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SYNOPSIS FOR “SACRIFICE, PART IV OF IV”
It’s a race against the clock for Wonder Woman to save the DC Trinity and the universe from Checkmate and Maxwell Lord.
Witness the bloody battle between Superman and Wonder Woman.
To begin, the art is avant-garde DC art. The artists on the crossover are Mark Verheiden, Tom Derenick, Ed Benes et al. With writers Greg Rucka and Gail Simone, the Infinite Crisis prelude deconstructs the DC Trinity. In the most important story in the event, the artists’ pencils with curvy physiques and high octane perspective in muted and bloody coloring make the comic a true present.
Certainly, Tanya and Richard Horie’s coloring matches the pulp tone of the story arc with the right contrast between skin tone, muted blood and darkness. And the composite pencils of DC powerhouses have distinctiveness. Notably, their proportionate musculature and curved physiques have added fatality. Nevertheless, the comic excels at drama and the panel below shows the artists’ mastery!
In a pulp gladiatorial battle, a mind-controlled Superman battles Wonder Woman to the death in space and on Earth.
The battle to decide who is the strongest superhero!
WINNER: WONDER WOMAN WINS
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All-Star Comics (1942) #8, titled “Introducing Wonder Woman” marks the first appearance of Wonder Woman in DC comics. In the origin story, Diana of Paradise Island becomes Wonder Woman to aid Steve Trevor and America in World War II.
Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston.
All-Star Comics (1942) #8, titled “Introducing Wonder Woman” marks the first appearance of Wonder Woman in DC comics. In the origin story, Diana of Paradise Island becomes Wonder Woman to aid Steve Trevor and America in World War II. Marvel Comics.
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Countdown To Final Crisis (2007) continues the Countdown (2007) 52-issue weekly series. Countdown goes from issue #51 to #27 then turns to Countdown to Final Crisis till DC Universe #0. Here is the Reading Order leading to Final Crisis.
In the series, Darkseid is manipulating the 52 parallel universes in order to give rise to the Fifth World. Meanwhile, Death of The New Gods takes place during Countdown. Importantly, it is revealed that the evil New God is manipulating even the Source on a giant chessboard.
In Countdown to Final Crisis #2 (2008), Orion kills Darkseid. Let’s explain Darkseid’s death.
ON EARTH-17, THE SOURCE PROPHESIES DARKSEID’S DEATH
Return Of The New Gods (1977) was launched by Gerry Conway and Dennis O’Neil with a 1st Issue Special. However, it was cancelled after a year. The series kept Kirby’s continuity and continued its story. Notably, it resurrected dead characters such as Desaad and Kalibak. In the 1st Issue Special, Highfather learns of the cryptic prophecy of the Source saying “When son slays father chaos reigns.”1 When Orion engages Darkseid in battle, Highfather intervenes and dissuades him.
In addition, the Ruler of Apokolips continued his quest for the Anti-Life Equation. Using six captive humans, he created an Anti-Life being called the Antagonist. In addition, Darkseid became convinced that the Source held the secret of the Anti-Life Equation. For this reason, he sought to penetrate the Source Wall.
IN DEATH OF THE NEW GODS, THE SOURCE CREATES A FIFTH WORLD
Death of The New Gods is part of the Countdown To Final Crisis storyline. After the Old Gods corrupted it and split it in two, the Source sought to create a Fifth World. For this reason, it recruited Infinity-Man to kill the New Gods for the Source to be whole. In this epic, Superman and Mister Miracle must race in order to find the New Gods’ mystery killer. In the end, the Source destroys New Genesis and Apokolips and creates the Fifth World by fusing both worlds.
Readers have pointed out inconsistencies in Death of The New Gods and Countdown and critics doubt Death of The New Gods‘ canonicity. For example, Orion and Darkseid are thought to die at the end of the storyline. However, they appear again in Countdown To Final Crisis #2. Also, it appears the Source creates a Fifth World. However, in Countdown it is revealed that Darkseid is manipulating events on a cosmic chesboard. Nevertheless, Flashpoint reboots the DC multiverse and the Fourth World continues outside the DC multiverse.
