Genesis – 2


Genesis – 2

General Info

Issue No:
2
On Sale Date:
August 1997
Cover Date:
October 1997
Era:
Dark Age
Story Title:
Edge of Destruction

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Writer:
John Byrne
Penciller:
Ron Wagner
Inker:
Joe Rubinstein
Letterer:
Clem Robins
Colourist:
Patricia Mulvihill
Editor:
Paul Kupperberg, Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt (assistant)

Characters

Main:
Arzaz, Justice League: Aquaman (Orin), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El), New Gods: Big Barda, Highfather, Lightray, Metron, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Orion, Takion
Heroes:
Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Warrior (Guy Gardner), Impulse (Bart Allen), Max Mercury, Jesse Quick (Jesse Chambers), Ray (Ray Terrill), Steel (John Henry Irons), Superboy (Kon-El), Supergirl (Linda Danvers), Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam), Robin (Tim Drake), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Starman (Jack Knight)
Teen Titans: Argent (Toni Moretti), Joto (Isaiah Crockett), Prysm, Risk (Cody Driscoll), Atom (Ray Palmer)
Forever People: Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Beautiful Dreamer, Serifan, Vykin the Black
Challengers of the Unknown: Marlon Corbett, Brenda Ruskin, Kenn Kawa, Clay Brody, The Ravers: Kaliber, Aura, Hero, Half-Life, Sparx, Kindred Marx
Legion of Super-Heroes: Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5;,Cosmic Boy, Spark, Ultra Boy, Apparition - plus numerous others
Villains:
Granny Goodness, Kalibak, Mantis, Female Furies: Bernadeth, Lashina, Mad Harriet, Speed Queen, Stompa
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Artemis, Hippolyta
Other:
Mike Schorr, Donna Troy
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Comments

This mini series only features Hippolyta and takes place during the period that Diana was dead, after having been killed by Neron.

Synopsis

With the alien armada hovering over the Earth, Superman and the other heroes teleport back on the planet to support the people as good as possible with their powers not working normally.

On New Genesis, Highfather and the New Gods are visited by Arzaz – one of the first gods. He talks about finally taking action before what he calls the fourth world gets swept away to make room for a new fifth world.

On Earth, people begin to feel very depressed which also leads to riots on the streets. Donna Troy, Hippolyta and Artemis deal with such riots in Gateway City, while Robin, Huntress and Catwoman do their work in Gotham City. At the same time Superboy reunites with the Ravers, but suddenly all of them are teleported to an unknown location.

In the White House, the president of the USA and the JLA decide to send a hero delegation led by Superman to negotiate with the aliens. While Darkseid has not shown up himself yet, his associates have started attacks all around the globe – facing several heroes, e.g. the Teen Titans.

A little later, JLA members and Supergirl approach the alien spaceships. Martian Manhunter phases into the mothership and discovers it being commandeered by members of the Darkstars. They have tracked a danger all way back to Earth and are willing to terminate the whole solar system to end it. The sudden appearance of Highfather puts an ending to the hostilities between the different factions. Highfather explains that a long time ago a world exploded, sending what he calls a Godwave through the universe. This wave created all the gods that exist. Weaker effects of the wave led to the creation of “lesser” beings such as demigods and super-powered people. According to Highfather, the Godwave is the source behind the Speed Force and the power of the Green Lanterns as well. The Godwave is currently flowing back towards its point of origin which causes the power instabilities of the superheroes. When the wave has made its return, the shockwave will create a new universe and, apparently, Darkseid looks to use that power to elevate himself. Highfather plans to stop this by equipping a group of heroes with adapted mother boxes and sending them into the Source itself …