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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: #WeStandWithReneeandLois Against Financial Corruption In Government

 

UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

Writer(s)

Greg Rucka


Penciler(s)

Mike Perkins


Colorist(s)

Gabe Eltaeb


Cover

Mike Perkins


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

March, 2020

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

#WESTANDWITHRENEEANDLOIS

In Lois Lane (2019) #1, Lois Lane uncovers a financial conspiracy that involves the U.S. government and its foreign policy. At a White House press meeting, Lois questions the White House press secretary Lee-Ann McCarthy. Specifically, she mentions the U.S. government’s donations from financial companies in exchange for earmarks to build concentration camps for immigrants. Pointedly, Lois asks if the government is funding the separation of children from their families.

Immediately, Lois is stopped, escorted outside and removed from the White House press corps. Later, Lois contacts Renee Montoya to begin her investigation. A propos, during the Trump administration, the President’s ICE raids unfortunately led to many immigrant families separated at camps. In addition, in keeping with the comic’s title, Donald Trump called the press the “Enemy of the People.” Certainly, #WeStandWithReneeandLois against financial corruption.

Lois Lane. DC Comics.
Lois Lane. DC Comics.

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FOR RENEE AND LOIS: THEY UNCOVERED A HALF MILLION DOLLAR CONSPIRACY

In Lois Lane (2020) #7, Renee meets Lois Lane at her hotel. There, she reveals she uncovered a half million dollar conspiracy. Namely, Larry Shaw of Agger & Shaw Capital Investments hired his fixer Mitchell Couch.

In fact, with a half million dollars, his objective is to kill Lois Lane. Interestingly, Agger & Shaw donated 8.5 million dollars to the U.S. government.

Renee Montoya. DC Comics.
Renee Montoya. DC Comics.

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AGAINST RENEE AND LOIS: IN A ROOKIE MISTAKE, RENEE ADMITTED TORTURE ON THE TAPE

Simon Stagg. DC Comics.

SIMILAR STORYLINES

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LINKS

Lois Lane #1 in Comic Vine.
Lois Lane #1 Makes Parallels With Trump’s White House in Enemy Of The People (Spoilers) in BleedingCool.
Lois Lane #7 in Comic Vine.
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“Superman Unchained: Deluxe Edition (The New 52)” Review

 

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Superman: Unchained (2014). DC Comics.

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

One of the best Superman stories of the New 52. Gift this comic to your family and friends on the occasions of Comic-Cons and festivals. Available on Amazon.

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Decades before the Last Son of Krypton became Earth’s champion, another being of incredible power fell from the sky. His role in humanity’s deadliest conflict became America’s darkest secret. 
  
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The Man of Steel. His arch-enemy, Lex Luthor. His close confidant, Lois Lane. Her ruthless father, General Sam Lane. Techno-terrorists with a shocking link to the past. All of them will vie for control of this hidden engine of destruction. 
  
And when the smoke clears, only the real superman will survive… 
  
From the mind of superstar writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN: ZERO YEAR) and legendary artist Jim Lee (JUSTICE LEAGUE) comes SUPERMAN UNCHAINED—a widescreen, cutting-edge take on the hero who started it all! Collects SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1-9 and material from SUPERMAN UNCHAINED DIRECTORS CUT #1.

Critically, Superman Unchained (2014) is the best Superman story of the New 52. Importantly, a secret about the U.S. Army and alien contact arises that threatens Earth. And a mysterious ally rises who questions Superman’s humanity.

Together, writer Scott Snyder and superstar artists Jim Lee and Dustin Nguyen collaborate on the story. Though grounded and deconstructionist, the writing shines on the menace of alien invasions. Nevertheless, the art in the book is characteristic of the New 52: big, bold, fun. Moreover, Superman vs Wraith!

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To begin, Superman Unchained questions the place of Superman in the world. Importantly, a new villain appears who questions Clark’s humanity. Dangerously, the U.S. Army and a mysterious alien army threaten Earth. And Superman must choose between Earth and his Kryptonian heritage.

The comic is excellent for your collection. You will definitely love Jim Lee’s realistic pencils, the characters’ muscular physiques and the color palette. This is the comic to own in order to build your New 52 collection.

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The customer review said: “An exiting action packed adventure. the art is excellent, from one of today’s top artist in the media. the story is OK. Well written. Very enjoyable.

My favorite parts where Superman’s inner dialogues, They make him brave and really smart. Shows it takes more than super-powers to be super-hero. Also Batman and Superman NOT being rivals and actually trusting each other. And Clark acting like a reporter and not just being a cover up for the world’s greatest hero.

What I dislike was having the army considering Superman a threat…Again. Its been so overused lately (Superman:Birthright, Superman: Earth One, Superman: Secret Origin, the Man of Steel movie, etc).”

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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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UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

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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LINKS

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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DC Day: After ‘Convergence,’ Superman Amazingly Becomes And Learns To Be A Dad, Protecting The Superman-Family

In Superman: Lois and Clark (2016) #7, Superman saves Lois and Jon from Intergang.
 
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DC DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Jurgens


Penciler(s)

Dan Jurgens


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

July, 2015

IN Squads, Teams And Leagues

DURING CONVERGENCE, A DEPOWERED SUPERMAN FATHERS JON KENT

In Convergence (2015) #1, a depowered Man of Steel has impregnated Lois Lane. During the event, Brainiac gained access to the Vanishing Point. With the knowledge, he restored cities from erased and alternate planets on a planet called Telos. Beyond the Bleed, he located Telos at the edge of the multiverse. Though, the planet was abandoned by Brainiac. To this end, its programming was for the cities’ champions to fight to the death. Only one city can survive. During the crisis, Superman was depowered by a dome that appeared on New Earth. But, on the day the dome receded, Superman recovered his super powers.

In Convergence (2015) #2, Superman and Thomas Wayne help deliver the baby. In Gotham City, the champions from Flash’s timeline have attacked Superman. During the battle, Cyborg attacks the Man of Steel. Only for Superman to incinerate his arm with heat vision. Then, he heads to his apartment in Gotham but Lois is not there. In fact, Subject One, an alternate Superman, has taken her to the Batcave. Quickly, Superman arrives and makes short work of Subject One. Then, together Superman and Thomas Wayne help deliver Lois’ baby. Because Superman considers himself human, he names the boy Jonathan Samuel Kent.

