Whom Gods Destroy (comics)
|Whom Gods Destroy|
|Publisher||Elseworlds (DC Comics)|
|No. of issues||4|
|Written by||Chris Claremont|
Whom Gods Destroy is a 1996 four-issue comic book mini-series. Written by Chris Claremont, with artwork by Dusty Abell and Drew Geraci, under the Elseworlds imprint of DC Comics. This Elseworlds story, which involves Greek mythology in an alternate history, set in a world where Superman rocketed to Earth and has hardly aged a day. While his beloved Lois Lane gets the chance to obtain her heart's desire, she finds herself transformed by the power of the ancient gods into a Wonder Woman.
In an alternate world, Superman is still youthful due to his superhuman physiology. The Third Reich never fell, and Germany is still under Nazi rule. Lois has visions of Superman gleefully killing people, including Lana and her, but they are dismissed as nightmares. Meanwhile, the search for Lana— previously kidnapped—takes Lois and Superman into German soil of the Third Reich, where Lana is being held. Superman gets attacked by trolls and harpies, causing the plane to crash land in Germany.
Lois soon discovers that the Reich is ruled by the god Adonis and Artemis and Athena are trying to kill him. Wonder Woman has betrayed Paradise Island and is now part of the Reich. It is also revealed that the Greek pantheon is in league with the Nazis, allowing them to employ mythological monsters to fight superheroes. A fight ensues between the German army and the Greek heroines. The sacrifice of the goddess Athena endows Lois with powers—transforming her into a new Wonder Woman.
Superman is transformed into an evil centaur by Circe. Lana is imbued with the power of the Oracle of Delphi and can perform magical feats. She persuades the centaur Superman into realizing his real identity. Superman is transformed into a woman (because his crimes as leader of the Maenads were against women, and therefore, he must take their place). The female Superman then infiltrates the Great Hall of the Reich, which is guarded by the Minotaur. She succeeds in her task due to Lana's magical knowledge. Lois, as the new Wonder Woman, defeats the Nazi Wonder Woman and ties her up with her magic lasso.
Finally, it is revealed that Zeus and Hera were playing a chess game, using the world as their chess pieces. Adonis is sent to be taken care of by Hades. Superman and Lois (now the new Wonder Woman) and Lana all live together on the moon happily ever after.
- Whom Gods Destroy #1 (52 page, October 1996)
- Whom Gods Destroy #2 (52 page, November 1996)
- Whom Gods Destroy #3 (52 page, December 1996)
- Whom Gods Destroy #4 (52 page, January 1997)