Interview with comics artist/writer Jerry Ordway continues! Jerry’s been making superhero comics for DC and Marvel for 40 years. He’s the guy who made people care about Shazam and the All Star Squadron again. He inked Crisis on Infinite Earths. He’s partnered with writers like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Michael Moorecock, and Neil Gaiman. His essay on age discrimination in the industry put a name to a significant problem in comics http://ordstersrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/03/life-over-fifty.html
In part two of our interview, we talk about why we love hand lettering, the nightmare of Superman continuity, how he approached his groundbreaking graphic novel The Power of Shazam, on working with Michael Moorecock on Tom Strong, Warren Ellis on Planetary and creating a Loki story for Neil Gaiman’s Norse mythology book!
Whether you’re new to Jerry’s work or a long time fan you’ll learn a ton about the process of inking and drawing comics (traditional and digital), industry history, Alan Moore anecdotes and why he actually likes drawing boats and buildings (and how he does it so darn elegantly).
DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital Firstpublishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among Us, DC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comics. Under the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.
The first week of DC Digital First titles include:
These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.
While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.
In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons,Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair, The Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth, Dark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank,Crisis on Infinite Earths #1by Marv Wolfman and George Perez,Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.
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Just when you think you’re out, DC on the CW pulls you back in. In the Crisis Crossover finale it’s the fall out from the repercussions of what has happened.
Kara wakes up in her own bed feeling relaxed at least until Dazzler tells her to get to work. Kara rushes down just in time to see Lex Luthor getting a Nobel Peace Prize and unfortunately she’s the only person who remembers, at least until she bumps into J’onn at work. It seems like only the Paragons remember what happened and know that all of the Earth’s have been merged thanks to Oliver’s ultimate sacrifice.
In Central City a couple of utility workers discover a passed out Nash (a Pariah depending on how things went down) and in Star City, Sara is having a bunch of meshed memories, on her way to meet Roy. J’onn J’onzz shows up to fill Sara in and mind-meld with Ray to catch him up as he has done with every other DC superhero and their teams in this combined Prime Earth. Once everyone is gathered and celebrating being in the same universe as all of their super friends, old and new, they discover that Oliver didn’t survive the battle with the Anti-Monitor and they all have to grieve his loss a second time.
After fighting off some rogue Shadow Monsters the not dead Anti-Monitor is forced into a perpetually shrinking state of existence ending that threat, for now. The episode ends with a memorial funeral for Oliver in the Hall of Justice with Batwoman, Flash, Sara, Black Lightning, Atom, Supergirl, and Superman and now that they have a cohesive universe in Prime Earth the beginning of the Super Friends with a seat reserved for their fallen savior and friend, the Green Arrow. We also see an empty cage and a banana, which means we might get to see the Wonder Twins and him at some point on any of the shows. We also see that there still might be other Earths that include Stargirl, a nice tie in for her upcoming CW/DC Universe show.
Overall this episode was pure fire, it’s a fun romp through memory lane and filled us with hope for the DC Universe on the CW as well as one cohesive universe where all of our faves can join forces at any time. I binge-watched all five episodes in order and, in my honest opinion, I felt like it was more of a movie. More so than anything that DC has put on the big screen. It was beautifully acted, wonderfully acted, and directed with such a cohesive, brilliant eye that I forgot to make dinner or use the bathroom because I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. The episode left an open door for some amazing one-off crossovers and made me genuinely excited for shows like Arrow and Flash, that I haven’t watched them since the first season.
The five arc crossover was the hard reset that the CW and DC needed to bring back old fans into the fold, engage new fans and possibly up the numbers on some of the shows that may have had some ratings issues.
The arc gave those of us who only watch one or two of the CW’s offerings a chance to get to know what else the CW offers and get us invested in all of the shows. As someone who checked out on a few of the CW shows, I have a newfound interest in some of the characters and a desire to hit the CW app on my Apple TV to play catch up so I can become a regular viewer of all of their DC shows across the board.
This season premiere was a fitting return for my DC/CW Bae, Legends of Tomorrow and was so well written that I forgot about all of the things that I was excited about while I awaited their return. It tied up all the loose endsthat the previous Crisis episodes left open and established a new world full of exciting possibilities. Crisis was an emotional roller coaster filled with love and loss, hope, and passion and it’s worth a five-hour binge watch on the CW app because, in my opinion, that enhances the amazing experience. The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover made a true believer in the DC/CW franchise and I can’t wait to see more.
After a long hiatus for the holidays, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” picks up on Planet Maltus Ten Thousand Years Ago where we meet the Monitor and his wife as he prepares for a temporal jump trial. We learn a bit of backstory about how he’s just a time traveler and she is the Monitor. He lands in the temporal zone at the dawn of time but his presence releases radiation and corrupts the zone. His time jump breached the wall and he ends up in the Anti-Universe and discovers the Anti-him, realizing his mistake he recognizes humanity’s doom.
