The Empty Hand is considerably one of the greatest threats that the DC Universe has ever faced, capable of even destroying Multiverses, and now he may be coming back! The most significant power in DC’s Universe, the Empty Hand, may hopefully soon be making his return.
This supercharged cosmic being very first appeared in Grant Morrison’s 2014-2015 mini-series The Multiversity. He was teased most recently in Dark Nights’ pages: Death Metal #6, written by Scott Snyder with an art by Greg Capullo. The issue is also in the stores now.
A cosmic being from beyond the Multiverse, the Empty Hand is kind of the leader of the Gentry, whose goal is to fully reshape the Multiverse into something that is dark and sinister; they also wished to stop the flow of hope-inspiring superhero comics.
Empty Hand and the Gentry were the primary villains of The Multiverse, having destroyed Earth-7 and established their operations base there.
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They have not made any appearances since the mini-series concluded, despite the fact they were still building the Oblivion Machine on Earth-7; likewise, the Empty Hand threatened to return and destroy them, just as he did “Multiverse-2.” And now, he has been referenced again. Can a return be far behind?
In the pages of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the Batman Who Laughs has challenged Perpetua for the power of creation; he seeks to remake the Multiverse in his image.
As the two fight, Perpetua warns that she is the only thing protecting the Multiverse from “her kind” and that the “hands” will soon be there. The Batman Who Laughs dismisses this warning and ultimately defeats her.
Perpetua’s warning raises many questions: are the “hands” she mentions Empty Hand and the Gentry? Perpetua says her “kind” is there a link between her and the Empty Hand? Both are cosmic beings with the power to destroy universes, so it makes sense.
Is the Gentry still in our Multiverse? What happened to the Oblivion Machine? And might the Batman Who Laughs think of the Gentry? Might they find common ground, only for the Batman Who Laughs to betray them as he does everyone else?
It is also worth mentioning that in many DC comics, the moment of creation is depicted as a giant hand rising through the primordial soup. Could there be a connection here as well?