Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
Issue 1 – Enemy
Our story began with a normal day at the Daily Planet. Suddenly, Perry White interrupted the flirtations of reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane with news that Metallo had broken out of Stryker’s Island Penitentiary and was rampaging through Hobbs Bay. Clark excused himself, and Perry ordered Lois to take photographer Jimmy Olsen along to help cover the story.
After nearly getting caught sneaking into a broom closet by Ron White, Clark made the change into his Superman uniform and flew to Hobbs Bay. By the time he arrived, Cat Grant with WGBS was already covering the carnage, and the Metropolis Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit was already rescuing onlookers.
Superman confronted Metallo, demanding him surrender and finish things the easy way. Metallo answered by knocking Superman across the pier and into an oil tanker. “Enough,” Superman said, pulling himself from the wreckage, “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: do NOT endanger innocent people, EVER!” The Man of Steel tore into the Metallic Menace and made short work of pulling off parts of the body Metallo had absorbed to be his own, leaving only his head intact.
Metallo, as it turned out, did not have a plan of attack beyond drawing Superman into a fight, and Superman was able to turn his head over to the SCU to be returned to prison. Olsen and Lane arrived on the scene in time enough to get a statement and a few pictures (and get in a little continued flirting between Lois and Superman). “Jeez, for once I’m with Metal-Head. Why don’t those two just get a room?” Cat muttered to herself before realizing, “Oh, crap, are we on? Ahem… Emergency crews are on the scene, cleaning up after what appears on all accounts to be an act of random violence by the mechanical monster, Metallo.”
From his office, Lex Luthor listened to the news broadcast with disgust. He told his assistant, Mercy Graves, that he was tired of “two-bit meta human freaks” with no style or sense of planning. Instead, Luthor had a plan to use Metallo to finally prove to Metropolis that Superman was a fraud. “This time… I’ll break him…”