In Convergence (2015) #2, Superman and Thomas Wayne deliver Lois' baby.
In Convergence (2015) #2, Superman and Thomas Wayne deliver Lois’ baby. DC Comics.

AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED BY INTERGANG, JON KENT LEARNS HIS ORIGIN

In Superman: Lois and Clark (2016) #7, Superman saves Lois and Jon from Intergang. During the kidnapping, Jon develops super powers. After a battle with Blackrock, Superman heads their way. At that time, the kidnapped are surrounded by Intergang thugs. As the thugs open fire, Superman swoops in. In the nick of time, Superman saves the Super-Family.

Back home, Lois tells Clark of how Jon was able to escape a burning closet. Angrily, Jon demands answers about his origins. Thus, Superman explains they meant to protect him. In reality, the Super-family is from an alternate universe. Moreover, the Superman and Lois they read about are from the current universe. In fact, they never expected Jon to develop super powers.

In Superman: Lois and Clark (2016) #7, Superman saves Lois and Jon from Intergang.
In Superman: Lois and Clark (2016) #7, Superman saves Lois and Jon from Intergang. DC Comics.

SUPERMAN TEACHES 10 YEAR-OLD SUPERBOY ABOUT SUPER POWERS AND TEAM-WORK

JON LEARNS TO FOCUS HIS HEAT VISION, BURNING SUPERMAN

In Superman (2016) #2, Superboy learns to focus his heat vision. To begin, Superman flies with Superboy to the Arctic. There, he teaches him how to rescue a Coast Guard submarine. Once the submarine, is rescued, Superman shows Jon how to fix the propeller. Suddenly, a giant squid erupts from the oceans. Soon, Superman discovers that the beast is controlled by a crystalline machine.

Quickly, Superman orders Superboy to fire his heat vision to melt it. However, the beam is unfocused and it burns Superman’s back. Summarily, Superman tells Jon to focus his heat vision. While revealing his Superman emblem, Superboy focuses and succeeds. Soon, the beast is released back to sea. Later, Superman reminds Jon that the meaning of the S emblem. Indeed, it means doing the right thing.

In Superman (2016) #2, Superboy learns to focus his heat vision.
In Superman (2016) #2, Superboy learns to focus his heat vision. DC Comics.

DINOSAUR ISLAND WHERE SUPERBOY LOCATES THE TRANSPORTER

In Superman (2016) #8, Superman, Superboy and Krypto are stranded on Dinosaur Island. At the Fortress of Solitude, Superman and Superboy are working on Superboy’s science fair. In fact, they are working on a self-controlled flying saucer. After the saucer is completed, it activates on its own. Then, assimilating the Fortress’ tech, it transports the Super-Family. In Superman (2016) #9, Superman and Superboy encounter Captain William Storm. Unfortunately, he is the sole survivor of the WWII Losers.

Together, they must find a way back home. Meanwhile, Superboy shows Captain Storm a drawing of the transporter. Immediately, Storm recognizes it. And they journey to the other side of the island. There, they meet an ape with cybernetic eye. Opposingly, it orders the creatures to attack them. Luckily, Superboy locates the transporter, which Superman activates. As the Super-Family is transported home, Captain Storm stays behind to fend off the creatures.

In Superman (2016) #9, Superman carves Captain a new leg with his heat vision.
In Superman (2016) #9, Superman carves Captain a new leg with his heat vision. DC Comics.

MEET THE SUPER-FRIENDS!

In Superman (2010) #10, Superboy meets Damian Wayne and Nobody at the Batcave.
In Superman (2010) #10, Superboy meets Damian Wayne and Nobody at the Batcave. DC Comics.

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SUPERMAN LOSES HIS FAMILY TO MISTER OZ OFF TO VISITING THE GALAXY

In Action Comics (2017) #987, Mr. Oz unmasks to Superman for the first time. Previously, Mister Oz was instrumental in Superman Reborn (2017). Mysteriously, he reveals himself as Jor-El, Superman’s birth father. In The Man Of Steel (2018) #6, Superman loses his family. Strangely, Mister Oz proposes to take Jon on a tour of the galaxy.

When Clark opposes it, Jor-El retorts that the Teen Titans rejected Superboy’s membership. Indeed, there is something wrong with Jon. Despite Clark’s strong opposition, Lois departs with Jor-El and Superboy. In case of danger, Clark gives her his Superman costume. Also, he tells her about the button in the belt buckle to adjust the size.

In Action Comics (2017) #987, Mr. Oz unmasks to Superman for the first time.
In Action Comics (2017) #987, Mr. Oz unmasks to Superman for the first time. DC Comics.

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LINKS

Convergence: Superman Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Convergence: Superman Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Superman: Lois and Clark Vol 1 7 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 4 2 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 4 8 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 4 9 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 4 10 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 987 in DC Database.
Superman: Reborn in DC Database.
The Man of Steel Vol 2 6 in DC Database.
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Super Power: Mandrakk’s Vampiric Power Derives From Feeding On The Bleed

In 'The Unexpected' (2019) #7, Mandrakk feeds on the Bad Samaritan, who is powered by the Fires of Destruction.
 
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IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

DAX NOVU WAS THE FIRST SON OF MONITOR-MIND THE OVERVOID

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Monitor-Mind The Overvoid tells Superman and Captain Marvel the origin story of the Monitor race.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Monitor-Mind The Overvoid tells Superman and Captain Marvel the origin story of the Monitor race.. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman, Captain Marvel and other supermen in the DC multiverse are recruited by Monitrix Zillo Valla. They embark on a journey through the DC multiverse in order to stop the ultimate threat: Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor. Stranded on Limbo, Captain Marvel are guided by Merryman to the Library of Limbo to find repair manual for the damaged Ultima Thule. There, they lift the Book of Limbo, which has an infinite number of pages.

