The Suicide Squad is the name of a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 and the second and modern version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3. One of the two teams saves the world from a threatening race of savages; the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad is Task Force X—a team of incarcerated supervillains who carry out secret missions in exchange for reduced prison sentences. The Suicide Squad's name alludes to the dangerous nature of their missions; the team is based out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller. Various incarnations of the Suicide Squad have existed throughout the years as depicted in several self-titled comic book series, from its origins in the Silver Age, to its modern-day Post-Crisis reimagining, to the current version, introduced in the 2016 DC Rebirth continuity reboot; the current incarnation of the team appears in the fifth volume of the Suicide Squad comic series, the recurring members include Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc.
The group has appeared in various adaptations, including television series and an eponymous 2016 feature film. Featured in The Brave and the Bold, the original Suicide Squad team included Rick Flag Jr. his girlfriend Karen Grace, Dr. Hugh Evans and Jess Bright; this team was created by artist Ross Andru. The Suicide Squad was revived in the Legends miniseries with writer John Ostrander at the helm; the renewed concept involved the government employing a group of supervillains to perform missions that were suicide runs, a concept popular enough for an ongoing series titled Suicide Squad. The squad was paired together with DC's other government agency, Checkmate—culminating in the Janus Directive crossover. While the Squad is depicted as succeeding on their missions, failure resulted. Ostrander remarked on how Squad stories sometimes purposefully brought in characters to be killed off; the team's name, Suicide Squad, relates to the idea that this group of characters is sent on dangerous and difficult missions—suicide missions.
Suicide Squad lasted 66 issues, along with one special. After the series' cancellation in 1992, the Squad went on to make several guest appearances in titles such as Superboy, Hawk & Dove and Adventures of Superman. Suicide Squad was published in 2001, written with art by Paco Medina. Though the series' first issue featured a Squad composed of Giffen's Injustice League members, the roster was promptly slaughtered, save for Major Disaster and Multi-Man; these developments prompt Sgt. Rock, by now written into the role of squad leader, to recruit new members—numerous of whom died during the missions they undertook. Suicide Squad was an eight-issue miniseries published in 2007, it featured the return of writer John Ostrander, with art by Javier Pina. The story focused on the return of Rick Flag Jr. and the formation of a new Squad for the purpose of attacking a corporation responsible for the development of a deadly bio-weapon. Suicide Squad debuted as part of DC Comics' line-wide New 52 continuity reboot in 2011.
The relaunched book was written by Adam Glass, with art by Ransom Getty. Amanda Waller once again directs the group from behind the scenes; this series concluded in 2014, with issue #30. New Suicide Squad was launched in July 2014. Written by Sean Ryan with art by Jeremy Roberts, the new series continues to feature Deadshot and Harley Quinn, with Deathstroke, Black Manta, Joker's Daughter added to the mix; the original Suicide Squad appeared in six issues of the Bold. Although this early incarnation of the team did not have the espionage trappings of Squads, it laid much of the groundwork for squad field leader Rick Flag Jr.'s personal history. The team's administrator Amanda Waller was introduced in the Legends miniseries, with the original Silver Age Squad's backstory fleshed out further in Secret Origins #14; the original Suicide Squad first appears in The Brave and the Bold #25. Team members appearing in the debut issue include physicist Jess Bright; the characters have follow-up appearances in issues #26, #27 and #37-#39.
