Fragments of Krypton, Superman’s destroyed home planet, were scattered across the galaxy after its destruction. Exposure to various radiation caused the fragments, known as Kryptonite, to take on various properties, each with a different color. The most common is Green Kryptonite, which causes intense, debilitating pain to Kryptonians, and if exposure is prolonged, eventually death. Red Kryptonite, the most fun, has random effects, with no two pieces of Red K having the same powers. This could lead to everything from turning Superman into a dwarf, making him evil, or making him super clumsy. Blue Kryptonite only effects Bizarros.
But this entry is for Gold Kryptonite, so let’s get to it. Gold K robs Kryptonians of their super powers permanently. Fortunately for Superman and his crew, it’s the rarest of all Kryptonite and only has a range of two feet. I would assume it’s the rarest of all the different forms of Kryptonite because a non powered Superman isn’t much of a Superman, so creators had to put that stuff on the shelf.
So Multiplicity finally hit, and it was indeed The Business much as I’d hoped. It really did shock me how far putting Ivan Reis and Joe Prado on this went to make it feel like Superman is being treated for a moment as an A-list book again (not that the likes of Gleason, Jimenez and Mahnke aren’t all top-tier themselves, but Reis lends a “this is a MAJOR EVENT” feel to any project he winds up on his with his smooth detailing and widescreen feel), and given his stint on at least the start of JLA with the Lord Havok arc, it seems all Multiversity followups for the moment are under his purview.
But while most of the guest appearances are probably (and I expect intentionally) easy to recognize or figure out - here’s the Superman from that characters’ most popular Elseworlds and even if you don’t know him you can figure out “he’s a Russian Superman, that’s his deal”, here’s a pseudo Justice League, they’ve got a Flash-type person and a Superman who’s apparently President and Iron Man even though they can’t call him Iron Man, etc. - but the big shot at the end where you see some of the other Supermen dragged into the advertised get-together gets a little more obscure.
It doesn’t help that several of the Earth numbers attached are flat-out wrong, because as it’s always worth remembering, Eddie’s a bad editor as well as a bad guy. Hell, he edited The Multiversity Guidebook, he should know that shit as well as anyone! Luckily however, I’m kind of a Superman guy, so if anybody hasn’t read Multiversity lately, I’ve got what you need. Heading down each row from left to right:
Bizarro of Earth 29: The Superman of the Bizarro universe, he’s pretty much just regular Bizarro. He had a really fun one-shot by the Pak/Kuder team in Action Comics #40.
Ultraman of Earth 43: The Superman on a world loosely based on Red Rain, where Batman was turned into a vampire to defeat Count Dracula, only to succumb to his curse and spread it to the rest of the Justice League. However, given that he’s for some reason Ultraman - and the fate of Ultraman in Final Crisis - it seems he may actually be the Pre-Flashpoint Ultraman, somehow given a monstrous second chance. Last we saw him he was part of an invasion force on the darkly magical Earth 13 - he was attacked by the Kal-El/Etrigan fusion Superdemon, until Zatanna redirected his hunger towards coffee.
Super-Martian of Earth 32: From a world home to a number of mash-up characters like Bat-Lantern and Aquaflash united as the Justice Titans, he’s fairly self-descriptive.
New Super-Man of Earth 0: Kenan Kong, who absorbed the New 52 Superman’s life energy after his passing and his learning to grow beyond the schoolyard bully he used to be; his origin is probably why the invaders thought of him as the native Superman of the main DCU. He’s got his own book at the moment, feel free to check it out.
Sunshine Superman of Earth 47: Debuting way back during Morrison’s Animal Man, he protects the funkiest of all possible Earths as the leader of the Love Syndicate of Dreamworld.
Superman II (?) of Earth 2: We don’t get a good look at him, but the design of his suit would suggest he’s Val-Zod, a Kryptonian survivor who took over the mantle after the death of his worlds’ Kal-El. Don’t know much about him beyond that, or whether or not him being here complicates or contradicts anything going on in the Earth-2 book.
