Humpin' before Turkey Thumpin' I see......
Trying to figure out what issue to pick to spotlight today, and as I was sifting though my collection I found this little forgotten gem:
Superman Annual#3(1991) "Execution 2001" By Dan Jurgans and Dusty Abell
It was all part of the Armageddon 2001 storyline that ran threw all the annuals that year, with Waverider trying to discover the secret identity of the villainous Monarch from his time era.
Old Spoiler Alert: It turned out to be Hawk, or Hawk and Dove, even thiugh really it was supposed to be Captain Atom. Apparently news got leaked, and the creators of the project switched in Hawk at the last minute. Lame, but that's why spoilers aren't always a good thing I suppose.
Anyhoo, reading this one again got me thinking I've seen this premise before recently:
Only in Injustice it's the Joker who kills Lois, and it's not essentially Superman vs. the world....yet.
So who does kill Lois this time?
Intergang does, and essentially themselves and all of Metropolis with them after accidently exploding a nuke bomb meant to blackmail the city. Opps, butterfingers right?;)
Did I mention Lois and Clark were married in this timeline as well? Yeah, sucks to be Lois lately....
From there Superman goes all "No Nukes" on the world, rounding up all the world's nuklear weapons and disposing them somewhere.
Things seem to be going ok considering the circumstances until Superman encounters an American sub packed with nuke missles. He stops it and downs the vessel, not knowing that he didn't save all the men onboard. Seven die without him knowing, setting off a collison course with the Justice League under ordes from the US president.
Of course as always happens in these kinds of stories, someone or someones always dies, and this time it's J'onn that bites it when Superman kinda sets him on fire, giving him a heart attack. Yeah lame, but that's what happened.
It's afer this that the president calls in the big guns.....you guessed it, Batman.
You'd think Superman would've smartned up by now and not given Batman that damn Kryponite ring right?
That's how it ends, and Waverider once again(as he's found out in all the other Superman annuals but obviously has the worst case of amnesia ever) determines that Superman isn't and will never be Monrch. And thus the search continues.....