"Last Son, Part I": Superman travels to the Fortress of Solitude to confer with the artificial likeness of his late father, Jor-El. Jor-El reminds his son that although he may look like an Earthling, he is not truly one of them.
- A young boy fell from the sky. You took him home. You forged documents. You raised him as your own. Tell me how you did it.
Appearing in "Last Son, Part I"
- Chris Kent (First appearance)
- Fortress of Solitude
- Washington, D.C.
Synopsis for "Last Son, Part I"
Superman travels to the Fortress of Solitude to confer with the artificial likeness of his late father, Jor-El. Jor-El reminds his son that although he may look like an Earthling, he is not truly one of them.
Later at the Daily Planet, Perry White tears into Jimmy Olsen for his sub-par photograph work during an incident involving Superman and Gorilla Grodd. Clark is present and tries to defend Jimmy, but Perry sends the boy out of the office to get him some coffee.
Suddenly, a strange meteor plummets through the sky towards downtown Metropolis. Clark races off to change into Superman, and stops the meteor before it can cause any widespread damage. With the danger averted, Superman realizes that the meteor is actually a space-ship. Inside the vessel, a young boy emerges.
The boy is taken to the Metropolis lab of the Department of Metahuman Affairs, where Sarge Steel coordinates a series of examinations. The child begins speaking in an alien language, which Superman immediately recognizes as Kryptonian. To further demonstrate his origins, the child effortlessly lifts a three-hundred pound entertainment center above his head. Superman takes a personal interest in the child's well-being and wants to make sure that the government doesn't decide to turn him into a lab rat.
Sarge Steel transfers the boy to the Department's headquarters in Washington, but neglects to inform Superman. Enraged, Superman speeds down the transfer route and extricates the child. He brings him back to Smallville, Kansas, where he asks his parents how to go about adopting a child.
- This storyline takes place concurrently with the "City of Tomorrow" storyline, which begins in Superman #657, but after "The Enemies Among Us" storyline, which began in Superman/Batman #28.
- Writer Richard Donner is more popularly known for his film work, notably, the 1978 Superman movie, which he directed, and his contributions to the sequel, Superman II. A special re-edited version of Superman II (known as the Donner Cut) was released on DVD in 2006, and was included in the Superman: Ultimate DVD collection. Donner is not the first movie director to try his hand at writing comics. Comedy director Kevin Smith has also contributed material to both Marvel and DC Comics. He authored the first major story-arc from Green Arrow (Volume 3) entitled "Quiver". Not only is Donner not the first movie director to write for DC Comics, he is not even the first Superman director to contribute material directly to a title. Superman Returns director, Bryan Singer, as well as screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris helmed the four-issue limited series Superman Returns: Prequel.
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