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"The Harvest, Conclusion": Superman and Lex Luthor stand together, both gazing down at the Earth. Luthor tells Superman that he cannot play fair with Zod. If he wants to win, then he must kill him. Superman merely stares at his long-time enemy before storming away; telling Luthor to get the sun
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Synopsis for "The Harvest, Conclusion"
Superman and Lex Luthor stand together, both gazing down at the Earth. Luthor tells Superman that he cannot play fair with Zod. If he wants to win, then he must kill him. Superman merely stares at his long-time enemy before storming away; telling Luthor to get the sun back, and he'll do what he has to.
Outside the Rabbit Hole, the base of all of America's military might, Superman leads the charge as hordes of former villains assault the stronghold. Throwing troops aside, Superman tells Coldcast that once they get inside, he is to jam all communications. A second later a bullet grazes Superman in the arm. Coldcast waits for the word, and then powers Superman up with a burst of yellow solar energy. Powered up, Superman is able to see Zod in the distance. He tells Coldcast to move to the doors, while he plays soldier. Before he can launch himself after Zod, the man called Shrew speaks up. He hands Superman a costume that they found in the trash, Superman's costume.
Luthor yells at his force of metahumans, instructing them to take out the Blackhawks. In orbit around the sun, Metallo himself is the flagship for the battle, with Luthor at the helm. As Luthor and Metallo move in to destroy the solar converters, Ignition suddenly appears before them. With a blast of energy, he assaults Metallo.
Zod strikes at Superman as the Man of Steel parries the blow. Superman tells Zod that it doesn't have to end in death, but Zod disagrees as he slams the Kryptonian into a cliff face. As Superman and Zod continue to battle, neither conceding to the other, Coldcast leads the troops to the fortress. Knocked to his knees, Superman waits while Zod tells him that Superman created him. With a glare, Superman rises up and knocks Zod across the face. He didn't create him, but he will destroy him.
Around the sun, Metallo splits his gigantic body into thousands of tiny drones. As Ignition struggles to take them all out, Metallo and Luthor destroy the solar converters. Metallo prepares to collapse the net, but Luthor tells him to wait for his mark, as timing is essential.
On Earth, Superman and Zod hammer into each other until Superman finally catches Zod in a headlock. Zod goads him on, and with a snap of his arm, Superman brings Zod's head around with a sharp crack. The assembled forces look skyward as Zod's body plummets to the ground. Landing near him, Superman tells Zod that a fraction more strength and he would have snapped his neck, but he will not let himself be destroyed by Zod. Superman turns to walk away, but Zod pulls himself up from the ground. Leaping into the sky, he screams that Superman will kneel before him. With a crack Zod slams into Superman's invulnerable body just as the yellow sunlight reaches Earth and bathes him in power. In space, Luthor grins at his perfect timing.
Superman stares down at the broken body of Zod and asks why he did it. He must have seen the sun reverting to yellow, and yet he struck anyways. Zod mutters that it is not over, for Superman is still wearing his face, moments before his life leaves his body.
Following the attack, the cleanup of the world begins. Faora is used to produce a cure to the metagene disabler and Earth's superheroes are returned to their former glory. In Stryker's Prison, Luthor presents the recaptured villains with a medal of honor. Coldcast tells Luthor that the medal means nothing. Leaning in, Luthor questions the man. Coldcast had to have known that Luthor would never pardon them, and yet when the fighting was over, they relinquished control of the armory willingly. Coldcast could have killed Superman with one blast, and yet he didn't. Coldcast simply responds that Superman treated them like men, so they acted like men.
In Pokolistan, Superman and Lois gaze upon a statue of Zod placed above his grave. Lois tells Clark that he can't worry about Zod's ramblings that Superman created him. Superman says he knows, but he has to wonder. If the world was a little kinder, couldn't Zod and him have been brothers?
- This book was first published on July 2, 2003.
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