JLA: The Nail character(s) to appear in Countdown: Arena

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JLA: The Nail character(s) to appear in Countdown: Arena

Postby Ilke » Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:05 am

DC's weekly, 4-issue Countdown: Arena ships in December, and the official site for the mini notes that a character (or characters) from JLA: The Nail will be among the denizens of the multiverse chosen by Monarch to fight it out with 2 of his/her alternate selves for the privilege of joining Monarch's army.


Dan DiDio points out in the interview at http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=124768 that Monarch "needs one Superman, one Batman, a Wonder Woman, a Green Lantern, a Flash, a Blue Beetle, a Nightshade, a Starman, and a Ray," and since the Supes, Bats, WW and Green Lantern fight cards have already been revealed on the Arena site (with no Nail characters in these 3-way slugfests), my guess is that one of the three Flashes will be hailing (in this corner!) from the world of JLA: The Nail.

But wait! To make things (more) confusing, the writer of the mini, Keith Champagne, points out in the interview at http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=126009 that "Monarch has gone through all 52 of the universes and when all is said and done, there's a character from every single one to be found in the pages of Arena." So...maybe the character(s) from JLA: The Nail will be appearing as non-combatants, in attendance only to cheer on their favorites. ("Superman! Get in close and...use your knees! He won't expect that!")
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Postby Ilke » Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:12 am

Dan DiDio says in the interview at http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=129373 that "we looked across the known earths of the Multiverse, and we tried to pick one character from each of the worlds we’ve seen to participate in Arena. I think in doing that, we’re giving the fans who’ve been following along and are excited by the Multiverse concept a glimpse of the various worlds that are out there, and the potential of the DCU Multiverse."

So it's characters from the known worlds of the Multiverse who'll be appearing/fighting in Countdown: Arena, implying that not all 52 worlds (many of them heretofore unseen) will be represented. So...expect a character from JLA: The Nail to engage in the fisticuffs after all!

Also, here's a listing/description of most of the known worlds of the new Multiverse, as found at http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/ ... 654291.cfm :

Burn those old-school, alternate reality atlases, world-travelers! With DC reintroducing the multiverse in 52 and sporting new parallel Earths, now’s the time to study up on their distinctions. Professor (and 52 scribe) Geoff Johns provides a crash course in the galaxy Mr. Mind made.

‘NEW EARTH’ “[There’s] New Earth and then there’s Earths 1 through 51. New Earth’s our main Earth in the DCU, and [there are] 51 on top of it. There are 52 in total.”

EARTH-2 “A pulp world where the Justice Society of America fights to protect its country against the threats of sabotage and incurring evil. Among their members are Robin; Batman’s daughter, the Huntress; and the Green Lantern and his daughter, Jade. We’ll be seeing Earth-2 in Justice Society of America in 2008.”

EARTH-3 “A world full of evil doppelgangers of Earth-2. I’d wager they have an annual team-up with the Anti-Matter Earth’s Crime Syndicate as the Justice Society had a team-up with the Justice League back in the day.”

EARTH-4 “A film noir planet populated by the Charlton characters. Greg Rucka’s perfect planet.”

EARTH-5 “A world of magic where Captain Marvel and his family’s adventures [happen]. Think Harry Potter meets the classic Fawcett Comics. Mark Waid’s perfect planet.”

EARTH-10 “A world where the Freedom Fighters represent something much different on an Earth embracing fascism. Grant Morrison wrote up an amazing concept for this one in particular, and he could write a hell of a series or line of books on this.”

EARTH-17 “A post-apocalyptic world where the Atomic Knights protect the last signs of life.”

EARTH-22 “Kingdom Come.”

EARTH-50 “The WildStorm Earth.”
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Postby Ilke » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:15 am

It's noted in an article at Comic Book Resources that JLA members Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Atom and Hawkgirl from 'The Nail' universe appear alongside numerous characters in the 2-page spread in Countdown: Arena #1.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/ ... i?id=12553

(The 2-page spread is up at the above link, too.)
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