The Trial of Superman

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"The Trial of Superman!"
Superman Man of Steel 50.jpg
Cover of Superman: The Man of Steel #50 (Nov. 1995),
art by Jon Bogdanove.
Publisher DC Comics
Publication date November 1995 – January 1996
Genre
Main character(s) Superman
the Tribunal
the Cyborg Superman

'The Trial of Superman!' was a multi-title comic book crossover storyline released by DC Comics in the various Superman comics from between November 1995 and January 1996.

Plot

Weakened after a titanic battle with Parasite II (Rudy Jones (in a more monstrous form)), Superman inexplicably finds himself shackled in chains and under arrest by a group of intergalactic law enforcement officers under the command of the Tribunal, an intergalactic court dedicated to justice in all forms. Taken to another galaxy, Superman briefly escapes and regains the energy stolen from him by the Parasite; however, he is recaptured and has his superpowers negated by a device called a Geneti-Lock. He is then put on trial by the Tribunal, personified by three large, blue-skinned aliens, with their leader named the Tribunal Prime. Discovering that one of his relatives contributed to the annihilation of the planet Krypton and the Kryptonian race, Superman is found guilty of the crime by reason of ancestry and sentenced to death.

With his superpowers suppressed, Superman finds himself incarcerated with criminals from all over the galaxy. However, he allies with a few of them to escape; one of which is named Mope-Stattor Neer, a frail humanoid from the planet Thwire with the ability to adopt a faux-muscular appearance. Superman and his cohorts are hunted across the galaxy; and in the meantime, Superboy (Kon-El a.k.a. Conner Kent), Supergirl (Matrix), Steel III (John Henry Irons), Eradicator II (David Connor) and Alpha Centurion B (Marcus Aelius) band together as the "Superman Rescue Squad" to search for Superman after his disappearance. They are captured by the Tribunal, however, after discovering that the Cyborg Superman (Hank Henshaw) is in the employ of the Tribunal Prime.

After encountering and fighting the Cyborg himself, Superman is captured and brought back to the Tribunal; his execution is then brought forward. The Tribunal Prime (who is mad with power) plans to enact a fitting punishment for Superman; strapping him to a rocket and firing him into the Kryptonite cloud where Krypton used to be. The Cyborg, however, has other plans; while Superman's execution takes place, he starts to assimilate the technology of the Tribunal's planet in an attempt to create a new Warworld. Superman's friends attempt to stop the Cyborg, but are distractions at best; Superman frees himself from the rocket, however, and returns to defeat the Cyborg by forcibly disconnecting his main body from the planet.

Despite saving the Tribunal's planet from the Cyborg, the Tribunal Prime still stands by Superman's execution order. Superman refutes them in a speech that, while not convincing the Tribunal Prime, shakes the other two Tribunal members' resolve to the core. He and the Superman Rescue Squad turn to depart, but Superman then realises that he left Mope behind; who would be executed despite his pleas of innocence. Superman returns for Mope alone, but is confronted once again by the Cyborg; now possessed by the Tribunal Prime using a jewel with mind control powers. Superman is defeated again, and is strapped to a backup rocket for his execution.

Despite the best efforts of Superman's friends, the rocket is launched; however, Superman's actions throughout the adventure inspire Mope to sacrifice himself by taking Superman's place on the rocket (by using his inflatable muscles to appear similar to Superman). Mope, who reveals that he actually was guilty of the crimes that he was charged for, is launched into the Kryptonite cloud instead and dies, despite Superman's attempt to rescue him.

After this, believing Superman dead, the Tribunal turn to the Cyborg, whom they are interrogating and torturing in order to get a confession; admission of his guilt for the destruction of Coast City and its inhabitants. The Tribunal Prime orders that he be tortured more upon hearing this confession; his colleague Pollux, however, is struck by the Tribunal Prime when he disagrees. Right after this, Superman and the Superman Rescue Squad confront the Tribunal Prime, and the other two Tribunal members-who have had enough of the Tribunal Prime's abuse of power-declare the Tribunal Prime guilty of multiple crimes, including corruption. After a brief scuffle with Superman and friends, the Tribunal Prime goes to leave the planet, but as he is now technically a convict, this is construed as escape; and the remaining two Tribunal members order him shot and killed.

The remaining two Tribunal members still consider Superman guilty. However, free of the Tribunal Prime's bias, they remove Superman's death sentence; instead, they sentence him to a life of atonement for his "crime" by ordering him to continue his good deeds on Earth and elsewhere. They are not so lenient on the Cyborg, however; his death sentence still stands, but as he is mostly indestructible, the Tribunal exacts his sentence by teleporting him to the event horizon of a black hole. Superman and his friends then return home to a welcoming Earth.

List of 'The Trial of Superman!' titles in chronological order

Prologue

  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2 (fall 1995): 'Pawns' ;
  • Action Comics #715 (November 1995): 'Doc Parasite!' .

Main story

  • Superman: The Man of Steel #50 (November 1995): 'Split Personality' ;
  • Superman (vol. 2) #106 (November 1995);
  • Adventures of Superman #529 (November 1995): 'Jail Break!' ;
  • Action Comics #716 (December 1995): 'Fugitive Justice!' ;
  • Superman: The Man of Steel #51 (December 1995): 'Wanted' ;
  • Superman (vol. 2) #107 (December 1995): 'Bottled Up!' ;
  • Steel #22 (December 1995): 'Deliverance!' ;[1]
  • Adventures of Superman #530 (December 1995): 'Different Demons' ;
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #3 (winter 1995): 'Fighting Back' ;
  • Action Comics #717 (January 1996): 'H'Tros City!' ;
  • Superman: The Man of Steel #52 (January 1996): 'Crime and Punishment' ;
  • Superman (vol. 2) #108 (January 1996): 'No Escape!' ;
  • Adventures of Superman #531 (January 1996): 'Justice!' .

This storyline was later collected as a trade paperback (DC Comics, 257 pages, 1997, ISBN 1-56389-331-2).

Other information

  • 'The Trial of Superman!' took place at the same time as the DC Comics crossover event Underworld Unleashed, thus explaining Superman's absence from that event.
  • Lex Luthor is revealed to be behind Parasite II's rampage in the beginning of the storyline and he also reveals that he has made a deal with someone, thus indirectly referring to the crossover event mentioned above.

References

  1. ^ Note: although not identified as a tie-in issue on the cover, several characters from the storyline appear in this issue and it ultimately leads into the next part of it.


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