The team's introductory story depicts them being called in to deal with a super-heated red-hued object, called the "Red Wave", heading toward a seaside resort and boiling the ocean along the way. They travel in a plane equipped with a analysis lab. Follow-up appearances show the team dealing with a variety of challenges: a meteor storm, a giant serpent in the Paris subway tunnels, a giant monster that captures Karin and a nuclear bomb. Issues # 38 and # 39 show the team meeting the leader of the Cyclops. In the midst of Darkseid's attempt to turn humanity against Earth's superheroes via his minion Glorious Godfrey, Amanda Waller assigns Rick Flag Jr. leadership of a reformed Task Force X. Blockbuster, Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang and Enchantress comprise Task Force X; the squad's first mission is to eliminate Darkseid's rampaging fire elemental Brimstone. Waller dismisses th
Gardner Francis Cooper Fox was an American writer known best for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. Comic book historians estimate that he wrote more than 4,000 comics stories, including 1,500 for DC Comics. Gardner was a science fiction author and wrote many novels and short stories. Fox is known as the co-creator of DC Comics heroes the Flash, Doctor Fate and the original Sandman, was the writer who first teamed those and other heroes as the Justice Society of America and recreated the team as the Justice League of America. Fox introduced the concept of the Multiverse to DC Comics in the 1961 story "Flash of Two Worlds!" Gardner F. Fox was born in the son of Julia Veronica and Leon Francis Fox, an engineer. Fox recalled being inspired at an early age by the great fantasy fiction writers. On or about his eleventh birthday, he was given The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, books which "opened up a complete new world for me." He "read all of Burroughs, Harold Lamb, Talbot Mundy," maintaining copies "at home in my library" some 50 years later.
Fox received a law degree from St. John's College and was admitted to the New York bar in 1935, he practiced for about two years, but as the Great Depression continued he began writing for DC Comics editor Vin Sullivan. Debuting as a writer in the pages of Detective Comics, Fox "intermittently contributed tales to nearly every book in the DC lineup during the Golden Age." He was a frequent contributor of prose stories to the pulp science fiction magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. A polymath, Fox included numerous real-world historical and mythological references in his comic strips, once saying, "Knowledge is kind of a hobby with me". For instance, during a year's worth of Atom comic strip stories, Fox referred to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the space race, 18th-century England, miniature card painting, Norse mythology, numismatics, he revealed in letters to fan Jerry Bails that he kept large troves of reference material, mentioning during 1971, "I maintain two file cabinets chock full of stuff.
And the attic is crammed with books and magazines.... Everything about science, nature, or unusual facts, I can go to my files or the at least 2,000 books that I have". During his career writing for DC Comics, Fox wrote novels and short stories using a variety of male and female pseudonyms for a number of publishers, including Ace, Gold Medal, Tower Publications, Belmont Books, Dodd Mead, Pocket Library, Pyramid Books and Signet Books. During the mid-to-late 1940s, into the 1950s, Fox wrote a number of short stories and text pieces for Weird Tales and Planet Stories, was published in Amazing Stories and Marvel Science Stories, he wrote for a diverse range of pulp magazines, including Baseball Stories, Big Book Football Western, Fighting Western, Football Stories, Lariat Stories, Ace Sports, SuperScience, Northwest Romances, Thrilling Western, Ranch Romances for a number of publishing companies. Fox wrote a pair of science fiction novels titled Thief of Llarn. From 1969 to 1970, Belmont Books published a series of sword and sorcery novels by Fox, featuring the barbarian character Kothar.
These were Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman, Kothar of the Magic Sword and the Demon Queen and the Conjurer's Curse and Kothar and the Wizard Slayer. These were followed in 1976 by another series featuring the barbarian Kyrik: Kyrik: Warlock Warrior, Kyrik Fights the Demon World and the Wizard's Sword and Kyrik and the Lost Queen. Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse was adapted by Marvel Comics as a six-part Conan story starting with Conan the Barbarian #46 with scripter Roy Thomas and artists John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dan Adkins, Dick Giordano. Fox's earliest stories for DC Comics featured Speed Saunders with art by Creig Flessel and Fred Guardineer beginning at least with Detective Comics #4. Speed Saunders was credited to "E. C. Stoner," which many believe to be a Fox pseudonym; as the 1930s progressed, Fox added writing credits for Steve Malone and Bruce Nelson for Detective Comics to his workload, as well as Zatara for early issues of Action Comics. During World War II, Fox assumed responsibility for a variety of characters and books of several of his colleagues, drafted.
