Lex Luthor is liable for placing Perpetua in energy in Darkish Nights: Demise Metallic. Here is how he is making an attempt to make issues proper.
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Whereas being one of many largest legal geniuses within the DC Universe and a grasp manipulator, Lex Luthor has been performed fairly exhausting by an much more nefarious villain just lately. After the all-powerful villain Perpetua was free of the Supply Wall by its shattering on the finish of Dark Nights: Metal, Luthor was manipulated into remodeling himself into the highly effective Apex Lex and tasked with upgrading the villains of the DCU in service to his new darkish grasp. As Perpetua and the Legion of Doom triumphed over the mixed would possibly of the heroes from the DC Multiverse, the Legion was betrayed, with Perpetua turning Lex’s lieutenants right into a power source inside her throne whereas Lex himself was changed by the Batman Who Laughs.
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Ever since the Batman Who Laughs and his minions from the Darkish Multiverse conquered the DCU whereas Perpetua turned her consideration to the remainder of the Multiverse, Lex has laid comparatively low. Licking his wounds and now sporting a nasty facial scar after narrowly escaping along with his life, Lex quietly has vowed revenge on Perpetua and her Darkish Multiverse military by any means mandatory ominously resurfacing throughout Metallic‘s crossover occasion sequel Dark Nights: Death Metal.
After being rescued from Apokolips by Wonder Woman and the remainder of the resistance towards the Batman Who Laughs’ twisted rule, Nightwing is tasked with main a strike drive to destroy Perpetua’s throne and free the imprisoned Legion of Doom, successfully chopping off her energy supply. After rescuing Detective Chimp, Nightwing and his simian companion arrive on the ruins of the Corridor of Justice, with the Justice League’s headquarters having crashed in Slaughter Swamp after the staff’s defeat. Inside, they discover Lex ready for them, with the scarred legal mastermind not solely offering the location of the throne however the revelation that the Martian Manhunter had been ambushed by new, powerful Dark Knights recruited by Perpetua to guard her energy provide.
Advance solicitation for subsequent points within the tie-in storyline has since confirmed that Lex will likely be a distinguished member of the ragtag Justice League that types to focus on Perpetua’s throne and rescue J’onn J’onzz however the massive query stays: Can Lex actually be trusted and can his help redeem his villainous previous? Having been a murderous determine since his youth in Smallville, it is extremely unlikely that Lex will ever fully atone for his actions and even has any real want to redeem himself. Lex becoming a member of up with the impromptu Justice League is seemingly extra motivated by revenge than an precise drive to revive the DC Multiverse again to its pure state, nonetheless, determined for assist and hopelessly outgunned, the brand new League will take any assist they will get.
Lex Luthor has devoted an excessive amount of of his life to villainy and destroyed the lives of so many numerous others to maybe actually redeem himself. The perfect the longtime Superman nemesis can do is undo the cataclysmic actions he dedicated by serving to Perpetua come again to energy within the first place, working alongside the Justice League whereas secretly having Lobo carry Demise Metallic to show the tide towards Perpetua and her darkish forces. Having precipitated this catastrophe within the first place, atonement might be out of attain however, as a wild card with a vendetta towards Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs, Lex can at the least clear up his mess.
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