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Encyclopedia > Day of Vengeance
Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson.
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Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson.

Day of Vengeance is a six issue comic book limited series written by Bill Willingham, with art by Justiniano and Walden Wong, published in 2005 by DC Comics. It is one of four limited series leading up to DC Comics' Infinite Crisis event. It focuses on The Spectre and other magical beings of the DC Universe. The series has tie-ins to other ongoing DC Comics series, including JSA #73-76 and Blood of the Demon #6. This image is the cover of an individual issue of a comic book. ... This image is the cover of an individual issue of a comic book. ... Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson is a comic book writer and artist. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A miniseries, in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cover to Infinite Crisis #1. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a team of superheroes whose adventures have been published by DC Comics. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


The series will be collected along with Action Comics #826, Adventures of Superman #639 and Superman #216, which include a Superman/Captain Marvel team-up story arc which serves as a prelude to this miniseries, in a 224 page trade paperback in November 2005. Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Adventures of Superman is a series produced by DC Comics. ... Superman is a fictional character and superhero of DC Comics who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and is considered the first character to embody the particular combination of traits that characterize the modern superhero. ... Captain Marvel is a comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ...


Each issue, except for issue 2, is narrated in the first person point of view of a member of the Shadowpact, a team of magic-based heroes who band together during this series to stop the Spectre. Issue one is narrated by Ragman, three is narrated by Blue Devil, four by Detective Chimp, five by Nightshade, and six by Nightmaster. Nightshade is not mentioned by name until issue 3. Variant cover to Day of Vengeance #1, by Walt Simonson. ...

Contents


Series Plot summary

The seduction of the Spectre

Jean Loring, ex-wife of Ray Palmer (The Atom) and murderer of Sue Dibny in 2004's seven-issue limited series Identity Crisis, is transformed into a new version of the villainous Eclipso by mysterious forces. Loring escapes from her Arkham Asylum cell to unknown whereabouts. Meanwhile, the Spectre, the vengeful right hand of God, is now without a host since the revival of Hal Jordan. Eclipso manages to direct the Spectre against magic, declaring it the source of evil. The Spectre vows to destroy all of magic. Jean Loring is a fictional character from DC Comics. ... The Atom is a superhero created in 1941 for All-American Comics, and recreated in 1962 in a self-named title, a part of DC Comics Silver Age of Comic Books. ... Susan Sue Dearbon Dibny is a fictional character from DC comics. ... Identity Crisis #7, the conclusion. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Arkham Asylum as it appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. ... Hal Jordan is a DC Comics superhero, the Silver Age Green Lantern, and arguably the most famous hero to bear that name. ...


The Shadowpact

Having witnessed his attack first hand, Enchantress summons Ragman to the Mist Woods to save her from the Spectre, who has just defeated and killed "seven hundred combat trained sorcerers" who were having an informal gathering. As another sorcerer provides a distraction, they retreat to the Oblivion Bar, a bar between dimensions where magically powered beings meet to trade war stories. The subject of the day at the bar is the Spectre and his attacks on magic across the world. The bartender is Jim Rook (the Nightmaster) and the bouncer is Blue Devil. When Enchantress proclaims that the magic world needs to make a stand against the Spectre, she gets no agreement, save for Detective Chimp. The Enchantress is a DC Comics character who has been both supervillain and superhero depending on the situation. ... Ragman is also the name of a medieval game. ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ... Blue Devil is a DC Comics superhero who first appeared in Fury of Firestorm #24 (1984). ... In the fictional DC Universe, Detective Chimp is a deerstalker-wearing chimpanzee (in honor of Sherlock Holmes) with human-level intelligence who solves crimes, often with the help of the Bureau of Amplified Animals, a group of intelligent animals, like Rex the Wonder Dog. ...


Detective Chimp reveals that Phantom Stranger, one of several "big-gun" magicians that Ragman believes is better suited for this type of fight, has been turned into a mouse as he emphasizes the importance of fighting the Spectre. These five are joined by Nightshade as the Shadowpact and they all agree to take the fight to the Spectre. While the mystics plan this attack, the ancient wizard Shazam recruits his superhero Captain Marvel in a bid against the Spectre. Also notable, the other "big guns" mentioned by the patrons in the bar were Dr. Fate and Madame Xanadu. Both were already disabled by the Spectre. Dr. Fate was imprisoned in the dimension within his helmet and Madame Xanadu has been blinded by the Spectre, disabling her abilities to interpret magic. The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ... Nightshade is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ... Variant cover to Day of Vengeance #1, by Walt Simonson. ... Shazam is a comic book character created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. ... Captain Marvel is a comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ... Doctor Fate, as seen in Justice League Unlimited Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Madame Xanadu is a fictional character, a mystic in the DC Comics universe. ...


