"The One Who Fell, Part Three": In the journal he left for Jon, Superman narrates the story of Thakkram: the people of Thakkram feared Qarath O Daanim, who preferred strength over compassion. He was exceptionally harsh on his son Qarath O Bakkis, who fell short of Daanim's expectations and was
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- But the next time you wonder if you measure up... or if you ever think of yourself as just "The son of Superman..." know that you're the Superman against whom all heroes will be measured someday. The Superman that I aspire to be.
- — Superman
Synopsis for "The One Who Fell, Part Three"
In the journal he left for Jon, Superman narrates the story of Thakkram: the people of Thakkram feared Qarath O Daanim, who preferred strength over compassion. He was exceptionally harsh on his son Qarath O Bakkis, who fell short of Daanim's expectations and wasn't a warrior like Daanim wanted. Instead, Bakkis preferred knowledge over strength and gained the friendship of Faldr Poornym. Together, Bakkis and Faldr found a way to contain a piece of the Shadowbreed, in order to study it and understand it should it ever became a threat again. Daanim, however, didn't see Bakkis and Faldr's actions as an accomplishment, but rather as a betrayal. He believed that thanks to them, the Shadowbreed could return and threaten their people again.
Angry at this perceived betrayal, Daanim demanded Faldr to return to his world and take Bakkis with him, deeming him unworthy to bear his name. Bakkis gladly accepted to go into exile, but not before proclaiming that he and Faldr mastered the Shadowbreed and showed courage greater than Daanim's own, which, in Bakkis' eyes, made Daanim a coward. He shoved the orb that contained the Shadowbreed piece into his father's face, causing Daanim to throw it to the side and the Shadowbreed to escape.
Within mere seconds, the Shadowbreed gained control of Faldr and threw Daanim off a cliff. In his final moments, Daanim reached for the communicator Superman had left for him and begged him to come back, for the Shadowbreed was not dead.
In the present, Jon finds himself in battle with the Shadowbreed, which has gained control over both the Thrakkamites and even the corpse of the One Who Fell. The Shadowbreed claims that it has even taken control of Superman in an attempt to demoralize Superboy, but Superboy doesn't fall for that ruse and continues to fight with everything he's got. The Shadowbreed corners Jon, but Superman breaks free from the One Who Fell's husk and quickly comes to Superboy's aid. Superman believes that Kryptonians must be harder to assimilate than Thakkramites, which is why he was able to protect himself against the Shadowbreed's possession.
Father and son are attacked by the Shadowbreed, which still uses Faldr as a vessel, proclaiming that it will join with its brethren among the stars and continue its journey throughout the universe. Fortunately, Bakkis, having survived the Shadowbreed's attack, tells Superman and Superboy that Faldr's radiation bomb used hyperviolet light, a special kind of light that exist between the ultraviolet and X-ray spectrums, inspired by Superman's heat vision. As the Shadowbreed attacks Bakkis, Superman admits that his heat vision cannot emit hyperviolet light, but Superboy might be able to pull that off.
Superman and Bakkis hold the Shadowbreed off long enough for Superboy to adjust his heat vision and replicate the hyperviolet radiation needed to purge the Shadowbreed off the people of Thakkram. The battle is over.
As the Thakkramites congratulate Superboy for his bravery, Faldr expresses his intentions to return to his homeworld for a time and take Bakkis with him. Daanim was an exile once and now, his son would share that same fate, but hopefully, he would find people that understand him better than his own people did. Superman feels fortunate that his own relationship with his son proved to be more positive for both and admits that he is proud of Jon's own resilience. Father and son return home, with Superman expressing faith that Superboy will become the Superman that everyone, including Clark himself, aspires to be.
Appearing in "The One Who Fell, Part Three"
- Qarath O Bakkis (Flashback and main story)
- Superboy (Jon Kent) (Flashback and main story)
- The One Who Fell (Dies)
- Shadowbreed (Flashback and main story)
- Faldr Poornym (Flashback and main story) (Possessed)
- Shadowbreed (Flashback and main story)
- Qarath O Daanim (Single appearance) (Dies in flashback)
- Lois Lane (Mentioned only)
- Earth (Flashback only)
- Hamilton County
- Thakkram (Flashback and main story)
- Krypton (Mentioned only)
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Appearing in Tales of Metropolis: "Redemption"
- Loose Cannon (Flashback and main story)
- Gangbuster (Flashback and main story)
- Steel (John Henry Irons)
- Projectress (Flashback and main story)
- Charlie (First appearance)
- Ambush Bug
- Division (Mentioned only)
- Projectress (Mentioned only)
- Superman (In a photograph only)
- 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)