- Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people just checked out the story to see Death again.
- Magnificent Bastard: Luthor reconfirms his position as the DC Universe's biggest MB in this arc, as he outwits fellow evil geniuses Mister Mind, Brainiac, and Vandal Savage to claim his place at the very top of DC's villainous hierarchy, incorporating all of their schemes into his own, and predicting everything down to the last detail. In the end, only Luthor's own ego and inability to let go of the past can bring him down.
- Moral Event Horizon: Luthor crossed it years ago, but one could argue that within this arc itself he crosses it when he throws away a chance to heal all the pain in the universe just for one last shot at killing Superman. It's certainly at this point that the narrative abandons him.
YMMV / The Black Ring