Justice League Incarnate #4 – Worlds Collide

  • Writers: Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver
  • Artists: Chris Burnham, Mike Norton, and Andrei Bressan
  • Colorist: Hi-Fi
  • Letterer: Tom Napolitano
  • Cover Artists: Gary Frank and Brad Anderson
  • Editors: Chris Rosa and Paul Kaminski

Cover: This is Dr Multiverse who is clearly not having a good time right now.

Page 1 – Panel 1: The utter blackness and the white text are a callback to the first page of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #1 with “a single black infinitude” being a direct quote.

Page 1 – Panel 2: The first glimpse of the light being born; again some of the text is lifted almost word for word from CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #1’s opening panels.

Page 1 – Panel 3: The “And Then!” is the same as that shown in the MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK that also recounts the beginnings of the multiverse.

Page 1 – Panel 4

Page 1 – Panel 4: The birth of the multiverse, a direct homage once again to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #1’s opening panels.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 1: On the left is the Monitor, now referred to as Mar Novu and as being one of many; during the original Crisis, though, he had no name and was a unique being. To his right is Harbinger, and on the right the Anti-Monitor. He too is described as one of many who would “obliterate the multiverse” and we’ll find out who the others are in due course.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 2: A glimpse of the big crowd scene aboard the Monitor’s satellite in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #5. At the top is Alex Luthor Jr. Along the bottom of the panel, left to right, are Batman; Superman of Earth-2; Starfire; Nightwing; Dawnstar; and Plastic Man.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 4: The scene of the impending battle between the Great Darkness and the Light as seen in SWAMP THING #50. The five pillars are the fingers and thumb of the Great Darkness; left to right at the bottom of the panel are Deadman; Dr Fate; the Phantom Stranger; and the defeated Spectre.

Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 5: The Swamp Thing shown inside the Great Darkness where his explanation of what evil and good may be, or at least how they relate and rely upon each other, resulted in the truce between the Great Darkness and the Light.

Page 4 – Panel 1: And the hands of both shook and a truce was made.

Page 4 – Panel 2

Page 4 – Panel 2: Those, like the Anti-Monitor, that were unwittingly inspired or used to weaken the light. Left to right are Magog from KINGDOM COME; Extant from ZERO HOUR; Superboy-Prime from INFINITE CRISIS; the Anti-Life Entity from COSMIC ODYSSEY; and the metamorphosed Mr Mind from 52.

Page 5 – Panel 1: The new multiverse that was created at the end of 52.

Page 5 – Panel 2: Monitors overseeing the Orrery of Worlds, a way of visualising the multiverse of 52 Earths. It’s revealed here that the number of universes was limited to 52 in order to slow the awakening of the Great Darkness.

Page 5 – Panel 3: Darkseid, aware of the Great Darkness. Claiming he was “instrumental in stopping the Anti-Monitor during the first Crisis” is a little exaggeration – he only really helped out right at the end of the conflict.

Page 5 – Panel 5: And here’s the motivation of the Great Darkness – it simply wants “nothing to be everything once more

Pages 6 and 7 – Panel 1: Darkseid standing over the corpse of his son Orion while the Black Racer looks on. This, as the caption says, is from FINAL CRISIS.

Pages 6 and 7 – Panel 2: And at the end of FINAL CRISIS, Batman killed Darkseid as he in turn was killed (or at least lost in time and space) by Darkseid’s Omega Beams.

Pages 6 and 7 – Panel 3: Superman kneeling before the Miracle Machine as seen in FINAL CRISIS #7.

Pages 6 and 7 – Panel 4: Mandrakk, the villainous Monitor.

