Three Comic Book Super Villains Just Joined The Arrowverse In DC’s Earth-Prime #2 – Superman & Lois
On April 5, DC brought its popular universe of TV heroes back to the comic book stores that inspired them with the release of Earth-Prime #1 – Batwoman, a limited comic series set in the universe. C.W. Shortly after the release of the first book, DC announced that the main villain of the six-issue Earth-Prime series set in Arrowvderse canon was Magog, a popular supervillain created for the 1990s. Come Kingdom Event. This would be the first time DC has introduced a character of this prominence to the CW canon via comic book, and apparently it might not even be the first time.
Looks like Earth-Prime #2 from April 19 – Superman & Lois just added three himself.
Spoilers ahead for Earth-Prime #2 – Superman & Lois
Each issue of Earth-Prime focuses on the characters who lead one of The CW’s shows. Ryan Wilder’s Batwoman was the star of the first issue, and in Earth-Prime #2 Superman and Lois take the driver’s seat. The comic is written by Jai Jamison, Adam Mallinger and Andrew N. Wong, drawn by Tom Grummett, inked by Norm Rapmund, colored by Hi-Fi and written by Tom Napolitano.
The story arc for number two seems simple enough: a flashback to the day and days after their first wedding anniversary, Lois and Clark try to meet for dinner to celebrate. However, a simple dinner is nothing but for the world’s first investigative reporter and her superhero husband, and their schedules refuse to align. One night, Superman must fight mechanical monsters in Japan. On the other hand, Lois has to fix the printers at the Daily Planet or there’s no morning paper. And while all of these threats may be business as usual for the happy couple, three of them, in particular, could be significant to CW’s continuity.
The first occurs during the third attempt Lois and Clark make on a date. Lois is up at the restaurant because Clark has to deal with a supervillain in a yellow suit and a black cape that looks a bit like the result of Superman’s redesign in the 1980s. In fact, that’s literally what happened. rose to create this character, known to Superman fans as Nuclear Man.
Nuclear Man is an original supervillain created for the 1987 film Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. It’s the last film to feature Christopher Reeves as the main character and see him battle a clone of himself created by Lex Luthor. Although the character shares a very similar origin to the much more popular Supes villain Bizarro, Nuclear Man became a full-fledged comic villain in 2018, when Ivan Reis and Brian Michael Bendis introduced him to DC’s mainline continuity in their Superman series.
However, it’s not just the super-powered villains that are introduced in this book. As Superman faces metahuman threats, Lois misses dates to investigate Intergang, a network of criminals smuggling weapons out of Metropolis. The Intergang has appeared before in the Arrowvese, but this scene appears to feature traditional gang member Bruno Mannheim, a mobster who featured prominently in Superman: The Animated Series. A creation of Jack Kirby, Mannheim has been one of the few non-powered villains to be a thorn in the side of Lois and Superman since his inception in 1971, but hasn’t appeared in the Arrowverse before.
Still, the brief appearances of Mannheim and Nuclear Man take precedence over the next threat that keeps Clark from his birthday dinner, a Superman villain and DC anti-hero who is part of the main DC continuity, the animated universe of DC, Young Justice and even the Lego DC games. Yes, comic fans, it’s official; the CW universe has a Lobo.
Created in 1983 by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo was originally intended to be a sort of parody of Marvel’s Wolverine but evolved into a dark reflection of the Man of Steel. Lobo is super strong, nearly invulnerable, and the last surviving member of an alien race. Although, in Lobo’s case, the destruction of his planet was his fault.
It’s unknown what Lobo’s backstory is in the pages of Earth-Prime, though we do know that the character’s history as a galactic bounty hunter continued in CW continuity. Lobo hunts Superman on the orders of “a few broad redheads” (his words, not ours), and is equipped with a Kryptonite chain and a space bike, a staple of the character’s comic history.
The “large redhead” is likely DC’s Maxima character, given that it’s Superman and Lois’ first anniversary. The character appeared in live action starred by former WWE wrestler Eve Torres Gracie on the first season of CBS and now The CW’s Supergirl. Maxima was a powerful queen of an alien planet Almerac who came to Earth to make Superman her companion, very much in line with her traditional role in the comics.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Lobo has been adapted for a live-action DC property. He appeared as a villain in the second season of SyFy’s Krypton series. The character, played by Emmet J. Scanlan, proved so popular that a spin-off series was announced, however, Krypton was canceled after two seasons and with it all hope of Lobo’s own show.
But does Lobo coming to CW canon via comic book mean fans could see the character again on a live-action TV show? Can the same be said of Nuclear Man and Bruno Mannheim? And does any of these character introductions have to do with Magog’s plan to assemble”forces to finally free humanity from its dependence on so-called “heroes”,“? All of these questions we can’t answer at this time, but we hope to hear more when Earth-Prime #3: The Legends of Tomorrow goes on sale May 3. Until then, keep an eye on Newsarama for all your comics – on TV to comic news.
Could Nuclear Man and Lobo be part of a larger plan to bring Kingdom Come to The CW? Check out our speculation on what their next big crossover event could be.