- Renato Guedes (signed)
- Jose Wilson Magalhaés (signed)
- Superman; Paragon; Galactic Golem
For every 10 copies of the standard edition, retailers were allowed to order one copy of the variant edition.
- Kurt Busiek
- Renato Guedes (pages 1-20, 31-38); Jorge Correa Jr. (pages 21-30)
- Jose Wilson Magalhaés
- David Curiel
- Superman; Paragon; Priest-Elders of the Protonic Flame (die); Lois Lane; Chris Kent [Lor-Zod]; Perry White (cameo); Mon-El [Lar Gand]; Galactic Golem (introduction); William Shakespeare (picture); Mark Twain (picture); George Washington (picture); Daxam; Fortress of Solitude
- Superman's and Paragon's battle is interrupted by the Priest-Elders of the Protonic Flame, from Daxam. They want Lar Gand (Mon-El). Superman tells them that Lar Gand can't be returned as he is very ill, and warns them they might suffer from the same problem, lead poisoning. They consider that a threat, and attack. Paragon starts to support them, but they want nothing to do with him, insulting him. So he switches to Superman's side and attacks, taking the battle back to over Metropolis. Paragon gets a gun with lead bullets, and shoots one round at them. But Superman stops him from killing the Daxamites. They flee, but Paragon agrees to keep an eye on them, while Superman works on a cure for their lead poisoning (which is less advanced than Mon-El's). They unleash their ultimate weapon, the Galactic Golem, to destroy Earth. Superman offers to cure the poisoning, but they don't believe him. Paragon and Superman end up fighting the Golem, with no effect. Paragon wants to give up, but Superman goads him into helping for one last time, allowing Superman to penetrate the Golem's shell, and destroy it. Weakened, Superman could be killed by Paragon, but he decides not to and escapes. Superman confronts the Daxamites and again offers the cure, but they want nothing of it, and engage the self-destruct on their ship.
Story continued from previous issue. "Special thanks to Alex Ross for the Paragon redesign and to Fabian Nicieza, Daxamite Monkey Cleric". Kurt later explained this credit (at the Comic Bloc website) this way: he rattled off a story to Fabian using him as a sounding board and editor-at-large. From this verbal plot, he typed up a "beat sheet" -- a page-by-page outline -- and that allowed Kurt to type up the actual plot faster.
- Mike Carlin
Mike talks about what's coming up in Batman Confidential. Ads for Superman #676, Countdown #2, Gotham Underground #7, and Robin #173. Appears on page 50 in this issue. Note: The ad for Superman #676 (next issue) shows a cover and a description that was not used for that issue; a substitution for the contents was made.
House ads for: Justice Society of America (Insurrection), Batman: Death Mask, Final Crisis (The Day Evil Won), Starman Omnibus #1 hardcover, New Gods action figures, Batman R.I.P., Titans (Together), DC vs WS: Dreamwar, and Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come Part 1 hardcover. Appear in various places in this issue.
Total of 3 one-page ads for: Professor Layton and the Curious Village (video game, Level-5), Top 10 Ways to Tell if your Home has an Energy Hog (advice, Ad Council/7-Eleven), and abovetheinfluence (Partnership for a Drug-Free America). Appear in various places in this issue.