We survivors had always hoped to find a cure or way to halt the onslaught of the dead. But when we finally discovered the source of the plague, we lost all that hope. No wonder even Superman wasn't immune. We found transmissions from Apokolips showing the mad god feeding pieces of his own corrupt flesh to his parademon troopers before sending them through boom-tubes to spread his infection to other planets. Now the universe was the all encompassing hell that Darkseid always dreamed of.