The Annotated Crisis on Infinite Earths

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Issue #12, March '86: "Final Crisis"

Wolfman, Pérez, Ordway
Double-Sized Issue

Plot Summary: On Earth, millions of shadow demons strike and begin killing. The assembled sorcerers prepare a spell to remove them, while the dozen mightiest heroes travel to the Anti-Monitor's world to destroy him. Even with careful planning, help from Darkseid himself, and the sacrifice of Superman I and Superboy Prime, they barely succeed. Several truths about the new universe are revealed, and we end with only the Psycho-Pirate remembering what came before.


12.Cover: Left fist, Vigilante II, Wildcat II, Judomaster, Batman II, Robin I, Changeling, Flash I, Elongated Man. Right fist, Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Luthor IV, Kid Flash, Wonder Woman I, Black Lightning. Airborne, above the Anti-Monitor's shoulders, Lady Quark, Black Orchid, Martian Manhunter, Ray, Green Lantern I, Superman I, Air Wave II, Kole, Black Condor, Doctor Light II. Airborne, below his shoulders, Tempest I, Hawkman II, Power Girl, Captain Atom, Mary Marvel, Harbinger, Wonder Woman II, Superboy Prime, Firestorm, Firehawk, Pariah, and Superman II.

12.2.1: The Forgotten Heroes got over being astonished by Brainiac's ship last issue, but now they're astonished all over again. The perils of a serial medium, I guess.

12.3.7: (Argh! Where did the page numbers go?) Once again, heroes and villains band together.

12.5.1: Superman II, Superman I.

12.5.2: Metropolis.

12.5.3: Gotham?

12.5.4: Metamorpho, Halo, Black Lightning, and what I believe is Katana's foot. The Outsiders.

12.5.5: Wonder Woman I, Fury, Wonder Woman II, assorted Amazons.

12.5.6: Paradise Island.

12.5.7: Moscow.

12.5.8: Red Star.

12.5.9: Phantom Stranger, Deadman, Spectre.

12.5.10: Possibly Salem - sort of.

12.5.11: Titans' Tower, in New York.

12.5.12: Uncle Sam, Kid Flash, Blue Beetle.

12.6.5: Good question, Supes.

12.8.16: Rocky and Red of the Challs.

12.9.2: June, Prof, Rocky, Ace, Red of the Challs.

12.10.1: The Shadow Demon Battle, the single largest conflict ever in the DC Universe, begins. Halo, Green Arrow I, Starman I, Peacemaker.

12.10.2: Black Condor, Air Wave II, Blue Devil, Judomaster. That appears to be Starman II in the background, but he's dead at this point [shrug]. (It's also been suggested it might be a slightly-modified Captain America.)

12.10.3: Mera, Aqualad, Aquaman, Lori Lemaris, Ronal, Little Mermaid.

12.10.4: Hawkman, Hawkwoman, B'wana Beast, Tempest I, Impala, Congo Bill?

12.10.5: Electrocutioner, Black Lightning.

12.10.6: Elongated Man, Cyborg, Black Orchid, Uncle Marvel.

12.11.3: Sunburst, Rising Sun.

12.11.5: Red Star.

12.11.7: Jack O'Lantern, Godiva.

12.11.9: Thunderlord, Thunder, Lightning.

12.11.11: Geo-Force.

12.11.13: Fat Marvel, Tall Marvel, Green Fury. The Lieutenant Marvels die. (Note that this is a debated point.)

12.12.1: Doctor Mist is the leader of the Global Guardians.

12.12.6: Martian Manhunter, Captain Atom, Negative Woman, Superboy Prime, Wonder Woman I, Fury, Wonder Woman II, Lady Quark, Superman II, Power Girl, Harbinger, Ray, Superman I, Firestorm, Luthor IV, Doctor Light II, Captain Marvel, Pariah.

12.12.8: Harbinger is referring to Superman I's need for vengeance on the Anti-Monitor.

12.12.9: Note Firehawk behind Firestorm.

12.13.8: That's Kid Flash, crashing the party.

12.15.2: Doll Man, Hawk, Dove, Human Bomb, Vixen.

12.15.4: Batgirl on the truck, possibly Flash I in the crowd.

12.15.5: The Inferior 5 are behind Lois.

12.15.8: Dove dies.

