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August 7, 2008

Final Crisis #3 – “Know Evil”

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 12:41 am

Before I launch into the annotations for this issue, a few corrections regarding my previous stuff and other interesting things from the Director’s Cut:

  1. The evil Monitor isn’t Solomon from Countdown, it’s “Rox Ogama.” The Monitor we first see in FC #1 is “Zip Hermuz”.
  2. The Monitors’ world was supposed to seem largely like a dying civilization, and the number of worlds wasn’t specific in the script. It’s also mentioned that New Earth is suspended in a mercurial substance reminiscent of the supercontext from The Invisibles.
  3. Hal’s scar is a clue – it’s specifically mentioned in the script.
  4. Morrison mentions that the Tattooed Man will play a major role nearing the end; I can’t help but wonder what would happen if you tattooed Metron’s sigil on him…

So. Yeah. Forward! Douglas Wolk has the annotation/”Who is this?” part of this pretty damn down pat, so I’m gonna focus largely on analysis and speculation here.

Page 1 – Frankenstein, from Seven Soldiers, raids the Dark Side Club with a group of SHADE (Super Human Advanced Defense Execute – originally SADE but modified by DC, so I wonder if that played any significance regarding Desaad) agents. Inside, they find the mummified shell of the human Darkseid resided in as Boss Dark Side, and left back in #1.

Page 2 – I love the panel layout here, with the Dark Side Club scenes taking place inside the building on the street in the greater picture, both within the story and on the page. The fissure in the sky is Overgirl entering the New Earth universe.

Page 3 – Overgirl crashes through a building, which Chris Eckert was able to find is one of the planned World Trade Center replacements that Morrison has apparently decided already occurred in the DC Universe. On this page we’re also introduced to what looks to be the new Source Wall; the hand is a floating pixelated hand pointer cursor, like God’s hovering over a hyperlink. He delivers the message “Know Evil”, and I assume this means that the Source is initiating Man’s ultimate test, as alluded to in the admittedly apocryphal Death of the New Gods. The concept of God releasing Evil on Earth to force it to grow and improve isn’t new to Morrison, especially considering the “blind chessman” playing good and evil against each other in The Invisibles.

The man in the mask is Father Time, the head of SHADE, from Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein; he later became an old white guy in the Gray/Palmiotti Freedom Fighters series but I guess maybe he just took a new body? The man on the screens is Taleb Beni Khalid, Black King of Checkmate, who apparently wants to induct Montoya (for what sounds like the next stage of Greg Rucka’s Big DC Story).

Page 4 – Overgirl, the Nazi Supergirl of Earth-10 (who was drawn last issue by Nix Uotan), claims that Heaven is bleeding and Hell is here, echoing Orion’s statements in the first issue that Heaven was “cracked and broken.” It’s unclear what happened to Overgirl, or who beat her up like this; we haven’t seen any of the other worlds so I’m not sure if they’re just unstable due to Darkseid’s presence on New Earth or if he worked his way through them first. I assume Montoya’s story will continue in Revelations.

Page 5 – Poor Nix Uotan gets fired. Regarding the graviton comment, here is commentary from an ACTUAL IVY LEAGUE PROFESSOR:

Unless Morrison is more well read than I am on string theory, “graviton impact” doesn’t really mean anything. I’m not even sure what that would mean. A graviton is a boson: a force mediating particle. It doesn’t really “impact” anything. You can get pretty lofty with “dimensional barrier breakdown” if you start talking about multiple dimensions/the string theory multiverse/etc. but it’s probably just jargony fun.

So yeah, Morrison just took a cool name from string theory for Nix to use, and unfortunately graviton impacts don’t exist in any real multiversal scientific context. We cut to Cave Carson discovering the Metron symbol on a cave wall; since the one in #1 was drawn in the sand, and they soon claim a crop circle has the symbol, it seems Anthro got around to spread some sigil love. That’s Monitor Zillo Valla in the last panel; it’s unclear whether she passes by or actually approaches Uotan (I assume we’ll find out in Superman Beyond).

Page 6 – This seems to be the West household. In the first panel we have Iris West-Allen (Barry’s wife) talking to Jay Garrick, while Jay’s wife Joan provides coffee, Linda Park-West (Wally’s wife) stands around and Wally’s children Iris and Jai are, apparently, chilling.

