It is two months since Superman's last encounter with Ruin and since Lois was shot in Umec. Ruin has transformed the kidnapped Allston twins into new Parasites, while Lois and Clark feel a little cramped by their families' excessive attention, particularly as Perry refuses to let Lois come back to work. Meanwhile, both Lt. Leocadio and Superman question Xlim, trying to find out more about Ruin. They find no concrete information, but Superman learns that Ruin knows exactly what his strengths and weaknesses are and has been using specific counter-measures. Armed with this knowledge, Superman is able to find somewhere that Ruin has been using as a base, but finds only a dessicated corpse and the message 'too late'. And back at the Lane/Kent apartment, Lois and Lucy open the door and find themselves confronted by the Parasite Twins.