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DC vs Marvel: Lex Luthor vs Doctor Doom, Who Is The Better Villain? (Comics, TV and Film)

 

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In January, we ranked the formidabilities in a potential Darkseid vs Thanos battle. And we looked at the characters in continuity at their highest powers: Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet and Darkseid with the Anti-Life Equation.

In February, we compared both characters to find out who is the better villain. Now, this month, we compare two other A-list villains at DC and Marvel to find out who is the better villain.

At DC and Marvel, Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom are definitely the two smartest humans in their respective universes. For his part, Lex Luthor has planned world domination while Doctor Doom has conquered the power of God on multiple occasions.

To this end, we have come up with a villainy score that compares both characters in eight categories: Sales, Origin Story, Character Evolution, Cast, Quality Opponents, Villainy, Power, Popularity. Before we compare our villains let’s list some rules.

  1. The Villainy Score is rated out of 8 points.
  2. For Doctor Doom, we list only the Earth-616 continuity and for Lex Luthor Post-Crisis, Post-Flashpoint and Rebirth.
  3. Since we are comparing Sales and Popularity, we include the villains’ performance in other media and their Google Search Results.
  4. For Power, we list their highest achievements across Earth-616, Post-Crisis, Post-Flashpoint and Rebirth continuities.

So, let’s compare Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom in the villainy department.

 

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VILLAINY SCORES

Lex Luthor. DC Comics.

VILLAINY SCORE: 5

SALES

For sales, Lex Luthor outperforms Doctor Doom. In the comic medium, it appears the Metropolis businessman lags behind the Baron of Iron.

In 2005, Lex Luthor: The Man of Steel #1 ranked 38 in unit sales on the Top Comics of March 2005. At the same time, Lex Luthor performs very well as POTUS in Our Worlds at War whose first issue ranked 19th in unit sales and sold 59157 issues on the Top Comics of July 2001.

In animation, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited have created the best portrayals of Lex Luthor. And to this day, Michael Rosenbaum remains the most celebrated version of Lex Luthor with Smallville. And the Total Estimated Domestic Video Sales for the series is $151,375,254.

In the movie department, the controversial Batman v Superman movie still gave us a more significant live-action adaptation than Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Overall, BvS earned $855 million internationally.

Doctor Doom. Marvel Comics.

VILLAINY SCORE: 3

SALES

Though Doctor Doom stars in more event comics with prominent roles, he performs less than his counterpart in the different media.

In 1984, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars ranked as Marvel’s first company-wide crossover event and the top-selling comic year-long with 250000 copies sold. In 2015, Doctor Doom becomes God-doom in Secret Wars whose first issue ranked 1st in unit sales with 527618 sold on the Top Comics of May 2015.

With animation, the Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have created the best portrayals of Doom. However, very few portrayals have had the lasting impact that his counterpart has had.

In the movie department, the controversial live-action adaptation of Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was not successful. Overall, FF earned $289,480,691 internationally.

ADVANTAGE: LEX LUTHOR

 

LEX LUTHOR’S FIRST APPEARANCE IN ACTION COMICS (1940) #23 IS COLLECTED IN SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1

DOCTOR DOOM’S FIRST APPEARANCE IN FANTASTIC FOUR (1962) #5 IS COLLECTED IN ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL. 1 (MARVEL ESSENTIALS)

ADVANTAGE: DOCTOR DOOM

CHARACTER EVOLUTION

In many respects, Lex Luthor is definitely one of the most interesting character at DC Comics.

Post-Crisis, his motivations have centered on either destroying Superman’s reputation or besting him through his lackeys. What makes Lex Luthor work is that he genuinely believes himself to be humanity’s savior by virtue of his superior intelligence.

During Dark Nights: Death Metal, Lex may have finally become good. In fact, he proved why he is the smartest human in the DC multiverse by creating the weapon in the World Forge that created Truth Incarnate Wonder Woman.

CHARACTER EVOLUTION

In addition, Doctor Doom has shown he is Marvel’s Greatest Villain. Really, during the first Secret Wars, he stole Beyonder’s power becoming the Supreme Being of the Universe.

Similarly, Doom believes himself to be humanity’s savior. In Doomwar, he has beheld a potential future where he is Earth’s ruler.

However, like other Marvel villains, Doctor Doom ultimately knows he is not fit for ultimate power. Hence, his flaw proves his undoing in the end.

ADVANTAGE: LEX LUTHOR

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CAST

Really, this is where Lex Luthor truly separates himself.

Indeed, as a businessman and the smartest man on DC Earth, Lex Luthor has proven a better leader. In fact, he showed how an A-list supervillain can legally become the President of the United States.

From Lexcorp, to the Injustice Gang, to the United States, even Darkseid and Perpetua, Lex Luthor is an expert at making deals.

During Our Worlds At War, he won even Superman to his cause in order to stop Imperiex.

CAST

Tragically, Doctor Doom has remained a conflicted figure. As a conqueror and world leader, he leads the sovereign nation of Latveria.

Incredibly, Doom commands a religious following and his people actually love him.

In addition, he has sought companionship often in treacherous ways though he has remained single-minded. Effortlessly, Doom could conquer the world, however, it would take manipulation and deception.

During Avengers: Emperor Doom, Doctor Doom realizes that world conquest is an illusion.

ADVANTAGE: LEX LUTHOR

QUALITY OPPONENTS

For the most part, Luthor is at a disadvantage. Indeed, most of his opponents are Cosmic Beings.

At the same time, Justice League: Darkseid War showed Lex Luthor can take on Gods or Abstracts.

QUALITY OPPONENTS

For the most part, Doctor Doom more or less ties Lex Luthor in this department.

