Two of Superman’s greatest foes joined forces in Justice League: Last Ride – and that might be too much for even the Man of Steel to handle.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Justice League: Last Ride # 4, on sale now from DC Comics.
The world of Justice League: last round is surprisingly dark. Although the threat of Apokolips has apparently been eliminated from the universe – both due to the Justice League’s victory over their armies and Lobo apparently taking out the remaining New Gods as part of a contract – there are now major flaws within heroes.
Notably, there are still major threats, such as the most recent introduced in Justice League: last round # 4 by Chip Zdarsky, Miguel Mendonca, Enrica Angiolini and Andworld Design, which appears to be an amalgamation of two of Superman’s most formidable foes, Brainiac and Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg-Superman.
The world of Last round introduced major changes in the DC Universe. This includes the loss of the Martian Manhunter (and potentially Aquaman) in the final battle against Darkseid. Although the heroes were victorious, Apokolips was left in ruins after Wonder Woman led the Amazons into brutal conflict (and even killed Granny Goodness herself). The Green Lanterns were scattered trying to pick up the pieces left by Darkseid’s assault on Oa, and Superman lost his faith in Batman – blaming him for not saving Martian Manhunter from his tragic fate.
Arriving at the ruins of Apokolips with Lobo in tow, the Justice League finds itself faced with the lingering fallout of their hard-won victory. However, things were started against them, leading the League to go their separate ways and explore the planet for threats. As Batman and Hal Jordan venture into the heart of the now dead planet and discuss what happened the last time they were there, Wonder Woman and John Stewart orbit the world, giving them the chance to face the armada of ships that had just arrived alongside Mongul. The two heroes quickly engage Mongul in battle, while Superman and The Flash stay with Lobo.
Speaking with the intergalactic bounty hunter, the couple learn that Lobo has apparently been hired by someone to take down the New Gods, but refuse to disclose who his client was. But things are quickly cut short when The Flash notes that everything looks like a trap – just in time for an entire armada of ships to appear on the horizon. Up front is the Cyborg-Superman – albeit transformed. Although he wears the distinctive Superman costume and with his half-krptoniyan face, Henshaw has acquired a green tint on his skin as well. Coupled with the purple lights appearing on his body, it’s clear he’s gained some sort of upgrade that has turned part of him into Brainiac. Worse yet, this composite villain arrives with an army of manhunters – the ruthless robotic predecessors of the Green Lantern Corps – behind him.
That doesn’t bode well for the heroes, as Cyborg-Superman, Brainiac, or the Manhunters alone are a sufficiently dangerous threat. But together – bringing the fight back to Superman and The Flash – maybe they could overwhelm the pair. Their full intentions have remained a mystery for now, but it likely involves a lot of pain and suffering for the Man of Steel and his friends. Even though the Battle of Apokolips was a hard-won victory, it might not be the most brutal fight the Justice League of this reality experiences on the planet.
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