Pre-Crisis: Pt. 12
Monitor’s reach into the criminal underworld extends in Action Comics #560 (1984) when he connects an escaped convict calling himself, “John Doe,” with someone to fashion him a costume and accessories. However, the resulting high intensity vibration device doesn’t achieve the desired results, so he calls Monitor for another gimmick.
The new gimmick works as advertised, destroying the molecular cohesion of the prison wall so he can release the other prisoners. It does not, however, prevent Superman from stopping his vengeful plan.
So far, I haven’t seen much to indicate the cosmic scope that Crisis on Infinite Earths will ultimately span. At this point, the extent of Monitor’s involvement in the DCU seems limited to acting as a broker for corrupt politicians and third-tier super-villains.
On the other hand, there was a seed planted in the pages of Green Lantern, when Monitor says in one issue, "Yes, it should be interesting to monitor the events of the next few weeks... most interesting indeed!" and Lyla says in another issue, "And of course, my love -- you will be watching!" This is a better indication of the role Monitor will play during Crisis.
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Title: Action Comics
Issue #: 560
Cover Date: Oct. 1984
On Sale Date: 7-26-1984
Cover Artists: Keith Ian Giffen, Robert "Bob" Oksner
Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Alexander "Alex" Saviuk
Inker: David "Dave" Hunt
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Editors: Julius Schwartz