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ORION KILLS DARKSEID
In Metropolis, Orion arrives by Boom Tube to fulfill the prophecy. This day, the Dog of War puts an end to Darkseid‘s rampage on New Earth and the multiverse. In a duel, an all-out Orion finally rips out his father’s heart, ending him. In the end, the prophecy of the Source is fulfilled and chaos reigns with Final Crisis.
Final Crisis (2009) is what happens to the DC multiverse when the New Gods die and are resurrected. After the Source kills them, the New Gods continue their war in Heaven. There, Darkseid finally learns the Anti-Life Equation. Then, the New Gods are resurrected on Earth in human bodies. Indeed, the beginning of the end.
In Superman Beyond (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. DC Comics.
IN SUPERHERO BATTLES
*In anticipation of Shazam: Fury Of The Gods we publish this article on DC’s top two heroes.
SUPERMAN AND SHAZAM ARE DC’S TWO STRONGEST HEROES
In 2009, Final Crisis closed one of DC’s most ambitious crossover event in years. During one of the multiverse’s most dramatic crises, the Supermen of the Multiverse were recruited to save it from impending annihilation by the vampire god Mandrakk. Importantly, Captain Marvel led in the final assault on the Dark monitor and Ultraman, with Superman as the witness.
In fact, since the 1930s, Superman and Captain Marvel have been rivals and celebrated as equals. From rivals Detective Comics and Fawcett Comics, their rivalry became a sensation when DC Comics acquired the rights to Captain Marvel in 1973.
In one of DC Comics’ darkest crises, Monitrix Zillo Valla recruits these two legendary superheroes and the Supermen of the multiverse to fight the ultimate enemy: Dark Monitor who feeds on the stories of the DC multiverse! It’s up to these two heroes to find the Ultramenstruum and save the DC multiverse.
Let’s look at how Superman’s super powers and Captain Marvel’s power of SHAZAM match against each other across various media.
TV: IN THE JLU EPISODE CLASH SUPERMAN IS THE BETTER FIGHTER
From 2004 to 2006, Warner Bros. Animation ran seasons 1 to 3 of Justice League Unlimited on Cartoon Network. To date, the cartoon has been celebrated as the best TV superhero show of all-time. At Gizmodo, the critic commends its ensemble cast, episodic nature and the strong characterization.
Perhaps, the high point of Season 2 was Clash. In the episode, the naive and well-meaning Captain Marvel comes to blows with the paranoid and cynical Superman over Lex Luthor supposedly turning over a new leaf in his presidential run and building a fusion-powered Lexor City.
With fisticuffs and muscle-bound heroes, it appears both fighters in the strength and speed departments are evenly matched. In fact, durability and fighting skills are the difference makers as Superman emerges as tougher and more experienced.
In the end, Superman wins the battle by dodging Shazam’s lightning blast and which blasts the World’s Mightiest Mortal, reverting him to Billy Batson. Then, Superman covers his mouth before he can utter the magic words.
Particularly, the movie is part Shazam origin-story, part team-up and part Black Adam movie. Importantly, the movie features some impressive action sequences during the battles between the titular characters.
As we all know, Captain Marvel possesses the Wisdom of Solomon, the Strength of Hercules, the Stamina of Atlas, the Power of Zeus, the Courage of Achilles and the Speed of Mercury.
Once again, Superman and Black Adam are a match physically and in energy projection. However, Superman’s weakness to magic makes Captain Marvel more than his equal. In battle against Black Adam, Superman soon loses the advantage.
In the end, it is Captain Marvel that ends Black Adam’s rampage on Earth. Though not without some help from Superman with lessons on morality, protecting the weak, and not killing even his enemies.
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FILM: SUPERMAN CAN ESCAPE A BLACK HOLE
Though Man of Steel received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, the general consensus is that it is an ambitious re-introduction of Superman to a modern audience. Particularly, it features incredible VFX that have impressed fans worldwide.
Perhaps, one of its least celebrated moments is the black hole scene towards the end of the movie. During the alien abduction, the digital Jor-El saves Lois and formulates a plan to defeat General Zod and the Kryptonians.
