"Grimdark!": Superman and allies struggle against the demons created by June's unstable subconscious to the best of their ability but realize that their only hope to survive and save June is to get June to regain control of her mind. Even Natalie Irons' arrival only delays the demons and Superma
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Synopsis for "Grimdark!"
Superman and allies struggle against the demons created by June's unstable subconscious to the best of their ability but realize that their only hope to survive and save June is to get June to regain control of her mind. Even Natalie Irons' arrival only delays the demons and Superman tries to reach out to June, who is still tortured by her own alter-ego, the Enchantress. Unfortunately, June is too disturbed to listen to Superman's words, forcing Superman to ask Black for help. Black tells June that since the demons were created by June herself, that must mean she must be more powerful than she herself realizes, so he tells June to accept her dark side as a part of herself. The plan works and June and the Enchantress merge into one being, destroying June's personal hell and saving Superman and his group.
Sometime later, Superman's team has safely transferred June Moone to Fort Superman, a new base of operations Superman himself had established in Alaska. With her psyche stable, June can use the powers of the Enchantress with no noticeable drawbacks. Black informs everyone that they are still one recruit short: Lightray, but before the search for Lightray begins, Superman talks to the team about how are they gonna handle lethal force. Black expects another "killing is wrong and there's always another way" lecture, but Superman admits that his son and his peers are more aware of social issues than Superman and his team ever were, so he advises the team to be creative in the use of their powers and avoid casualties whenever possible. Opponents can't learn anything if their dead, after all.
As for Lightray, Superman tells Apollo and June to talk to Lightray directly, while Black, Midnighter and Steel will remain on standby should something bad happen. Superman himself will remain in Fort Superman as bait, because he expects trouble will come looking for him.
Meanwhile, at Earth's orbit, the mastermind targeting Superman, the Ultra-Humanite, transfers his brain to a new body. He knows that Superman himself has become irrelevant in recent times, humanity itself is declining and Superman's son will not be a problem in his plans. Even so, he refuses to take any chances with Superman, so he will attack the Man of Steel when he is weak and vulnerable.
At Fort Superman, Kelex informs Superman that Dubai will face some sort of big problem, so the Man of Steel sends his teammates to their respective missions.
Meanwhile, Lightray remembers her glory days as the shining star of Mars, the girl that embodied hope and optimism; but unfortunately, the pressure finally got to her and right now, she's planning to commit suicide. Suddenly, a dark entity offers Lightray a way to escape her problem, a mysterious gem shrouded in shadows. This dark entity is Eclipso.
Apollo arrives at Lightray's home but finds no trace of her. Suddenly, he is attacked by an unidentified woman, who demands to know what happened to Lightray.
Black, Midnighter and Steel arrive at Dubai and find the city under attack by a group of upgraded robots. Just as the team is about to act, however, they find themselves in conflict with another metahuman group.
Meanwhile, at Fort Superman, Ultra-Humanite ambushes the Man of Steel, revealing to have transferred his brain into the body of Solomon Grundy. Superman attempts to fight back using the Supermobile, but Ultra-Humanite quickly wrecks the vehicle and incapacitates Superman, intending to transfer his mind into Superman's body in an attempt to take vengeance for all the times Superman has foiled the Ultra-Humanite's plans. To do that, however, Ultra-Humanite needs to take Superman to a place where surgical equipment is as indestructible as Superman: the bottled city of Kandor.
Appearing in "Grimdark!"
- D'z'amor (As an illusion only)
- Eclipso (In the shadows)
- Fleur de Lis
- Iron Cross
- Celeste Nelson and Terrance Kelly (Flashback only)
- OMAC (First full appearance)
- Bizarro (Statue only)
- Brainiac (Statue only)
- Mongul (Statue only)
- Doomsday (Statue only)
- General Zod (Statue only)
- Lex Luthor (Statue only)
- Lyri Zor-Em (Voice only)
- Jon Kent (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Metallo (Mentioned only)
- Parasite (Mentioned only)
- Steel (John Henry Irons) (Mentioned only)
- Suicide Squad (Mentioned only)
- Brady Bunch (Mentioned only)
- Earth 0
- Earth 9
- Cover gallery for the Superman and the Authority series
- Images from Superman and the Authority Vol 1 3