Page 7 – The three generations of the Flash and the Black Racer. It’s now explicitly shown that this is the same bullet that killed Orion; the quick shot we see of the bullet also doesn’t contain the organism we saw at the end of #2 (this could just be due to coloring).

Pages 8-9 – The Black Racer surveys Orion’s death, collects his soul, and then seemingly doubles back after the Flashes, who turn around because they are understandably scared of the death metal robot on skis. Jay (who looks an awful lot like Robert Mitchum) turns around to make it to the present, while Wally and Barry, as we’ll see, overshoot ahead by a month.

Page 10 – The Hall of Doom, mirror of the Hall of Justice and standard operating spot for the Injustice League/Secret Society/Knitting Club of Super-Villains. Libra’s clearly been here a while, since all the lockers are filled with sweet Justifier gear – which again implies Libra’s been working with the Evil Gods in Bludhaven pretty closely. Evidently, this rejigged Justifier gear comes with a tape loop of the Anti-Life Equation constantly playing in the helmet – the Justifiers being Godfrey’s name for whatever group of people he’s leading that day who justify their hatred via propaganda and claiming a lack of choice (hence the name, and Flame’s dialogue).

Page 11 – Due to his lack of a position at Lexcorp anymore, Luthor’s bodyguards must be hired underground muscle. The most interesting part here is Libra’s request of Luthor, to renounce science and follow Darkseid as a religion; since Luthor is far more of a selfish egotist than any disciple of a religion of crime, and has no aspirations towards an apocalypse, I imagine he’ll either tell Libra to fuck off or swear an oath he doesn’t follow. While Darkseid has certainly used a great degree of science himself, in this case religion is a far more useful tool for converting the people he requires.

Page 12 – Jimmy has apparently forgotten Superman’s identity since he stopped being the New Gods’ “soul collector” at the end of Countdown.

Page 13 – Zillo Valla reaches her destination, to recruit Superman for the adventures of Superman Beyond. She clearly knows what’s about to occur on New Earth, and may even be fighting Ogama/Darkseid’s schemes more than her dialogue at the end of #1 implied. Also, why does Lois’s hospital wristband say “Louis”?

Page 14 – Granny Kraken and the rest of the Alpha Lanterns cart Jordan off to space, getting him the hell out of Dodge before all the serious shit goes down and, persumably, leading to Rage of the Red Lanterns. Clearly, judging from Jordan’s scar in #1 (which was explicitly described in the script according to the Director’s Cut), he was operated on and used by the Evil Gods and, now, framed pretty damn badly.

Page 15 – Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce, later to costar in Submit), Alan Scott and Wonder Woman discuss the present situation. Hippolyta would know about Article X because she was, in fact, a member of the All-Star Squadron herself.

Page 16 – Oracle sets up the draft. The “mysterious new Aquaman” was mentioned by Morrison in the last Newsarama interview as evidence that the multiversal machinery was breaking down, so I assume he’s not Arthur Joseph Curry from the Busiek revamp but rather a new, new Aquaman, possibly from another Earth. The handicapped dude is Freddie Freeman, the new Shazam (the role formerly known as Captain Marvel), who gained that title in Trials of Shazam; Mary Marvel disappeared to, presumably, the byzantine events of Countdown where she went evil and then good and then evil again, hooking up with rocky-look pre-Fall Darkseid. Tawky Tawny is the Marvel Family’s dapper feline friend.

Page 17 – Morrison’s Supergirl is apparently an artist; it’s unclear whether the Streaky here is just Supergirl’s normal cat or the actual Streaky the Super-Cat. Apparently Ollie and Dinah were posted a draft notice really really quickly, and I think it’s worth mentioning that Ollie’s last line here (and the transition to the next page) are probably my favorite Oliver Queen moment from the last few years, just spot-on characterization.

Page 18 – The superhuman draft, and, persumably, the people who we’ll see actually continue as heroes in the crazy new post-Anti-Life-Equation world.

