"A Little Help": Over a running commentary, Superman battles Zod in an epic fight in space that culminates with a frustrated, desperate Superman using heat vision to burn Zod to his skull.
Appearing in "A Little Help"
- Superman (Flashback and main story)
- Aquaman (Flashback only)
- Jonathan Kent (Flashback only)
- Lana Lang (Flashback only)
- Lois Lane (Flashback only)
- Martian Manhunter
- General Zod (In dream sequence only)
- Claire Foster (First appearance)
Synopsis for "A Little Help"
Over a running commentary, Superman battles Zod in an epic fight in space that culminates with a frustrated, desperate Superman using heat vision to burn Zod to his skull.
In Claire Foster's office, we see that the whole scene was an anxiety Superman is relating to a psychiatrist recommended to him.
Superman tells Foster that he is not crazy. She assures him that people who go to psychiatrists are not crazy. She asks him how long he's been anxious. Superman tells her it's been since the Imperiex War. He then relates to her the first time he met Aquaman, an affectionate moment with a shared sense of culture, while exploring Atlantis.
The doctor reassures him that Aquaman may not be dead. She notes that heroes don't really stay dead. Superman points out Barry Allen, then goes off to save a cat.
Superman relates to Foster how he is having troubles dealing with his parents being alive he thought that they were dead, and now they're not, and Pa Kent is acting strange, not recognizing Lana Lang, and seeming distant.
Foster asks Superman to tell her who takes care of him. He won't say Lois specifically, but he describes her, and a meeting they had recently, where Lois informed him that she was taking some time off to get to know her mother and travel the world. Superman supports the decision, and actually spends a few minutes with Lois talking about it. Superman describes his loneliness. Time runs out.
Martian Manhunter steps into the office soon after, and asks how it went. He's the one who recommended Foster.
- This book was first published on November 7, 2001.
- Superman navigation number 2002/1.
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