunshot wound. The pistol that Darkseid is about to fire contains the bullet that will kill him as it races back in time.
Page 11 – Panel 5: Superman’s vision is keen enough to recognise Barry Allen as he races past. Note also the radion bullet flying past in the opposite direction.
Page 11 – Panel 6: Darkseid is confronted by the Black Racer. Note the smoking gun in Darkseid’s hand.
Page 12 – Panel 2: Aquaman returns somehow. And, as usual, he’s fighting Ocean Master.
Page 12 – Panel 3: Darkseid kneels bleeding after his encounter with the Racer.
Page 13 – Panel 1: Superman sits in Metron’s Mobius Chair as Supergirl helps. He’s drafting the plans for the machine that will help him save the entire universe.
Page 13 – Panel 2: From the top down are Starman; what could be Gorilla Grodd or Titano; Frankenstein; probably the Question; Red Devil; Power Girl; an unknown with a green top in front of the OMAC robots; Supergirl again; Iman; and Wonder Woman.
Page 13 – Panel 3: Wonder Girl, current leader of the Teen Titans.
Page 13 – Panel 4: Red Devil again.
Page 13 – Panel 5: Green Lantern John Stewart.
Page 13 – Panel 6: Iman whose dialogue (gratuitously stolen from Douglas Wolks Final Crisis Annotations blog) reads “He is going to start/boot the time, that’s what they told me. To live in the world with a man like him.”
Page 13 – Panel 7: Even the villains have been roped in to help with Dr Sivana and Lex Luthor in the foreground. To the right are Dr Will Magnus and The Chief, Niles Caulder.
Page 14 – Panel 1: The OMAC robots battle the Justifiers alongside the Biomacs that were seen in Final Crisis #5.
Page 14 – Panel 2: The two Atoms, Ray Palmer at the top and Ryan Choi below.
Page 15 – Panels 1-3: The JLA satellite with Black Canary and Green Arrow; over the face of the Earth is the Metron circuit that Ray has put in place.
Page 15 – Panel 4: Most Excellent Super Bat and his money-bought superpowered light show; to the right is Sonny Sumo and Big Atomic Lantern Boy with Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash and Shy Crazy Lolita Canary at the far right. Behind them, herding others through the escape tunnel, is the Question.
Page 16 – Panel 2: Hawkman and Hawkgirl take drastic steps to stop Lord Eye inadvertently killing everyone in the tunnel as reality collapses.
Page 16 – Panel 4: Shiny Happy Aquazon is not quite so happy any more.
Panel 16 – Panel 9: Mr Terrific appears to be transported, possibly back in time as well to the Antarctic where Final Crisis: Resist takes place.
Page 17 – Panel 1: The Question explaining to the multiple Superman that they jumped ship to another universe.
Page 17 – Panel 2: Judging by the ruined Statue of Liberty and Kamandi standing watching them, the universe in question is that of Earth-51.
Page 17 – Panel 3: Captain Marvel at the left of the panel; just behind the Superman who is speaking is Apollo of the Wildstorm universe, Earth-50.
Page 17 – Panel 4: The Question tells Overman that his cousin is dead.
Page 17 – Panel 5: I’m not entirely sure about this image; it’s obviously meant to evoke the cover of Crisis On Infinite Earths #7 but does this mean that the body of Overgirl was brought through the collapsing tunnel as well? It just seems a little odd to me.
Page 18 – Panel 2: Darkseid’s Furies arrive behind Superman; Catwoman; Wonder Woman; Batwoman; and Giganta.
Page 18 – Panel 4: Following their attack on Libra in the last issue, Dr Sivana and Lex Luthor have taken control of Libra’s army. Between Superman and Darkseid are Mirror Master and behind him the Human Flame; over Darkseid’s shoulder is Captain Cold; behind him is an unknown woman.
Page 19 – Panel 1: Supergirl (with her cat Streaky) and Wonder Woman tell the assembled kids their story. There was a great blog post I saw about this but have since lost it, but it pointed out Wonder Woman’s dialogue of “… let me tell you how I was introduced to Frankenstein.” which cuts straight to Frankenstein slicing off the head of Wonder Woman’s steed. And that’s the type of story she tells the children. I guess comics really aren’t for kids.
