"Vigil": Zod is in intensive care, and Ursa is at his bedside. She has loved him for years, but his devotion to his career was always too great for him to feel anything for her. Even when they were in the Phantom Zone together and she bore him a child, he couldn't make himself leave his calling.
Superman: Secret Files 2009 #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of October, 2009.
Synopsis for "Vigil"
Zod is in intensive care, and Ursa is at his bedside. She has loved him for years, but his devotion to his career was always too great for him to feel anything for her. Even when they were in the Phantom Zone together and she bore him a child, he couldn't make himself leave his calling.
She understands, because she was once quite similar. As the leader of Black Zero, the elite unit of the entire Kryptonian armed forces, she was fearless, and inspired the same in her subordinates. But that ended the day Black Zero was decimated: The day Brainiac came to Kandor.
Even in the face of overwhelming and seemingly implacable odds, Ursa did not break, and when Ak-Var and his wife, Tes, broke rank to save their daughter Thara, Ursa laid down suppressive fire. But when Ak-Var and Tes died, Ursa was faced with the knowledge that she had lost, and something broke. She ran, leaving a tearful Thara Ak-Var to be shepherded into the city by the Brainiac drones.
Ursa's self-image shattered that day, and she formed a new one based around Zod. Should he die, she does not know what will become of her.
Appearing in "Vigil"
- Brainiac (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Double Act"
In Metropolis, Jon Kent and Billi Harper are about to start their new job as the Science Police's plainclothes division. Jon is silent on the issue, but Billi is adamant that she will not enjoy the job. For one thing, she only came to Metropolis to be close to the Guardian, since he is her closest living relative, but on this detail she will see him only rarely. As she tries to talk to Jon, Jon is stuck, since his "background" has left him with little common ground.
Over the course of the first week, the pair help to collar several super-villains and even meet the super-hero Mon-El. However, although she knows she can count on Jon, Billi has noticed that she knows next to nothing about the man. From the little she does know, she decides that he is a good man and she is willing to finish the assignment.
Appearing in "Double Act"
- Punch II (First appearance) (Behind the scenes)
- a pair of Madmen
- Red Panzer
- Fadeaway Man
- standard issue police car
Synopsis for "Blood-Sisters: A Tale of Old Krypton"
In Kandor, Supergirl is furious at her friend, Thara Ak-Var. Thara was the bodyguard of Kara's father, Zor-El, and she was missing when he died. Kara demands answers, but Thara cannot say why (presumably something related to her activites as Flamebird). Kara flies away in grief, leaving Thara to remember a happier time:
Years earlier, when Thara was sleeping over, Kara had hacked into the house security using a welding torch and the two had sneaked out to see the Fire Falls. Kara rattled off the scientific explanation for the Fire Falls - the blood blooms of the area secrete a flammable chemical - but Thara took refuge in the legend of Rao the Sun-God and Cythonna the Ice-Goddess. On the way to the Fire Falls, they passed a giant avian, which they believed they sneaked past.
At the Fire Falls, the two were amazed by the beauty of the area. Kara went looking for blood blooms, while Thara decided to meditate. Kara's search was cut short by the arrival of the giant avian. As she was carried away, Thara covered the avian's head in the flammable juice of a blood bloom, and Kara kills the beast with the soldering stick.
Thara cuts her hand on one of the crystals of a blood bloom, leading Kara to decide to do the same. The trial has forged a friendship which the two girls believe will last the rest of their lives, and they each take one half of the crystal as a reminder.
At the memorial service, Thara decides to tell Kara why she couldn't be there for Zor-El, but Kara walks away. She regards their friendship as over. Thara is left holding her half of the crystal, remembering.
Appearing in "Blood-Sisters: A Tale of Old Krypton"
- The avian
- Soldering Torch
Synopsis for "Legacy"
Lex Luthor was President of the United States, but he was hounded out of office when the extent of his foreknowledge of the Imperiex Affair was made public. His successor, Pete Ross, spends a lot of his time wondering what he will be remembered for - when ironically, his legacy has already been decided, in the form of the funding for US Army Project 7734.
Appearing in "Legacy"
- the secretary
Synopsis for "Profiles"
Appearing in "Profiles"
- New Krypton
- Commander El/Superman
- Red Shard
- General Zod
- Lex Luthor
- Daily Planet
- Flamebird & Nightwing
- Project 7734
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- Batman/Superman: World's Finest (Volume 1)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: Son of Kal-El (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
Links and References
Secret Files and Origins