caption=The Anti-Monitor from "The Flash" vol. 2 #149. Art by Paul Pelletier.
Crisis on Infinite Earths" #2 (May 1985)
Full appearance: "Crisis on Infinite Earths" #6 (September 1985)
Marv Wolfman George Pérez Jerry Ordway
alliances=Weaponers and Thunderers of Qward Shadow Demons
powers= Near limitless cosmic powers;
Matter and energy manipulation
Absorption of entire universes
Superhuman strength and durability|
The Anti-Monitor is a
fictional character, a comic book supervillainand the antagonistof the 1985 DC Comics miniseries" Crisis on Infinite Earths." He first appeared in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" #2 (although he remained in shadow until "Crisis on Infinite Earths" #5), and was destroyed in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" #12, only to return after a long absence in "Green Lantern: Sinestro CorpsSpecial" #1 (2007).
Fictional character biography
The Anti-Monitor is not only an enemy of the
Green Lantern Corps, but he is an enemy of the entire Multiverse. Billions of years ago, on the planet Maltus, there existed a race of beings, blue-skinned and immortal. One of these beings, Krona, was a scientist obsessed with the origins of the universe, even though a taboo existed amongst the ancient Oans concerning the viewing of the origins of the universe.
Krona created a machine that allowed him to see into the moment of creation. Somehow, his experiment disrupted the process of creation, with terrible consequences. The exact consequences have been rewritten over the years; originally, it was the unleashing of evil itself in the universe; later, it was assumed to be the creation of the evil
antimatteruniverse of Qward.
During the "Crisis on Infinite Earths", it was also revealed to be the cause of the existence of all parallel universes in the Multiverse; several villains were sent back in time to stop him, but were defeated by Krona and the other Oans. In a final revision, it was established that it increased
entropyin the universe, shortening its existence by a billion years (see heat death). In any event, two beings were created on both the moon of Oaand the moon of Qward. On the moon of Oa, the being known as the Monitor was instantly aware of his counterpart, the Anti-Monitor (although his official name is the Monitor, and he is often addressed as such, the name Anti-Monitor is used to distinguish him from his heroic positive matter counterpart). By this time the Anti-Monitor had quickly conquered Qward, as well as the rest of the Antimatter universe. In searching for other places to conquer, he also became aware of his counterpart. These two beings battled for a million years, unleashing great powers against each other, but to no avail. At the end of their stalemate, they rendered each other inert for nine billion years with a simultaneous attack.
"Crisis on Infinite Earths"
In more modern times, the alien being known as Pariah performed an experiment similar to the one Krona attempted long ago. This experiment resulted in the reawakening of both the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, and the destruction of Pariah's home planet. Anti-Monitor rebuilt his army, taking over Qward and using the Thunderers as his own private army, as well as creating the Shadow Demons from the Thunderers.
Anti-Monitor then released a massive antimatter wave, absorbing the energies of the destroyed positive matter universes and growing stronger even as his counterpart grew weaker. Anti-Monitor also employed the second Psycho Pirate, using his emotion control powers to terrorize the populations of the planets he sought to conquer and destroy. Monitor, along with his aide Harbinger, gathered a group of heroes and villains from various alternate universes in order to combat the threat of the Anti-Monitor.
After defeats from various heroes, including the Flash (Barry Allen) and
Supergirlsacrificing themselves to destroy an antimatter cannon and to save Supermanrespectively, the Anti-Monitor absorbed the entirety of the antimatter universe and traveled to the beginning of time, intending to stop the formation of the positive matter multiverse and to create a multiverse where antimatter prevails. When the heroes followed him there, he began to drain the power from most of them.
However, the actions of the Spectre, empowered by the sorcerers of the surviving Earths, brought the Anti-Monitor to a stalemate. Villains of said Earths, sent to stop Krona from viewing the origins of the universe, failed due to squabbling, allowing Krona to see the hands of the Anti-Monitor and the Spectre struggling for domination, which shattered the current multiverse.
