Power corrupts... and absolute power corrupts absolutely! While the good guys in other universes forsook this temptation, using their powers and abilities for justice, on Earth-Three this hadn't been the case (until Alex Luthor donned a uniform and become his world's first native-born hero). The ambitous antagonists of humanity on that world were the Crime Syndicate of America (although two of their number, Ultraman the Kryptonian and Superwoman the Amazonian, were not Americans). While Ultraman relied on Kryptonite to power him, and Owlman mysteriously had mental abilities his dopplegangers the Batmen had not possessed, the other three Syndicators were also equipped with devices that gave them tremendous might. Similar to the speed force of the Flashs, the power rings of the Green Lanterns, and the golden lassos of the Wonder Women... these three items of power were distinct in their own right. For instance, Johnny Quick's superspeed was derived from a helmet he wore, much last the Jay Garrick Flash, only this was the source of said speed. Superwoman's lasso could transform into animal forms such as a winged serpent. And Power Ring's ring functioned similar to Green Lanterns Hal and Alan's only its effects could prove toxic to himself and others over time.
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