"Men of Steel, Part 2": Superman fights the mysterious Zade across the streets of Metropolis, all the while telling civilians to clear the area. Superman attempts to end the fight quickly, unwilling to let Superboy involved in the struggle. Lex similarly has trouble against L'Call the Godslayer,
Appearing in "Men of Steel, Part 2"
- Earth (Possible Future and Main Story)
- Apokolips (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Men of Steel, Part 2"
Superman fights the mysterious Zade across the streets of Metropolis, all the while telling civilians to clear the area. Superman attempts to end the fight quickly, unwilling to let Superboy involved in the struggle. Lex similarly has trouble against L'Call the Godslayer, who declares him guilty for the future devastation of Earth. Lois rushes in to report on the story, despite the human Clark's warnings.
To help his father, Superboy rams Zade with a truck, giving Superman enough time to reach Lex. L'Call shows Superman a vision of the future, where Lex will inherit Darkseid's throne and bring Earth to the brink of destruction. Superman argues that the future is subject to change, but L'Call maintains that his mission is to prevent the atrocities of tomorrow. Darkseid was in the same position as Lex, and he became a ruthless conqueror of worlds. While Zade restrains Lex, L'Call then incapacitates Superman with an energy beam to the face and prepares to kill him, only to stop after hearing Superboy plead for his father's life. The human Clark catches a glimpe of Superboy as well. Reluctantly, L'Call spares Superman's life. He and Zade teleports away, taking the unconscious Lex with them.
Superman meets up with Lois and the human Clark and explains what happened, to which the human Clark argues that, if what the aliens said is true, then perhaps the right thing to do is to let Lex die.
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- Clark Kent mentions Adolph Hitler when taking the position that maybe they should let Luthor die. There have been many alternate history stories written based upon Hitler meeting an untimely demise.
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