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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: The scene where Superman performs surgery on Lois seems to be mostly to show off how "super" Superman is since in spite of studying up on decades of medicine at super speed, Superman doesn't necessarily see any problems with just using his fingernail to make an incision instead of an offered scalpel even though he bothered to wear surgical gloves.


* ShipTease: Superman and Lois never hook up within this run nor do they ever actually display romantic feelings for each other. But BecauseDestinySaysSo, it's implied all of this is because they just haven't gotten around to it yet. When Superman sees an illusion of a world much closer to the pre-Flashpoint DC Universe, he's married to Lois, even though he no idea why of all people it'd be her who's his wife.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Brainiac is bottling and collecting cities from various planets because those particular planets are doomed. It's later revealed that all these planets are part of a list of planets fated to be destroyed by the Multitude.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Brainiac is bottling and collecting cities from various planets because those particular planets are doomed. It's later revealed that all these planets are part of a list of planets fated to be destroyed by the Multitude.Multitude, if they weren't already.


* OffModel: The Red Kryptonite Woman originally appeared as a normal woman with long brown hair, but her appearance in Morrison's final issue shows her as bald with a few patches of hair remaining.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Brainiac is bottling and collecting cities from various planets because those particular planets are doomed. It's later revealed that all these planets are part of a list of planets fated to be destroyed by the Multitude.

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** In the first issue, Mrs. Nixly mentions that three people, [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes two men and a blonde woman]], had stopped by looking for Clark.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ferlin Nxly is somehow a "damaged edge" of Vyndktvx, and he is used to send the 5-D villain back to his home dimension. [[spoiler:This turns out to be significant as Vyndktvx is revealed to be the son of Mxyzptlk, who will become the King-Thing Vyndktvx kills.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** A homeless man hints at Krypto, noting that there's a ghost dog watching over Clark when he walks past him.
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Ferlin Nxly is somehow a "damaged edge" of Vyndktvx, and he is used to send the 5-D villain back to his home dimension. [[spoiler:This turns out to be significant as Vyndktvx is revealed to be the son of Mxyzptlk, who will become the King-Thing Vyndktvx kills.]]



* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: The New 52 version of ComicBook/{{Steel}} makes his debut during the early months of Superman's career, showing up to help the young Kryptonian hero during his very first clash with Metallo. In the pre-New 52 continuity, Steel's first appearance only came decades into Superman's career.



* BetaOutfit: Superman's first costume is a T-shirt (with the S-symbol printed on it) and jeans, accessorized with a red cape (made out of the blanket he was wrapped in when the Kents found him). After he learns about his Kryptonian heritage, he uses Kryptonian technology to create the more familiar outfit.



* EldritchAbomination: Vyndktvx.



* MetaOrigin: John Henry Irons (ComicBook/{{Steel}}) and John Corben (Metallo) both got their PoweredArmor from the US Military's "Steel Soldier" project, which was designed by Lex Luthor and headed by Lois Lane's father, General Sam Lane. Further on, it's also revealed that their suits were reverse-engineered from ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}'s technology, and that Brainiac's psychic influence was the initial cause of Metallo's insanity.



* TheMultiverse: ''Action Comics'' #9 shows other versions of Superman from arond the multiverse.



* UngratefulBastard: Subverted. The tenement inhabitants that Superman saved in issue 1 immediately turns against him when his alien origin is revealed. The subversion comes from the fact that before this revelation, they gladly returned the favor by shielding Superman from the military.

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* {{Tulpa}}: One issue depicts an alternate reality in which Superman was a tulpa created by Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. He only lasts a few minutes, and their attempts to recreate him do not go well for anyone.
* UngratefulBastard: Subverted. The tenement inhabitants that Superman saved in issue 1 are initially glad to the favor by shielding Superman from the military, but immediately turns against him when his alien origin is revealed. The subversion comes from the fact that before this revelation, they gladly returned the favor by shielding Superman from the military.revealed.


Starting from 2011, the series was Superman's new origin story. However, as of ''ComicBook/SupermanReborn'', it was replaced with ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin'', though ''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock'' implies some parts of it have either remained in canon or have returned in a minor sort of CosmicRetcon brought about by [[spoiler:Doctor Manhattan]].

