Busiek, Pacheco and Merino delve into the life of Subjekt 17 in Superman 656 (Nov. 06).
Subjekt 17’s life runs parallel to Superman’s. An alien who crashed on Earth, he was found by the Soviets and held in a prison, examined and tested until the fall of the Soviet Union. His cell was opened by accident by the Khazaks, and he’s been running wild sense.
His powers make him a match for Superman.
But then Arion shows up and magics the creature away. To Arion, Superman is the much greater threat.
The story continues in the next issue.