Only going from the Newsarama preview so far, but what the hell, there's a lot to chew over here. I'll update Wednesday or Thursday, after I have a chance to spend some time with the rest of the issue.
This is clearly happening after SUPERMAN BEYOND #2--not out until next week, but already previewed enticingly at Newsarama--but the relationship of this moment to Lo3W is unclear: in Lo3W #1, we saw Superman summoned to the 31st century via temporal ripcord from what looked like a nice sunny day, rather than like the end of SUPERMAN BEYOND.
2960 would've been around the time the Legion were still making scattered guest appearances, before their run as a feature in ADVENTURE COMICS. It's been established that the Guardians' tech is in a bad way in 3009, but will-to-reality machines are what their rings were. "The ultimate technological artifact": come to think of it, isn't all technology meant to turn will into reality?
Note that Superman's already turning transparent in the final panel.
Payoff time. The Miracle Machine first appeared in ADVENTURE COMICS #367, as a deus ex machina device presented by the grateful Controllers to the Legion some time earlier; it later popped up in SUPERBOY #213, and--David U. pointed this out--was never shown from the front in either issue. (And what does it look like from the front? ...Why, Metron's circuit, of course!)
Now, here's an interesting side note: the Miracle Machine has made a few other appearances. It turned up in ALL-NEW COLLECTOR'S EDITION #C-55--the 1978 tabloid in which Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl were married, and in which the Time Trapper was revealed to be a Controller (!). Then it reappeared a year later, in a story that was originally going to be a 64-page special but was re-edited into SUPERBOY & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #250 and #251, in which Brainiac 5 used it to create an unstoppable menace called, wait for it, Omega; the crisis was resolved when Matter-Eater Lad ate the Miracle Machine, and thereby went insane. (A story, I should note, that was written by Paul Levitz and Jim Starlin, the latter credited as "Steve Apollo." ETA: TIm notes in the comments that we never actually see the machine in the story as published) A 20th century prototype (with a much plainer, grille-type front) also appeared in DC COMICS PRESENTS #50; maybe that one was Crisis'ed away.
Up until this point, though, it's appeared that the Johnsverse Legion diverged from the L(I) Legion sometime during the five-year gap before LSHv4. But if the Miracle Machine remains un-nommed, then we may be dealing with yet another variation of the Legion. Or--you know, it's a device that can remake reality; continuity is as nothing to it, most likely.
"Just look": because the important part is the Metron sigil?
Korll is the home of the villainous Queen Bee, as seen in 1963's JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #23.
I can never see Ray and Dinah together without remembering that they had a very brief fling in THE RAY #11, but they've moved past it (...more than I have). Actually, I suspect it's one of those "let us never speak of it again" things.
I guess the Guardians' "nothing gets in or out" cordon is very permeable. Nice Star Wars-influenced ships, too.
"How you doing, honey?": This is the second Liberty Belle--Jesse Chambers, created by Len Strezewski and Mike Parobeck, who first appeared in 1992's JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1. Formerly Jesse Quick, she became Liberty Belle after Infinite Crisis. The original Liberty Belle, created by Don Cameron and Chuck Winter, first appeared in BOY COMMANDOS #1 in 1942 (and what a Kirby Kover that is--go click).
Her husband is the second Hourman, Rick Tyler, created by Roy and Dann Thomas and Todd McFarlane; he first appeared in INFINITY INC. #20. The original Hourman, created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Baily, first appeared in 1940's ADVENTURE COMICS #48.
"What is this, Tyler...": the first Wildcat, created by Bill Finger and Irwin Hasen, who first appeared in 1942's SENSATION COMICS #1.
The Marvel Family throwing buses at each other is very MIRACLEMAN #15, don't you think? Not to mention the "I can never say the word again" bit later this issue.
"You? Calling me a slut?": I can't help but think of my least favorite moment on any DC convention panel of recent years, when somebody explained the changes coming up on Supergirl: "New creative team, the book won't suck, she won't be a slut."
I guess everyone was right about Mary hosting Desaad.
And Kalibak is a... what?
Iman's dialogue translates roughly as "Something coming... like the sound of horses..." Note the Four Dogswomen of the Apocalypse approaching in the background.
I really like the Uzumeri hypothesis about this scene.
I don't understand why Shilo keeps getting colored as white either.