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The book tells of the origin story of the Monitors. The Monitors are described as a race of hyper-gods with Dax Novu described as the first son of Monitor-Mind The Overvoid.

After the trauma of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the original solitary Monitor withdrew from reality to lick its wounds, only to discover that one of its wounds had left a scab in the shape of a giant superman made of divine metals. Believing that it was no longer possible for it to watch over its own, immeasurably large body, the Monitor began to subdivide itself. And the first of these subdivided Monitors was Dax Novu.

[…]

But what Novu found was a horrifying truth – the Monitors were parasites feeding on the Multiverse, and they were destroying it in the process.

Monitor Dax Novu, DC Database

WHAT IS THE BLEED?

In 'Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life. AP Photo/DC Comics.

When Superman embarks on his journey through the DC multiverse, Zillo Valla promises him the Bleed, the substance of life capable of healing Lois Lane who hangs between life and death at the hospital. When Superman and Ultraman are fused by Captain Adam into Thought Robot, Thought Robot ascends to the Nil to face Mandrakk. It is Cosmic Midnight, the door creeks, Mandrakk the Dark Monitor appears with the Bleed, or Ultramenstruum in his left hand. What is the Bleed?

THE 52 UNIVERSES EMERGED WITHIN BLEED LIKE CRYSTALS GROW IN SOLUTION

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Monitrix Zillo Valla promises Superman the Bleed to heal Lois Lane.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Monitrix Zillo Valla promises Superman the Bleed to heal Lois Lane. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Monitrix Zillo Valla promises Superman the Bleed to save the life of Lois Lane if he succeeds in stopping the ultimate threat. Valla reveals to Superman that the substance known as the Ultramenstruum is actually called the Bleed in the germ worlds. Apparently, the 52 universes of the DC multiverse all grew within the Bleed like crystals grow in solution.

THE BLEED IS 4-D SPACE

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision to see 4-D space.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision to see 4-D space. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, the Ultima Thule is being attacked by a Bleedstorm caused by the Destroyer “Echo Of Midnight.”1 In order to process what is happening, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision. From there, he is able to see the space between dimensions as 4-D space.

MANDRAKK FEEDS ON THE BLEED

In 'Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life. AP Photo/DC Comics.

From hyper-god, Dax Novu turned into a vampire god and fed on the DC multiverse; he became Mandrakk. It is this universal substance that Superman conquers after defeating Mandrakk with the Cosmic Armor. When Superman retrieves the Ultramenstruum from Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor can no longer feed on the DC multiverse and apparently dies, lost in Monitor-Mind The Overvoid.

A furious battle between Superman and Mandrakk occurred, during which Mandrakk killed Zillo without recognizing her, and blamed Superman for his mistake. Eventually, Superman was able to knock Mandrakk into the Overvoid, where eventually even the thought of Dax Novu faded, ending his threat. Unfortunately, Rox Ogama, who was similarly exiled for his treason, simply assumed the powers and mantle of Mandrakk himself.

Monitor Dax Novu, DC Database

MANDRAKK WAS CAST IN THE DARK MULTIVERSE WHERE HE NOW FEEDS INSTEAD OF THE BLEED

‘THE UNEXPECTED’ (2019) #8

In 'The Unexpected' (2019) #8, Neon the Unknown alters Mandrakk's physiology with the Fires of Creation to only feed on the Dark multiverse.
In ‘The Unexpected’ (2019) #8, Neon the Unknown alters Mandrakk’s physiology with the Fires of Creation to only feed on the Dark multiverse. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In “Dark Nights: Metal,” we learn that Cosmic Armor Superman cast down Mandrakk in the Dark multiverse. Following Barbatos’ failed invasion of the DC multiverse, the Unexpected began to investigate a signal they believed to be an Nth metal isotope. They ended up at Nil.

Mandrakk revealed that he had never in fact perished during his conflict with Superman. Instead, his fall through the Overvoid ended in the Dark Multiverse. Determined to return to the proper multiverse and nourish himself on the Bleed, he began giving off a signal which individuals such as Quench foolishly believed was an invitation. In fact, it was bait, and he fed upon those who came to find him in order to crawl back out of the abyss, eventually arriving at Nil.

Monitor Dax Novu, DC Database

After Neon the Unknown and Quench were killed by Mandrakk, they resurrected before being annihilated by the World Forge. Gifted with the Fires of Creation, Neon the Unknown used his super powers to alter Mandrakk’s physiology: Mandrakk would now feed on the Dark multiverse instead of the Bleed. Finally, he was cast down into the Dark multiverse.

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FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘THE UNEXPECTED’ #7, MANDRAKK FEEDS ON THE BAD SAMARITAN WHO IS POWERED BY THE FIRES OF DESTRUCTION

In 'The Unexpected' (2019) #7, Mandrakk feeds on the Bad Samaritan, who is powered by the Fires of Destruction.
In ‘The Unexpected’ (2019) #7, Mandrakk feeds on the Bad Samaritan, who is powered by the Fires of Destruction. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
The Unexpected #8 in Comic Vine.
The Unexpected #7 in Comic Vine.
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DC Day: “Nightwing: Year One” Shows Nightwing’s Solo Career Is About Building Bridges

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #106, Nightwing takes first flight.
 
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In 'Nightwing' (2005) #106, Nightwing takes first flight.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, Nightwing takes first flight. AP Photo/DC Comics
Official Name

Nightwing: Year One.

Universe

New Earth.

Heroes

Batman, Superman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin.

Villains

Clayface, Joker, Penguin, Killer Croc.

Creators

Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

ROBIN LATE ON A MISSION LEADS TO A SNOWBALL EFFECT: BATMAN FIRES HIM

“Nightwing: Year One” is a tape recording Nightwing sends through Batgirl to Batman about his decision to go solo. In the tape, Nightwing tells his story from his perspective about his departure from Batman. In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #101, Nightwing begins his story. He tells that the event that snowballed his dismissal has been his recurrent late tardies on missions. In fact, he had been struggling with school, his work with the Titans and his responsibilities as Robin.

