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""Whispers of the Earth"": In downtown Mexico City, a small girl holds up traffic before causing a violent explosion, seemingly from energy in her body. Acrata, El Muerto, and Iman appear on the scene as



Appearing in "Whispers of the Earth"

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Synopsis for "Whispers of the Earth"

In downtown Mexico City, a small girl holds up traffic before causing a violent explosion, seemingly from energy in her body. Acrata, El Muerto, and Iman appear on the scene as first responders. Lois Lane calls her husband, stationed with El Planeta reporters to investigate the recent string of explosions. Shortly thereafter, the Mexican World Trade Center is attacked by the same girl and this time, Superman assist the Mexican heroes but they are unable to stop her magical telekinetic attacks. They retreat and review a video that Iman's armor recorded: her dress includes a pre-Hispanic symbol of Ometeotl, god of the near and close. Arcata recognizes it and refuses to share any information, deciding to go alone.

Elsewhere, the eco-terrorist Duran plots.

Imran and Superman go to the National Museum of Anthropology to investigate and El Muerto tags along in spite of his misgivings about the Man of Steel. Researcher Bernard Rojas assesses the video and surmises that they are associated with sources of mystical energy in Tenochtitlan. Arcata calls her father to investigate herself and that man is Rojas.

In downtown Mexico City, Duran prepares for a cataclysmic demonstration.

Arcata infiltrates Duran's compound and finds the girl in a trance. His henchmen attack her and the other heroes intervene to save her at the last moment. Duran explains to Superman that he was a spectator at the conflict with Firewolf[1] and the elder shaman taught Duran his powers of mind control. This forces Superman to his knees and the terrorists put them all into a holding cell while they plot their attack.

While imprisoned, El Muerto explains his animosity toward Superman: when an earthquake hit Mexico, the hero failed to save him and El Muerto is actually an unliving entity of some kind. Superman apologizes and tries to make amends. Irman manages to jailbreak them. The quartet convene on Duran just as he's beginning his assault against the Mexican populace for their pollution and environmental degradation.

Arcata reveals that the ancient legends state that a being from the stars can undo this magical power. She says an incantation that takes control of Superman and speaks through him to strip Duran of his powers.

At the Kent Farm in Smallville, Kansas, the family reads Clark's new story and has tamales for dinner.

Appearing in "Justice Across the Border"

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  • Gary Hoffman of WGBS (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Justice Across the Border"

Gary Hoffman of WGBS interviews the people of Mexico City to learn about the perceptions, exploits, and origins of their heroes, culminating in footage of their battle with Duran.

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  • Each DC Comics Annual for the year 2000 introduces a new international superhero or group of heroes as part of their "Planet DC" theme.

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