Lex Luthor sent for Superman’s help, dragging Lois Lane and Superboy into the mix as well, as the three of them were Boom Tubed to Apokolips and separated. While Lois got mixed up with the Female Furies and Superboy faced off against Parademons, Luthor confessed that he wasn’t the savior the prophecies spoke of: Superman is. This forced the Man of Steel into an uncomfortable situation as hundreds of Apokoliptians were now looking to him for guidance, all while his wife and son were still missing. Eventually the Kents found each other as the war reached its final battle and the fire pits of Apokolips were snuffed out.
In defeating Kalibak and capturing Granny Goodness, Superman thought he would be able to leave the world to its own people to rule but quickly realized that without his presence as lord of Apokolips, it would quickly fall back into civil war.
Thus, in an unprecedented move, Superman assumed the throne of Darkseid and became the new ruler of the planet, but with some caveats of his own. Now that Superman is the man in charge, he plans to unite the world and usher in a new age of peace for the first time on the once hellish planet. The red skies of Apokolips have been replaced by a cold blue dusk, representing the shift in balance. As for Superman himself, he still has a life to live on Earth but has access to a Boom Cube to bring him to his new world whenever they need his aid.
You Say You Want A Revolution
There must be something in the air, because it’s becoming a theme in superhero comics that archaic and somewhat tyrannical systems of power are being dismantled and replaced with something else; or at least the people are trying to do just that. In the pages of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s Black Panther, an unsuccessful coup led to T’Challa installing a constitutional monarchy, allowing the people of Wakanda to have a voice. Medusa of the Inhumans abdicated the throne and left her people’s future in their own hands, while in the television adaptation, Maximus attempted to overthrow his own family in favor of the people. Christopher Priest and Phil Noto’s Inhumans: Once and Future Kings examines the slavery inherent in their society which once relied on the labor of the Alpha Primitives to function. Even one of the biggest films of the year Thor: Ragnarok, was a film about the sins of colonialism coming back to haunt the descendants of the colonists.
Superman plans to install something approaching democracy on Apokolips, but it’s going to be a long road. Even its sister world of New Genesis doesn’t have that, as we’ve seen in the pages of Mister Miracle, which explores the increasingly tyrannical nature of Orion as Highfather and Forager’s attempts to deny his rule to provide his people with a better life. They say that art reflects the times that it’s lived in, and right now it seems like a lot of people are upset with the current institutions of power and wants to overthrow them to bring some balance to the world and stop the little people being stepped on all the time. While in cases like the Inhumans and Black Panther, it might be successful, it’s important to remember that Darkseid is still out there actively seeking ways to return to full power and when he does, he’s going to want his world back.
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