This explains what's up with Sonny, the original of whom remained back in time in Kirby's FOREVER PEOPLE #7. Although the parodic "I can't tell him how I feel about him" manga-soap-opera routine grates a little in contrast to Canary's operatic emotional moment on the next page.
I love all the little advertising slogans for Anti-Life.
Ray Palmer/The Atom, created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane, first appeared in 1961's SHOWCASE #34. He was one of the Monitor-monitors as of the end of COUNTDOWN; so much for that role. Ryan Choi was clearly based on that version, and created by Gail Simone, Grant Morrison and... does anybody know who designed his appearance?... He first appeared in 2006's DCU: BRAVE NEW WORLD.
The psychics in Room 90: Miss Martian and who else? It looks like she's having severe psychic nosebleed problems.
The mystics: that's obviously Zatanna in the middle, and the guy in the top hat could be Zachary Zatara (or Ali-Ka-Zoom!). Who's the one with the headdress?
Somebody's getting ready to do some very nasty things to Überfraulein's corpse, it looks like. Cue the great sad music.
As Uzumeri pointed out, the "Lord" has to be Maxwell Lord's brain-in-a-giant-globular-jar (with Omac-style eye speech balloons), and Renee's being set up as the head of the (faceless) Global Peace Agency from Kirby's OMAC. Perhaps this might be one resolution of FC: everyone who escapes ends up on an Earth that has never dealt with super-types before? (Wasn't that pretty much the premise of Morrison's abortive run on THE AUTHORITY? And what Earth would they be going to--the one within Qwewq, perhaps?)
"I know there's good in you, Luthor." I note also that he's cut the Calculator down.
The Black Flash: see the 1998 story that reached its climax in FLASH #141.
"Godspeed." What a line. And we're about to hear that starter's bullet from DCU 0 again!
A visual callback to SEVEN SOLDIERS #1.
Someone will know this--I recall a Batman story from sometime in the last couple of decades in which Batman uses his little-seen skills as a sharpshooter to do something involving... a ship in Gotham harbor? Anybody able to cite it? See also the apparently-now-out-of-continuity DETECTIVE COMICS #575, 576, 577 and 578, as well as #710.
This also echoes, rather strongly, the climax of THE INVISIBLES: "a bullet in the right place..."
"The Omega Sanction... the death that is life": as we saw in SEVEN SOLDIERS: MISTER MIRACLE, this consists of endlessly living all your possible lives. Or, in other words, something Batman already did on his way to see Turpinseid, over in BATMAN.
One last "Hh."
And that's a classic "We haven't heard the last of him!" if ever I saw one. (Two haven't-heard-the-last-of-him situations, actually.) I'm wearing my Batjew T-shirt out of mourning today anyway.
The layout of images around Nix's head echoes the final page of last issue, where he's in the middle of the TV-set sphere. Morrison to Wizard today: "Final Crisis #7 is almost inventing a new style. We had widescreen comics and decompression and super-compression. This is channel-zapping comics."
Lois seems to be just fine; I assume we'll find out how next week. Streaky looks good too.
Hawkman and Hawkgirl, created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville, first appeared in 1940's FLASH COMICS #1. The current incarnations are Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders, and the reincarnation/frustrated-love business has been a running thread of their appearances over the past few years.
Bulleteer puts in another one of her famous one-panel cameos.
Guess there wasn't room for much more of the Green Lantern business this issue.
"Germ-people": cf. Zillo Valla saying "you germs are truly worthy of our attention" in the SUPERMAN BEYOND #2 preview.
So is the fifth world Darkseid's world, or "the age of men as gods," or both?
Pieter Cross/Dr. Mid-Nite, created by Matt Wagner and John K. Snyder, first appeared in 1999's DOCTOR MID-NITE #1; he's strongly based on the version created by Charles Reizenstein and Stanley Josephs Aschmeier, who first appeared in 1941's ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #25.
"Billy" was the first Captain Marvel, Billy Batson, a different version of whom is showing up over in SUPERMAN BEYOND. Does it strike anyone else as odd that the Marvel Family gets so much space in this issue (including the Sivana and Tawky Tawny scenes)? Especially considering that Batman's big leavetaking is four pages?
Well, at least Rick got back to his wife in the space of two pages. The person saying "Dad?" is Tom Bronson, the fourth (or fifth) Wildcat and Ted Grant's son; he first appeared in 2007's JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #2.
See you next week for SUPERMAN BEYOND, although I might go ahead and put up some notes for the preview if some spare time falls into my hands unexpectedly.