"The Harvest, Part Two": Superboy slumps on the ground, bruised and bloody. His attackers tell him that the Futuresmiths told them to attack the Boy of Steel, and provided them with the weaponry to do so. As they raise an axe to cleave his head off, bolts of energy suddenly knock them all to the
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Synopsis for "The Harvest, Part Two"
Superboy slumps on the ground, bruised and bloody. His attackers tell him that the Futuresmiths told them to attack the Boy of Steel, and provided them with the weaponry to do so. As they raise an axe to cleave his head off, bolts of energy suddenly knock them all to the ground. Traci Thirteen walks in and asks Superboy what happened to his powers. He just tells her that he was fine until the sun changed.
Inside a secret bunker, Cameron Chase tells Superman that the plan worked. As doctors work to heal the Man of Steel, she tells him that every one of the new metahumans has been depowered. However, the trigger that activated all of the latent genes also affected the active genes. When the sun turned red every superhuman in America lost their powers. Superman then for whereabouts of Zod. He remembers Zod hitting him, and that he somehow kept his powers, but that is all. Luthor walks in just then. He tells him that Zod is floating around the sun. His armor may be keeping him alive, but they aren't sure. Suddenly a doctor injects something into Superman's arm. His eyes begin to cloud over, and he can just mumble in affirmation as Luthor begins to give him commands.
Across the world, the forces of Zod invade Prague. Ignition and Faora lead the charge when suddenly Superman arrives on the scene. Clad in the American flag, Superman stops Ignition and tells Faora that Zod will pay for all he has done before slamming her into the pavement. Turning to the soldiers, he freezes them with a blast of breath. Ignition returns to the fight and tell Superman that he has unleashed hell, as missiles launch into the sky.
The next day Superman addresses the world. He was lucky that he was able to stop the warheads in time, but Pokolistan remains a threat. He requests permission for the United States to launch an uninhibited military action against the country, lead by Superman himself.
Later, Luthor introduces Superman to the "Rabbit Hole" - the ultra-secret base that can command all of the U.S.'s military might, and only six people know it exists. Superman tells Luthor that if he is going to help him, then he needs complete control, and Luthor cannot play any games. Luthor tells them that they have come to a new stage, and they are beyond that point. Lex does whisper to him that he knows that his knowledge of Superman's identity was wiped, and he admires Superman for making such a move. Suddenly Superman soars around the base, incapacitating everyone inside. He then sits atop the command console and tells Faora and Ignition to download the worm. Luthor just yells as General Zod gains complete command over the United States military. Zod just ignores Luthor's protests, and tells Faora to awaken the sleepers.
All over the world, Pokolistan forces prepare to move against the world. Without the U.S. to defend the planet, Zod will assume all control. He has been planning for years since before the Imperiex War when he has Faora genetically alter him so he would look like Superman. Even Luthor's presidency was a part of it, and now Zod's plans will reach fruition.
Zod recalls back to the sun. How he punched Superman and left him drifting in the light of a red sun. Before he leaves, he tells Superman of his origin. Decades ago, there was a Soviet orbital platform and aboard it a pair of cosmonauts with an unborn child. Then one day a meteor shower impacts the station. The radioactive rocks infect everyone on the station. A few manage to crash land on Earth. As the mother dies, the baby is born into the world. Taken from his father, the child is drafted into the K.G.B.'s Special Interests program. The study those who survived, attributing it to the radiation. But the boy is weak, and he grows even weaker when subjected to sunlight. The scientists search for a light that will maintain his health, and they stumble on red sunlight. The energy makes him strong. With his newfound might he trains hard and becomes a good soldier. He believes that he will be the Champion of the U.S.S.R. Then, unexpectedly, America bears its own champion, Superman. The Russian knows immediately that he must kill Superman, but he does not know why. His supervisors do not agree, but he makes them see his point of view, with force. Finally he realizes the truth. They are opposites in every way. One found salvation while the other found only hate and despair. Imprisoned for the death of his superiors, he can only wait, and nurture his hate for Superman. He begins to have visions of a blackness. The blackness tells him of Superman, and its own hatred for the Kryptonian. The blackness is called Zod, and the Russian takes the name as well.
The years and years of planning have all been for this one moment. The conversion of the sun has finally occurred. Now Zod can roam free and Superman will be without power. Removing his armor, Zod reveals himself to be wearing Superman's suit as the armor imprisons the Man of Steel.
On Earth, Zod stands in the Oval Office, with Luthor grovelling at his feet. Ninety-three million miles away, Superman floats helpless under the light of a red sun.
- This book was first published on May 7, 2003.
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