From Lois Lane, Superman learns they can stop the Kryptonian terraforming by colliding the World Engine ship with his rocket he escaped in when he was an infant.
Since both machines are powered by phantom drives, which bends space, a black hole is created. Soon, the Kryptonians are sucked into the Phantom Zone unable to escape. Heroically, Superman saves Lois Lane in free fall and escapes the Phantom Zone.
Importantly, since it is a black hole, and nothing, not even light can escape a black hole, Superman definitely travelled Faster-Than-Light to escape the back hole.
FILM: SHAZAM RIPPED OUT THE EYE OF SIN
Soon, Shazam is becoming the DC Extended Universe’s new powerhouse. In his first live-action movie, Shazam!, the titular hero took on supernatural threats in Fawcett City. And he had help from the Shazam Family.
In the final battle, Shazam and the Shazam Family take on Doctor Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins. In a supernatural battle, Shazam succeeds in blasting the Deadly Sin Envy freed from Sivana. However, he must still end Sivana’s threat.
In order to save Fawcett City, Shazam flies the powerless Sivana to the carnival where the Family is fighting the other Sins. Powerfully, he rips out the Eye of Sin from Sivana which contains all the Seven Deadly Sins.
In terms of power, at least a Mountain-Level of Super Strength since Black Adam unleashed them in the past, killing millions of people.
COMIC: IN FINAL CRISIS, SUPERMAN AND CAPTAIN MARVEL LIFTED A BOOK OF INFINITE PAGES
In Superman Beyond (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. DC Comics.
During the Post-Crisis continuity, the issue confirms the editorial mandate that Superman and Captain Marvel are equals. Also, it reveals that both superheroes have infinite super-strength.
COMIC: CAPTAIN MARVEL CAN DEFEAT THE LEGION OF DOOM
In Justice (2006) #5, Captain Marvel crackling with lightning, responds to Superman’s signal and rescues him from the Legion of Doom. DC Comics.
For the most part, Captain Marvel has served as a JLA reserve member to call upon when Superman is not available or in distress. In Justice (2006) #5, Captain Marvel answers Superman’s distress call as he is being attacked by the Legion of Doom.
At supersonic speed, the World’s Mightiest Mortal renders inoperable Solomon Grundy, Metallo, Parasite and Bizarro.
Originally, Director Ava Duvernay and Mister Miracle writer Tom King co-wrote the script for the movie. In fact, the New Gods movie had begun filming. In 2021, New Gods was removed from the DC Extended Universe film slate with little explanation.
In our Reading Guide, we show why the Kirby-created franchise is space opera and can take the DC Extended Universe to the next level. Here is our New Gods chronology since their first appearance in 1970 containing the mainstream continuity titles.
DARKSEID’S FIRST APPEARANCE (1970)
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Before debuting the New Gods, legendary writer and artist Jack Kirby introduced new characters to the series Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen called the Newsboys Legion. At the head was Morgan Edge, who headed Galaxy Broadcasting System, owned the Daily Planet where Jimmy Olsen and Clark Kent worked. Secretly, he operated a criminal organization called Inter-gang. In order to get rid of both Clark and Jimmy, he sent Jimmy on an assignment to uncover the secrets of the Mountain of Judgment.
Namely, Jimmy and The Newboys, filmed their journey through the Zoomway. Indeed, they discovered that the Mountain of Judgment was actually a gargatuan space vehicle. There, they discovered a scientific society called the Hairies led by a man called Jude. Fortunately, the Newsboys discovered that Morgan Edge planted alpha-bombs in their cameras to destroy the Hairies. And he was doing so in service of his alien master, Darkseid. Though the plan failed.
In reality, the Hairies were not New Gods. Instead, they were genetically modified humans by a secret government organization called the DNA Project. Indeed, it was run by the original Newsboy Legion, who were the parents of the current Newsboys. The Project had mastered the human genome and could clone humans from cells. In Post-Crisis Continnuity, The DNA Project was used under the name of the Cadmus Project.
In 1971, New Gods debuted. In the first issue, Jack Kirby introduced the New God Orion, who with his friend Lightray came from the paradise New Genesis. Together, they lived on the hovering city called Supertown where Highfather, in contact with the Source received messages on the wall.