In the “present” a bearded Ryan, Sara the Paragon of Destiny, J’onn J’onzz the Paragon of Honor, and the rest of the paragons along with the never supposed to be there Lex try to stay alive and save the multiverse while Barry, the paragon of love is MIA. Everyone has lost the virtue they were supposed to bring back and it seems like all hope is lost. The machine Lex and Ryan have been working on doesn’t seem to work and Barry returns after trying to find a way out. Even the Speed Force was useless and there is no way out.
In Purgatory on Earth 666, Oliver is getting some guru training to prepare him for the ultimate fight against the Anti-Monitor and he’s finally ready to join his friends, which might be perfect timing because the rest of the team is getting ready to rip each other apart when he shows up and announces that the Speed Force is the only way out. But, since Oliver is dead and his soul didn’t join his body in the Lazarus Pit, it’s more of a Spectre Oliver. Since the multiverse is gone, and only the anti-multiverse remains, Barry lets SO unlock his full potential to use the Speed Force to run the Paragons (Kara, Lex and Ryan) to the point where the Novu and Mar created the Anti-Monitor.
While Flash runs through the Speed Force, Anti-Monitor attacks and SO pieces himself together with memories and tells Barry that he has to catch the remaining Paragons and SO like Pokemon and bring them together or else they will fall into the anti-matter universe and be no more. While Barry runs he bumps into the DC Movie version of The Flash (aka my favorite Flash) and their conversation leads to movie Flash disappearing into the Speed Force. Back in the forest, Lex returns and knocks outs, Kara and Ryan, with the upgrades he got when he rewrote parts of the Book of Destiny.
Back in the Speed Force loop, Kate watches while Atom gives SO a speech about what Star City is up against and J’onn shows up as Kara and Oliver talk about keeping normalcy in their lives. Ryan and Supergirl awaken and Ryan questions his place in the whole Paragon community and Supergirl reminds him that he left humanity because he was needed. Barry finds himself in OG Oliver and Earth 38 Superman and the previous Crisis but, SO remembers and tells him that he chose to die to save him and Kara during the last Crisis and go-round with the Book of Destiny. Flash then finds John and Sara’s sister after Sara died while Lex interrupts Nuva before he engages the quantum portal.
Lex tells the Monitor what will happen if he goes through with his plans and tries to convince him to join him, in exchange for the powers that Monitor will have so that he can use them to take down the supers. J’onn tells SO and Kara that they will become the best of friends as Kate tells SO and Atom that they will eventually trust each other which hopefully keeps them all connected enough for Barry to capture all of his Paragon-mons. Ryan and Kara show up before Monitor (Novu) and Lex make a devil’s bargain and Ryan leads Monitor away taking him to his wife where he explains to him the cost of what happens if he goes through with his plan.
Lex and Supergirl fight it out with Lex’s upgrades making him an almost even match and Ryan comes in to tell them that he got through to Novu, which would be good news, except when Flash arrives to bring them back to the rest of the Paragons, they discover that while they succeeded in one universe the other multiverses Novu’s chose to become ambition over what is right. While they settle into their inevitable defeat, SO informs them that their true mission was to hold the line while the universe is reborn at the dawn of time and that he is to be the spark that lights the flame. While the Paragon kick some Shadow Monster a** , SO has a little talk with Anti-Monitor who is serving up his best dark Thanos energy but, SO who’s enlightened and about that life, pulls the hood off of his head like Eminem in 8 mile right before his final rap and prepares to does to Anti-Monitor exactly what you’d expect a hero to do. With the Anti-Monitor and his shadow army erased, the Paragons then come together and focus on their virtues while using the last page of the book of destiny and as Sara and the Flash stand over a dying, again, Oliver they watch the start of a new beginning of the multiverse.
Do you remember the old Birds of Prey TV show? Because I do and Crisis Part 3 starts off with Huntress running towards the tower on Earth 203 in New Gotham before taking us back to the ship of heroes on Earth 1. There we see a pretty exasperated team licking its wounds and trying to figure out what’s coming next. Monitor is not really good at pep talks but, he is really good at leaving out huge pieces of the puzzle for his version of the greater good.
Oliver’s bodyguard and friend John, is in a meeting with Sara to determine how to best bring back Oliver and rescue his wife Lila from the Anti-Monitor. He lets the assembled team of heroes in on the Anti-Monitor’s plan to replace all of the universes with one that he can control. He sends Cisco off to serve his higher purpose with his powers returned and Barry sets off with him and Killer Frost to find Choi but, they end up meeting Pariah aka Not Nash who is there to bear witness, which is never a good thing.