Suddenly, Robin arrives and realizes Batman is protecting a child from Clayface. Apparently, the situation was the result of a domestic dispute. In reality, the baby was Clayface’s baby. Asked to watch the baby, Robin rejects Batman’s order and goes after Clayface. Eventually, Robin defeats Clayface and the baby is returned to the mother. Back at the Batcave, Alfred welcomes Batman and Robin and goes to make some peanut butter and marshmallow cream on toast. Vociferously, Bruce tells Robin needs to be totally devoted and that he is Batman’s lieutenant. Angrily, Batman fires Robin. Robin departs leaving behind his new costume.

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #101, Nightwing late on mission to an argument with Batman, then his firing.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #101, Nightwing late on mission to an argument with Batman, then his firing. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRIDGE ONE: ROBIN MEETS WITH SUPERMAN TO TAKE UP THE NIGHTWING MANTLE

In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #102, Robin starts building bridges in order to start his solo career. Seeking to come out of the shadows into the light, Dick meets with Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. Lois Lane is curious about who Richard Grayson is. Interestingly, she does some digging and finds out he is the adopted relative of billionnaire Bruce Wayne. Clark’s and Dicks conversation is cut short by police reports. Clark changes to Superman while Dick rushes to the scene with a hoodie, jumping on rooftops. On the scene, Superman meets with two terrorists who want to prevent the then current presidential election.

Superman manages to stop the first terrorist by removing in the air and destroying the bomb that was strapped to him with his heat vision. Meanwhile, Dick apprehends the second one and when he jumps down a building to prevent the bomb from detonating, Superman saves him and and catches the other terrorist. Back at the Fortress of Solitude, Dick and Superman have a discussion. Asked for advice, Superman tells Dick his inspiration for his crime-fighting is a Kryponian hero named Nightwing. Since Dick is committed to remaining a superhero and one day becoming Batman, Superman tells him to find his own “place of solitude.”1

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #102, Superman tells Dick Grayson about the story of the Kryptonian hero named Nightwing.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #102, Superman tells Dick Grayson about the story of the Kryptonian hero named Nightwing.. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRIDGE TWO: ROBIN BECOMES NIGHTWING AND ANNOUNCES IT TO COMMISSIONER GORDON

In 'Nightwing (2005) #103, Robin announces his new Nightwing code name to Commissioner Gordon.
In ‘Nightwing (2005) #103, Robin announces his new Nightwing code name to Commissioner Gordon. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRIDGE THREE: NIGHTWING AND BATGIRL PROMOTE HIS NEW SOLO CAREER

In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl are on a date to promote his new solo career. After announcing to Commissioner Gordon, Nightwing debuts his solo career by apprehending thugs on the streeets of Gotham City. However, he is being watched. When Nightwing finds himself in a difficult situation, Batgirl intervenes riding a Batcycle. In reality, she is Batman’s informant. Nevertheless, Nightwing and Batgirl attempt to rekindle their romance.

Then, they decide to announce Nightwing’s solo career to the criminal elements in Gotham City. At Arkham Asylum, Nightwing roughs up Joker to put him on notice. At a strip club, both heroes take down wanted felons and seem to be having fun. They even head out to Penguin’s nightclub and send the GCPD on his tail. Nightwing shows he wants to build bridges within the superhero community and be better than Batman.

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl promote his solo career by taking down wanted felons.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #104, Nightwing and Batgirl promote his solo career by taking down wanted felons. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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BRIDGE FOUR: NIGHTWING AND THE NEW ROBIN TEAM-UP TO TAKE DOWN KILLER CROC AND SAVE ALFRED

In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #105, the philosophical differences between Batman and Nightwing are clear. Batman does not trust his proteges and wants to control them. However, Nightwing is optimistic and believes in teaching and passing down his knowledge and skills to his proteges, friends and teammates. When Batman decides to test Jason Todd, he disguises himself as a villain and Alfred as Two-Face. Unfortunately, as they drive in Gotham City to their destination, Batman is hurt and Alfred is captured by Killer Crocs henchmen.

Jason Todd meets Nightwing and prepares to fight him thinking it is a gauntlet. However, Batman contacts Nightwing and Robin telling them it is not a gauntlet. He tells them to find Alfred somewhere on the estuary. In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, the conflict finds its resolution. Nightwing and Robin team-up to find Alfred and take down Killer Croc and his henchmen. As the Bat-family reconvenes at the Batcave, Nightwing sends Batman a tape. There, he tells him about his decision to go solo. The following day, Batman sends Dick his new Nightwing costume with a letter showing his support.

In 'Nightwing' (2005) #106, Nightwing and the new Robin team-up to take down Killer Croc and save Alfred.
In ‘Nightwing’ (2005) #106, Nightwing and the new Robin team-up to take down Killer Croc and save Alfred. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Nightwing Vol 2 106 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Nightwing #102.
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DC Day: In “Hush”, Batman Has To Free Superman From Poison Ivy’s Mind Control And Recover Lamont’s Ransom

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
 

DC DAY

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN MIND CONTROL

CATWOMAN, UNDER MIND CONTROL, STEALS LAMONT’S RANSOM AND DELIVERS IT TO POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman fights Poison Ivy’s mind control of Catwoman. It is almost midnight. On the scene of a kidnapping, Batman sneaks through an FBI security perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard. He has one minute and 13 seconds left. Using acid, he burns through the lock and gets into the Shipyard. He quickly takes down the enemy crew who he knows by name: Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.

Having interrogated Spider Hancock, he locates the kidnapped, Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune. Batman notes that he only has 37 seconds left and attempts to get the boy out. The boy is trembling and Batman notes Superman’s smile could have re-assured the boy. He had been kidnapped two days ago by Killer Croc. Within six hours, a $10 million demand for ransom was made. Everyone, the Lamont Family, the Mayor, G.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. but Batman wanted to pay the ransom.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.

During the fight, Batman recalls that Killer Croc send everyone on a “wild-goose chase” and went to retrieve the money.1 Batman thought he had two minutes before Croc would realize the child was missing. In reality, he was off by 11 seconds. Batman is intrigued at the fact that kidnapping was never Killer Croc’s Modus Operandi. In fact, the operation was well-planned and executed. Using Croc’s vulnerability to hypersonics, Batman takes him down with “ten thousand bumblebees at one thousand decibels.”1 Batman ties Killer Croc into chains.

