"The Sound of One Hand Clapping": Superman arrives at the Daily Planet to confront the Joker, who had set up bombs all over the city to lure the Man of Steel's attention. Superman asks for the Joker's demands, but the Joker admits he is new to being a supervillain, so maybe he has no demands
- You asked me what "being Superman" means. Being Superman doesn't mean I'm greater than anyone. But it does mean I'm better than you.
- -- Superman
Appearing in "The Sound of One Hand Clapping"
Synopsis for "The Sound of One Hand Clapping"
Superman arrives at the Daily Planet to confront the Joker, who had set up bombs all over the city to lure the Man of Steel's attention. Superman asks for the Joker's demands, but the Joker admits he is new to being a supervillain, so maybe he has no demands. Maybe he will just detonate the bombs out of sheer amusement. Still, Superman does not believe his rhetoric and laughs at his jokes, much to the Joker's annoyance. Confused, Superman asks why is he not allowed to laugh at the jokes of someone called "the Joker", and the Joker replies he is more interested in Batman, someone Superman has already met.
The Joker says Batman made him the way he is because he wants supervillains to fight, but Superman is once again bored by his comments. Even when the Joker says that a flying guy is not all that impressive, Superman is still amused. The Joker threatens to detonate the bombs just to end the conversation.
However, Superman has already removed the bombs and throws them at the Joker, destroying the trigger with his heat vision. He warns the Joker not to come back to Metropolis or it will end badly for him. Dejected by Superman's warning, the Joker surrenders himself to the police, saying Metropolis is not the town for him.
Later, Superman pays a visit to Batman at the Batcave. He is aware he allowed the Joker go to Gotham, and Batman replies it was a test, one Superman failed because he threatened to kill someone. Angrily, Superman punches the Batmobile down and calls Batman out for putting innocent lives in danger just to run a wargame. He warns Batman never to let the Joker return to Metropolis, otherwise the Joker will not come back home. Superman returns home, having a little chuckle at a joke the Joker had made earlier.
Appearing in "The Coming of Sugar and Spike--?"
Synopsis for "The Coming of Sugar and Spike--?"
Clark has accepted his neighbors Carrie and Angelica's request to act as babysitter for their children Sugar and Spike while they have dinner. Sugar is a sweet and innocent girl who takes an immediate liking to Clark but Spike is an uncontrollable and troublemaking boy who begins wreaking havoc on the apartment. As Spike is causing trouble, Clark finds blueprints for a S.T.A.R. Labs project, discovering their parents are scientists. While Clark is distracted, Sugar and Spike take an elevator to the roof but Clark quickly catches up to them.
Clark wants to take the children back to their apartment but suddenly an explosion hits S.T.A.R. Labs nearby. The Atomic Skull is responsible for the explosion. Not wanting to leave the children alone, Clark puts on his Superman uniform and takes the children to investigate. The scientists tell Superman the Atomic Skull took an experimental machine called a spatial fission applicator that, if misused, can destroy the entire city.
Superman catches up to the Atomic Skull, who uses the machine to teleport Superman to another dimension, leaving the children behind. The children quickly destabilize the machine, teleporting the Atomic Skull across several dimensions at random. As soon as Superman returns to his home dimension, the Atomic Skull begs him to arrest him so he can be away from the children.
Later that night at the apartment, the children have fallen asleep and Clark covers them with his cape. When Carrie and Angelica arrive, they are impressed their children are calm and ask Clark if he can babysit again, but Clark has already left.
- This book was first published on June 25, 2014.
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