Secret Wars showed that Doom’s Quality Opponents are properly Gods or Abstracts. In fact, Beyonder may be the God of the Marvel multiverse.

ADVANTAGE: TIE

VILLAINY

In this department, Lex Luthor may have foreshadowed the greatest evil. However, his humanity shows he can be redeemed.

With the Worlogog, Lex Luthor created an alternate future where Darkseid imposed the Anti-Life Equation on DC Earth. In a sense, this may have contributed to Final Crisis.

In Dark Nights Metal, Luthor joined forces with Perpetua who re-made the multiverse in her image. However, he redeemed himself by supplying the weapon for Truth Incarnate Wonder Woman’s victory.

VILLAINY

In this department, Doctor Doom is pure evil. In fact, he cannot be redeemed. Indeed, his faith in magic is only a masquerade for his lust for power.

In Doomwar, Doom used the purple Man to possess the will of all humans on Earth. On mutiple occasions, his lust for power caused him to steal the power of the Silver Surfer, the Watcher and Galactus.

In Secret Wars, GodDoom rules Battleworld having stolen the Beyonders’ powers. Even here, Doom’s inner darkness makes him a powerful villain.

ADVANTAGE: DOCTOR DOOM

POWER

With his Universal-Level Strength Class, Lex Luthor with the Omega Effect in Darkseid War has a score of 71.5. Though his lack of Teamwork with the JLA limits his potential. His Formidability rating is Metahuman.

To note, Lex Luthor with the Omega Effect is less powerful than Darkseid with the ALE. Which explains how he could not defeat Anti-Monitor. In fact, it takes the ALE to stand a chance though AM is at least as powerful as Darkseid with ALE.

SCORE: 71.5

FORMIDABILITY: METAHUMAN

Strength Class: Universal 84%
Weaknesses: None 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Teamwork 67%

POWER

Though God-Doom in Secret Wars is Nigh-omnipotent in Strength Class, his Hubris and Power Dependency on Molecule Man, give him a score of 71. His Formidability rating is Metahuman.

To note, God-Doom is about as formidable as Thanos with the IG. Which explains how Black Panther was able to go toe to toe with him in Secret Wars (2016) #9. Though Doctor Doom was likely toying with him.

SCORE: 71

FORMIDABILITY: METAHUMAN

Strength Class: Nigh-Omnipotence 100%
Weaknesses: Hubris 50%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

ADVANTAGE: LEX LUTHOR

 

POPULARITY

Generally, Lex Luthor is more popular in the comic medium. In the Post-Crisis continuity alone, he boasts 789 Appearances.

However, Google Search Results yield 12,500,000 results.

POPULARITY

In order for Doctor Doom to match his popularity, we must add the Baron of Iron’s 841 Appearances to his 218 Minor Appearances.

As the winner, Google Search Results yield  98,100,000 results.

ADVANTAGE: DOCTOR DOOM

VERDICT:

Though Doctor Doom operates on a higher scale, Lex Luthor proves to be equally intelligent and a far more human villain.

Lex Luthor wins.

And that’s our ranking!

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DC Day: Here’s What You Don’t Know About Bane, Batman’s Rogue (Comics, TV and Film)

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Chuck Dixon


Penciler(s)

Jackson Guice


Colorist(s)

Shannon Blanchard, Digital Chameleon


Cover

Jackson Guice, David Smith


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

February, 2001

IN SUPERVILLAINS

COMICS: IN BIRDS OF PREY, BANE TRIED TO GET ON WITH BLACK CANARY

In Birds of Prey (2001) #26, Bane seeks to woo Black Canary. First, Bane’s passion for Talia Al Ghul leads him to the Muslim country of Dhabar. There, he enters a temple in ruins. Also, he meets Black Canary for the first time.

When Ra’s Al Ghul‘s assassins fire at them, they escape inside the temple. There, Dinah finds the weapons and explosives of her mission. Then, Bane decides to explode the temple and the Lazarus Pit which resurrects Ra’s. When Bane makes advances, Black Canary knees him in the groin and escapes.

 

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COMICS: ON A NEW VENOM, BANE ONCE RAN DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN SANTA PRISCA, HIS HOME COUNTRY

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COMICS: BANE JOINED THE SUICIDE SQUAD

After Bane lost his hero status in Santa Prisca, he became addicted to Venom once again. In addition, he joined Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad team.

During Salvation Run, Bane was tricked by his Squad members to prison. There, he sided with Luthor‘s faction against Joker‘s faction.

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TV: BANE ONCE FOUGHT SUPERMAN IN DISGUISE AS BATMAN

In Superman: The Animated Series, Henry Silva reprises the role for Bane from Batman: The Animated Series. In Knight Time, Bane teams up with Riddler and the Mad Hatter. Together they intend to rule Gotham City under Batman’s absence.

Under disguise as Batman, Superman teams-up with Robin against the villains. Despite a stronger version of his Venom, Bane is no match for Superman. Though he lands a few blows, Superman defeats him by knockout. Then, he pulls the tube out of Bane’s head.

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FILM: IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BANE WAS TRAINED BY THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS

In the comics, Bane was a prisoner in Peña Duro prison who survived the Venom experiment. But in the Dark Knight Rises, Bane was trained by the League of Shadows. In addition, Bane was the protector of Talia Al Ghul. In a prison in the Middle East, Bane, Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul were held prisoners in the Pit. After Bane protected Talia, he helped her escape.

