SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Superman #33 by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh, on sale now.
It’s been over a year since DC Rebirth began in earnest, and with that anniversary well and truly behind us, the publisher has started to revisit plot points from the pre-Rebirth era to catch up on what happened to certain characters and what the means for certain franchises moving forward. Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s “Darkseid War” left a lot up in the air, with many loose ends that DC is only now getting around to addressing.
While in the pages of Wonder Woman, Diana meets her twin brother Jason and Batman wields Baby Darkseid like a gun in Dark Nights: Metal, the state of Apokolips following Darkseid’s defeat is finally being addressed in this week’s Superman #33, as dark mirror of The Fourth World is in open revolt and The Forgotten People have found their god — Lex Luthor — has abandoned them.
War. Huh. Yeah. What Is It Good For?
As a bit of a refresher, here’s what happened in “Darkseid War” — or at least the bits that are pertinent to the events of Superman #33. Superman and Lex Luthor found themselves stranded on Apokolips, and in an attempt to repower Superman in the absence of red sunlight, Lex threw him into one of the planet’s many fire pits. However, that worked a little too well and turned Superman into the new God of Strength, abandoning his usual moral code in favor of a might-makes-right mentality.
Stranded on Apokolips, Lex Luthor was taken in by The Forgotten People — the normal everyday people of Apokolips — whose leader Ardora asked him if he was their promised savior. Their blind prophet predicted that on the day of Darkseid’s death they would be saved by an Earthman from Metropolis; an orphan, son of farmers, someone who inspires hope, a seeker of truth and embodiment of justice. So, of course, Lex Luthor said that they’d found their man.
In the wake of Darkseid’s death, The Forgotten People channelled The Omega Effect into Lex Luthor, making him the new God of Apokolips. He returned to Earth to help the Justice League to save the day, but returned to Apokolips to take his seat on the throne as the new leader of The Forgotten People. However, when DC Rebirth began in earnest, Lex Luthor was serving as one of several Supermen of Metropolis, having left Apokolips behind. Though he was hunted by bounty killers convinced he would return to Apokolips and commit worse atrocities than Darkseid ever could, Lex has seemingly seen content back on Earth and has genuinely taken a shine to the lifestyle of a hero.
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