Page 20 – Panel 1: Superman and Supergirl watch Wonder Woman shrink and freeze the last survivors of the Earth.
Page 20 – Panel 2: Supergirl mentions things are “all broken up from one minute to the next” – time has collapsed, hence the non-linear story in this issue.
Page 20 – Panel 3: The heroes battle against the Justifiers; top left is Supergirl; below her is Iman; Frankenstein front and centre; Stargirl above him; Cyclone on the left; and Power Girl below her.
Page 20 – Panel 4: Lois Lane preparing to be frozen.
Page 21 – Panels 1-4: Freed from Darkseid’s control, Wonder Woman captures and binds him.
Page 22 – Panel 1: As Darkseid dies, he taunts Superman who is about to use the miracle machine.
Page 22 – Panel 3: And with a single sound, Superman cancels out Darkseid.
Page 23 – Panels 1-4: Superman takes the Element-X from Metron’s chair and uses it to power the miracle machine.
Page 24 – Panel 1: Mandrakk from Superman Beyond 3D shows up accompanied by his vampire Ultraman who appears to hold Supergirl over his shoulder.
Page 24 – Panel 3: The drained servants of God are the Radiant and the Spectre from Revelations.
Page 25 – Panel 1: Superman discharges some his own power to start the miracle machine.
Page 25 – Panel 2: The Green Lanterns are still trying to get to Earth; John Stewart is at the top; Guy Gardner beneath him and Hal Jordan in the middle.
Pages 26-27 – Panel 1: The Supermen analogues from the other universes arrive just in time. Captain Marvel in the middle; Majestic to the right and above him; Apollo to the rght; Sunshine Superman to the left and below him; toward the top right hand corner is the Red Son Superman.
Page 28 – Panel 1: Nix Uotan, newly recreated as a Monitor, joins the battle.
Page 28 – Panel 2: The animals are Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew that escaped to Earth at the end of Captain Carrot and The Final Ark. Although Nix claims they come from Earth-35, Grant Morrison says in this interview that this is a mistake and it should be Earth-26.
Page 28 – Panel 3: The Superman face off against Mandrakk, joined by the Pax Dei behind them; to the left of Superman is Yankee Poodle; next to Nix Uotan is Pig Iron and Captain Carrot himself.
Page 28 – Panel 4: More arrivals include the Green Lanterns and, to the right, the Super Young Team and Sonny Sumo.
Page 29 – Panels 1-2: Ultramann and Mandrakk fall to the combined power of the heroes.
Page 29 – Panel 3: The Lanterns gather; Ion (or Sodam Yat) on the left; Guy Gardner; Kyle Rayner; Soranik Natu; and Hal Jordan.
Page 30 – Panel 2: After the fighting, life gets back to normal. In the offices of the Daily Planet, Perry White (on the right) holds a meeting with his staff. Left to right are Ron Troupe; an unknown with his back to us; another unknown facing us; Clark (Superman) Kent; Lois Lane; and Jimmy Olsen.
Page 31 – Panel 1: Nix Uotan appears before the Monitors to report that the Multiverse appears to have survived Darkseid’s plans.
Page 31 – Panel 3: Barry Allen and Wally West obviously made it back okay.
Page 32 – Panel 1: This appears to be Metron floating over a now abandoned Apokolips where a lone flower grows next to Orion’s harness.
Page 32 – Panel 2: From behind we see Mr Miracle; Highfather; Lightray; and Big Barda.
Page 32 – Panel 3: The plan Uotan refers to is a map from Kamandi #1 which can be seen in more detail here.
Page 32 – Panel 4: Kamandi and the tiger warriors on Earth-51.
Page 33 – Panel 1: Monitor Tahoteh and Prime Monitor Hermuz have different reactions to Uotan’s report.
Page 33 – Panel 4: Weeja Dell, the Monitor Uotan loves.
Page 34: The end of the Monitor’s story as they are claimed by the void.
Page 35: Nix Uotan wakes up on Earth as the radio mentions parallel worlds; this means people in the DCU know about the Multiverse.
Page 36 – Panel 1: Anthro, the first boy on Earth, is now an old man. Note the rocket from the Watchtower that has crashed over to the right.
Page 37: Batman has been sent back in time by the Omega sanction as happened to the original Sonny Sumo.