“DEAD AGAIN BOOK ONE: THE QUICK AND THE DEAD.” A mysterious force summons Deadman to help prevent the heroic self-sacrifice of Barry Allen-the Flash-during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. But the unexpected appearance of a dark force named Darius Caldera has complicated matters that go beyond life or death.
Deadman wanders the streets during the chaos of Crisis on Infinite Earths, doing his part to save lives wherever he can. He is summoned by an unseen spirit who he assumes to be Rama Kushna (but is in actuality Hal Jordan acting as The Spectre) and told he is needed for a mission in the antimatter universe. Deadman is then returned to where he was before.
The Flash appears and as he disappears, Deadman dives after him, finding himself appearing in the antimatter universe. Deadman watches as the Flash sacrifices himself, destroying the Anti-Monitor's machine. Deadman escorts the Flash's soul toward a bright light, which is being guarded by Darius Caldera, who captures the Flash's spirit in a bid for power.