He worked for numerous companies including Timely Comics. With the waning popularity of superheroes, Fox contributed western, science fiction, humor and funny animal stories. During July 1939, just two issues after debut of the character Batman by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, Fox wrote the first of his several tales for that character, introducing an early villain in the story "The Batman Meets Doctor Death". Alongside Kane and Finger, Fox contributed to the evolution of the character, including the character's first use of his utility belt, which "contain choking gas capsules," as well as writing the first usages of both the Batarang and the Batgyro, an autogyro precursor to the Batcopter, two issues later. Fox returned to the Batman in 1964. During 1939, Fox and artist Bert Christman co-created the character of the Sandman, a gasmask-wearing costumed crime-fighter whose first appearance in Adventure Comics #40 was pre-empted by an appearance in New York World's Fair Comics. Fox is credited with writing the first three of six stories in the inaugural issue of Flash Comics, including the debut of the titular character, The Flash.
Checkmate, a division of Task Force X, is a fictional covert operations agency appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The team first appeared in Action Comics #598 and proceeded to have its own ongoing title in Checkmate!. In the wake of events depicted in the mini-series The OMAC Project and Infinite Crisis, Checkmate had been re-chartered as a United Nations Security Council-affiliated agency and had its own series, Checkmate; the Checkmate organization was created by Paul Kupperberg and Steve Erwin, first appearing in Action Comics #598 in 1988. The precursor to this fictional organization was known as the Agency, first appearing in Vigilante #36. Harry Stein was appointed Valentina Vostok's replacement in The Agency's command position by Amanda Waller. Stein sought out the most stable personnel available from the American and international intelligence and law enforcement communities to form Checkmate, his agency would field only the best-trained and well-equipped of agents, working under the strictest rules of secrecy.
For the organizational structure of the re-organized Agency, Stein chose the game of chess as his working model. Stein brought in Gary Washington and Black Thorn as Checkmate operatives, both of whom were his friends, both of whom were introduced during his run on Vigilante. Checkmate! was at various times involved with the other government agencies in the DC Comics universe the Suicide Squad, which resulted in the crossover "The Janus Directive". Checkmate! was canceled after 33 issues but the organization continued to appear in titles related to either the government or Batman. After the events of the mini-series The OMAC Project, a precursor to the Infinite Crisis limited series, the Checkmate organization was re-organized and its title was revived with Checkmate; this volume ended after publication of its 31st issue, dated December 2008. After the cancellation of the second volume, the team returned in the Final Crisis one-shot tie-in "Resist" by Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann; the name Checkmate is taken from the winning move in chess, its hierarchy is modeled after the various pieces of a chess game.
The Bishops oversaw the Rooks behind the scenes while the Rooks planned missions and supervised the field agents, or Knights, the Knights' support, the Pawns. List of operatives during first series; the Agency is first set up by Amanda Waller to serve as a small branch of Task Force X under the command of Colonel Valentina Vostok to perform operations worldwide considered vital to the security of American interests. She relinquishes command to Harry Stein, who recreates The Agency into a new image and organization, dubbed Checkmate, in relation to its chess-inspired organizational scheme. "The Janus Directive" is a crossover storyline that involves an inter-agency war between Checkmate, the Suicide Squad, Project Atom, who are manipulated by Kobra in order to distract the United States intelligence community from his activities. Checkmate loses its headquarters in Shelby, Virginia in the incident. In the aftermath, Sarge Steel takes Waller's place as head of Checkmate, Checkmate relocates to a new NORAD base in Colorado.
