"Man and Beast": In a lava filled crater, a shadowy figure taunts Kancer about being ugly, about being forgotten by Superman. Meanwhile, Clark Kent plays catch with Krypto. Lois asks about how the dog had been trained, and Clark tells her he did it in the time most people would be sleeping, as h
- Now if dat ain't the rudest.
- -- Guy Gardner
Appearing in "Man and Beast"
Synopsis for "Man and Beast"
In a lava filled crater, a shadowy figure taunts Kancer about being ugly, about being forgotten by Superman. Meanwhile, Clark Kent plays catch with Krypto. Lois asks about how the dog had been trained, and Clark tells her he did it in the time most people would be sleeping, as he doesn't need any sleep. Krypto seems more in control of his doggy self. That is, until he runs off into the trees barking. Kancer regards Krypto with curiosity.
In Pokolistan, Zod lectures his underlings when they report to him that they have engaged neighboring forces, causing the death of fifteen Pokolistan soldiers. The responsible party for the order is killed mercilessly by Zod. Faora jabs at Zod verbally, but Zod is more concerned with a hole in the ground; the hole Kancer had just left from. The hole he had just sent Ignition to find. They regard a screen with Kryptonian writing, and receive a transmission from Ignition stating that Kancer is gone.
Kancer, meanwhile, slaps Krypto around. Kancer wonders about Clark's second skin. Superman flies up and attacks Kancer, asking how he found him in his guise. Kancer tells him that they share a bond, calling him "father". He asks why Superman is attacking him. Kancer wonders why he refused his bond. Superman says that his "kin" would never murder or maim or do any of the things that Kancer has done. Kancer tells him that he knows little about his own blood, launching a bus at Superman.
Kancer grabs Krypto while Superman stops the bus, and tells Superman to punish his dog - he came to speak with Superman, not fight. Superman asks why, to which Kancer then pauses and admits that he doesn't know. Kancer tells Superman to choose Krypto or him to be bonded with, and he will tell him how he found out who Clark is, and why. Clark tells Krypto to speak, and Krypto barks loudly forcing Kancer back. Kancer is distraught that he means less to Superman than a dog, and leaves.
Meanwhile, Ignition informs Zod that Kancer has betrayed him, and Zod leaves to check out the hole in the ground.
Superman pursues Kancer to the hole to stop him from telling Zod about his secret identity. Superman wonders how far he will go to keep it. He plunges into the pit, where the mysterious taunting force has been telling Kancer to tell Zod about Superman's secret, without knowing what the secret is himself (the mysterious force only knows that the secret is important).
Superman comes in and bashes Kancer. The mysterious person tells him not to slap around Kancer in his pad, and to have a drink, because this is the welcome back party for Guy Gardner. Then Guy is shown, much larger than Superman and in molten form. He tells Superman that after tonight, his hole is all Superman's.
- This book was first published on March 27, 2002.
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- The Kryptonian writing reads "Kal-El's Rocket".
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