"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 flee the planet but it left some kind of black substance behind.
Superman goes to a diner and demands apple pie, and even though the owner and staff show him kindness, he coldly and angrily insists to immediately get what he wants. While the Daily Planet's staff recover from the turmoil, they notice that the unknown creature's black substance is quickly spreading throughout the city, forcing the scared citizens to attempt to flee.
Jimmy looks for and eventually finds Superman, requesting him to save the city and its people, but the latter continues to act with apathy towards everyone. He explains 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 reminds him that it doesn't matter, as long as he has friends that love and accept him, he will never be alone.
The substance covers and imprisons the entire city, leaving only a cold-hearted Superman to contemplate his loneliness. He has a small change of heart and decides 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 rejoices with their savior's return, but a saddened Superman realizes there is no reason to rejoice.
Appearing in "God of Steel"
- This issue is reprinted in Justice League: The Darkseid War - Power of the Gods.