Pages 6 and 7 – Panel 5: The final face off against Mandrakk (the figure in the foreground) I’ve numbered the others in the image (click to enlarge) with the key as follows: 1) Superman of Earth-22 2) Green Lantern of Earth-22 3) Captain Marvel of Earth-5 4) Yankee Poodle of Earth-26 5) Apollo of Earth-50 6) Superman of Prime Earth 7) unknown 8) Nix Uotan 9) Pig Iron of Earth-26 10) Captain Carrot of Earth-26 11) Sonny Sumo 12) an angel of the Pax-Dei 13) unknown 14) Mr Miracle 15) Big Atomic Lantern Boy 16) Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash 17) Most Excellent Super Bat 18) Sunshine Superman 19) Shiny Happy Aquazon 20) another Superman.

Pages 6 and 7 – Panel 6: And Mandrakk is staked by the Green Lanterns, all of which leads to the Great Darkness understanding its true enemies are . . .

Page 8 – Panel 1: . . . superheroes. Taking them in rows from right to left and top to bottom are Green Lantern John Stewart; Hawkgirl; Green Arrow; Zatanna. Next row: Martian Manhunter; Batman; Robin; Superman. Next row: Wonder Woman; Flasah; Cyborg; Aquaman; and Mera.

Page 8 – Panel 2: Behind Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman is the symbol of Dr Manhattan who stole time from the Earth-0 timeline as revealed in DOOMSDAY CLOCK.

Page 8 – Panels 3 and 4: The Empty Hand is revealed to be the right hand of the Great Darkness.

Page 9 – Panel 1: Nix Uotan, corrupted by the Gentry. Over his shoulder is Demogorgunn; the twisted house to the right is Lord Broken; the three eyed creatures are Hellmachine; and the bat winged orbs are Intellectron. This was seen in MULTIVERSITY.

Page 9 – Panel 2: Mirroring the scene shown on Pages 2 and 3 – Panel 2, we now have heroes gathered at the House of Heroes. Dino-Cop sits above them. Along the bottom of the panel are unknown; Superman of Earth-23; unknown; possibly Lady Quark of Earth-48; unknown; Green Lantern of Earth-20; Morphin’ Man of Earth-35; unknown. If you can identify any of them, Contact Me and let me know.

Page 9 – Panel 3

Page 9 – Panel 3: Nix Uotan about to release Darkseid on the multiverse, as shown in the MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK.

Page 9 – Panel 4: The end of MULTIVERSITY where the Empty Hand was unimpressed by the heroes.

Page 10 – Panel 1: The Batman Who Laughs, the main villain of DARK NIGHTS METAL.

Page 10 – Panel 2: The Quintessence (Shazam; Phantom Stranger; Ganthet; Hera; Highfather) and the imprisoned fragment of the Great Darkness that was Earth Omega, all of which was covered in INFINITE FRONTIER.

Page 10 – Panel 3: The Flash with the crack in the Multiverse behind him, all of which brings us up to date.

Page 11 – Panel 1: Unwittingly, Superman freed the crack in the multiverse back in INFINITE FRONTIER #6.

Page 11 – Panel 2: We saw Barry Allen and the reality beyond the crack in INFINITE FRONTIER #6, while Earth-8 suffered from the crack arriving back in JUSTICE LEAGUE INCARNATE #1.

Page 11 – Panel 4: That “cosmic insight” is probably why Dr Multiverse was able to recap everything in the previous ten pages.

Pages 12 and 13 – Panel 1

Pages 12 and 13 – Panel 1: Between the end of the previous issue and this, the group has travelled back to Earth-Omega. Left to right are Dr Multiverse, Darkseid, Superman, Captain Carrot, Avery Ho, and Batman.

Pages 12 and 13 – Panel 3: Superman and Dr Multiverse had a relationship while they were both stranded on Earth-33 in the previous issue.

Pages 12 and 13 – Panel 4: Multiple Boom Tubes open behind Darkseid.

Pages 14 and 15: Three Boom Tubes across the top; the left and middle ones contain Parademons; the one on the right has Lashina; Stompa; Bernadeth; and Mad Harriet, collectively known as the Female Furies.

In the bottom right tube are Steppenwolf; X-Tract; Grail; and Kalibak. On the right is Granny Goodness and Desaad.

