Oh! The Multitude are the guys destroying worlds, right? The reason the Collector of Worlds bottles things! Culmination!
The action begins on Mars where a group of international (now interplanetary!) space travelers are setting up a Mars Base. It took me a couple of pages to realize that they're on Mars even though the whole thing was done with a red tint. This is why the nerd in my was mixed up (Warning: "Actually" incoming):
Phobos and Deimos are not spherical.
Oh, I guess I can also believe a bunch of astronauts from different countries constructing a base on Mars suddenly being attacked by alien construction vehicles and yelling for help and Superman, down on Earth inside the noisy Daily Planet building, hearing their cries! Maybe I should just let the moon thing go since now it just sounds like I'm flaunting my useless knowledge of the shape of Mars's moons instead of actually having been confused about the opening scene's location. Pointing out the moon thing was just a way to make me feel less stupid.
The colony's life support system has been destroyed and the colonizers believe they have just an hour left to live when Superman arrives to begin beating up alien dump trucks and metalek bulldozers. They look on in amazement! Or disbelief. Maybe they're looking at Mars's moons?
See? International! Japanese. Canadian. Indian. Mexican. American. Just think of the delicious food these guys are eating!
Oh come on! Now they're just rubbing it in my face! Why is that saying never as sexy as it sounds?
One of the astronauts is also a small boy. At first, I wondered what the purpose of that would be. And then it dawned on me: this is a fucking one way mission! These people are giving up their lives to build the base and spend the rest of their lives on Mars. If they're successful, another mission with more people and supplies can come to Mars and they'll need someone to guide them through the set up if the next mission takes too long: the boy. Eventually there will be two-way travel between the planets but that definitely isn't the first priority. The boy, by the way, helps Superman by giving him innocent little boy advice: tell the Metalek that humans are on Mars for the same reason they are. Both groups want to rebuild it into a place they can live so why can't they work together?
After Superman pummels a steamroller and a wrecking ball (yeah, this fight is a five year old boy's wet dream (Did I just type that? What the fuck is wrong with me? I should have said, "This fight would give any five year old boy a hard on.")), he gives Metalek the boy's message and Metalek seems to agree. The aggression stops and Superman rescues the last two colonists trapped in another building. Turns out Metalek are simply trying to survive by outrunning the Multitude. It also turns out that they aren't doing a very good job of it because the Multitude is right on their bumpers.
Oh stop it!
Interestingly enough, Noah is the only character in Genesis to never deal with wells.
I would like to say I was right but Superman comes up with a plan that's every bit as technosilly as something Mister Terrific might have done. It has to do with creating a 10 gigawatt electrical field that extends into the 5th Dimension and affects every single angel at once since they're actually all part of one extra-dimensional weapon.
So he blasted them with 10 Gigawatts of power. That means they went forward in time and then back in time and then back in time and then forward in time and then forward in time and then back in time and then back in time and then forward in time and then were struck by 0.32 Gigawatts of electricity. So they should still be here except a bit crispier and exhausted from all of the time travel.
Stupid Superman keeps ignoring the panel's boundaries!
Someone eventually had to say what we've all been thinking.
The back-up story stars Neils deGrasse Tyson and simply has Superman visiting an observatory to use his super abilities and the abilities of all the telescopes in the world to watch Krypton explode. Because Superman is 27 and he arrived through a wormhole and Krypton is 27 light years away and that's all the explanation anybody needs.
Action Comics #14 Rating: +0.25 Ranking! The angels of the Multitude were a bunch of 5th Dimensional finger puppets! Come on! That's awesome. Okay, you're right. If Lobdell did it, I would call it stupid. But that's because Lobdell would over-explain it all instead of just telling the fucking story. Morrison doesn't say they're finger puppets. But it's all there to be put together! I'm glad I can enjoy Superman in Action Comics. Maybe I'll relax a bit and stop being so bitchy about the other bad writers. I'm in a really good mood right now! Maybe it'll last all month!