Infinite Frontier #2 – Infinite Lies

  • Writer: Joshua Williamson
  • Pencillers: Paul Pelletier, Jesus Merino, Xermanico
  • Inkers: Norm Rapmund, Jesus Merino, Xermanico
  • Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr
  • Letterer: Tom Napolitano
  • Cover Artist: Mitch Gerards (Main); Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair, Puppeteer Lee (Variant)
  • Editors: Diego Lopez, Jamie S Rich

Main Cover: Shown above are Batman on the left, Cameron Chase in the middle, and Superman on the right.

Variant Cover: Shown on the right is Cameron Chase in front with Director Bones behind her.

Page 1 – Panel 1: The Hall of Justice, headquarters of the Justice League.

Page 1 – Panel 3: And trying to see the Justice League is DEO Agent Cameron Chase whom we saw being recruited by Director Bones in the previous issue.

Page 2: Superman arrives to see her. At this point in the DCU, Superman has made an announcement to the world telling everyone of his life and role of Clark Kent so there’s no need to worry about Chase revealing his identity.

Page 3 – Panel 1: Behind Chase on the left is what may be Eclipso’s Black Diamond, and on the right the Medusa Mask of the Psycho Pirate. They’re almost certainly replicas as it wouldn’t make sense to have the real things on display to the public, plus we’ve already seen the real Medusa Mask in the previous issue.

Page 3 – Panel 3: On the left are older costumes of Aquaman and, behind that, Batman. Unsure who the third case holds.

Page 3 – Panel 5: Superman is likely referring to Chase attempting to arrest Lois Lane during the House of Kent storyline.

Page 4 – Panel 1: And here’s the bad cop, Batman.

Page 4 – Panels 2 and 3: Batman’s “incident” comment refers to DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL. Chase wondering if having multiple versions of the heroes makes them feel less special. This comment will resonate at the end of the series.

Page 4 – Panel 4: Chase gives a summary of DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL and the being who messed with reality before that was Barbatos in DARK NIGHTS: METAL.

Page 5 – Panel 1: Skies being red is a hallmark of most crises since the original CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and multiple Earths in the sky have been seen a couple of times, including in INFINITE CRISIS.

Page 5 – Panel 3: The Batman “from another reality” who tried to take control of Gotham was the Thomas Wayne from FLASHPOINT (whom we saw in the previous issue) or at least I think it was; if I’m wrong, use the Contact Me page at the top to let me know. The “different Batman from another world” is the Batman Who Laughs, the villain of DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL. Chase asks Superman when the evil version of him turns up, which means she missed FOREVER EVIL . . . lucky her.

Page 5 – Panel 5: I think Batman’s mention of another Fourth-World Brimstone is a throwaway line, though perhaps a nod back to LEGENDS that started with Brimstone attacking Earth.

Page 6 – Panel 1: Chase asks where Wonder Woman is; as we saw in INFINITE FRONTIER #0, Wonder Woman is off having her own adventures.

Page 6 – Panel 4: Bones asks Chase to take a look at Captain Atom who has recently returned. His mention of Atom’s “experience with time and space manipulations” are a call back to ARMAGEDDON 2001 as well as his stint as Monarch during COUNTDOWN and COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS.

Page 7: As the page is made up of labelled panels, I’ll bullet point them:

  • Earth-8: Machinehead on the left, battling Lord Havok. The caption dialogue over this page is Machinehead explaining how he is collecting the fragments of a spaceship used to traverse the Multiverse, the escape shuttle of which brought the FLASHPOINT Batman to Earth-23 as shown in the previous issue.
  • Earth-11: Aquawoman; Harbinger is mentioned – that’s the AI of the ship Machinehead and the other members of Justice Incarnate use as a headquarters.
  • Earth-17: Batman of this Earth. The Ultima Thule is the name of Justice Incarnate’s ship.
  • Earth-26: Captain Carrot on the left fighting Garrison Gorilla.
  • Earth-20: The figure in the middle at the bottom is Green Lantern.
  • Earth-5: Mary Marvel fighting a lizard that might be an Earth-5 version of Sobek, the talking crocodile from 52 who was then revealed to be one of the Four Horsemen.
  • Earth-7: Thunderer, ironically the only survivor of this Earth.
  • Earth-41: Dino-Cop, a multiversal version of the Image character, Savage Dragon.
  • And back with Machinehead who is planning to rebuild the ship in his lab.

Page 8 – Panel 1: Back at the House of Heroes, Superman of Earth-23 and FLASHPOINT Batman view the Multiverse. As he says, there is a Guidebook to the Multiverse.

Page 8 – Panel 3: This is Harbinger, the AI of the House of Heroes. Barry Allen was kidnapped by the Psycho-Pirate at the end of the previous issue.

Page 9 – Panels 1 to 3: Thomas was in Arkham due to injuries sustained from Bane when the pair of them were working together to take over Gotham and, for Thomas, to try and persuade Bruce Wayne to stop being Batman. In Panel 3 we see X-Tract who we met in the previous issue attempting to capture Roy Harper. X-Tract took Thomas Wayne to the ship that Machinehead is now trying to recreate, and from which he managed to escape, ending up on Earth-23.

