Superman was once transformed into a centaur and fought a Nazi Wonder Woman
Superman / Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy throws Superman and Lois Lane into the dark world of WWII, nukes, and the Greek gods.
DC’s Elseworlds titles have explored countless alternate universes featuring some pretty bizarre versions of the DC Universe’s most iconic heroes. There have been Wild West versions of the Justice League, a space age wonder, and even a bizarre fusion of Batman and Frankenstein. But, few stories are as weird and surprising as the 1996 four-issue miniseries of Chris Claremont, Dusty Abell, Drew Geraci and Gloria Vasquez. Superman / Wonder Woman: May the Gods Destroy.
May the gods destroy takes place in a Nazi-plagued world long after the end of WWII. The Third Reich controls a considerable part of Europe and has entered into an unstable peace treaty with the United States. Both world powers are at a standstill after Germany’s fear of Superman prompted them to attack Metropolis with nuclear weapons. Rather than retaliate and cause global nuclear destruction, President Bruce Wayne struck a deal with the Nazis. In return for world peace, the United States guaranteed that Superman would stay out of the affairs of the Third Reich.
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However, everything changes when the Harpies working for the Greek goddess Circe destroy Clark and Lois’ house and kidnap their friend Lana Lang. After recovering from their wounds caused by the mythical monsters, Clark and Lois learn that Lana has been taken to Europe. Lois is determined to come with Clark to save Lana, so the two board a plane in hopes of saving their friend. They are again attacked by Harpies on the plane, which is forced to crash into Germany where they are greeted by hostile Nazi soldiers.
Once in Germany, Lois and Clark are separated and faced with their own challenges. The goddess Athena recruits Lois to join the resistance against the Nazis. Athena is slaughtered by Adonis and his soldiers, but in her final moments, she grants Lois the power to be a warrior for justice, transforming her into Wonder Woman. With her newfound powers, Lois continues her search for Lana and leads a female war against the Third Reich. Eventually, she meets Princess Diana of Themyscira who is fighting alongside the Nazis. The two Wonder Women clash in an epic battle in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Superman is enchanted by Circe. She turns him into a foolish centaur who leads a bunch of other man-horse hybrids down a path of debauchery. They roam Europe looting small towns and partying late into the night. This bestial version of Clark Kent is almost unrecognizable and seemingly unstoppable. Fortunately, Lana Lang – to whom the gods have given psychic powers – is able to find the Man of Steel and join him. He comes out of his runaway state and the two friends turn to the goddess Hecate for help. Hecate is able to free Superman from Circe’s spell, but only by putting him in a new body. Clark finds himself in another new body; even more alien to him than that of a centaur. She turns him into a mortal woman. In this new incarnation, Clark is helpless except for a gun which Hecate says will be powerful enough to kill a god.
Superman and Lang travel to Berlin to defeat the Nazis and find Lois. Superman is not used to the body he inhabits and does not want to use the gun to kill. Adonis takes the opportunity and uses the gun to shoot Superman. When the mortal body dies, Superman reappears in his old body. Lois and Superman fight together and find that everything they’ve been through and the success of the Third Reich is all the result of a game of chess played between Zeuss and Hera “to determine whether reason or passion rules souls deadly “.
Superman and Lois convince the gods to leave Earth alone from now on and do what they can to get back to their lives, though they are both drastically different from what they were before their trip to Germany. . Lois finally has the power to fight for the justice she always admired in Superman, and Clark Kent has a new appreciation for the struggles of mortals and a very complicated relationship with horses.
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