Underworld Unleashed

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Underworld Unleashed
Cover of Underworld Unleashed #1 (November 1995) featuring (top) Neron,
(bottom, left to right) Doctor Polaris I, Lex Luthor, the Joker, Circe I and Abra Kadabra, art by Howard Porter.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
FormatMiniseries
GenreSuperhero
Crossover
Publication dateNovember 1995 – late December 1995
No. of issues3, plus several tie-in issues and four one-shot issues
Main character(s)Justice League America
Neron
the Trickster I
Creative team as of November 1995
Created byMark Waid
Howard Porter
Written byMark Waid
Artist(s)Howard Porter
Dan Green
Chris Eliopoulos
Dennis Janke
John Nyberg
Rick Taylor
Heroic Age (a.k.a. Pat Garrahy)
Penciller(s)Howard Porter
Inker(s)Dan Green (issues #1–2)
Dennis Janke (issue #3)
John Nyberg (issue #3)
Letterer(s)Chris Eliopoulos
Colorist(s)Rick Taylor (colorist)
Heroic Age (a.k.a. Pat Garrahy; color separator)
Editor(s)Brian Augustyn (editor)
Stephen Wacker (assistant editor)

Underworld Unleashed was a multi-title American comic book crossover event released by DC Comics in 1995.

The main theme of Underworld Unleashed involved the new ruler of Hell, a demon-lord named Neron, offering first many of the DC Universe supervillains and then a number of the DC Universe superheroes various deals in exchange for their souls.[1]

Plot[edit]

Neron dupes five of the "Rogues" who typically battle the Flash: Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master II, and Weather Wizard. He promises them a chance to go down in history as five of the greatest villains, if they each engage in a specific destructive act. He does not tell them that it will cost them their lives and unleash him onto the Earth. Lex Luthor, the Joker, Circe, Doctor Polaris and Abra Kadabra become his five lieutenants.

Neron sends magical candles to many villains. When they are all lit, they transport the villains to Neron's underworld realm. Many villains accept his offer, but some do not. The newly empowered villains are sent back to Earth to wreak havoc while Neron turns his attention to the heroes. Along the way, the Trickster comes to Neron, but does not make a deal with him. Instead, he helps Neron betray his five lieutenants.

When the heroes come to Neron's realm looking to defeat him, they are corrupted by the influences of that realm. Trickster works out how Neron can be stopped, and instructs Captain Marvel to beat Neron at his own game by offering the demon his soul for purely selfless reasons. Unable to even touch the offer, Neron's work is reversed: breaking that one deal also broke all his others.

Collected editions[edit]

  • The three-issue miniseries Underworld Unleashed, together with the one-shot issue Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1, was collected as a trade paperback called Underworld Unleashed (DC Comics, March 1998, 158 pages, ISBN 1-56389-447-5).
  • In 2020, a new hardcover graphic novel, Underworld Unleashed: The 25th Anniversary Edition, was published, containing the three-issue miniseries plus the four one-shot issues Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1, Underworld Unleashed: Apokolips - Dark Uprising #1, Underworld Unleashed: Batman - Devil's Asylum #1 and Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear #1 (DC Comics, November 2020, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1779505781)).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Underworld Unleashed trade paperback (DC Comics, March 1998 (ISBN 1-56389-447-5))

External links[edit]

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