A Russian version of Checkmate is introduced in the last issues of the original series run. They are admittedly underfunded, but wear armor similar to their U. S. counterparts. Checkmate's hierarchy is remodeled in a manner similar to that of Marvel Comics' Hellfire Club; the chess-motif remains, but there are sets of Kings and Queens, as well as Bishops, Rooks and Pawns, divided between a Black and White set. Their functions remain the same, although neither Pawns are seen. Pawns backup if needed; the structure of Checkmate with two halves and White, may be inspired by the CIA's original two separate halves, the Directorate of Operations and Directorate of Intelligence. List of operatives between series. Sarge Steel reactivates Checkmate in Deathstroke, the Terminator #17, in order to find the comatose body of Deathstroke. Phil Kramer is promoted to Kalia Campbell to Queen. Harry Stein is said to be on indefinite leave of absence after his son is shot, to be spending more time with his family. Gary Washington and two other Knights appear in the story as well.
Checkmate Knights invade the lair of supervillainess Cheshire in Deathstroke, the Terminator #18, but most are killed by her operatives and a revived Slade Wilson. Just as two Checkmate agents are about to defeat Deathstroke, Roy Harper knocks them down, revealing to be helping Cheshire as a double agent in both Checkmate and the Brotherhood of Evil; the Russian outfit of Checkmate appears when Deathstroke, Cheshire and others try to steal a group of nuclear warheads in Russia. It is revealed that he was working on their side all along. Deathstroke is revealed to be working for the CIA, joins up with the American and Russian Checkmate to invade Cheshire's base after she threatens the world, they are able to defeat Cheshire, the warheads are destroyed. A man called David Said has taken over the role of King within the organization, and
Gil Kane was a Latvian-born American comics artist whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s and every major comics company and character. Kane co-created the modern-day versions of the superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, co-created Iron Fist with Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics, he was involved in such major storylines as that of The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98, which, at the behest of the U. S. Department of Health and Welfare, bucked the then-prevalent Comics Code Authority to depict drug abuse, spurred an update of the Code. Kane additionally pioneered an early graphic novel prototype, His Name Is... Savage, in 1968, a seminal graphic novel, Blackmark, in 1971. In 1997, he was inducted into both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Harvey Award Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. Gil Kane was born Eli Katz on April 6, 1926, in Latvia to a Jewish family that immigrated to the U. S. in 1929, settling in New York City. His father was a struggling poultry merchant. Kane attended high school at Manhattan's School of Industrial Art, but left in his senior year when he saw an opportunity to work at MLJ Comics.
He recalled in a 1996 interview, rom the time I was 15, I was going up to the comics offices.... My first job came the next year at 16. During my summer vacation, I went up and got a job working at MLJ in 1942... I was in my last year in high school. I was 16 and I'd started my last year but I'd gotten my job the summer before at MLJ, so I didn't want to give up my job. I quit school in the last grade; until being fired after three weeks, Kane worked in production, "putting borders on pages. The letterers would only put in the lettering, not the balloons, so I would put in the borders, I'd finish up artwork — whatever had to be done on a lesser scale." Within "a couple of days" of being let go, "I got a job with Jack Binder's agency. Jack Binder had a loft on Fifth Avenue and it just looked like an internment camp. There must have been 60 guys up there, all at drawing tables. You had to account for the paper that you took." Kane began penciling professionally there, but, "They weren't happy with what I was doing.
But when I was rehired by MLJ three weeks not only did they put me back into the production department and give me an increase, they gave me my first job, which was'Inspector Bentley of Scotland Yard' in Pep Comics, they gave me a whole issue of The Shield and Dusty, one of their leading books". He would do spot illustrations for other studios, his earliest known credit is inking Carl Hubbell on the six-page Scarlet Avenger superhero story "The Counterfeit Money Code" in MLJ's Zip Comics #14, on which he signed the name "Gil Kane". Other early credits include some issues of the company's Pep Comics, sometimes under pseudonyms including Stack Til and Stacktil, and, in conjunction with artist Pen Shumaker, Pen Star, he used his birth name on rare occasions, including on at least one story each in the Temerson / Helnit / Continental publishing group's Terrific Comics and Cat-Man Comics. In 1944 he did his first work for the future Marvel Comics, as one of two inkers on the 28-page "The Spawn of Death" in the wartime kid-gang comic Young Allies #11, the future DC Comics, as the uncredited ghost artist for Jack Kirby on the Sandman superhero story "Courage a la Carte" in Adventure Comics #91.