The first battle

As Captain Marvel fights a duel of magic versus spirit against the Spectre, Enchantress, Blue Devil, Ragman and Nightmaster keep Eclipso busy, hoping to give Captain Marvel the few moments he needs to defeat the Spectre. To do so, Enchantress syphons magical energy from mystics around the world, empowering Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, Detective Chimp and Nightshade bring back Black Alice, a girl with the power to steal another's magical powers for a short amount of time, leaving the being powerless. The Shadowpact is able to briefly shake off Spectre and Eclipso's attack. With Captain Marvel empowered by Enchantress's spell, and Blue Devil's spear stunning Eclipso, the evil pair retreats to regather its strength. Black Alice is a DC Comics character introduced in Birds of Prey #76 (January 2005). ...


The second plan

In the window of time left open, the Shadowpact, joined by Black Alice, return to the Oblivion Bar, to plan the next level of their attack. They will kill the Spectre and defeat Eclipso before he can complete his war on magic by using Black Alice's ability to steal powers. The plan reaches a snag, however, when a powerless Spectre is an empty spirit. During her brief possession of the Spectre's powers, Black Alice uses them to help Nightshade send Eclipso into a perpetual orbit around the sun, which weakens her power.


Captain Marvel, meanwhile, has returned to the Rock of Eternity, where the wizard Shazam reveals that he is ready to face The Spectre. The restored Spectre travels to the Rock of Eternity to battle the wizard Shazam, changing Captain Marvel back into Billy Batson, his alter-ego, to keep him out of his way. The Phantom Stranger uses his powers to allow the Shadowpact to watch the battle between Shazam and the Spectre from Earth. After it appears that Shazam has beaten his opponent, the Spectre revives himself, drains the wizard of his powers, and kills him. The Rock of Eternity begins to disintegrate, and travels through several dimensions as it does so, eventually appearing in the sky above Gotham City before it explodes into "a billion pieces". The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics. ... Gotham Citys skyline, as it appears in the 1989 Batman movie. ...


Conclusion

The destruction of the Rock frees an untold number beings of evil magic back into the world, among them the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, who were formerly trapped in stone statues in Shazam's throne room. The scarab belonging to the original Blue Beetle, which Shazam had acquired from the modern-era Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), lands in El Paso, Texas. Billy Batson, unable to remember his magic word, is seen falling from the Rock above Gotham City. The scene leads directly into Infinite Crisis #1. The Shadowpact, meanwhile, agrees to continue the fight, but will do so without Black Alice, who, as she is still a teenager, plans to return home. Three fictional superheroes have used the name Blue Beetle as of 2006. ... Nickname: Star of the Southwest and Land of the Sun Official website: www. ... Cover to Infinite Crisis #1. ...


Day of Vengeance Special

In the Day of Vengeance Infinite Crisis Special, Zatanna leads a group of magic heroes to rebuild the Rock of Eternity as the Shadowpact recover the Seven Deadly Sins of Man. Meanwhile above Earth, Nabu fights the Spectre. The Spectre kills Nabu; however, the severity of this action is noticed by the Presence, who then sends the Spectre into a new host as punishment for his actions.


After construction of the Rock is completed, Captain Marvel is told that he must remain in the Rock to keep it, and the forces contained within, stable. Nightshade is captured by Felix Faust on the orders of the Society. The heroes are told by the dying Nabu that the Ninth Age of Magic has ended, and that the Tenth Age will soon begin. Before entombing himself into the Rock, Captain Marvel hurls Nabu's helmet from the Rock, letting fate decide who will become the next Doctor Fate. Felix Faust is a fictional sorcerer and supervillain who appears in stories published by DC Comics. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSOSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ...


Note on magic

Note that this new definition of magic in DC titles will not be shared with the definition of magic in Vertigo, DC's sister imprint, despite previous crossovers. Grant Morrison has stated that author Michael Moorcock had written the "Magic Bible" for DC that describes how magic works and how magical characters interact. A key aspect of this new magic is to show, as with everything else, there’s a cost associated to using magic. Infinite Crisis #6 will supposedly feature a scene that describes the new status quo of magic, which will be explored further in the upcoming Shadowpact series, as well as three unnamed new titles. Look up Vertigo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Vertigo may refer to: Vertigo (medical), a form of dizziness or spinning effects that may be a result of a balance disorder Vertigo (comics), an imprint of graphic novels and comic books published by DC Comics and intended for more mature audiences... Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a comic book writer and artist. ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939) is a prolific British writer of both science fiction and science fantasy. ... Variant cover to Day of Vengeance #1, by Walt Simonson. ...


External links

  • Guide to Infinite Crisis: Day of Vengeance -- study of series as part of Infinite Crisis

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Day of Vengeance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1274 words)
Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson.
Day of Vengeance is a six issue comic book limited series written by Bill Willingham, with art by Justiniano and Walden Wong, published in 2005 by DC Comics.
The subject of the day at the bar is the Spectre and his attacks on magic across the world.
TG Vengeance (893 words)
For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of
day of vengeance which was in my heart.
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