Action 796 – will Superman kill to avenge Lois?

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Kelly, Rouleau and Alquiza bring an ending to Ending Battle in Action 796 (Dec. 02).

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Continuing from Adventures of Superman, Superman finds Lois Lane dead at the hands of Manchester Black, as this issue opens.

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Manchester Black goads Superman about the murder, pretty openly trying to get Superman to kill him.  And Superman is tempted, but not enough to break his vow.

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Turns out to be a good thing, because Lois was not dead.  It was an illusion caused by Black’s mental powers.

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Manchester Black is openly disappointed to find that not everyone is as dark and corrupt as he believed.  He tidies things up, removing Lex Luthor’s memory of Superman’s identity.

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And then, turning his powers on himself, Manchester Black commits suicide.

A bit of a waste of the character, after all the big build-up and introduction.  But a new Manchester Black comes back in the New 52.

 

 

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