That same year Kane either was drafted or enlisted in the Army and served in the World War II Pacific theater of operations. After 19 months in the service, he returned to in December 1945. All-American Publications editor Sheldon Mayer hired him in 1947, for a stint that lasted six months, he contributed again to the "Sandman" feature in Adventure Comics and, as penciler Gil Stack and inker Phil Martel, to the "Wildcat" feature in Sensation Comics. Around this time, he said, he "worked with director Garson Kanin when he was involved in TV," drawing storyboards. In 1949, Kane began a longtime professional relationship with Julius Schwartz, an editor at National Comics, the future DC Comics. Kane drew stories for several DC series in the 1950s including All-Star Western and The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog. In the late 1950s, freelancing for DC Comics precursor National Comics, Kane illustrated works in what fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books, creating character designs for the modern-day version of the 1940s superhero Green Lantern, for which he pencilled most of the first 75 issues of the reimagined character's comic.
Comics historian Les Daniels praised Kane's work on the character, stating "The design was part of an approach that emphasized grace as well as strength, an approach notable in Kane's flying scenes... Green Lantern appeared to soar effortlessly across the cosmos." DC Comics writer and executive Paul Levitz noted in 2010 that Kane "modeled the Guardians on Israeli founding father David Ben-Gurion as the human figures in the cast tended to mimic Kane's own tall, elongated build." Kane and writer John Broome's stories for the Green Lantern series included transforming Hal Jordan's love interest, Carol Ferris, into the Star Sapphire in issue #16. Black Hand, a character featured prominently in the "Blackest Night" storyline in 2009-2010, debuted in issue #29 by Broome and Kane; the creative team created Guy Gardner in the story "Earth's Other Green Lantern!" in issue #59. Kane co-created an updated version of the Atom with writer Gardner Fox. Kane — who by 1960 was living in Jericho, New York, on Long Island — drew the youthful superhero team the Teen Titans, a revival of Plastic Man, and, in
Vixen is a comic book character and Superhero created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner. She first appeared in Action Comics #521, published by DC Comics. Vixen is a superheroine in possession of the Tantu Totem, which allows her to harness the spirit of animals, she can conjure the power and abilities of any animal present. Two versions of the character appear in The CW's Arrowverse. Original comic book character Mari McCabe debuts in the CW Seed animated series Vixen, voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke, who reprised her role in an episode of the live-action parent series, Arrow. Legends of Tomorrow introduces a World War II-era Vixen, Amaya Jiwe, identified as Mari's grandmother, portrayed by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Vixen was intended to be the first African female DC superhero to star in her own series, but the first issue of her series was cancelled in the DC Implosion in 1978, never to be released; the story was subsequently printed in Cancelled Comic Cavalcade. Since her debut in Action Comics, she has appeared in team books, most notably various incarnations of the Justice League and Suicide Squad.
In October 2008, G. Willow Wilson began Vixen: Return of the Lion. In ancient Ghana, the warrior Tantu asked Anansi the Spider to create a totem that would give the wearer all of the powers of the animal kingdom, only if they would use the power to protect the innocent. Tantu used the totem to become Africa's first legendary hero; the totem was passed down to Tantu's descendants until it reached the McCabes. Growing up in a small village in the fictional nation of Zambesi, M'Changa province, Mari Jiwe McCabe heard the legend of the "Tantu Totem" from her mother. Sometime Mari's mother was killed by poachers and she was raised by her father Reverend Richard Jiwe, the village priest. Reverend Jiwe himself was killed by his half-brother General Maksai. Maksai wanted the Tantu Totem. Mari moved to America, where she established an identity as Mari McCabe and got a job as a model in New York City, she used her newfound wealth to travel the world. On a trip back to Africa, she came across her uncle and took back the Tantu Totem, using its power to become the costumed superhero Vixen.