Page 10 – Panel 1: Following Harbinger’s lead, they transport to Earth-22 and find the bulk of the ship.

Page 10 – Panel 2: Thomas’s world of FLASHPOINT was re-written and erased with the launch of the New 52 initiative, and the creation of Earth-0.

Page 10 – Panel 4: Thomas comes to terms with what he’s done, thinking it best that the Earth-0 Batman continues to believe him dead.

Page 11 – Panel 3: Thomas gets a quick flashback to something or someone capturing him.

Page 11 – Panel 5: Someone shoots Superman with a beam weapon.

Page 12 – Panel 1: Magog of Earth-22, pre-INFINITE CRISIS he was the primary antagonist that led to KINGDOM COME.

Page 12 – Panel 2: Magog’s old ways refers to him being hot headed and willing to kill villains, notably the Joker.

Page 13 – Panel 3: Back on Earth-0 at the JSA Headquarters which we saw being blown up in the previous issue. On the far left is Mr Terrific and then, clockwise from him, are Obsidian; Green Lantern (GL) Alan Scott; and Vandal Savage.

Page 13 – Panel 5: The Totality is the group of heroes and villains, including GL Scott, Savage, and Mr Terrific, who monitor for multiversal attacks.

Page 14 – Panel 1: In the bubble are two rows. Across the top left to right are Damage; Hourman; Wildcat and Dr Mid-Nite. Across the bottom are Power Girl; Jade; and Atom Smasher. All of them either served in the original Infinity, Inc team (along with Obsidian) and/or with the pre-INFINITE CRISIS Justice Society.

Page 14 – Panel 3: Understandably Obsidian is annoyed that GL Scott knew something was going on.

Page 15 – Panel 2: Vandal Savage has a long history with the JSA so it’s no wonder Obsidian has his suspicions about the man.

Page 16 – Panels 1 and 2: GL Scott defends his children, annoyed at Savage’s words.

Page 17 – Panels 2 and 3: GL Scott leaves with Obsidian to track Jade down, planning to speak to some of the JSA’s villains.

Page 17 – Panel 5: The symbol of a Black Lantern as worn by . . .

Page 18 – Panel 2: . . . Roy Harper who transformed into a Black Lantern at the end of the previous issue. He last encountered the Black Lanterns in BLACKEST NIGHT.

Page 18 – Panel 4: “Hal” is, of course . . .

Page 19 – Panel 1: . . . GL Hal Jordan.

Page 19 – Panel 2: Black Canary in the foreground, Green Arrow next to her, Roy in his Speedy outfit at the back. Roy isn’t Green Arrow’s biological son, but his teenage ward.

Page 19 – Panel 4: GL Jordan offers the young Speedy some advice and . . .

Page 20 – Panel 1: . . . it works, Roy transforming once more into a Black Lantern, although not the undead evil sort as featured in BLACKEST NIGHT.

Page 20 – Panel 3: The ring creates constructs of old enemies. Left to right are the Electrocutioner; Abra Kadabra; and Deathstroke.

Page 21 – Panels 1 to 4: His ring constructs a bow and arrow, but it appears Roy’s aim is off.

Page 21 – Panel 6: “Jason” is Jason Todd with whom Roy ran with for a while; Todd had been Robin for a while before being killed by the Joker, and then resurrected.

Pages 22 and 23 – Panel 1: In answer to Roy’s demands that the ring speak, it shows him, from left to right, the Flash in chains; Thomas Wayne’s Batman; the Psycho-Pirate; Darkseid looming over everything; and Lian Harper, Roy’s daughter who was killed before the New 52 relaunch. However, the ring is showing her as alive.

Pages 22 and 23 – Panels 4 to 6: Roy demands the ring tell him where Lian is, but he is simply answered by a voice stating “Darkseid is.

Page 24 – Panels 1 to 4: Roy transforms into the undead version of himself, the Black Lantern symbol changing into an Omega symbol, with Darkseid telling him to come to him.

Page 25 – Panel 1: This is Captain Atom.

Page 26 – Panel 1: And here’s Cameron Chase again. Director Bones asked her to check on Captain Atom earlier this issue.

Page 26 – Panel 3: Captain Atom probably died during DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL, along with pretty much everyone else.

Page 26 – Panel 4: As mentioned above for the notes on Page 6 – Panel 3, Captain Atom has had a long history of “time-travel and reality shenanigans.

Page 27 – Panel 4: Markovia is an Eastern European country, home to Geo-Force.

Page 28 – Panel 2: As Captain Atom says, he’s fallen for the oldest trick in the book.

Page 29 – Panels 2 and 3: Realising he can’t escape, Captain Atom tears open his chest in order to escape the person he’s scared of:

Page 29 – Panel 5: Darkseid.

Page 30: Metropolis Air Force base, and presumably Cameron Chase as well, are destroyed in the subsequent nuclear blast.