However, the prisoners attacked him and he suffered serious injuries on his face. Later, Bane was rescued by Ra’s and trained by the League of Shadows. Because of his injuries, Bane was forced to wear a mask that pumped gas into his face. However, Ra’s excommunicated him because of his extremism. After Ra’s death, Talia took over the League and reinstated Bane. Together, they sought to finish her father’s work in destroying Gotham.

 

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The Best Sellers List: The Castling Battle In ‘Superman/Batman: Public Enemies’ Boosted Hawkman’s Rep In The DCU

 

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In our new hotness, we have The Best Sellers List. Here, we cover the greatest battles of a particular character in a comic or series, and how it made it a best-seller. In our new hotness for March, is Hawkman in Superman/Batman (2004) #4.

First, let’s reveal a poll on Twitter. Then, let’s show how it was a success.

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WHY HAWKMAN IS ON THE BEST SELLERS LIST

Superman/Batman (2004) #4. DC Comics.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Namely, the creative team on the story arc is an all-star talent. In a few words, writer Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness collaborate on the story arc. Together, they produced the cataclysmic Our Worlds At War crossover event.

When both superstars collaborate on works, you know they are playing for keeps. In fact, the heroes are not pulling any punches!

THE WORLD’S FINEST ON STEROIDS

Really, Public Enemies is The World’s Finest team-up on steroids. What happens when you pit the two most popular DC heroes, namely Superman and Batman, as underdogs against the DC Universe?

And add to that characters drawn with bulging muscles and oversized physiques! In the story, President Luthor has put a $1 billion bounty on Superman and Batman. Previously, our World’s Finest defeated the supervillains.

Now, the heroes are sent to take them in. Particularly, Hawkman and Captain Marvel are sent in because they don’t hold back!

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THE BATTLE THAT SOLD THE STORY ARC

Importantly, the castling battle of Superman and Batman vs Hawkman and Captain Marvel sold the comic. Let’s explain. In the desert, Superman, Batman, Power Girl and Katana need to locate Hiro Okamura to help stop Asteroid X, a Kryptonite asteroid.

Suddenly, they are intercepted by Hawkman and Captain Marvel. However, Superman is at a disadvantage against Captain Marvel’s magic. And Batman is disadvantaged by Hawkman’s flight. Hence, Batman calls castling. Then, both superheroes exchange partners.

Really, the Superman vs Hawkman fight has been talked about online for quite some time.

In Superman/Batman (2004) #4, an amped Hawkman hits Superman with the magnetic field of the Earth. DC Comics.

Incredibly, Hawkman used the Claw of Horus to hit Superman with the magnetic field at the Earth’s core. Definitely, a Planetary-Level of Energy Projection. Moreover, a question that has been posed is whether Hawkman’s Claw of Horus is magical.

In fact, how it affects Superman’s invulnerability.

Though the artifact may be scientific, it is able to disrupt magical energies using Nth Metal. In addition, it amps its user’s powers and grants them magnetic abilities. For his part, Captain Marvel was able to defeat Batman by outsmarting him.

SALES, SALES, SALES

Really, though the comic did not significantly boost sales, it did result in boosting Hawkman’s reputation. Indeed, it showed how a JSA and C-list character like Hawkman can take down an A-list character like Superman.

In fact, Superman/Batman #4 ranked 172nd in January 2004 unit sales according to Comichron. Perhaps, the series contributed to the sales of the main Hawkman series. During that same month, Hawkman had the highest rank in unit sales within a three month span.

 

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Let’s rank Hawkman’s formidability with the Claw of Horus.

FORMIDABILITY

Strength Class: Planetary 50%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: Champion 75%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: 25

FORMIDABILITY:

STREET FIGHTER

For the most part, Hawkman amped with the Claw of Horus is around Martian Manhunter Level. His Strength Class actually measures his Energy Projection. Since he hit Superman with the planet, his Strength Class is Planetary-Level.

And really, Superman as his Quality Opponent is around Champion Level who can defeat a planet.

However, Hawkman’s formidability is limited by his Durability. Indeed, his Durability is too low to allow him to rank higher. Though his Durability is properly Enhanced or Variable with the Claw of Horus and other Nth-metal enhancements.

QUALITY OPPONENTS

During the comic, Hawkman faces Superman and Batman. Though Superman ranks as Champion, Batman ranks as Peak Human or Assassin.

FAN RECEPTION

Since its initial release, the Superman/Batman series has remained very popular among fans. In fact, it has been adapted to the DC Animated Universe in multiple films such as Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the mega-hit Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

RECOMMENDATION:

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Super Power Explained: How Do Superman’s Powers Work?

 

SUPER POWER

IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

In Power Level Explained: Superman Shatters Epoch’s Omega Barrier With His Heat Vision, we rated Superman’s Heat Vision feat Galaxy-Level. Now, we attempt to answer a popular question about Superman and his powers.

PHYSIOLOGICALLY, SUPERMAN IS A SOLAR BATTERY

The Man Of Steel (1986) #1. DC Comics.

Perhaps, the most popular question in all of comicdom: How do Superman‘s powers work? There have been multiple explanations for Superman’s fantastic super powers under the yellow sun.

During the Golden Age, his abilities were attributed to Krypton having a higher gravity than Earth, granting Superman a stronger, denser more durable skin.

Over time, the Kryptonian’s powers grew and new explanations were added. During the Silver Age and the Bronze Age, Superman’s powers were explained as the products of Earth’s weaker gravity and the radiation of Earth’s yellow sun.

During that time span, Superman truly became a god-like being capable of moving planets or withstanding nukes.

POST-CRISIS

Post-Crisis, iconic writer and artist John Byrne completely revamped the Superman mythos. In fact, Byrne Superman was again the Last Son of Krypton.

