"The Unity Saga: The House of El, Part 7": Long ago, in the final days of Krypton, Jor-El looks at the sunset from his home. His wife Lara, holding their child Kal-El, comes in and asks Jor-El about his presentation to the Science Council, to which Jor-El replies that the Science Council postp

Superman (Volume 5) #13 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 5) with a cover date of September, 2019. It was published on July 10, 2019.

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Synopsis for "The Unity Saga: The House of El, Part 7"

Long ago, in the final days of Krypton, Jor-El looks at the sunset from his home. His wife Lara, holding their child Kal-El, comes in and asks Jor-El about his presentation to the Science Council, to which Jor-El replies that the Science Council postponed his presentation about the fate of their planetary system. Jor-El is frustrated that the Science Council is withholding his warnings about the fate of Krypton; he cannot even warn the masses without their consent. Then again, if his warnings are true, it won't matter anyway. Jor-El looks at Kal-El's head and asks why does his hair keep twirling into an S-curl, saying it looks ridiculous. Lara, thinking it looks cute, says Jor-El's own hair does that, as well.

Later that evening, Jor-El has a private conversation with his fellow members of the Circle, asking for their assistance in saving the Kryptonian people from the death of their homeworld, but the Circle members agree with Krypton's Science Council that Krypton is under no danger. Jor-El insists that the people of Krypton deserve to choose their own fate and continues to ask for help, reminding the Circle members about the times they have helped in each other in their individual problems. Appa Ali Apsa, one of the Guardians of the Universe, implies that he will send the mercenary Rogol Zaar after Jor-El if he continues to press the matter, confusing Jor-El. The Circle agrees to continue discussing the matter tomorrow, much to Jor-El's disappointment.

Jor-El travels deep into the city's lower levels in his hovercraft and meets up with his old friend Kito, who finds it suspicions that a member of the prestigious Science Council is meeting her on a place like this. He asks her about Rogol Zaar, and she preemptively says "no" to whatever favor Jor-El was trying to ask of her. Dejected, Jor-El walks away until he notices a wall pierced by an arrow. Suddenly, he is attacked by a group of Thanagarian soldiers. Although sustaining a minor injury, Jor-El is able to take one of his attackers by surprise and deprive him of his helmet.

Jor-El returns home and tells Lara they must leave Krypton immediately, but Lara reminds him that the Science Council has outlawed space travel. Moments later, an earthquake hits the city and all the young married couple can do is embrace each other and their son, all the while watching as a skyscraper fall into the streets below. Horrified, Jor-El attempts to gain assistance from the Circle again. Empress Gandelo of the Trillium Collective says that her embassy can house Jor-El's family but she doesn't know if her domain can house the entire Kryptonian population. Jor-El says that their inaction will mean the end of Krypton's people and culture, but the Circle members hope Jor-El is wrong and end the transmission, leaving Jor-El alone to dwell on his despair.

Many years later, in the present, Superman and Jor-El explore the ruins of Krypton, all the while Jor-El explains his history with the Circle to his son. Even now, Jor-El believes the Circle could have saved Krypton, but Superman is disappointed by his father's actions and replies Jor-El had to know that working for a secret group of intergalactic rulers would end badly for him. Jor-El angrily states that his association with the Circle is no different from Superman's own association with the Justice League, but Superman replies that the Justice League does not rule their world from the shadows nor decides what is best for the people they protect. Superman then asks why did his father bring him to the ruins of their homeworld, to which Jor-El answers that this where they will all find the truth once and for all.

Meanwhile on Earth, Lois continues her journalist activities until a drone enters her apartment, displaying the image of the reborn Lex Luthor. Lois preemptively says no to whatever offer Lex is bringing her, but Lex hopes she can change her mind, leaving only a small black box. As Lex's hologram dissipates, Lois initially attempts to reject the box, thinking Lex is still watching her. Lois' curiosity gets the better of her, however, and she opens the box, shocked by what the box holds within.


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