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"Superman: Rebirth": The New Earth Superman visits the memorial in honor of his deceased Prime Earth self. He regrets not being able to talk to him sooner, as there were so many things he wanted to share with the younger Man of Steel. Suddenly, he hears a noise underground and goes to investigat


Quote1 Because I learned that dying is easy. Being reborn is hard. Quote2
-- Superman



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Synopsis for "Superman: Rebirth"

The New Earth Superman visits the memorial in honor of his deceased Prime Earth self. He regrets not being able to talk to him sooner, as there were so many things he wanted to share with the younger Man of Steel. Suddenly, he hears a noise underground and goes to investigate the lower tunnels. There, he finds Lana Lang attempting to break into the younger Superman’s tomb.

Lana is overjoyed to see her Clark alive and well, but her joy is short-lived as she realized the Superman standing before her is not the Clark she grew up with. When she asks the older Superman why he didn’t help her Clark, he answers he tried but had to maintain a low profile due to a variety of personal reasons. And besides, he is waiting for the younger Superman to come back to life. Lana cannot believe her Clark can be revived but the older Superman remembers his death at the hands of Doomsday and his eventual return to life.

At first, Lana doesn’t believe the older Clark’s story, partially because she doesn’t want him to give her false hope, but the New Earth Superman thinks they can resurrect him using the artifacts in the Fortress of Solitude. Lana reveals he came to the Superman memorial to exhume the body of her friend and bury him in Smallville, next to his parents, but she agrees to the older Clark’s plan.

Since the Fortress’s security systems are coded to Superman’s DNA, they are able to access its database, the crystal font, and the New Earth Superman asks for the Regeneration Matrix, the artifact that resurrected him. The crystal font replies such the Regeneration Matrix does not exist; instead, Superman and Lana come across a message the younger Clark had left for his cousin Supergirl. The New Earth Superman also catches a glimpse of the statues his younger self made in honor of Jonathan and Martha Kent; and accepts his alternate self is really dead.

Superman brings Lana to the Smallville cemetery so she can bury the younger Clark next to his parents, as she originally intended to. Although the older Superman offers his assistance, Lana insists this is something she must do alone. He takes his leave, but not before saying both Clarks were lucky to have Lanas in their lives.

Then, he returns to Fortress and erects a statue in honor of his younger self, right between the statues of Jonathan and Martha. He has decided he will be Prime Earth’s new Superman.



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  • This book was first published on June 1, 2016.
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