The CW’s Arrowverse of DC-inspired connected shows has been given the comic book treatment in Earth-Prime comics with stories that explore and, in some cases, expand on what fans have followed on television for decades. seasons. This week, the six-issue event concludes with Earth-Prime: Hero’s Twilight Bringing it all together in one kind of “crossover” and many TV crossovers, the comic book version comes with a shocking reveal in the form of an unexpected return.
Warning: Spoilers for Earth-Prime: Hero’s Twilight # 6 of Thomas pound, Jeff Hersh, Pablo M. Collar and Will Robson, beyond this point.
The issue picks up again in Central City 2049 with The Flash’s children Bart West Allen/Impulse and Nora West Allen/XS. The pair are at home, with Nora working on a story for the Citizen and Bart mostly lounging around when a major threat hits the town – specifically, Bloodwork, who was revealed in the previous issue had somehow escaped custody. from ARGUS. While the siblings are eager to save the day, Bloodwork is a villain deemed out of their threat level, so while the “real” heroes deal with this, they’re going to deal with other issues happening simultaneously. Unfortunately, that’s when a bigger problem arose: Magog. Worse still, as the siblings rush to help the main heroes in various ways, said heroes begin to disappear into a strange green mist. Eventually, only Impulse and XS are left to save the day and the pair take the lead as the other heroes mysteriously return to support them after a mysterious figure in a green robe declares the young heroes “ready and worthy”. “
Later, at the Courthouse, the older heroes reunite and review what happened when this mysterious robed figure appears and announces that “changes are coming. A restlessness is setting in our reality. The cosmic forces are aligning…this trial only pales in comparison to what is expected of them.They must be ready for what is to come.Then on the last page the character withdraws his hood and turns out to be none other than Oliver Queen, the former Green Arrow turned The Spectre.For fans of the Arrowverse, it’s a huge reveal as Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell on Arrow, died in “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, after saving the multiverse. The last fans saw, he was off to his eternal reward, eventually joined by Felicity Smoak.
What makes this reveal so huge, however, is less that Oliver has been dead in the Arrowverse for a few seasons now, but that the comic crossover is actually considered canon for The CW’s television universe. This means that at some point in 2049, Oliver Queen returns from his afterlife and there’s something big coming for the heroes – especially young ones like Bart and Nora – to be ready for. The story itself ends with a hint that there’s still a bit more to come with an “The End…for now” although it’s unclear if the sequel will be on screen in the flash Season 9 (the comic teased that at least part of the story would continue there) or in additional comic stories. However, he continues, it seems that Oliver Queen is not gone after all.
Interestingly, this comic also comes at a time when the place of another series that is part of both The CW’s universe and the comic’s storyline, Superman and Loisis heading into its season finale, one that’s meant to clarify this show’s connection to the whole of the Arrowverse. Superman and Lois didn’t really mention the other Arrowverse shows in its first two seasons and although the upcoming finale is supposed to reveal why, given the tease that there’s something bigger going on, at the less in the future, for the Arrowverse, it will be interesting to see how the TV shows and comics come together as the mysteries of the universe continue to unravel.
Earth-Prime: Hero’s Twilight #6 is on sale now. Superman and Lois airs Tuesdays at 8/7c and the flash airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.