So, I have a theory of whose behind all this. It’s an obvious theory, but it’s still a theory.
Issue: Dark Knights of Steel #8, November 2022
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Yasmine Putri
The Plot: The Storm Kingdom and the Amazon’s respective armies push on towards the Kingdom of the Els.
Commentary: One thing that this mini-series has done and done well is a lot of mixing and matching. The Bat-Prince is half Kryptonian. Supergirl is the daughter, not the niece, of Jor-El and Lara. Heck, Jor-El and Lara survived the destruction of Krypton, and the Kents apparently raised an as-yet unseen but referred to Aquaman. But then there’s the Green Man.
He’s a piece of work, and he’s almost certainly behind the war.
The first I heard of the Green Man, I assumed that was this world’s version of the Green Lantern. He was seen in silhouette and seems to have an Oan power ring. I wasn’t wrong, but there was more to it than that. This Green Man wasn’t Hal, John, Guy, or Kyle. He isn’t even Alan Scott or Simon Baz. No, he’s Lex Luthor, a disgraced former advisor to King Thomas and Queen Martha, made to look foolish by the Els and who then went insane when he found a Green Lantern ring on a dying alien.
So, he’s not only the Green Lantern. He’s also Lex Luthor and the Joker.
That’s a bad combo.
Anyway, while Poison Ivy was holding off the armies as a favor to Harley Quinn, the Green Man struck her down, saying he wants the war.
I strongly suspect that the Green Man is also behind the fact that various Kryptonians have committed sudden and shocking acts of violence, all of which seems a bit out of character for all of them, and all of which only make things worse. Supergirl didn’t know anything about the death of Jefferson or Jacob Pierce. Kal-El likewise probably doesn’t know “he” attacked his half-brother Bruce. And this issue ends with something really bad. So, I don’t think it’s way too off to assume the Green Man, if he isn’t committing these murders himself, is using someone like the Martian Manhunter to commit them for him.
And I won’t mind being right. It’s a theory that makes sense, and this series has been pretty fun so far.
Oh, as for this issue…usual good stuff.