DC's He-Man/Injustice Crossover Unveils Superman's New World Order

Injustice vs. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #1 by Tim Seeley, Freddie E. Williams II, Jeremy Colwell and Wes Abbott, on sale now.

The debut issue in DC's Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe crossover really takes a hard dive into the future, compounding that things never get better in the Injustice universe. Following Batman taking down Superman's regime in the first chapter of the story, Injustice 2 then dealt with the former brothers-in-arms making an uneasy alliance to stop Brainiac. Now, we're seeing the aftermath of this battle, and exactly what transpired after the World's Finest defeated the alien.

For anyone wondering if Superman went back willingly to confinement, well -- he didn't. Rather than being imprisoned again, he turned the table on the Bat, enslaving him and his resistance to do his bidding. In other words, Kal-El finally became the dictator he wanted to be all along, ruling the Earth without opposition.

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However, Superman's new world order isn't one based solely on obedience; it's using Brainiac's technology in ways we never imagined possible to exert its control over mankind.

The Last Son of Krypton retrofitted the tech, which he's calling Kryptech, and is using it to mind-control heroes and villains, making them subservient to him in every sense of the word. We got a tease of this in the game where Kal-El's ending had him taunting Supergirl as she saw an enslaved Batman at her cousin's side. In this issue, we see how far the Kryptonian's taken it, wiring up his army similar to what Amanda Waller did when using her explosive collars on her Suicide Squad.

This comes to light as Wonder Woman watches her minion, Copperhead, beating down kids without mercy. She reports how the villain is behaving back to her leader, analyzing her intent to harm or kill, and also, if any thoughts come up suggesting she'll rebel against Superman's orders. Thus, it's way more advanced than what Waller used as it can tell if someone does indeed want to turn on Superman or become a villain again. This makes Kryptech a powerful and very proactive tool given his dictatorship endured quite a few betrayals in the past, such as Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Shazam (whom Superman murdered in cold blood for questioning his methods).

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Wonder Woman, though, is loving every moment of this fresh status quo, driving Superman further and further into darkness. It comes full-circle when we see what they've really done to Batman. The Kryptech hasn't just made him a slave, it's turned him into the Black Oracle, someone (or something) who can predict crimes before they happen, aka ThoughtCrime -- which is why Wonder Woman and Copperhead went after those kids in Crime Alley.

It's a bleak scenario a la Minority Report, but clearly, the new regime views kids and anyone in their military as expendable. Superman's intent on oppressing via fear and terror, and with Batman's genius and vast knowledge on how the mind works in his back-pocket, there's no limit as to what Kal-El can do.

What's all the more interesting is Kal-El doesn't just want to control Earth, he's prototyping his battalion, or as he calls it... his Legion, so they can move out and start conquering the universe.

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He's also seeking to destroy magical artifacts across the cosmos which can harm him, ergo why a resistance led by a different Batman is on Eternia recruiting He-Man to help fight his Legion. Superman clearly wants to expand his mission to the multiverse too and it's safe to say, with Kryptech in his possession, he's certainly moved one step closer to being an even more unstoppable tyrant.

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