"What Would Superman Do?": General Sam Lane has reluctantly agreed to visit the Kent apartment, much to Jon's delight. Unfortunately, Lois is not exactly happy to see her father. Both Lois and Sam have held animosity towards each other for years, something that doubtlessly troubles Jon. Sam says
Synopsis for "What Would Superman Do?"
General Sam Lane has reluctantly agreed to visit the Kent apartment, much to Jon's delight. Unfortunately, Lois is not exactly happy to see her father. Both Lois and Sam have held animosity towards each other for years, something that doubtlessly troubles Jon. Sam says that the root of his problem with Lois is Superman.
Superman himself is in deep space, performing a mission requested to him by S.T.A.R. Labs. An asteroid is hovering a bit too close to Earth and, unless something is done soon, it will cause trouble in the long run. Fortunately, Superman cuts the asteroid into pieces with his heat vision. Furthermore, Superman gains an interest in the crystalline material found within the asteroid. After his experiences with Mr. Oz and General Zod, Superman thinks he can do something productive with the crystals.
Back on Metropolis, Jon asks what problem does Sam have with Superman and Sam replies that Superman is a powerful being that does not answer to any sort of authority and, although the general public has embraced him as a hero, Sam's duty as a soldier requires him to prepare for the possible scenario of Superman turning against America's interests. Lois replies that Superman has done a lot of good for America and finds the notion of Superman becoming America's enemy ludicrous. Sam disagrees with Lois and says that America's best defense is superior strength against everything and everyone, including Superman.
Superman returns to the Fortress of Solitude and retrieves the Phantom Zone Projector. It was Jor-El, Superman's father, who discovered the Phantom Zone and decided to use it as a just form of punishment against criminals; however, recent events have made Superman's reconsider his father's stance. He remembers that Cyborg Superman used to be a Hank Henshaw, a good man who wanted to do right by the people he cared about. Unfortunately, an accident turned him into a cybernetic abomination and warped his mind, which caused him to blame Superman for his misfortune. Superman releases Henshaw from the Phantom Zone, thinking there is still a way to rehabilitate him.
Still angry for his previous defeat, Henshaw attempts to attack Superman, but his time in the Phantom Zone has left him disoriented and unable to fight properly. Furthermore, Superman has built a special chamber in the Fortress of Solitude using the crystalline material he found in the asteroid. This material is so hard even Superman himself would have trouble cracking it, meaning that Henshaw's escape from the chamber would just as unlikely. Superman incapacitates Henshaw and says that, despite his crimes, he does not deserve to spend eternity in the Phantom Zone. He tells Henshaw there is a humane form to rehabilitate him: the crystal that previously allowed Superman to revisit his memories. Superman activates the crystal so that Henshaw could use it to relive his past as a normal person. Henshaw will remain that way, sealed within the Fortress, until Superman can find a better way to rehabilitate him.
Lois and Sam are unable to reach an agreement, which causes Sam to leave. Jon feels sad that his grandfather will not spend time with him, but Lois says that Sam always does as he wants. Surprisingly, Clark arrives at the apartment and, already aware of Lois' problems with Sam, asks Sam not to lose faith in their family. Clark says that despite their differences, they are all family and that is something they should all feel proud of it. At the end of the day, Clark says all mistakes can be corrected as long as one remembers what matters most.
Appearing in "What Would Superman Do?"
- Superman (Flashback and main story)
- Terri Henshaw (Dies in flashback)
- Jor-El (Statue only)
- Lara Lor-Van (Statue only)
- Dru-Zod (Mentioned only)
- Lor-Zod (Mentioned only)
- Martha Kent (Mentioned only)
- Jonathan Kent (Mentioned only)
- United States Army (Mentioned only)
- Ursa (Mentioned only)
- Earth (Flashback and main story)
- Krypton (Statue only)
- Phantom Zone (Mentioned only)
- The cap Jonathan Kent wore at the beginning of the comic is a bit of a reference to Action Comics 1000.