"Orion Fights for Earth!": This story is reprinted from New Gods #1.
DC Comics Presents: Darkseid War 100-Page Spectacular #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of February, 2016. It was published on December 16, 2015.
Appearing in "Orion Fights for Earth!"
- New Gods
- Claudia Shane (First appearance)
- Dave Lincoln (First appearance)
- Harvey Lockman (First appearance)
- Victor Lanza (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Orion Fights for Earth!"
This story is reprinted from New Gods #1.
In Supertown, The Source leaves a message in fire on Highfather's wall: "Orion to Apokolips -- Then to Earth -- Then to WAR." Orion journeys to Apokolips, fights a masse of Parademons, and infiltrates Darkseid's inner sanctum. He finds Darkseid is currently off-planet, but has left Kalibak to defend his throne. Metron shows up and knocks Kalibak out before Orion can, then reveals to him Darkseid's plan to scan the minds of all the people of Earth in search of the Anti-Life Equation. Orion rescues some humans already trapped in Darkseid's lair, then journeys by Boom Tube to Earth and gets ready to fight the dreaded Darkseid.
Appearing in "In Search of a Dream"
- Forever People (First appearance)
- Gravi-Guards (First appearance)
- Super-Cycle (First appearance)
Synopsis for "In Search of a Dream"
This story is reprinted from Forever People #1.
Four youths from New Genesis, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Serifan, and Vykin the Black, journey through a Boom Tube to Earth to find Beautiful Dreamer, who has been kidnapped by Darkseid. Superman learns of their existence, and of "Supertown", their name for New Genesis. He begins to believe that he may finally find a community of people on his level, and seeks them out to learn where Supertown can be found. When he finds them, all of them are beset by Darkseid's "gravi-guards", whose gravity-warping powers are more than even Superman can withstand. But the four youths unite to form (or summon) the Infinity Man, who uses his might and anti-gravity powers to defeat the gravi-guards. Darkseid himself briefly appears, revealing Beautiful Dreamer in a trap, and Superman uses his super-speed to snatch her safely from harm's way. With the danger past, the Infinity Man vanishes, and the four Forever People return in his place. Superman asks them to show him the way to Supertown. They reluctantly open a Boom Tube for him, but tell him that he should stay there and help them fight Darkseid. Superman is midway through his journey when he realizes he cannot leave mankind defenseless before Darkseid, and turns back to Earth, catching a fleeting glimpse of New Genesis.
Appearing in "Murder Missile Trap!"
- Mister Miracle (First appearance)
- Ted Brown (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Murder Missile Trap!"
This story is reprinted from Mister Miracle #1.
A young man named Scott Free comes upon Thaddeus Brown, an escape artist who bills himself as Mr. Miracle, and Brown's assistant Oberon, in the process of rehearsing an escape stunt. When the two are abruptly attacked by Inter-Gang thugs, Free pitches in and helps defeat the gangsters. Later, Scott learns that Brown has been challenged to perform the ultimate escape by Steel Hand, an Inter-Gang chief with a hand of metal. He also demonstrates one of his own escapes to Brown and Oberon, effected with a gadget from New Genesis. Later, Brown is shot by a sniper employed by Steel Hand, and Scott Free takes over the identity of Mr. Miracle to bring Steel Hand to justice. After Steel Hand's capture, Oberon becomes the new Mr. Miracle's assistant, and the new Miracle promises to continue Thaddeus Brown's escape-artist career.
Appearing in "The Pact"
- De-Energizing Bombs
- Matter Threshold
- Element X (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Pact"
This story is reprinted from New Gods #7.
In years past, Darkseid manipulated Apokolips into war by having his uncle Steppenwolf murder Izaya's wife, Avia. A devastating conflict began between the worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips. During the war, Metron of New Genesis created the Boom Tube for Darkseid in return for the "X-element" to power his Mobius Chair. This allowed Darkseid to transport troops and weapons anywhere he wished on New Genesis, but Apokolips was also devastated by Izaya's forces, and both Steppenwolf and Darkseid's mother Heggra were killed. After both worlds had suffered such carnage that their very existence seemed threatened, Izaya went on a quest for a way beyond war, threw away his armor, and found himself before a blank white wall. He thundered at it, "If I am Izaya the Inheritor--what is my inheritance?" A fiery hand appeared, and wrote two words on the wall: THE SOURCE. From that moment on, Izaya became a man of peace, and sued for an end to open warfare between New Genesis and Apokolips. A pact was made between himself and Darkseid. To seal it, they exchanged their young sons: Darkseid sent Orion to be raised by Izaya, now Highfather, on New Genesis, and Orion sent his son to be raised by Darkseid on Apokolips. Darkseid entrusted Highfather's son to Granny Goodness, who named him Scott Free. She promised to torment him so fiercely that someday he would escape from Apokolips, thus violating the pact and freeing Darkseid from his non-aggression agreement. Orion approached Highfather with a knife. Highfather offered his open hand. Orion dropped the knife, took Highfather's hand, and walked off with him.
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