The Source prophesied that in order for Orion to stop Darkseid’s quest for the Anti-Life Equation, he had to journey to Apokolips then to Earth. On Apokolips, Orion found four people whom Darkseid believed held a fragment of the Anti-Life Equation. He freed them, then returned them to Earth. On his travels to Earth, Darkseid used Mother Box to hide his face and adopt a civilian identity called O’Ryan.
Originally, the war between New Genesis and Apokolips started when Darkseid’s uncle, Steppenwolf, murdered Avia, Izaya’s wife. In retaliation, the ruler of New Genesis invaded Apokolips which was ruled by Queen Heggra, Darkseid’s mother. In the shadows, Darkseid gave Metron Element X so that he would assist. In return, Metron created the Boom Tube which Darkseid used to teleport to Apokolips. Desperate, Izaya pled and the Source evolved him into Highfather. Then, a truce was made where both rulers would exchange their sons, Scott Free and Orion.
After the Crisis On Infinite Earths reboot, John Ostrander and comic legend John Byrne re-launched the New Gods. Though, the New Gods continuity was maintained. In Legends, Darkseid schemes against the heroes of Earth to undermine their credibility. To this end, the God of evil unleashes two monsters from Apokoips, Macro-Man and Brimstone. Prominently, the Justice League launched its high profile series.
In the crossover event, the New Gods begin to feature prominently in Superman titles. Importantly, Darkseid transported Superman to Apokolips with his Omega Effect. There, he was transported to Armagetto where he was an amnesiac though a hero to the Lowlies. Orion and Lightray traveled to Apokolips to rescue Superman who had been indoctrinated by Granny Goodness. With the Mother Box, the sentient computer, Superman was restored. After a fight with Darkseid, Superman managed to outrace th Omega Effect, hitting Darkseid. Then, the Man of Steel was sent back to Earth.
In 1989, New Gods debuted its third series. Particularly, it followed the events after the Cosmic Odyssey four-issue limited series. The new series centers on the struggle between New Genesis and the Insect Empire for Supertown’s governing power. In addition, it tells of Apokolips’ attempts to continue its war on Earth. Again, the central protagonist is Orion of NewGenesis.
THE NEW GODS (1995-97)
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Legendary artist and writer John Byrne debuts on New Gods vol. 4. The premise of the series is the end of Darkseid’s quest for the Anti-Life Equation. Now convinced that it does not exist, the ruler of Apokolips seeks to control the Source. After unleashing a wave of darkness across the universe, Darkseid’s plan is foiled by Orion. In an anticipated showdown, Orion heads into space to confront his father. In the Source, the New Gods duel until one final victor emerges: Orion.
Catastrophically, Darkseid’s death sent shockwaves through New Genesis and Apokolips. Indeed, both planets were destabilized by the imbalance between Good and Evil. In order to prevent the unleashing of the Old God S’ivaa, Highfather started a self-imprisonment in an asylum. However, S’ivaa who slumbered in the eternal sea, was free! After he began his dance of universal destruction, Highfather recruited Superman and Orion to hold it off. Successfully, S’ivaa was imprisoned on the Source Wall though Darkseid and Highfather melted in its fire.
JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD (1997)
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Legendary artist and writer John Byrne created a unified origin story for the New Gods and the Old Gods. In the beginning, there was a First World seedless and ormless. Then, there was a Second World home of the Old Gods. After, the Godwave seeded the universe with divinity and the potential for super powers. Also, there was a Third World where the gods having attained adulthood warred for thousands of years. Then, it exploded into two planets, Apokolips and New Genesis called the Fourth World.
JUSTICE LEAGUE (2011)
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In 2011, the New 52 re-launch rebooted the DC Universe with 52 parallel universes. For this reason, many characters’ origins were changed while others were removed. In the new origin of the Justice League, Darkseid invades Prime Earth in its first alien invasion with his arm of parademons.
