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Superman: War of the Supermen
June 2010 — July 2010
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Writers James Robinson, Sterling Gates
Artists Eddy Barrows, Jamal Igle, Eduardo Pansica, Cafu
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War of the Supermen is a 2010 Superman comics story. It deals with themes started in Superman: New Krypton, such as the existence of the planet New Krypton; Nightwing and Flamebird; and Mon-El.

The series is the culmination of the tensions building between New Krypton and Earth, who are drawn into a war by their respective paranoid military leaders, General Sam Lane on Earth and General Zod on Krypton.


Issue 0

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  • Date: June 2010
  • Written by Sterling Gates, James Robinson
  • Pencils: Eddy Barrows
  • Inks: J.P. Mayer
  • Colors: Rod Reis
  • Cover by Eddy Barrows

The issue begins with Superman bashing through the wall of a Kryptonian military installation, looking for Zod. He has come to stop Zod, after he just told 100,000 Kryptonians to declare war on Earth. Zod tells him that his opinion doesn't matter to him, since he gave up his position in the Kryptonian Military Guild. Superman punches Zod, but other Kryptonians come and help him up. Zod then has his wife Ursa attack him. She uses a Kryptonite knife and slashes Superman in the chest. She reveals to him that even though it hurts, it gives her a lot of satisfaction. Superman shatters the knife by using his heat vision. Just as Superman is about to continue his attack on Zod, Non crashes through the roof on top of Superman, and manages to hold him down, with Ursa putting the Kryptonite knife right by his neck.

Zod tells Kal-El that he is no longer a superman anymore, now that there is a whole planet full of people with the same abilities as him, which has leveled the playing field between him and New Krypton. He reveals to Superman that when he first came to New Krypton and renounced Earth, he allowed Kal-El to join the Military Guild, so that he could keep an eye on him, which was exactly what Superman was trying to do, get close to Zod so that he can spy on him. He also tells Superman that he is going to level Earth and kill everyone on the planet, especially the one he loves the most. Kal-El tells Zod that he was wrong on one thing, he never renounced Earth and breaks free and attacks Zod, but Ursa and Non hold him down again. He tells Zod that a war between Earth and New Krypton would spell the destruction of both worlds, and that he will stop him from attacking Earth. However, Zod asks Superman how he's going to stop him from attacking Earth, when he has already sent the order to attack, as we see the Kryptonian military descending on Earth.

Issue 1

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  • Date: July 2010
  • Written by Sterling Gates, James Robinson
  • Pencils: Jamal Igle
  • Inks: Jon Sibal
  • Colors: Blond
  • Cover by Eddy Barrows

The story then continues as Superman frees himself from Ursa and Non's hands and flies away from New Krypton. Zod, Ursa and Non follow him in to space, where they continue to battle. Meanwhile, in Zor-El's tomb, where Alura is torturing Reactron for information about what Earth is planning against New Krypton. Her daughter Supergirl walks in on her actions, realizing what her father's last words meant about her mother. Both discuss the current actions. Then Reactron then tells both of them that it was planned that he be brought to New Krypton, also telling them that they could have killed Supergirl in Los Angeles, but did not do it so that she would captured him and bring him to their planet. Also during the battle against Brainiac, Lex Luthor went to find him and left a present for him, which he tells that it already feels like it is about to go off. Alura quickly puts her daugther into a safe room to protect her while she tries to stop this. But it is too late, and the explosion not only destroys the city of Kandor, it destroys New Krypton completly along with the Kryptonians on the planet, all of this being watched by a stunned Superman, Zod, Ursa and Non.

While in Metropolis, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, reunite with Steel, Superboy, Krypto, Guardian, Flamebird, and Nightwing in order to discuss on how to deal with General Lane and his plans. They agree that they must first find Natasha Irons, who had infultrated Lane's group and had gather evidence of his actions, but failed to report back to them. Unknown to them, they are being heard by Lois' sister, Lucy Lane, the current Superwoman. In space, Superman searches in the debris of New Krypton, managing to find a sad Supergirl, devastated by the destruction. She grieves with Superman as she holds up a piece of Alura's shield. Alura perished along with the rest of New Krypton. After finding the weapon that Luthor brought to the planet drifting in space in the form of a gold skull, enraged Kara grabs the Kryptonian flag, heading for war. Meanwhile in the Kryptonian fleet, carrying the remaining members of New Krypton, are filled with grief about what has happend. Zod comes forth and declares that even thought their planet is lost, they are still there and the war against Earth shall continue and they will win it.

