Genesis – 4

Genesis – 4

General Info

Issue No:
On Sale Date:
August 1997
Cover Date:
October 1997
Dark Age
Story Title:
Last God Standing

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
John Byrne
Ron Wagner
Joe Rubinstein
Clem Robins
Noelle Giddings
Paul Kupperberg, Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt (assistant)


Arzaz, Justice League: Aquaman (Orin), 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
Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Mary Marvel (Mary Batson), Spectre (Aztar), Warrior (Guy Gardner), Impulse (Bart Allen), Max Mercury, Jesse Quick (Jesse Chambers), Ray (Ray Terrill), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), 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
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
Darkseid, Granny Goodness, Kalibak, Mantis, Kanto the Assassin, Nameless One, Female Furies: Bernadeth, Lashina, Mad Harriet, Speed Queen, Stompa
Artemis, Hippolyta
Donna Troy
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This mini series only features Hippolyta and takes place during the period that Diana was dead, after having been killed by Neron.


The assembled superheroes barely escape the effects of the shattered Source Wall. The old god Arzaz especially is responsible for helping those who cannot simply fly away. Steel talks about what the smaller group endured after they entered the Source. In the end, due to someone’s efforts they were not able to reach the Godwave itself. When suddenly everything went black, they were expelled from the Source.

Arzaz discovers that Darkseid is still on his huge ship, so he believes that there is another player present they do not yet know about. Shortly after that, Metron arrives and tells everybody that the unknown subject is non other than Ares. Darkseid is not too disturbed by these news. He thinks that the god of war will be vulnerable before he completely claims the power of the Godwave. Still, Darkseid agrees with Arzaz to join forces with the heroes.

With Ares seemingly becoming too powerful to overcome, the telepaths start to mentally connect not only the heroes but every other living creature in the universe in an attempt to save the Source. The psychic power is focused through New Genesis and Apokolips by Metron, leading to a separation of the two worlds, but more importantly to Ares’ defeat.

In the aftermath, the heroes have a hard time remembering what originally happened because now everything seems to be the same as it was before the destruction of the Source Wall. One difference is that the wall now also consists of Darkseid, Ares, Arzaz and his opposite – the Nameless One. But Metron thinks that there may be other alterations of reality as well. Donna Troy feeling somehow different may be one indicator.