Superman stops 7 satellites from colliding into the earth, letting an 8th object hit an abandoned military base. Superman initially suspects Lex Luthor. When Clark Kent writes up an article about the event, Lois Lane informs him that all 8 satellites, not just 7, were stopped. Superman investigates the impact site of the 8th satellite, and notices that a superhuman had apparently redirected it. After a submarine had fired torpedoes at Superman, General Lane is revealed to be working in a secret military installation, housing a superhuman who had been in the employ of the United States for nearly 75 years.
In the second issue, Superman is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to combat a rogue construction machine that has been tampered with by the cyber-terrorist group Ascension. In order to stop the Burj Khalifa from falling, Superman creates a whirlwind of water and freezes it beneath the skyscraper before it can collapse. Superman then goes to the Batcave where Bruce Wayne is testing a new suit that can manipulate the environment in order to render him undetectable by Kal-El. After studying a piece of the 8th satellite, Batman has determined that another being with slightly more power than Superman was responsible for stopping its impact. Clark Kent calls Lois Lane and inquires about her father's whereabouts. Lois mentions that his mail has been coming from Utah. Once in Utah, Superman confronts General Lane, who has been anticipating his arrival. Superman demands to know more about the superhuman, who is called Wraith. General Lane's men open fire on him as Wraith bursts from the ground, stating that he's been waiting a long time to deal with Superman. While Superman was en route to Utah, Lois's plane is taken over by Ascension and forced to land. At the MAW, a high-security prison off the coast of Metropolis, Lex Luthor constructs a mech-suit out of various pieces of a model city and escapes.
In the third issue, Superman fights with Wraith as he is overpowered by his strength. Wraith ends the fight by wanting to tell Superman who he is while Lois' plane crashes into the ocean. General Lane and Wraith show Superman "the Machine", a research facility dedicated to understanding and implementing the equation technology Wraith had brought them over the past years. General Lane sends Superman and Wraith to stop an Ascension attack in Tokyo as Wraith is excited to finally work alongside Superman while Lois's plane is recovered by a mysterious person using a crystal. Superman and Wraith arrive at the attack, but not before Wraith tells Superman that soon he will have to kill him. Lex Luthor captures Jimmy Olsen telling him that since he's Superman's friend why not be his.
In the fourth issue, Lex Luthor tells the kidnapped Jimmy Olsen that he knows how Superman will die. Superman and Wraith continue fighting the Ascension robots. Superman is hit during the fight and starts to bleed, Wraith tells him that the robots were designed by the Russians for one purpose, to kill Superman. Lois Lane helps the man with the crystal to safety. The man gives Lois the crystal and tells her Superman wont be alive much longer. Wraith and Superman encounter an Ascension video telling Superman that he will die here where the great lie began. Superman and Wraith continue to fight as they come up with a plan to stop the robot. Perry White calls Clark saying that Jimmy is missing and Lois's plane had crashed. Lois and the mystery man run away from Ascension guards but as the man dies saving Lois from a car crash, he gives her the crystal but she is captured by Ascension. Lex tells Jimmy that Superman's death will be done by Jimmy Olsen himself. Lois wakes up in a room where an Ascension hologram tells Lois that they have the same father, General Lane.