In addition, his humanity mattered more than his alien heritage, as Superman was depicted as a human with superhuman powers.

Controversially, the artist reduced Superman’s powers to a more realistic level in order for the hero to be challenged in stories. As an explanation, Superman’s powers were a manifestation of telekinesis.

As a result, his super powers developed because his Kryptonian cells absorbed yellow solar radiation. After Byrne’s departure, Superman’s powers were again increased to be limitless. Visit Superman’s Powers And Abilities on Fandom.

Though this explanation has proven controversial among fans, let’s explain why John Byrne’s theory makes some sense. Though Superman’s powers and telekinesis are ultimately not mental, but physical.

Now, let’s answer the user’s question by referencing relevant research and the comics.

HOW SUPERMAN’S POWERS WORK

WHY SUPERMAN USES SOME FORM OF TELEKINESIS

1. A BIOLOGICAL MOLECULE THAT ABSORBS LIGHT AND PRODUCES ELECTRICITY

In 'JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice' (2003), Stargirl recharges Superman's powers with sunlight.

In Lex Luthor, Action Comics Annual Vol 1 #11, we explain how Superman’s vulnerability to green kryptonite potentially works. As we know, green kryptonite interferes with a Kryptonian’s ability to absorb yellow sunlight.

From a study, we found that a molecule called xanthopterin may absorb violet light in the Oriental hornet. We hypothesized that Superman uses a homolog of the molecule that evolved in parallel on Krypton.

More importantly, the Oriental hornet absorbs light in order to produce electrical power. Perhaps, this relates to Superman’s bio-electric aura and his superhuman powers under the Earth’s yellow sun.

In a similar process, Superman produces a bio-electric aura that powers his telekinesis. Later, we explain why this process is physical.

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2. SUPERMAN'S BIO-ELECTRIC AURA CAN WORK LIKE A SUPER-CONDUCTOR NEGATING THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD

Superman editorial. DC Comics.

Generally speaking, Superman’s bio-electric aura is an addition from Byrne’s revamp of the Superman mythos. As the image explains, Superman’s bio-electric aura explains his invulnerability. Also, it may explain his other super powers. Let’s explain.

Since Superman absorbs yellow sunlight, it is possible that the process reaches very high temperatures allowing him to produce electricity. Though it is unclear how he is able to maintain normal body temperatures and homeostasis.

In 1911, superconductivity was discovered by a student working with the Dutch scientist Karmelingh-Onnes. Centrally, at near absolute zero or at very high temperatures, elements and metals display the ability to conduct electricity with no electrical resistance.

Surprisingly, one remarkable feature of superconductivity is the ability to negate a magnetic field. Indeed, this is called the Meissner Effect named after Walther Meissner who discovered it in 1933. Remarkably, a magnet is able to levitate above a superconductor.

SUPERCONDUCTOR

Similarly, with yellow solar radiation absorption, the Man of Steel is able to act as a superconductor. Effectively, he produces a bio-electric aura that allows him to negate the Earth’s magnetic field at the local level.

Partly, this explains his super powers of flight and invulnerability since he negates the Earth’s magnetic field.

In fact, it may suggest he can be powered by cosmic rays and not just solar radiation. In addition, it explains why his powers of telekinesis are mental and physical since he is able to extend his bio-electric aura in order to perform feats of super strength.

Let’s explain further how super-conductivity allows him to negate gravity.

 

3. SUPERMAN'S TELEKINESIS ALLOWS HIM TO NEGATE GRAVITY ON EARTH TO BREAK THE LAWS OF PHYSICS

In Superman (2004) #207, Superman performs a super speed feat. During the fight, Superman speedblitzes Equus. DC Comics

In Superman, ‘Superman’ Vol 2 #207, we rated Superman’s super speed feat during the For Tomorrow story arc. In a fight against Equus, Superman performed the Speedblitz technique.

Amazingly, with his cells charged by yellow sunlight, Superman is able to break the laws of physics. Let’s explain.

Since we hypothesized Superman is able to act as a superconductor, he is able to negate magnetic fields. Importantly, the Meissner effect predicts he can negate gravity.

GENERAL RELATIVITY

According to Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, gravity affects the space-time continuum. In effect, changing the gravitational field can either speed up or slow time.

Hence, Superman acting as a superconductor allows him to affect the space-time continuum. When Superman negates gravity locally on Earth, we can hypothesize he can move faster or slower in time relative to humans.

Also, this explains in part his super strength. Indeed, he is able to bend space-time with his telekinesis allowing him to lift incalculable amounts of weight. And without telekinesis, the heavy objects Superman lifts would crumble under the weight of gravity.

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4. SUPERMAN'S KRYPTONIAN PHYSIOLOGY MAKES HISE CELLS DENSER AND MORE DURABLE

In 'Superman: Birthright' (2004) #9, Superman protects Lois Lane from gunfire.
In Superman: Birthright (2004) #9, Superman protects Lois Lane from gunfire. DC Comics.

As we already know, Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. From the beginning, writers have attributed Kal-El’s super powers to Earth having a weaker gravity. For the most part, this explains Superman’s superhuman strength and invulnerability.

With his denser and more durable skin, the Last Son of Krypton has very strong muscles and is able to withstand high impacts, injury, diseases and toxins, as well as blunt force.

Importantly, Superman’s super strength allows him to move planets. Indeed, since his muscle cells are charged with yellow sunlight and metabolize energy with maximum efficiency.

As a result, we can explain his super strength, invulnerability and longevity with the fact his cells produce no fatigue toxins.

