- DC Comics has often shown the beginning of creation with a giant hand creating it all, first seen by Krona in Green Lantern vol. 2, #40 by John Broome and Gil Kane, as Alan Scott travels from Earth-Two to Earth-One. It was assumed God was the Hand of Creation.
Crisis On Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez revealed that the Hand that Krona saw was not that of God, but that of the Anti-Monitor, and it was his act of observance, that created the Multiverse, turning it into a predestination paradox
In Swamp Thing #50 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch, the Hand was later seen reaching down from Heaven to embrace the invading Great Evil Beast.
In John Byrne‘s Ganthet’s Tale, it was revealed to be an illusion created by the Guardians to prevent anyone wanting to use time travel to defeat them, seen as the progenitors of the universe itself.
With the New 52, in 2013, Geoff Johns wrote Green Lantern Vol 5 #17, set ten billion years ago, Krona once again observed a hand at the beginning of creation…
- But this time, the hand was wearing a Green Lantern power ring, belonging to Volthoom, the First Lantern.And it keeps popping up again…
And most recently visually referred to in DC Rebirth as the hand of Doctor Manhattan reaching through time to change history.
Anyway, in Justice League #22, published today, it’s time for James Tynion IV and Francis Manapul to completely rewrite everything, based on Scott Snyder’s set up in Metal. If Geoff Johns wants to write his story set ten billion years ago, Tynion goes back twenty billion years…
…and it turns out the hand is that of Perpetua, recast as the creator of the DC Multiverse.
And creating the World Forger, Monitor, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor/Mobius to manage it all (and rewriting Mobius’ previous new origin in Geoff Johns’ Darkseid War – man, it seems personal at this point)
As well as creating all the forces, including the emotional spectrum of the Lanterns. Yup, definitely.
And even giving is the origin of the great dark Batgod of Barbatos too as a plaything of the World Forger…
And much more besides….
Justice League #22 is published today.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #22
(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Francis Manapul
The Multiverse is teetering on the brink, and Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom is poised for victory. But as the combined intellects of Brainiac and the world’s smartest man make their move toward conquering the keys to the sixth dimension, a much bigger power grows on the horizon. At last, the final form of Perpetua takes her shape, and the DCU will never be the same again!In Shops: Apr 17, 2019 SRP: $3.99