"Angel": In the Fortress of Solitude, reflecting on Arion's recent revelation, Superman tries to come to terms with his impact on society.
Appearing in "Angel"
- Superman (Clark Kent) (Flashback and main story)
- Barbra Johnson (Flashback only)
- Bay Lords (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Angel"
In the Fortress of Solitude, reflecting on Arion's recent revelation, Superman tries to come to terms with his impact on society. He recalls the story of Barbara Johnson, a larger older black woman who Superman saved in the middle of being attacked.
Progressively, Barbara's encounter with the Man of Steel, coupled with her religious faith, led her to believe that if she called upon an angel, Superman would appear and save her from her malady, and bring justice to the weak.
Sure enough, Superman does, cautioning her every time that he's not an angel, just a man.
Eventually, a bullet gets through, while Superman is fighting an electric monstrocity. Barbara survives, and realizes her pride to Superman, but nonetheless continues to live a life dedicated to faith, as Superman realizes in the Fortress, now concerned that Arion may in fact be wrong about his influence on lives.
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