- Yes. It begins.
Synopsis for "Save Humanity"
In Metropolis, Lois Lane is livid after discovering that someone has gone through her desk. Clark uses his x-ray vision, only to find no fingerprints or locks broken. While Perry White scolds her for the delay on her upcoming story, Lois receives a mysterious envelope mailed to her.
The American hero Firestorm illegally enters Russian airspace and attacks the Russian super-team "The People's Heroes", in an attempt to clear connection to the Supermen Theory. Firestorm is overwhelmed by the heroes and swarmed by a mob of Russian citizens. He suddenly loses control, accidentally turning the civilians into glass. Ronnie comes to his senses and flies away, only escalating the situation.
As the world witnesses the fallout of this incident, Superman flies to Kahndaq in search of Firestorm. He meets with the nation's leader, Black Adam, who explains that though Firestorm isn't in Kahndaq, he will always be welcome.
Back at the Daily Planet, Lois opens the envelope only to find a mysterious flash drive, depicting footage of the Justice Society of America.
Superman returns to Russia, where he finds a broken Firestorm attempting to restore a young boy who had been turned to glass. Though Firestorm has never been able to transmute organic material, Superman gives him hope, prompting him to try again. Ronnie succeeds, and the two resolve to restore the rest of the civilians in Moscow.
As Vladimir Putin declares war on the United States, Superman intervenes, defending Firestorm's actions while stating that no metahuman should be demonized. Batman watches from the Batwing, warning Superman not to pick a side. However, Putin interrupts Superman, firmly believing that Firestorm is a part of the metahuman conspiracy.
Firestorm descends with the child and attempts to restore the rest of the glass civilians, but is fired upon by the Russian military. The shots hit the glass civilians, causing Superman and Firestorm to fight back. The People's Heroes enter the fray, and the incident is broadcast worldwide.
Batman flies towards Moscow, alerting Superman of a dangerous energy spike in the area. Upon witnessing more shattered victims, Firestorm begins to have another melt-down, but is calmed by Superman. Batman then reveals that the spike wasn't generated by Firestorm, as a massive explosion engulfs the city. The explosion downs the Batwing, and knocks out the world's technologies.
Veidt watches the events in Moscow from an undisclosed location with a Russian military outfit lying behind him, implying that he caused the riot. He smiles declaring that "It begins."
Appearing in "Save Humanity"
- Daily Planet
- The Creeper (Jack Ryder)
- Justice Society of America (On a TV or computer screen)
- Doctor Fate (On a TV or computer screen)
- The Flash (Jay Garrick) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Green Lantern (Alan Scott) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Hawkman (On a TV or computer screen)
- Hourman (On a TV or computer screen)
- The Sandman (On a TV or computer screen)
- The Spectre (On a TV or computer screen)
- Sandstorm (First appearance)
- Vladimir Putin
- Doctor Manhattan (Behind the scenes)
- Department of Metahuman Affairs (Mentioned only)
- Donald Trump (Mentioned only)
- Dmitry Medvedev (Mentioned only)
- Kryptonian Science Council (Mentioned only)
- Ray Palmer (Mentioned only)
- United States of America
- Krypton (Mentioned only)
- Firestorm being swarmed by the Russian civilians can be seen as a reference to Doctor Manhattan's outburst in Watchmen #3.