Superwoman of Earth 11: What it says on the tin; while there are some notable differences on this gender-altered Earth (the Amazons took a more direct hand in world affairs for one thing), she’s pretty much exactly like her main Earth counterpart aside from being a woman. Though given she was captured rather than dismissed as an anomaly, it’s fair to say she probably hasn’t died and been replaced by her Pre-Flashpoint incarnation lately.
Supremo of Earth 35: Not helped by being identified as from Earth 50 (home of the Justice Lords), this is actually a DC-Multiverse version of Supreme, heading up the Super-Americans. His Earth was noted as being designed in ‘idea-space’ by the Monitors to reflect other worlds, and while that’s probably just a gag at his source-materials’ nature as a pastiche character, for all we know it could somehow prove important.
Superman (?) of Earth 31: We don’t actually know his name, but he’s the Superman figure of a post-apocalyptic flooded Earth where Pirate Batman (aka Captain Leatherwing) is one of the last arbiters of justice. Fun fact: this was originally supposed to be the Earth of The Dark Knight Returns - Earth-31 was pre-Flashpoint, and Klaus Janson was going to draw an image for the The Multiversity Guidebook - but Frank Miller nixed it when he heard what was up.
Superman of Earth 22: We can’t actually see him, but if the numbers’ right, this is the Superman of Kingdom Come, and you know what that is. If you’ve read all of 10 DC books in your entire life, odds are fair that it was one of them.
Knightwing of Earth 38: Another mislabel (Earth 45′s is Superdoomsday from Morrison’s Action Comics), Clark Wayne is the grandson of both Superman and Batman in Superman/Batman: Generations. Exposed to Gold Kryptonite in the womb by his father (Joel Kent, Superman’s son. Who had…issues with the rest of his family), he ended up raised by Batman’s son Bruce Jr./Batman III, who eventually made him his Robin. When he learned of his full lineage and regained the powers of his birthright, he stuck with his recently-acquired new name of Knightwing as a happy medium between the inheritances of both bloodlines.
Superman of Earth ???: Misidentified as the Superman of Earth 38, I actually can’t tell who this is; he’s pretty normal-looking, and while it’s clear there’s a couple non-standard elements to his uniform that don’t immediately match up with anyone, he’s too indistinct and awkwardly-positioned to see for certain. To be honest, what we see of his face makes me think of Christopher Reeve? Unless this is corrected for trade or Tomasi answers my (hopefully polite! It’s awkward to ask anything even remotely ringing of “can you correct this mistake for me”, but I’m sure it was a simple mix-up and I’m really curious) tweet, this is likely to remain a mystery. Until then, it’s safe to assume he’s probably just a generic filler Superman.
Superman of Earth 1: The star of the Superman: Earth One series, and the one guy I sincerely hope bites it by stories’ end. JMS has said he’s not doing more comics anyway, so he’s officially expendable. Then again, it’s so obscure an image, seemingly without a normal s-shield, that this could be a mistake too.
Even aside from those 13, plus the Red Son Superman of Earth 30, President Superman of Earth 23, and regular ‘ol Superman, along with Captain Carrot seemingly being counted as among that fraternity, there’s by my count at least 13 or so more active Supermen on top of that in the current Multiverse, so there’s plenty more last sons of Krypton who could be popping their heads in. In particular I’m curious to see if Earth 8′s Hyperion-equivalent Hyperius shows up, since his mysterious disappearance was one of Multiversity’s bigger dangling threads.
I was doing some research on Kryptonite for my story, and thought I’d share a summary of what I found on a couple of websites, in case someone needs it for future references (or story prompts).
