"Return to Krypton II, Part One: Rising Son": Clark, sleeping in his bed at the Kent farm, has a nightmare in which his biological mother and father, Jor-El and Lara, talk of their son's impending birth while morphing between the two Kryptons Clark knows. He wakes up to find Jonathan in the room
Appearing in "Return to Krypton II, Part One: Rising Son"
- Lara-El (Apparent Death)
Synopsis for "Return to Krypton II, Part One: Rising Son"
Clark, sleeping in his bed at the Kent farm, has a nightmare in which his biological mother and father, Jor-El and Lara, talk of their son's impending birth while morphing between the two Kryptons Clark knows. He wakes up to find Jonathan in the room, waking him up to face the 5:00 am hours his parents still keep despite giving up the farm life in favor of the General Store.
Jonathan goes to make breakfast and Clark goes out to admire the sunrise. A flash lights up the night and Jor-El, beaten and bleeding, lands out in the front field. Clark, cradling Jor-El in his arms notes that he is hurt, but not internally. The sun appears and Jor-El heals under yellow sunlight. After Jor-El recovers, he tells Clark that they have to get back to Krypton.
Jonathan arrives, and meets Jor-El. Clark changes at super speed, prepared to go back to his homeworld in his Superman costume. Superman tells Pa to let Lois and Ma Kent in on what's going on. He promises.
Superman takes Jor-El to his Fortress, as Jor-El used a power crystal utilizing the Phantom Zone to get to Earth. Along the way, Jor-El experiments with x-ray, telescopic and heat vision.
At the Fortress, Jor-El immediately examines the rocket which brought Kal-El to earth. He notes that it's of Kryptonian design but visiting with Krypto prevents him from any further postulation. Jor-El asks about Professor Hamilton's robot appendage, in which Superman informs him about Brainiac 13. Jor-El rips the arm apart and finds the same fuel cell he used to get through the Phantom Zone to Earth. He declares he will examine it later and they use the Phantom Zone projector to go to Krypton, taking Krypto along as well.
Once there, Superman sees planet in utter destruction. He asks who did this, and Jor-El says that "he" did. From above, shadows attack. Jor-El uses his new strength to allow them to escape underground temporarily.
The shadowy figures discuss the situation then attack Superman and Krypto.They make a quick escape and rush to the council room, only to find, to their, horror, a burned out husk that was Lara-El, impaled on a flaming sword.
- This book was first published on July 10, 2002.
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