DC Universe Online Legends – 1


DC Universe Online Legends – 1

General Info

Issue No:
1
On Sale Date:
February 2011
Cover Date:
Early April 2011
Era:
Non Canon
Story Title:
Legendary

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Ed Benes, Ryan Sook (variant)
Writer:
Marv Wolfman, Tony Bedard
Penciller:
Howard Porter, Adriana Melo
Inker:
John Livesay, Norman Lee
Letterer:
Wes Abbott
Colourist:
Carrie Strachan
Editor:
Ben Abernathy, Kristy Quinn (assistant)

Characters

Main:
Lex Luthor
Heroes:
Atom Smasher (Albert Rothstien), Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Cyborg (Victor Stone), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), Flash (Barry Allen), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L/Karen Starr), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El), Wildcat (Ted Grant), Mister Mircale (Michael Holt)
Villains:
Brainiac, Bane, Captain Cold (Leonard Snart), Black Adam, Circe, Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Deathstroke (Slade Wilson), Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel), Joker, Killer Croc (Waylon Jones), Knight (Cyril Sheldrake), Mister Freeze (Victor Fries), Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley), Solomon Grundy, Squire (Beryl Hutchinson)
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Doctor McKay
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Comments

This series was inspired by the Sony MMPG “DC Universe Online”. Wonder Woman is only featured on the cover in this issue.

Synopsis

Lex Luthor finally kills Superman on the battle field with a kryptonite spear, touting how the Man of Steel was killed by an ordinary man. Captain Cold appears out of the rubble, claiming that Superman needs to survive and that he can freeze his body to be revived later. Furious, Luthor shoots Captain Cold in the head, determined that Superman will never live again.

As Luthor goes on about how he destroyed this alien menace, Brainiac’s ships appears overhead, now unhampered by Earth’s heroes, they unleash exobytes all over the planet, infecting all of humanity. Luthor informs Brainiac’s hologram that the robots he created using Brainiac’s specifications are ready to be activated, and he is ready to take over the planet. But Brainiac reneges on his end of the deal and tells Luthor that once all life on the planet has been eradicated, that all of Earth’s information will be stored in his computer banks and Earth will be deleted. Brainiac takes control of Luthor’s power armour, but Lex manages to hack past the computers and regain partial control.

Luthor finds Black Adam barely alive in the rubble of Metropolis, but Adam knows he’s dying. Luthor fights Brainiac’s orders to finish off Black Adam, but begs him to say his magic word, hoping that a lightning strike will short out his suit’s systems and allow him regain full control. Black Adam obliges, and Luthor regains control, fending off Brainiac’s robots.

Now in human form, Adam says the word again, but nothing happens, as he realises that his other self has died. No longer any use, Luthor allows the robots to finish off Adam’s human form. Lex runs to his Lexcorp offices and escapes in a pod created for just such an emergency.

In a flashback to seven years ago, when Metropolis was still standing, Luthor’s board meeting is interrupted by an emergency call about a problem in Laboratory K, Luthor’s off-the-grid computer in Antarctica that stores information about all the meta-humans on Earth. A robot the size of a flea is downloading all the information, and the technicians cannot seem to stop it.

57 minutes later, Luthor arrives at the lab and wonders how a tiny robot has worked its way into his facility which was designed to keep out the likes of Batman, The Atom and even Oracle. Brainiac then speaks to him through the computers, proposing they work together to finally destroy Superman. He claims that if left unchecked, Superman will adversely affect the course of human evolution, which is what Luthor has feared all along. Without Superman, all of Earth’s other heroes will fall into place.

Back in the present day Luthor lands his escape pod in the desert outside a hidden telecommunications station that only he has knowledge of. It is completely outside the satellite grid, so even Brainiac will be oblivious to it. He speaks out to the people across the globe, asking for all the heroes and villains to help him take down Brainiac.

The Atom is the first to respond, by riding the comm-signal back to its source. They begin rounding up surviving heroes and villains. Luthor and The Atom greet Blue Beetle, Doctor Fate, Black Canary, Powergirl, Solomon Grundy, Mister Freeze and August General so they can begin their plans to save the world.