"Invisible Mafia": Many days have passed since Superman watched his wife and son leave with Jor-El on a journey across the stars. He keeps himself busy stopping a group of thieves from escaping Lexcorp Tower with their stolen loot. The scared criminals unload all their ammo on Superman, which fa
Synopsis for "Invisible Mafia"
Many days have passed since Superman watched his wife and son leave with Jor-El on a journey across the stars. He keeps himself busy stopping a group of thieves from escaping Lexcorp Tower with their stolen loot. The scared criminals unload all their ammo on Superman, which fails to do anything to him. Superman politely asks the criminals to drop their weapons and surrender themselves to the police while he goes on to tear down the helicopter the thieves were trying to use to escape.
The next day, at the Daily Planet, Perry congratulates Clark on his article about the ruined theft at Lexcorp, although Clark admits he couldn't get an answer from Lex himself, who is out of Metropolis. The newest reporters on the bullpen, Trish Q and Robinson Goode, asks what kind of people would still attempt to steal in Metropolis. Under the protection of Superman, Metropolis should be the safest place on Earth. Perry corrects Trish and Robinson, saying that Superman can't be everywhere at once. Robinson changes the subject and gives Perry her follow-up on the investigation about the recent string of fires across the Metropolis: a young man came to the fire department and told Deputy Chief Melody Moore that Superman was responsible for the fires. Such an answer shocks Clark.
At the fire department, Melody Moore is inspecting her equipment until she finds herself face to face with Superman, who asks about the fire. Melody in unsure about telling Superman anything, since the kid's recent comments technically make Superman a suspect, but the Man of Steel insists, saying that people are getting hurt. Melody relents and tells him everything she knows.
The kid that went to the fire department is called Darryl Conners, a high school student, and Superman flies to his school to find him and bring him to Melody. Darryl admits that some bald man gave him 300 dollars to tell the fire department that Superman was responsible for the fires. It happened when Darryl was watching Superman put out one of the fires. Unfortunately, this statement means that Superman can no longer get involved in the investigation, as his involvement will mean he has a vested interest in protecting himself. Superman understands and promises to find another way to find the culprit. In the meantime, Darryl will be volunteered to work at the Metropolis food bank for a week to make up for what he did.
Later, at the Daily Planet, Clark tries to find information on the bald man that paid Darryl until Trish comes to his cubicle and starts needling him with questions about Lois. Clark feels uncomfortable with discussing his personal life with Trish, so he leaves the bullpen, but not before Trish says that Lois left him for Superman.
As Superman leaves Metropolis, a strange man codenamed "Whisper" watches from a hall of screens and informs his boss, Mr. Strong, about Superman's activities. Mr. Strong holds a secret meeting for criminals inside a large lead pipe to avoid getting detected by Superman's super hearing. One of the criminals, Yogurt, says he has been lighting the fires to keep Superman distracted, but the other thugs think all that many fires will just bring Superman's attention on them. Mr. Strong says that their incrimination of Superman is part of a bigger plan: Superman is so trusted amongst the people of Metropolis that whoever points their finger at him will become a suspect instead.
Mr. Strong is displeased that Yogurt's actions have placed Superman on their trail. Suddenly, a mysterious red smoke begins pouring through Yogurt's nose and mouth, suffocating him to death. The smoke begins to take the shape of a woman and Mr. Strong introduces as the Red Cloud, their newest boss. Red Cloud warns the remaining thugs to clean after themselves, lest Superman will be after them.
Meanwhile, on a lone and dark apartment in Chicago, Lois writes her next story.
Appearing in "Invisible Mafia"
- Lois Lane-Kent
- Metropolis Police Department
- Bootface (On a TV or computer screen)
- Brainiac (On a TV or computer screen)
- Hugo Strange (On a TV or computer screen)
- Humpty Dumpty (On a TV or computer screen)
- Lex Luthor (On a TV or computer screen)
- Mister Freeze (On a TV or computer screen)
- Parasite (On a TV or computer screen)
- Smush (On a TV or computer screen)
- Black Canary (Mentioned only)
- LexCorp (Mentioned only)
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest (Volume 1)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: Son of Kal-El (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)