Superman Annual 14 – the origin of Mon-El

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Robinson and Pina delve into the past of Daxam, and Mon-El’s days before leaving his world in Superman Annual 14.

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In one of those touches I love so much, the story opens with Mon-El at a Metropolis nightclub called Reverb, run by the brother of Vibe, who had used the name of club as his alternate identity when he was a member of the Conglomerate in the early 90s.

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But the bulk of the tale deals with the history of Daxam.  A technologically advanced world, the Daxamites had explored the far regions of space, even reaching Earth.  The discovery that other suns endowed them with super-powers had resulted in a backlash on the home world, which became increasingly conservative and religious.

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Daxam turned it back on its science, and space exploration, and centuries passed, as their technology declined into ignorance and superstition.

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Young Lar Gand was fascinated with his world’s history, and longed to leave the planet and go exploring.  But when it actually happened it was a question of necessity rather than want, as Lar finds himself betrayed by pone of his friends, and must flee for his life.

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The story skips over his interaction with Jor-El on Krypton, but does have his first meeting with young Clark Kent when he arrives on Earth.

 

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