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Adventures of Superman 648 – the ruins of Bludhaven

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Adventures of Superman 648 (March 2006) is an Infinite Crisis tie-in, as Rucka, Defilippis, Weir, Kerschl and Guedes deal with the situation in Bludhaven after the Secret Society drop Chemo as a bomb onto the city.

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There is mass destruction and death, and a huge amount of toxic waste, Chemo-style.

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Chemo re-builds himself, with the aid of Green Lantern.  The people of Bludhaven are both puzzled and angry at this, but Hal is working with Superman on the bigger picture.  The more Chemo rebuilds, the more toxic waste he pulls into his own body.  Once he has gathered up the bulk of it, Superman comes in, grabs Chemo, and tosses him into the atmosphere.

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At the end of the story, we see the Teen Titans entering Bludhaven, which pays the groundwork for the Battle for Bludhaven miniseries.

 

Adventures of Superman 647 – Ruin unmasked for real

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The real conclusion to the Ruin story comes in Adventures of Superman 647 (Feb. 06), by Rucka, Defilippis, Weir and Guedes.

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Lupe Leocadio has been set up perfectly by Ruin, to kill Pete Ross, believing he is the villain, in order to save Lana Lang.  But despite all of Emil Hamilton’s planning, Lupe sees through the ruse. Superman gets there just in time, but discovers that Lupe was not intending to shoot Pete anyway.

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In fact, Lupe risks her own life to save Pete when Ruin uses everything at his command to kill them all.

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Superman gets Lupe, Pete and Lana to the hospital, and then goes after Emil Hamilton. It’s a sad confrontation between the former friends, as Hamilton has completely lost his mind, and is willing to kill himself simply to get at Superman.  But Superman ensures that no one dies, and brings his former friend to prison.  Although it’s sad to see this ending for Emil Hamilton, it does come full circle, from his earliest appearances in this book.

Adventures of Superman 646 – Mxyzptlk on hard times

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Rucka, Kershl and Faucher have a moody Mxyzptlk in Adventures of Superman 646 (Jan. 06).

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Clark Kent comes across Mxyzptlk as a bum in an alleyway, all rendered in black and white.  This is a very atypical Mxyzptlk tale, not silly or goofy in any way, rather nostalgic and sad, with an ominous feeling of things coming to an end.

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This is intercut with Lois Lane’s investigation into her shooting.  After determining that Maxwell Lord had ordered it, and was working for Checkmate, she blackmails Checkmate operative Jonah McCarthy to get the name of the one who shot her.

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Mxyzptlk and Clark talk about Ruin, and what he knows, and who he isn’t.  Clark comes to the realization that there is only one person with the knowledge and technical skills to be Ruin.  Emil Hamilton.  Shortly after this, Mxyzptlk gets pulled away against his will, and into the pages of Infinite Crisis.

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Lois Lane confronts her shooter, Sasha Bordeaux.  As a result of events in The OMAC Project miniseries, Sasha has become part OMAC.  While Sasha regrets the shooting of Lois, and explains that she was just following orders, Lois is pleased by the fact that Sasha is miserable in her new, robotic body.

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The story ends as Lupe Leocadio heads to the site Emil Hamilton sent her to, where we see Lana Lang and Pete Ross both bound, with Pete set up to be killed as Ruin.

The story continues in the next era.

 

Adventures of Superman 645 – so many connecting plots

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As the cover of Adventures of Superman 645 (Dec. 05) proclaims, the issue leads in to Infinite Crisis, and takes a few less artists to do so.  Rucka is joined by Defilippis, Weir, Guedes, Kershl and Faucher.

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The Daily Planet staff are shown, watching the endless loop of Wonder Woman killing Maxwell Lord.  The discussions that Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Ron Troupe and Clark Kent have about how to interpret the out of context material help to convey the attitudes of the people across the world seeing it.

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The skies of Metropolis fill with OMACs.  They aren’t taking action, just “protecting,” and making no one feel safe.

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While Luthor, with Mercy and the female Parasite at his side plots with both the Secret Six and Ruin.  No wonder he’s getting headaches.

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Emil Hamilton visits Lupe Leocado, having deduced where Ruin must have his power supply.  She heads out, although we do not see her again this issue.

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Luthor draws out Superman for Ruin, in a broad daylight confrontation.  Superman figures out that Ruin’s teleportation is physically draining him, and that he must be using Phantom Zone technology.  But before he can unmask Ruin, he gets teleported away.

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Superman winds up at the Moon, and the wreckage that used to be the Justice League Watchtower. Infinite Crisis 1 picks up from this point.

 

Adventures of Superman 644 – Zatanna and the Toyman

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Superman turns to Zatanna for help in Adventures of Superman 644 (Nov. 05), by far too many people. Rucka, Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir, Darryl Banks, Karl Kerschl, Adam DeKraker, Wayne Faucher, Cam Smith and Robin Riggs are the creative team on this issue.  Or a baseball team.

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Superman worries about what programming might still be left in his head, and visits Zatanna.  He wants her to use her magic to check his brain out, and fix anything that might be wrong.  Zatanna is not happy about the request, and insists that she cannot and will not do those things anymore.

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They both wind up getting involved in the Toyman’s latest child kidnapping, and we find out that Zatanna tries to fix the Toyman as well.  We see the result, that his own perceptions of himself and reality bear little resemblance to what is really going on.

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Zatanna casts a spell that breaks through this, making the Toyman understand his actions, which pretty much shatters the guy.

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The story ends as Luthor and Mercy find the female Parasite from the twins, having survived by hiding in the sewers.

The story continues in the next issue.

Adventures of Superman 643 – dealing with it

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The Aftermath to Sacrifice takes up Adventures of Superman 643 (Oct. 05), by Rucka, Carlos D’Anda, Kerschl, Morales, Smith and Wayne Faucher.

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Wonder Woman has murdered Maxwell Lord, to prevent him from controlling Superman any further.  Superman has a very hard time accepting this, especially with Diana’s lack of remorse.

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A couple of OMACs are launched as missiles, and the tension between Superman and Wonder Woman gets broken, as they have to split up to deal with them.  Superman discovers that there are people inside the OMACs.

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Talking with Batman, he finds out that Batman is indirectly behind the OMACs, having constructed Brother Eye.  He built the satellite to spy on everyone, after learning how the League had Zatanna brainwash him. All the various threads building since Identity Crisis are coming together, and not making a pretty picture.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

Adventures of Superman 642 – Superman out of control

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Rucka and Kerschl are joined by Derec Donovan, Cam Smith and Sean Parsons on Adventures of Superman 642 (Sept. 05), the third chapter in the Sacrifice storyline.

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We now know that Batman is the one Superman attacked.  He tries to explain that he perceived himself fighting Brainiac, or Darkseid, or Ruin.

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The Justice League gather, and debate what to do about the possibility that Superman could be controlled again.  The Martian Manhunter enters Superman’s mind, and sees that the one who took control of him was Maxwell Lord.

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And Lord once again takes control, making Superman suspicious of the other Leaguers.  After Wonder Woman departs, Superman attacks, taking out the Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Green Lantern.  The Flash reacts quickly enough (as does Black Canary) to save their lives, but Superman gets the time he needs to escape.

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Learning what has happened, Wonder Woman tracks him down, facing Superman under Max Lord’s control as the issue ends.

The story continues in the next issue of Wonder Woman.