The DC superheroes see the New Gods as other superheroes in the way that Orion or Barda can join the Justice League. They’ve never understood that what they really are are f---ing gods. This story’s about the first time Darkseid actually manifests on the planet. Everything we’ve ever seen before has been kind of projections from the world of the New Gods and for the first time we’re seeing them in their full power. And it’s like what would happen if a god appeared on the planet. Galactus is one god. This is a whole bunch of them—that’s how bad it is.
I think the notion that the New Gods have never been seen in their true form is much more shockingly strange than the idea that all 69 years of Batman stories have actually happened in the past 15 years of Bruce Wayne's life.
We've never actually seen Darkseid, according to Final Crisis. I guess the future Darkseid of "The Great Darkness Saga" was also a projection, and not his real form, then.
Is anyone NOT eagerly anticipating Final Crisis? (Do you think we're just setting ourselves up for disappointment?)