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     Reality names were reused several times. See also Earth 22, Earth -22, Arrowverse: Earth-22, Injustice.

Earth-22, also known as Earth-96,[1] is one of fifty-one divergent realities that branched from the core New Earth reality during the recreation of the Multiverse shortly following the events of Infinite Crisis.

History

Dawn of a New Age

On this Earth in the early 21st century, after the Justice League of America disbanded, no organization stepped up to follow on their role as an examples to the younger heroes, but the examples of individual heroes was enough... until the arrival of a man known as Magog. This violent superhuman vigilante killed the Joker in revenge for his massacre of the entire Daily Planet staff. At his trial for the murder of the Joker, Magog was acquitted by the jury of all charges, as the public began to see Superman's moral code as old-fashioned and unable to face up to the challenges of the modern world. His subsequent public pardoning shattered Superman's idealistic beliefs towards justice and his faith in humanity, and for ten years he went into seclusion at the Fortress of Solitude while younger heroes followed the example of Magog, becoming little different from the criminals they fought. Soon after his self-imposed exile, Many of Superman’s peers were deeply shaken by the Man of Steel's decision to abandon his lifelong mission (as well as being equally disturbed by the public's overwhelmingly positive reception towards Magog's actions) before later joining his lead and retreated themselves out of the public eye.

For some heroes, they either withdraw from society or traveled into the far distant future, as was the case with of Green Lantern (who now resides in a giant 'Emerald City" above the surface of Earth to wait for signs of extraterrestrial threats) and Aquaman (who has since surrendered his title to his former protege Aqualad to become the ruler of Atlantis).

For others, unable to turn their back on the world they knew, they continued their roles as champions and remained committed to crimefighting, albiet now unrecognizable from what they once were. The original Flash, for instance, had become so powerful and omni-present that Keystone City (his hometown) had become a flawless utopia watched by him twenty-four hours a day. For the feared vigilante once known as the Batman, however, his body became so battered and abused from years of constant crimefighting that he had to have an exo-skeleton surgically implanted onto his body in order to maintain his movement and mobility. When his secret identity was revealed, his archenemies (Two-Face and Bane) attacked his estate and destroyed the whole of Wayne Manor. No longer unable to continue as the Caped Crusader in person, Wayne created an entire legion of robotic Bat-Knights to surveil and maintain order in his city, effectively transforming Gotham into a police state.

Due to the increasingly extreme and merciless crimefighting tactics deployed by this new generation of "heroes", the majority of the world's supervillains were eventually killed off, as a result of Magog-inspired vigilantes brutally eliminating them as well as completely obliterating several holding facilities for metahuman criminals (along with everyone inside them); including Blackgate Penitentiary, Belle Reve Prison, and Arkham Asylum.

With most of the old villains now gone and seemingly no one left to oppose them, superheroes started fighting each other in the streets apparently out of mere boredom, while showing utterly no concern with collateral damage or even the safety of bystanders. These battles became so destructive and widespread that the skylines of major cities were filled with half-ruined buildings forever left in states of repair and iconic landmarks now irreversibly damaged (such as the Statue of Liberty, which had long since vandalized by the alien bounty hunter Lobo) while large pieces of fallen debris from superhuman fights littered the streets.

As the metahuman population continued to expand into the thousands and violent anti-heroes effectively replaced the champions of the past, humanity began to feel utterly irrelevant and hopeless about their place in the future. Because of this, ceremonies such the Nobel Prize and the Olympics Games had ceased years ago, as human achievement was now belittled by the god-like powers of modern superhumans, instead of inspiring ordinary people as the old heroes once did. Efforts to regulate the activities of metahumans, such as U.N. censures against them, often went to no avail, forcing everyday civilians to adapt and learn how to live with their careless "protectors".

The only remnants left of the original Justice League were young vigilantes, many of whom were their descendants, taking on the mantle of their predecessors (if not their morals) and commercial ventures designed to capitalize on the public’s nostalgia of a more optimistic age, such as the gaudy themed restaurant Planet Krypton based in downtown Metropolis.

Unbeknownst to gods and mortals alike, however, a tragedy of unprecedented scale would soon lead the world to the brink of total destruction.

The Return of Kal-El

The Magog-lead Justice Battalion's battle with Parasite ultimately caused a nuclear catastrophe, which killed almost a million people in the process and left most of Kansas (along with a few areas in the mid-west states of Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri) a radioactive no-go zone. With nuclear blight wiping outing America's agriculture system, the world economy went hurling towards near total collapse as the threat of global famine loomed.

When Wonder Woman travelled to Antarctica ]to convince Kal-El to reform the Justice League, she informed him of what happened to his beloved state of Kansas. Distraught by the harrowing images over what was once his home, Kal-El is shocked out of his retirement, deciding that the world needed him again and to become Superman once more.

Uniting his friends into a new Justice League, the leaguers make their first public reappearance when they battled the xenophobic Americommando and his Minutemen as they were attacking several immigrants at refuge camp on Liberty Island.

He inadvertently sparked a war between two factions of superhumans that grew so cataclysmic that it caused the United Nations to launch a nuclear strike on the battle site. Superman survived and attempted to kill the United Nations in response, but was talked down by pastor Norman McCay and the other surviving superheroes. This led Superman to become an active example to the heroes of the world.

Future History

Unlike some other universes, Earth-22's future is fairly concrete:

  • 1 year after the Gulag battle – Superman builds a memorial to the fallen heroes and he and Wonder Woman find love.
  • 10 years after the Gulag battle – Clark and Diana have a family of super children.
  • 20 years after the Gulag battle – Batman will die.
  • 100 years after the Gulag battle – Mankind will leave Earth for the stars, shepherded by the children of Superman & Wonder Woman.
  • 200 years after the Gulag battle – Sea levels will rise, covering New York.
  • 500 years after the Gulag battle – Civilization will rebuild itself on Earth.
  • 1000 years after the Gulag battle – Earth will be the home to the United Planets, protected by the Legion of Super-Heroes, and Superman, impossibly old and aged but still alive, evidently lives a life of contented anonymity.

Points of Interest

Residents

 Main article: Category:Earth-22 Characters

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References

Kingdom Come Trade paperback
Kingdom Come Continuity Storyline/Crossover
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Kingdom Come was a four-issue limited series published in 1996 under DC's Elseworlds imprint. Like all Elseworlds, this series was set in an alternate reality outside that of the mainstream DC Universe (in this case, Earth-96/Earth-22/Earth 22). However, several elements and characters were later introduced in the mainstream universe.
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