Superman:Superman at Earth's End
Reality is: you
are an android
AM A MAN
! (while punching the guy in the gut
. It's the 22nd century. Earth has passed through two apocalypses
(one occurring in the predecessor, Kamandi: At Earth's End note
). A group of emotionless, logical cyborgs
named the Biomech Sevens are overseeing Earth's return to greatness. For the last year, Superman
has been regaining his lost strength in a hovering city, where he is able to receive the benefits of the sun's rays. While recuperating, he learns that Gotham City
is next in line to be "cleansed", via a nuclear bomb
. It has been overrun with mutants and other such degenerates.
After battling the Biomech Sevens' leader Ben Boxer, Superman goes down to Gotham, where he is attacked by bat-like mutants that bear a striking resemblance to the Dark Knight and is saved by a mohawked youth biker gang
, and finds that the underground of the city houses a fortress
where the evil DNA Diktators
, who kidnapped the gang's parents and took Bruce Wayne's body from his manor. There he meets the leaders of the Diktators: twin clones of Adolf Hitler
was a one-shot from 1995, written by Tom Veitch and drawn by Frank Gomez.
It's been reviewed on Atop the Fourth Wall here
. Linkara even made a Catch Phrase
from the comic: "I AM A MAN!" *punch*
, and made a Running Gag
with "of course! Don't you know anything about science?"
Superman at Earth's End provides examples of the following tropes:
- After the End
- Altum Videtur: It finishes with "Finis" instead of "End".
- Artistic License - Geography: Since when is the Batcave 30 miles long?
- Apocalypse Hitler: Superman blames the Hitlers for everything bad related to mankind.
- Badass Beard: The creators tried to invoke this by turning Superman into a Santa Claus clone. Needless to say, it doesn't work.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: Will he stick to his code and turn the Hitlers over to the authorities to make sure that justice is done? No. He finds the biggest most impractical gun in the world and shoots the piss out of them.
- BFG: The Expunger, which is a bunch of gatling guns attached to each other. It's unclear how it's supposed to be aimed. And not just Gatling guns, sawed-off Gatling guns. Look at how short the barrels are compared to, say, a GAU-8 Avenger, which can slice tanks in half.
- Broken Aesop: As Linkara pointed out, Superman uses guns to win, yet the Aesop is "guns are bad!"
- Batman, for some fucking reason, has the gun that killed his parents proudly displayed in his batcave even labeled "THE GUN THAT KILLED MY PARENTS". For someone who despises guns like Batman does it makes you wonder why he spent time locating the gun in the first place.
- Child Soldiers: The young bikers.
- Crapsack World
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The Biomech Sevens.
- Superman chooses to kill himself to avoid this trope knowing he can't live in the world anymore without getting modified to avoid succumbing to the fatal wounds he received.
- The Dark Age of Comic Books: Many of the clichés of the era can be found here.
- Elaborate Underground Base
- Elite Zombie: The Zombie Batman which is unleashed upon Superman.
- Gatling Good: Look at the trope image. It's less a gun and more a monster truck engine somebody attached four gatling guns to.
- Ghostapo: The Diktator's SS consists of mutant clones of Nazi stormtroopers.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: Ben Boxer's thoughts.
- Gun Porn
- Half-Human Hybrids: Batclones.
- Hollywood Science: "Of course, don't you know anything about science?"
- Horrible Judge of Character: In the scene where the twin Hitlers are revealed, we can see tubes bearing nameplates like "J. Kennedy", "E. Presley", and "L. Luthor"...and they passed all those guys over in favor of cloning Adolf Hitler... twice.
- In Name Only: The hero acts so much unlike Superman that Linkara starts calling him "Bearded Idiot".
- Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: "I AM A MAN!" *punch!*
- More Dakka: The Expunger. "Its like driving into the worst nightmares of Rob Liefeld!"
- Pietà Plagiarism: Superman holding Batman's corpse.
- Random Events Plot: This story makes no sense whatsoever.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The Batcave is 30 miles long?!
- Self-Immolation: Superman prefers to die in a funeral pyre than become a cyborg. ("Yeah, I'd kill myself if I were in this comic, too.")
- Shout Out: To the 1960s Batman TV series.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The famous line comes from a rebuttal to a Hannibal Lecture ("Reality is, you're an android... I AM A MAN!")... accompanied by Talk to the Fist.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Ben Boxer:"Foolish old man . . . your refusal to kill got you nowhere in 1999 - - where do you think it will get you now, in a world ruled by death?!"
- Stupid Jetpack Hitlers
- Super Hero Packing Heat: Absurdly huge heat, mind you.
- Talk to the Fist: "I AM A MAN!" *punch!*
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted; this tougher and beardier version of Superman does not seem to have a no-killing policy.
- Too Dumb to Live: Let's clone Hitler and give him a twin! Nothing can possibly go wrong!
- Turned Against Their Masters: The Hitlers say their creators wanted to destroy them, but they killed the scientists.
- We Can Rule Together: The Hitlers predictably offer Superman to join them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ben Boxer
- Worf Had The Flu: An odd example. After having his powers drained and recovered in the opening narration, Superman's battle with Ben Boxer leaves him drained again for most of the story. Said "battle" consisted mostly of the page quote.
- X Meets Y: Superman meets Rob Liefeld.
- You Cloned Hitler!: Twice!