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Ted Kord, a dead superhero pre-New 52, has yet to be seen or mentioned in the New 52. However, in the beginning of Forever Evil
#1, Lex Luthor is talking to a man named Thomas Kord, who was Ted Kord's father pre-New 52. Luthor mentions Thomas having a son and is the owner of Kord Industries. Could this mean Ted Kord is alive, but not a superhero?
- Well, as of #2, we know Kord Industries has a gun that shoots super-concentrated sunlight, we know Ultraman is deathly averse to sunlight, we know Tom Kord died as a direct result of Ultraman's actions and we know Tom Kord had a son. Origin stories have been built from less.
- Confirmed. Ted Kord will make his New 52 debut in issue seven.
One of the fictional cities of the DC Universe will be wiped off the map
23.1 has already established that Grodd has taken Central City in the Flash's absence, and Forever Evil
1 ends with Ultraman pushing the moon out of orbit, which logically would screw up the sea levels. With the exceptions of Gotham City
, every city is on the chopping block - and with the past examples of Coast City, Bludhaven & Star City, a very real possibility.
The Crime Syndicate will not be the Final Boss
of Forever Evil
ó the Legion of Doom will.
is said to be a love letter to the classic DC villains, so it will probably go as follow: Lex Luthor founds the Legion of Doom (with Catwoman, Captain Cold, Sinestro, Black Manta, Black Adam and his creation Bizarro joining him); against all odds, they'll wind up successfully defeating the Crime Syndicate and banishing them back to Earth 3 (symbolically defeating their archnemeses at last, just not the ones from this world)... and then they'll take over from them
; the Justice League will somehow come back, but the war isn't over yet ó they still have to take the world back, from the Legion of Doom
Therefore, the Final Battle
for Forever Evil
will be the Justice League facing against some of their most classic, iconic rogues. Obviously, the Justice League will win
, but the Legion of Doom will probably escape
. The good guys will notice that, even though the Legion of Doom technically saved the day first, they didn't change at all ó because they don't want to, because this is who they are and will always be. Forever evil
- Jossed, The Final Boss is Mazahs, AKA Alexander Luthor of Earth 3. The Justice League have little involvement in the final battle
Power Ring won't make it to the end of the series.
Because Volthoom, having escaped death at the hands of Nekron during Wrath of the First Lantern
by hiding his consciousness inside his ring, will have completely consumed the ring bearer. The ring's parasitic hold on Power Ring, as noted by the large, corroded, veins going up his arm have been said to get worse with every large scale use of his powers. Since Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom, along with the other teams of resistance, will be stirring up trouble he will no doubt be forced to take action within these various fights. Until, finally, his mind is wrested from him and he is utterly under Volthoom's control.
- Confirmed Power Ring is killed by Sinestro.
Nightwing's status quo post-Forever Evil
With the Crime Syndicate outing him as Dick Grayson to the public
, Nightwing will wind up distancing himself from the rest of the Bat Family to avoid people connecting the dots and figuring out who Batman, Red Hood, Batgirl and Red Robin are
, eventually forced into adopting a new civilian identity, abandoning his Nightwing identity and becoming Red X instead
- Interesting, but jossed. He's going to be a secret agent now.
The Legion of Doom's Batman is...
- Thomas Wayne of Prime Earth; last seen adopting the name Owlman, now taking his presumed dead brother's mantle.
- Dick Grayson; having been unmasked as Nightwing, Dick takes up the anonymity and mantle of Batman once again following Bruce's assumed death
- Thomas Elliot/Hush
- Jason Todd/Red Hood
- Owlman of the Crime Syndicate, creating a unified resistence which will be hard to beat but easy to fight, as part of his plan to kill Ultraman and give his child the world.
- Someone new
- None of the above. It's just plain old regular Batman.
They'll be called "The Legion." Instead of directly allying with their alternates
, they'll be Genre Savvy
enough to know that any battle involving Evil Versus Evil
won't go well-Lex Luthor
will probably use this opportunity to overturn the Justice League. The Legion will play the Batman Gambit
, supposedly helping the Legion of Doom only to set up their defeat at the hands of the Justice Leauge. The main members of the Legion will be composed of alternate versions of the arch-enemies we Love to Hate
- Their leader will be Alexander Luthor, who will be just as much of an egomaniacal Magnificent Bastard as Lex, but with a key difference: he doesn't let his ego get in way of being genuinely heroic. While the prisoner the Crime Syndacite is heavily implied to be Alex Luthor, I wouldn't put it pass any Luthor to have a Thanatos Gambit on hand. We may even get to meet the new version of Alex Luthor Jr.
- The Jokester, who will be Crazy Awesome like the Joker and The Lancer of the group. While Batman fears the Joker and recognizes that his craziness is a threat, Owlman will dismiss the Jokester as being a harmless hero. Cue The Jokester beating him Looney Tunes style.