Green: weakens Kryptonians, slowly robbing them of their powers as the Green K energy replaces the solar energy stored in a Kryptonian’s cells. Prolonged exposure to Green Kryptonite proves fatal. They can gain immunity to the effects of green kryptonite due to either repeated non-fatal exposure, continuous long-term absorption of solar radiation, or extremely high short-term exposure to the sun. Green kryptonite is also harmful to humans given sufficient long-term exposure (Lex Luthor gets cancer from wearing a Kryptonite ring for several months).
Blue: affects Bizzaro the same way green affects kryptonians.
Anti-Kryptonite: harmless to Kryptonians, but have the same effects of green Kryptonite on humans.
Slow-Kryptonite: created by the villain, Metallo (he’ll be coming to Supergirl Season 2), affects humans the same way as green kryptonite.
Red: No two chunks of Red Kryptonite have the same effect. Red Kryptonite effects typically last for 24-72 hours. The effects range from physical transformations (dragon/giant/dwarf, extra limbs, rapid aging, translucent skin) to mental alterations (amnesia, telepathy, only able to speak/write in Kryptonese, mental transference, and personality alteration). Kryptonians become immune to the specific chunk of red Kryptonite they were exposed to after the effects wear off (exposure to the same rock counteracts the effects in some cases).
Bizzaro Red: affects humans the same way as red Kryptonite.
X-Kryptonite: harmless to Kryptonians, gives humans and animals super abilities. It was created by Supergirl (in the comics) when she was trying to find an antidote to green Kryptonite, and affected her cat, Streaky (THE Supercat).
Orange: gives animals super abilities for 24 hours (Krypto the Superdog!)
Gold: capable of permanently removing a Kryptonian’s ability to process sunlight, effectively taking away the super powers. It’s the rarest variety, and typically exists in the form of a meteor floating through space. The synthetic form has only temporary effects. In Smallville, injuries caused by Gold Kryptonite can’t be healed with super-healing.
Black: causes an alien or human to split into 2 separate beings (usually good and evil, but in some cases personality split—in Smallville, it split Superman into Clark Kent and Kal-El). It was used on Supergirl by Lex Luthor in the comics to expose her true nature.
Silver: causes Kryptonians to suffer from altered perceptions (paranoid delusions), loss of inhibition, and extreme hunger cravings (basically weed for Kryptonians).
Periwinkle: causes Kryptonians to lose all inhibitions (basically alcohol).
Red-Gold: causes temporary memory loss.
Red-Green-Gold: removes a character’s memory of ever being a superhero.
Kryptonite-X (Kryptisium): supercharges a Kryptonian, restoring their super powers. However, if it clings to the Kryptonian, it causes them to absorb solar energy at a rapidly accelerated rate, eventually causing them to lose control of their powers and their bodies to build more mass (ripped Kara, anyone?).
Jewel: Fragments of Krypton’s Jewel Mountains. Amplifies the psychic powers of the criminals imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, allowing the characters to project illusions or perform mind control (The alien Jemm, in the episode Human for a Day of Supergirl).
Magno-Krypto: an artificial mineral that tracks objects from Krypton, including people.
Pink: turns a Kryptonian temporarily gay.
Opal: drives Kryptonians temporarily insane.
White: kills plants (eesh!).
Red-Green: caused mutations, Superman grew a third eye in the back of his head.
Wait, pink kryptonite is make him gay??? I thought make him weak???
That is a great question! You are partially right. But the answer is there are many different colored Kryptonite, each with their own distinct effect on Superman.
Green Kryptonite makes Superman weak or to be more specific, it causes instant blood poisoning. As I said before Pink Kryptonite has been shown to change Superman’s sexuality from straight to gay. Red Kryptonite causes him to have hallucinations of body-transformations and imaginary tales. Gold Kryptonite permanently removes his powers. White Kryptonite kills plant life. Black Kryptonite separates Superman into two, one good and one evil. Silver Kryptonite is magic and gives Superman a high like marijuana but with added mystic hallucinatory revelations. Blue Kryptonite only makes Superman’s clone Bizarro weak. So yeah there is a metric fuck ton of Kryptonite variants.