In 2012, Darkseid continues his conquest of the DC Multiverse. On Earth-2, he sends Steppenwolf to conquer it. There, he finds opposition from Superman though Wonder Woman loves him. On Apokolips, Big Barda falls in love with Scot Free and the two escape. They are randed as traitors. In the battle for Earth-2, Steppenwolf impales Wonder Woman and kills Superman. After the invasion, the Earth is left cratered and Steppenwolf and his armes escape to Earth-0.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR (2015)
In 2015, acclaimed writer Geoff Johns worked on the final storyline of the New 52. Justice League: Darkseid War is a masterful crossover that adds to the New Gods mythology. According to Amazon prophecy, the child of Darkseid and Myrina Black is going to usher a new darkness on Earth. Known as Grail, she summons the Anti-Monitor in order to conquer Earth and kill Darkseid. In his quest for the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid invades Earth though it leads to fatality. Caught between a godly war, Wonder Woman and the Justice League must save Prime Earth or become gods!
KIRBY SPECIALS (2017)
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Mister Miracle (1971–74)
Return of the New Gods • 1977 Revival (Earth-17)
Mister Miracle, 1977 Revival (Earth-17)
The New Gods v.2 (reprint series, 1984) + The Hunger Dogs Graphic Novel (1985)
The Forever People v.2 (limited series, 1988)
Cosmic Odyssey (1988)
Mister Miracle v.2 (1989–91) + Justice League International (1986–90)
Mister Miracle v.3 (1996)
Orion (2000–02) + JLA (1998–2000)
Seven Soldiers + Death of the New Gods + Final Crisis (2005–08)
In the Post-Crisis continuity, Superman has been the Justice League of America’s public figure as well as its tactical commander. In fact, Superman’s leadership commands respect from his peers. In contrast, Wonder Woman has played a similar role, particularly due to her expertise in war and her role as a diplomatic embassador for Themyscira.
Let’s list five reasons why Superman is the Justice League’s true inspiration and five reasons why Wonder Woman’s leadership uncovers deception and sees the vision of the DC Universe.
10. IN THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN PROTECTS THE LEAGUE AGAINST DOOMSDAY
The Death Of Superman (2018) is the 11th installment in the DC Animated Movie Universe. In the movie, the monster named Doomsday is on a rampage across the United States and it is up to the Justice League to stop it. When the situation seems hopeless, Wonder Woman arises to fight the monster. Though she eventually loses, her leadership causes Superman to go all-out.
9. IN JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR, SUPERMAN LEADS THE LEAGUE INTO WAR AGAINST APOKOLIPS
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020), is the final installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. At the beginning of the movie, Superman formulates a plan to invade Apokolips in order to prevent war on Earth. But Superman and the Justice League Dark are captured. After the Justice League’s forces are destroyed, John Constantine enacts a plan to save them. Finally, Superman is freed from Darkseid’s control on Apokolips. In the finale, an amped Superman takes on Darkseid toe-to-toe.
8. IN SUPERMAN: SACRIFICE, WONDER WOMAN FREES SUPERMAN FROM MAXWELL LORD’S MIND-CONTROL
In Superman: Sacrifice, Superman has attacked Batman at the Watchtower. After, the Justice League discovers that Maxwell Lord mind-controls Superman and has taken control of Brother Eye. Violently, Superman attacks the League and escapes. Now, with her powers of Truth, Wonder Woman tracks him down and locates Checkmate. After a vicious battle, Wonder Woman kills Maxwell to free Superman from his delusions. Really, a controversial decision that created a crisis of leadership in the Justice League. Importantly, it contributed to Infinite Crisis.
7. IN INFINITE CRISIS, SUPERMAN STOPS SUPERBOY-PRIME WITHOUT KILLING
In Infinite Crisis, the 52 universes in the DC multiverse are threatened of destruction by Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor Jr. Indeed, the villains seek to destroy the 52 earths to restore Earth-Prime, the perfect Earth. In a crisis of leadership, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen rise to save the multiverse. On the Green Lantern planet Mogo, a depowered Earth-One Superman defeats a depowered Superboy-Prime after flying through a red sun, delivering a speech that inspired fans.
