"Smallville Attacks!, Part One": Conner is finally feeling at home, and at peace with the world, his mind wandering to his past. For the longest time he was hung up on the fact he never had a childhood, that he didn't know whether he was Superman or Lex Luthor deep down. His days in leather and
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Synopsis for "Smallville Attacks!, Part One"
Conner is finally feeling at home, and at peace with the world, his mind wandering to his past. For the longest time he was hung up on the fact he never had a childhood, that he didn't know whether he was Superman or Lex Luthor deep down. His days in leather and sunnies, his time as a celebrity, his past in Hawaii, Tana, Roxy, Rex, Dubbilex and the original Krypto are behind him. He's not a clone, he's his own man - Conner Kent and for the first time ever he finally believes that. But inner peace is difficult to achieve and as Conner and Krypto enjoy the Kansas sights atop a silo, their peace is interrupted by Phantom Stranger. Stranger never comes with good news and indeed he warns Conner that his continued presence in Smallville will awaken something dark long hidden within the fields. He may be rebuilding his life but he must also prepare for the storm ahead. He tells Conner that he will appear to him a second time but that Superboy is needed. Needed he is, as Martha Clark Kent stumbles from atop a chair watering plants on her porch! With astounding speed Conner and Krypto race to the rescue and seeing her nephew with renewed stress, Martha quizzes Conner about his troubles. Martha asks him to put Phantom Stranger's words aside for now, since his return Conner has worked so hard to enjoy his life, his family, it may be a warning but it's not something to spend every waking moment brooding over.
A dark evil does appear in Smallville however, leaving a trail of animal corpses in its wake, it seems to be searching for something and seeing a child playing superhero in the fields he narrowly misses his next meal, but he does find something that stirs his memory... a cape. Later Conner is in Smallville High playing the avoidance game with a girl at his school, Lori Luthor. At one time he was sweet on her, but finding out they were half related in a bizarre way after a confrontation with Lex Luthor sent Conner's mind into a spin. Ever since he can't spend more than ten seconds with the smitten girl.
The evil stranger heads closer and closer to town draining life force from wildlife along the way while Conner's school day ends and he makes his way home. Outside the Diner an elderly gentleman carving a ball of wax draws Conner into conversation. It is the 154th anniversary of Smallville's founding and he warns Conner that he should learn more about his hometown and its secrets. A puzzled Conner accepts the carving as a birthday gift and walks away examining what looks like... Parasite?
Simon Valentine distracts Conner. Simon was Conner's one friend in town when he first set up home in Smallville. Simon is a genius and socially inept geek rolled into one, (think Screech Powers with a quiff). Simon wants to share his newest discovery to an impatient Conner and whispers in his ear - that he knows Conner is Superboy! The revelation has to wait as Rudy Jones makes an explosive appearance smashing through Chevalier Hardware's front window. It seems Parasite, since escaping Project 7734, has been wandering, following the last trails of Superman's energy. Conner tears off his shirt to reveal his Super Tee and the two smash and crash through Main Street. Simon quick to strategize urges Conner to take the fight away from the populace.
Krypto arrives and his jugular bite gives Conner a few seconds to recuperate before his Kryptonian powers vanish. Conner grabs Parasite and launches towards the Silo he was daydreaming on earlier. But it takes all his power to do so and now he faces a supercharged Parasite. None of his Kryptonian powers are able to kick in, so Conner turns to his one unique skill... tactile telekinesis. Spotting a nearby tractor he attempts to hurl it at Rudy but it proves too heavy. Parasite nears his target and Conner looks around the field for something, anything that he can use his TT powers on, there is nothing but grains as far as the eye can see, so Conner focuses and is able to attract thousands of the tiny grains to encase and drown Rudy till he loses consciousness.
Simon and Krypto arrive and help Conner to his feet, the day's excitement is over, for a few seconds at least, as a now powerless Conner, Krypto and bewildered Simon are surprised by an earthquake! Suddenly the ground erupts and giant stalks wrap around the trio leaving them helpless. Through the giant crops a sad voice can be heard, Pamela Isley stumbles towards them crying out that she's too late to save Smallville!
To Be Continued...
- This book was first published on November 3, 2010.
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