Source: God's End (2014)
See, I love indie-style art on superheroes, so visually, I do like it a lot. As a Superman story, which this is definitely supposed to be even though the S symbol has been filed off (I suppose that's where the hope has all gone), it doesn't really understand what Superman is meant to be about. But then, Preciado and Bayliss' Daredevil strip is an obvious spoof, so should The Deal and God's End also be understood as satire? Are they, in fact, satirizing the cynical nature of the New52? Though the Superman in God's End misses the mark in terms of what makes Superman an icon according to many (older?) fans, it might just work in the context of more recent Superman stories across all media (New52, Injustice, Man of Steel...).
Or the creators could just be fans of just such a take on the character, but we've seen a LOT of Superman gone bad stories using analogs, so it wouldn't make it particularly original. Of course, even as a Twilight Zone-ish short story, it's not perfect, unless anyone buys the line about there being no competition in nature. Uhm... But that's still how I choose to read it. As an indie satire using a premise that evokes the classic character but clearly isn't him
Regardless, I think what they're doing is interesting in that it takes characters that, without DC's legal shenanigans over the years, would be in the public domain by now, and shows us what that would mean. As public domain characters, anyone would be free to create stories about the characters, in whatever tone or continuity they wanted, without editorial constraints. But like I said, neither God's End nor The Deal are totally far off DC's editorial path for its Big Two, and I could easily have seen these stories given a spot in one of the digital anthology titles or, in The Deal's case, in Batman: Black and White.
But let me know what you think.