[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
“Imperius Lex” finale! Votes begin to be cast in Kryptonian blood as Apokolips’ hordes of hellish residents choose a new leader to occupy Darkseid’s throne. The Man of Steel finds himself caught in a violent democratic battle with Lex Luthor leading the race for godhood.
The best thing about this story is seeing the entire family Clark, Lois, and Jon fighting together. And this is no low-scale scuffle, but an all-out battle to determine the fate of Apokolips. And despite having no super-powers, Lois proves entirely capable of holding up her end of the fight.
Also, the idea of bringing a much more benevolent and humane form of government to Apokolips is an interesting idea. Can it last? And can it stand when Darkseid inevitably returns?
Also, this story marks a turning point for Lex Luthor. He and Superman have a falling out and Lex decides to break his partnership with Superman, removing the S-Shield from his costume. Does this mean he will be returning to his villainous ways? Or will he continue acting in a superheroic role?
Resolving the story by having Superman taking the throne of Apokolips and establishing new government on Apokolips seems wildly unrealistic. I can understand Superman choosing to do so, if that was the only option, but I find it extremely unlikely that he would be able to do so as quickly as he does here. At most, it seems like a few weeks, but I think it much more likely for it to take months or years.
Also, it seems rather strange that Superman is now the ruler of Apokolips – even if Ardora is acting as regent in his place. Although, it does imply that Superman will be required to defend the new government if and when Darkseid returns to Apokolips. Superman and Darkseid at war for control of Apokolips would make an epic story.
With Superman now the nominal ruler of Apokolips and his partnership with Lex dissolved, this issue marks a milestone for Superman as he enters the post-Rebirth era.