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Starting from 2011, the series was Superman's new origin story. However, as of ''ComicBook/SupermanReborn'', it was replaced with ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin'', though ''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock'' implies some parts of it have either remained in canon or have returned in a minor sort of CosmicRetcon brought about by [[spoiler:Doctor Manhattan]].CosmicRetcon.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Not in this run, but most of the other New 52 comics featuring Superman. Morrison's run was supposed to show Superman [[TookALevelInKindness Taking A Level In Kindness]] from his GoodIsNotNice BullyHunter roots, but writers didn't seem to get the memo and wrote the present-day Superman as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.

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* ProWrestlingIsReal: Given a meta twist. Superman comes across an underground wrestling ring where gods maintain their followers and [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly thus their existence]] by [[{{Kayfabe}} reenacting their legends in wrestling matches]]. The matches are very real, with any injuries from the legend being incurred, but the promoter [[Literature/ArabianNights Scheherazade]] can heal them by recounting their stories behind the scenes.



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* AdaptationDistillation: Morrison's run is split into three volumes, each actually embodying Superman's life during several eras in comic book history:
** Volume 1 is essentially Superman's transition from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]], demonstrated by Supes finding himself facing the very alien Brainiac after spending his heroic career as a BullyHunter as well as Clark no longer working for the Daily Star, which is what the Daily Planet was originally called.
** Volume 2 is pure Silver Age, including plots such as TimeTravel with the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes, Superman needing to create a new secret identity after Clark Kent supposedly dies, and the sudden buttloads of Kryptonite popping up.
** Volume 3 is about the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] and the [[UsefulNotes/TheModernAgeOfComicBooks Modern Age]], demonstrated by the appearance of a Doomsday-like monster, the franchising of Superman's character, and the return of what seem to be silly concepts coming back to demonstrate how useful and cool they are even in a modern context. Not to mention some SpiritualAntithesis-style {{Call Back}}s to ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''.


** One of the hallucinations brought on by Red Kryptonite has Superman transform into a humanoid lion, a likely reference to ''Action Comics #243'' where Superman was transformed into a lion by a sorceress.

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** One of the hallucinations brought on by Red Kryptonite has Superman transform into a humanoid lion, a likely reference to ''Action Comics #243'' where Superman was transformed into a lion by a sorceress. Another one gives him an ant head like another transformation.


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** An arc deals with villains siphonic Superman's power, using beings called Quarmer, leaving him much weaker and vulnerable. A side effect of them processing it makes a sand clone of him with eighty percent of his power. This all directly references the Bronze Age Superman.

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* TheQuisling: Here Luthor hypocritically conspires with Brainiac to take out Superman, knowing he will invade Earth, under the agreement that he will survive. Of course survival [[ExactWords in this case]] means being collected along with the rest of Metropolis.

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* AscendedExtra: The Metaleks were sentient machines that first appeared in ''very'' brief background moments in Morrison's [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman run]]. Here, they take on expanded roles as Vyndktvx's mooks.


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* CallBack: The ideas thrown around about the 5-D entities are all ideas that showed up in Morrison's own run on ''JLA''.


* ArcWords: "5-D words are like thunder."

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* ArcWords: ArcWords:
** "[[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman There's always a way.]]"
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"5-D words are like thunder."



* WouldHurtAChild: Vyndktvx's first victim is the son of some scientists Superman had just saved from the Multitude.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Vyndktvx's first victim is the son of some scientists UngratefulBastard: Subverted. The tenement inhabitants that Superman had just saved in issue 1 immediately turns against him when his alien origin is revealed. The subversion comes from the Multitude.fact that before this revelation, they gladly returned the favor by shielding Superman from the military.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Vyndktvx's first victim is the son of some scientists Superman had just saved from the Multitude.


Starting from 2011, the series was Superman's new origin story. However, as of ''ComicBook/SupermanReborn'', it was replaced with ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''.

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Starting from 2011, the series was Superman's new origin story. However, as of ''ComicBook/SupermanReborn'', it was replaced with ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''.''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin'', though ''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock'' implies some parts of it have either remained in canon or have returned in a minor sort of CosmicRetcon brought about by [[spoiler:Doctor Manhattan]].

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