The F.B.I. arrives on the scene. One of the officers states though they may not use Batman’s methods, he gets results. Asking about the money, Batman states someone may have gotten it during the fight. Using his heat sensors, he sees Catwoman leaving the scene on a rope. Batman catches up to her and notes that taking ransom money was never Catwoman’s style. In fact, as of late, she had been on the path to reform. As Batman is about to catch Catwoman, his Batrope breaks. Batman exclaims to himself that someone must have cut it. Batman tries to hold onto a gargoyle but his shoulder breaks, then he falls to the ground. At the end of the issue, Catwoman delivers the ransom money to… Poison Ivy who says that no man or woman can resist her mind control.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont's money to Poison Ivy.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont’s money to Poison Ivy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

DR. ELLIOTT, BRUCE’S CHILDHOOD FRIEND, OPERATES ON AND SAVES BRUCE FROM A SKULL FRACTURE

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Bruce Wayne is operated on and saved from a skull fracture by Dr. Elliott. On the streets of Gotham, thugs witness Batman’s fall. He is bleedy and barely conscious. Batman manages to activate the alarm signal on the utility belt in order to alert Oracle. The thugs attempt to take off his mask. When they are unable, they try to kill Batman. Oracle manages to alert the closest vigilante to Batman. Batman smells the smell of gun oil as one of the thugs is about to shoot him.

Suddenly, Huntress answers the alarm and arrives on the scene. She takes down the thugs. Batman is able to follow on the fight and thinks to himself, that Huntress wants to prove herself. Oracle remote controls the Batmobile to their location. Huntress is startled and Oracle tells Huntress to load Batman into the Batmobile. Huntress says Batman feels broken. As the Batmobile shuts and departs, Oracle tells Huntress that Batman is sure to thank her in person once he recovers. As the Batmobile departs, a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages observes from a vantage point.

 

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground as he is attacked by thugs.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground. Thugs who witnessed his fall are trying to kill him. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the attaché case with half of the ransom money retrieved by Catwoman who is under her mind control. She gives it to a mysterious man. At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth states Batman’s injuries are too severe for his skills. Bruce has a skull fracture. Oracle recommends contacting Shondra Kinsolving but Alfred advises against it, as she is having some issues as of late. Oracle says she will have Dick Grayson wreck Bruce’s Porsche.

At that moment, Bruce starts tapping a name. Alfred thinks it is an involuntary nerve movement. Then, he realizes it is Morse Code and that Bruce is tapping “Thomas”. Alfred thinks Bruce is delirious and is recalling childhood memories of his father. However, Bruce continues tapping and Alfred recognizes the name “Thomas Elliott”, Bruce’s chilhood friend who is now a neurosurgeon. The news report on the surgery at Gotham City Hospital and that Dr. Elliott is being flown in from Philadelphia. Eventually, the surgery is successful and Dr. Elliott saves Bruce Wayne’s life.

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne's skull fracture.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne’s skull fracture. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND CATWOMAN KISS

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. AP Photo/DC Comics

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EXPLOSIVE RUMBLE IN METROPOLIS: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN UNDER MIND CONTROL BY POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman has to fight Superman under mind control by Poison Ivy. In order to recover Lamont’s ransom, Batman and Catwoman have traced Poison Ivy to Metropolis. Poison Ivy has Superman under mind control and orders Superman to kill Batman and Catwoman. Superman attacks them with heat vision but Batman and Catwoman escape to the Metropolis underground system. When Superman vociferates he can’t kill, Poison Ivy poisons him. Batman is conflicted because of his feelings for Catwoman who has a personal vendetta against Poison Ivy because she put her under mind control to steal Lamont’s ransom.

However, with prep time, Batman has a plan. They have escaped to the Lexcorp tunnel systems which are lead-lined. After Batman puts on his Kryptonite ring, Catwoman kisses him and departs. The fight between Batman and Superman is uneven. During the fight, Batman thinks Clark is a good person, while Bruce is not. Though Superman has the advantage, Batman uses Clark’s psychology with a lie so he can’t use his heat vision. Then, he times Superman’s punch and avoids it, to hit High Voltage. Superman is electroshocked by Metropolis’ power system. There is a power outage, then power returns.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman storms out of the underground and exclaims to Batman: “You hurt me. This ends now.”2 He grabs a car in order to slam it into Batman. Batman asks Superman to look up and gives him a choice: He can either continue fighting or he can save Lois Lane who is being held by Catwoman atop the Daily Planet building. Catwoman pushes Lois off the Daily Planet. Superman frees himself from the mind control of Poison Ivy and saves Lois.

Coming to his senses, Superman says they are unable to track Poison Ivy though Batman knows someone who can. Meeting Ivy at Metropolis Plaza, Superman says he has arranged for Maggie Sawyer to deliver Poison Ivy to G.C.P.D. Poison Ivy attempts to leave but is met by Krypto the super-dog. Batman, Catwoman and Superman used Krypto’s super smell in order to track Poison Ivy. Then, Catwoman knocks out Poison Ivy to even the score for Poison Ivy putting her under mind control. At the end of the issue, Batman and Superman congratulate each other for their friendship.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy's mind control in order to save her.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy’s mind control in order to save her. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Batman Vol 1 612 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 608 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 609 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 610 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #608.
  2. Batman #612.

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“Superman: Man Of Tomorrow (Blu-ray)” Review

In "Superman: Man Of Tomorrow", Clark Kent discovers he is an alien from the planet Krypton and that Lobo and Parasite are on the hunt. AP Photo/WarnerBrothers.
 

PRODUCT REVIEWS

In "Superman: Man Of Tomorrow", Clark Kent discovers he is an alien from the planet Krypton and that Lobo and Parasite are on the hunt. AP Photo/WarnerBrothers.
In “Superman: Man Of Tomorrow”, Clark Kent discovers he is an alien from the planet Krypton and that he has enemies. AP Photo/WarnerBrothers.