 

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WHY SUPERMAN IS A SOLAR REACTOR

LIKE THE SUN, SUPERMAN PROJECTS ENERGY OUT OF HIS BODY

In Superman/Batman (2004) #10, Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman vaporizes an army of Doomsday “animates” with heat vision on Themyscira. DC Comics

In Superman, ‘Superman/Batman’ Vol 1 #10, we rated Superman’s heat vision against Doomsday animates. Generally, Superman’s heat vision is the most difficult of his super powers to understand.

In some respects, the Man of Steel may function as a solar battery or a reactor. Since the sun is a nuclear reactor, Superman’s cells may function as nuclear reactors.

Though difficult to really reconcile, since the superhero may be radioactive and emit harmful rays. But his heat vision may be one of his most exotic powers. Since he is a solar reactor, Superman should be able to project energy out of his whole body.

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Finally, his other vision powers are likely an enhanced perception from his conversion of electromagnetic radiation.

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ANSWER:

Under the Earth’s yellow sun, we hypothesize that Superman’s denser and more durable cells absorb yellow sunlight to produce bio-electricity.

Thanks to some form of telekinesis and Kryptonian physiology, Superman can negate gravity to break the laws of physics for various effects.

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LINKS

The Man of Steel (1986—1986) in DC Database.
Superman’s Powers and Abilities in Superman Wiki.
JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice in DC Database.
Introduction to the History of Superconductivity in Moments of Discovery.
Meissner Effect in Engineering LibreTexts.
Superman Vol 2 207 in DC Database.
Superman: Birthright Vol 1 9 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Vol 1 10 in DC Database.

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Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: BIRDS OF PREY (2002-2003)

Collects Birds of Prey #47-49


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In The Chaotic Code, the Birds of Prey embark on their latest adventure. In the story arc, the Birds of Prey must stop Lexcorp’s latest attempt to manufacture a living weapon. Together, collect issues #47-49 in Birds of Prey (1999-2009) Vol. 1.

Perhaps, a Black Canary’s and Birds of Prey‘s coming of age story. Really, one of the most comedic stories of the new millennium. In addition, Lex Luthor is featured as the architect behind The Chaotic Code. In addition, witness Black Canary vs Talia Al Ghul.

 

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DIALOGUE

To sum, the dialogue highlights the different characters’ professions. Terry Moore’s word balloons focus on the subject that is the title: Is The Chaotic Code a hoax or a conspiracy? In fact, the dialogue progresses quickly moving the action forward.

For the most part, the story arc is filled with dialogue and some narration.

PLOT

Generally, The Chaotic Code has a generic plot though with some innovations. Since it is Birds of Prey, its protagonists are female characters. Even the final fight is between female characters and features a street fight.

At the same time, the story is comedic and truly enjoyable. In the comic, Barbara Gordon briefly regains the usage of her legs. However, the end of the story arc resets the status quo for the former Batgirl.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the most enjoyable aspect of the comic. Really, Black Canary shines as the superheroine and the comic’s street fighter. Without a doubt, she is given the best lines and saves the day.

Equally, Barbara is revealed as capable and combat-competent despite her disability. Perhaps, the weak point, Talia Al Ghul is not given the time to shine.

ART

Incredibly, Amanda Conner does an impeccable work on the layouts. As matter of fact, the characters’ expressions are very different. In addition, Conner works to do the characters justice.

Indeed, the female characters are not over-sexualized nor put in risque poses. Though Dinah‘s dialogue and attire are with a lot of innuendos.

VERDICT

Finally, the comic highlights the best Birds of Prey elements. With action, adventure and sexual comedy, new readers have a good jumping on point. Definitely, this storyline is one of the most enjoyable Birds of Prey stories.

RECOMMENDATION:

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LINKS

Birds of Prey Vol 1 47 in DC Database.
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DC Day: Scheming To Recruit Jessica Cruz, The Doom Patrol Attempted To Lobotomize Her

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz.
 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Geoff Johns


Penciler(s)

Doug Mahnke


Colorist(s)

Andrew Dalhouse


Cover

Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

October, 2014

IN REDEMPTION

LEX LUTHOR WANTS TO JOIN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

Previously, Jessica Cruz was chosen by the Ring of Volthoom. After the demise of the Criime Syndicate, the Ring wanted her as the new Power Ring. Elsewhere, at Wayne Manor, Lex Luthor confronts Bruce Wayne. Finally, he has deduced that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Before Lex can continue his accusations, Alfred mounts his gun at the criminal’s temple. Quickly, Bruce knocks Lex down. When Lex notices a clock on the wall, he blows it.

Then, the passage to the Batcave appears behind the rubble. In reality, the billionnaire has come to join forces with the Batman. In fact, he believes a threat is coming to Earth. After Batman tells him a modified tale of the scorpion and the frog, Lex departs. Suddenly, Superman and Wonder Woman alert Bruce. In Oregon, a green energy detonation has been detected. Fortunately, the Doom Patrol arrive to help.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz.
In Justice League (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz. DC Comics.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE AND THE DOOM PATROL FIGHT OVER JESSICA’S LOBOTOMY

In Justice League (2014) #33, the Doom Patrol and the Justice League fight. Previously, the Doom Patrol had come to recruit Jessica Cruz. When her powers are out of control, they elect drastic measures. Heroically, Luthor arrives to save the day. In fact, he threatens to blow Chief’s spine out. Meanwhile, the Ring reveals why he chose Jessica. As matter of fact, she is the lone survivor from a murder attempt by two gunmen in the woods. When Jessica realizes it, a big explosion follows.

