Fan Theory: ‘Superman And The Authority’ Team-Up On Warworld Sets Up The League Of United Planets

FAN THEORY

In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

TEAM-UPS

IN ‘FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN: WORLDS OF WAR’, SUPERMAN FIGHTS IN GLADIATORIAL COMBATS ON WARWORLD

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, a powerless Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. Superman is absent from Earth and groups of worshippers have gathered in Smallville to worship and remember him. Sadie, a young girl from Gotham City, arrives in Smallville. She meets with a group of people that were saved by Superman. As the people recount Superman’s superhuman deeds, Sadie reveals to them that the one that saved her was not Superman, but Clark.

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Superman attempts to free the slaves on Warworld. In his latest combat, Superman loses his right eye and fails to protect a slave called Eyiitsha. Attracting Mongul’s attention, Mongul kills Superman. Imprisoned in a room, Mongul reminds Superman he is Mongul’s slave and that he has killed him many times in the past. He wants Superman to become his soldier and massacre everyone on Earth. However, Superman vows to free all the slaves on Warworld and have Mongul pay for every life he has taken before he returns to Earth..

In 'Future State: Worlds Of War: Superman' (2021) #1, Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld.
In ‘Future State: Worlds Of War: Superman’ (2021) #1, Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. AP Photo/DC Comics.

‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ TEAM-UPS TO FREE SLAVES ON WARWORLD

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, Superman has enlisted Midnighter’s help on Warworld. As he attempts to help Superman, he receives a “mystery box” from a familiar voice. The voice tells Midnighter Trojan Solutions is developing an isotope similar to Kryptonite capable of eradicating all life. Midnight accepts the mission to save Superman and the galaxy. Midnighter attempts to teleport with the Door, but it will not work. The mysterious voice helps Midnighter get on the Chrysalis space station and infiltrate Trojan Solutions.

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Midnighter has infiltrated Trojan Solutions. 10 years into the future, in the control room, he meets an Apollo facsimile. In reality, Apollo turns out to be a cyborg called Andrej Trojan, founder of Trojan Solutions. His hatred for organic life, caused him to evolve into a cyborg. Using Warworld waste, he synthesized a mineral called Nirhodium in order to eradicate organic life. Using his supercomputer and his past self, Midnighter defeats Andrej. He returns to the present on Warworld and manages to blow up the Chrysalis orbital station.

In a solicit, DC Comics revealed the purpose of the upcoming ‘Superman and The Authority’ mini-series.

Superman And The Authority #1 (Of 4)

  • Written by GRANT MORRISON
  • Art by MIKEL JANIN
  • On Sale July 20
  • If Superman is to free the prisoners of Warworld, he’s going to need help, the kind of help that doesn’t scream “Justice League.” Fortunately, multi-Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison (Wonder Woman: Earth One, The Green Lantern) and fan-favorite artist Mikel Janín (Batman, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War) have the solution in the form of a new four-issue limited series, Superman and The Authority.
  • Launching July 20, this new team will be led by Manchester Black, and combine original members Midnighter and Apollo with new members Enchantress and Natasha Irons, as well as new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. This new team will have to learn to work together, and fast, as the Ultra-Humanite has formed his own team of villains to take out the Man of Steel.
  • This new limited series will help launch an all-new status quo for Superman, setting up story elements that will impact both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come.
'Superman And The Authority' (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority.
‘Superman And The Authority’ (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FAN THEORY: ‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ SETS UP SUPERMAN AS AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED PLANETS

In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

THE SYNMAR UTOPICA BATTLE PROVES SUPERMAN IS THE TRUE PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY

Bleeding Cool reported a year ago on the ‘Superman and the Authority’ scoop. DC wanted to shake the Superman status-quo and showed Superman at the head of a more violent and brutal form of superheroing as featured on Warworld. The article hinted at Superman becoming King of The Earth in relation to the United Planets. This is also a reference to the “Mythological” storyline that ran in ‘Superman’ #25-28.

In ‘Superman’ (2020) #25, we are told the origin story of the Synmar alien Eisno Alkor. The aliens on Synmar watched the destruction of Krypton and Kal-El rocketed to Earth. They understood that a Kryptonian exposed to a yellow sun could become a light-god. Some Synmar wanted to destroy the child but they were stopped by President Dreti who told them the Lords of Light, deities worshipped on Synmar, strictly forbid the murder of an innocent child.

