DURING CRISES, THE DC MULTIVERSE ACTIVATES ITS DEFENSE SYSTEM
In Justice League Incarnate #4, the true purpose of Superman is revealed. During crisis events, the DC multiverse is threatened. In order to protect its survival, the DC multiverse activates its immune system: superheroes. Importantly, Frank Martin at ScreenRant argues Superman represents the archetype of the ultimate hero.
In fact, Final Crisis reveals Superman and his analogues are the guardians of the Bleed. In Superman, The Greatest Story, I argue that the Bleed is a living 4D space that connects the DC multiverse’s shared history. During the final battle, the Supermen of the Multiverse arrive on New Earth in order to battle Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor. Let’s look at Superman and analogues in DC and Image that protect the Bleed and its analogues.
The Bleed. DC Comics.
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To begin, Darkseid threatened the DC multiverse with the Anti-Life Equation. With Nil, Monitrix Zillo Valla chose Superman and the champions of the DC multiverse. Importantly, their mission was to stop Mandrakk. In order to succeed, Zillo Valla promised the Man of Steel the Ultramenstruum.
Dangerously, Mandrakk bottled this Bleed droplet. In fact, the Bleed was the only substance capable to save a critical Lois Lane. Heroically, Superman merged with Ultraman and became Thought Robot. Successfully, the Doomsday Weapon defeated Mandrakk in Nil and retrieved the Bleed.
MISTER MAJESTIC (DC COMICS)
During Captain Atom: Armageddon, a new peril faced the Wildstorm Universe. As matter of fact, Captain Atom had accidentally quantum jumped in the Wildstorm Universe. Now, his power threatened the existence of Wildstorm. And his presence triggered conflict with the heroes, namely in Captain Atom vs Mister Majestic. According to Majestic, Captain Atom would explode like a time bomb and Majestic needed to stop him
To protect the Bleed, the Authority kidnapped a near-critical Captain Atom aboard the Carrier. Moreover, they intended to kill him to prevent the Captain from blowing up the universe. When Mister Majestic attempted to stop the Authority, he was frozen in time by the Doctor. In the end, Void solved the problem by allowing the destruction of Wildstorm. In addition, she teleported Captain Atom back into his universe.
At Image Comics, Alan Moore revamped Supreme as a Superman analogue in 1999. In The Story Of The Year, Supreme returns to Earth after exile in space. Strangely, he notices reality flickering between the 1940s and the 1990s. There, he meets Supreme duplicates such as Original Supreme, Sister Supreme and Superion.
Soon, they travel to the Supremacy. Here, he learns it is a limbo realm where every possible version of Supreme lives. Similarly to the Bleed, it acts to create revisions in Supreme continuity. Moreover, it constantly erases or replaces friends and foes. Similarly, the Supreme duplicates act as guardians of the Supremacy. Indeed, they help Supreme and the Image Universe in moments of need.
Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash (Wally West), Justice League
Perpetua, The Batman Who Laughs, Robin King, Superboy-Prime
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IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER
THE JUSTICE LEAGUE LOST THE BATTLE AGAINST PERPETUA
In ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal’ (2020) #1, Wally West in Hellscape on Earth 0 recapitulates the Justice League’s battle against Perpetua to Wonder Woman. In the beginning, Perpetua’s origin story is told: She is a being of the Void tasked with creating multiverses. Wally explains that there are two poles of energy: positive or connective energy also called anti-crisis energy and crisis energy.
To sum, connective energy connects all histories in the DC Universe making the past, the present and the future matter; crisis energy focuses on the present and the self with people not remembering the past. They are both parts of the seven forces of the universe. When Perpetua created the Prime multiverse she used anti-crisis energy in order to restart it infinitely. Destructively, she wanted a multiverse that would be vampiric and prey on others.
When Perpetua’s brothers found out, they trapped her in the Source Wall so she would learn from the growing multiverse. However, Perpetua continued to create crisis after crisis. During Barbatos’ invasion, the Source Wall was shatttered and Perpetua was freed. Not long ago, Doctor Manhattan who is a being of connective energy attempted to heal the fractures in the DC multiverse but with no success.
