If you're checking out this post then you know all about DC Comics' three-month, six-issue Earth-Prime limited series. That's because you're a huge Arrowverse fan who knows that what makes this comics-set crossover different is that it actually matter… it counts. In order to make sure the magic happens, each issue is approved by the respective shows' producers & written or co-written by creative talent from the shows (with bonus material by cast members from the shows & others). With Batwoman kicking off things earlier this month and Earth-Prime #2 (The CW's "Superman & Lois") releasing this week, we had a chance to check in with the DC's Legends of Tomorrow writing team via Twitter for a recommended "watchlist" of episodes ahead of the May 3rd drop for Earth-Prime #3 (The CW's "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"), written by Lauren Fields & Daniel Park with art by Paul Pelletier & Andrew Hennessy (which we added to the full series rundown below). On Friday, they shared a small but important sneak preview from the chapter as more thanks for the #RenewLegendsOfTomorrow campaign (& #RenewBatwoman) as well as a way for them to celebrate "Fan Art Friday"…
In this case, it was the team's chance to immortalize one of the most important moments in Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ava's (Jes Macallan) romance- check it out below. But that wasn't all because they also shared the photo cover for the issues (which you can check out below, too) as well as this teaser about where the panel preview comes from: "This snippet comes from a special backup story starring a secret character, who we've met before! Pencils by José Luís, inks by Jonas Trindade, and colors by Hi-Fi!" Here's a look:
Things kicked off on April 5th with Earth-Prime #1 (The CW's "Batwoman") and then pick back up on April 19th with Earth-Prime #2 (The CW's "Superman & Lois") before May brings Earth-Prime #3 (The CW's "DC's Legends of Tomorrow") on May 3rd and Earth-Prime #4 (The CW's "DC's Stargirl") on May 17th. From there, we head into June with Earth-Prime #5 (The CW's "The Flash") on June 7th before Earth-Prime #6 on June 21st brings our heroes together for an epic crossover conclusion. Each issue offers cover art by Kim Jacinto as well as photo variant covers based on each respective show. Now here's a look at the official rundown/overview for the limited series- yup, that's six issues since we now have the official cover artwork and overview for the penultimate issue. But that's not all! We now have previews for Earth-Prime #1 (The CW's "Batwoman") and Earth-Prime #2 (The CW's "Superman & Lois"). MAJOR SPOILERS ALERT! Don't scroll to the very end if you don't want to have the series' Big Bad spoiled for you:
Earth-Prime #1 (The CW's "Batwoman"): Ryan Wilder, aka Batwoman, makes her costumed comic book debut in a story co-written by series writers Natalie Abrams and Kelley Larson, plus series cast member Camrus Johnson (Luke Fox/Batwing), with art by Clayton Henry. Ever since the tech that created many of Batman's rogues hit the streets, Ryan Wilder has been running herself ragged trying to contain the new villains popping up around Gotham City. But when Clayface's (making his CW debut) mud binds itself to a local high schooler, Batwoman will need help from an unexpected source to contain this muddy foe! Also, follow how Luke Fox balances his life as a superhero and a boyfriend!
Earth-Prime #2 (The CW's "Superman & Lois"): Superman & Lois series writers Adam Mallinger, Jai Jamison, and Andrew Wong join DC fan-favorite artists Tom Grummett and Norm Rapmund in a story spotlighting Clark Kent and Lois Lane's first anniversary. Trying to celebrate their marital bliss is never easy when you're a superhero husband and news reporter wife; especially when world-saving and creating hard-hitting stories continue to spoil your plans! Plus, the true origins of the evil Superman from John Henry Irons' world are finally revealed!
Earth-Prime #3 (The CW's "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"): Written by Lauren Fields & Daniel Park with art by Paul Pelletier & Andrew Hennessy, this chapter finds Ray Palmer assembling the retired Legends for one last go-round after he learns Mick Rory's Necrian children have been kidnapped by a group of mysterious Necrian assassins. But is this universe-spanning mission really what it seems? Hold on to your Beebos, everyone!
What follows is a rundown of the Legends of Tomorrow episodes to watch between now and the beginning of May to be able to fully appreciate what Earth-Prime #3 has to offer (in their own words and originally shared via Twitter).
Pilot Part 1 & 2 – in any rewatch, you gotta see how it all began!
Episode 9: "Marooned" – Ray and Kendra start a (doomed) relationship. Even though it didn't work out, we touch on it in Earth-Prime!
