The “Warworld Saga” that is been happening in Action Comics not too long ago has drawn to a detailed. This arc contained quite a few main parts that are positive to have an effect on not solely the Man of Steel however the remainder of the DC Universe for a while to return. When they first arrived on Mongul’s world, the disastrous entrance of Superman and the Authority had some critical penalties, they usually’re nonetheless being felt even within the dramatic conclusion.

Perhaps probably the most surprising improvement throughout their first day on Warworld was the dying of Lia Nelson. She regarded set to be an necessary character in Superman’s life for a while, not simply this mission, so her dying was very surprising. Later within the collection, she was resurrected, nevertheless, it was as a darkish twisted shadow of the particular person she was. It was unclear whether or not the true Lia was nonetheless alive in there in any respect, or if she was possessed by one thing else. Readers bought the reply in Superman: Warworld Apocalypse #1 (by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Brandon Peterson, Will Conrad, Max Raynor, Miguel Mendonça, Lee Loughridge and Dave Sharpe) – together with the delicate return of a lethal New God.

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O.M.A.C. flung themselves and the shadow racer model of Lia right into a star forge. At this level, Natasha Irons had engineered this star forge to show from a easy purple solar to at least one powered by the mysterious Genesis power. Little is understood about it, aside from the very fact it is historic and comes from the Source Wall. It may also energy up Kryptonians to a rare diploma. The Genesis power the forge put out managed to separate the black substance surrounding Lia from her physique and produce her again for actual.

In her final moments with O.M.A.C., Lia did not discover what occurred to the unusual black substance that had been part of her for thus lengthy reforming behind her. Surprisingly, it reformed within the form of an individual behind her. It reformed because the Black Racer; the bodily embodiment of Death for the New Gods of New Genesis. The Black Racer merely slipped away unnoticed as a substitute of making an attempt to re-fuse with Lia, nevertheless, this small look right here has quite a few implications past being a easy cameo.

The Black Racer was created by the legendary Jack Kirby as a part of his Fourth World saga, and first appeared in New Gods #3 in 1971. Although he is the personification of Death for the New Gods, he requires a bunch to hold out his lethal obligation. Usually, that is Willie Walker, however he has taken different hosts prior to now, together with one other speedster, the Flash.

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The Black Racer is definitely essential to speedsters just like the Flash and Lia, because the Black Flash, the bodily embodiment of Death for speedsters, is linked to the Fourth World character. With the Black Racer taking speedsters as hosts and looking them down too, it is sensible why he can be related to Lia Nelson. Due to Lia’s dying and resurrection, the Black Racer could have been drawn to her and thus determined to make use of her as a bunch. As the Racer’s powers come immediately from the Source, being bombarded with the Source power of Genesis doubtless disrupted its bond with Lia. The energy of Genesis could have been the one means for this death-defying speedster to flee her Warworld destiny as a merciless cosmic deathbringer.

The Black Racer’s connection to Lia could run far deeper than her dying or the truth that she’s a speedster, although. Lia started life because the Tangent Universe model of the Flash. However, when she was tailored for this collection she had the brand new title of Lightray. Lightray is the title of one of many unique members of the New Gods, and a earlier sufferer of the Black Racer. Superman and the Authority (by Grant Morrison and Mikel Janín) additionally ended with a significant New Gods tease for Lia Nelson. The purpose Superman selected her for his group was that the Source Wall was sending out the fixed message “Lightray is” – a transparent allusion to the phrase “Darkseid is” from Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle.

The new Lightray’s connection to the New Gods clearly runs deeper than first appears then. The mysterious message that in contrast Lia to Darkseid was fairly huge by itself, particularly when coupled together with her new moniker. Discovering she was really the most recent avatar of the Black Racer is a good larger revelation. With the Black Racer on the market and Lia’s journey removed from over, it is greater than doubtless they will cross paths once more quickly sufficient.



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