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1[[quoteright:300:]]˛[[caption-width-right:300:"What a lucky man I was..."]] ˛˛''The Final Days of Superman'' [[note]]originally advertised as ''Superman: Super League''[[/note]] is an eight-issue ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' [[BatfamilyCrossover family crossover]] published by Creator/DCComics in 2016. This arc is written by Peter J. Tomasi and features art by Mikel Janin, Fernando Pasarin, Ed Benes, Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke, and Tyler Kirkham. ˛˛Told across ''Superman'', ''Batman[=/=]Superman'', ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' and ''Superman[=/=]Wonder Woman'', ''The Final Days of Superman'' is the last story featuring the ComicBook/New52 version of its titular character. Set after ''ComicBook/SupermanSavageDawn'', Superman discovers he is dying and decides to form a group of heroes that will protect Earth in his absence. ˛˛''The Final Days of Superman'' (alongside ''ComicBook/TitansHunt'' and ''ComicBook/SupermanLoisAndClark'') is collected in trade as a "Road to ComicBook/DCRebirth" title, serving as a prelude to ''ComicBook/SupermanRebirth''. ˛˛----˛!!''The Final Days of Superman'' contains examples of:˛* ChestInsignia: Discussed when Superman says the House of El shield is a badge of honor that he and his cousin wear proudly.˛-->'''Superman:''' You can do this. You're so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. Sure, our family shield can be a target. But it's also a badge of honor that I know you wear proudly each and every day.˛* ContinuityNod:˛** The first issue references ''Darkseid War'', the 2015 ''Justice League of America'' title and ''Savage Dawn'' to showcase the different power sources Superman has been in contact with.˛** Batman references ''Robin Rises'' and reviving Damian when he suggests Superman can still be saved.˛** When Superman first meets the strange energy Superman, he's reminded of his fight of Ulysses, whom he goes to meet.˛* CloseOnTitle: The first issue of the arc did this to prevent the reveal of the SpoilerTitle.˛* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Franchise/WonderWoman tearfully holds Superman just before he passes on, as he [[GoOutWithASmile smiles]] and says, "What a lucky man (he) was..."˛* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Superman and Wonder Woman reaffirm their feelings for each once Diana comes to grips that Superman is indeed dying.˛* DynamicEntry: During the ''ComicBook/SupermanSuperLeague'' storyline, this is how Kara barges in on the battle between her cousin and the Energy Superman: she dove from the sky and double-kicked the false Superman while she yelled: "Leave my cousin alone!"˛* EarlyBirdCameo: Kenan Kong, the hero of ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'' makes his first appearance in ''Batman/Superman'' #32˛* EndOfAnAge: ''Super League'' is the last story starring ''[=N52=]'' Superman before ''Rebirth''.˛* {{Expy}}: The strange man with Superman's powers is starting to become something akin to the Eradicator/Last Son of Krypton from ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''˛* FirstEpisodeTwist: All the hazardous radiation Superman has absorbed is killing him.˛* ForegoneConclusion[=/=]TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The ''Rebirth'' solicits revealed that after ''Super League'', the pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' Superman is the protagonist of the main ''Superman'' books (''Action Comics'' and ''Superman'') and the ''[=N52=]'' Lois Lane is Superwoman. Whatever happens, ''[=N52=]'' Superman is out of the picture for a while.˛* TheHeroDies: As expected, ''New 52'' Superman does die in the end.˛* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Superman spends the last fight trying to get it in Energy Superman's head that he's really Danny Swan.˛* ItHasBeenAnHonor:˛** When Superman asks Batman for help, Alfred accidentally eavesdrops and learns what's going on. Before Supes leaves, Alfred thanks him for everything he's done.˛** Superman's final exchanges with Batman and Steel are both this trope in full effect.˛* ItsALongStory: When N52 Superman meets his pre-Flashpoint self he tries to ask who he is, but the other Superman cuts him off, stating that it's a long story.˛-->'''New 52 Superman:''' I don't understand -- Who are--\˛'''Pre-Flashpoint Superman:''' Quite a long story, which we have no time for, Kal-El.˛* LamePunReaction: Batman tells Superman they won't be friends anymore if he calls them "WesternAnimation/SuperFriends" again.