"The Sleepers (Part I)": The new Flamebird and Nightwing raid the corporate headquarters of the Empire Communications Network in Sydney, Australia. ECN's CEO turns out to be a Kryptonian sleeper agent named [[Tor-An (New Earth)|Tor-An]
- Oh look... you've saved me the trouble of making you kneel for your execution.
- — Ursa
Synopsis for "The Sleepers (Part I)"
The new Flamebird and Nightwing raid the corporate headquarters of the Empire Communications Network in Sydney, Australia. ECN's CEO turns out to be a Kryptonian sleeper agent named Tor-An. Tor-An fights back against them, but it soon becomes apparent to him that Flamebird and Nightwing are Kryptonian as well. Using a combination of their new Kryptonian powers as well as their advanced armor and weaponry, they are able to capture Tor-An. Nightwing remarks, "Only five more to go". The heroes fly off, but a nearby helicopter takes an interest in their actions.
Back in the United States, General Sam Lane of Project 7734 secretly monitors Nightwing and Flamebird's actions. Viewing the helicopter video footage, he tries to identify Flamebird's face, but cannot make out the image.
On New Krypton, Alura learns that her security chief Thara Ak-Var has disappeared. She assigns Ursa the task of tracking her down and retrieving her. Ursa reflects upon her son, Lor-Zod, and wonder if Lor-Zod may have told Thara Ak-Var about the sleeper agents.
Back on Earth, Flamebird and Nightwing bring Tor-An to the Fortress of Solitude. Nightwing is actually Lor-Zod, prematurely aged several years and now a teenager, and Flamebird is actually Thara Ak-Var. Thara had saved Lor-Zod from the Phantom Zone and, as Ursa had feared, he had told her about the sleeper agents. They use a Phantom Zone Projector to imprison Tor-An within the Phantom Zone.
Without warning, Lor-Zod begins to go through another crippling growth spurt. Suddenly, Ursa bursts into the Fortress and prepares to kill them both.
Appearing in "The Sleepers (Part I)"
- Colleen (Behind the scenes)
- Hollister (First appearance)
- North Pole
- Project 7734
- Empire Communications Network
- Issue shipped on March 11th, 2009.
- This issue is navigation number 17/2009.
- Superman does not appear in this issue. He is currently enlisting in the Kryptonian Military Guild on New Krypton as per Superman: World of New Krypton #1.
- The five known Kryptonian sleeper agents are: Tor-An, Jax-Ur, Nadira, Az-Rel, Quex-Ul and Car-Vex.
- Clearly, Nightwing and Flamebird are unaware that the Phantom Zone is collapsing as per Action Comics #874.
- The tagline for this issue is, "Introducing the New Team of Nightwing and Flamebird!"
- World Without Superman
- World Without Superman image gallery
- Flamebird appearances
- Nightwing appearances
- Lois Lane appearances
- Ursa appearances
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- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
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- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
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