"Maelstrom part 1": Superman is transporting a starship back to its world after asking Supergirl to protect the planet while he is absent.

Quote1.png I ran into someone who's better than me. I was outclassed and this wasn't just me getting pummeled... so many innocent people paid the price. Quote2.png

Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom #1 is an issue of the series Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom (Volume 1) with a cover date of January, 2009. It was published on November 5, 2008.

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Synopsis for "Maelstrom part 1"

Superman is transporting a starship back to its world after asking Supergirl to protect the planet while he is absent.

Meanwhile on Apokolips, a soldier called Maelstrom watches a group of laborers while pondering ways to win over Darkseid's love. Figuring Darkseid will notice her if she gives him something no one else can give him, Maelstrom steals a Boom Tube device and heads towards Earth.

On Earth, Supergirl is keeping watch over an unusually quiet Metropolis when she spots Maelstrom going on a rampage to draw Superman's attention. Supergirl engages her, but Maelstrom beats her easily, demolishing a hospital during their battle. Before she can kill the Girl of Steeel, Superman shows up. Superman isn't impressed by Maelstrom's declaration of bringing his head on a platter to Darkseid in order to win her master's love, and he quickly wrestles Maelstrom's teleporting device from her before tossing the Apokoliptian warrior into a Boom tube leading back to Apokolips.

Kara struggles to stand up again and look for survivors despite her wounds and Kal saying he's already taken care of everyone. Eventually she loses consciousness and Superman takes her away.

Three days later, Superman finds her cousin sitting on the Moon and reading the Daily Planet's latest edition. Kal tries to reassure her by stating they can't win every battle and save everyone, but Kara's inconsolable: many innocent people died because she lost one fight. Seeing her cousin's usually shaky confidence is at rock-bottom, Kal decides she needs to get off Earth for a while, and he needs to teach her how to use her powers and not rely on them. He announces they're going on a one-week-long space trip while Power Girl watches Metropolis. Kara doesn't want to go, but Kal replies they're leaving anyway.

Back on Apokolips, Granny Goodness is torturing Maelstrom while mocking her foolish dreams of being Darkseid's partner. After she's been through Granny's torture, Maelstrom is led to an arena where she'll have to fight for her life.



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