From the ashes rose a new, singular universe. While various persons adjusted to the newly singular Earth (including those whose worlds and histories had been destroyed with the loss of the Multiverse), the Anti-Monitor, enraged, drew this new Earth into the antimatter universe, intending to destroy this last bastion of positive matter once and for all. What followed was the Shadow Demon War, wherein many heroes and villains lost their lives against the Anti-Monitor's forces. Finally, the combined efforts of various superheroes and villains, (Doctor Light, the heroic Alexander Luthor, Jr. of
Earth-Three, Darkseid, Superboy of Earth Prime, and Kal-L, the Supermanof Earth-Two), destroyed the Anti-Monitor by punching him into a star. The star went nova and caused anti-matter waves to erupt, threatening to destroy the entire antimatter universe. Kal-L and Superboy-Prime were willing to resign themselves to their final fates, when Alexander Luthor, using his power to open dimensions, revealed that he had created a "paradise dimension", and he used it to prevent the Lois Laneof Earth-Two from being erased from existence when the post-Crisis universe was formed, as he foresaw how events would unfold and refused to allow Superman to have to deal with such a terrible loss. Using his own body as a portal, Alexander Luthor, Kal-L, and Superboy-Prime went into the "paradise dimension" alongside Lois.
Superman (and Lois Lane) of Earth-Two, Superboy of Earth-Prime, and
Alexander Luthor, Jr.of Earth-Three, from their home in the hidden pocket universe, were revealed to be observing the events of the newly-formed universe, as well as the actions of its heroes. Upon observing the events leading up to "Infinite Crisis", the heroes returned to the universe in an attempt to restore Earth-Two's existence, at the expense of Earth-One.
Anti-Monitor's remains were then used as part of a tuning fork, similar to the ones used during the first Crisis. This construct then created the vibrational frequency that Earth-Two was on prior to its nonexistence, which in turn recreated Earth-Two with no visible expense to Earth-One, save the movement of characters who originated on Earth-Two to the recreated Earth-Two. Alexander Luthor then recreated the other Earths with his tuning fork, with their respective heroes forcibly migrating to said Earths. Superboy-Prime (followed soon by Bart Allen) then returned from the
Speed Forcewearing what appeared to be select elements of the Anti-Monitor's armor, using it as a yellow sunlight collector. How he obtained it is still unrevealed, although evidence suggests that he built it himself while he was imprisoned and it merely resembles the Anti-Monitor's armor, although whether by intention or coincidence is unconfirmed. Ultimately, the tower was destroyed when Kon-El, the modern Superboy, and Superboy-Prime crashed into it while fighting each other; Kon-El died in the arms of Wonder Girl as Superboy-Prime fled.
Despite his extremely limited exposure (he only appeared in the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" mini-series and a single issue of "
Wonder Woman"), the Anti-Monitor was responsible for one of the most profound changes in the entire history of DC Comics, the DC Universe, and all of its parallel universes. The anti-matter universe still exists, now with both Qward (said to be the counterpart of Oa) and an alternate Earth populated by counterparts of the positive matter heroes and villains (each taking the opposite role).
Perhaps the most notable impact the Anti-Monitor had on the post-"Crisis" universe was the elimination of the multiverse aspect of the DC Universe. Previously, there existed an infinite number of Earths, each one with a unique history, that could be accessed through various means, the most common being vibrational attunement. Post-"Crisis", with the restart of the universe as one thanks to the machinations of the Anti-Monitor, a simpler, more streamlined DC Universe seemed imminent, with characters acquired from
Charlton Comics, Fawcett Comics, and Quality Comicsall becoming incorporated into the new DC Universe.
"Brave New World"
At the end of
DC Comics' 2006 special "Brave New World" it is revealed that there are five figures calling themselves "the Monitors" watching over the new post-" Infinite Crisis" Earth. Four of the figures resemble the original Monitor from " Crisis on Infinite Earths" and the fifth figure resembles the Anti-Monitor. In the pages of "Countdown", it has been revealed that there are fifty-two Monitors, with each of them representing one of the new alternate realities in the new Multiverse, each with a slightly different appearance. A Monitor was shown in "Supergirl" calling one of his minions. ["Supergirl" #19] This Monitor was dressed like the Anti-Monitor, but appeared to have no other connection.
It was revealed that the Anti-Monitor was reborn following the recreation of the Multiverse and that he had been fueling
Sinestro's ideology since the return of Hal Jordan, acting as the Sinestro Corps' "Guardian of Fear". ["The Second Rebirth" "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1 (Aug 2007) DC Comics] ["The Greatest Once, the Greatest Again" "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1 DC Comics(Aug 2007)]
During the war between the Sinestro Corps and the
Green Lantern Corps, the Anti-Monitor contacted Cyborg Superman to inquire about the status of New Warworld. The cosmic tyrant stated that he would soon abandon Qward and that he would kill Henshaw for his services, allowing him the peace that had for so long evaded the Cyborg.
