"Three Camera Shoot": Ben Conrad is sleeping when his sleep is interrupted by an intruder. He looks for his gun, but falters, realizing that the intruder is Kid Scout, come to tell him of the actions of the Hollow Men in Heroville.
Adventures of Superman #616 is an issue of the series Adventures of Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 2003. It was published on May 14, 2003.
Synopsis for "Three Camera Shoot"
Ben Conrad is sleeping when his sleep is interrupted by an intruder. He looks for his gun, but falters, realizing that the intruder is Kid Scout, come to tell him of the actions of the Hollow Men in Heroville.
In Heroville, the Hollow Men supervise a great burning. As they do, Conrad arrives and is aghast. Superman plows through the fire, streaking into the sky. Superman ponders how it felt to lose hope, and he is disturbed.
Conrad, meanwhile, starts typing an alternative story, using his power to try and end The Hollow Men. He creates a final adversary, bringing Superman into the picture.
Superman lands, and tells the Hollow Men to do their worst. He has decided that they cannot destroy his will. They run away. Superman meets Kid Scout, who tells him about Conrad working to fix the problem. He asks if he will get to see Superman beat up the bad guy. Superman tells him that he is a pacifist, then takes off to fight the Hollow Men. The Hollow Men converge their power on the Man of Steel, and he begins to lose all hope. Yet still, he fights. Superman begins to have strange visions of an aesthetic farm where he is the patriarch and Lois Lane is the loving wife, asking him to heat up some food with his heat vision. "What's the point?" He asks.
Lois appears in front of images of failure, a nurse to the evil Doctor Luthor, the man who inspires all of the children of the United States. Superman begins to see through the madness through Lois, and she leans in to kiss him, breaking the lethargy.
The heroes affected by the Hollow Men re-pigment, and the Hollow Men dissipate, mostly. Superman turns to see Ben Conrad writing the ending, and the Hollow Men explode.
A midst thoughts of Lois and love, hope coming back, Superman leaves for home, contented.
Appearing in "Three Camera Shoot"
- Hollow Men (Destroyed)
- Elongated Man
- Ben Conrad
- Dr. Christopher Camel
- Dr. Welbourne
- Lois Lane (In dream sequence only)
- Lex Luthor (In dream sequence only)
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Heroville Public Library
- Town Square
- Smallville, Kansas
- Old Manual Typewriter