12.16.2: Johnny Thunder I.

12.16.4: Zatanna, Zatara, Black Bison.

12.16.5: Wizard, Felix Faust, Enchantress.

12.16.6: Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt, Etrigan the Demon, Sargon the Sorcerer.

12.16.7: Blackbriar Thorn, Circe, Madame Xanadu. Note that villains are included in this gathering.

12.16.8: Doctor Occult and Green Lantern I.

12.17.2: The same heroes from 12.12.6, with Jade and Firehawk.

12.18.2-3: See 8.22.7.

12.19.1: Psycho-Pirate II has gone completely over the edge.

12.21.1: Much the same heroes from 12.10.3. Tritonis' destruction has since been ignored - it never happened.

12.21.8: Lori Lemaris' death was also ignored away, so I'm not counting it.

12.22-23.1: Green Arrow I dies.

12.22-23.6: Wildcat II, Son of Vulcan, Cyborg, Vigilante.

12.22-23.7: Prince Ra-Man dies.

12.22-23.8: The Warlord.

12.22-23.9: Clayface II dies. The Bug-Eyed Bandit dies. (Pérez sys that he killed the Bandit because "...I couldn't stand being in a company that would print [him]."

12.22-23.18: The Ten-Eyed Man dies. (Killed by Pérez for similar reasons.)

12.22-23.24: Kole dies. Huntress II dies. Robin I dies.

12.24.8: Behind Lois are Vigilante I and Owlwoman.

12.24.16: Sunburst's death here was later ignored/forgotten.

12.24.17: The Challs with Cave Carson and his team.

12.25-27: The heroes' plan here is well-conceived and well-executed - something we should see more of in comics.

12.28.3: It's always emotion with PP2.

12.28.9: Note the little plot-device hanging over there to the right.

12.29.11: Wonder Woman I contemplates her future as a "non-person".

12.30.5: Hey, Monny, if all else fails, lower your standards.

12.30.8: Wonder Woman II isn't quite killed here, as we'll see later.

12.31.6: What exactly does Lady Quark have left to live for, that Superboy Prime doesn't?

12.33.6: Note Desaad to the upper right.

12.36.8: Supergirl killed him, the Spectre killed him, Doctor Light killed him, Superman I killed him, Darkseid killed him - and he's still coming.

12.37.3: The Anti-Monitor dies.

(Clipped from 12.38.)

12.38.14: Alexander Luthor, Superboy Prime, Lois Lane-Kent, and Superman I leave our universe forever. Quoting from WW14.4: "[Luthor IV's] power was eliminated upon opening the final door into that unknown limbo, and that door can never be reopened without the complete and utter destruction of all life everywhere."

12.39.2: Harbinger begins composing her History of the Universe.

12.39.15: There's no real explanation of how Wonder Woman I's husband, Steve Trevor, survived the merging of the Earths.

12.40.1: Batman II, Robin III, Mary Marvel, and Batgirl stand over where Robin I, Huntress II, and Kole fell.

12.40.2: Aqualad, Aquaman, Ronal, and Mera mourn Lori Lemaris and Aquagirl.

12.40.3: Superman II and Power Girl remember Supergirl and (presumably) Superman I and Superboy Prime.

12.40.4: Doctor Light II mourns Sunburst.

12.40.5: The Teen Titans bury Dove.

12.40.6: Wildcat II reads about Green Arrow I, Wildcat I, and Hawkman I.

12.40.11: Wally West becomes Flash III.

12.41.1: Since Kamandi's future no longer exists, we learn here that he becomes Tommy Tomorrow.

12.42: ...And the Psycho-Pirate gibbers in his cell at Arkham. "I'm the only one left who remembers the infinite Earths. You see, I know the truth. I remember all that happened, and I'm not going to forget. Worlds lived, worlds died. Nothing will ever be the same. But those were great days for me... I had a good friend in the good old days, really. He was the Anti-Monitor. He was going to give me a world to rule. Now he's gone, too. But that's okay with me. You see, I like to remember the past because those were better times than now. I mean, I'd rather live in the past than today, wouldn't you? I mean, nothing's ever certain anymore. Nothing's ever predictable like it used to be. These days... y-you just never know who's going to die... and who's going to live."

12.42.15: "Not the end; the beginning of the future."


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