Weather: Since when the hell does it snow around here in March? Yeah, the weather's getting freaky around here... it started snowing late Wednesday night, and had some very minor accumulation by the time I got up this morning. As the day went on, it became sunny, then it rained, then it snowed again (there may have been another sunny spell between that) and so on and so on... truly bizarre. I don't think I would've thought it any stranger if the skies were red!
Infinite Crisis #5: Concluding my look at this series to date... my copy is Superman Vs. Superman, to accompany issue 4's Superboy Vs. Superboy cover (I'm guessing since Wally West just disappeared, we're not likely to see a Flash Vs. Flash cover, and given what happens in this issue, no Wonder Woman Vs. Wonder Woman cover, either).
The issue opens up with a church service held for the heroes remaining on the DCU's Earth... and Azrael's conducting services. Hal Jordan flies away in the middle of the service... and once again, I'm reminded of the lack of footnotes in this series. Come on... a "To see where Hal Jordan's taken off to, see Green Lantern #X" would've been nice!
Anyway... the scene shifts to the Keystone Diner on the revived Earth-Two, where Wildcat, Hourman, Sand, Jay Garrick, Flamebird (?!?!? She wasn't ever established as an Earth-Two character! In fact, she was shown -- in her old Bat-Girl identity -- as being a member of Titans West in the 70s, well before Crisis) and -- I'm guessing -- S.T.R.I.P.E. The scene shifts to E2 Metropolice, where E2 Superman and his Lois are in front of the Daily Star. Superman tells Lois they did it, they saved her.
Back on Earth-One (hey, the captions are using that designation, I can, too), Booster Gold is leading Jaime, the new Blue Beetle (even if he doesn't know it yet) into the Batcave to meet with Batman. Bats captures them, Jaime transforms, and we find out that the new BB can see the Brother Eye satellite, but nobody else can (Who knows why this is the case? I sure as heck don't... it makes no sense -- sure, the scarab's magical, but why can't Zatanna simply look into space and say, "Rehtorb Eye, Wohs Flesruoy" and let everyone see it?).
Meanwhile, Superboy is somehow in Lex Luthor's lab in what looks like the Bacta Tank from Empire Strikes Back (this is the clone Superboy and E1 Luthor, by the way). Lex is disgusted by his doppelganger, but he got a look at the tech being used.
Earth-Two: Nobody's in Metropolis but E2 Supe and Lois. We get a flashback of a few panels of Lois, Clark and Jimmy at the Daily Star (with, presumably, George Taylor), and Lois says, "Clark... I love you so much. But this isn't..."
And then she collapses. She has time to say a bunch of other stuff, but doesn't finish that sentence! Superman says, "Superman always saves Lois Lane," and then she says "You still never.... It's not going..." and then she's gone. Superman picks her up in his arms (in tribute to the Crisis issue with Superman holding Supergirl's body, no doubt) and screams...
...so freakin' loud that somehow E1's Superman hears him across the void of space between the two worlds and flies off to see what the hell happened.
In Boston, Wonder Woman deals with rioters who call her a hypocrite, and then the spectral image of the Earth-Two Wonder Woman appears.
Earth-Two: The Supermen meet up, and E2 Superman picks up a green car and smashes it into E1 Superman (in tribute to Action Comics #1 -- that's the second cover reference so far I've caught in this issue... are there others?). The two fight... E2 Supes blames E1 Supes for the death of Lois.
Meanwhile, Alex Luthor and the Psycho-Pirate watch, and Alex says E2 Lois was never going to survive, and that Superboy has served his purpose.
Earth-One: The Wonder Women talk in the Invisible Plane, and E2 WW tells the E1 WW about her own personal history, and that she needs to stand with her Superman, and to stop trying to be so perfect. Then the E2 WW fades away, and E1 WW appears above E2's Metropolis, which looks like hell, thanks to the Supermen fighting. Diana arrives at the battle, throws her lasso around E2 Supes and tells him to stop, and that she wants the truth. E2 Supes lays out all the crap he's been watching happen... and that Earth-Two needed to come back to be a perfect Earth. E1 Supes says a perfect Earth doesn't need a Superman.
