"Worlds Gone Mad": In the House of Heroes, Justice League Incarnate try to fight off a seemingly endless horde of Parademons, but their numbers are too great and it is only a matter of time before they sieze control of a critical system. Orion demands that they pilot the House of Heroes out of T
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Synopsis for "Worlds Gone Mad"
In the House of Heroes, Justice League Incarnate try to fight off a seemingly endless horde of Parademons, but their numbers are too great and it is only a matter of time before they sieze control of a critical system. Orion demands that they pilot the House of Heroes out of The Bleed, and despite Aquawoman's reservations, the team admit they have no other options.
Meanwhile, the away team should have followed Darkseid through his Boom Tube to the location of the crack, but they accidentally fell through a gap in the boundary between the physical and spiritual realms and ended up on the twilight world Earth 13. They contact their allies the League of Shadows, and go to meet them at the Tavern of Mystery, where the League have gathered the heroes of Earth 13 for a full assault on Darkseid. Hellblazer greets them and tells them to wait while the rest of the team finish setting up the necessary magic to track Darkseid. Captain Carrot has a panic attack as magicians are rabbits' natural enemies, but Avery is able to calm and comfort him. Doctor Multiverse attempts to flirt with President Superman but he shuts it down immediately, even refusing to call her by her first name when she explicitly asks him to, and she walks off to try the karaoke. Batman encourages Superman to return her advances, and when Calvin replies that they are on a mission to save the Multiverse, Thomas tells the younger man that there will always be a mission, and that he needs to live his life when he can. Superman goes after Maya, but he bumps into Fate who picks a fight with him. Superdemon arrives and breaks it up, and chases Fate away.
In a back room, Annataz has set up for a séance which will allow them to track Darkseid and transport all the assembled heroes to his location. However, the séance reveals that Darkseid is at war with the Great Darkness' many servants across the infinite worlds, and their forces will not be enough. The members of Justice League Incarnate burst into flames and disappear, transported to Limbo at the edge of the Multiverse.
In Limbo, Darkseid battles Asmodel, an Angel of Heaven who has been seduced and brainwashed by the Queen of the Sheeda, who is herself a servant of the Darkness. Doctor Multiverse spots the crack and the heroes rush to it while Darkseid is distracted, but Maya warns Superman that it may become necessary for the good of the Multiverse to seal the crack and leave Barry Allen trapped on the other side. Suddenly, The Batwoman Who Laughs emerges from a portal, also chasing the crack. Unlike the original Batman Who Laughs she is not a creature of the Dark Multiverse, but the actual Katherine Kane of Earth 11, indicating that the Multiverse itself is being corrupted by darkness. She reaches the crack as Darkseid kills Asmodel, and Doctor Multiverse attempts to once again destabilise the crack and send it to another universe beyond either of their reach.
Back on the House of Heroes, Orion manages to get the House moving and Justice League Incarnate prepare to ventilate the decks to flush out the Parademons. However, The Batwoman Who Laughs appears on the bridge, sent there by Doctor Multiverse's attempt to move the crack. She blasts Orion, who loses control of the House, sending it careening through the Bleed; and to make matters worse, Grail and Kalibak manage to break through the doors into the bridge, leading their Parademons to attack the heroes. With a full scale battle broken out in the House, Dino-Cop activates the House's self destruct to keep its technology out of Darkseid's hands.
Doctor Multiverse and Superman wake up in a suburban neighborhood on an unknown parallel Earth and realise that their powers aren't working. Meanwhile, the other members of the away team have been scattered across the Multiverse.
