Appearing in "Superman's Death"
- Ty Duffy
- Silas O'Leary
- Brew Krew
- Carlini Mental Rehabilitation Center
Synopsis for "Superman's Death"
Ty Duffy walks to his next interview as he muses on why he became a reporter in the first place. He thinks of how he became a reporter to crack the big stories but now he's stuck on a story that really isn't worth much in his estimation. Arriving at the Brew Krew he chats with Kevin, who works at the Krew about his story. Kevin agrees that the story isn't much and tries to make Ty feel better by saying that one day he'll have his feet up on the Editor In Chief desk. Ty tells him it's a nice image and begins to say something else but the headline of the natural gas explosion in the suburban Metropolis distracts him.
Much later, Ty talks with Jimmy Olsen about the day Superman died. Jimmy also discusses the picture he took right after Superman died and how despite the fact that it made him famous he wishes he never took the photo. Ty finally asks Jimmy if he thought that Superman saved Metropolis and Jimmy replies that without Superman not a building would have been left standing and that he minimized what could have been a major disaster. A man in a wheelchair suddenly rolls up to them and tells that the disaster was minimized for most but not all. The man introduces himself as Silas O'Leary, formerly of the Metropolis Police Department. He goes on to say that if Ty wants to know the real story that day then he should forget Superman. To Silas all of the desperate men and woman of Metropolis trying to get out of the city but couldn't were the real story. Ty informs Silas that is why he called him for an interview. Silas asks why he would call now when no one else has ever bothered to ask. Ty explains he got Silas' name from a list of patients who were admitted into the hospital that day and that he suspects he will know why he called Silas once the former policeman tells his story.
Silas begins by telling about how they knew Doomsday was coming and he was one of the police officers helping to evacuate the citizens. While the situation was chaotic Silas wasn't worried because he figured the creature would land somewhere else. Suddenly anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky and Silas realized that trouble was coming and Doomsday landed right in the middle of where Silas was helping with the evacuation. Eighty-three people died when Doomsday landed and Silas took a two-by-four in the back. Silas didn't black out though and watched as Doomsday walked across the wounded and crushed them. After Silas finishes his accounts, Ty realizes that the real story isn't who didn't die the day Doomsday ripped through Metropolis but those who did.
Ty's next interview takes place at the Carlini Mental Rehabilitation Center where he questions Oswald Loomis, aka The Prankster, who at first doesn't want to talk about Superman until Ty mentions it was about the day Superman died. The Prankster explains that in terms of Superman rogue's gallery there was something of a hierarchy and that the man who would eventually kill Superman would be something of a king. To The Prankster when Superman died at the hands of Doomsday, who was considered an unknown when he first appeared, it was a joke without a punchline. So, The Prankster crafted the perfect gag.
That night The Prankster went to a party hosted by the men who had battled Superman in the past, the only men who wished to celebrate the hero's demise. Upon arriving the Prankster attempted to convince the crew of villains that he had created Doomsday from an indestructible material called "Sonaculous One", which he enlarged and controlled though mental commands. Instead of bowing in tribute as he wanted them to the rogues simply laughed at The Prankster who was informed that Professor Killgrave and the Toyman had already tried that gag.
While The Prankster became a victim of his own prank he felt satisfied since the world grieved over Superman's death for nothing when the hero didn't die, which was the grandest prank of all. Before leaving Ty tells Loomis that he was wrong about the world grieving for nothing, very wrong.
Meanwhile, Superman is at the Metropolis suburb that was decimated by explosions the previous night and questions a police captain on the cause of the explosion. The captain explains that an improper fitting in the main line gave way and leaked gas until the whole neighborhood blew. Superman asks if it was an accident and is informed by the captain it's hard to tell and that he couldn't imagine someone doing it on purpose given with the neighborhood having been through so much since rebuilding. The captain tells Superman that this is the second time they met; the first time being when Doomsday plowed through that very street. The statement gives Superman to pause as he ponders what could have caused the explosion.
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