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Lana Lang is the childhood friend of Superman, who developed superhuman powers after absorbing radioactive energy. She made the decision to put her newfound abilities to use, becoming the hero Superwoman.

Early Life

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Zero Year

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Doomed

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Truth

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Becoming Superwoman

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As a result of cosmic upheaval of Flashpoint and Rebirth, Earth-0 had inadvertently become home to two versions of both Clark Kent and Lois Lane, split from one another during the creation of the post-Flashpoint timeline. One group appeared to be 'native' to the post-Flashpoint timeline; the other pair seemed to be remnants of the timeline's original history prior to its alteration. Though they existed apart for a time, eventually, their fates converged.

When one of the Supermen died, Lana and one of the versions of Lois Lane both absorbed energy released from his body. The two women developed superhuman powers.[2] Lana gained the power to convert solar radiation into various forms of electromagnetic energy, while Lois developed powers similar to Superman's. Lana helped train Lois to control her powers, with both Lana and Lois becoming Superwoman.[3]

Lena Luthor

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While the New Superman- Lex Luthor- was parading his new ultimate battleship for the defense of Metropolis, the ship began to sway towards the shore potentially killing hundreds of people. As Lex Luthor's battleship wasn't functioning, Lois and Lana took it upon themselves to halt the mechanical monstrosity. After managing to halt the vessel Luthor informed the pair that the ship had been sabotaged, and so they decided to investigate while they helped evacuate the ship. Upon investigation the two Superwomen stumbled across a female Bizarro which attacked the pair. During the battle Lois's power fluctuated resulting in her death.[3]

Within the history of Dawn of DC, the Lois Lane who acted as Superwoman is described in computer database of John Henry Irons as an alternate version of Lois Lane (a reversal of the original nature of the storyline) and as a 'remnant' of energies resulting from the Rebirth event.[4]

Immediately after Lois' death Luthor's assistant Mercy Graves arrived on the scene and revealed herself to be another female Bizarro. Seeing she was outmatched she fled the scene and rendezvoused with Steel. After a trip to the Police Precinct the pair returned to base where Steel and their niece Natasha did tests on Lana, as she was suffering from the same nose bleeds as Lois was before her death. Upon waking up one night she decided to assist Steel and Natasha with Atomic Skull who had escaped Stryker's Island during the city wide blackout.[5] After taking Atomic Skull down the three agreed to investigate corruption and brutality on Stryker's Island if Skull helped them bring power back to the city which he did.[6]

After this Superwoman went on to discover the presence of the alternate Clark and Lois.[7] Together with John Henry and Natasha, she conducted tests on herself, finding out in the process that she was dying. One evening Traci Thirteen entered the complex and informed her that Lex was being held hostage by his sister Lena, who was using the alias Ultrawoman and attempting to use Lex's Battleship to take over the city. At that very moment Ultrawoman led her army of Bizarro clones of the Crime Syndicate's Superwoman towards the battleship where she lifted it with her Telekinetic powers.[8] Ultrawoman changed Luthor's ship into a much more deadly version of itself. She then sent her Bizarresses to secure the city and gather subjects into containment cubes for later experiments.

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Lana remained at John's side after he decided to leave his costumed identity behind and help Metropolis as a scientist by using the alien energy source Genesis.[9] Despite several attempts at sabotage by some of John's old business associates she kept supporting John until after being exposed to Genesis her old powers resurfaced.[10] With the help of Superman they figured out that Genesis was reacting with the people that were exposed to it[11] and she and John reconfirmed their love for one another moments before a robot attacked the city, forcing Lana, John and Natasha to confront it as it was powered by Genesis and made Superman's powers unstable.[12] Lana kept the robot occupied while John and the others found a way to neutralize the dangerous effects of Genesis and togheter they stopped the robot and saved the city.[13]

Powers

  • Transformation: After being caught in a solar flare resulting from the apparent death of Superman, Lana acquired the ability to turn into a form with incredible abilities.[2] Although she gave up her powers to stop Midnight[14] she regained them after accidental exposure to Genesis.[10]

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Power Instability (Formerly): Initially, the more that Lana used her powers, the more they would slowly kill her, and her life expectancy was greatly reduced as a result.

Equipment

  • Insect Queen Armor (Formerly): Lana was originally given a variant of the armor used by Steel to drain the excess energy generated by her powers but after apparently losing them she used the armor to trigger her transformations.[16] It was later revealed that the armor was simply channeling her powers and that she was still the source of her abilities.[17]


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