IN DC ANIMATED MOVIE UNIVERSE

The re-introduction of Superman for a new decade of DC story-telling and animation. “Superman: Man Of Tomorrow” succeeds in revamping the DC Animated Movie Universe and is sure to launch a new line of DC Animated Movies. Gift this Blu-ray to your family, children and friends on the occasions of family gatherings, birthdays and watch parties. Available on Amazon.

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This Blu-ray is the launch for the revamp of the DC Animated Universe. The Animated Movie distills Superman to those elements that make the character work: the farm boy origin, the good nature of the character, Superman’s belief in humanity, as well as his unquestionable power. At the same time, it updates the character for a younger audience by presenting themes of xenophobia, alienation and social isolation.

Do not miss the battle between Superman and Lobo, which is sure to rock the skies and show a Superman unlike we have ever seen before! Superman is being hunted and there may be little hope left for the Last Son Of Krypton.

This Blu-ray is the Blu-ray to own if you want to share your Superman fandom on the occasions of birthdays. It caters to the sensibilities of younger audiences and presents a Superman who is a bit more relatable. It is definitely worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Superman! And Lobo!

The Blu-Ray and DVD formats are highly recommended. The Blu-Ray comprises two discs and also includes a Digital Combo Pack that allows to stream the Animated Movie.

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This Blu-Ray showcases “Superman: The Man Of Tomorrow”. One good feature of this Blu-Ray is that it is available in different prices. The Blu-Ray is available for Free delivery for New and Used with Amazon Prime. It is published by WarnerBrothers.

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This Blu-Ray has another feature. One good feature of this Blu-Ray is that it is available on Amazon Prime Video for Rent and Buy.

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  • “Superman: Man Of Tomorrow” (2020).
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  • Publication Date: September 8, 2020.

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This is a successful revamp of the DC Animated Movie Universe. Superman is revealed as an alien who can’t seem to fit in, though his humanity keeps him grounded. Superman’s supporting cast is strong. The relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane is strong and is established firmly on their professional relationship and their friendship.

Superman is re-introduced in a resounding way and when Superman appears in costume for the first time, the Man of Tomorrow has arrived! This Blu-Ray is important because of its visual style and its story-telling. The new visual direction fits well with the tone of the story, and does away with unnecessarily exaggerated lines and figures. The characters are slim, pointy and drawn in a new animated style.

This product is well reviewed and has 4,451 ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.5 out of 5. There seems to be a great satisfaction with the product.

One customer review said: “This marvelous latest reboot of superman into the present age is made even more stunning by the 4K, HDR, and DTS-HD. The 4K allows crystal sharpness even on large screens (such as my 120″ projection screen), the HDR provides wonderful deep contrasting colors, and the DTS-HD surround sound (in my 7.1 system) is theater quality. For all those who love superman and his cast of iconic characters, this reboot is just wonderful.”

The reviews were overall very positive with only 60 negative reviews. Problems cited by one negative review were with the formats: “It advertises the Blu Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo. I received just the Blu Ray. Customer Service chat could not seem to understand what I was saying. Many of these I end up watching via the Digital, so there IS a difference. Still, a decent price for just the Blu ray but I was frustrated.”

Overall, this Blu-Ray was very good.

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  • 60% discount.
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  • Good Customer Review Ratings.

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  • The DVD is expensive.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


We recommend this Blu-Ray as a successful revamp of the DC Animated Movie Universe.

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DC Day: In The Events Of ‘Superman: Sacrifice’, Wonder Woman Kills Maxwell Lord In Cold Blood

 

DC DAY

WONDER WOMAN SNAPS MAXWELL LORD’S NECK! OH NO!
In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord to free Superman from his control by snapping his neck. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN DC UNIVERSE

SUPERMAN… A THREAT?

In the events of ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord. In ‘Superman (2005) #219, Clark and Lois are watching a documentary about Superman in bed. The documentary states natural disasters are particularly devastating and beyond human control, then it compares them to Superman. Clark turns off the documentary and wonders if the public sees him as a menace.

He mentions recent events at Puccalpa where he fought an OMAC to a standstill and people died. The event turned the people against him and he wonders why the attacker attacked him. The Disaster Week documentary continues and states that Superman’s heat vision is “off the charts by any of the standard scientific measures.” In between, are scenes of Clark at the Daily Planet talking to Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy mentions that Metropolis may be safer without Superman. At that moment, a beam attacks the Daily Planet.

In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Superman’s heat vision is the subject of Disaster Week which shows him as a menace. AP Photo/DC Comics

Asking Jimmy to take cover, Superman takes into action in order to trace the beam to an apartment. Talking to one of the bystanders, Superman finds out the attacker has been using wires and screaming like a crazy person about Superman. Superman meets the super-villain, named Blackrock. He engages Blackrock in combat. Superman attempts to take down Blackrock in a series of attacks then resorts to the use of heat vision.

With an “enough!”, Superman resorts to an uncontrolled blast of heat vision. He pours the energy destroying the camera that Jimmy Olsen’s camerawoman was holding. A gas tank blows and things are catching fire. Even though Blackrock is no longer drawing power from the rock, Superman continues. When Jimmy Olsen shouts to Superman “Superman! He’s done!”, Superman stops. Asking why Blackrock attacked him, Blackrock states it is because he is Superman and an alien. Asking Jimmy how he is, Jimmy says he is alright. However, the woman is scared and flees. The public responds Superman is not human and nothing can hurt him. Superman takes the rock and throws it into the sun.

In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Superman’s heat vision is out of control in order to defeat Blackrock. AP Photo/DC Comics

SUPERMAN IS MIND-CONTROLLED WITH VISIONS OF KILLING HIS ROGUES

In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Superman is mind-controlled with visions of killing Brainiac. In the morning, Lois awakes in bed in Metropolis and asks for “Clark.” She thinks about her marriage to Superman and says she does not understand him. She talks about his vision powers and how awe-inspiring they are. On the phone, Lois says she is worried about Clark because he did not come home. She found it new that Clark looked at her with doubt.

