"Quiet After the Storm": Elsewhere. Superman pounds the ground, his heat vision blaring.

Action Comics #764 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 2000.

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Synopsis for "Quiet After the Storm"

Elsewhere. Superman pounds the ground, his heat vision blaring.

In the past, Clark and his father grow up watching the sunrise in their field. Present day, Clark crouches by the side of the tractor. He tells his father of what has transpired between him and Lois lately. Pa doesn't know what to say.

In downtown Smallville, Superman flies through a burning building, carrying two people with him. Bursting out into the street he deposits the citizens and heads back into the building. Peering through the wall, he spots the remaining survivor. He lifts the elderly lady in his arms and begins to exit the building as she screams for her babies. He looks back, but no one else is in the building. As the building explodes the woman collapses in his arms.

The woman, Millie, is taken to a hospital, where Superman sits by her bedside. The doctor tells him that nothing is wrong with her in spite of her catatonic state. Superman promises to help. He returned to destroyed building, where he examines the ashes. Lana walks up behind him and tells him about Millie. Tradition in Smallville was to give her the first jar of baby food from every baby - those were her babies. Superman kneels in the ashes of the building. His heat vision ceases and he holds up a glass welded back together from the shards in the wreckage. Moving to the hospital, Millie finally opens her eyes to find the children of Smallville each holding a re-made jar.

Meanwhile at LexCorp Tower, Mercy and Hope speak to a group of Lexcorp employees. They assure them that there was never a baby in the building. They all know nothing about the child, and that is how they will preserve Lena Luthor's memory. After they have all left the women turn to see Luthor standing in front of a closed door. He tells them to open it in which Lex enters. Mercy and Hope stand guard by the door. As Luthor emerges, the three move off into the crowd. Behind them, a welder seals the nursery shut.

At Clark and Lois' apartment, Clark hands Lois a small package, but she refuses it. She tells him that if he wants her, he has to think big. Lois slams the door behind her. Superman grabs Lois and flies her across town before she can say anything. Flying into a museum, Clark and Lois land atop the Constitution. The space plane is covered in burning candles. Superman gently sets Lois in the middle of the ship. Clark leans forward and hands her a present. She opens the package to find her old tape recorder. Clark wants to interview her, to try and work out their problems. Lois depresses the RECORD button and speaks into the microphone: "I need to be away from you for a while."

Clark examines the bottom of the tractor as his mother appears on the hill. He asks Ma about the hard times that she went through with Pa, and she tells him to ask his father. To the point of his conversation with his father, Clark and his father talk about women troubles and about the hard times. Jonathan finally admits that he used to go behind the barn and break things. Clark thanks his father for the advice.

By the present of the story, Superman is pounding in frustration on the moon, creating a huge crater that surrounds the Man of Steel. As he pants from his exertions, the Martian Manhunter comes up behind him. He asks if Superman is all right, and Superman ignores the question. But then he begins to cough, and he admits that maybe he isn't okay after all.


  • This issue is told in a nonlinear structure.


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Links and References

Superman: The Man of Steel #99: 2000/16
2000 Navigation
Superman (Volume 2) #156: 2000/18

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