Another year, another Evil gimmick that DC Comics is currently doing; this time it is following the current trend of the Dark Multiverse, which was introduced during the Dark Nights: Metal event (If you’re interested in reading our review of Dark Nights: Metal, click here.) The Dark Multiverse is a shadow under the primary multiverse that was made by Perpetua, In Tales from the Dark Multiverse, we get a chance to look at iconic stories that could have taken a darker, more twisted path. In this tale, we are going back to the 1990s, The Death of Superman, where the biggest threat wasn’t Cyborg Superman, but a grief-struck Lois Lane.
It begins with the iconic battle between Superman and Doomsday in Metropolis, Artist Brad Walker does a wonderful job of staying true to the original story of Death of Superman, in this story we see not only an appearance of the Justice League but obscure characters such as Bloodwynd also is seen in this recreated iconic moment. We see hints of the Lois we’ve grown to love like being there for Martha after Jonathan Kent had a heart attack but with glimpses of the past also comes with feelings associated with feelings of loss. Most of the time it is unintentional, most can move on from this and cope but not Lois, not this time; Writer Jeff Loveness’ take on Lois is strange, not saying this out of disrespect but most of the time when you’re handling a Elseworld story with Iconic Characters like Superman or Lois, strange can be a very good thing.
“I’ll do it, Clark, I’ll make it a better world. One that DESERVED you.”- Lois Lane
Lois was ready to take out her grief and anger on everyone that she felt that had wronged her or Clark’s Legacy. With her being fused with the Eradicator, things got messy pretty fast; she murdered Lex, murdered Batman (Sorry Batfans, he didn’t make it through this one.) Taking out corrupt politicians and executives, it felt like Injustice all over again.
With returning to an iconic story such as The Death of Superman, we also see a take on another iconic story; Reign of the Supermen, but instead of Coast City being destroyed and Cyborg Superman being the real threat, Lois lets her anger cloud her judgement and becomes the most feared villain in the world.