Elsewhere, Clark and Jimmy Olsen are on the scene on the latest Blackrock incident. Clark is happy no one was seriously injured. Jimmy asked the Daily Planet’s science writers to estimate peak temperatures and it seems it reached to about 1000 oC of glass melting. Clark asks Jimmy if Superman over-reacted and Jimmy is unsure. Jimmy does state that Superman used to save the nuclear option to big-bads like Doomsday and Gog and not second-raters like Blackrock. Clark heads back to the Daily Planet and asks to see Lois Lane. Peaking through the walls with his X-ray vision, he see Brainiac flirting with Lois Lane. Clark storms through the door.

 

In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Lois Lane wakes up worried that Superman didn’t come home. AP Photo/DC Comics

Clark attempts to reassure Lois that he is here to save her. Lois tells Clark Brainiac is a friend. Lois says Clark is scaring her. Superman takes Lois away and activates the security protocols at their apartment. At the Fortress of Solitude, he is hunting down Brainiac with the Superman robot. Brainiac takes over the Superman robot and Superman quickly defeats him. Brainiac guides Superman to his location seven miles beneath the ocean in the Marianas Trench. It is the Brainiac Skull Ship. Superman engages Brainiac in combat. Brainiac states Lois he has looked into Lois’ mind and she does not know whether to call him Superman or Clark.

He states the problem is Superman is hiding from the truth: he is pretending to owe allegiance to a world he does not belong to. He is an alien. Brainiac states the humans fear Superman. Superman says “wrong!” and breaches the ship’s hull. Superman says he can withstand 16000 psi, but wonders if Brainiac can. At that moment, Brainiac shows Perry, Lana, Jimmy and Lois bottled up. Superman can’t save them and they are submerged by the waters. Then, Superman decides to kill Brainiac in order to avenge them. At that moment, a bright light erupts. Superman is at the Fortress of Solitude, kneeling, with blood in his hands and the Superman robot at his side. Then, the Justice League arrives.

In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Superman is mind controlled that he is fighting Brainiac. AP Photo/DC Comics

SUPERMAN TAKES DOWN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA IN ORDER TO TAKE ON MAXWELL LORD

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) #642, Superman realizes his visions were a mind control that resulted in him nearly killing Batman. Superman is on the Justice League Watchtower on the moon, inspecting Batman’s bruised. He recognized the thumbprints on Batman’s neck and realizes they are his. However, he refuses to believe it. Wonder Woman who had been standing behind Superman for thirty minutes comes into the room to operate the purple ray on Bruce.

Superman states he did not do it and she says she knows. Wonder Woman states Superman is “the strongest of us in almost every way.” Superman states he keeps seeing images of Lois dying, of Brainiac, Doomsday, Darkseid or Ruin. Wonder Woman says she will join him in the Conference Room where Martian Manhunter has finished his analysis of the security recordings.

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) 642, Superman realizes his visions were a mind control that resulted in Batman’s near death. AP Photo/DC Comics

The security recordings show Superman attacking Batman, slamming him on the Watchtower computer and then engaging turrets and a defense drone. Superman fires heat vision at Batman. At that moment, Wonder Woman teleports on the Watchtower and blocks the heat vision. Then, she ties Superman with her lasso. Strategically, Superman breaches the Watchtower hull twice, once to counter Wonder Woman and then to escape.

Superman says he thought he was fighting Ruin. Following a mind scan to heal the implanted psychotic episode in Superman’s mind, it is found that Maxwell Lord is at the origin of the mind control. Wonder Woman teleports away Batman to safety. As the Justice League prepares to place Superman in a teleportation loop. Superman sensing their menace, attacks.

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) 642, Superman fights the Justice League of America. AP Photo/DC Comics

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WONDER WOMAN GOES TOE TO TOE WITH SUPERMAN

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #219, Wonder Woman has tracked Superman’s whereabouts to Maxwell Lord’s location. Speaking to Maxwell Lord, she finds out he secretly stole Batman’s Brother MK I, murdered Blue Beetle and has Superman under mind control. Maxwell Lord says he has absolute control over Superman and that he has filled him with visions of paranoia. As Wonder Woman is about to convince Maxwell Lord, Superman comes in at high speed. Maxwell Lord has convinced Superman that Wonder Woman is Doomsday and that she has murdered Lois.

Superman fires heat vision at Wonder Woman who can barely get her bracelets up. Then, he takes her to the sun. As they approach the sun, Wonder Woman takes out some Kryptonite. However, Superman punches her back to Earth. She blacks out for an instant. Wonder Woman crash lands in Wyoming. As she comes out of the crater, Superman freezes her. As Superman listens to find Wonder Woman, she hits his ears with her bracelets causing a concussion. Then, the turn of the battle. Though Superman manages to break Wonder Woman’s wrist, she uses birds as a distraction in order to slow him down, get away and find Maxwell Lord.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #219, Wonder Woman goes toe to toe with Superman. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN COLD BLOOD, WONDER WOMAN KILLS MAXWELL LORD

In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord to free Superman from his control by snapping his neck. AP Photo/DC Comics


LINKS

Superman: Sacrifice in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 219 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 829 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 642 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 2 219 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman #219.
  2. Action Comics #829.
  3. Adventures of Superman #642.

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DC Day: In The ‘Reign Of The Supermen’ Storyline, Cyborg Superman Sinisterly Destroys Coast City

 

DC DAY

CYBORG SUPERMAN DESTROYS COAST CITY WITH WARWORLD’S HELP!
In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Cyborg Superman recruits Mongul in order to create Engine City with War World. Photo/DC Comics

IN DC COMICS

‘REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN’

STEEL

During the ‘Reign of the Supermen storyline, Cyborg Superman destroys Coast City with Mongul’s help. Steel, Superboy, Eradicator and Cyborg Superman emerge as Superman replacements during Superman’s absence. Steel appears first. John Henry Irons witnessed a murder of one of the children he was trying to protect on the streets of Metropolis.

John recognizes the Toastmaster weapon used to commit the murder, which he created. Attempting a chase, the murderers evade and John ends up at the hospital. Discharged from the hospital, John recounts how Superman saved him and the promise he made to make his life count. He forges a suit of armor and promises to get the Toastmaster weapons off the streets. He is known as the Man of Steel.

