Written by James Robinson
Art by Ed Benes
Colors by Dinei Ribeiro
Cover by Viktor Bogdanovic and Mike Spicer
Superman and his son travel to Galymayne, a planet on the brink of destruction. They offer to help the people of this planet from meeting the same fate as Krypton, but they refuse ri defy the will of their god, Dhermet. When Superman tries to intervene with the planet’s fate anyway, he and Superboy are attacked, but are quickly rescued by the last scientist on this world!
Clark, Jon, and Klain, the only scientist left on Galymayne, are fleeing an angry mob in Klain’s ship. They escape and make their way to Klain’s laboratory, where he explains what he’s been working on. He knows that the people on this planet are determined to perish, but that doesn’t mean his species has to. Before his wife died, she left behind fertile eggs, very much like fish do on Earth. Klain has encased the eggs in an orb that also contains the information that they will need to live on their own, and has found a planet where they can thrive. As he is about to show Superman the ship he has designed to send the eggs away from the planet, they are interrupted by another attack from the religious fanatics of Galymayne.
Whatever faith based magic that was being used to subdue Superman’s powers is no longer effective, and Superman tells his son to take the eggs and get off the planet, and he stays behind to cover his escape. As the planet’s final moments arrive, they leader of the species tells them all to stand down, as nothing can be done and there is no more reason to fight. He and Superman discuss the ethics of respecting another’s faith to the point that you allow them to die, but are cut off by the world exploding. Superman, the sole survivor once more, flies away to find his Superboy, who is waiting with the eggs and a lot of difficult questions about faith and death for his father.
Thoughts on the issue: Some things are reliable in comics. You know Spider-Man is going to make a joke, you know Batman is going to find his way out of a deathtrap, and you know that Superman is going to save the day. So it’s very strange and shocking to read a Superman story where he doesn’t save the day, but that’s okay. The brief two-issue arc on Galymayne wasn’t a standard superhero story, and put Superman in a position that is unique and interesting for him to be in. Not only does the story raise real-world questions about faith and the degree to which we are obligated to respect the flaws within, it does so with the added bonus of Superman’s son being there as a witness, forcing Clark to reflect and explain his actions when he normally wouldn’t have to.