- That was nice, with the sound baffles, letting you sneak up on me. But this whole "swift death" thing? I'm thinking NO!
Appearing in "The Third Kryptonian, Finale: The Stand"
- Kristen Wells (Flashback and main story)
- Superman Family
- Amalak (Flashback and main story)
- Dru-Zod (Flashback only)
- Vulcan, Son of Fire (Cameo)
- Blackrock (Mentioned only)
- Brainiac (Mentioned only)
- Jimmy Olsen (Mentioned only)
- Lois Lane
- Jor-El (New Earth) (Flashback only)
- Lara Lor-Van (Flashback only)
- Jonathan Kent (Flashback only)
- Martha Kent (Flashback only)
- Lightning Lad (Statue only)
- Mon-El (Statue only)
- Wildfire (Statue only)
- Alura In-Ze (Mentioned only)
- Zor-El (Mentioned only)
- Krypton (Flashback only)
- Kandor (Mentioned only)
- Rinoti (Flashback only)
- Phantom Zone (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "The Third Kryptonian, Finale: The Stand"
On Northern California, Superman fights Amalak while Karsta decides to escape. As dodging Amalak's anti-Kryptonian weaponry, Superman checks on his family and Batman. His friend heard everything through their audio gear and is already moving. Superman then ricochets a beam of heat vision off a satellite to signal Lois to hide out somewhere with Christopher Kent, lest Amalak tracks them too. Chris wants to remove his watch and help but his foster mother forbids it.
Battered by Amalak's weapons, Superman flies away, shouting he needs to protect Kandor. Amalak bites the bait and follows him. Karsta, meanwhile, retrieves an escape craft from the ocean and flies off the planet.
Superman reaches his abandoned Amazonian Fortress before being blasted down. Amalak places a red sun-powered inhibitor called Enervator on him and then realizes he has been led on a wild goose chase. Infuriated, Amalak activates the Brain Ripper, a device capable of ripping memories from one brain to implant them into another, in order to obtain Kandor's location from Superman's mind. However, Superman manages to resist the process and use the Brain Ripper to read Amalak's mind instead. Superman discovers that Amalak's planet was conquered by the Kryptonian Empire and its inhabitants wiped out by Admiral Dru-Zod after a failed rebellion. When Amalak returned home fifty years later, the souls of the dead told him who was responsible. Enraged, Amalak swore vengeance on all Kryptonians.
Right when Amalak's minions are managing to retrieve Superman's mental data, Supergirl, Power Girl and Krypto storm the Fortress and rescue Superman. Superman tries to reason with Amalak, but Amalak will not be talked out. Amalak's minion Talam-Sa manages to find out about Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Amalak heads towards the Arctic Circle as the Superman Family fights his forces. Meanwhile, Karsta is about to get in her getaway spaceship. Still she can't help but hesitate.
Amalak arrives at the Fortress but he finds Batman clad in a Kryptonian battlesuit and blocking the entrance. Batman battles Amalak all over the fortress while the Superman Family take his soldiers down. Superman, Supergirl, Power Girl and Krypto triumph and fly towards the Fortress, disregarding their injuries and fatigue.
When they arrive at the place, Batman has been defeated after holding Amalak back for so long as possible. Unfortunately, Amalak has found Kandor. But Amalak realizes that Kandor isn't the Kryptonian city he was looking for. Superman tries to reason with Amalak, but Amalak furiously shatters the city. The Kryptonians engage Amalak as Superman reminds himself Kandor was in reality in a dimensional warp, and the "Bottle" was the interface between the pocket dimension and the real world. He heard the warp collapsing, but he doesn't know if the Kandorians are alive, dead or needing help because he can't reach them anymore thanks to Amalak's insanity.
The four Kryptonians fight Amalak. He isn't Kryptonian-level powerful but he is strong, and they are exhausted. They fight hard, but Amalak is brutal and relentless. Suddenly, Batman remotely deactivates Chris's red-sun watch, granting him access to his powers. Chris streaks to the Fortress and defends his father. Amalak senses that Chris is a descendant of Admiral Zod and tries to kill him. However, Superman uses the last of his strength to throw Amalak to the edge of the Atomic Cauldron, power source of the Fortress. While Superman and Amalak teether on the edge, Power Girl and Supergirl try to activate a Phantom Zone Projector.
Suddenly, Karsta appears and activates yellow sun grenades that restore the Kryptonians's powers. Together, the Kryptonians defeat Amalak.
After the battle, the group is introduced to Karsta. While Supergirl and Power Girl repair the Batplane, Superman tells Batman he understands why Batman called Chris in, but he isn't happy about it. Supergirl mentions she had visions of the future showing that woman, as well as her parents and the people of Kandor alive, and wonders whether they are real after all.
Power Girl suggests to throw Amalak in the Phantom Zone, but Karsta chooses to deliver Amalak and his henchmen to the space authorities, and she will also turn herself in for her own crimes. She is tired of running away.
Superman bids her farewell and hopes they might meet again now that she's reformed. He is also happy he has been able to see Krypton from another perspective and wonders if he'll ever be able to save Kandor again... and if Amalak is right there is a twin city, a real Kryptonian city full of other survivors and a new generation of Kryptonians might be out there.
- The battle against Blackrock which damaged Superman's Amazonian Fortress took place in Superman (Volume 2) #223.
- Supergirl saw a vision of the future showing New Krypton in Action Comics #850.
- Supergirl confirmed Brainiac stole Kandor in Action Comics #867.
- No trivia.
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- 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: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)