Back row: Cyborg, Cyclone, Bombshell, Firestorm (Jason Rusch), Raven, Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Starfire, Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Blue Devil
Next: Kid Devil, Amazing-Man, Zatanna, Mysterious New Aquaman, Red Arrow, Supergirl, Enchantress, Thunderbolt.
Next: Wildcat III (Tommy Bronson), Green Arrow, Liberty Belle, Black Lightning, Vixen, Mr. Terrific, Animal Man, Ragman.
Next: Black Canary, Wildcat I (Ted Grant), someone unclear (Thunder from the Outsiders miscolored?), Dr. Mid-Nite, Katana, Hawkgirl.
Next: Citizen Steel, Damage, Nightwing, Wonder Girl, Red Tornado, The Flash I (Jay Garrick), Power Girl, Argent.
Next: The Atom (Ryan Choi), Robin III (Tim Drake), Stargirl.
Front: Donna Troy, Huntress, Shazam (Freddie Freeman), Hawkman.

Page 19 – The Christlike resurrection Shilo Norman is referring to is at the end of Seven Soldiers. Morrison has mentioned that Shilo’s seeming amnesia regarding his days with Scott Free, combined with Sonny Sumo’s presence in the present day, are both clues regarding what’s going on. Sumo points out that their crew, including the Super Young Team about to arrive, are all “showbiz people”; this is appropriate, for Morrison’s first Crisis-style event, Zenith, was all about an egocentric celebrity superhero, while here twenty-odd years later the protagonists, although far more altruistic, are in the same industry. The last panel, as I’m sure you can tell, is Justifiers blowing up Norman’s private jet. Norman’s comment that “we don’t have a choice” is appropriate, as in a matter of (hours? minutes?) the concept of choice will soon be wiped from Planet Earth.

Page 20 – The triumphant return of the Super Young Team, bailing our heroes from their predicament! I totally adore these guys.

Page 21 – The Super Young Team’s Wonder Wagon is (I’m sure purposely) evocative of both the Newsboy’s Whiz Wagon and the Forever People’s Super-Cycle – it certainly seems that they’re fulfilling the roles of the Forever People, with Shilo Norman and Sonny Sumo as Mister Miracle and Orion. I’m not sure how the Super Young Team line up; if they do at all, Superbat is clearly Moonrider and Atomic Lantern Boy is Big Bear, but I don’t know how the other three would line up with Beautiful Dreamer, Vykin the Black and Serifan.

Page 22 – The Atomic Knights, introduced to the DCU in Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Bludhaven, are the appointed watchdogs of the Bludhaven no-man’s-land. Sergeant Grayle is Gardner Grayle, their leader.

Page 23 – Apparently, the government was subsidizing the genetic research in Command D. The Atomic Knights claim it was constructed after Infinite Crisis, which lines up with Captain Atom being held there in Battle for Bludhaven. Replika was introduced in the first Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters miniseries as a SHADE operative.

Page 24 – The “trouble” Diana refers to with Mary Marvel is, presumably, her corruption in Countdown. She looks different from her last moments there; the outfit is even more fetishized, she’s wearing a Kirby circuit around her abdomen, her hair is dyed and crazy. I assume these modifications were all carred out at the Flesh Farm she refers to. However, at the end of Countdown Mary was hanging out with and corrupted by Darkseid before his Fall; I’m not sure how she immediately went to look for post-Fall Darkseid. It’s probably just best to ignore that.

Page 25 – Is this page ghostwritten by Geoff Johns? Brutal.

Page 26 – “Hola!” is an ancient Amazonian battle cry; Wonder Woman is not saying “hello” in Spanish.

Page 27 – It’s unclear what the disease Mary Marvel infects Wonder Woman with is; it seemingly transforms her into the beast we see on the sliver cover and final page, so it might be a less lethal version of Morticoccus (which sort of defeats the point of the name Morticoccus, but hey), or just an unnamed beast virus developed in Command-D.

Page 28 – Aaaaand the Anti-Life Equation is apparently sent to everybody. I assume Darkseid’s been collecting all the commercial email spam contact lists available. I’m not sure how Oracle’s computer recognizes the ALE as a virus; it’s memetic rather than computational. (Perhaps the computational virus piggybacks to automatically open the document). The plugs Oracle’s referring to pulling are likely the ones to the Hall of Justice, rather than any sort of global “Internet plug” like an episode of South Park.