Vixen made only two appearances as a solo crime fighter: once fighting poachers in India and once fighting against the techno-psycho criminal Admiral Cerebrus. She was a reluctant hero, she was accepted. During her time with the JLA, the totem was taken from her by General Maksai, who still sought its power; the totem would only grant its full power to those who would use it to protect the innocent, it caused Maksai to be transformed into a raging beast. Maksai died in battle with Vixen; when the team faced the killer android Amazo and several of her teammates were beaten into unconsciousness and left bound and gagged in a walled-off pit. Vixen saved the lives of herself and her fellow Leaguers by using her powers to shatter her bonds and dig to freedom. Vixen continued with that particular incarnation of the JLA until two members were killed and Vibe, it was disbanded by the Martian Manhunter. Around this time, Vixen teamed up with Animal Man, she traveled to his suburban house with knowledge of a mysterious, murderous force, affecting Animal Man's powers.
He found himself unable to access his powers correctly. Vixen returned to modeling, she appealed to the government. She went undercover to capture the drug kingpin Cujo, whose appearance had been revealed by footage from the photo shoot. Along with Captain Boomerang and Black Orchid, she destroyed the operation, but not before she lost control and killed the criminal kingpin. Revolted by what she had become, she agreed to work with the Squad until her animal instincts could be curbed, she worked with the Squad for some time, again seeing more friends killed. When it was disbanded for a year, Mari returned to modeling and launched a successful line of clothing, her failed romance with Ben Turner made. She realized that Turner needed mental support, she reluctantly returned, she gave up on a future with the Tiger, sensing that he would never admit to needing help, left the team. After the Suicide Squad's heyday, Mari continued to do undercover work, she was drafted for at least one mission for Checkmate.
At some point, she assisted the Birds of Prey. She went undercover to investigate a strange "superhero" cult, where the leader was using mind control and wound up brainwashed by him herself; the Huntress was nearly killed. Vixen regained her senses by channeling the stubbornness of a mule to hold back the mind control of the cult leader, she and Huntress rescued the other brainwashed heroes. Vixen may still have had trouble controlling her animal side while using the totem, as witnessed when she worked alongside the Flash to stop Gorilla Grodd, she served on one mission with the Justice League Task Force, came to Wonder Woman's aid during a battle with Circe, helped her former JLA comrades protect Lex Luthor. She joined the loose-knit Ultramarine Corps. While part of the Corps, Mari was brainwashed by Gorilla Grodd who sent her and other heroes to battle the JLA. Vixen and the others were freed. After the murder of Sue Dibny in the Identity Crisis miniseries, Vixen rejoined her Justice League colleagues.
She was present when the original Firestorm died duri
Darkseid is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Jack Kirby, the character made a cameo appearance in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 before making his full first appearance in Forever People #1, he is the father of Orion, Kalibak and Grail. As the tyrannical ruler of the planet Apokolips, Darkseid's ultimate goal is to conquer the universe and eliminate all free will and sentient beings. One of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, the character became a staple Superman villain and is considered the archenemy of the Justice League. Darkseid was ranked number 6 on IGN's top 100 comic book villains of all time and number 23 on Wizard's 100 greatest villains of all time. Darkseid was voiced by Frank Welker in the animated series Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, which became his first appearance in media other than comic books; the character was subsequently portrayed by Michael Ironside in the DC animated universe, Andre Braugher in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Steven Blum in Justice League: War, "Weird Al" Yankovic in an episode of Teen Titans Go!