Pariah tries to help his former friends but, he laments that he is now Anti-Monitor’s puppet but, Cisco is able to vibe with him to find a way in. Kara and Kate give Lex a beat down to get the instructions on using the Book of Destiny. On Earth 666 in LA, Mia, Constantine, and John go meet an old friend and we get treated to another kick-ass cameo from Lucifer himself as Lucifer to get a ticket to Purgatory to grab Oliver’s soul and with a flick of the wrist, away they go. While Mia, John, and Constantine try and work their way through Purgatory to find Oliver’s soul, Pariah, Frost, and Cisco gain access to the source of the wave and discover that the source of the wave is the Flash from Earth 90 (aka the OG OG pre-CW Flash) who is being kept on a treadmill and being used to power the anti-matter canon.
Cisco uses his powers to get Earth 90 Flash off of the treadmill but, that is a huge mistake because Anti-Monitor built in a fail-safe where if he gets off the treadmill it’ll destroy all remaining Earths at once. While they try and find a way out of this universe ending catch 22, Pariah shows up with Black Lightning and informs him that his family is gone because his earth has been destroyed. He agrees to help by trying to contain the cannon’s energy to save the remaining Earths. After a heart to heart with Earth 90’s Flash, he realizes what the Monitor meant about him vanishing in Crisis. The two Flashes agree to run for their lives and reverse the cannons pull.
On Earth 1 in Ivy Town Elongated Man, Atom, Iris and meet another paragon, of humanity, played by Ryan Choi (Kevin Tran from Supernatural). Back on the ship Monitor has a heart to heart with Lois that is makes him more human but, that moment is short-lived as Atom/Clark shows up distraught after a failed mission, before heading back out to try again. Kara and Batwoman almost come to blows when Kara won’t give up on trying to use the Book to fix things and Kara agrees to stand down, for now, not knowing that Batwoman is holding a kryptonite trump card in case she gets out of line.
Back in purgatory Oliver is running around like a feral assassin and attacks Constantine until John talks him down and they bro-hug it out. In Ivy Town, Iris gets through to Ryan by talking it out parent to parent (relaying the message her Flash gave to her before he went to the alternate Earth) and he agrees to come along. With six Earths gone and only one in the present time remaining things are looking even more grim than when the Crisis began. Meanwhile, as our Barry says goodbye to his friends, prepared for the end Flash 90 steals his speed and tells him that Monitor said Flash had to die but, he never said which one. Despite Barry’s objections, Cisco lets Flash 90 do what he needs to do in order to save the world.
In Earth 666 Corrigan shows up and tells Oliver he needs to come with him to save all worlds, much to Mia and John’s heartbreak and they return to the ship on Earth 1 and share their war stories of lost worlds, lost loves and almost all hope. Black Lightning and the Flash have a heart to heart about losing a father and having to do better for their children while quoting Dylan Thomas and telling each other their non-superhero monikers. Batwoman tracks down Kara and decides to give the Kryptonite back to Kara but, she tells her to keep it because she has the courage to believe she won’t need to use it. Iris and Flash are reunited when they bring Choi back to the ship and they somehow bring Harbinger back to the ship but, she has no memory of what happened.
We all know how this kind of thing goes, Barry and Atom Superman put together that if Pariah was allowed to return to the ship with them then something bad is going to happen and of course it does, Harbinger proceeds to give John a beat down during their tender embrace and with glowy white eyes she announces in Anti-Monitor’s voice that it is time for the Age of Heroes to end. Monitor goes to battle with Anti-Monitor in Harbinger’s body and steals his soul giving him the power to take Earth 1 with the ship being all that remains of humanity. With 29 seconds before the anti-matter wave hits the ship Pariah sends the paragons away from the ship to the Vanishing Point and everyone else accepts their fate with a boom, knowing their fate is in good hands. Superman goes down in a fiery blast being replaced with Lex Luthor who wrote himself into the Book of Destiny.
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.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” starts out explaining the Infinitube, multiverses and the age of heroes, the Champions of the Multiverse. It kicks off with a montage about the heroes coming together across multiple multiverses and a voiceover about the coming big ad, coming to end all of the worlds. If that wasn’t enough to pack into the first three minutes of episode one, we got a whole scaredy-cat dragon that Supergirl has to talk down to gilla monster size to bring home. There are earthquakes in National City, a stressed-out speed talking Brainiac and a tidy little back story on the Monitor and his previous meddling antics and the Anti-Monitor.