- This one is jossed as Earth-3 Joker died at the hands of Owlman a.k.a. Earth-3 Batman.
- The Cat who will be sort of a mother figure like Batman is/was a father figure for the Robins. And like Catwoman, she does what she does because she finds it exciting, only she feels doing good instead of stealing things is more entertaining..
- White Hand, the undead defender of his Earth. Able to live thanks to a white ring fueled by his willpower, he is naturally immune to Power Ring's fear powers. Unfortunately, his larger-than-life determination comes at the expense that he is extremely emotional and thus easily distractable, bouncing from rage to hope to love to greed like something out of a shonen anime.
Deathstorm is more than just a reference
The Crime Syndicate's Deathstorm is clearly a reference to the Black Lantern Firestorm who took the same name (in both name and face). But what if it's not just a reference, and the original Deathstorm has somehow returned and joined the Crime Syndicate? This might be related to the latest resurrection of Black Hand (and possibly also Hal Jordan's actions in Wrath of the First Lantern).
- What? Ridiculous! Why would a member of the Black Lantern Corps be interested in tormenting a version of Hal Jordan - oh.
- Impossible. The Blackest Night event was stated to still have happened to some capacity in DCnU, yes, but before the start of New 52; in the new continuity, however, Firestorm doesn't even exist before the start of New 52. He didn't exist in the previous years, when Blackest Night happened; therefore, it's impossible for Deathstorm to have existed too. It's just a reference.
- Deathstorm is actually Earth-3 Martin Stein, in a corrupted Firestorm Matrix.
The Crime Syndicate's differences will lead to their downfall.
While they're powerful, it's pretty clear that the Crime Syndicate is not one big happy family
. Johnny Quick and Atomica are unpredictable, Owlman has a soft spot for Nightwing, Superwoman is cheating on Ultraman with Owlman behind his back, Power Ring is a coward, and Ultraman sees his teammates as tools in his quest for power. With such tension, the whole team is a powder keg ready for detonation if someone lights the fuse of discord.
Arkham War is gonna come down to Pyg vs. Ragdoll
And there won't be enough Brain Bleach
in the world...
- Probably not serious but still, Jossed.
The Syndicate, and especially Owlman, is defeated by a returning Joker
Maybe they get closer to killing Batman and it's a only Joker gets him
situation, or maybe they're about to conquer the universe and the clown just drops in. Either way I'm guessing that the Joker returns, his face inexplicably restored, and deliberately destroys the Syndicate, with Owlman dying of Joker venom
- Owlman isn't, by far, the problem. He even wants to take the Syndicate down too. There is no reason to shoehorn the Joker into the plot.
The Creature that destroyed the world of Crime Synicate will be revealed to be...
Darkseid. Either the true one (in which case his reach extends across alternative universes) or a reverse aligned "good" Darkseid that destroys evil planets like Ultraman's Krypton and Earth-3.
- I'm starting to think it's the Anti-Monitor, possibly with a different name. After all, didn't he destroy Earth-3 in Crisis on Infinite Earths? And the whole universe-destroying thing fits him more.
- Confirmed - it's the Anti-Monitor
Jessica Cruz is going to receive the Earth-3 Power Ring.
They labeled that she would appear in Forever Evil
and now that Power Ring is dead
it seems likely that she is going to be the new candidate.
The father of Superwoman's baby isn't Ultraman or Owlman...
It's Alexander Luthor/Mazahs
, and the baby will be Alexander Luthor Jr.
(of Infinite Crisis
Darkseid destroyed the Anti-Matter Universe.
The end of Forever Evil has the Anti-Monitor
trying to gain power in order to fight Darkseid. Note that Multiversityís Map of the Multiverse doesnít have the Anti-Matter Universe. While it never counted as the main DC Multiverse, the map contains other worlds like Apokolips and New Genesis
, which like the Anti-Matter Universe are in Another Dimension
and thus should fit somewhere on the map. And it canít be the New 52 never had the Anti-matter Universe
, since its existence is massively integral to Green Lantern lore. So what happened to it?
Darkseid destroyed the Anti-Matter Universe. We know he remembers the previous continuities
, so he knows about Crisis on Infinite Earths
. The Anti-Monitor is one of a few entities more powerful than him
thatís a direct threat, and being the only one(asides from maybe Nekron
) whoís stuck around after more than one mini-series
. So what does Darkseid do to neutralize the threat? Neutralize it at its weakest.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
hasnít happened in the New52, so the Anti-Monitor
hasnít gotten the chance to devour whole universes yet. And while thereís the distinct possibility that he may remember whatís happened(which given heís sporting his pre-got the crap punched out of him Supergirl
armour seems unlikely), the universes he devoured never existed
and thus may not have their power. He somehow survived, and is currently trying to get revenge on Darkseid