Crime Syndicate is a miniseries is written by Andy Schmidt, with interior art by Kieran McKeown beginning in March of 2021. It centers around the titular villains after yet another Continuity Reboot following Dark Nights: Death Metal. This book is part of the DC Infinite Frontier line.
A paranoid titan (Ultraman), a narcissist (Super Woman), a nihilist (Owlman), a broken moral compass (Power Ring/Emerald Knight), a sociopath (Johnny Quick) and a sadist (Atomica). Does the world stand a chance? Spinning out of the pages of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the DC Multiverse is reborn, and with it a new Earth-3! Witness the true origins of the malevolent makers of mayhem known as the Crime Syndicate as a common foe unites them! But how long can alliances last between villains like these?
The Miniseries contains examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: The last time a version of Cat Grant was shown associated with the Crime Syndicate, she was a bitter hag who shamelessly ran a tabloid version of the Daily Planet. Here, Earth-3's Cat Grant runs the Daily Planet in protest of Ultraman and isn't afraid to call him a coward.
- The last incarnation of Owlman arranged the murder of his parents and brother, here he set out to avenge their deaths and was a vigilante before snapping.
- Adaptational Name Change: Power Ring is now referred to as Emerald Knight
- Abusive Parents: Ultraman turned out the way he did because his versions of Jonathan and Martha Kent used him to do all of the work around their farm while hypocritically complaining about "freeloaders." They tried to make their son dependent on them until he finally realized they were simply using him and thus destroyed his ability to trust people.
- Continuity Nod: The series makes good on Owlman's claim that he's the Evil Counterpart to Batman that always comes back in his "Reason You Suck" Speech to The Batman Who Laughs and all of the other Dark Multiverse versions of Batman, refering to them as cheap knockoffs of the original.
- Continuity Reboot: For Earth 3 for the third time.
- Composite Character: Superwoman now is the Earth-3 version of Donna Troy.
- Freudian Excuse:
- For Ultraman, he was raised by a Lazy Bum couple who used him for labor and tried to ingrain into him that he needed them more than they needed him. He lost his ability to trust people once he realized they only cared about themselves while he had all the power and they didn't.
- Owlman dedicated his life to avenging his parents, believing that he could bring justice to an unjust world, only to learn they were criminals causing him to become a Straw Nihilist.
- Knight Templar: John Stewart
- Legacy Character: The series states that previous incarnations of of Power Ring were active on Earth before Stewart, with Owlman having a Power Battery
- Mythology Gag: The Earth 3 counterpart of Doctor Fate, sports the color scheme of Dr Chaos.
- Narcissist: Super Woman is described as this.
- Origins Episode: Each issue has a back up story featuring the origin story for one of the villains, with the first issue focusing on Ultraman.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Oliver Queen, who gives away state secrets to Superwoman under the influence of her lasso of submission and fights out Starros with a bow and arrow
- Tomato in the Mirror: Ultraman's Start of Darkness came when he learned his origin. He felt betrayed and resolved to never let anyone hurt him again
- Sadist: Atomica, continuing from the last version.
- The Sociopath: Johnny Quick continues to be this from his New 52 version.
- Star-Spangled Spandex: Power Ring has points of light resembling stars in the shadows on his outfit.
- Straw Nihilist: Owlman is described as this possibly taking elements from the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths version of the character.
- Two Girls to a Team: Superwoman and Atomica are the two females of the team.
- Villainous Friendship: Johnny Quick and Atomica are genuine friends who worry about each other during the Starro invasion.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Johnny Quick doesn't wear a shirt this time.