"Red": A couple of well-dressed Jewish women talk about Hanukkah and snowmen in the bustling arena of Metropolis. Their little boy, in tow, grouses about not getting to see Superman. Up in the sky, however, his wish is granted, as Superman attacks a gigantic rendition of a demon calling himself
Appearing in "Red"
- Kanjar Ro
- Iconoklash (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Red"
A couple of well-dressed Jewish women talk about Hanukkah and snowmen in the bustling arena of Metropolis. Their little boy, in tow, grouses about not getting to see Superman. Up in the sky, however, his wish is granted, as Superman attacks a gigantic rendition of a demon calling himself Iconoklash.
Superman quickly disables the mechanical concoction, revealing a little man inside. The police take Iconoklash away, remarking to Superman about his tough day, with Iconoklash, jumpers from large buildings, and the like. Superman takes off to find the jumper, of which he had been previously unaware. He catches a young woman who promptly teleports him to a far off world in another solar system, B'Dartha.
The Tyrant, a being who feeds off of spirit, has initiated a reign of terror. The weak are sacrificed to make him more powerful, and he has created a new era of hell on B'Dartha. Though angry about being kidnapped, Superman accepts this quest. Then he sees the red sun. Undeterred, he goes to work on the forces of The Tyrant.
Superman recognizes The Tyrant immediately as Kanjar Ro, and tells Kanjar that his reign is over. Kanjar promptly throws the Superman into a flagship. Superman is obviously weak and near beaten. The people of B'Dartha collapse and begin to worship Kanjar, who grows more powerful.
Superman talks with S'Allah, an impetuous rebel upstart female of B'Dartha, who asks him if he is failing. He decides to use his eyes to find out, and with his infrared vision, scans Kanjar to find that he is somehow feeding off of the spirit of the B'Darthan legions. He tells S'Allah to make her people not fear The Tyrant, and his power will dissipate.
Superman starts berating Kanjar, challenging him to soak up his spirit, because Superman knows that his will is strong. Kanjar merely beats him nearly to death. S'Allah rallies the troops and Superman, when Kanjar has been weakened by trying to absorb S'Allah, is allowed to take him out. They shackle Kanjar, take him away, and Superman goes home.
- This book was first published on December 26, 2001.
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