"All Hell!": A global computer virus is causing unparalleled chaos across the United States. Electrical and computer networking systems of every variety crash down, forcing the super-hero community to perform rescue operations to catch disabled airplanes, or in some cases, directionless cruise m
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Appearing in "All Hell!"
- Green Lantern
- Freedom Fighters (Cameo)
- Justice Society of America (Cameo)
- Eclipso (Jean Loring)
- Deep Six (Final appearance)
- Gotham City
- Multiversal Nexus
- Luxury liner
Synopsis for "All Hell!"
A global computer virus is causing unparalleled chaos across the United States. Electrical and computer networking systems of every variety crash down, forcing the super-hero community to perform rescue operations to catch disabled airplanes, or in some cases, directionless cruise missiles.
Out at sea, Mary Marvel and Zatanna stand on the deck of a cruise ship, watching surges of lightning, which seem to come from out of nowhere dance along the ocean waves. Without warning, Slig of the undersea creature squad Deep Six is propelled from beneath the water and lands on the deck of the ship. Slig states that someone has killed his brothers in Deep Six. Mary Marvel takes it upon herself to attack Slig, and Zatanna warns her that there are innocent people nearby who might get hurt.
In Metropolis, the Karate Kid and Una have broken into Oracle's command center. Oracle doesn't have time to bother with them right now however, as she is in the midst of a hackers duel with the one responsible for the global virus – the Calculator. The two match wits against one another, but ultimately Oracle proves to be the more competent hacker and destroys the Calculator's virus. Turning her attention back towards the Karate Kid and Una, she discovers that the Karate Kid is dying.
In Gotham City, the Pied Piper and the Trickster encounter Batwoman and the new Question in an alleyway. Batwoman wants to arrest these former Rogues for the part they played in the death of the Flash, but both men swear that they had nothing to do with the Flash's murder. The Question believes the Trickster's inane pleas of innocence citing that they are both too stupid to be murderers.
Out on the ocean, Slig uses his powers to transform innocent civilians into bizarre monsters. While Zatanna uses her magic to return them back to normal, Mary Marvel flies out over the sea to inspect the strange surges of lightning. A bright burst of energy passes through her and strikes Slig, killing him. From some distance away, Eclipso watches over Mary Marvel with keen interest.
Meanwhile at Titans Tower III, Jimmy Olsen auditions to become a member of the Teen Titans. Robin has difficulty taking "Mr. Action" seriously, but Jimmy wants the team leader to put him through his paces. He assures Robin that his powers will protect him. Robin throws a light kick and knocks Jimmy to the floor. Jimmy realizes that his powers only operate in the presence of true danger, and that they failed to activate because Tim was holding back. Regardless, Tim tells Jimmy that they simply don't have any available openings on the Titans' roster.
On Apokolips, Darkseid observes the deaths of his underlings Deep Six. He considers them sacrificial pawns in a "battle beyond the primitive conceptions of life and death". Darkseid schemes to create his own Multiversal dynasty.
Appearing in "The History of the Multiverse (Part XII of XII)"
- Captain Marvel (Cameo)
- Donna Troy (Flashback only)
- Forerunner (Flashback only)
- Ion (Flashback only)
- Jason Todd (Flashback only)
- Red Robin (Cameo)
- Superman (various counterparts)
Synopsis for "The History of the Multiverse (Part XII of XII)"
Having reviewed the birth, destruction and rebirth of the Multiverse, the Monitors discuss a pending crisis that threatens to destroy reality once again. The Source Wall that separates parallel dimensions is breached more and more with each passing day, with heroes from one reality migrating to another. Every breach of the Source Wall weakens it, and soon it may collapse altogether. The Monitors are divided over the best course of action. Some feel it is necessary to hunt down reality hoppers and execute them, while others strive to find a more humane solution. The answer to the problem appears to lie with the missing Ray Palmer, whom even now is invisible to the Monitor's most advanced means of detection.
- This issue shipped on August 8th, 2007.
- Atom-Smasher is seen fighting as a member of the Justice Society even though he has not been a member of the team since 52.
- This is the first comic issue where Renée Montoya is actually referred to as the Question.
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