Death Metal Art Teases a Heroic Turn for DC’s Most Powerful Villain

Emilee Geist

He was one of DC’s most powerful good guys, and just might be again as hinted in upcoming Dark Nights: Death Metal art from Greg Capullo. He was among the DC Multiverse’s most powerful heroes, and then became one of its deadliest and most homicidal villains. But preliminary Dark Nights: […]


He was one of DC’s most powerful good guys, and just might be again as hinted in upcoming Dark Nights: Death Metal art from Greg Capullo.

He was among the DC Multiverse’s most powerful heroes, and then became one of its deadliest and most homicidal villains. But preliminary Dark Nights: Death Metal art shows Superboy-Prime might soon be fighting on the side of the good guys again.

Series artist Greg Capullo recently shared the art on his Instagram page. The illustration shows Superboy-Prime flanked by the Anti-Life-infected Superman on one side and Wonder Woman on the other, as she wields her Chainsaw of Truth.

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In Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul’s recent Dark Nights Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1, the DC heroes ventured back into the Dark Multiverse to break the conduit of crisis energy giving the reality-shaping Perpetua her godlike powers. At the end of that issue, Wonder Woman encountered Superboy-Prime on an alternate world in the Dark Multiverse where he defeated that world’s heroes during the events of Infinite Crisis.

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In the actual Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Ivan Reis and Jerry Ordway, Superboy-Prime — after the destruction of his world Earth-Prime in Crisis on Infinite Earths — sought to recreate the Multiverse, making himself into the one true Superman. The Multiverse was ultimately reconstituted, but Superboy-Prime was defeated and imprisoned by the Guardians of the Universe before eventually escaping.

Superboy-Prime is likely to become a key player in Snyder and Capullo’s Dark Nights: Death Metal. Issue #4 goes on sale October 13.

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