Legends #4: Cry Havoc…!

  • Plotter: John Ostrander
  • Scripter: Len Wein
  • Penciller: John Byrne
  • Inker: Karl Kesel
  • Colorist: Carl Gafford
  • Letterer: Steve Haynie
  • Cover Artist: John Byrne
  • Editor: Mike Gold

Cover: Front and centre is G Gordon Godfrey. Hanging around him are burning effigies of various heroes. Left to right are the boots of Green Lantern Guy Gardner; then Blue Beetle; Superman; the Flash; Black Canary; and Batman.

Page 1 – Panel 1: Star City, where the rioting has reached new levels.

Page 1 – Panel 2: Two Star City police officers, Andy on the left and Joey on the right. Despite Godfrey’s best efforts, some citizens, like Andy, still believe the heroes are a positive thing.

Page 1 – Panel 4: As Star City is home to Green Arrow, it makes sense one of his villains – Count Vertigo – would be causing mayhem. It’s worth noting that around this time, Green Arrow himself was about to be relaunched in THE LONGBOW HUNTERS by Mike Grell which would in turn lead into the “Mature Readers” GREEN ARROW series. That take on the the character was much removed from the mainstream DCU so it’s no surprise he plays no part in LEGENDS.

Page 3 – Panel 2: Black Canary sticks two fingers up to the law

Page 2 – Panel 1: Ah, the old days when villains were content to rob banks.

Page 2 – Panel 2: Black Canary, Green Arrow’s partner in crime-fighting, takes down Count Vertigo. With Green Arrow pretty much off limits for the next couple of years due to the series mentioned above, Canary would gain a much higher profile than she had previously received.

Page 3 – Panel 2: As Canary is about to make sure Count Vertigo is out for the count, she’s stopped by . . .

Page 3 – Panel 3: Joey, the police officer who’s not a fan of heroes.

Page 3 – Panels 4 and 5: Andy allows Black Canary to escape while he tackles his partner.

Page 4 – Panels 1 to 3: In the struggle that ensues, Joey’s gun goes off, killing his partner Andy.

Page 4 – Panels 4 to 6: And while he feels remorse initially, it’s only moments later that he’s convinced himself that Black Canary is to blame.

Page 4 – Panel 7: Watching from the sidelines is Darkseid.

Page 5 – Panel 1: Darkseid has journeyed to Earth to witness his plan first hand. The silhouette in the background is the Phantom Stranger.

Page 5 – Panel 2: Darkseid claims that everywhere on Earth, humans are willing to become savages at the slightest provocation . . .

Page 5 – Panel 3: . . . and the Stranger challenges him to find out if the same is true within the Earth, reminding him of the Warlord (who appears on the right of the panel) living in Skataris, a hidden world within the Earth.

Page 5 – Panel 4: Darkseid calls forth Desaad who has also come to Earth.

Page 6 – Panels 1 and 2: Desaad is sent to Skataris to destroy the Warlord’s legend, a task which will be dealt with in Crossovers Part 4. Interesting that Darkseid summons a “star gate” and not a “boom tube“, the more common name of the interdimensional travel portal.

Page 6 – Panel 4: Back in Gotham and we find the Joker.

Page 7 – Panel 4: Batman gets a two for one deal

Page 6 – Panel 5: And the Joker’s girlfriend Shirley . . . or Fungus Souffle as she would like to be known.

Page 7 – Panel 1: The Batman arrives to spoil their fun.

Page 7 – Panel 3: In a great move, he takes out the Joker’s cronies.

Page 7 – Panel 4: Shirley – or Fungus – finds the Joker’s affections can change at the drop of a hat.

Page 8 – Panel 2: Batman decided to ignore the Presidential order in the previous issue.

Page 8 – Panels 3 and 4: He somehow manages to throw a Batarang from behind his back with enough force that it exits the building, swings in an arc that must be 30 feet or more before it . . .

Page 8 – Panel 5: . . . crashes through a window, distracting the Joker long enough . . .

Page 8 – Panel 6: . . . for Batman to punch him out.

Page 8 – Panel 7: For details of what the Joker did to Catwoman, check out the synopsis of DETECTIVE COMICS #570 here.

Page 9 – Panels 1 to 3: Ms Magnificent and her Pretty boys attempt to break through an armoured door to get to what lays beyond but are stopped by . . .

Page 10 – Panel 3: The cockiest Green Lantern of them all

Page 9 – Panel 4: . . . a giant green monster that’s created by . . .

Page 10 – Panel 3: . . . Green Lantern Guy Gardner.

Page 11 – Panels 1 to 3: Meanwhile in Chicago, a bikini-clad woman wanders in to the First Annual Antique Clock Show and gathers some attention, with one man asking her to speak her wishes.