Strangely, the detonation reaches to Anti-Monitor. Sinisterly, she tells him of Prime Earth. Dangerously, the cosmic being promises to “consume it.”1 As the fight rages, Lex tells Batman his plan. As matter of fact, the Ring of Volthoom works like a power ring: indeed, it works on emotion. If Luthor can use shock therapy on Jessica’s synapses, he can severe her emotional connection. Drastically, Chief favors psycho-surgery, an euphemism for lobotomy.

'Justice League' (2014) #33.
Justice League (2014) #33. DC Comics.

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BATMAN SAVES THE DAY

But Batman saves the day. Courageously, he reaches out to within Jessica’s energy field. Honestly, he tells her he too is a victim. In addition, she should face her fear. Instead of fearing the darkness, she should embrace it. Reassuringly, Jessica takes Batman’s hand. Together, they summon their wills and Jessica manages to extinguish the Ring of Volthoom’s blast. Finally, Batman tells Lex they never needed him to save the day.

In fact, the Justice League held the Doom Patrol back for Batman, not Luthor. Sternly, Lex replies: “But you will.”1 Later, Batman advises Superman and Wonder Woman to recruit Lex Luthor. For two reasons: In order to keep him in check and investigate Lexcorp. Though Superman opposes revealing their secret identities. Eventually, Superman formally welcomes Lex Luthor into the Justice League. To end, he lays down some ground rules.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #33, Batman helps Jessica Cruz conquer her fear.
In Justice League (2014) #33, Batman helps Jessica Cruz conquer her fear. DC Comics.

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Justice League Vol 2 31 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 2 33 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #33.
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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In ’Doomsday Clock,’ #WeOpposeBlackAdam’s Decision To Harbor Criminals In Kandhaq

In 'Doomsday Clock' (2018) #5, Black Adam offers asylum to persecuted metahumans on Kandhaq.
 
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Writer(s)

Geoff Johns


Penciler(s)

Gary Frank


Colorist(s)

Brad Anderson


Cover

Gary Frank, Brad Anderson


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

July, 2018

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

#WEOPPOSEBLACKADAM AND ASYLUM FOR CRIMINALS

In Doomsday Clock, Prime Earth is divided by the Supermen Theory. In fact, 97 percent of metahumans on Earth are of American nationality. According to the theory, their existence is due to a superhuman arms race between governments. As a result, many nations have created their own superhuman teams. Notably, Russia has created the “People’s Heroes.” Indeed, their objective is to defend against “America’s manufactured metahumans.”1 Furthermore, the Justice Leaguer Firestorm has been angered at his purported links to the theory.

In Doomsday Clock (2018) #5, Black Adam makes a public announcement. As Batman intercepts Adrian Veidt in the Owlship, the police pursue in the air. In fact, Veidt is wanted for the purported assassination attempt on Lex Luthor. As the Owlship hurtles down after being hit, Batman watches the Black Adam report. Sinisterly, the former JSAer invites all persecuted metahumans to Kandhaq for asylum. Though a welcome gesture, we suspect it was to build Kandhaq’s own metahuman criminal army. Hence, #WeOpposeBlackAdam and asylum for criminals.

In 'Doomsday Clock' (2018) #5, Black Adam offers asylum to persecuted metahumans on Kandhaq.
In Doomsday Clock (2018) #5, Black Adam offers asylum to persecuted metahumans on Kandhaq. DC Comics.

AGAINST BLACK ADAM: HE HARBORED KNOWN SUPERVILLAINS AND VIOLATED THE AGREEMENT AMONG NATIONS

In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Firestorm accidentally commits terror. Illegally, Firestorm enters Russia’s airspace to clear his name. When the “People’s Heroes” confront him, Ronnie accidentally turns civilians into glass. Then, he escapes. In Metropolis, Clark and Lois watch the news report. Immediately, Clark changes into Superman and heads for Kandhaq.

There, he greets Black Adam and is in search of Firestorm. Quickly, he notices the Creeper and Giganta. Clearly, Black Adam is harboring known supervillains. Sternly, Superman scolds the head of state for his breach. Specifically, it is the agreeent for metahumans to not cross any nations’ borders without sanction. In addition, Black Adam metes out justice without due process. For his part, Superman is the only hero authorized to cross nations’ borders.

In 'Doomsday Clock' (2019) #8, Black Adam is harboring supervillains in Kandhaq.
In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Black Adam is harboring supervillains in Kandhaq. DC Comics.

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FOR BLACK ADAM: HE OFFERED ASYLUM TO SLAVES ON KANDHAQ

In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Black Adam reveals he is also harboring slaves he freed. Among them, is a youg boy named Nabil Azmah. As a metahuman, his codename is Sandstorm. With his sand powers, the Syrian boy frees children slaves in Syria.

Though, Black Adam is not really a humanitarian nor activist. As a head of state, he defends the Supermen Theory. In fact, he claims some metahumans in Kandhaq were part of it. Certainly, he plans to raise his own metahuman army.

In 'Doomsday Clock' #8, Black Adam defends the Supermen Theory.
In Doomsday Clock (2019) #8, Black Adam defends the Supermen Theory. DC Comics.

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Doomsday Clock Vol 1 5 in DC Database.
Doomsday Clock Vol 1 8 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Doomsday Clock #5.
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Reviews: 90s-00s JLA Storylines, Ranked From Best To Good

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90s-00s JLA STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “JLA: TOWER OF BABEL” (2000).

Collects ‘JLA’ #43-46.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

“JLA: Tower Of Babel” is a classic JLA story. Really, it showcased at the time, why the Justice League was DC’s premiere superhero team. True, Superman may function as the first among equals. Though, Batman is revealed to be the most dangerous man on DC Earth.