Issue 2

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  • Date: July 2010
  • Written by Sterling Gates, James Robinson
  • Pencils: Eduardo Pansica
  • Inks: Wayne Faucher
  • Colors: Blond
  • Cover by Eddy Barrows

The Daily Planet is back to buzzing like it did when Perry, Cat, Ron, Lois & Clark used to be the 'fuel' to the newsroom 'engine'. Lois reveals New Krypton is dead and is in the process of a 'kiss and tell' all about her father's drawn out scheme, but bad-mouthing him leads to sibling rivalry! Lucy crashes in and abducts her sister! Up in space Supergirl and Superman tussle through the field of kryptonite meteors until they crash into Callisto, New Krypton's moon. Kara cries it's her fault, and Superman sadly reveals she's the Last Daughter of New Krypton. They realize they are the only two that stand between Earth and the Zod's forces and decide they will do whatever it takes to save them both.

Meanwhile the rag tag band (Jimmy, Steel, Nightwing, Flamebird, Superboy & The Guardian) track Natasha Irons to a cell inside Mount Rushmore and launch a rescue mission. At the same moment inside Project 7734 Codename Assassin and General Lane are rejoicing over the deaths of the Kryptonians as Lucy arrives with Lois. Sam's cheery attitude doesn't last... Earth's Mars base is being destroyed by Zod's forces. Kal & Kara arrive and force both sides back and Zod uses the fact that the Super family are busy to launch an armada of soldiers directly on a course for Earth.

Sam flips a switch to see Lex on a video screen. Luthor reveals he's harnessed the power from Jax-Ur's botched Rao corpse and the government's time pool technology to launch their counter attack. In return he regains his beloved Lexcorp along with his pardon. With the deal done, a missile housing a huge store of red kryptonite is shot into the sky through the black hole/time pool tech directly into our sun making it a huge red sun!

Floating in space, Superman, Supergirl and the Kryptonians gasp for life...

Issue 3

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  • Date: July 2010
  • Written by Sterling Gates, James Robinson
  • Pencils: Cafu
  • Inks: Bit
  • Colors: Blond
  • Cover by Eddy Barrows

General Lane, Lois, and Lucy (Superwoman) are all together watching the Kryptonians in outer space under a now red sun altered by Lex Luthor. Superboy, Steel, Guardian, Nightwing and Flamebird, and Krypto the Superdog all converge on Project 7734 at Mount Rushmore. Steel's carrying Jimmy Olsen and Steel's niece Natasha Irons now rescued from Project 7734. Jimmy Olsen gets Natasha's story out over his newsgroup called the Newsboy Legion.

Nightwing and Flamebird realize Lex Luthor is using the fake god Rao to turn the sun red. Flamebird flies to the sun to save the Kryptonians and Nightwing follows. Chris tells Flamebird that he will do this with her but the Nightwing apparition takes him away leaving Flamebird to ignite and turn the sun back to yellow. Flamebird dies as Superman and Supergirl catch their now returned super breaths and watch as 73,000 Kryptonians die in space. Zod notes there are now only 7,000 Kryptonians left.

Zod, Non, and Ursa fly toward Earth to lead the attack by the survivors. All over the planet, the Kryptonians wreak havoc killing world leaders, destroying landmarks, and facing off against both super-heroes and Green Kryptonite robots. Ursa flies toward the White House seeking to kill the President - Supergirl arrives and they fight.

General Zod is leading his forces to Metropolis where Superman waits for them atop the Daily Planet building in flight.

Issue 4

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  • Date: July 2010
  • Written by Sterling Gates, James Robinson
  • Pencils: Eddy Barrows, Cafu, Eduardo Pansica
  • Inks: J.P. Mayer, Bit
  • Colors: Blond
  • Cover by Eddy Barrows

As Superman and Zod clash, Superman refuses to allow Zod to destroy humanity while Zod has resolved to turn "Earth" into a new Krypton. Superboy manages to recover the Phantom Zone projector from the Fortress of Solitude, stating that the Phantom Zone "got better" in response to Zod's claims of having destroyed it, using it to send Non to the Zone as he attacks the Justice League. After narrowly defeating Ursa, Supergirl flies into the military base to confront General Lane, willing to kill him in revenge for the death of her people, much to Lane's satisfaction as it would prove him right about the Kryptonians, only for Lois to talk Supergirl down. Refusing to face judgement for his crimes, Lane commits suicide. As Superboy arrives at Superman's fight with Zod, Superman attempts to drag Zod into the Zone with him, willing to sacrifice himself to ensure that Zod is imprisoned for good, only for Nightwing to interrupt his efforts, sending his adopted father back to Earth so that he can continue to defend it while remaining behind to ensure that his biological father remains trapped. Nightwing (Chris) reverts to a young boy, encounters Mon-El, and the two journey off together within the Zone.

In the aftermath, Clark and Lois reflect sadly on how New Krypton's appearance resulted in such a pointless war, Clark expressing his uncertainty about whether any Kryptonians are left in hiding on Earth while Lois promises to write the truth about her father's actions despite the media portraying him as a hero for his 'defensive action', hoping that someday humanity will be ready for interaction with other alien races.

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