While Kara and her band of do-gooders try and formulate a plan, they learn that the big bads’ trajectory is headed straight for is headed for Argo City, which means Superman, Lois and Kara’s mom are all in danger. Kara sends a hologram to Clark, Lois, and their new baby to warn them of the danger and Kara’s mom (aka OG Lois from Smallville) helps the new parents to send their bundle of joy away from the imminent destruction in the same way that he was sent to earth, leaving Kara to mourn the loss of her entire Kryptonian family.
On another Earth, the Green Arrow is having a chat with his daughter, Mia about the end of his reign as the Green Arrow when Lila shows up to warn him that the Crisis has begun. Meanwhile, Barry Allen loses communication with his team when he is visited by Lila, who tells him the Monitor sent her to get him and she goes by Harbinger now. On another earth, Batwoman is kicking ass and taking names on her quest to find her rogue, mad as a hatter sister Alice when Harbinger snaps her up. Atom and Sara are getting their trivia on, when they miss out on the winning question because they messed up history when Lila shows up. Everyone (except for the Legends and the Flash) end up back at the DOJ where they learn about the anti matter-wave sweeping across the multiverse destroying everything in its path and Earth 38 is where the Monitor wants them to fight back before every universe is destroyed. A quantum tower goes up, seemingly out of nowhere with the sole purpose of slowing the inevitable down.
While Atom and Brainiac get nerdy with it, Lila tells the assembled team what’s at stake while Lois, Sara, and Brainiac volunteer as a tribute on a mission to find Superbaby’s missing pod, that’s on Earth 16. J’onn J’onzz goes to gather every alien he can find to fight to save Earth 38 while Alex coordinates the effort with the president to get everyone to Earth 1, and they come to the conclusion that they need Lena Luthor’s help to get everyone off the current earth. Kara tries to get Clark’s head back in the game while he feels sorry for not saving his aunt and not being on the mission to save his son. In typical Kara fashion, she gives him a pep talk and shares some of her hope with her and explains where she gets the strength to be so positive. In one of the sappier moments of the episode, she explains that as long as they keep fighting Krypton’s spirit is alive.
The Green Arrow goes off to find Barry and leaves Mia with a fancy new female fitted Green Arrow suit, the mantle is now hers. When the OG Arrow rocking his old suit he calls out to the Monitor, who promised him that if he died, then Barry could live but, now the Monitor is changing the rules and refuses to give him a straight answer so that they are better prepared.
Alex goes to talk to Lena and lets her know what’s going on and ask for her help but, Lena doesn’t make it easy and is still refusing to accept any responsibility for her actions. She agrees to help but, not without spewing her distrust and hate of all of her former friends. On one Earth part of the team is trying to stop the big bad and end Lila’s army and on another Sara, Lois and Brainy are trying to find baby Johnathan who is under Oliver’s protection.
While Mia, the Green Arrow, Batwoman and Atom head in to meet (and hopefully stop) the army the Anti-Monitor has sent to take down the Quantum Tower, Supergirl, Superman and the Flash show up to help hold down the fort. Lena & Alex try and figure out a way to open up a portal without incinerating anyone during transport and J’onn J’onzz holds a ship steady, ready and waiting to beam people out of danger. On another Earth Sara and another Oliver have a heart to heart and he learns of the happiness that he has in Sara’s Earth, Brainiac interrupts the heart to heart to let them know they need to leave or they can’t go back to the fight, leaving that world Oliver to a lonely existence where everyone he loves is dead.
Back on Earth 38, Supergirl and Superman decide to use their solar power to provide energy to the solar panels on the tower to give the people of their Earth a chance to survive and let the portal open. With every team member, Lila assembled they fight off the shadow demons to give them time to escape which seems noble except, that wasn’t part of the Monitor’s plan and he starts zapping them to another Earth to be ready for the next fight, all except for Oliver who attacks the Monitor rendering him helpless for bit so that he can continue shooting his arrows at the Shadow Monsters to allow more people time to escape but, in the process after saving over a billion people he is mortally wounded.
The Monitor brings him to Star City in Earth 1 so that the rest of his friends can say goodbye. As he dies, Nash shows up and explains that he let the Anti-Monitor out and Oliver says his farewell to Mia, telling her to find her mother and tell her he loves her. He also tells Kara and Barry that they are his friends and he died so that they could live and fight. As the episode comes to a close, Nash announces that the multiverse is doomed.
(W) Marv Wolfman (A) Jerry Ordway (A/CA) George Perez In Shops: Dec 04, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Witness the final fate of the Flash! The key chapter of DC’s Multiverse-shattering miniseries is reprinted in a new facsimile edition, timed with the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover between DC’s CW TV shows. In “A Flash of the Lightning,” one of the most famous superhero death stories in comic book history, Barry Allen risks everything to save billions-sacrificing his own life to stop the Anti-Monitor’s antimatter cannon.