Jack Kirby returned to DC Comics with Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 and began establishing characters that would lay the foundation for his newly conceived Fourth World epic. The chief antagonist would be the villain Darkseid who had a cameo in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134 with a full first appearance in Forever People #1; the character was designed to be the chief antagonist of the titles Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods, but after the cancellation of these titles, he continued to appear as a major villain in many DC Universe comic books, fighting both Superman and Batman. According to writer Mark Evanier, Jack Kirby modelled Darkseid's face on actor Jack Palance; the son of King Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra, Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips, plotted to seize power over the planet. When his brother, attempted to claim the fabled Omega Force, Uxas murdered him, took the power for himself; the power transformed him upon which he took the name Darkseid. At some point in time, he fell in love with an Apokoliptian scientist and sorceress named Suli, with whom he had a son, Kalibak.
Following Suli's death, Darkseid's heart grew colder, he ordered Desaad to poison Heggra, as soon as he did, Darkseid became the supreme monarch of Apokolips. Darkseid had been forced by his mother to marry Tigra, with whom he had a son. After murdering his mother, Darkseid ordered Tigra to eliminate their son, switched with the Highfather's son, Scott Free, so as to keep peace between New Genesis and Apokolips; the destructive war with the rival planet, New Genesis, was stopped only with a diplomatic exchange of the sons of Highfather and Darkseid. Darkseid's second born son was surrendered to Highfather; this turned out to be a setback for Darkseid, with his biological son growing up to value and defend the ideals of New Genesis as a powerful champion in opposition to his father. The prophecy foretold that Darkseid would meet his final defeat at the hands of his son in a cataclysmic battle in the fiery Armaghetto of Apokolips. Darkseid and his training minion, Granny Goodness, were unable to break Scott Free's spirit after years of torturous upbringing and the New God was able to escape Apokolips, taking with him the mightiest of the Female Furies, Big Barda, as his wife and came to Earth to become the master escape artist and superhero foe of Darkseid, Mister Miracle.
Regardless, Darkseid anticipated that Scott would make such a move and used its occurrence as a pretext to declare the treaty with New Genesis abrogated and resume armed conflict. Seeing other deities as a threat, Darkseid invaded the island of Themyscira in order to discover the secret location of the Olympian deities, planning to overthrow the Olympians and steal their power. Refusing to aid Darkseid in his mad quest, the Amazons battled his Parademon troops, causing half of the Amazon population's death. Wonder Woman was able to gain her revenge against Darkseid for killing so many of her sisters by placing a portion of her own soul into Darkseid; this weakened the god's power as he lost a portion of his dark edge. Darkseid's goal was to reshape it into his own image. To this end, he sought to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which gives its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. Darkseid had tried on several other occasions to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods, most notably through his minion Glorious Godfrey, who could control people's minds with his voice.
He had a special interest in Earth, as he believed humans possess collectively within their minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intended to probe the minds of every human; this has caused him to clash with many superheroes of the DC Universe, most notably the Kryptonian Superman. Darkseid worked behind the scenes, using superpowered minions in his schemes to overthrow Earth, including working through Intergang, a crime syndicate which employs Apokoliptian technology and morphed into a religious cult that worships Darkseid as the god of evil. One thousand years in the future, Darkseid has been absent for centuries and is completely forgotten, he returns and comes into conflict with that era's champions, the
"Infinite Crisis" is a 2005–2006 comic book storyline published by DC Comics, consisting of an eponymous, seven-issue comic book limited series written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Ivan Reis, Jerry Ordway, a number of tie-in books. The main miniseries debuted in October 2005, each issue was released with two variant covers: one by Pérez, one by Jim Lee and Sandra Hope; the series storyline was a sequel to DC's 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, which "rebooted" much of the DC continuity in an effort to fix 50 years of contradictory character history. It revisited characters and concepts from that earlier Crisis, including the existence of DC's Multiverse; some of the characters featured were alternate versions of comic icons such as an alternate Superman named Kal-L, who came from a parallel universe called Earth-Two. A major theme was the nature of heroism, contrasting the dark and conflicted modern-day heroes with memories of "lighter" and ostensibly more noble and collegial heroes of American comic books' earlier days.
