Among the numerous surprises in the Arrowerse‘s Crisis On Infinite Earths, it’s safe to say no one expected the debut of a Golden Age DC Comics character: Sargon the Sorcerer (Raúl Herrera). Part 5 of Crisis took place on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and, in keeping with the Arrowverse’s weirdest and most exuberant show, the climactic chapter packed in some zany moments even as the superheroes waged their final battle against the Anti-Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) to save the rebirthed Multiverse.
The seemingly random appearance of Sargon the Sorcerer was a jaw-dropping treat for longtime DC Comics fans. After all, Sargon is certainly a deep-cut character in the DC pantheon. First appearing in 1941’s All-American Comics, Sargon (real name John Sargent) was an actual sorcerer who hid in plain sight in the guise of a stage magician. Sargon possessed a mystical artifact called the Ruby of Life, which granted him magical abilities such as the power to cast illusions. Dressed like a swami complete with wearing a turban on his head (which held the Ruby over his forehead), Sargon embarked on a career as a superhero and he even joined the All-Star Squadron during World War II. By the Silver Age, however, Sargon took on a villainous turn but he still was granted honorary membership in the Justice League of America. In the 1980s, the magician was recruited by John Constantine in Swamp Thing‘s “American Gothic Saga”, where he died battling the Shadow Creature. Sargon made a cameo appearance in Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic and his descendant David John Sargent went onto become the new Sargon the Sorcerer in more recent DC Comics.
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Categorizing Sargon the Sorcerer as a C-lister is arguably a stretch for such an obscure character, which is why it was a total surprise when he appeared in Crisis Part 5. Using a giant illusion of Beebo rampaging through Star City as a distraction, Sargon busily robbed a bank while Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin), The Atom (Brandon Routh), Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), and Batwoman (Ruby Rose) tried to stop the huggable behemoth. Eventually, the heroes realized Beebo was a purposeful misdirect – something any stage magician is skilled in. Sure enough, Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and the Flash caught Sargon red-handed as he was making his escape and musing about buying a “beautiful timeshare in Bogota”. After reminding the thief that “Beebo is off limits!”, it only took one punch from White Canary to bring Sargon down; but it’s worth noting that the Arrowverse’s version of Sargon lacked his signature turban and the Ruby of Life, so he wasn’t anywhere near as powerful as his comic book counterpart.
However, Sargon appearing in Crisis isn’t really as strange as it would seem; the sorcerer is, after all, a DC character whose lineage stretches back to the dawn of the comic book superhero, so it’s fitting he’s present to represent DC Comics’ past. Further, Crisis Part 5 took place on Legends of Tomorrow, which has been the Arrowverse show that tackles magical threats ever since season 3. In fact, the combination of magic and time travel has been Legends of Tomorrow‘s unique calling card ever since John Constantine (Matt Ryan) hopped aboard the Waverider in season 4. If Sargon were to debut anywhere in the Arrowverse, Legends is the absolute right series for it to happen.
Perhaps the only disappointment in Sargon the Sorcerer’s Arrowverse debut is that he didn’t come face-to-face with Constantine, who wasn’t part of Crisis Part 5. The British warlock has never had particularly high regard for Sargon (though he respects the power of the Ruby of Life) so it would have been a treat to see those two mages confront each other. But since the Arrowverse has rebooted itself in Crisis On Infinite Earths, anything is possible in the future – including a comeback appearance by Sargon the Sorcerer.
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