So this is my first post, and hopefully it doesn't suck. Here are my thoughts if, for some reason, i was given complete control over Superman in order to do whatever i wanted to do with him. So the first thing i'd do would be to bring in another Alien villain (the best name i can come up with is Rhone, which isn't good but i'm gonna use it for now). So Rhone comes in, with some fire powers and the basic flight, strength, invulnerability that many villains have. Rhone's abilities are powerful enough that he can go head to head with Superman in a fight. In their first actual fight Rhone would beat Superman because he underestimates Rhone's abilities. Rhone would ask a mildly wounded Superman if he is a Kryptonian. Superman says yes and Rhone reveals that he was made to hunt down and kill the last of the Kryptonians. Superman asks why Rhone wants to kill the last of the Kryptonians, but Rhone wouldn't say. Rhone tries to kill Superman, but Superman uses his laser vision and pulverizes Rhone, having been recuperating while Rhone talked. Rhone flees Earth and goes back into space. Superman realizes that Rhone could kill Supergirl, Zod, or any of the remaining Kryptonians, and decides to pursue Rhone in space. Says his goodbyes and flies off into space. What all i just wrote would take aproximately three issues.
After those three issues, DC would launch a 12 issue mini-series called: A World Without Superman. Other than the Superman Comic and possibly Action Comics (set in the past) no comic would be allowed to use Superman for a year. The WWS miniseries would show the impact of Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Metropolis when Superman's gone. It would also show other portions of the world and the Justice League without Superman. Through the first three issues, people would believe Superman's coming back. Issues 4,5,6 would show General Zod attacking Metropolis, everyone believes that Superman will come back to fight Zod, but he doesn't Supergirl comes and is beaten. ultimately, the Justice League comes in and barely manages to defeat Zod. 7,8,9 would show how corrupted Metropolis becomes in Superman's absence. 10,11,12 would show the effects on the larger world without Superman. the Superman symbol becomes something people want to burn, and they end up actively hating him. Thinking that he abandoned him.
Anywho, while in space, Superman hunts down Rhone. Once he finds him, they fight with Superman winning. Superman interrrogates Rhone, and Rhone reveals that 300 years ago Rao was a yellow sun and the Kryptonians were a feared race of nigh-immortal superhumans. Rhone's race was attacked by the Kryptonians and persecuted by them Less than four hundred of Rhone's species survived. However, the remaining ones worked together after capturing a Kryptonian and discovering their abilities come from the yellow sun. the Kryptonian later escaped, killing half of the remaining rebels. Rhone reveals that that Kryptonian was named Mar-El, the great-grandfather of Jor-El. Rhone and his people later launched a highly experimental missile into Rao that caused it to excelerate its evolution into a Red Giant. within a hundred years its transfered into a Red Giant and millions of Kryptonians die. The last two hundred years they build a paradise on Krypton, with only the House of El realizing that Rao will end up engulfing Krypton. No one believed them and eventually the House of El launched Kal-El to Earth in hopes of saving him. Rhone states that a number of other Kryptonians survived thanks to machinations of Brainiac. Rhone attacks Superman with renewed strength and defeats him, trapping Superman in the Phantom Zone.
Eventually Superman escapes, but it takes far longer than he realizes. He fights with Rhone once more fighting him, and beating him, but not killing him. Superman realizes that Rhone is in fact quite tragic and leaves for home. ONce he arrives back home on Earth he goes to Metropolis and finds out that in his absence, Lex Luthor basically took control of the city.
That's how the arc would end. So in my mind, Superman spends four months looking for Rhone, four months in the Phantom Zone (though it doesn't feel like it to Superman) and then four months to get home.
So what do you think, does it suck?