Page 16 – Panel 1: Grail reports on the events of issue #2.

Page 16 – Panel 2: Superman is understandably upset about hearing of the destruction of the House of Heroes.

Page 16 – Panel 3: And Grail does not take kindly to being touched.

Page 17 – Panel 1: The “Monitor technology” was part of the House of Heroes.

Page 17 – Panel 3: Superman shows a willingness to have heard Darkseid out had he told them of the problem they face.

Page 17 – Panels 4 to 6: As Darkseid warns Superman of the threat they face, Batman appears to comfort Dr Multiverse while readying a syringe.

Page 18 – Panel 1

Page 18 – Panels 1 and 2: Superman is able to see through Batman’s lie – that’s no sedative!

Page 18 – Panel 3: As Batman succumbs to his willingness to murder Dr Multiversity in order to save the multiverse, he begins to suffer . . .

Page 19 – Panel 1: . . . until he is possessed by the Great Darkness itself.

Page 19 – Panel 2: Batman’s “fallen reality” is that of the FLASHPOINT universe.

Page 19 – Panel 4: Darkseid readies his Omega Beams . . .

Page 19 – Panel 6: . . . and despite Superman’s words, fires them at Batman.

Page 20: Who is incinerated instantly.

Page 21 – Panel 1: Darkseid has, of course, met multiple Supermen over the years.

Page 21 – Panels 2 and 3: And he relieves Dr Multiverse of the crack in the universe.

Page 21 – Panel 4: “Empty is my hand” has long been the catch phrase of the . . . er . . . Empty Hand.

Page 22 – Panel 2: Superman, perhaps for the first time, is uncertain of the way forward.

Page 22 – Panel 4: Inspiration comes from Captain Carrot.

Page 23 – Panels 2 to 5: Dr Multiverse apologises for doing things on her own and the team decide to head to Earth-7 to find the rest of Justice League Incarnate.

Page 23 – Panel 6: And Avery finally embraces her namesake and becomes known as the Flash.

Pages 24 and 25 – Panel 1: The big battle on Earth-7 between Darkseid’s forces and that of the Gentry. As we’ve seen all these characters earlier in the issue, I won’t number them but hopefully you’ll be able to follow along.

In the top left, clutching the crack in the multiverse, is Darkseid. Below him is Steppenwolf, then Desaad. In the foreground being strangled by one of the Dame Merciless creatures is Kalibak, and above him is Grail. In the background behind Grail is X-tract; above and to the left of her is Granny Goodness punching a Hellmachine. Below that are the four Female Furies with Bernadeth in the top left then clockwise we have Stompa, Lashina, and Mad Harriet. Opposite them is the Empty Hand, along with the buildings of Lord Broken, and the bat-winged orbs of Intellectron.

Pages 24 and 25 – Panel 3: Darkseid goes big!

Pages 26 and 27 – Panel 1: And he stabs the Empty Hand with the crack in the multiverse.

Pages 26 and 27 – Panels 2 and 3: Which doesn’t faze the Empty Hand one bit.

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Pages 26 and 27 – Panel 5: Turns out the crack is the last thing they’ve been waiting for to finish their Oblivion Machine.

Pages 26 and 27 – Panel 6: The Empty Hand is no longer empty.

Page 28: And growing even larger, he stomps on Darkseid.

Page 29 – Panel 1: Justice League Incarnate have made it to Earth-7 and found the remains of the House of Heroes.

Page 29 – Panel 3: Superman re-starts the Harbinger AI and the team begin a search for their teammates.

Page 29 – Panel 4: Dr Multiverse points out Darkseid’s team aren’t doing so well against the Gentry.

Page 30: And the rest of the team find them, all of them showing signs of possession by the Great Darkness, the same way Batman did when he tried to murder Dr Multiverse. Along the top are Thunderer, Aquawoman, and Dino-Cop. In front is Orion holding Captain Carrot, and beside him Mary Marvel holding Avery.