Recap: Crisis on Infinite Earths 2 – Batwoman
When we last saw our band of heroes, it was on some pretty depressing terms and, in keeping the mood we next see Batwoman, Kara, and Sara sharing shots in Oliver’s memory in Central City. The ladies lament over what the next steps should be just in time for Harbinger to show up as the Monitor is explaining to Atom that they’re going to need the Waverunner, more specifically his lab to save the multiverse. Harbinger lets them know they don’t need to fight because there are loads of Waverunners across loads of multiverses and she heads to Earth 74 where she meets their Rory, who is enjoying his solace and trying to get his writer on. She convinces Rory to join the fight, by offering him all the beer he can drink and of course, he’s all in.
While the Monitor explains the concept of Paragons and tells Barry that he found he has a once thought destroyed, but taken from the timeline after Oliver’s death, copy of the Book of Destiny. The seven paragons are plan B, in case all else fails and he only knows where to find four out of the seven. He names Kara, the paragon of hope, Sara, the paragon of destiny, a second Kryptonian, the paragon of truth, and Bat of the Future, the paragon of courage. He sends Batwoman on a quest to find the Dark Knight in Earth 99 so that she can become the paragon she is meant to be.
While Batwoman readies for her quest the Monitor shows up with Lex Luthor causing Kara to opt-out on this whole team because it’s a bit unfair that he’s alive and billions of innocent people are dead. While Batwoman convinces Kara to come with her to find Bruce, Lex does what Lex does and steals the Book of Destiny so he can kill Superman. When Lila discovers what Lex has done, she fills Monitor in and he isn’t shocked, he says it’s a part of his plan leaving Lila speechless and worried.
On Earth 99 Batwoman and Kara head to the manor, where Bruce is chilling with a super ripped Luke and what looks like a robotic Bruce. On another Earth Lois and Clark learn that Lex is jumping from Earth to Earth killing off Superman and back on Earth 1, Mia, Barry, and Sara are consulting with Constantine to find an Earth with a functioning Lazarus pit to bring back Oliver. In Earth 167 on Smallville, we see the OG Clark from Smallville and Lex shows up to kill him but, not before Lois and Earth 38, Clark shows up Iris with to warn him. But, it’s all for naught because Clark Kent gave up his powers in on that Earth so that he could raise a normal family with Lois, who is played by Smallville’s Lois, which makes it kind of good that Earth 38’s Clark was zapped away because that would have been awkward.
Bruce is no longer a hero because, when Kate died it killed his hope and made him cower into the shadows, leaving Kate to try and get him back in the game. On another Earth, we see Clark played by Atom who was Clark in the movie-making everything super geek out worthy. Back on 99 Kara is getting the grand tour and learns that this Batman keeps trophies like a serial killer and the reason he’s in the suit is that he killed that Earth’s Superman. Back on the Earth where Atom is Superman, one who lost everything and the paragon they were looking for, he teams up with Earth 38’s Superman to take on Lex who uses the book to make them kill each other. While they fight it out, Iris and Lois knock Lex out and take control of the book so they can fix things but, it takes Lois pulling at his heartstrings to snap him out of it.
On Earth 18 Mia, Constantine, and Sara find a Lazarus pit and Mia seems determined to bring Oliver back but, Jonah Hex shows up to stop them and Sara and Mia end up having to fight him off while Barry and Constantine go to retrieve Oliver. Back on Earth 99, Bruce refuses to put on the suit and Kara shows up to warn Batwoman about the Bruce of this Earth on her super suit, which makes him pull out the kryptonite and attack her. Kate stands up to Bruce and he ends up getting electrocuted, killing him almost instantly and with his last breath, he tells her there is no hope.
Back on the ship, Ray’s machine proves that Batwoman is the paragon of courage causing her to need a drink, which Kara is happy to provide, along with one of her signature pep talks and to seal the deal, she pulls out a picture of Kate and her sister. We also learn that Kate kept a little it on Kryptonite, which may or may not be a good thing because Kara wants to use the book to bring back their Earth. Back at the Lazarus pit, Constantine can’t get past the anti-matter to bring Oliver’s soul back. And, the Anti-Monitor shows up on the ship to turn Harbinger over to the dark side.