Final Crisis #3

Final Crisis #3

Page 29 – These first three panels echo the beginning of Crisis on Infinite Earths, with the creation of the multiverse from “a single infinitude,” except here Barry and Wally run out of the light instead of a bunch of Earths. They’ve landed a month in the future spatially close to where they were; they’re right next to the strip club rather than inside.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #12

Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Page 30 – Presumably the new Female Furies, with Wonder Woman as Bernadeth, Giganta as Stompa, Catwoman as Lashina and Batwoman as Mad Harriet. They’re riding what look like Hunger Dogs created in Command-D, and Wonder Woman’s dog carries a necklace of the constricting symbol of the Evil Gods. The “Eddie & Adam” on the KISS FM billboard is likely a tip of the hat to editors Eddie Berganza and Adam Schlagman. On the ground is a flyer, implying that releasing the ALE on the Internet didn’t have an immediate effect, as apparently some degree of further recruitment was necessary.

The title, “Know Evil,” is the same as the Source’s warning/message/master-of-ceremonies introduction to the hellhouse. The skies are red, implying that the multiverse continues to break down, and there are likely a few more anomalies such as Overgirl and the new Aquaman.

As always, suggestions/corrections welcome!!!

31 Comments »

  1. Not sure if it was intentional, put the bottom of page 23, where Replika is strung up and gutted reminded me of the hanging couple from Miracleman #15. You know the scene.

    Comment by Jeff — August 7, 2008 @ 2:23 am

  2. Actually Freddy Freeman goes by Shazam now, not Captain Marvel

    Comment by Steve — August 7, 2008 @ 2:48 am

  3. That’s absolutely true, I have no idea why I blanked on that. Thanks.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 7, 2008 @ 4:06 am

  4. What makes you think Wonder Woman isn’t wearing a mask at the end? Seems like there are distinct lines separating a human face from the bestial part.

    Comment by Mike Barrett — August 7, 2008 @ 9:16 am

  5. Huh, Command D = Kamandi phonetically… I just got that.

    Comment by Graham — August 7, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  6. That’s how Kamandi got his name, IIRC.

    Comment by Squashua — August 7, 2008 @ 11:16 am

  7. Correction, and I would’ve posted this on Douglas Wolk’s thing too if I could work out how to make my wordpress id work on Blogger: Replika actually does appear and is named before Uncle Same, in the background of Frankenstein #3 – ‘The Water’ – I think he maybe drank the water, without checking (I love that comic so much,) and was disabled therein and clearly suffers enormously whenever near a Ramsey Norton creation.

    Comment by Duncan — August 7, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

  8. Would I be reaching in saying “I’m on a mission from the gods” could be a Blues Brothers reference?

    Comment by Matt — August 7, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  9. Not that a detail like this matters too much, but you forgot Detective Chimp from the front row of the gathered heroes.

    Comment by Rand — August 7, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

  10. It’s unbelievable how they mangled the German characters in the lettering. I know we’ve all seen that sort of typo before, but a suddenly-appeared character saying something cryptic but translatable in a foreign language is the sort of thing you NEED to proofread. I can at least assume that Morrison is pissed off too.

    Comment by Jbird — August 7, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

  11. Here’s something fun about the cover*: I believe this is Chip Kidd’s nifty contribution in the design, but anyway — the “FINAL CRISIS” lettering? It’s deteriorating. You can’t really tell on issue 2 (Flash cover), but if you compare #1 (GL cover) to #3 (Supergirl cover), there’s a serious breakdown in the font quality. Such a smart touch. (In fact, it works as a visual metaphor for the plot: Things are breaking down completely, but it’s taking time before everyone figures it out.)

    * I’ve been buying the portrait covers, where “FINAL CRISIS” runs down either side, in two columns of faded white type popping out from the artwork — not the covers where there are actually three long narrow panels, with the illustration only in the middle panel. Which brings me to a wondering: DC is clearly showcasing its “big guns,” one each, on these covers (so I guess this is a sign that Supergirl’s a big gun). Presuming each of the “trinity” snags a cover, who’ll get that seventh slot? I have a fantasy that J’Onn might be back at the end and he’ll appear on the cover of #7 … but that’s just a fantasy. So who’ll it be? Mysterious New Aquaman? Shazam? Hawkman?