Certainly, it is a case of Bat-god Syndrome. The main plot of the story is the following: Eco-terrorist Ra’s Al Ghul has hacked Batman’s contingency plans. In his paranoia, the Dark Knight had developed over the years contingency plans. In effect, they were intended to neutralize each member of the Justice League, should they ever go rogue. Of course, when the plans are enacted, disaster ensues.

Mark Waid and Howard Porter collaborate on this timeless story. Without a doubt, what makes it work is the larger-than-life feel of the pencils. Porter’s lines are crisp, athletic and the coloring brings movement to life. The consequences of the story arc lead directly into “JLA: Divided We Fall.”

Overall, this is the best Post-Crisis JLA story. Moreover, Batman fans will geek-out at Bat-god in the loose adaptation Justice League: Doom available on Blu-ray.

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BEST: “IDENTITY CRISIS” (2004).

Collects ‘Identity Crisis’ #1-7.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2004, Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales crafted “Identity Crisis.” To date, no JLA story has been more controversial. In his “Guide,” Sam Stone at CBR.com argues the crossover event drove deep wounds within the superhero community. Indeed, its ramifications bled into the darker universe of “The OMAC Project” and Geoff Johns’ “Infinite Crisis.”

Chiefly, “Identity Crisis” is near the top of this list because of its inter-connectedness and the insurmountable danger it poses. The JLA is expert at handling crises, alien invasions, wars and natural disasters. However, moral dilemmas are another matter entirely. Simply put, what happens when the greatest DC Universe heroes are put before a secret involving questionable moral choices and tragedy?

While Rags Morales’ art shows the urgency of the situation, Brad Meltzer goes through the thought processes of its heroes in the narration. Then, what we are facing is a murder mystery that promises to rip through the relationships in the DC Universe. So, who wiped Doctor Light’s mind? Also, who wiped Batman’s mind? Finally, who is at fault? If these questions spring more dramatic events in the future, the story arc ends with a twist.

To sum, this is ethics put to the test of DC’s elite metahumans and gods. Precisely, it is why it belongs at the top of the list as one of DC Comics’ most thought-provoking stories. Definitely, this story is an essential JLA story.

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BEST: ‘JUSTICE’ (2005-2007).

Collects ‘Justice’ #1-12. *This limited series is not canon to DC Mainstream continuity.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

‘Justice’ offers a flashback on previous Pre-Crisis JLA stories. In his 2009 interview with Newsarama, writer Jim Krueger revealed his inspiration for the 12-issue limited series. Specifically, Krueger intended a Super Friends vs Legion of Doom Silver Age story. And it showed the Silver Age elements resonated with fans. Indeed, ‘Justice’ #1 sold out upon its release.

Simply, the plot is straightforward. Motivated by dreams where the Justice League fails, members of the Legion of Doom assemble. In a few words, their plan is to destroy the JLA in order to better the world. Of course, it turns out their partnership is the result of manipulation by genius evil masterminds.

So, what makes ‘Justice’ work out is its ambition. By pitting against one another good superhero vs evil supervillain teams, Krueger crafts a “superhuman war.”1 More importantly, Alex Ross’s art is the central draw for the price of admission. Without a doubt, his photographic paintings create an experience worthy of the most timeless DC stories.

Definitely, this limited series is certainly a must-have for your JLA collection. In particular, fans of the Silver Age will love the classic feel of good vs evil.

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BEST: “JLA: EARTH-2” (2000).

*This story is a one-shot.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Decisively, “Crisis On Infinite Earths” put an end to the DC multiverse. However, the concept would resurface in continuity with “Zero Hour” and “Hypertime.” Largely because of Grant Morrison, the DC multiverse would surely come back. In a one-shot, “JLA: Earth-2” recounts the first multiversal meeting in Post-Crisis continuity. Per chance, the Justice League of America meets its antimatter counterpart from Earth-2, the Crime Syndicate of America.

Desperately, Lex Luthor, the unexpected hero from Earth-2, has come to the DC Primary Earth. Dangerously, he enlists the JLA to aid in fighting off the Crime Syndicate on Earth-2. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. Eventually, the counterpart teams return to their respective worlds.

Definitely, one of the more polished JLA stories. In a CBR Exclusive, there is speculation that Earth-2 may originate from the Dark multiverse. Also, do not miss the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (Two-Disc Special Edition).

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BEST: ‘JLA: YEAR ONE’ (1998).

Collects ‘JLA: Year One’ #1-12


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Over the years, DC Comics published the “Year One” line of titles. In Post-Crisis continuity, they serve as important origin stories to the greatest heroes in the DC Universe. Previously, in “’00s Batman Graphic Novels Ranked From Best To Worst,” we reviewed Batman graphic novels set in the “Batman: Year One” continuity.

To begin, ‘JLA: Year One’ is set ten years ago in the Post-Crisis continuity. In short, it is part origin story and part world-building. In a few words, the Justice League of America first forms in order to stop an Appelaxian alien invasion. Soon, the JLA are a sensation on Earth. Despite their obvious differences, the founding members who are Green Lantern, Flash, Black Canary, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter must learn to work together. However, trouble brews. As they uncover the clues of the secret organization known as Locus, the JLA soon learn there is a spy in their ranks.

Obviously, the JLA are DC’s A-list superhero team. Indeed, Morrison’s JLA immortalized the Big Seven: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Here, what makes “Year One” work is the introduction of B and C-list heroes. Definitely, there is chemistry and even romance. In the final issue, is the grand finale with big splash pages of ensemble battles. Though, Brian Augustyn’s art suffers throughout the book due to a lack of distinctiveness.

