Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Walking with Superman: Day 174

When the creature called Doomsday first escaped from his underground bunker, Lima, Ohio was one of the first real urban centers he encountered. The results were predictably disastrous--homes demolished, the LexOil refinery destroyed, and hundreds dead or injured. The town has mostly recovered in the intervening years, and Superman is pleased to see how well they've bounced back, but the Doomsday disaster still affects those who survived it. And the Man of Steel isn't the only hero returning to Lima; native son Mitch Anderson, also known as the magnetic marvel Outburst, has come home to open up a Supermen of America youth center. Mitch gives Superman the grand tour of the house that he inspired, and the kids and teens who benefit from that inspiration--teens like Dennis, who suffers from a very rare form of the very rare disease fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, and who was injured by debris during the Doomsday attack when he was a child. But when Dennis shakes Superman's hand, his disease goes into overdrive, and suddenly it looks like his bone overgrowth wasn't due to a gene mutation at all! Now it's up to Superman and Outburst to stop the teenage Doomsday's rampage before history repeats itself!

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