Page 11 – Panel 4: Unfortunately, when she opens her mouth, deafening bells chimes are heard.

Page 11 – Panel 5: Which is the cue for Chronos to make his dramatic entrance. We last saw him in BLUE BEETLE #9 in Crossovers Part 3.

Page 12 – Panel 1: The bikini-clad woman is revealed to be an android of some sort pre-programmed by Chronos, part of which was to store an inflatable cushion . . .

Page 12 – Panel 3: . . . that Chronos uses to steal the antique clocks. Looking at the size of it, you have to wonder how Chronos was planning to get it out of the show. The “real business” he mentions is dealt with in the BLUE BEETLE ongoing series of this time and isn’t connected to LEGENDS.

Page 12 – Panel 5: Blue Beetle appears; he had been made aware of Chronos’s presence in BLUE BEETLE #9.

Page 13 – Panels 2 to 4: Bikini-robot (Bikinidroid?) explodes, sending gears everywhere, forcing Beetle to duck for cover, which in turn allows Chronos to make for the window.

Page 14 – Panel 1: With his flying disc handy, Chronos is able to escape.

Page 14 – Panel 2: The hotel’s guards arrive and attempt to arrest Beetle as the Chicago police tried back in LEGENDS #2.

Page 14 – Panel 3: Beetle’s skywire, summoned by the controls in his fingertips, arrives . . .

Page 14 – Panel 4: . . . allowing him to escape.

Page 16 – Panel 1: The Doctor is in

Page 15 – Panel 1: Off to Salem where the Tower of Fate stands.

Page 15 – Panel 2: Within, we find Kent Nelson who is keeping an eye on the outside world.

Page 15 – Panel 3: And here’s his wife Inza.

Page 15 – Panel 4: The golden helmet in the foreground belongs to Dr Fate.

Page 15 – Panel 6: And as Kent puts the helmet on . . .

Page 16 – Panel 1: . . . he transforms into Dr Fate who is actually Nabu, a Lord of Order, who inhabits Kent’s body.

Page 16 – Panel 4: Inza is left in the Tower while Dr Fate heads out to try and help the world.

Page 17 – Panel 1: And we’re back to the Suicide Squad where Captain Boomerang demands the explosive bracelet on his wrist be removed.

Page 17 – Panel 2: Left to right are Deadshot; Amanda Waller; Boomerang; Rick Flag; Bronze Tiger; and the Enchantress.

Page 17 – Panel 3: Flag deactivates Boomerang’s bracelet.

Page 17 – Panel 4: Though Waller doesn’t like it, Flag sticks by the promise they made that, should the Squad complete the mission against Brimstone, they would be set free.

Page 18 – Panel 1: In Gotham City, G Gordon Godfrey holds another rally.

Page 18 – Panel 3: Godfrey says that President Reagan (on the screen) has ordered Godfrey’s arrest; this is the first we’ve heard of this.

Page 18 – Panel 6: Godfrey asks for volunteers to become Warhounds, the robotic dogs last seen at the end of the previous issue.

Page 19 – Panel 1: Captain Boomerang has made his way to New York City and has driven off the rioters.

Page 20 – Panel 1: That’s not Kid Flash

Page 19 – Panels 4 and 5: With the street under his control, he uses his boomerangs to rob a jewellery store.

Page 19 – Panel 6: But is stopped by . . .

Page 20 – Panel 1: . . . the Flash. Boomerang refers to his previous identity of Kid Flash which he’d given up at the end of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS.

Page 20 – Panel 2: The “old boy” Boomerang refers to was the previous Flash, Barry Allen, who died during the Crisis.

Page 20 – Panel 6: Despite his confidence, Flash is struck by one of the Captain’s boomerangs.

Page 21 – Panel 1: Before Boomerang can continue his attack, however, he is struck by the tail of . . .

Page 21 – Panel 2: . . . Changeling in the form of a boxing-glove wearing kangaroo.

Page 21 – Panel 3: Flash calls him Gar – short for Garfield Logan, Changeling’s real name.

Page 21 – Panel 5: Captain Boomerang points out the oncoming Warhounds to the two heroes.

Page 22 – Panel 1: Back on Apokolips.

Page 22 – Panel 2: Darkseid looks on, not at Superman, but the action figure, presumably left by Desaad from issue #1.

Page 22 – Panel 3: Just as the Phantom Stranger mentioned the Warlord back on page 5 which caused Darkseid to send Desaad to Skataris, now he mentions Superman . . .

Page 22 – Panels 4 and 5: . . . which causes Darkseid to summon Superman to Apokolips.