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"The Hero of Metropolis":

Startling Romance

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Alpha Centurion

Adventures of Superman #516 is an issue of the series Adventures of Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1994.

Synopsis for "The Hero of Metropolis"

Startling Romance

In the middle of Zero Hour, Superman goes to check on his home in Metropolis, and finds himself in an alternate timeline.

Entering the Daily Planet as Clark Kent to investigate, he grabs his wife Lois for a kiss, and gets slapped as a pervert. Realizing Clark Kent does not exist in this timeline, he goes back out to explore as Superman again. Almost immediately, he meets Metropolis' current protector, the Alpha Centurion, who is fighting a villainess named Bloody Mary. Though she tries to kill him, Mary also appears to be strangely attracted to the Centurion. The local police force arrives, the 100, along with Maggie Sawyer and Jim Harper. Superman aids in Bloody Mary's capture, and escorts the wounded Centurion back to his headquarters at what was formerly LexCorp Tower, where he rejuvenates his injuries in a healing liquid, the aquavitae. Centurion explains his origins to Superman, and shocks Superman by introducing him to his girlfriend... Lois Lane! After briefly discussing their differences, the two heroes return to the rest of the world to fight, in Zero Hour.

Appearing in "The Hero of Metropolis"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Bloody Mary (Single appearance)

Other Characters:



  • N.R.G. Blade
  • Aquavitae



Similar Origins


  • Traditionally, the 100 are a criminal organization. In Alpha Centurion's timeline, they are the dominant police force, similar to the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.
  • Superman is surprised to see Metropolis not in ruins. It was destroyed during recent events in Fall of Metropolis and Worlds Collide.
  • Centurion's healing liquid, the aquavitae translates literally from Latin as "water of life".
  • When the Centurion explains his origins, his first encounter with a plane and a rocket shuttle is reminiscent of Superman's first public act of heroism in The Man of Steel #1. And his name, given to him by Lois Lane, references Lois giving Superman his name in The Man of Steel #2.

See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

Superman (Volume 2) #93: 1994/34
1994 Navigation
Action Comics #703: 1994/36

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