Episode 5: "Compromised" – Mick gives Ray the Cold Gun, to disastrous effect. Never cross the streams! But maybe Jax, in the comic, will have a better handle on it…
Episode 17: "Aruba" – the end of the Legion of Doom!
Episode 9: "Beebo the God of War" – a Legends classic! Jax departs the team, and in the comic we'll see more of his life post-Legends. And of course, this is also the episode that introduced us to the glory of Beebo, who makes multiple cameos in the comic!
Episode 18: "The Good, The Bad, and The Cuddly" – Jax returns, 5 years later! Our comic fills in the gap between Jax's journey in episode 9 and here. This is the also the epic showdown between Beebo and Mallus, which gets a fun callback in our comic!
Episode 15: "Terms of Service" – Nora Dahrk becomes a Fairy Godmother! She's still going strong during our comic, but she and Ray are soon going to have an additional complication in their lives…
Episode 16: "Hey, World!" – Ray runs into a very mellow Vandal Savage! Whether Carter and Kendra will believe it is another story. Plus, we get to see Heyworld in all its glory!
Episode 2: "Meet the Legends" – Mona Wu retires as a Legend and takes over as the new "Rebecca Silver"! We'll get to see how she's been doing!
Episode 5: "A Head of Her Time" – The Legends meet Marie Antoinette, who makes a surprising cameo in the comic ;)
Episode 7: "Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac" – Nora and Ray get married, Nora finds some peace with her father, AND Mick discovers he has a daughter!
Episode 8: "Romeo vs Juliet: Dawn of Justness" – Nora and Ray leave the Legends, and Ray bids an emotional farewell to his best friend Nate. But Time Bros never say goodbye forever!
Episode 15: "Swan Thong" – the Legends defeat the Fates, and we say goodbye to a certain, punk-rock Legend. Oh, and Sara gets kidnapped by aliens…again!
Episode 1: "Ground Control to Sara Lance" – the introduction of the Necrians, who play a major antagonistic role in our comic.
Episode 7: "Back to the Finale Part II" – Sara and Ava's epic, tear-jerking engagement! Plus, the setting of a special side story…
Episode 14: "There Will Be Brood" – the (horrific) birth of Mick's kids!
Episode 15: "The Fungous Amongous" – the defeat of Bishop, the makeshift Avalance wedding, and Mick's farewell from the show. We'll see what he and Kayla have been up to since!
Episode 1: "The Bullet Blondes" – the Legends are officially stranded in 1925, partially thanks to Mick. MICK!
Episode 10: "The Fixed Point" – we learn about Fixed Points, and that there's more to them than meets the eye. Hm…
Episode 12: "Too Legit to Quit" – the Legends officially retire…for a few weeks, anyway. Chronologically, the events of our main story take place during this episode!
Episode 13: "Knocked Down, Knocked Up" – we meet an interesting new character, and end on a big cliffhanger! Perhaps we'll see another side to this ep…
And then the thread wrapped up with a teasing promise of some "former teammates" making an appearance: That's it for all of the major episodes to check out! While our story focuses on a core group of Ex-Legends, you may be surprised at just how many former teammates from the show's history pop up for a cameo… We can't wait for y'all to see it in just two weeks!" Now here's a look at the start of the thread from the DC's Legends of Tomorrow writers:
Earth-Prime #4 (The CW's "DC's Stargirl"): Written by James Robinson & Paula Sevenbergen with art by Jerry Ordway, this chapter finds the Dugan-Whitmore family vacation in full swing, but something sinister lurks in the woods, stalking Pat Dugan. Can Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. face down the threat from Pat's past and preserve their summer trip, or will it come to a tragic end?
Earth-Prime #5 (The CW's "The Flash"): Written by Ess Carson & Emily Palizzi with art by David Lafuente, this issue finds Impulse and XS bursting onto the scene in 2049! When Barry Allen and Iris West go out of town for a much-needed vacation, Bart and Nora are left to stay out of trouble in Central City. With their parents gone, Bart begs Nora to let him go on patrol and really be a hero, but Nora refuses, saying it's too dangerous without Barry there. But when one of Bart's classmates at Central City University starts causing trouble, how can Impulse not leap into action?
Earth-Prime #6 ("Hero's Twilight"): Written by Jeff Hersch & Thomas Pound with art by Will Robson: Across time and universes, Magog has been amassing forces to finally free humanity from their dependency on so-called "heroes." In his eyes, all they do is bring about pain and destruction everywhere they go, solving no problems and bringing no peace to the world. Magog and his allies plan to change everything and help society bring the superhero community to its knees, helping society reach its true potential, once and for all.