By Josh Krubner
Thankfully Peter David – the legend who reinvigorated life into not just Supergirl, but The Hulk, and Aquaman as well - carried his exploits over to the on again/off again greatest comic series ever written, Fallen Angel, which I urge you to check out now. It’s Jessica Jones on steroids.
While Wonder Woman and Batman battle Mongul in the fortress, we keep joining Kal-El in his ANYTHING but a nightmare vision, living a peaceful life w/o powers on a Krypton that never exploded with his parents, his wife, and his son. See kids, the way the Black Mercy works, is to grant someone their heart's desire. At no point do they realize “oh shit, this ain’t real." Years later, in a GL[Green Lantern] story featuring another Mongul/Mercy run-in, Hal Jordan and Ollie Queen are trapped together, and it’s Hal’s “understanding” of the truth that is able to set Ollie free, as Ollie realizes he had lied to Hal about the truth of these events previously.
Jason Todd, trying to be likable, even puts on giant power gloves in an effort to pull the plant off Superman. Back in his vision, Superman slowly begins to see the cracks in the façade, and is forced to give up his paradise, killing his parents, his wife, his Krypton, and even his son in the process. He wakes up PISSED, battles Mongul, who ends up wearing the Mercy himself, and then everyone has cake. I’m pretty sure this was the last time we saw the pre-crisis Mongul… so he’s likely still in the fortress, still wearing the Mercy.
From the opening scene on “Krypton," Kara knows that she’s dreaming. She’s asking why Krypton didn’t explode, and where her powers are. At no point is she even remotely living her “heart’s desire." They spent the majority of the episode having Martian Manhunter pretend to be Kara to set up “hilarious” back and forth with Ally McStreep (Cat Grant). The rest of the episode is focused on Kara’s adoptive sister using fucking VR to enter her dream and rescue her. Once in the dream, her Krypton family (Featuring Kal-el as an 8yr old cause why not?) is able to attack the sister, because they get black guys and become the boss from Dead Space 2. Lady-Zod (Astra) takes a face turn, and despite being the best and only likable character on this miserable show, she’s killed off at episode’s end (but if Hack Snyder has inspired anything, she will probably be back as Lady-Doomsday).
This one episode made me appreciate Man of Steel that much more, and I hate almost every possible frame of that movie.
Thankfully, the Lucifer that followed was excellent.