- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Superman's encounter with Jimmy Olsen on the Planet building's roof has a number of sweet aspects.
- Supes has been having an absolutely horrible day in some ways — after being attacked by Parasite, he has to deal with Luthor trying to spin the whole incident against him, which some people have actually bought intonote . As Superman heads for the Planet building's roof for some alone time, he sees Jimmy standing on the edge. Seeing what looks for all the world like a suicide about to happen, he instantly forgets about his own problems and flies toward the boy, shouting, "Don't jump!"
- Superman and Jimmy bonding over feeling out of place in Metropolis and wondering if they made a mistake coming there. The conversation isn't exactly cheerful, but it's sweet that the insanely powerful alien and the largely ignored intern can confide in each other about how insecure they're feeling.
- When Superman is about to fly off, Jimmy asks if he could stay for a moment and let him take a picture. Supes protests, as he's been trying to avoid that, but Jimmy begs him, saying it would mean a lot, and Superman acquiesces. The next morning, the Daily Planet is running Jimmy's photo, along with the only positive headline Supes has gotten in the entire city.
- Designated Villain: The military in issue 6. Yeah, Luthor, General Lane and John Corben were pricks, but the military won't give Superman a free pass when the matter of what he might be really after is at stake.
- Narm: The bit in issue 4 where Supes fights the Parasite looks silly as an angle of them fighting looks as if they're making out, then fighting.
- Tear Jerker: When Clark first sees his ship and activates the holograms of his birth parents, the Kents are right beside him, and get choked up too. Clark runs out crying into the fields and Jonathan follows him:
Clark: I... I don't want to be someone else. I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent. I want to be your son.Jonathan: Clark... you are my son.
- The latest Superman movie Man of Steel borrows from this exchange. Its writer David Goyer wrote the introduction to the collected edition while he was working on the screenplay and noted this scene specifically.
- Uncanny Valley: A few times when a character, most notably Clark or Luthor, gives a big smile, they almost look psychotic. Well, in Luthor's case…