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Elseworlds was this year’s CW crossover. But this year we saw a new character introduced, Batwoman. Flash, Green Arrow and Supergirl make their way to Gotham City investigating John Deegan. Batwoman is not happy to have them in her city. Our heroes get their Bad Doc, but we are left with a Crisis on the horizon. Due to the epic nature of the crossover, the GSM shows did a mega podcast roundtable.
It seems that Dr. John Deegan was given the Book of Destiny by the Monitor and was in Gotham City. As a result of Deegan playing with the Book, Oliver Queen has taken over Barry Allen’s life and powers and become The Flash; and, Barry has likewise become Oliver and the Green Arrow. After beginning to figure out the particulars of each other’s lives they figure out through Cisco’s -Vibe’s- help, and also Supergirl’s help since she can see that they’re the right people on her Earth 38, that they need to head to Gotham City to hunt down the Bad Doctor Deegan. Before they go they SuperTeam up along with Superman to take down A.M.A.Z.O., a life threatening robot that can take on the powers of metahumans that it fights. In Gotham City we are introduced to Kate Kane, who has taken over Wayne Tower since Bruce Wayne has disappeared over three years ago. She sends them to Arkham to find Deegan.
In Arkham we had shout outs to Mister Freeze (his wife Nora coming to scrap with Killer Frost), Scarecrow, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Clayface, Riddler, Psycho-Pirate and the Luke Fox a.k.a. Batwing. Our boys fight their worst demons when Scarecrow’s fear toxin hits them so they battle Malcolm Merlin and the Reverse Flash, all the while beating the bats out of each other. Batwoman comes in to save the day and begin a very cool friendship with our own Supergirl.
In the third hour, our Supergirl episode, Barry and Oliver are once again rewritten into a new reality by Deegan who makes himself Superman (all in black). The boys find the Monitor who tells them that he is looking for somewhere in the Multiverse that will be able to deal with the upcoming “Crisis” on the horizon. He is impressed with what he’s seen so far but there is still convincing to be done. Barry and Oliver recruit this new reality’s mob boss Cisco and go back to Earth 38 to convince Superman (and newly introduced Arrowverse Lois Lane) to join them in defeating Deegan and setting reality back to right. The showdown is a big one with the return of Amazo who is deftly defeated by Brainy, J’onn protects the civilians (okay), and Alex in the whack reality realizes she needs to help Supergirl and make things right (awwwwww). Lois brings the hammer down and nearly takes Deegan out but it is Oliver who makes some kind of deal with the Monitor (that we don’t see) who ultimately saves the day. Earth 1 is set back to right and our SuperTeam heads back to their own Earth 38. Oh, and Lois and Clark had a great time in Argo City and got pregnant out of the deal, and Superman proposed to Lois, who was wearing Margot Kidder’s dress from Superman II. Awwwwwwwwwww. Again.
Elseworlds was a fun crossover that checked so many boxes for the fans. Part 1 gave us Smallville shout outs and a battle with Amazo (seen in many of the animated series). Part 2 gave us the canonization of 90’s Flash, a Green Lantern Diggle, and Batwoman. Part 3 was an alt-Superman vs Superman battle with Arrow making a bargain with the Monitor. We all felt part 3 was the weakest and Supergirl’s show got hijacked. But the setup for next year’s Crisis on Infinite Earths has us pumped. It was also a blast to do a crossover podcast with Arrow Squad, Central City Underground and Gotham Undercover. With 7 podcasters and a ton of listener feedback it was a fun, but late night. We hope you enjoy the podcast!
Cougar’s Comic Corner
Karen and several of us talked about characters and plot points in Elseworlds that are teeing us off for Crisis. It is a good time to pick up this volume and get a sneak peak of what we may be in store for next fall.
Crisis On Infinite Earths: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
In a defining event in comics history, the heroes from different Earths band together as their worlds are erased one by one. To stop the destruction of all existence, it’s going to take the combined powers of two Supermen, the Flash, a new Superboy, Supergirl, Alexander Luthor and countless more to fight the madness. And not all will survive.
Cougar’s ALTERNATE Comic Corner:
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
Supergirl will return to the CW on Sunday, January 20 with Season 4, Episode 10 “Secrets and Lies.”
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