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There were Red Lanterns on FRINGE?

And what's the deal with SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL RETURNS and THE DEATH OF BATMAN?

 Shouldn't he be vomiting blood and making an oath to rage?
 Shouldn't he be vomiting blood and making an oath to rage?

I think I smell a possible fifth week event...

So if you’ve been watching FRINGE, you might have noticed a fun comics-related Easter egg in last night's episode. Apparently, the characters went to some twisted parallel-universe where every day is opposite day. Where up is down, where left is right, where in is out… where Superman died in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS instead of Supergirl? Now, that’s attention to detail. It kind of reminds me of that gag from LAST ACTION HERO where Stallone played the Terminator, because Schwarzenneger doesn’t exist in the movie world.
 
The whole thing was a bit of collaboration between Geoff Johns, Wildstorm and FRINGE’s series finale director, Akiva Goldsman, who’s no stranger to comic-related shows. Johns even brings up the possibility of there being comics being produced to go with these covers. I can definitely see it. I always get a kick out of fifth week events where you get “comics from an alternate universe” like Amalgam, Tangent and even Marvels Comics. Actually, when was the last time we saw one of those? I haven’t been close attention. It seemed like there used to be one every three months, even with non-meta concepts like New Year’s Evil and Girl Crazy.  Were those Black Lantern-resurrected books tying in to BLACKEST NIGHT a while back part of a fifth-week event? I do remember BLACK LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #30 having another variation of the classic Neal Adams cover. You’ve got the Green Lantern version, the Red Lantern version, the Black Lantern version… how long do you figure it’ll take before we see some fanart-produced Orange, Blue and White Lantern versions?
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DC’s Source blog has got the skinny on the whole deal, along with some hi-res versions of the covers. In addition Crisis and Red Lantern, you've got THE MAN OF STEEL RETURNS, THE DEATH OF BATMAN and a weird line-up for JUSTICE LEAGUE.

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-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Pre-order the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover now on Amazon.com.