We can finally see that something is happening in the pages of SUPERMAN. The series often had nameless alien menaces and there was the feeling that what was happening didn't really matter much in the grand scheme of Superman's place in the New 52. With Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort taking over the title, we are almost bombarded with several new developments in a single issue.
There will be some spoilers for SUPERMAN #13. You'll want to check it out for yourself to see how these events completely played out as well as some other points we didn't mention. We won't spoil the entire issue for you. You still need to check it out.
How the heck can Superman get a scar? When did he get it? What is going on? The comic opens with Superman at a new 'secret' location testing the upper limits of his strength. From the back, we see a strange scar on his skin. He's supposed to be invulnerable, for the most part. You would even think he has a super accelerated healing factor. He's been here for five days and we can assume the scar occurred before his arrival. The question remains how he got the scar and what does it mean for Superman?
Superman's New Ally
Who is Dr. Shay Veritas? After Superman was badly defeated in SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 by Helspont, he wants to know what the full extent of his powers are. He needs to know if they're still developing or if he's reached his limits. He spent five days in an "advanced research facility located not far from the center of the Earth."
What we know about her is she's an Omniologist. She has an insanely immense research facility. It doesn't appear as if she's affiliated with anyone else but you have to wonder how exactly her place was constructed and who paid for it all. The technology she has is clearly far passed what passes for high-tech in the rest of the New 52 Universe.
As for her connection to Superman, he mentions the amount of trust he has placed in her. He tells her that she is the only one he would share this amount of personal information. She also mentions that if it wasn't for Superman, her facility would still be "careening through the stream of eternal maelstroms."
Hopefully we'll see a flashback to find out what happened.
Things Are Looking Up for Jimmy
Jimmy has become a sort of loser in the New 52. He didn't have a place to stay and asked Clark if he could crash at his place. The fact that he's still there says something. He's even described as a "mooch" in his character description.
Who is Jimmy's new friend? Is she just a random women he met or will there be more to her story in upcoming issues?
Lois is Moving
While Clark is getting yelled at by Perry for not reporting on Superman the past week, Lois receives a text message. Clark finds it odd because Perry usually doesn't tolerate employees checking their texts in front of him. Clark can't resist and abuses his powers to get a peak at what it says.
The text is from Lois' boyfriend Jonathan Carroll. She's moving in with him. What will Clark's reaction be?
Clark Kent Quits
Looks like Clark has finally had enough. We've seen the Daily Planet go through some changes since it was acquired by Galaxy Broadcasting. He feels that reporting has turned into entertainment and has lost the meaning it used to have. You'll have to read this issue and upcoming ones to find out what's next for Clark. How is he going to pay his bills?
A New Use of Powers?
This is sort of a bonus development. Superman has lots of super abilities. Now he can add sonar.
Instead of just hearing that something was coming, he uses his super-hearing to "form an image" in his head. Sure he could have used his super-eyesight and x-ray vision. Perhaps there are medical dangers to using x-ray vision and harming any innocents that might be caught in his line of site. Not everyone wears a lead apron in Metropolis.
And There's More
You'll have to read the issue to see why there's a dragon, why Superman ends up in Ireland and what his cousin has to say to him.