When the Lost Lanterns made their way to the antimatter universe to save Hal Jordan and the Ion power, they inadvertently stumbled upon the Anti-Monitor in a basement chamber of his stronghold on Qward. He was seemingly experimenting on or torturing the Ion entity previously inhabiting
Kyle Rayner. He proceeded to kill Ke'Haanbefore the other Lanterns forced him back, taking the Ion entity from the planet and the antimatter universe. The Anti-Monitor pursued the Lanterns for a short while, long enough for Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and the other Lanterns to learn of his return. Having this vital information, they then leave Qward.
Shortly after, the Sinestro Corps launched its attack on Earth. The Anti-Monitor traveled to the planet aboard New Warworld, and landed shortly thereafter, along with Sinestro. He was attacked by
Sodam Yatand other members of the Green Lantern Corps, but the tyrant killed the two unnamed beings and severely injured the Daxamite Lantern.
The Anti-Monitor began to siphon the positive matter of New York City to create his traditional antimatter waves. However, he was attacked by the
Guardians of the Universe, angry at being impotent during his first war. However, the Anti-Monitor was able to counter the vicious attack, permanently scarring the face of one of the Guardians. John Stewart and Guy Gardner brought down New Warworld, which, along with Yellow Central Power Battery, were detonated next to the Anti-Monitor, of which all were surrounded by a shield created by hundreds of Green Lanterns to contain the explosion. However, even this was not enough to kill him. Superman-Prime finished the battle, though, by flying through the Anti-Monitor's chest and then hurling his shattered body into space.
The Anti-Monitor's shriveled and glowing form crashed on an unknown planet. He was recognized by a dark voice that bade him rise. Too weak to resist or escape, a Black Power Battery formed around him.
Powers and abilities
Anti-Monitor was one of the most formidable foes ever faced by the heroes of the DC Universe (or "Multiverse", as it was then and now). He is directly responsible for more deaths than any other known DC supervillain (trillions, at least), including killing Supergirl personally, though it could be suggested that when the universe 'restarted', most of the deaths attributed to him, in effect, never happened. He consumed thousands of positive-matter universes to increase his power, and was able to personally battle scores of the multiverse's strongest heroes simultaneously.
In addition to possessing vast size (varying from several meters to hundreds of meters), superhuman strength, extraordinary durability (by the end of the "Crisis" series he was able to effortlessly withstand blows from
Superman, and even survived a blue star going mega nova), the ability to project destructive bolts of energy, and greatly augmenting another being's powers (as he did with Psycho-Pirate, whose powers were increased to levels too much for him to handle). The Anti-Monitor also possessed reality warping abilities, which he displayed by removing Psycho-Pirate's face. The Anti-Monitor also commanded an army of Qwardians and shadow demons, and had access to highly advanced technology capable of shifting, merging, or destroying entire universes.
By far, his most devastating power was the ability to absorb the energies of his surroundings into himself -- even as far as absorbing the energies of entire universes. In addition to devouring the energies of untold numbers of universes, he also absorbed the energy of "over one million worlds" in his own anti-matter universe in order to gain the power to travel to the beginning of time, to attempt to stop the creation of the positive matter universe. When Earth's heroes followed him to the beginning of time, he then absorbed all of their power and energy; this made him strong enough to alter the creation of the universe (until he was opposed by the Spectre). During his final battle in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" #12, the Anti-Monitor maintained his power by "feeding on" a nearby star; and when his power was drained and he was reduced to a state of near-death, he absorbed his own anti-matter demons to rejuvenate himself.
* In the "Chain Lightning" arc of the Flash comics, history is altered when Barry Allen is killed before the events of "
Crisis on Infinite Earths". This forces Wally Westinto a timeline where the Anti-Monitor was never defeated and only the Antimatter Universe remains.
* A parody of the Anti-Monitor, called the "Aunty Monitor", appeared in
Marvel Comics' "What The--?!" satire comic. ["What The--?!" #2, September 1988] Marvel's " Mighty Mouse" comic featured another parody, the "Anti- Minotaur." ["Mighty Mouse" #4 and 5, 1991]
* The Anti-Monitor makes a cameo appearance in Justice League Unlimited #32. He is described by
Darkseidto be a "celestial being composed of negative energy" which Darkseid sought to gain to fuel the Anti-Life Equation.
* [http://www.monitorduty.com/mdarchives/2005/10/alan_kistlers_g.shtml Alan Kistler's Guide to The Crisis]
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