SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Superman #36 by Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomsai, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh, on sale now.
Apokolips is one of the scariest, deadliest and most dangerous places in the DC multiverse, and for the past year and a half, it’s been without a leader. Since the death of Darkseid and his reincarnation as a baby, Apokolips has been embroiled in a civil war as different factions once loyal to the destroyer have sought to take control for themselves and through the lying and scheming of Lex Luthor, the Superman family found themselves trapped in the middle of it all.
However, this week’s issue of Superman — the conclusion to the Apokolips based “Imperius Lex” arc — sees a new leader assume the throne of Apokolips in an attempt to bring peace to the war stricken world: Superman himself!
As shown in the pages of Wonder Woman, Darkseid is currently on Earth in the body of a teenage boy as he and his daughter Grail seek the children of Zeus in order to steal their power and age him back up to adulthood. This, of course, has left a real power vacuum on Apokolips. There are two factions vying for control, both with legitimate claims to the throne but no way of seeking a compromise; the planet is called Apokolips, after all.
On one side, Darkseid’s son Kalibak sees himself as the true heir tot he throne, but unlike his father, Kalibak lacks the cunning and the guile to command the armies of Apokolips. On the other side, Granny Goodness is almost an equal to Darkseid in terms of pure inherent evil, but requires the might of her Female Furies to fight her battles for her.
In the midst of the civil war, there’s a third party who believed in a prophecy that would see a man from Earth bring Apokolips into a new age. Led by Adora of the Forgotten People, they believe that Apokolips is destined to be saved by an outsider who will claim the throne of Darkseid. This man their prophet foresaw was from a city known as Metropolis; the son of farmers who stood for truth and justice. Unfortunately for them, they ran into Lex Luthor who convinced him that he was whom the prophecy spoke of, so when it came time to stake their place in the civil war, they journeyed to Earth to bring their savior only to find Luthor less than willing to tag along.