Reign of the Supermen #230: Qwardian Ultraman

Source: Justice League Quarterly #8 (1992)
Type: Alternate EarthIn that superhero design wasteland we call the early 90s, Mark Waid attempted to solve the question of how Crisis on Earth-3 fitted into post-Crisis continuity. No parallel Earths, but still an anti-matter universe. What if the Crime Syndicate, an ANTI-Justice League, was from the ANTI-matter universe? Makes sense. Waid doesn't postulate an anti-Earth though. He just makes the Syndicate Qwardians. So that story you read about the JLA and JSA teaming up to fight Ultraman and his bunch? Just try to remember it with buggy eyes on the villains. (And without Wonder Woman in the JLA, and without Black Canary in the JSA, and without mention of Earths 2 and 3... ok, it's not a complete fix.)

The original Syndicate is apparently long gone by JLQ #8, but they've been replaced by new anti-heroes that best mirror Justice League International. Lookit:
We've got Fiero (Fire), Frostbite (Ice), Scarab (Blue Beetle), Elasti-Man (Elongated Man), Deadeye (Green Arrow), Element Man (Metamorpho) and Slipstream (Wally West). They've crossed the dimensions thanks to "Norman the Doorman" (leftover comedy stylings from JLI's earlier days) and act as the new Conglomerate in order to get a foothold in our reality. Norman sends them back and they are never heard from again.

Indeed, by the year 2000, Grant Morrison would remake the Crime Syndicate of the Anti-Matter Universe in his image and that would be that. Justification: Zero Hour (1994).



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