"God of Steel": Superman has been missing for days, and Metropolis is left to feel abandoned by the Man of Steel until he suddenly returns to the Daily Planet, but he didn't came back as his usual self. With him arrived an unknown creature that fought but lost a
- On my way home...I always run into trouble out here. Beings looking to make a name for themselves. They see the "S" and they know who I am. I'm Superman. They shouldn't test me.
- — Superman
Justice League: The Darkseid War: Superman #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of January, 2016. It was published on November 4, 2015.
Synopsis for "God of Steel"
Superman has been missing for days, and Metropolis is left to feel abandoned by the Man of Steel until he suddenly returns to the Daily Planet, but he didn't came back as his usual self. With him arrived an unknown creature that fought but lost against Superman, his indifference allowed it to fled the planet but it left some kind of black substance behind.
Superman went to a diner and demanded Apple Pie, and even though the owner and staff showed him kindness, he coldly and angrily insisted to immediately get what he wants. While the Daily Planet's staff recovered from the turmoil they noticed that the unknown creature's black substance was quickly spreading throughout the city, forcing the scared citizens to attempt to flee.
Jimmy looked for and eventually found Superman, requesting him to save the city and its people, but the latter continued to act with apathy towards everyone. He explained that the most powerful energy in existence recharged him, and made him realize that he has no need to save people, as he will never be human, and they never will stop needing his help. But Jim reminded him that it doesn't matters, as long as he has friends that love and accept him, he will never be alone.
The substance made its way to cover and imprison the entire city, leaving only a cold-hearted Superman to contemplate his loneliness. He had a small change of heart and decided to release the city only to prove that he is stronger than any weapon, freezing and then destroying the substance without any effort. The city rejoiced with their savior's return, but a saddened Superman realized there was no reason to rejoice.
Appearing in "God of Steel"