˛* TheLastDance: The basic concept, as Superman puts his affairs in order.˛* LetsYouAndHimFight: The chase for the energy Superman sends them to China, which pisses off the Great Ten, who try to throw them out by force.˛* MythologyGag:˛** Superman becoming sick after absorbing dangerous levels of radiation is a reference to ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''.˛** The scene of Superman visiting Lois' apartment and flying to her window is taken from ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''.˛** Batman discovers ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'''s last known location was National City, which is where [[Series/Supergirl2015 her live-action series]] takes place.˛* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: While he took great care to stay out of the way in ''ComicBook/SupermanLoisAndClark'', the pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' Superman begins to integrate with everyone here starting with this storyline.˛* NoTimeToExplain: The pre-''Flashpoint'' Superman means this when he tells the N52 Superman this when they meet.˛* PapaWolf: The Energy Superman makes the mistake of mentioning taking Jonathan, which pisses off the pre-''Flashpoint'' Superman mightily. Even more, he breaks off the fight to protect Jonathan, his Lois and the family pets, especially since ''N52'' Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman drops in moments earlier.˛* PassingTheTorch: Superman reveals Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} that he is dying and asks her to carry on in his name.˛* SacredHospitality: The pre-''Flashpoint'' Superman is ''not'' happy the Energy Superman attacked him in his home even after he offered him a place on his table.˛--->'''Pre-Flashpoint Superman''': You dare threaten the sanctity of my home!˛* SequelHook: The story sets various things up for the post-''Rebirth'' Super-family books.˛* ShootTheShaggyDogStory: In the end, the last few months of ''N52'' Superman's life were one prolonged TraumaCongaLine that saw a tragic end.˛* SpoilerTitle: Until the WhamLine of Superman saying he's dying, the story was advertised as "Superman: Super League".˛* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Inverted - a JerkAss who couldn't give two shits about the world is inhabited with a Superman-like spirit who gives him Superman's powers and altruism.˛* TakeUpMySword: Superman asks Supergirl to take over when he's gone. After a bit of uncertainty, she agrees.˛* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The Energy Superman considers himself to be the only true Superman and the ''N52'' and pre-''Flashpoint'' Supermen to be imposters.˛* UnwantedRescue: Superman seeks his cousin out, who has been missing for several weeks. When he finally finds Supergirl, she is unconscious and strapped to a chair at a Government facility. So he bashes his way into the place, rips Supergirl out of some sort of weird device, and flies her away. When Kara comes around, she tells him she did NOT need saving because they were helping her get her powers back.˛-->'''Supergirl:''' I did NOT need saving, Kal.˛* WhamLine: In the first issue.˛-->'''Superman''': I'm dying.˛* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The storyline explains what happened to Supergirl, since the character was pretty much a no-show during the events of ''Truth'' and ''Savage Dawn''. ''Action Comics'' #51 reveals that she'd been with the DEO as Vandal Savage's plan also affected her.˛* WhatTheHellHero: Twice in ''Action Comics'' #51 - first from Supergirl when he busts her out of a DEO building and at the end with Wonder Woman, who is not happy to know he's dying.˛* YankTheDogsChain: Just when Superman finally gets his powers back after the harrowing last few months, comes the revelation that he's got kryptonite induced cancer, and within the span of a month's issues, he's dead.˛* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Superman gives Kara the speech when he asks her to take over when he's gone.˛-->'''Superman:''' You can do this. You're so much stronger than you give yourself credit for. Sure, our family shield can be a target. But it's also a badge of honor that I know you wear proudly each and every day.˛* YourDaysAreNumbered: Being exposed to the fire pits of Apokolips, a vault full of Kryptonite and Rao's energy has caused permanent cellular damage to Superman, which will eventually kill him.˛˛----


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