Appearing in "Worlds Gone Mad"
- Justice League Incarnate
- Aquawoman (Earth 11) (Apparent Death)
- Batman (Flashpoint Timeline)
- Captain Carrot (Earth 26)
- Dino-Cop (Earth 41) (Apparent Death)
- Doctor Multiverse (Earth 8) (Joins team)
- Flash/Avery Ho (Earth 0)
- Mary Marvel (Earth 5) (Apparent Death)
- Orion (Apparent Death)
- President Superman (Earth 23)
- Thunderer (Earth 7) (Apparent Death)
- Demento (Earth 13) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Harbinger A.I. (Destroyed)
- League of Shadows (Earth 13)
- Sturmer (Apparent Death)
- Batwoman Who Laughs/Kathy Kane (Earth 11) (First appearance as Batwoman Who Laughs)
- Great Darkness (Behind the scenes)
- The Sheeda Queen
- Asmodel (Apparent Death)
- The Sheeda Queen
- Abel (Earth 13) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- The Annihilator (Earth 41) (First appearance; unnamed) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Baron Winters (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Captain Blackbeard (Earth 31) (First appearance; unnamed) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Black Orchid (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Blue Devil (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Cain (Earth 13) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Creeper (Earth 13) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Dawn Allen (Earth-Flash.1) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Doctor Mist (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Empty Hand (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Fate (Earth 13)
- Feline Faust (Earth 26) (First appearance; unnamed) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- The Flash/Barry Allen (Earth 0) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Green Lantern (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Iris West (Earth-Flash.1) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Jack O'Lantern (Earth 13) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Joker (Earth 11) (Dies in flashback) (Cameo)
- Kid Eternity (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Man-Bat (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Manhunter (Earth 13) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Nimrod Squad (Earth 41) (Unnamed) (Cameo)
- Fletch (Earth 41) (Cameo)
- Flintstein (Earth 41) (Cameo)
- Phantom Stranger (Earth 13)
- Raven (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Stanley and his Monster (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Tartarus (Earth 8) (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Witchfire (Earth 13) (Cameo)
- Angels (Mentioned only)
- Arataz (Earth 13) (Mentioned only)
- Bruce Wayne (Earth 0) (Mentioned only)
- Bruce Wayne (Flashpoint Timeline) (Mentioned only)
- Highfather (Mentioned only)
- Katherine Kane's mother (Mentioned only)
- Legion of the Strange (Earth 13) (Mentioned only)
- Machinehead (Earth 8) (Mentioned only)
- Martha Wayne (Flashpoint Timeline) (Mentioned only)
- Monitors (Mentioned only)
- The Bleed
- House of Heroes (Destroyed)
- Earth 11 (In a vision)
- Earth 13
- Earth 26 (Cameo)
- Earth 31 (Cameo)
- Earth 33 (Cameo)
- Earth 41 (Cameo)
- Sphere of the Gods
- Astral Plane (Mentioned only)
- Earth 0 (Mentioned only)
- Earth 8 (Mentioned only)
- The Bleed
- Earth-Flash.1 (In a vision) (Cameo)
- Dark Multiverse (Mentioned only)
- Darkseid is fighting the Great Darkness' agents across the infinite realities.
- The Multiverse is being corrupted by the Great Darkness' power.
- This turns the Katherine Kane of Earth 11 into a corrupted version of herself known as the Batwoman Who Laughs.
- The House of Heroes, along with the Harbinger A.I., is apparently destroyed by the House of Villains protcol which causes its self-destruction.
- The Batwoman Who Laughs' altered history clearly mirrors the Batman Who Laughs' creation as they were both turned into monsters by the death of their Joker.
- The panel of the heroes seeing a vision of Darkseid battling the Great Darkness is a homage to the cover of Justice League of America #21.
- The password for the Tavern of Mystery is Ogitrev which is Vertigo, i.e. the name of the imprint Vertigo comics, spelled backwards.
- On Earth 13, the House of Mystery is a tavern run by Cain and Abel. In House of Mystery (Volume 2), the House of Mystery becomes a pub visited by patrons from across the Multiverse.
- "The Legion of the Strange" was the name of a team based on the Doom Patrol shown in an imaginary story in Doom Patrol (Volume 2) #53, which also included a version of Hellblazer. Since Demento is mentioned to be a member of this world's version of them, he may be this world's Mento.