"The Unity Saga: The House of El, Part 1": Superman remains shocked that his son Jonathan is no longer ten. Instead, he has become a teenager after returning from his journey in space. Even so, Superman cannot help himself and embraces his son as tightly as he can. The embrace lasts for several
Appearing in "The Unity Saga: The House of El, Part 1"
- Superman (Flashback and main story)
- Jor-El (Flashback only)
- Lois Lane-Kent (Flashback and main story)
- Superboy (Flashback and main story)
- Lobo (Flashback only)
- Brainiac (Mentioned only)
- Indigo (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Perry White (Mentioned only)
- Teen Titans (Mentioned only)
- Daxam (Flashback and main story)
- Earth (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "The Unity Saga: The House of El, Part 1"
Superman remains shocked that his son Jonathan is no longer ten. Instead, he has become a teenager after returning from his journey in space. Even so, Superman cannot help himself and embraces his son as tightly as he can. The embrace lasts for several seconds and Jon grows a bit uncomfortable until his father finally lets go. Superman asks what happened to Jon, considering all possible options, like cloning, a new kind of Kryptonite or experimentation from Brainiac. Jon denies all of those and says he has grown up. He has no idea how much time has passed since he left Earth, his best estimate is 7 years, but Superman says Jon has been gone for 3 weeks. Superboy asks for his mother and Superman agrees to take him to her.
Lois writes a new article at her apartment in Chicago. As soon as she finishes, Superman hovers outside her window, much to Lois' delight. A few seconds later, Jon arrives as well, shocking Lois immediately. Superman takes Lois to the penthouse, where Superboy is waiting for her. Mother and son reunite with an embrace, with Lois tearfully saying that she missed Jon's childhood. She asks what did Jor-El did to Jon, and the boy tells his story. Superboy still remembers how his journey with Jor-El started.
Jon was still frustrated that he was unable to join the Teen Titans, so he thought that leaving Earth with Jor-El would be a good idea and Lois agreed to join him. The ship Jor-El had taken Lois and Jon in was actually a shuttle that was part of a much larger ship, waiting for them in deep space. Jor-El had prepared quarters for Lois and Jon, both equipped with artificial intelligences that would tend to their biological and emotional needs. He also told Lois to put on the suit Clark had given her, as the rigors of space can take their toll on human biology, even in the best of conditions.
The touring did not last long, however, as Jor-El's ship was attacked by the Dominators. As Lois put on the suit, Jor-El and Jon go outside and defeat the aggressors, having fun along the way. The fight does leave the three with hunger, so they travel to a nearby space station to obtain some food. There, Lois and Jon were being treated like royalty by the multiple aliens that had caught sight of them. Jor-El explained that was because they were related to the Superman of Earth, not because of any association to the House of El. During their stay at the alien food courtyard, the Els came across Lobo, who was a bit amused that Jon was so far away from home. Jon wanted Lobo to treat him with respect, but Lobo was not impressed by Jon's bravado; instead, he told the boy that he would only become a man when he made that choice.
Sometime later, a group of aliens begged the Els for their help in saving their children from a slave ring. Jor-El agreed to save their children and the Els quickly stormed the slavers' camp, freeing the prisoners. However, this all made Lois think that she was not really needed in Jon's journey. The galactic community's treatment of Superman's family and Jon's ability to take care of himself caused Lois to leave Jon under the care of Jor-El and return to Earth.
Superboy admits he felt sad that his mother left him, but he understood she had made the right choice. When Lois left, Jon began to understand that Jor-El was completely insane and now, he asks his parents to do something about it.
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