"The Truth: Prologue": High into Earth's orbit, Superman finds himself mediating between two alien factions about to engage in an interstellar trade war, with Earth caught in the middle. Although the situation is dire, cooler heads prevail and war is averted.
Superman (Volume 5) #17 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 5) with a cover date of January, 2020. It was published on November 13, 2019.
Synopsis for "The Truth: Prologue"
High into Earth's orbit, Superman finds himself mediating between two alien factions about to engage in an interstellar trade war, with Earth caught in the middle. Although the situation is dire, cooler heads prevail and war is averted.
Later, Superman goes back to Lois' apartment in Chicago and tells her what happened. Lois tells Superman about the box she got from Lex Luthor. The box is lead-lined, which means Superman can't see through it with his X-ray vision. Superman offers to help Lois with the box, but Lois says Superman is dealing with way too much right now and she wants to make his burden a bit lighter by taking care of something all by herself. Superman uses his super-senses to check on his friends and see if they need any help, but ultimately chooses to stay at his wife's side to talk about what's been happening to them.
Superman and Lois are concerned that Lex left the box as some sort of trick to pit Superman and Lois against each other. Superman just lost his son to the future and his father to the past, and Lex's latest scheme, whatever it is, is the last thing Superman needs to worry about, according to Lois. When Superman asks about what's inside the box, Lois says that she will publish that in the Daily Planet. Although he feels a bit upset that Lois is choosing to reveal that information to the world but Lois states that Luthor gave it to het deliberately to play with them.
He soon reminsces her words of having his son go away and losing his father, thinking that's why he is acting this way. Lois states he was more focused on everyone else rather than himself and Luthor is trying to mess with his mind. As Lois talks about their son, Clark states that she was going to talk about her father's death. Lois states that unlike him she was self-aware to know that she won't be abe able to confront it for now. As the two go out to fly together, Superman says that, with everything that's been happening to them and everything that's coming, maybe his secret identity is a luxury the Kent family cannot afford anymore.
The next day, at a remote location, the higher-ups of S.T.A.R. Labs are having a meeting, led by the mysterious Dr. Glory. According to Dr. Glory, S.T.A.R. Labs has been earning major profits whenever Superman is absent, such as the time he was trapped in the Phantom Zone. Recently, it has been discovered that the multiverse has its own multiverse, and this means a huge opportunity for S.T.A.R. Labs to become the leading scientific authority in the world, surpassing even the Justice League. However, this can only happen if Superman isn't around to oppose them.
Whatever S.T.A.R. Labs has planned does last long, however, as Superman as reached their facility. He doesn't force his way into the facility, he just hovers outside, but that doesn't stop the S.T.A.R. Labs from panicking, destroying anything that might incriminate them and attempting to escape.
Much later, Clark publishes an article that reveals that S.T.A.R. Labs has been indulging in unlawful activities and Superman just discovered one of their top secret, illegal facilities, codenamed "The Constellation", thanks to a tip from Young Justice. The Constellation housed countless illegal experiments, all with the intention of putting S.T.A.R. Labs ahead of its competitors. While the majority of the Constellation's occupants were placed under arrest, their ringleader, Dr. Glory, escaped. This alarming discovery has caused S.T.A.R. Labs' stock to plummet to an all-time low.
Later, Superman meets up with Supergirl outside the Fortress of Solitude. He needs to talk to her about something important, but first, he wants to take her someplace else, a planet he didn't want to go without her: New Krypton. This new planet was given to the House of Zod by the newly created United Planets and General Zod has been making good on his promise to rebuild Krypton's history and culture. Although the Els are impressed by the new city the Zods have been building, Supergirl isn't entirely comfortable with treating Zod as a friend, especially after all the times he has tried to kill her and her family. Zod understands and agrees to give the Els some privacy. Superman tells Supergirl about what he wanted to talk about. It's something important that will affect everyone he knows, Supergirl included. Unbeknownst to them, however, Lor-Zod eavesdrops on their conversation behind a rooftop.
Appearing in "The Truth: Prologue"
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Blue Beetle (In a photograph only)
- Booster Gold
- The Flash
- Green Lantern
- Martian Manhunter
- S.T.A.R. Labs
- Wonder Woman
- Jon Kent (Mentioned only)
- Jor-El (Mentioned only)
- Lex Luthor (Mentioned only)
- Metamorpho (Mentioned only)
- Sam Lane (Mentioned only)
- Young Justice (Mentioned only)
- The original cover was made for a Year of the Villain tie-in but was eventually scrapped.