In Superman: The Man Of Steel’ (1993) #22, Steel saves a woman for the first time. Photo/DC Comics

SUPERBOY

The second Superman to emerge is Superboy.

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A group of thugs in a taxicab drive by the Superman memorial statue in Centennial Park and begin shooting at it with their guns. Soon after, they attempt to run down an attractive jogger, but a young boy claiming to be the man of steel intercepts them. Crushing the car, he steals a pair of trendy sunglasses from one of the goons and kisses the would-be victim before flying off.

Adventures of Superman Vol 1 501, DC Database

Meanwhile, the young Superman arrives at the Daily Planet announcing his triumphant return. Lois Lane meets him and is hardly convinced that this is in fact the one, true Superman. This Super-boy begins to flirt with her until he sees a younger reporter, Tana Moon, leaving the Daily Planet building. He introduces himself to Tana and learns that she works for Vincent Edge at WGBS. Tana convinces Superboy to give her a talk-show exclusive interview and he finally broadcasts to the world that he is not the true Superman, but rather his clone. Lex Luthor discovers the news broadcast and summons Project Cadmus administrator, Carl Packard, to his office.

Adventures of Superman Vol 1 501, DC Database

 

ERADICATOR

In ‘Action Comics (1993) 687’, the Eradicator is the third Superman to emerge. He emerges in the Fortress of Solitude, confused and shocked. One of the robots who created him, explains he was created by a mobile field effect. The Eradicator watches news footage of Superman’s battle with Doomsday and flies to Metropolis. He enters Superman’s tomb and picks up his cape. As he emerges from the tomb, he is blinded by the light. He flies back to the Fortress of Solitude.

The Eradicator returns to Metropolis and responds to various crimes. Unlike Superman, he is more lethal in dealing with violence. People speculate whether Superman has returned. Later, Lex Luthor discovers that Superman’s body is missing and is furious. Supergirl bursts into his office, furious that he hid news of Superman’s return from her. Meanwhile, the Eradicator saves a plane from crashing earning the people’s admiration. He picks Lois Lane up and they have a private conversation. She notes he has Superman’s memories but his personality is different. She attempts to kiss him, but the Eradicator evades stating only Superman remains, Clark Kent is dead. He is the Last Son Of Krypton.

 

In ‘Action Comics (1993) 687’, Eradicator makes an appearance at Superman’s Memorial. Photo/DC Comics

CYBORG SUPERMAN

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #78, Lois Lane investigates Superman sightings. She interviews a scientist who claims to have seen Superman. The man states, Superman removed a train with a cracked container containing nuclear waste in order to prevent contamination. He was able to get a photo of him and shows it to Lois. Lois heads back and turns on her police scanner in the car. She intercepts a police report for Maggie Sawyer’s Unit to report to Star Labs immediately. Superman has been sighted there! Then, Project Cadmus intercepts a bogey headed their way for Zoomway Alpha. They send the Sky Sentinels but the bogey is too fast for them.

The figure breaches the perimeter, and Guardian and security men fire at him at Infra-Vision to kill. The blasts have no effect on him. They turn the lights back on and see Cyborg Superman. He has come for the dead body of Doomsday. Guardian seems to recognize him and Director Westfield vociferously denies his request citing legal bindings. Wasting no time, Cyborg Superman breaks through the underground concrete and uses his robotic right arm to hack the vault where Doomsday is kept. Filled with the memories of Superman, he is terrorized by Doomsday. He manages to bind Doomsday and takes off into space as Lois Lane watches. He is the Man of Tomorrow.

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #78, Cyborg Superman meets Doomsday’s dead body in a vault at Project Cadmus. Photo/DC Comics

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CYBORG SUPERMAN DESTROYS COAST CITY

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Eradicator is in Coast City helping put out a fire at Ferris Aircraft Warehouse. When he hears reports of an alien aircraft in Coast City, he decides to stay and investigate. In Metropolis, Cyborg Superman receives a message from the White House of the sighting in Coast City. When he learns that one of the Supermen is in the area, he suggests the impostor may be leading the aliens and departs for Coast City. Aboard the craft, Mongul orders to release the 77,000 carnage globes on the city. With ninety seconds to detonation!

As Eradicator flies through the carnage globes, he is intercepted by Cyborg Superman. Cyborg Superman blames him to be an impostor and to be the leader of the alien craft. Eradicator slightly denies the accusations, and as he turns his back flying away, Cyborg Superman attacks. Cyborg Superman fashions his right robotic arm into a gun and shoots Eradicator in the back. At that moment, Mongul orders all the carnage globes to be detonated. Fashioning his robotic arm into a cannon, Cyborg Superman blasts the Eradicator stating that he cares that Coast City be obliterated and that Eradicator be blamed for the deaths of seven million men and women. Cyborg Superman falls to a huge crater, in his energy form.

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Cyborg Superman blasts the Eradicator and destroys Coast City. Photo/DC Comics

Mongul moves to the next phase and releases seeds in the ground that are to connect to build Engine City. The White House contacts Cyborg Superman and states it is not able to see past “the smoke and ash”.1 Cyborg Superman claims he “did everything possible to save Coast City.”1 Asked what he sees, Cyborg Superman says nothing is left and that he only sees a huge crater. Concerning the craft, Cyborg Superman claims he only saw a glimpse of it before it vanished.

On the other hand, the Eradicator has arrived at the Fortress of Solitude. He is protected by a suit and says he will survive in it. Cyborg Superman is on Warworld. Mongul arrives and asks for forgiveness for being behind schedule. Mongul kneels on his right knee and kisses Cyborg Superman’s right robotic hand. Cyborg Superman states: “And Metropolis is next!”1 Welcome to Warworld!

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Cyborg Superman recruits Mongul in order to create Engine City with War World. Photo/DC Comics


LINKS

Superman Vol 2 80 in DC Database.
Reign of the Supermen in Comic Vine.
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 22 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 501 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 687 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 78 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman #80.