"Declaration": Superman has been helping the world non-stop for these last weeks, without having any time to rest. Lois and Jon are waiting for him back at Hamilton County, having promised him they would stay awake by the time of his arrival. On the flight home, Superman briefly falls asleep and
Appearing in "Declaration"
- Ryan Duffy (First appearance)
- United States Army (Statue only)
- Eradicator (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Thomas Jefferson (Mentioned only)
- Earth's Moon (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Declaration"
Superman has been helping the world non-stop for these last weeks, without having any time to rest. Lois and Jon are waiting for him back at Hamilton County, having promised him they would stay awake by the time of his arrival. On the flight home, Superman briefly falls asleep and barely wakes up as soon as he crashes into his house's backyard. Entering home, Superman sees his wife and son have already fallen asleep so he takes them to their beds and falls asleep too.
Next morning, Jon awakens his father and tells him to look at what Lois brought for the family. She has rented an RV and decided they should all go on a vacation in honor of Independence Day. The Kents plan to visit places that honor the history of America and the soldiers who fought for their country, but Jon wants to take a small detour to Niagara Falls. Sure enough, Superman and Superboy surf down the falls while Lois watches from her chair.
The journey continues to Sharon, Massachusetts, where the Kents visits a memorial dedicated to Deborah Simpson, a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight the British. Upon leaving, Jon sees a bumper sticker featuring symbols that represent different faiths and Lois emphasizes the importance of respecting other people's beliefs.
The Kents go to New York City and visit a statue commemorating soldiers who fought in World War One. Jon sees that the statue is stained with graffiti and one of the soldier's bayonets is broken, so Clark works quickly to fix the memorial and leaves a small flag behind. Later, the family visits the Independence Hall in Philadelphia and invites a crippled man called Ryan Duffy to have dinner with them at a local restaurant. A waitress initially refuses service to Duffy, as he spends a lot of time on the street and his presence might make other customers uncomfortable. Fortunately, Clark speaks on behalf of Ryan and says that as a war veteran, Duffy deserves respect from his fellow citizens. The waitress relents and Duffy is allowed to sit at the Kents' table.
During dinner, Jon asks Ryan how did his legs get hurt and Ryan reveals he lost his legs during his military service, while also commending Clark and Lois' journalistic duties and Jon's commitment to school. Once the Kents and Ryan leave the restaurant, the owner invites Ryan to have a private talk with him. A few moments later, Ryan tells the Kents that he was hired as a dishwasher and thanks the Kents for supporting him.
The Kents spend the night at a trailer park. Jon falls asleep, so Clark takes him to his bed and seizes the opportunity to drink some wine with Lois, but suddenly, his Justice League transponder goes off. Superman puts on his uniform and flies off to save the world again, but not before promising Lois that he will return for breakfast.
- This book was first published on July 19, 2017.
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