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"Genesis"
Cover of Genesis #2 (Oct 1997), by Alan Davis.
PublisherDC Comics
Publication dateOctober 1997
Genre
Title(s)
The Adventures of Superman #551
Aquaman vol. 5 #37
Azrael #34
Batman #547
Genesis #1-4
Green Lantern vol. 3 #91
Impulse #30
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #8
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 #97
Lobo #44
The Power of SHAZAM! #31
Resurrection Man #6
Robin vol. 2 #46
Sovereign Seven #27
The Spectre vol. 3, #58
Starman #35
Steel #43
Superboy and the Ravers #14
Supergirl vol. 5 #14
Superman vol. 2 #128
Superman: The Man of Steel #72
Teen Titans vol. 2 #13
Wonder Woman vol. 2 #126
Xero #6
Young Heroes in Love #5
Main character(s)Highfather
Darkseid
Superman
Creative team
Writer(s)John Byrne
Penciller(s)Ron Wagner
Inker(s)Joe Rubinstein
Colorist(s)Patricia Mulvihill

"Genesis" was a comic book crossover storyline published by DC Comics that ran through a self-titled four-issue weekly miniseries and various tie-in issues, all cover-dated October 1997. The main miniseries was written by John Byrne and drawn by Ron Wagner.

Plot

The storyline revolves around the concept of the "Godwave", an interstellar phenomenon created by the Source that spread across the universe, creating gods on its first pass before reaching the edge of the universe and bouncing back, creating demigods and metahumans on its second pass.

The Godwave threatens reality when it reaches back to its starting point, altering or neutralizing the abilities of various metahumans and making ordinary humans feel like something is missing. The superheroes of Earth and the New Gods of New Genesis battle Darkseid to prevent him from accomplishing his plan to seize the power of the Godwave. Darkseid and his forces stage an invasion of Earth before travelling to the Source Wall where they are confronted by the heroes.

Tie-ins


The Adventures of Superman #551
Aquaman vol. 5 #37
Azrael #34
Batman #547
Green Lantern vol. 3 #91
Impulse #30
Jack Kirby's Fourth World #8
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4 #97
Lobo #44
The Power of SHAZAM! #31
Resurrection Man #6
Robin vol. 4 #46
Sovereign Seven #27
The Spectre vol. 3 #58
Starman #35
Steel #43
Superboy and the Ravers #14
Supergirl vol. 4 #14
Superman vol. 2 #128
Superman: The Man of Steel #72
Teen Titans vol. 2 #13
Wonder Woman vol. 2 #126
Xero #6
Young Heroes in Love #5

Reading order

  1. Green Lantern #91
  2. The Power of SHAZAM! #31
  3. Starman #35
  4. Steel #43
  5. Superman - The Man of Steel #72
  6. Genesis #1
  7. Genesis #2
  8. Azrael #34
  9. Batman #547
  10. Impulse #30
  11. Jack Kirby's Fourth World #8
  12. Sovereign Seven #27
  13. Supergirl #14
  14. Superman #128
  15. The Adventure of Superman #551
  16. Aquaman #37
  17. Lobo #40
  18. Young Heroes in Love #5
  19. Resurrection Man #6
  20. Genesis #3
  21. Legion of Super-Heroes #97
  22. Robin #46
  23. The Spectre #58
  24. Superboy and the Ravers #14
  25. Teen Titans #13
  26. Wonder Woman #126
  27. Xero #6
  28. Genesis #4

References