"Battery, Part Five": Lois is writing a letter to Clark when suddenly a nearby marine collapses from a sniper's bullet. Dragging him out of the line of fire, Lois tears open his vest as another reporter yells for a medic.
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Synopsis for "Battery, Part Five"
Lois is writing a letter to Clark when suddenly a nearby marine collapses from a sniper's bullet. Dragging him out of the line of fire, Lois tears open his vest as another reporter yells for a medic.
Superman is blasted through a wall, pursued by Xlim who again apologizes for his actions, claiming that Ruin is making him do it. Ruin agrees. Superman asks him why he is doing it, and Ruin responds that he is saving the world. Outside, the SCU hears gunshots and Lupe leaps into action, charging into the building. Moving inside, they find a group of prisoners tied up. Removing the gag from one of the women, Lupe learns that Replikon somehow stole all of Superman's power.
Lois crouches over the wounded soldier and reinforcements arrive. Bandaging him up, the troops tell Lois that they are going to move. As they walk out of the building, an explosion suddenly erupts in the street. The sole surviving marine struggles to his feet only to be put down by a sniper. Lois looks on in horror, but knows that leaving shelter would only be committing suicide.
Xlim continues to beat on Superman as Ruin watches. Ruin explains that he has built two kinds of machine using his battery technology. His stores Superman's power, or did until it was ruptured. Xlim's cannon negates his powers instead. Xlim hits him again with a blast of energy, but Superman isn't going to wait around to complete lose his powers, he turns and runs. Xlim hesitates, but a jolt of pain delivered by Ruin sends him on his way.
Hiding behind war torn walls, Carter tells Lois that they should be safe as soon as daylight comes. Lois apologizes to him for getting them involved in such a dangerous situation. Suddenly one of the marines coughs out in the street. He's still alive. Lois moves to help him.
Hiding, Superman nurses his wounds as Ruin and Xlim search for him. Reflecting his heat vision off a mirror, the beams hit Ruin. Superman surges forward and grabs Ruin, his control over Xlim gone. Suddenly, Xlim fires on Ruin, incapacitating him. Superman tells him that it wasn't the right thing to do, and he would never have done it. Xlim backs down.
As Superman leads Ruin and Xlim out of the building, he suddenly hears a gun fire. As Lois drags the marine from the street she suddenly stumbles as blood begins to spread over her chest. Superman catches her before she hits the ground.
- This book was first published on August 18, 2004.
- Reprinted in Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years.
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