    Comment by Rebis — August 7, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

  12. It’s not the Big Seven; the fourth cover’s iconic version is Darkseid. I’ve wondered if it lines up to the visible planets or the days of the week, but the order doesn’t mean anything…

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 7, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  13. I don’t think Jimmy has forgotten who Superman is. The entire conversation reads like he knows and is trying to convince Clark it wasn’t his fault and that people need him to do the Superman thing. They don’t say it out loud because they are in a public place and it would be stupid to do so. Yes mysterious figure comes out of the shadows and blurts it out but she doesn’t care if anyone knows, Jimmy would.

    Comment by Dan — August 7, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  14. Dan: to be fair, Morrison has claimed he neither knows nor wants anything to do with Countdown, and the Johns/Robinson braintrust, who seem to be in sync with Morrison on matters Crisis-related, stated at San Diego that they planned to politely ignore any notion that Jimmy knew Superman’s secret identity. I’m pretty sure this is another Countdown-related thing that has been completely written out and ignored.

    Comment by Chris Eckert — August 7, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

  15. I happened to notice that on page 25, Wonder Woman notes she knows what someone looks like when they are turned inside out. That seems like it could easily be a reference to this fella: http://www.amazon-archives.com/ww247.htm but who knows if that is a hint or just a cute little shout out to a mostly forgotten bad guy.

    Comment by Strange Visitor — August 7, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  16. Morrison’s supergirl may not be an artist, but she seems to have settled on or at least be thinking about a new costume after sketching/painting some other ideas first. Compare the costume she’s wearing to her costume on the cover or in any of her previous appearances: her skirt is red and not blue.

    just a coloring error? maybe, but i doubt it with the inclusion of such a radically different version of her costume in the most prominent sketch (the one on the easel) and the color variations of the ones on the ground. also, why include a sewing machine in the background if not to add to the impression? (do superheroes in the dc universe make their own costumes like spidey does? i can’t recall it ever being addressed…)

    just a theory…

    Comment by J Ray — August 7, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  17. David Uzumeri: “It’s not the Big Seven; the fourth cover’s iconic version is Darkseid. I’ve wondered if it lines up to the visible planets or the days of the week, but the order doesn’t mean anything…”

    Hm. Perhaps it’s not planets, but celestial bodies, starting from the center of our solar system:
    #1. Green Lantern: The Sun. (Bright shining lights. Also calls to mind the end of DC One Million).
    #2. The Flash: Mercury. (Rather obvious, I’d say).
    #3. Supergirl: Venus. (A woman. Okay, not the best connection imaginable, I’ll admit).
    #4. Darkseid: Earth. (He’s its new master, after all. There’s also his rock-like body).
    #5. Wonder Woman: Mars. (Warrior princess, God of war).

    Of course, if we include the sun, why not the moon? And with only seven issues, Saturn would be the last one, leaving Uranus and Neptune unused (not to mention dwarf planets like Ceres, Pluto and Eris).

    Comment by Derk van Santvoort — August 8, 2008 @ 5:09 am

  18. Interesting, Dirk. GL being the sun might be a bit of a stretch, but then again, he did reignite it during “Final Night.” You might well be right. The series ending with Saturn would correspond to how humankind saw the heavens for centuries, as Uranus and Neptune are not visible to the naked eye (and were thus much more recently “discovered”). But then again (as you point out), if that’s the logic, Earth’s moon should probably be represented too.

    p.s. Big props for the accurate use of “dwarf planet” and the Eris name-check. :-)

    Comment by Rebis — August 8, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  19. If you look at sun and moon in terms of the astrological significance, they’d probably be the two last by being the two largest from our perspective. (Perspective means everything.)

    That said, considering Superman gets his own miniseries/oneshot/whatever the hell it is anymore, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t get his own cover. I could see Final Crisis #7 going to Mister Miracle, from a purely plotbased perspective.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 8, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

  20. Hmmm, I like the cosmology idea – fuck if you ain’t having all the planets Diana is symbolised by the moon… we’ll see the solicits, I guess – there’s the two/three(?) Morrison tie-ins as well, because Superman just gots to be Jupiter but is on the cover of FC: Superman Beyond #1 and Black Lightning on FC: Resist – if there is a Beyond! #2 (which seems up in the air atm?) that’d be ten, but, oh, the sun and moon. Oh. And the mooted Batman FC crossover issue(s)? Which’d hit Hades/Pluto.