Infinite Crisis #1 was ranked first in the top 300 comics for October 2005 with pre-order sales of 249,265. This was double the second ranked comic House of M #7 which had pre-order sales of 134,429. Infinite Crisis #2 was the top seller in top 300 comics for November 2005 with pre-order sales of 207,564; the plot begins when, in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kal-L, the Superboy of Earth Prime, Alexander Luthor, Jr. of pre-Crisis Earth-Three, Lois Lane Kent of pre-Crisis Earth-Two voluntarily sequestered themselves in "paradise". DC began leading up to the new Crisis with a one-shot issue Countdown to Infinite Crisis, followed by four six-issue limited series that tied into and culminated in Infinite Crisis. Once the Crisis was completed, DC used the One Year Later event to move the narratives of most of its DC Universe series forward by one year; the weekly series 52 began publication in May 2006, depicts some of the events which occurred between Infinite Crisis and One Year Later. In June 2008, a third and Final Crisis began a run, set following the conclusion of the 51-issue Countdown to Final Crisis.
Infinite Crisis was announced in March 2005. The event was kicked off with the release of Countdown to Infinite Crisis. Countdown to Infinite Crisis was followed by four six-issue limited series: The OMAC Project, Rann–Thanagar War, Day of Vengeance, Villains United, as well as a four-part limited series DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy; these first four limited series each had a special tie-in issue, released at monthly intervals during the Infinite Crisis event. As with many large-scale comic crossovers, Infinite Crisis featured a large number of tie-ins. Before the event was announced, books such as Adam Strange and Identity Crisis were being described as part of bigger plans. After Countdown, several books were identified as tie-ins to the four mini-series. Thus, although Infinite Crisis itself is only seven issues long, its plot elements appeared in dozens of publications; some of these books were of direct and major importance, such as the Superman "Sacrifice" and JLA "Crisis of Conscience" storylines, the latter of which ended with the Justice League's lunar Watchtower being destroyed, leading directly into Infinite Crisis #1.
DC Comics executive editor Dan DiDio stated that Infinite Crisis was being hinted at in various stories for two years prior to its launch, starting with the "death" of Donna Troy. The leadup was understated until the release of the Adam Strange limited series in 2004, at which point industry press began to report that DC was planning a large event, mentioning the titles Teen Titans, The Flash, JSA, all written by Geoff Johns. With Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Infinite Crisis began to visibly affect DC's editorial policy. Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison moved into editorial positions in addition to their writing duties to coordinate coherence of the DC Universe and to handle reimaginings of several characters. Mark Waid signed an exclusive contract with DC. DC replaced its official decades-old logo with a new one that debuted in the first issue of DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy. Aside from marking a major editorial shift within DC Comics, Infinite Crisis was a return to large company-wide crossovers of a sort, uncommon since the downturn of the comic industry in the 1990s.
The story begins in the wake of the four lead-in limited series, with Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman feuding, the JLA Watchtower destroyed, the heroes of the world all facing a variety of menaces. Over this backdrop, Kal-L, along with Earth-Two's Lois Lane, Earth-Three's Alexander Luthor, Superboy-Prime escape from the pocket universe where they had been left in at the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Kal-L seeks out his cousin, Power Girl a survivor of Earth-Two. Believing Lois' health will improve on her native world, he hopes to replace the current Earth with Earth-Two, which he considers perfect. Kal-L tries to enlist Batman's support, stating that the Post-Crisis Earth's inherent "bad" nature caused Batman's recent mistrust and hostility. Batman refuses and tries to use his Kryptonite Ring, but as this is not native to Kal-L's universe, it fails, is destroyed by heat-vision. Afterward, Batman learns Superboy-Prime destroyed the JLA Watchtower. Alexander reveals to Power Girl that he and Superboy-Prime had been leaving their "paradise" for some time, manipulating events to help create an inter-dimensional tuning fork.
Using the Anti-Monitor's remains and captured heroes and villains attuned to former universes (Power Girl among them after Supe