Clark's status is addressed in the early pages of issue 701:
Lois: What do I tell Perry about Clark? Superman: Tell him I'm covering me the length of the trip. Lois: Won't the other reporters notice that Clark was never among them?
Superman: They'll lose interest. You'll see.
It's also pretty clear that Lois doesn't quite know what the deal is, either, and the walk is a surprise to her as much as anybody.
Good eye!Hey, wasn't that Peter Parker outside the diner?
I don't know if I'm in for the long haul ... it didn't help that the first Black people we see in this story, six pages in, were drug dealers ...
Hopefully, Superman will get a chance to watch some NASCAR and YouTube. I feel this trip is a preemptive attempt to keep Sally Floyd off his case.
Rich Lane said:Hopefully, Superman will get a chance to watch some NASCAR and YouTube. I feel this trip is a preemptive attempt to keep Sally Floyd off his case.
I see your point -- but at the same time, I've seen Superman fight the Parasite enough for now. Whether or not he's in touch with the country, his stories have been out of touch with me. Seeing Superman tell that man to go see his doctor mattered to me in a way that Superman comics normally don't.