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.
TAO, A FORMER WILDC.a.t.s. AGENT, TRICKS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT INTO TRAVELING TO THE BLEED LEADING TO AN ACCIDENT
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the U.S. government follows the conspiracy of Tao in order to conquer the Bleed. Following a mission by Agent Carver and Misery at a secret U.S. base, the U.S. government retrieves a device. In reality, it was an elaborate set-up by Tao, a former WILDC.A.T.s. who orchestrated the covert operation.
Realizing that the device can actually help them travel the Bleed, they send a probe into space. However, per Tao’s knowledge, the device “was powered by a tiny black hole.”1 Upon reaching the Bleed, the black hole became unstable and the probe exploded. The accident tore “open an enormous hole in the Bleed” and destroyed a shiftship.1
THE AUTHORITY TAKES OVER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AFTER IT CAN’T CONTAIN THE DISASTER IN FLORIDA
In Florida, the Authority are on the scene. Hawksmoor sends telepathic readings of a ship breaching the Bleed. Swift thinks it’s a meteor shower. However, Apollo realizes that it’s not a meteor shower, it’s giants. Swift identifies that it’s a shiftship six times bigger than the Carrier with hundreds of hull breaches.
Its crew are giants falling to the Earth like meteors. Midnighter says they have about 10 minutes until the shiftship lands on Earth, a collision worse than the meteor that extinguished the dinosaurs. The Doctor cannot affect the shiftship with his magic so he stretches out time. The Authority uses doors to evacuate the population of Florida. But that is not enough. The ship hits Florida and millions die.
Florida has been turned into an archipelago with Key West. Aboard the Carrier, the Engineer informs Hawksmoor that the Giants are an extra-dimensional race, from a universe billions older than the Wildstorm universe. They are known as the Vigil and they are the first species to use the Bleed. They collect information and observe the multiverse.
The shiftship was headed for the Gathering, when “all new knowledge is collected to their planet.”1 The Vigil have never gone to war and it is unclear what their response to the catastrophe would be. Later at night, the Authority makes an announcement on a jumbotron, Hawksmoor declares the Authority are going to take over the U.S. government.
In ‘Coup D’Etat’ (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics
SPARTAN WARNS THE AUTHORITY AS TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, former WILDC.a.t.s. members intervene in the U.S. government conspiracy. Members of the HALO Corporation, Jack Marlowe (Spartan), Edwin Dolby and Grifter are concerned over recent events. The wheelchair-bound Grifter recruits Edwin Dolby for a mission. Together, they head to a former supervillain, now weapons dealer codenamed Warmaker. Grifter first attempts to woo Warmaker in order to retrieve a weapon. Sensing that there is no money involved, but rather an exchange, Warmaker shoots Grifter.
Grifter evades from his wheelchair, and shoots Warmaker in the head, killing him. Then, he calls Dolby and together they head behind the bookcase in Warmaker’s study. They find a massive negative gamma particle. Grifter tells Jack his plan: He plans to have Jack teleport the WMD into the Bleed to trigger a singularity and send the Authority to a parallel universe. Jack does not agree to Grifter’s plan and says the Authority’s conspiracy is likely temporary. Later, Jack appears on the Authority’s carrier in hologram form. They have an argument and taking the form of Spartan, he warns them of the consequences of their actions.
WITH CONTROL OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THE AUTHORITY FACES AN ALIEN INVASION BY THE VIGIL
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, the Authority have to contend with the consequences of the government conspiracy. The Authority have taken over the U.S. government: NORAD is under their control, they have disabled nuclear weapons, the NAVY has been de-commissioned, the Engineer disabled the Air Force and the Army. The Authority has dismantled the U.S. armed forces in six hours. World leaders are in disarray and officially endorse the Authority.
Suddenly, the Vigil invade Earth. Hawksmoor orders the Carrier to start teleporting people out of Times Square similarly to the procedure in Florida. Hawksmoor, Apollo and Engineer head to Times Square, the Doctor heads to the White House and Midnighter has to negotiate the President’s resignation. The Authority arrive in Times Square and do battle. Apolloflies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet.”2 Hawksmoor negotiates the Vigil’s surrender. Finally, the whole team is teleported aboard the Carrier with the President.
They are showing video footage of the President’s attempt to conquer the Bleed. The Vigil comment on humanity’s potential for destruction and state they have not engaged in combat in 500 Earth years. The Engineer informs the Vigil that the Authority downloaded 60% of their shiftship’s data before it was destroyed. Asked what can prevent humanity from being a threat to the multiverse, Apollo incinerates President Kent with his heat vision. The Vigil calls the Authority “savages.” Then, they depart for the Bleed.
Swift remarks that President Kent was actually manipulated by outside forces. The Engineer says she manipulated the footage to place guilt on President Kent in order to ensure that the Vigil would stop their invasion of Earth and leave. Swift questions the decision and states that the Authority never compromises. At night, Hawksmoor proclaims the Authority as the new U.S. government. His first order of the day is to suspend democratic elections. After the broadcast, Midnighter asks what they do next.
IN THE BATTLE AGAINST PAUL REVERE AND THE SONS OF LIBERTY, FALLOUT TRIGGERS AN ATOMIC EXPLOSION IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’, the Authority is a victim of a government conspiracy. The Authority has taken over the U.S. government and Paul Revere leads a political militia called the Sons of Liberty oppose what they perceive as the Authority’s dictatorship.