Nevertheless, Mark Waid’s maxi-series is a fan favorite. Indeed, its blend of adventure, optimism and romance make for a fun experience. Definitely, this is essential JLA.

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GOOD: “JLA: ROCK OF AGES” (1998).

Collects ‘JLA’ #10-15


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, “JLA: Rock Of Ages” is one of the most celebrated Justice League stories. In fact, the Morrison/Porter three and half year run has been touted the definitive JLA. In Grant Morrison’s JLA run, “Rock Of Ages” is the third story arc.

Storytelling-wise, Morrison’s story arc fits within a wider narrative. In effect, Morrison devised an alternate DC mythology with big sci-fi concepts and scale. This thread, of an impending crisis that threatens the entire DC multiverse, runs through Morrison’s story arcs. Dangerously, we envision a glimpse of that threat when Luthor and the Injustice Gang use the Worlogog to create an alternate future. In that future, Darkseid has imposed the Anti-Life Equation on New Genesis and Earth.

Critically speaking, the story appears bombastic. Yet, as the future would demonstrate, Morrison was erecting a Superman-centric universe. In “DC One Million,” that future comes to pass. Definitely, “JLA: Rock Of Ages” revealed DC’s most ambitious story yet.

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LINKS

JLA: Tower of Babel in DC Database.
Justice League: How Batman Took Down DC’s Mightiest Heroes in CBR.com.
Best Justice League stories of all time in Gamesradar+.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Identity Crisis: A Complete Guide to DC’s Most Controversial Crossover in CBR.com.
Justice Vol 1 in DC Database.
On Justice: Alex Ross Talks Justice in Newsarama.com.
DC’s “Justice” #1 Sells Out at DC Comics in CBR.com.
JLA: Earth-2 in DC Database.
Could DC’s Crime Syndicate Actually Originate From The Dark Multiverse? in CBR.com.
The 10 Best DC Year One Stories, Ranked in CBR.com.
JLA: Year One Vol 1 in DC Database.
JLA: Rock of Ages in DC Database.
Is Grant Morrison’s JLA the Definitive Justice League Comic? in DC Universe Infinite.

FOOTNOTES

  1. On Justice: Alex Ross Talks Justice.”

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Feat: Lex Luthor, ‘Superman: War Of The Supermen’ #2

 

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Lex Luthor in his Warsuit.

ALEXANDER LUTHOR
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In ‘Superman: War Of The Supermen’ (2010) #2, titled “The Battle For Mars,” Lex Luthor performs an intelligence feat. In an all-out war with Zod and his Kryptonian army, General Lane commissions Lex Luthor to stop the attack on Earth. During the battle, Lex Luthor uses Rao’s cadaver and time pool technology to convert Sol into a red giant.

How much intelligence does it take for Lex Luthor to uses Rao’s cadaver and time pool technology to convert Sol into a red giant?

LEX LUTHOR USED RAO’S CADAVER TO TURN EARTH’S YELLOW SUN INTO RAO, THE RED GIANT.

LEX LUTHOR USED TIME POOL TECHNOLOGY TO TIME TRAVEL 5 BILLION YEARS INTO THE FUTURE, SENDING A MISSILE TO CONVERT THE EARTH’S YELLOW SUN INTO A RED GIANT.

INTELLIGENCE FEAT:

INFINITE

               

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Lex Luthor used highly advanced technology in order to achieve two things: harness the power of a red giant, namely, the cadaver of Rao; and use time pool technology in order to time travel five billion years into the future, when Sol, our yellow sun, turns into a red giant.

We will calculate these measures to estimate the amount of information required to use time pool technology to time travel five billion years into the future.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

We can assume Lex Luthor sent a missile to time travel five billion years into the future since that is when Sol, our yellow sun, turns into a red giant.

Let’s calculate the energy produced by the sun in 5 billion years. The sun produces 3.846*10^26 J/s of energy.

Energy Produced By The Sun In 5 Billion Years = (3.846*10^26 J/s)(12 months*30 days*24 hr*8600 s*5*10^9 years) = 1.4288659*10^44 J.

Currently, humans have not figured out time travel. According to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, an object would have to travel at the speed of light in order to time travel. According to Space.com, at the speed of light, an object would have infinite mass and a length of 0.

INTELLIGENCE

Lex Luthor used time pool technology to send a missile armed with Rao’s energy to time travel five billion years in order to turn Sol, our yellow sun, into Rao, a red giant. Time pool technology utilizes time travel in order to access different points in time. According to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, time travel requires to attain the speed of light, which requires an infinite amount of energy. Therefore, Lex Luthor likely processed an infinite amount of information in order to arm the missile and send it for time travel five billion years into the future.

Lex Luthor had to process an Infinite Level of Intelligence to use time pool technology and arm the missile with Rao’s cadaver.

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Calculations for Lex Luthor, ‘Superman: War Of The Supermen’ #2

Energy Produced By The Sun = 3.846*10^26 J.
Time For The Sun To Turn Into A Red Giant = 5*10^9 years.
Bytes Of Information In A Human Being = 2.5*10^15 Bytes.
Bytes Of Information In The Internet = 1200*10^15 Bytes.

Energy Produced By The Sun In 5 Billion Years = (3.846*10^26 J/s)(12 months*30 days*24 hours*8600 s*5*10^9 year)/(1 year*1 month*1 day*1 hour) = 1.4288659*10^44 J.
Energy To Time Travel = ∞.

Bytes Of Information = ∞.



LINKS

Superman: War of the Supermen Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Time Pool in DC Database.
Time Travel: Theories, Paradoxes & Possibilities in Space.com.