"Fathers": Asleep in their bed, Martha and Jonathon Kent are suddenly awakened by a sudden impact outside of their window. Jonathon goes out to find out what it is, only to discover a glowing sphere implanted in the ground in front of his barn. He approaches the ball when it suddenly explodes. J
Superman (Volume 2) #166 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 2) with a cover date of March, 2001.
Appearing in "Fathers"
- Jor-El (Hologram)
- Lara Lor-Van (Hologram)
- General Frank Rock
- Amanda Waller
- Sam Lane
- Jefferson Pierce
- Cat Grant
Synopsis for "Fathers"
Asleep in their bed, Martha and Jonathon Kent are suddenly awakened by a sudden impact outside of their window. Jonathon goes out to find out what it is, only to discover a glowing sphere implanted in the ground in front of his barn. He approaches the ball when it suddenly explodes. Jonathon is whisked to safety by the timely arrival of his son. Superman approaches the object, now resembling a rocket, and notices Kryptonian writing on the ship. With a flash, an image of Jor-El appears. He speaks a few words in Kryptonese (which translate into "My Son"), before both Jor-El and the rocket vanish, leaving behind a small glowing rod.
In the Steelworks, Superman presents the rod to Emil Hamilton and John Henry Irons. Emil remarks on the way the rod is transmitting a weak signal, identical to those that they have been detecting streaming from the Phantom Zone. Hamilton tells Superman that he may be able to decrypt the signal with a new invention of his, a type of thought-projection. Superman agrees.
The two scientists strap Superman in a chair and slip the device into its socket. With a flip of the switch, Superman screams, and then suddenly finds himself in a white place. He stands, finding Jor-El standing beside him. Jor-El apologizes for 'the truth' and then proceeds to change into his Krypton garb. Superman refuses to believe his father, as the true Krypton materializes around him.
Kryptonopolis spreads out below him as he is treated to a replay of the past. He sees his mother, Lara Lor-Van playing with her small child. Meanwhile, Jor-El argues before the leaders of Krypton that their planet is doomed. It is slowly falling toward the sun. The only salvation lies in building giant space arks to transport the population of Krypton off of the planet. The group of men violently object, especially the military leader General Zod. Jor-El walks away in defeat.
Running back to his home through yet another quake, Jor-El realizes what must be done. Arriving home, he instructs Lara to bring their child upstairs. They place the baby in the model rocket and, pointing it skyward, launch it. The planet explodes beneath it as the rocket speeds toward Earth.
With a shout, Superman shatters the projection chair. He tells John briefly about what he saw, before Emil tells him that he may be able to return to Krypton.
In a press conference, Lex Luthor introduces his cabinet nominations: General Frank Rock, Amanda Waller, Sam Lane, Jefferson Pierce, and Cat Grant. He opens the floor for questions and Lois Lane makes an ostensible remark why Jenny Hubbard hasn't been available for interview, as it had be easier to interview the Joker.
Arriving home, Lois tells Clark that she has probably been banned from the White House Press Room for life. Then she notices that he isn't listening. He turns toward her and tells her that he may be able to return to Krypton. Lois tells him that there is no question about it; he's going and so is she.
- Superman navigation number 2001/10.
- The Kryptonian writing on rocket reads "Kal-El's Rocket".
- 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)
Links and References
Action Comics #774: 2001/9
Adventures of Superman #588: 2001/11