- I work hard at my job, Inspector. I won't stop trying to expose the corruption in Metropolis. If that makes me an outsider or a freak, I'm fine with that.
- -- Clark Kent
Appearing in "World Against Superman"
- Superman (Flashback and main story)
- Jimmy Olsen
- Jor-El (Flashback only)
- Lara Lor-Van (Flashback only)
- Lois Lane
- Metropolis Police Department
- Inspector Blake
- Sergeant Casey
- The Collector of Worlds (Flashback and main story)
- Terminauts (First appearance)
- Lucy Lane (mentioned only)
- Martha Kent (In a photograph only)
- Mr. Tide (Factory For Tomorrow)
- Perry White (mentioned only)
- Smallville Crows (sports team; mentioned)
- Krypton (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "World Against Superman"
On planet Krypton, Lara Lor-Van attends a party with her mother and sister Zora. She has brought little baby Kal-El along with her, leaving her husband Jor-El behind to present the year's Guild Awards.
Suddenly, Jor-El contacts Lara through the teleband, saying that she must take Kal-El and leave Kandor immediately. An alien consciousness has been allowed to enter the network by Professor Van-Da, who killed himself just as Jor-El was presenting the cosmology award. Not long after, a ship appears in Krypton's atmosphere announcing that the planet's database has been copied, and will face immanent destruction.
Clark Kent wakes from the vivid dream in time to hear Mrs. Nyxly and a group of policemen led by Inspector Blake. They begin searching Clark's apartment while Clark demands to know what Blake is doing there. Blake warns that media mogul Glen Glenmorgan is more powerful than Clark realizes, and that the reporter's apparent agenda in the Daily Star is going to get him into trouble - not to mention his obvious sympathies with the Superman. The officers, finishing their search, admit that though Clark is obviously a weirdo, they found nothing incriminating and leave. After they leave, Mrs. Nyxly reveals to Clark that she found his Superman cape, and hid it from them.
Later, Clark and Jimmy Olsen have lunch in a diner and watch a news report in which Mr. Glenmorgan expresses his belief that the Superman is an alien and a danger to society. Clark is dismayed that everyone in TV believes Superman is an alien invader, and Jimmy replies that Glenmorgan owns the TV station and is using Superman to divert attention from himself.
Jimmy explains that Perry White sent Lois to offer him an escape route, courtesy of the Daily Planet. Clark declines, believing that the fact that Glenmorgan owns the Planet means that it is all just a ploy to get him to shut himself up.
Later, Clark works on his laptop from a park bench, and a homeless woman approaches him, claiming that the ghost of a white dog is watching over him. Afterward, he takes a call an informant who lets him know that he needs to keep pushing Glenmorgan, because he's close to the tipping point. The voice claims that Glenmorgan set up the bullet train crash in order to kill Angus Grundig, and anyone else who would tell the truth about him. Meanwhile, he'll replace that 'dangerous' subway system with his own robotic subway renovation. The voice directs Clark to the Factory for Tomorrow, and warns him not to lose his nerve.
Meanwhile, across the city, people are beginning to distrust Superman. Squatters living in a building that was destroyed in one of his battles condemn him on live television, and when he tries to rescue a small girl's cat, the child recoils in horror from him.
Days later, Clark scores an interview with Mr. Tide, supervisor of the Factory for Tomorrow, put in charge of the robotic subway renovation project that Glenmorgan plans to replace the current system with. Clark begins leading the conversation to expose Tide's lack of concern for the fact that his robots will make many manual labourers redundant, resulting in massive layoffs. Tide reacts with indignation, having thought he was interviewing for a puff piece, and growing in frustration with the number of reporters hanging around. As it turns out, Lois and Jimmy are also present, but Tide decides to have them all ejected.
Before he can eject the reporters, the mysterious alien intelligence who attacked Krypton years ago takes control of the robotic trains, converting them into 'Terminauts,' and announcing that the Earth's database has been copied and the planet will be immanently destroyed.
Meanwhile, in a military base, John Corben is being outfitted with the Steel Soldier armor, under the supervision of Lex Luthor and General Lane. However, the alien intelligence begins to take over Corben's body. Seeing this, Luthor reveals his alliance with the alien being, who demands to know Superman's location.
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