Alex outlines who's powering his machine... Power Girl from Earth-2, Nightshade for Earth-4, Lady Quark for Earth-6, Breach from Earth-8...
E2 Superman flies off...
Batman calls a bunch of heroes together (Black Lightning, Mr. Terrific, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Black Canary, Green Arrow... he's got the Beetle's Bug with him....
Alex needs the rest of the multiverse back, thousands and thousands of worlds, until he finds the Perfect Earth.
What the hell??????????
Anyway, Alex contacts Brother Eye, and says to be ready to recieve and redirect... and that E2 Supes is needed alive, because everything comes from Superman... energy goes from the Anti-Monitor's body/machine to Brother eye, and then Superman divides... as do the Earths!
Nightwing calls everyone to gather 'round at Titans Tower (didn't they do that during Crisis? Or was it Invasion?), and that they're making their last stand against those threatening their home. Nightwing looks out the window of Titans Tower and sees a whole mess'a Earths in the sky, and then Superboy arrives so they can catch up.
But only Nightwing and Superboy have met at the tower. Just them.
Meanwhile, Barry Allen appears in Tokyo to warn Dr. Light (the good one) that he's escaped... he's coming... Superboy Prime, who's gotten all armored up for some bizarre reason.
Okay... so... why this interest Alex has in finding a perfect Earth? Beats the hell out of me. Personally, I've never believed that perfection is something which could be achieved, but yet is to be eternally sought... but not sought as in "If I could only find the perfect Hamburger, I could die happy" -- more like, "If I could only *make* the perfect Hamburger, I could die happy."
Do you get the distinction? Of course, the Burger thing only works if that's what your personal focus is. If you're a writer, it's to write the perfect book/play/script/comic/whatever.
So, I think the biggest mistake E2 Superman is making (aside from not paying attention to what was happening with Alex Luthor and Superboy-Prime) is assuming that the Perfect Earth had to be created in place of the existing Earth... and Alex's finding the Perfect Earth is also a wasted effort...
Instead, making the existing Earth "perfect" would be a nobler goal...
Where do I think this is going in the final two issues? Well, I haven't a clue, specifically... but I can make some wild guesses, and throw out a few things I'd like to see happen...
First of all, I don't believe the multiverse is back to stay. All this is likely a tease on DC's part. If the multiverse is still around after issue #7, I suspect we'll see a new Crisis to recollapse the universe. Besides, the multiverse doesn't really exist at the end of issue 5 -- all those Earths are appearing in space near each other (and frankly, the previous E1/E2 story writers knew that there was a limit to how close two planets could get to each other before their own gravitational pulls worked on each other -- the Roche effect or something like that -- I think it was even mentioned in an Adam Strange story, but I could be mistaken).
Will Superboy-Prime still be around? I doubt it... I think he'll end up making a sacrifice when he realizes how wrong he's been in his actions, and due to his being from Earth-Prime, somehow his genetic key will serve to fix things.
Will the Golden Age Superman still be around? Again, I doubt it... I'd imagine he'll make the ultimate sacrifice himself, figuring he has nothing left to live for with his Lois dead. He almost did that before, during the original Crisis.
What would be cool, though, would be if he could somehow still be around... maybe not calling himself Superman anymore... maybe just going by "Kal" or something... and acting as a mentor to Earth's heroes... I'm not entirely sure how it could work.
I do find myself wondering if some of the Earth-Two heroes who died in the original Crisis will somehow make a reappearance... I don't expect they will, but have a suspicion it might happen.
I do expect that a lot of questions will remain unanswered after issue #7... and that many of these questions will be answered in 52, although not having too many of them answered until it gets towards the end of that series... which will be one year later than the beginning of the One Year Later titles.
It definitely seems to me that this will all lead up to a new major crossover after 52 #52... what it will be called I have no idea.
Anyway... that's about it for me tonight!
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