The Sons of Liberty are a group of old patriotic superheroes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They take orders from a mysterious man in a Helicarrier in the sky. In a bloody battle in front of the White House, the Authority fight the Sons of Liberty. As Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty are de-powered by the strange man in the heli-carrier, FallOut triggers an atomic explosion.
IN THE FALLOUT, THE AUTHORITY DISBANDS
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #5, the Authority is holding a meeting on the Carrier. They are discussing the possible security breaches that led to the nuclear fallout. Midnighter seeing a vision from future Apollo, decides to resign.
In some ways, he neglects the government conspiracy the Authority is victim to, and is afraid by Apollo’s future of totalitarian government created by the Authority.
Midnighter argues that the Authority has lost its way. In the beginning, the Authority was created by Jenny Sparks in order to save the world. He blames recent events on their current leader, Jack Hawksmoor. Midnighter argues that the fact the Authority has taken over the U.S. government shows they have lost their neutrality: from heroes they have become dictators.
As Midnighter leaves, Jenny Quantum tells him she knows he did something to the Carrier before the fallout. In present day, Jack Hawksmoor make an announcement on the U.S. mass media: The Authority takes full responsibility for the nuclear explosion and disbands.
JENNY QUANTUM UNCOVERS THE GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY FROM THE INFINITE CITY
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #7, after three years, Jenny Quantum is now eight years old and is getting a physical in New Washington. She complains that people keep treating her like a kid She returns home and draws the man she thins is responsible for the Doctor’s death. She visits the Garden of Ancestral Memory where all the previous Doctors go when they die. She finds out that Jeroen (the previous Doctor) and his “successor” are not there.1
As she returns home, she gets a visit from her future fourteen year old self. Jenny can’t identify whether the girl is Jenny Sparks or Jenny Quantum. She does agree to travel with her in order to find out. They travel to Infinite City which houses all the past Jenny Quantum. There, she finds out the man behind the government conspiracy who has been manipulating the Authority. His name is Henry Bendix. As Jenny comes back home, she realizes she is her fourteen year old self. Apollo is startled.
JENNY QUANTUM LEADS THE AUTHORITY IN BATTLE AGAINST HENRY BENDIX
The Authority face the government conspiracy: Henry Bendix used the Rose Tattoo, the Spirit of Murder to seduce and kill the Doctor. In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #12, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to fight Jenny and the Authority. Jenny faces Midnighter in combat and The Engineer enters Midnighters brain and does micro-surgery with “a virus that wipes out any implant installed after the 20th century.”2
Before Midnighter was freed from mind-control, Bendix made him initiate the Carrier’s Suicide Protocol. Jenny has the current Doctor simulate her death as the Carrier explodes. Bendix attempts to transport Jenny’s naked body onboard only for the Authority to trace his location. A battle ensues at Bendix’s base. During the battle, the Rose Tattoo kisses Jenny who gets her first kiss, though the Doctor battles Rose Tattoo. Apollo decapitates Samson and Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix because of Bendix’s government conspiracy. The Doctor turns the Rose Tattoo in the Spirit of Life who joins the Authority. The Authority claims Bendix’s base as their new base.
THE BIRTH OF JENNY QUANTUM, SPIRIT OF THE 21ST CENTURY
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, the birth of Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, attracts a conflict with the government-backed Super Powered Beings (S.P.B) team called the Americans. The threat of a government abuse of civil rights is all the more urgent faced with the draconian measures of The Authority. The Doctor, who is a member of The Authority warns them it would not be a good idea to kill Jenny Quantum.
The Americans tell The Doctor that they know what they are doing. They explain to The Doctor that Titan is blocking The Doctor’s link to his powers and propose that The Doctor kill Jenny Quantum. The Doctor refuses. Titan grabs a plane flying overhead and smashes The Doctor and Jenny Quantum. Suddenly, Jenny triggers an explosion in Singapore.
Jenny Quantum’s attack leaves both of Titan’s legs blown up. The rest of The Authority shows up in order to take on The Americans. Apollo flies into Titan’s head and blows it up. The Authority in their violence and neglect for property, reveal the menace of the Ubermensch, the superman who acts without a moral code. During the battle, Storm-God zaps Apollo with an “ionized particle strike.”
The “ionized particle strike” ate up Apollo’s solar charge and Apollo is weakened. The Commander beats down on Apollo and proceeds to brutally rape him off panel. Jack tells The Doctor to enter Dreamtime with Jenny with another member of The Americans in pursuit. The Americans are called back to base. The Doctor comes back and tells The Authority that Jenny has been taken.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, the superhuman arms race between the United States and the Soviets reminiscent of the Cold War, led to the creation of hangars, filled with superhumans. Swift arrives at The Hangar and with the help of Jenny Quantum, manages to infiltrate.
She asks Dr. Kirgstein, the creator of The Americans to join The Authority. He accepts. S.P.B teams are simultaneously attacking every major city on Earth and The Authority must defend them. They split up.
Midnighter takes on the team in Manhattan, Hawksmoor takes on the team on in Paris, The Doctor takes Moscow, The Engineer takes Beijing, and Apollo takes Washtington D.C. where he confronts the remnants of The Americans.