Monday, May 31, 2010
Superman: Our World's at War (Review)
Citizen's Grade: Impressive.
Anytime you can get Darkseid, Brainiac, Lex Luthor, & Superman in the same book....it is going to be awesome!! Just about every character in the DC Universe is involved in this story, and includes great writers (including Jeph Loeb, Peter David, & Phil Jimenez...who also did some artwork) and artists (including Ed McGuinness, Doug Mahnke, Kano, Ron Garney, & Mike Wieringo).
This mega-event; which occurred mainly through the monthly Superman titles
, dealt with the heroes of the DC Universe facing the threat of the cosmic force known as Imperiex, who attacks Earth for the purpose of using the planet as the staging ground for the "hollowing" of the entire universe.
Thanks to the sacrifice of Strange Visitor and General Rock, Earth's forces manage to crack Imperiex's armor, intending that Darkseid would subsequently use Boom tube technology to transfer Imperiex's energy back to the galaxies that he had destroyed. However, Brainiac-13 appears on the battleground with Warworld, and absorbs the Imperiex energies, vowing to use them to rule everything.
In a desperate gambit, Superman dives into the heart of the sun, thus gaining a massive power boost that enhance his abilities significantly. Rapidly realizing that Warworld couldn't be destroyed without releasing Imperiex and triggering another Big Bang, Superman and the Martian Manhunter form a brief telepathic link with the remaining major combatants...including Darkseid, Lex Luthor, Steel and Wonder Woman...to explain their new plan.
With Darkseid's powers weakened, they would have to use Tempest; empowered by the faith and strength of the Amazons, focusing the energy through Steel's new 'Entropy Aegis' armor (which was created from a burned-out Imperiex probe). Lex Luthor would activate a temporal displacement weapon, and Superman would subsequently push Warworld through a temporal boom tube...sending both Imperiex Prime's and Brainiac's consciousness back 14 billion years to the Big Bang...destroying both villains through a combined effort.
In his final moments, Imperiex Prime realized, in an ironic twist, that the imperfection he had detected in the universe was himself. The planet Daxam was involved, temporarily stolen from its rightful orbit.
This is a classic mega-event story with great action, story, and ending!