Updated on 16 October, 2021
"How does the afterlife work?" These are the immortal words uttered by the main protagonist in Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, a story which imagines what would happen if godlike beings were to come to earth and leave its human inhabitants behind. With death spreading across the globe, who would still live on and who would die in such a desolate post-apocalyptic tale of ultimate sacrifice, humanity and of great mystery? It is the end of the age as we understand it!
The theme of this brief synopsis should be self-evident, but let us go into more detail. In the Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman has imagined what would happen if a great being called Darkseid comes to earth and takes over the remaining gods and demons. He creates an anti-life equation in which those who do not succumb to his will are purified by the cosmic energy around them and they become immortal. The only problem with this, of course, is that Darkseid is soon defeated and sent back to earth where he is defeated yet again. But this does not stop him from coming back again to search for those who have not succumbed to his will, thus starting the timeless cycle of the Antic and Greek comic book wars.
The modern day storyline centres on the eternal struggle between good and evil, between the forces of good and evil, Superman (and anti-hero crusader Robin) and Darkseid. Our story begins in Metropolis, where Superman is struggling with anti-superman evil robot criminals called Parasites. One of these parasites has attached itself to Superman's biological father, Dr. Sam Houghton, a world famous psychiatrist. When Superman returns to earth, he is gravely injured and needed by those around him to help them deal with the evil robots. But when Superman is captured by Darkseid, only his ally, Wonder Woman can save him, although both of them are then left as prisoners of Darkseid's race of immortals he wants to purge of all life.
The story then jumps several years into the future where Wonder Woman is trained by a new Amazon princess called Amazon Lily, and they are now partners in battle against evil. The story eventually leads her to a battle with Darkseid and her arks are almost completely destroyed by the evil wizard, however the final outcome turns out to be better for everyone. In the final issue of DCEased Comic, we learn that the survivors of the destruction of the arks are now teamed up with an orphan girl who is the daughter of a World War Two hero called Joe Harry. This woman has been given the name Paradise and she has the unique ability to heal wounds and give other super abilities to her fellow planet inhabitants. She is also pregnant with a baby boy called James, whom she names James Franklin after her late husband. But, things take a turn for the worst when the Man of Steel contacts Paradise and tells her that she is going to be transformed into a powerful Amazon and will have to marry a fellow Amazon named Maxwell Lord.
After some time passes, Superman is transported to another planet named Earth by his new ally, the mysterious androgynous android called Dinah. Superman tries to convince Dinah that there are other worthy of adopting, and that she should not take on the role of being a mother and destroying other planets just to make herself a hero. But, when she fails and tries to embrace superman's love, Superman teleports himself away to safety with Dinah in tow, but not before giving her one last chance at changing her destiny. Unfortunately, Dinah uses her newly gained super strength to steal the power of other gods and bring chaos to the universe.
In the latest Dceased Comic tie in titled "The Day of Chaos" we see Dinah attempting to recruit other universe's superheros to join her in the battle against Superman and take back the Justice League, only to get rejected every time. Superman stops this and the heroes return to everyday life, only to learn that Dinah has infected Superman with a virus that leaves him in a comatose state. Superman then agrees to cure his wounds so as to allow Dinah to take over his body, but not before he channels his super strength to literally 'beat' her. This leaves Dinah confused as to what she actually meant when she asked for more power, and when Superman says he doesn't want any part of it, Dinah flees Earth.
In the Darkseid War final issue, an aged, defeated Superman is seen in the arms of an army of robots who are being led by the evil Anti-Life equation. Superman is beaten and seemingly dies. In the Secret Seven book, the Riddler recruits Superman to save the World. Superman catches up with the Riddler, and they battle it out until the Riddler is knocked out with a blast from a weather controlled satellite. The Riddler then flees, but Superman uses his super speed to reach him and punches him in mid-air, stunning him enough for the Riddler to drop his guard and succumb to a bullet that hits him in the chest.
Following this, an infected Superman jumps from a plane where he's been landed and crashes onto the ground in front of an army of soldiers. One of them, Buford, stabs Superman with a sword through the heart, but he survives thanks to a bulletproof vest that saves him. Following this, both the Riddler and the Ripper kill Superman, and the Dark Knight returns to Metropolis to face either him or the Anti-Life equation in the finale.