"Tide and Torrent": Superman, cut and muddied from a battle, flies toward a threat he wishes to tell the world about, but won't have time to. He's being followed by cameras. Thinking back, he recalls fighting tentacles with Zatanna as Arion looks on and goads, telling Superman that he's causing
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Synopsis for "Tide and Torrent"
Superman, cut and muddied from a battle, flies toward a threat he wishes to tell the world about, but won't have time to. He's being followed by cameras. Thinking back, he recalls fighting tentacles with Zatanna as Arion looks on and goads, telling Superman that he's causing the tide of darkness. Zatanna has Superman use iron to ground the creatures.
Phantom Stranger appears, and informs Superman that he hasn't found Arion, and that dark energies have indeed been building.
Arion's attacks continue for eleven days and the world is hit by catastrophe after catastrophe.
Lana Lang has the Lexcorp technicians unleash "Scramcams," the cameras that were following Superman at the beginning of the issue, after Superman in an attempt to capitalize on a failing experiment as Lexcorp collapses, with WLEX sold off.
Over Machu Picchu, Superman ruminates. Subjekt-17 calls to him, and asks him to either beat the information of where Arion is out of him, or side with him against humanity for their cruelty. He tries to goad Superman by attacking him, and Superman attacks back, punching Subjekt-17.
Superman tries to get away, but Subjekt-17 doesn't relent. He begins hitting Subjekt-17, then hits him excessively, essentially beating him down. Subjekt-17 accedes, telling Superman where Arion is, having goaded Superman into a moral failure.
Subjekt-17 indicates that he will return. Superman offers to take him to medical care, but Subjekt-17 refuses, and dies of the internal injuries that Superman has caused. The cameras record this.
Superman finds Arion's lair. He can't break in with his powers, so he makes a whirlpool and crashes the ocean onto the safehouse, bashing it in.
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