    But! The Greeks, whose mythology is being aligned to, only knew five planets other than Earth; mythology’s awful malleable but I can’t think of a better correspondent to Saturn/Chronos than Darkseid, really.

    Lessee, Grant had them aligned to Greek Gods back on JLA, in solar system order:

    Green Lantern = Apollo – and, fair enough, he does have the power of a celestial battery
    Flash = Hermes
    No Venus/Aphrodite correlative, so Supergirl can fit.
    No Earth/Moon correspondent (Terra?) – but as I say, Diana = Moon and is, additionally, made of clay (originally related to Hera, in orbit around Jupiter)
    Mars = Orion; dead and in need of replacing.
    Jupiter = Superman
    No Saturn, but, yeah, Chronos is the father god that eats his children
    which is kinda the game here. A bit? Ever see that Goya painting? Scares the shit outta me.
    Uranus?… I ‘on’t’ know. Some of that sounds kinda Apokoliptian too.
    Neptune = Aquaman
    Pluto = Batman

    Aaah, it’s all messed up – I do like the idea though; in fact I love this stuff – here’s the JLA/Greek mythos key (scroll down) for y’all, I can never remember where it is on the internets.

    Comment by Duncan — August 8, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  21. The Seven cover’s signifance, i could see the days working as Hal, Barry, Kara, Darksied(although I hope his is cut down to the sliver I’d prefer a hero), wonder woman, batman and superman. (gay being happy in contrast with supergirl as woe considering she feels all her losses of krypton and loneliness more.)

    Monday’s child is fair of face,
    Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
    Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
    Thursday’s child has far to go.
    Friday’s child is loving and giving,
    Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
    But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
    Is fair and wise and good and gay.

    Comment by Nicola Boden — August 8, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  22. The most numinous and recurrent seven figures, in the days of the week say, and in the initial Greek planetary system are: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.

    I think you can pretty much directly correspond everything bar Jupiter (Superman, I’d guess) and Mars (which both J’onn and Orion were strongly associated with) with the five covers out; whether tie-ins like Beyond!, Submit, Requiem or whatever are to fit in the schema I dunno. I think it’ll be Superman and Lex on the last two portrait covers, though; I’ve been getting the story covers and kinda hope Darkseid is on the next sliver because that’s an awesome portrait.

    Comment by Duncan — August 10, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  23. Darkseid’s the iconic cover; if you look at the solicit, it’s clearly watercolored by JG. Besides, I think they have Pacheco doing sliver covers now.

    (I’m ashamed to admit I’m actually buying both covers of the entire event, all tie-ins, just because the scheme is so damn COOL. Also, I legitimately wear one out pretty quickly…)

    Well, looking at it, we’ve got:
    Green Lantern – Mars: He’s a soldier, and the entire issue has such a blatant Mars/war motif.
    Flash – Mercury, duh.
    Supergirl – Venus? That might be unfair labeling just because she’s a female, though.
    Darkseid- Saturn
    Wonder Woman – Damn, I’m totally lost here now. I guess she could be the sun, assuming that Superman’s blowing his iconic cover load on Superman Beyond.

    Shazam’s an obvious candidate for Jupiter, and Batman would be the Moon. Still, I’d be surprised to not see Shilo get cover billing.

    Or maybe I’m reading way too much into it, but I’m not sure that’s possible with a Morrison comic. (If it does correspond to days of the week, I imagine we’d have a skip between whatever #3 and #4 represent – except that the actual skip seems to be between #2 and #3).

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 10, 2008 @ 11:12 am

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  25. As said above, the seven planetary spheres in Platonic mythology were the Moon, Sun, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. The earth did not count as one of the heavenly spheres, since it sat motionless in the center of the universe. Earth, in fact, was the worst place to be, as it was the realm of generation and decay and bereft of the blissful music generated by the motion of the spheres. The eighth non-planetary sphere was the sphere of the Fixed Stars, which whirled around the cosmos and separated the immaterial divine realm from the embodied realm of the planets (It would be cool if Superman went to the “fixed stars” in Superman Beyond!).