In 'Superman' (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages.
In ‘Superman’ (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Eisno Alkor was a young soldier chosen by the Synmar as a protection against Superman. President Dreti had a conversation with Eisno and told him he would represent the Synmar across the galaxy. Eisno accepted the duty. Back from a successful space mission, the people celebrate Eisno and declare Synmar Utopica. That night, the officials at the Synmar Palace are murdered with images of Superman hanging there. In ‘Superman’ #26-27, Synmar and Superman battle at the Daily Planet and in the Phantom Zone.

In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Synmar brings Superman to Synmar in order to inspire the people. Galana, Synmar’s light partner, connects Superman to the light of Synmar. Galana explains to Superman that Synmar Utopica was meant to protect Synmar against Superman. However, Eisno or Synmar Utopica became a conqueror and murdered his people. Superman offers his help. Since Synmar orbits an orange sun, Galana equips Superman with a suit to fight evenly. Superman emerges victorious from his battle with Synmar.

In 'Superman' (2021) #28, Superman battles Synmar.
In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Superman battles Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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WHAT IS THE UNITED PLANETS BRIGADE?

The United Planets is a governing body active in the 30th and the 31st centuries. They are defended by the Legion of Superheroes and the Science Police. In the 21st century, the United Planets were created by Superman’s son, Jonathan Kent, soon afterward being offered a place among the Legion of Superheroes.

The United Planets Brigade are a powerful cosmic force that intervene in the inter-galactic conflict between Superman and Synmar. After Superman and the Synmar military have ended Eisno Akor’s rule, the United Planets intervene to cease the battle. The fan theory is that, ‘Superman and the Authority’ on Warworld foreshadows Superman becoming the protector of the Milky Way galaxy.

Though the other members of the brigade are completely unknown, readers will recognize the provenance of several members. Earlier in the series, it was revealed that the Synmar have a history of conflict with the winged Thanagarians, so the presence of a leader in traditional Hawkman armor isn’t surprising. Then there’s Prince Zerep of Tamaran, a completely new character from the homeworld of popular Teen Titans member Starfire. Sharing Tamaranean physiology, Zerep possesses the same power set as Starfire, including energy absorption and channeling, flight, along with superhuman strength and durability. This gathering represents some of the supreme powers of the DC Universe offering up their delegates – there’s even an armored Dominator near the front of the group.

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In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Superman Vol 5 28 in DC Database.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War Vol 1 2 in Comic Vine.
Superman Is About to Set Up a Very Different Authority in the DC Universe in CBR.com.
Superman And The Authority By Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin For DC in Bleeding Cool.
Superman Vol 5 25 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 5 26 in DC Database.
United Planets in DC Database.
DC’s Newest Team Could Be Its Most Powerful in SCREENRANT.

Battles Of The Week: Captain Marvel (Shazam) vs The Legion Of Doom (Hero vs Team)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “CHAPTER FIVE”

The super-villains of the DC Universe have formed an alliance to finally take down the Justice League of America, called… the Legion of Doom!

Suddenly, Superman is attacked by members of his rogues. The Man of Steel is cornered, and only lightning can rescue him.

It’s Captain Marvel vs the Legion of Doom!

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CAPTAIN MARVEL FIGHTS THE LEGION OF DOOM!
In ‘Justice’ (2006) #5, Captain Marvel responds to Superman’s signal and rescues him from the Legion of Doom. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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THE FIGHT

The Justice League of America is under attack by the Legion of Doom. Captain Marvel rescues Superman from members of the Legion of Doom at lightning speed.

The battle to decide who is the strongest: Hero or villain?

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CAPTAIN MARVEL IN COMICS

In ‘All-New Collectors’ Edition’ (1978) Vol 1 C-58, Superman faces Captain Marvel (Shazam) for the first time in a comic book rumble!

Neat, huh?

CAPTAIN MARVEL RUMBLES WITH SUPERMAN FOR THE FIRST TIME
In ‘All-New Collectors’ Edition’ (1978) Vol 1 C-58, Superman faces Captain Marvel (Shazam) for the first time in a comic book rumble! Photo/DC Comics. AP Photo/DC Comics

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SOURCES

Justice Vol 1 5 in DC Database.
All-New Collectors’ Edition Vol 1 C-58 in DC Database.

Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


SOURCES

Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.