- You know the deal, Metropolis. Treat people right or expect a visit from me.
- -- Superman
Appearing in "Superman Versus the City of Tomorrow"
- Detective Blake (First appearance)
- Sergeant Casey
Synopsis for "Superman Versus the City of Tomorrow"
Superman takes a businessman named Glen Glenmorgan hostage and threatens to throw him down from the balcony of a tall building unless the businessman confesses to his crimes. The police surround the building and threaten to shoot Superman, and in response, he simply throws both himself and Glenmorgan from the balcony.
However, Superman uses his powers to land safely with Glenmorgan, who finally confesses his crimes. Despite this, a policeman shoots at Superman, but he confirms the rumours about him in the Daily Planet by catching the bullet in his hand. Superman makes his escape, but not before telling Detective Blake, the officer in charge, about an ulcer he detected with his x-ray vision.
Elsewhere, General Sam Lane worries that this Superman who showed up six months ago in Metropolis seems to be getting stronger. He wonders how long it will be before it cannot be stopped. He is accompanied by Lex Luthor, who he has hired for an an exorbitant consultancy fee in order to capture the Superman by 8PM.
Meanwhile, Superman is running across Metropolis when he hears some people in danger with his super-hearing. A demolition crew is scheduled to tear down Galileo Square, however, its buildings are still full of squatters. Superman manages to stop the wrecking ball, allowing the people to escape.
Suddenly, several military tanks appear in the square and trap Superman with an electrical net. But Superman breaks free and uses the wrecking ball to smash into the tank's metal exterior.
Another tank appears and fires on Superman, but before the tank can fire again, the people Superman rescued help him get back to his feet, and stand in the tanks' way. The police send remote-controlled helicopters to attack Superman, but he manages to escape by launching himself into the sky.
Superman arrives at the rooftop of his apartment building and changes into civilian clothes. He receives a visit from Mrs. Nyxly, his landlady, who asks about his injuries. Clark tells her that he was injured when he wrote a story about Intergang's influence on the dock unions, and they didn't take kindly to having their secrets revealed. Mrs. Nyxly demands the rent, and Clark complies, unexpectedly, given that she usually has to deal with the "professionally unemployed." After Mrs. Nyxly leaves, Clark calls his friend Jimmy Olsen on his cellphone.
Jimmy is with Lois Lane, following a lead on the subway. Clark tells him not to get on any train, as they were all sabotaged by Glenmorgan. Lois ignores Clark's warning, knowing that he works for a rival newspaper. Lois and Jimmy get on the train, trailing a criminal called Gus "Guns" Grundig. Suddenly, the train increases its speed, just as Grundig turns and pulls his guns on the young reporters. Fortunately, Clark receives a message that Lois and Jimmy ignored his warning, and as Superman, he stops the train with his bare hands. The sudden stop allows the passengers to take Grundig down.
With two minutes left until 8PM, General Lane and Lex Luthor watch as Superman is pinned against a wall by the crashed train. Although Lane is upset that Luthor put his daughter's life at stake, Luthor justifies this by saying that he did manage to deliver the Superman.
- Pandora makes a cameo appearance to witness the events of this storyline, as she does every #1 issue published as part of The New 52. This is directly following her first appearance in the pages of Flashpoint. She can be seen next to Jimmy and Lois on the train while it's about to crash.
- Graffitti on one wall reads "W.E"
- One of the soldiers in the control room with General Lane has a pencil moustache similar to Silver Age Metallo. His nametag reads "Corben".
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