So the Quintessence gathered Doctor Manhattan’s connective energy and gave it to the Justice League. Finally, they fought Perpetua in a terrible battle that left both forces exhausted and created a blast so powerful it burned out the sun. Using the Batman Who Laughs, Perpetua has a conduit to the dark multiverse where crises are happening forever.
WONDER WOMAN PLANS TO CREATE THE FIRST ANTI-CRISIS
In ‘Dark Knights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis’ (2020) #1, Wonder Woman sets her plan into motion in order to create the first anti-crisis. Meeting the Justice League, she informs them that Perpetua is using the crisis energy from three worlds created in the Dark multiverse by the Batman Who Laughs. In those worlds, the three major crises (“Crisis On Infinite Earths”, “Infinite Crisis” and “Final Crisis”) are occurring forever supplying Perpetua with Crisis Energy. Hence, the plan is for Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Jonah Hex and Harley Quinn to infiltrate Castle Bat to stop it.
At the same time, Superman orders Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl to destroy Perpetua’s throne while the Lanterns destroy the antennae to free people. The ultimate goal is to re-direct the energies stored in three Alfred Boxes to Wally West in order to restart the Prime multiverse. Despite traps and surprises along the way, the DC Trinity makes it to Castle Bat. There, they travel to three worlds: Batman travels to Crisis On Infinitie Earths, Superman to Final Crisis and Wonder Woman to Infinite Crisis. However, their plans are foiled by the Batman Who Laughs though Wonder Woman succeeds in recruiting Superboy-Prime.
WONDER WOMAN SEES ALL DC HISTORY MATTERS WITH THE ANTI-CRISIS ENERGY, FORCING THE HANDS TO RESTORE THE DC MULTIVERSE
In ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal’ (2021) #7, Wonder Woman engages in an epic battle across time and space against the Batman Who Laughs. The Darkest Knight informs Wonder Woman of three things: he is stronger than she is, he can recreate the DC multiverse and kill the Hands, and the Hands are going to erase the Prime multiverse if he doesn’t take her offer. Using the Connective energy, Diana sees the importance of DC history and of how every life is connected.
As the two fighters bolt into the Death Sun that is the end of the DC multiverse, Wonder Woman understands she must allow all of it to end. As she strikes the Batman Who Laughs one final time, there is an explosion at the center of the Death Sun. Then, there is nothing. Finally, there is Light. Wonder Woman is greeted by the Hand who takes her form and informs her that the DC multiverse will be restored with infinite possibilities.
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In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.
IN ‘FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN: WORLDS OF WAR’, SUPERMAN FIGHTS IN GLADIATORIAL COMBATS ON WARWORLD
In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, a powerless Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. Superman is absent from Earth and groups of worshippers have gathered in Smallville to worship and remember him. Sadie, a young girl from Gotham City, arrives in Smallville. She meets with a group of people that were saved by Superman. As the people recount Superman’s superhuman deeds, Sadie reveals to them that the one that saved her was not Superman, but Clark.
In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Superman attempts to free the slaves on Warworld. In his latest combat, Superman loses his right eye and fails to protect a slave called Eyiitsha. Attracting Mongul’s attention, Mongul kills Superman. Imprisoned in a room, Mongul reminds Superman he is Mongul’s slave and that he has killed him many times in the past. He wants Superman to become his soldier and massacre everyone on Earth. However, Superman vows to free all the slaves on Warworld and have Mongul pay for every life he has taken before he returns to Earth..
‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ TEAM-UPS TO FREE SLAVES ON WARWORLD
In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, Superman has enlisted Midnighter’s help on Warworld. As he attempts to help Superman, he receives a “mystery box” from a familiar voice. The voice tells Midnighter Trojan Solutions is developing an isotope similar to Kryptonite capable of eradicating all life. Midnight accepts the mission to save Superman and the galaxy. Midnighter attempts to teleport with the Door, but it will not work. The mysterious voice helps Midnighter get on the Chrysalis space station and infiltrate Trojan Solutions.
In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Midnighter has infiltrated Trojan Solutions. 10 years into the future, in the control room, he meets an Apollo facsimile. In reality, Apollo turns out to be a cyborg called Andrej Trojan, founder of Trojan Solutions. His hatred for organic life, caused him to evolve into a cyborg. Using Warworld waste, he synthesized a mineral called Nirhodium in order to eradicate organic life. Using his supercomputer and his past self, Midnighter defeats Andrej. He returns to the present on Warworld and manages to blow up the Chrysalis orbital station.
