"Justice": Superman hovers atop LexCorp Towers, scanning Metropolis with his senses; his super smell finally detects a burning oil specific to the worker robots of the city. His x-ray vision finds a robot clutching a police officer, preparing to kill him. Leaping off of the tower, Superman is th
Appearing in "Justice"
- M-nine Oficce (Single appearance)
- Swans Fall
Synopsis for "Justice"
Superman hovers atop LexCorp Towers, scanning Metropolis with his senses; his super smell finally detects a burning oil specific to the worker robots of the city. His x-ray vision finds a robot clutching a police officer, preparing to kill him. Leaping off of the tower, Superman is there in an instant, standing in front of the machine. The robot is momentarily shocked, commenting that Superman is dead shortly before it is knocked across the room.
Pinned to the ground, the robot claims to be a police officer, but Superman drags it to a nearby mirror after a quick scuffle, proving the machine wrong. Confused, the robot charges outside and right into the path of an oncoming train. Hovering above the scene, Superman assures the onlookers that it was just a robot; he would never let that happen to a person. As he flies away, Clark can't help but hear the crowd mention how he should have saved the robot, and that he doesn't care about destruction of property.
On a nearby rooftop, the Futuresmiths and Cir-El watch him fly away. Cir-El asks when she can greet him, thinking Superman is her father and believing he has the right to know she is alright. The Futuresmiths agree, but insist that it is not the proper time yet before vanishing in a flash.
At their apartment, Clark talks to Lois about the public's recent comments about him. Lois tells him that even super-eavesdropping is still eavesdropping, and if he doesn't want to hear it, then he shouldn't listen. Suddenly, Clark grabs his discarded uniform, puts it on and soars out of the window, only to return a moment later; this prompts Lois to yell at him for always leaving without saying anything. Clark apologizes, and then hears a mention of a robot and Superman; he streaks out of the window, yelling back that he's off to Swan Falls and will be back in time for the Metro Awards.
Arriving at the falls outside the city, Superman lands and begins to ask the man why a robot named M-Nine was after him; when the man turns around and sees Superman, it turns out to be a different guy. The man proceeds to tell his friends about the time Superman saved him during the B-13 crisis. Superman apologizes for eavesdropping, but the man just says that it must be great to be able to hear everything. As Superman responds that it is actually hard to filter out everything, he suddenly hears someone call for help; one of a group of kayakers accidentally slips too close to the falls and begins to plummet over. Soaring in, Superman fishes him out, but not soon enough.
Across Metropolis, the officer who was attacked earlier makes his way into a scrap yard, where he meets with another man who asks if he's got the goods. Officer Peyton responds that he does and starts to hand them over, when a robot suddenly busts through a mountain of trash towards them. Peyton dives out of the way as the robot says that he is the betrayer of everyone. The other man pulls out a gun and fires off a few rounds at the robot - who turns out to be M-Nine - before it can swat the man aside. M-Nine turns to find Peyton is already in his car and fleeing the scene, and immediately pursues him.
Back at the falls, Superman performs CPR on the wounded man until his heart starts beating again. As he takes off into the sky, he tells the assembled crowd that there is always justice.
Peyton makes it home and rushes to lock the door, urging his pregnant wife to move away from it, right before M-Nine plunges its fist through and charges into the house; Superman grabs him and knocks him through a window and back outside. Holding the machine to the ground, Superman asks why the robot is after him. Peyton confesses in the background that he sells the Social Security numbers of perps to the mob, and Superman asks if that is why M-Nine is after him; M-Nine simply says it is after its creator. Behind them, Peyton asks if he made the robot, but M-Nine says that Peyton didn't; his unborn child did. The robot produces a picture of the family together, complete with a young boy; his son would invent technology that turns men into machines, and makes them into slaves. The robot raises his fist up to kill the couple, but Superman pulls the robot's head off. Peyton asks what he can do to repay Superman, and Superman just tells him to turn himself in.
That night, as Lois gives her acceptance speech for the Metro Award, she sees Clark walk in and thanks him as well. As Lois sits down, she asks if he heard the speech, and he tells her that he heard every word.
- This book was first published on February 26, 2003.
- A 60-page version of this issue was also published, including a reprint of Superman: The 10¢ Adventure #1.
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