"The Reign of Emperor Joker (Part III of V) - Life is But a Very Bad Dream": Superman stands in shock at the corpse of the Batman hanging on the wall. A group of Joker's men run to stop him, but Superman sweeps them away with a casual arm. He pulls the stakes from the wall and pulls the dark kni
Adventures of Superman #583 is an issue of the series Adventures of Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 2000. It was published on August 16, 2000.
Synopsis for "The Reign of Emperor Joker (Part III of V) - Life is But a Very Bad Dream"
Superman stands in shock at the corpse of the Batman hanging on the wall. A group of Joker's men run to stop him, but Superman sweeps them away with a casual arm. He pulls the stakes from the wall and pulls the dark knight into his arms. He buries him in the cemetery, inscribing "Batman A True Hero" on the gravestone, and flies away. The dirt beneath the stone begins to move and Batman pulls himself out of the grave.
In Joker's HaHacienda, Lois confronts the Emperor. Everyone believes that Lois has feelings for Superman, but she denies them. To test her, Joker spins Steel around and smashes him against a wall, killing him. Lois doesn't seem to care.
In a fiery place, Satanus sits at a piano and plays for Superboy and Supergirl. Supergirl doesn't trust him, but Superboy listens as Satanus offers him a place in any dream. The only cost, their souls. Superboy begins to consider it, as Supergirl prays quietly.
In the cemetery Batman lies on the ground exhausted. Superman arrives just in time to pick his old friend up and help him. Suddenly, hordes of zombies burst through the ground and come after the two heroes. The two begin to fall before the onrushing creatures, but Superman defies them and knows that he has to win. He throws all of them off, and his faith restores Batman's. Together the world's finest heroes defeat the monsters.
In Hell, Supergirl convinces Superboy that they need to help Superman. Superboy finally agrees and Satanus sends the two of them back to Earth, where they meet up with Superman and Batman. Batman insists that it is their faith that will destroy Joker. Supergirl believes that she may be able to teleport them into Joker's soul to defeat the monster. Suddenly, Mxyzptlk appears but he barely has time to say anything before Joker appears, holding Lois. He drops her, but Superman comes to her rescue. Joker offers them a war, and suddenly the two JLAs are battling each other.
Using her power and Mxy's magic, Supergirl succeeds in bringing them into Joker's soul. They begin to take Joker down, when suddenly Lois pulls a Kryptonite ring out and holds it up to Superman. They get rid of the ring, but the betrayal shatters Superman's faith in everything. Joker laughs as bombs around the world explode and the universe shatters.
Of course, Joker can put it right back together. He and Lois sit in thrones while the heroes sit on the floor as pets.
Appearing in "The Reign of Emperor Joker (Part III of V) - Life is But a Very Bad Dream"
- Lord Satanus
- Harley Quinn
- Joker League of Anarchy
- Superman navigation number 2000/40.
- This issue takes place after Superman Vol 2 161, the storyline continues in Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 105.
- This issue is reprinted in the Superman: Emperor Joker trade paperback.
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
Links and References
Superman (Volume 2) #161: 2000/39
Superman: The Man of Steel #105: 2000/41