Story by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Drawn by Jorge Jimenez
Colored by Alejandro Sanchez
Superman and family take Superman Jr. to the Fortress of Solitude to figure out just what the hell is happening to his boy. You know, before his powers manifested, you should have given this shit some thought before having kids. Just saying. To compound maters, the Eradicator is back! Oh did I mention that he's just chilling inside the Fortress? Well, you would know that if you read my last rant for issue #2.
Superman's first instinct is to protect Lois and his Son. Which he does by throwing everything but the kitchen sink to bring down the Eradicator. It's not going Superman's way but Eradicator gets the upper hand (don't the bad guys always) and instead of inflicting harm, Eradicator saves Lois and Superman Jr. from some falling debris and that gains Superman's trust. Well, that was easy.
Eradicator then breaks into his song and dance about how and why he's on our planet. In this new DCU, the Eradicator program was created back on Krypton and almost like an extermination squad created and controlled by General Zod. Man, that dude can't help but do evil shit, I guess it's just in his nature.
When Krypton went boom, the Eradicators merged into one body, think the mind meld from Star Trek, to form one body and then they made the long trip to Earth to find the rocket ship that they saw heading toward our planet. Spoiler alert, it was Superman as a baby. Bet you didn't see that coming.
Back in the Fortress, Eradicator is all about keeping the genes of Superman's son, Jon, pure. So he wants to genetically alter Jon's DNA so he can be fully Kryptonian. But naturally, Supes ain't having it and they start fighting yet again. But in the process, Eradicator kills Krypto, the Super Dog. Bullshit, I call abuse on small furry animals, DC.
With Krypto dead, and Superman beating the holy hell out of Eradicator, Jon takes up the cape now. Good issue, the fill in artist did a great job being consistent. The thing that threw me off was the Snickers ad smack dab in the middle of the book with Superman and Batman giving Wonder Woman a snickers bar, because well, you know, she was hungry. What the fuck? I don't know, I don't care.