"Patronymic, Part 1 of 2": Spectators gather around the Metropolis Nuclear Plant, watching as the villain Radion uses his hijacked helicopter to fly around the facility. He threatens to crash into it and blow it up if someone from S.T.A.R. Labs doesn't save him from his powers. Lois Lane arr
Appearing in "Patronymic, Part 1 of 2"
- Jack Ryder
Synopsis for "Patronymic, Part 1 of 2"
Spectators gather around the Metropolis Nuclear Plant, watching as the villain Radion uses his hijacked helicopter to fly around the facility. He threatens to crash into it and blow it up if someone from S.T.A.R. Labs doesn't save him from his powers. Lois Lane arrives on the scene, and after talking with a television reporter for a moment, she turns back to the plant. She watches in horror as the chopper descends towards the plant, when suddenly a streak catches the helicopter and places it on the ground. With a burst of super-speed Radion is pulled from the cockpit and hoisted above the plant. In a single motion, the villain is tossed into the stack of the plant. The crowd gasps as they see what appear to be Superman killing the villain. Overhearing them, the superhero lands beside Lois and the other reporter and tells them that Radion isn't dead, but throwing him into the plant did cure his powers. Shocked, the two reporters ask who the hero is. She replies that she is Supergirl, Superman's daughter.
Supergirl suddenly turns away and leaps into the sky, indicating her super hearing and bidding goodbye. Watching her leave, Lois and the other reporter wonder who the lucky woman that had Superman's child could be. Lois just stares into the sky and says that she'll get the full story behind Supergirl.
Across Metropolis, a robber dashes across the street, pursued by energy blasts. From the sky, comes a hero name Viceroy. Slamming the villain into the ground, Viceroy then turns to greet the people, as his mechanical O.W.L. ties the crook up. Viceroy tells the crowd that he is the son of the original Viceroy from years ago, who was killed by Radion, and swears to avenge his father. Viceroy tells everyone that Superman isn't like them, and the people of Metropolis need someone normal to take care of them. Leaping into the sky, Viceroy is carried off by the O.W.L. As soon as he is out of earshot, he asks the mechanical bird if he thinks the crowd bought it.
In Washington, a group of scientists observe an erupting volcano when suddenly the eruptions become a little too violent. The scientists starts to flee down the mountain, when suddenly Superman appears, blocking molten projectiles and then catching a huge boulder disgorged from the volcano. Hoisting the rock up, he carries it out to the ocean where he hurls it towards the horizon and then vaporizes it with his heat vision. Returning to the volcano, he picks up the two scientists and carries them back to their base and out of harms way.
As Superman stops the lava flow with a blast of super breath, he begins to overhear his wife talking to him and telling him that if he doesn't get home immediately there will be hell to pay. Soaring across the country, Superman finds his wife atop a building. She is completely in tears. He asks her what's wrong, but she just launches into a tirade of asking if it was Wonder Woman, or if another Kryptonian landed on Earth. Superman finally gets her to stop, and she tells him not to play dumb, because she saw his daughter Supergirl. He tells her he has no clue what she is talking about, but she just runs inside, telling him that she looked just like him.
Down on the street, Clark catches up with Lois, but she tells him to leave her alone while she leaves him. He continues to plead his innocence, but Lois just shows him the front page of the Daily Star, proclaiming the appearance of Superman's daughter.
In an alley nearby, a girl in glasses crawls out of a box, complaining about her sore head. A cut rubs up against her leg and she picks the cat up, but a homeless man quickly seizes the cat and tells the girl that the cat is his lunch. With a mean look, Supergirl lets loose with a red sun burst and knocks the man away. Telling the man to never come back there she leaps into the sky.
Inside the cafe, Clark tries to assure his wife, but she suddenly seems happy with the world. She agrees with everything he says as she sips her drink. Suddenly Supergirl lands next to them in the cafe. Seeing Clark she quickly proclaims "Daddy", and then turning to Lois she enthusiastically says "Mommy".
- This book was first published on April 23, 2003.
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