7.18.4: Why does Power Girl need to stay out of this?
7.18.5: A reference, of course, to Hal’s “Parallax” period. (Although it was recently retconned so it wasn't his fault, at the same time he was re-installed as Green Lantern, making many fans happy...)
7.18.8: In the hardcover, one of the Supermans exclaims "For tomorrow!". This is absent in the original.
Between 7.18 and 7.19: Another page has been inserted in the collection that was absent in the original. Once again, I follow the original.
7.19.11: In the original, the gun goes "Chak". Either there are no bullets in the gun, or this sets up the gun potentially going off next page. The "Chak" is gone in the hardcover.
7.20.15: I don’t know what caused the cave-in. Did the gun go off in 7.20.11?
7.20.16,17,or 18: In the hardcover, someone notes off-panel that "He's going to be fine," whoever "he" is. Also, the Superboy-Prime caption has a minor change.
7.23.3: The Green Lantern symbol suggests this is Oa. Events in RANN-THANAGAR WAR suggest it may be the resurrected Thanagar, but the reference to Krypton in 7.21.3 suggests it’s something different. Neither's right; Newsarama says it’s the living GL planet Mogo (7.27.6, note, includes a reference to Mogo). Mogo appears to be able to get around...
7.23.6-7: This is going to get confusing. This looks like Superman-E2, with the white patches…
7.23.8-9: …but here the patches are gone, and this looks like the modern S-shield…
7.24.3: …and now Superman-E2 is behind him.
7.24.7: Watching the parts he wanted him to see, of course.
7.24.9: Just look at all that blood.
7.25: Now this is our Superman fighting back.
7.25.5: Apparently Superboy-Prime no longer has faith even in Alex Luthor.
7.26.11: All of a sudden, that crappy line in 2.8.6 makes a little bit of sense! And he’s referring to “Action Comics” as well! But is this the best he could do? (Note also the reference to Superman’s sin of “inaction”.)
7.27.4: GL expert again. In the original, Power Girl says "Let me down now, John." This is taken out of the hardcover.
7.27.5: According to Newsarama, that may consist of all the Kryptonite sprayed all over the planet.
7.27.6: There’s an off chance that Mogo drifted here specifically to serve as a battleground.
7.27.7: Our Superman is okay, so the Kryptonite he fell down near in 7.26.12 is unimportant.
7.28.3: Left to right: Don’t know, John Stewart, don’t know, Martian Manhunter, Power Girl, Superman, don’t know, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, don’t know, don’t know. If something can move Mr. Tough Guy, Super-Jerk, "I Can Challenge Batman (Just Not For Very Long)" Guy Gardner, it can move anybody.
7.28.4-10: Finally, Lois' final words are explained. Parts of this final speech in parenthesis appear only in hardcover. “Kara… I finally understand. I know what Lois was trying to tell me….I’ll always be with you, Kara. Even if you can’t see me. I’ll always be here. It’s not going to end. It’s never going to end… for us… (one day you'll see... they're still out there...) Lois.” Superman-E2 dies.
7.29.3: Hinting at the opening of Beetle’s own series, as well as a coming subplot in 52 (which I’ll explain later) involving Booster Gold’s rising fame.
7.29.4: Power Girl and Wonder Girl mourn their loved ones.
7.29.5: The new Spectre does some self-examination.
7.29.6: The cane suggests Dr. Fate, but the green thing appears to be a Green Lantern from the Tangent Universe, which made a brief appearance in #6.
7.29.7: Wally’s eventual fate may become clear later.
7.29.11: Bart passes the mantle of the Flash back to the one who started it all.
7.30.3: Alex begins plotting his Plan B.
7.31.1: The Joker gets his comeuppance.
7.31.4: Luthor and Joker teaming up. It never gets old.
7.31.7: Alexander Luthor dies.
7.32-3: This is setting up 52, the weekly series that followed the end of Infinite Crisis. Its aim was to track a year in the life of the DCU without Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman.
7.32.1-2: This may suggest that, as a result of the red sun and Kryptonite he encountered in the climactic battle, Superman may now be powerless.
7.32.4: This certainly seems like innuendo, at least on a first read…
7.32.7: I believe this is Dick Grayson and Tim Drake.
7.32.8: Did he ever really go it alone? He’s almost always had Robin…
7.33.10-11: And so the year begins.
7.34-5: (counts slowly to ten) This spread is even more jam-packed in the hardcover (this rundown is based on original). Asterisk indicates I had help from CBR user mdg1. Across top, ignoring the Big Three: An OMAC, Supergirl, Enchantress?*, Robin III?* (wearing a very odd costume), Wonder Girl II, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel?, Speedy II. Going across, by location of heads, rough top half of page: Question, Black Adam, Steel III (Natasha Irons)*, Steel II, Ragman*, Lobo?, Starfire, Catwoman, Adam Strange, Blue Devil, Phantom Stranger?, Martian Manhunter, Detective Chimp??, Nightmaster??, Elasti-Girl?, Frankenstein’s Monster, Cyborg, Klarion?*, Nightwing, Shining Knight, Bulleteer, Grace?*, Shazam (or Captain Marvel I)??*, Captain Boomerang II*, Metamorpho, Ravager III*. Rough third quarter of the page: Stargirl, Wildcat, Starman???*, Catman, Vixen, Booster Gold, Alan Scott, Huntress, Ray III???*, Human Bomb II?*, Black Canary, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Zatanna, Black Condor III*, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner as Ion, Raven??*, Mr. Terrific II, Green Lantern-Guy Gardner, Jakeem Thunder, Thunderbolt, Jade Canary?*, Red Tornado, Tina of the Metal Men, Tin of the Metal Men. Triangle dominated by Green Arrow: Robotman?, Beast Boy, Green Arrow, Mercury of the Metal Men, Iron of the Metal Men, Gold of the Metal Men, Lead of the Metal Men. Bottom: Phantom Lady III*, Blue Beetle III, Creeper, Flash I, Manhunter-Kate Spencer, ? (suggested to be Dr. Mid-Nite, but looks nothing like what he would be), S.T.R.I.P.E., Sand?*, Doll Man*, Hourman, Aquaman II?, Captain Atom, Guardian II(I)*, Sasha Bordeaux?*, Green Lantern-Hal Jordan, Atom IV*, Firestorm, another Flash? (slightly incongruous, given the sequence in 7.29), Batwoman?*, and to top it all off, a really bizarre re-imagining of Uncle Sam. Many of these are versions of characters introduced only after Infinite Crisis, but are included here to a) promote them and b) show status quo after the OYL jump.
7.36: And we end with an epilogue akin to CoIE’s, but very different in tone. Almost as if they’re setting up another sequel…
7.36.2: They’re referring to Emerald Twilight here, folks.
7.36.11-12: And Superboy-Prime has the last word: “I’ve been in worse places than this. And I’ve gotten out.”