"Blast Off!": Superman and Steel notice that the engines of Engine City have started, and now they need to stop it. On their way to the engine room, however, Mongul blocks their path, saying he has started the engine in order to shake Earth apart. Superman has Steel head off alone to the engine
Superman: The Man of Steel #26 is an issue of the series Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1993.
Synopsis for "Blast Off!"
Superman and Steel notice that the engines of Engine City have started, and now they need to stop it. On their way to the engine room, however, Mongul blocks their path, saying he has started the engine in order to shake Earth apart. Superman has Steel head off alone to the engine room while he personally contends with Mongul -- a fight that nearly injures Superman as Mongul gives him a bone-crushing bear hug. Supergirl offers an assist in the fight, but Mongul makes her appear by pouring machine oil on her invisible form and then just slapping her away. The fight leaves Superman nearly unconscious.
Meanwhile, the Cyborg Superman is very aware of Mongul's treachery and decides to "help" Steel shut down the engine, though by materializing in the form of various cyborg-type machines, attacking Steel while giving him information about how the engine works. Realizing he is unable to destroy the fusion reactor which the engine uses, Steel knocks off the head of the Cyborg's inhabited form and uses it to jam up the engine gears, causing the engine itself to explode.
Cyborg Superman reinhabits his main body, realizing that the engine is destroyed, but the Kryptonite power source remains intact. He also senses the coming of Hal Jordan and decides to let him take care of Mongul, leaving the death of Superman in his own hands.
Appearing in "Blast Off!"
- This issue is reprinted in the 1993 Superman: The Return of Superman as well as the 2016 The Return of Superman trade paperbacks.
- This issue is Triangle number 29 for the year 1993.
- The storyline continues in Green Lantern (Volume 3) #46.
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The events from this issue or series are related to The Death and Return of Superman, a retroactively named trilogy in which Superman is killed by the monster Doomsday. Later, four superheroes debut in Metropolis who claim or are assumed to be reincarnations of him—the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Steel, the Man of Tomorrow, and Superboy. Meanwhile, Superman is brought back to life.
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Links and References
Action Comics #691
Superman (Volume 2) #82