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6. IN ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN LEADS THE LEAGUE IN BATTLE
In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Wonder Woman shows why she is the League’s tactical leader. With Superman inactive, Wonder Woman leads the League in battle against Steppenwolf and the parademons. When Batman decides to sacrifice himself to drive Steppenwolf’s army away, Wonder Woman rallies the League to help him. Again, she saves Batman from death at the hands of Apokoliptian armies. In the end, she decapitates Steppenwolf with her magical sword.
5. IN BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN SACRIFICES HIMSELF TO KILL DOOMSDAY
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the second movie in Snyder’s trilogy. In the movie, Superman and Batman clash after Lex Luthor stages a political intrigue. In the finale, both heroes must fight with Wonder Woman against Doomsday, Luthor’s mutated Zod. In order to save the Earth and Lois Lane, Superman sacrifices himself, killing Doomsday with a kryptonite spear.
4. IN DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL, WONDER WOMAN CREATES THE FIRST ANTI-CRISIS
In Dark Nights: Death Metal, the DC heroes must stop an invasion from The Batman Who Laughs and the Dark multiverse. In order to stop the dangers to the multiverse once and for all, Wonder Woman leads the heroes into the first Anti-Crisis. After one final battle, she defeats The Batman Who Laughs in the death sun. At the end, the DC multiverse is restored with no frontiers and all the crises in continuity remembered.
3. IN FINAL CRISIS, SUPERMAN RESTORES THE DC MULTIVERSE
In Final Crisis, Darkseid finally conquered the Anti-Life Equation. Now, he set out to create a Fifth World on New Earth. During the crisis, even Nil is threatened by destruction by the Equation. In the end, Darkseid destroys the entirety of the DC multiverse, past, present and future. Only a group of heroes and civilians remain in space on the Watchtower. Proving to be the Justice League’s true leader, Superman uses his remaining stores of solar energy to activate the Miracle Machine and restore the DC multiverse. Though it was not the last crisis, since the multiverse was rebooted again after Flashpoint.
2. WONDER WOMAN REFUSES TO ASCEND AMONG THE QUINTESSENCE TO REMAIN HUMAN
With Infinite Frontier (2021) #0, the Quintessence shows Wonder Woman a vision of the new DC multiverse. Then, they congratulate the heroine and propose her to ascend into their ranks as a goddess. However, Wonder Woman declines to preserve her humanity and fight the impending darkness.
1. SUPERMAN INSPIRES PEOPLE BY REVEALING HIS SECRET IDENTITY
Perhaps, the greatest reason why Superman is the Justice League‘s best leader is his example. In Superman (2020) #18, Superman finally comes out and reveals his secret identity to the public. Though his peers questioned his decision and Batman feared mind control. At the same time, the decision also worsened his hero status. Definitely, a decision of momentous proportions that changed the status quo and shows how much the Man of Steel can inspire people around the world.
Perhaps, the most difficult question in all of comicdom: How do Doomsday’s powers work? Though there have been multiple explanations for Superman’s fantastic super powers under the yellow sun, there have been few for his nemesis’.
When Doomsday first appeared in Superman: The Man of Steel (1992) #18, very little was known of it. To begin, it escaped the bowels of the Earth and dug his way through to Earth’s surface. Then, it began its rampage across America; and Superman and the JLA had to stop it.
After the JLA was defeated, Superman was the only one left to stand against the monster. Soon, it became clear the creature was a foe of overwhelming power, and only an all-out Superman could stand a chance.
Heroically, the battle led to the Death of Superman in Metropolis, who stopped the monster.
DOOMSDAY’S ORIGIN STORY
A few years later, Doomsday creator Dan Jurgens gave fans an origin story about the creature. During the mini-series called Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, we learn of the Legend of Krypton. Originally, the creature is a creation of geneticist, Bertron, on early Krypton.
Through forced evolution, the baby that evolved to become Doomsday was cloned and harvested after exposure to its harsh conditions. Finally, it was born: The Ultimate!
Particularly, with its powers of reactive evolution and immortality, Doomsday resurrects from death and evolves abilities beyond what killed it.
In the comic, the monster appeared every bit as ferocious and even powerful enough to put Darkseid near death. In the end, an amped Superman and Waverider triumphed over the monster by sending him to the end of the universe.