If Superman is to free the prisoners of Warworld, he’s going to need help, the kind of help that doesn’t scream “Justice League.” Fortunately, multi-Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison (Wonder Woman: Earth One, The Green Lantern) and fan-favorite artist Mikel Janín (Batman, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War) have the solution in the form of a new four-issue limited series, Superman and The Authority.
Launching July 20, this new team will be led by Manchester Black, and combine original members Midnighter and Apollo with new members Enchantress and Natasha Irons, as well as new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. This new team will have to learn to work together, and fast, as the Ultra-Humanite has formed his own team of villains to take out the Man of Steel.
This new limited series will help launch an all-new status quo for Superman, setting up story elements that will impact both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come.
‘Superman And The Authority’ (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority. AP Photo/DC Comics.
FAN THEORY: ‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ SETS UP SUPERMAN AS AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED PLANETS
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.
THE SYNMAR UTOPICA BATTLE PROVES SUPERMAN IS THE TRUE PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY
Bleeding Cool reported a year ago on the ‘Superman and the Authority’ scoop. DC wanted to shake the Superman status-quo and showed Superman at the head of a more violent and brutal form of superheroing as featured on Warworld. The article hinted at Superman becoming King of The Earth in relation to the United Planets. This is also a reference to the “Mythological” storyline that ran in ‘Superman’ #25-28.
In ‘Superman’ (2020) #25, we are told the origin story of the Synmar alien Eisno Alkor. The aliens on Synmar watched the destruction of Krypton and Kal-El rocketed to Earth. They understood that a Kryptonian exposed to a yellow sun could become a light-god. Some Synmar wanted to destroy the child but they were stopped by President Dreti who told them the Lords of Light, deities worshipped on Synmar, strictly forbid the murder of an innocent child.
In ‘Superman’ (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages. AP Photo/DC Comics.
Eisno Alkor was a young soldier chosen by the Synmar as a protection against Superman. President Dreti had a conversation with Eisno and told him he would represent the Synmar across the galaxy. Eisno accepted the duty. Back from a successful space mission, the people celebrate Eisno and declare Synmar Utopica. That night, the officials at the Synmar Palace are murdered with images of Superman hanging there. In ‘Superman’ #26-27, Synmar and Superman battle at the Daily Planet and in the Phantom Zone.
In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Synmar brings Superman to Synmar in order to inspire the people. Galana, Synmar’s light partner, connects Superman to the light of Synmar. Galana explains to Superman that Synmar Utopica was meant to protect Synmar against Superman. However, Eisno or Synmar Utopica became a conqueror and murdered his people. Superman offers his help. Since Synmar orbits an orange sun, Galana equips Superman with a suit to fight evenly. Superman emerges victorious from his battle with Synmar.
The United Planets is a governing body active in the 30th and the 31st centuries. They are defended by the Legion of Superheroes and the Science Police. In the 21st century, the United Planets were created by Superman’s son, Jonathan Kent, soon afterward being offered a place among the Legion of Superheroes.
The United Planets Brigade are a powerful cosmic force that intervene in the inter-galactic conflict between Superman and Synmar. After Superman and the Synmar military have ended Eisno Akor’s rule, the United Planets intervene to cease the battle. The fan theory is that, ‘Superman and the Authority’ on Warworld foreshadows Superman becoming the protector of the Milky Way galaxy.
Though the other members of the brigade are completely unknown, readers will recognize the provenance of several members. Earlier in the series, it was revealed that the Synmar have a history of conflict with the winged Thanagarians, so the presence of a leader in traditional Hawkman armor isn’t surprising. Then there’s Prince Zerep of Tamaran, a completely new character from the homeworld of popular Teen Titans member Starfire. Sharing Tamaranean physiology, Zerep possesses the same power set as Starfire, including energy absorption and channeling, flight, along with superhuman strength and durability. This gathering represents some of the supreme powers of the DC Universe offering up their delegates – there’s even an armored Dominator near the front of the group.