After serving her twenty-year sentence at the Phantom Zone, a Kryptonian woman named Mala is released into Earth. Will she follow Superman's example or will Lex Luthor be proven right about her?
- And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Lois, when she meets Mala.
- Eyepatch of Power: Jax-Ur wears an eyepatch and is the leader of the failed coup d'etat Mala was punished for being a part of.
- Hero of Another Story: It was Jor-El that foiled Jax-Ur's coup.
- It's Personal: Averted. Jax-Ur bears no animosity towards Superman for what Jor-El did.
- Just Following Orders: While Jax-Ur got a life sentence for trying to take over Krypton, Mala got a smaller punishment because the Council felt she was just following orders. Not that she ever uses this excuse herself.
- Last of His Kind: Averted. Superman learns there are other living Kryptonians.
- Little "No": Mala's anguished reaction to learning Krypton is gone and she and Superman are all that remain of its people.
- Mythology Gag:
- Hamilton refers to Superman's arctic base as a "Fortress of Solitude." Superman didn't see it that way, but the name ends up appealing to him.
- Lois Lane's Ruby-Spears counterpart also uses Wonder Woman as a sarcastic response. In that series, it's a response to Lex Luthor saying Clark Kent is Superman. In both series, Wonder Woman is later revealed to be real.
- Villain Has a Point: Lex Luthor is afraid Mala will try to enslave the human race and should be sent back to the Phantom Zone. Not only does she find the idea of enslaving humans and breeding Kryptonians with Superman tempting, but in the end Superman ends up sending her and Jax-Ur back to the Phantom Zone, meaning he probably should have listened to Lex a lot earlier.