Since Doomsday is from Krypton, we theorize that he is also a solar battery similar to Superman. Though his rocky exterior precludes the existence of any organs, he may possess the ability of solar absorption through his rocky skin. Let’s explain its powers below.
HOW DOOMSDAY’S POWERS WORK
WHY DOOMSDAY IS AN ORGANIC LIFE-FORM
1. GRAPHITE IS A NATURAL MATERIAL WITH THE HIGHEST MELTING POINT ON EARTH
In Superman/Batman (2004) #10, Superman vaporizes an army of Doomsday animates with his heat vision. Though we rated the feat Stellar-Level in Energy Projection, let’s explain Doomsday’s durability.
In fact, H/P Doomsday withstood an explosion equal to a million nuclear blasts in his fight against Superman on Calaton. Indeed, Doomsday’s rocky exterior and his solid mass precludes the need for organs.
Moreover, we theorize that Doomsday’s rocky exterior is due to metamorphism and may be composed of graphite. In fact, we can explain Doomsday’s incredible durability, adaptation and controlled bone growth as results of this material.
When the creature was repeatedly exposed to the harsh environment on Krypton and its deadly creatures, it is possible that his body underwent metamorphism or even a process similar to the formation of igneous rocks in magma.
Since the primary feature of organic life is that it is carbon-based, it is possible that at least 99 percent of Doomsday’s body is composed of only carbon.
Certainly, the exact composition of his body is unknown but his rocky exterior suggests his skin is composed of the hardest materials on Earth, probably a hard and rocky material such as graphite. Importantly, graphite can have a melting point of 4000 degrees Celsius.
Also, we know graphite has out of space origins, from meteor deposits. Hence, it is possible for the material to have existed on prehistoric Krypton.
Moreover, Doomsday’s reactive evolution and controlled bone growth may be a metamorphism as a result of injury.
As the Batman v. Superman video suggests, injury seems to trigger this process of bone formation similar to igneous rock formation due to increased pressure and temperature inside the Earth.
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2. THE PROCESS OF METAMORPHISM REQUIRES 75000 PSI IN THE EARTH'S MANTLE
Doomsday. DC Comics.
Generally speaking, Doomsday’s boundless super-strength is a result of extreme natural conditions. Since Doomsday was created on prehistoric Krypton, his physiology and appearance reflect the conditions of the era.
Moreover, we know the conditions inside the Earth’s mantle reflect more or less the harsh conditions on prehistoric Earth. Similarly, we theorize that Doomsday’s boundless super-strength and reactive evolution are suited to a more prehistoric environment.
Given that the pressure at the core of the Earth is 360 GigaPascals, Doomsday can reach Planetary-Level of Super Strength. However, his battles with Superman and Darkseid suggest the creature may have an unlimited amount of strength.
Moreover, since Superman has normal strength on Krypton, the gravity on Krypton has been estimated to be at least a 100G. In fact, it means under Sol, Doomsday is at least a 100 times stronger. Definitely, a Stellar to Solar System-Level of Super Strength.
In fact, his immortality and reactive evolution may be due to a molecular or nuclear bonding to natural forces and processes like volcanoes, geothermal vents or even earthquakes. In a sense, he is a force of nature.
In Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994) #3, Superman manages to permanently stop Doomsday. Using Waverider’s Temporal Transporter, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe killing it. Fortunately, Waverider recovers from Doomsday’s attack and saves Superman from death, transporting him back to the present.
In some respects, Doomsday may function as a solar battery or a reactor. Previously, we theorized that Superman functioned similarly. At the same time, the basis for Doomsday’s powers may be what is termed the Photonucleic Effect.
Under a class-G Yellow Star, Doomsday’s carbon atoms may have the ability to absorb sunlight granting them additional properties. As a result, the Kryptonian creature may display incredible abilities. In fact, early Krypton may have been under a yellow star.
Certainly, Doomsday’s super-strength, super speed and immortality may be effects of the photonucleic effect. Though he has no cells, his solid mass does comprise of carbon atoms that have the potential to develop the abilities of a Kryptonian under a yellow sun.
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