Appearing in "New Day, Final Destiny"
- The Dread
Synopsis for "New Day, Final Destiny"
After saving a cruise ship from a bizarre whirlpool, Superman settles in for a good night's sleep. "Destiny" interrupts this by declaring that it is time and Superman's fate must be decided today. At first the Man of Steel tries to go back to sleep, but Destiny isn't having any of that. Destiny informs Superman that he must decide between two evils; one that leads to destruction and the other that leads to despair. Superman is suddenly in Metropolis where he is faced with a giant named The Dread who is busy laying the city to waste. The Dread blames the destruction on Superman, as the Man of Steel has thwarted his other attempts to destroy the world. When Superman fights back, the Dread gives him a choice; serve as his solider allowing the people of Earth to live albeit as mindless, obedient slaves or, fight and the world dies. Destiny freezes time and shows Superman images of what the world would be like if he fought back including; Batman being broken, Hal Jordan going insane and Superman dying at the hands of a rampaging monster. Destiny even reveals that Supergirl would die as well.
Superman refuses to believe those are the only two options and swears that he will fight for the people of Earth as long as he can. He also figures out that the Destiny he has been speaking with is not the Destiny he encountered before.
Destiny believes that they have made the right choice and returns Superman to his apartment. Superman thinks that it was all just a dream. "Destiny", actually Harbinger in disguise, returns to the Monitor's satellite and they discuss Superman's actions and how the Dread may or may not exist someday. Meanwhile Superman calls his cousin to tell her about his dream and that she should be careful. Kara is confident that there isn't much that can hurt her and notes that there probably won't be any rampages today because a bad storm is moving in complete with red skies.
Appearing in "Day Of Destiny!"
- Barney Rose (Single appearance)
- Frederick Stone (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Day Of Destiny!"
Reprinted from Superman #352.
Superman rescues several people from a tenement fire. Afterwards, he saves a small boy from being held hostage. The next day, he meets Lois Lane for their date and after testifying at a trial they finally have dinner. A priest named Father Perez interrupts their meal and asks Superman if he can help remodel the building he saved the previous day, which has been given to the Hispanic Children's Aid Society. Superman says yes and then talks with Lois about the fact that everyone has come to depend on Superman. Superman has to leave early to take care of an emergency and when he returns to Clark Kent's apartment, he is confronted by Destiny. Destiny explains that he appears before each man only once at the moment when fate may be altered and that Superman must heed the words he now implants within his mind adding that he must obey them or the fate of all those about him will suffer. The following day Superman announces that he is retiring.
A crime wave grips Metropolis in the wake of Superman's announcement. Superman tries to help the police, but is stopped by Destiny. Meanwhile, Father Perez begins the renovations without Superman and Lois covers the story. The building's owner threatens Perez that he better stop or else, but Perez refuses to give in. When the landlords return to destroy the building and kill Father Perez and the orphans, Superman cannot act because of Destiny. However, it turns out that Superman's help wasn't needed after all, as Perez and Lois take care of the crooked landlords themselves. In the end, Superman learns that he must let humanity take care of some of its own problems.
- The events in "New Day, Final Destiny" take place immediately before Crisis on Infinite Earths #1.
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