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"Reality is: you are an android. I AM A MAN!"

Superman: At Earth's End is an Elseworlds one-shot from 1995, written by Tom Veitch and drawn by Frank Gomez.

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!


If you frequented the internet during the late 2000s/early 2010s, you're likely aware of the comic from Linkara's Atop the Fourth Wall review of it, the story being one of his earliest video reviews; it can currently be watched here. The reviewer went on to take one of his catchphrases from the comic ("I AM A MAN!" *punch*) and make a Running Gag of the twin clones' declaration "Of course! Don't you know anything about science?"



  • Adaptational Wimp: Superman here is depowered by the lack of sunlight, and despite the "I AM A MAN!" punch, mostly relies on firearms.
  • The Apunkalypse: Gotham's surface is overrun by biker gangs, which is why the Biomech Sevens want to destroy the place.
  • Apocalypse Hitler: Superman blames the Hitlers for everything bad related to mankind. Though at a stretch, his wording seems to suggest he blames them for forcing the countries of the world to arm themselves to stop him, indirectly leading to the Cold War and eventually, the subsequent nuclear Holocaust.
  • Ax-Crazy: The DNAnimals are this so much, they cannot even speak words that aren't synonyms of "kill".
  • Badass Beard: Gomez attempts to invoke this by giving Superman a huge white beard. Instead of looking badass, however, it makes Supes look like a Santa Claus clone. This resulted in the Fan Nickname of "Super Santa Claus".
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Superman kills the Hitler clones with a giant machine-gun.
  • 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: Superman loses (most of) his powers and has to rely on a gigantic machine gun to solve his problems. After using his gun to kill two Hitlers and a Batman zombie (don't ask) he tells his allies (some little kids with guns) that he's dying. The little kids then bawl and say that guns killed Superman before throwing all of their guns into a bonfire. Of course, no one bothers to point out that guns also saved the kids from two Hitlers and a Batman zombie! Worse is the fact that Superman himself admitted that the only thing keeping all these kids alive in this After the End GOTHAM was those guns.
  • Child Soldiers: The young bikers. Unlike most examples of this trope, they're not actually taking orders from anyone, but simply trying to survive after their parents were taken by the DNA Diktators.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul:
    • The Biomech Sevens are completely devoid of emotion and devoted to imposing their totalitarian control on the remains of civilization.
    • 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.
  • Gatling Good: Look at the trope image. It's less a gun and more a monster truck engine somebody attached four gatling guns to.

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