"Brains Vs. Brawn": It is a beautiful morning in Smallville but young Clark does not want to leave his bed and go to school. Fortunately for him, it is not school day and his father Jonathan has another important mission for him: run the farm by himself. Jonathan tasks Clark with using Lucy, t
Synopsis for "Brains Vs. Brawn"
It is a beautiful morning in Smallville but young Clark does not want to leave his bed and go to school. Fortunately for him, it is not school day and his father Jonathan has another important mission for him: run the farm by himself. Jonathan tasks Clark with using Lucy, the old family tractor, to harvest the wheatfield. If all goes well, Clark should be done by supper time. In order to teach Clark the value of experience, Jonathan says that Clark is not allowed to use his powers, frustrating Clark.
In the present, Superman and Lois are drinking coffee in their home of Hamilton County. Superman confides in Lois the difficulties he faces in teaching Superboy how to be a proper superhero. Superboy is impatient and reckless, while Superman advises him to take caution. After Manchester Black's threat, Superman has been very protective of his son. Earlier today, Superman and Superboy were fighting an army of robots that had attacked the town. Superman was deliberately exposing himself to the robots so he could find out who was the group's leader and use it to find out whoever had sent the army, but as soon as the leader revealed itself, Superboy smashed it to pieces. Lois tells Superman to teach Superboy the same lessons his own father thought him when he was a child.
The next day, Clark talks with Jon and expresses his intention to patch things up between them, so he will let Jon be in charge of their activities. Jon, letting his enthusiasm go to his head, says he will be today's Superman, much to Clark's dismay. Father and son save many lives during the day, but Superman is still unimpressed by Superboy's recklessness.
Clark is upset that he has to harvest the field without using his powers, but suddenly, he notices that Jonathan has left the house. Seizing this opportunity, Clark uses his super-speed to harvest the field in a matter of moments. Unfortunately, he realizes his speed has damaged the wheat. Jonathan reaches Clark and says they need to talk.
Superman and Superboy fly to downtown Hamilton and discover the people in charge of the invading robots: Dreadnought and Psi-Phon. Against Superman's warnings, Superboy flies off to confront the villains by himself, but Psi-Phon shortens out Superboy's powers with his telepathy and Dreadnought punches him straight into a building. Superman goes on to assist his son, who admits he should have listened to his father. Superman emphasizes the need for teamwork and Superboy agrees to use strategy to defeat the villains. Using super-speed, Superboy disorients Psi-Phon and gives Superman enough time to throw Dreadnought into space, forcing Psi-Phone to escape from the planet in his spacecraft.
Clark apologizes to Jonathan for ruining the wheat, but Jonathan apologizes for expecting Clark to do things the same way he does. Clark has to find his own way in life and Jonathan's duty as a father is to help him do that. Putting today's incident behind them, Clark and Jonathan go to have lunch with Martha.
Watching the sunset from their house's rooftop, Clark tells Jon that his own father let him make his own mistakes, and both Clark and Jonathan learned from them. That is what made Clark into the man he is today. Clark admits he still has much to learn from his father but expresses hope that he and Jon will learn many things about life together.
Appearing in "Brains Vs. Brawn"
- Earth (Flashback and main story)
- The variant cover is a homage to Superman #14