"Men of Steel, Part 5": Lois arrives to the younger Lois' apartment to continue her investigation into Geneticron, taking Jon with her, as the last time he was left alone at home, he caused a mess with the oven. As Lois turns on her younger self's laptop, Jon asks when is Clark going to return f
Appearing in "Men of Steel, Part 5"
- Superman (Pre-Flashpoint) (Flashback and main story)
- Superman (Lex Luthor) (Flashback and main story)
- "Clark Kent"
- Thomas Kord (Dies in flashback)
- Lois Lane (In a photograph only)
- Sam Lane (Post-Flashpoint) (In a photograph only)
- Crime Syndicate (Mentioned only)
- Ultraman (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Superman (Post-Flashpoint) (Mentioned only)
- Sam Lane (Pre-Flashpoint) (Mentioned only)
- Earth (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Men of Steel, Part 5"
Lois arrives to the younger Lois' apartment to continue her investigation into Geneticron, taking Jon with her, as the last time he was left alone at home, he caused a mess with the oven. As Lois turns on her younger self's laptop, Jon asks when is Clark going to return from space, but Lois doesn't know and all they can is hope for his safe return.
Meanwhile, at Nideesi, Superman has seemingly accepted the Remnants' judgment that Lex should be executed, lest he will be responsible for death and destruction on an universal scale. L'Call gives Superman a sword he can use to end Lex's life, as Superman himself has been a witness to the crimes Lex will be responsible for. Superman, revealing he has investigated Lex's history, breaks the blade with his bare hands, proclaiming he will not kill Lex and neither will the Remnants. Then, he distracts L'Call and Zade, giving Lex enough time to take back the Mother Box and open a boom tube home; but just as Superman and Lex get inside the boom tube, L'Call disrupts the boom tube, causing Superman and Lex to be transported into a planet with a red sun.
With Superman's powers fading and his own technology malfunctioning, Lex becomes frustrated at his current situation. Superman, knowing that L'Call and Zade are not too far behind, tells Lex to prepare before they arrive; but Lex suddenly deduces that Superman broke into his personal files and stole classified information. At first, Lex thought it was some corporate spy, but when Superman told the Remnants he had investigated Lex and searched for evidence of criminal behavior, Lex knew Superman was responsible. Superman does not believe Lex is trying to be a hero; instead, he is using the symbol of the House of El to run some kind of scheme, but Lex replies that Superman is condemning him without proof makes Superman just as bad as L'Call.
Superman tells Lex to convince him of his good intentions, to which Lex replies that when the Crime Syndicate attempted to conquer the world, he worked with the Justice League to stop them and even saved the previous Superman's life in the process. He started using the previous Superman's symbol as a tribute to the hero who accepted him. If Superman found no proof of Lex's culpability, then maybe he should give Lex the opportunity to prove himself. Suddenly, L'Call and Zade attack Superman and Lex. With no other options, Lex is forced to protect Superman in order to find a new way home.
Back in Metropolis, Lois continues her research into Geneticron, to which Jon replies that he and his father found the Geneticron building in the Amazon, but before he can explain further, the doorbell rings. Lois says he ordered Chinese food for lunch. As Jon goes on to pay the deliverer, he finds himself face to face with the human Clark.
- This book was first published on January 11, 2017.
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