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The final chapter of the Warworld saga, which has been going on for a long while now, has finally arrived, and Superman and Mongul final face off once again.
The battle to free Warworld has reached its climax, and we get to follow three different threads as the fight comes to a close. In one we follow Natasha, Orphan, and Leonath fight their way towards one of the sun engines that power Warworld; which they're hoping to transform into a blue sun to power up Superman and the Phelosians.
This fight really shows why it was a good thing to bring Orphan onto their side, as he easily deals with the troops massed before them, giving the trio a moment to breathe and consider their plan. Unfortunately, that moment doesn't last long, and Leonath, dying from bullet wounds, runs into the sun engine to complete the mission, giving his life in the process. Honestly, this was a really sad moment, and I'd come to really like Leonath over the course of this story. I wasn't expecting his to come back to Earth after this and hang out with Nat, but it would have been nice if he could have lived to see the victory he fought hard for.
Speaking of fighting hard, the rest of Superman's team are having to deal with their former friends, as Omac has switched sides, Lightray has died and has been resurrected as a monster, and Apollo has machines in his head making him fight for Mongul. Luckily, thanks to some trickery from Manchester Black, Apollo removes the machines from his skull, and rejoins his husband. Omac, realising that he's on the wrong side, gives his life to stop Lightray and seems to bring her back to life in the process.
This was probably the least interesting part of the issue, but each member of the team does get a small moment to shine, and everyone gets something to do. Which is more that can be said about some team books.
The big event, however, is Superman and Mongul. Unfortunately, it looks like Kryl-Ux has been working for Mongul this whole time, and has turned on our hero. However, it seems like he's just been working with Mongul until he's able to find a way to kill him himself. Thus Whilst Superman and Mongul fight, Kryl-Ux sneaks in and deals a killing blow to the tyrant. Now something of a villain himself, Kryl-Ux departs.
It feels like this isn't going to be the last we see of Kryl-Ux, especially thanks to the small scene towards the end when he messages the president of the United Planets. It seems like this whole Warworld story might just have been an origin for this new character, and that we might be having to deal with him more in future stories. If so, it's something that I wasn't expecting from the story, but is a decent way to take things.
We then get celebrations across Warworld as people are freed from their slavery, and Superman and his team get to go home; where Clark sweeps Lois up into the air above the clouds, where they kiss as the sunrises.
This is a story that has been going on, or building for almost a year and a half, and has had some big effects on the DC universe, such as Jonathan stepping up to become Superman in his father's absence. As such, it feels like a real conclusion as it comes to a close, and Superman return to Earth feels like a big moment.
I'm going to be interested to see how Superman settles back into being on Earth, and what he thinks of what Jonathan's been doing since he was gone. I'm also looking forward to seeing how sweet and wholesome he is towards his son and his boyfriend; because you know Clark is going to be one hugely proud father.
Big things come to a close, and big new things are on the horizon, and it's been a great journey.
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