    So,Green Lantern might refer to the sun; after all, a lantern is an object of illumination! The Flash suits Mercury quite well. Mercury, as you guys have pointed out, was the messenger of the gods and could travel between the human world and the divine world, bearing mortal and divine messages. It would make sense that Supergirl was Venus—the goddess of beauty is female (not to mention that Supergirl is, well, beautiful). Darkseid is probably Saturn (or Cronos), who is god that often represents chaos and darkness, though not always. Sometimes Cronos was honoured as the god of the harvest, and thus as a sustainer of life. It would be interesting if Darkseid’s actions led to new life – that he somehow negates his anti-life equation, converting it into a logical affirmation. If you want the Trinity to factory into the planetary imagery, I can see Wonder Woman = Mars (Warrior) , Superman = Jupiter (King of Olympians and bringer of Peace and Justice), and Batman = Moon (The moon is the leader of the night, and actually, often represents the realm of the human intellect. Batman is pretty smart!). This would account for all the planetary spheres and the seven covers of Final Crisis.

    Another astrological observation: I believe that during the summer months Orion is below the horizon, which symbolizes his death by the sting of Scorpius, who now reigns in the sky. Come winter, Orion will rise again into the skies, resurrecting as it were. So, it is fitting to begin Final Crisis in May with the death of Orion.

    A biblical point: the digital hand writing (pg. 3) might refer to the scene in Book of Daniel (an apocalyptic book) where God writes on the court wall during the feast of King Belshazzar. God wrote: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Peres. Daniel interprets this as follows: Mene = God has numbered your days and will bring your kingdom to an end, Tekel = You have been judged and the scales are against you, and Peres = Your kingdom is divides and given to the Medes and Persians. So, basically, God is saying, “this is the end, you guys are screwed!”

    Comment by Iamblichus2000 — August 18, 2008 @ 2:30 am

  26. My astrological knowledge isn’t that great, but – isn’t Orion roughly opposite Libra, so that it’d rise when Orion fell?

    On a side note, the astrological symbol for Libra is certainly interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Libra.svg

    It’s a big damn omega.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 18, 2008 @ 7:44 am

  27. “Overgirl crashes through a building, which Chris Eckert was able to find is one of the planned World Trade Center replacements that Morrison has apparently decided already occurred in the DC Universe.”

    Ha! One of the things that I think only Grant has ever touched on is that, in order to make DC’s NYC more interesting, is that every proposed big, skyline-changing building that was never made in the real NYC WAS made in DCNYC. The two major instances are in Seven Soldiers #0 when The Whip is roof-hopping and the whole “World Island” issue of Manhattan Guardian is set in one of those buildings.

    Comment by Brian G. — August 19, 2008 @ 12:11 am

  28. Some further clarification via a New York Times article:

    “The first issue of Seven Soldiers, published last February, features a broad Manhattan skyline that includes a hotel that the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí designed for New York nearly a century ago. Not far away is the so-called Rolls-Royce Building (its facade resembles a grill) that the Austrian architect Hans Hollein unsuccessfully proposed as the new headquarters for Chase Manhattan Bank in the late 1950’s. And snaking around the two buildings is the Mid-Manhattan Expressway, the elevated highway long championed by New York City’s powerful urban planner Robert Moses.

    All of these buildings, Mr. Morrison said, will reappear in other issues of the Seven Soldiers series, as will other unrealized architectural marvels. The opening panel of Manhattan Guardian’s third issue, for example, featured Frank Lloyd Wright’s domed futuristic complex Ellis Island Key, which the architect designed shortly before he died. Mr. Morrison, who lives in Glasgow, said by embellishing on the existing New York he was tapping into his favorite comic book power: the ability to create alternative realities. “Things as they are have never really been enough for me,” he said.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/arts/design/31star.html?_r=1&8hpib&oref=login

    Comment by Brian G. — August 19, 2008 @ 12:19 am

  29. I don’t think Jimmy has forgotten who Superman is. The entire conversation reads like he knows and is trying to convince Clark it wasn’t his fault and that people need him to do the Superman thing. They don’t say it out loud because they are in a public place and it would be stupid to do so.

    Comment by Stephen McGhee — October 11, 2008 @ 6:58 am

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  31. Hello
    How are you?
    Great work here :)

    Just wanted to ask if you’re able to confirm on page 18 in the top corner if in fact that is Cyborg?

    Also I believe “someone unclear (Thunder from the Outsiders miscolored?)” is Sasha Bordeaux.

    I’ve seen other sites on the net listing her.

    Comment by Jim — January 17, 2010 @ 7:16 am

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