SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Justice League Annual #1, by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas and Tom Napolitano, on sale now.
Ever since Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal, which introduced the concept of the Dark Multiverse, the DC Multiverse proper has been in peril. This was further exacerbated by that story’s conclusion, along with the events of Justice League: No Justice, in which we learned the Multiverse was dying due to a massive hole in the Source Wall (the barrier surrounding the Multiverse).
This, in turn, resulted in the very power core that created the Multiverse, the Totality, being released, along with the inevitable reemergence of a threat known as Perpetua, who was the creator of a previous Multiverse and was eventually locked away beyond the Source Wall.
Somehow, though, things manage to go from bad to worse for the DC Universe as we know it in Justice League Annual #1.
While attempting to repair the Source Wall with the help of the Omega Titans, the League and countless other heroes are interrupted by the Legion of Doom, including a newly resurrected Brainiac. Furthermore, the villains have the Totality in their possession, which they plan to combine with a mind-controlled Starman’s energy to restore Perpetua in the flesh.
The Legion’s plan goes off without a hitch, bringing both Perpetua and her great army into the current incarnation of the Multiverse. However, that’s hardly the Justice League’s biggest concern.
“The edge of space is about to rip open!” Ganthet shouts as he summons every available Green Lantern. “The Source Wall is going to explode!”
As more and more holes begin to form in the Source Wall, the League, the Lanterns and the New Gods do the only thing they can, which is flee. Then, with a massive “KRAKADOOM,” the Source Wall is blown to bits, leaving the Multiverse with no protection from what lies beyond.
The ramifications are felt swiftly by those across the DCU, as Orion notes that both New Genesis and Apokolips have suddenly “vanished in a flash of light.” On Earth, Swamp Thing tells Detective Chimp “all of nature is screaming.” In Heaven, the Spectre declares there’s been “an affront against creation.” And those in the House of Heroes simply state “There’s no stopping it now… This is the end.”
Ganthet doesn’t sugarcoat things either, telling the League the Multiverse only has months left before it dies. Meanwhile, Luthor and Brainiac look on at the exhausted-but-fully-formed Perpetua and begin to anticipate the war to come.
Nevertheless, even if the Justice League can somehow win the war, there’s still no telling what’s in store for the future of DC’s Multiverse.