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Lieutenant Colonel Reno Rosetti[1] was a military officer of the U.S. Army, serving under General Sam Lane.

Biography

Early life

Reno Rosetti, born in Metropolis,[1] was "third-generation military", raised to have love for the military and his country.[2]

Lane's right hand

At some point, Reno Rosetti joined the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, serving under General Sam Lane. Rosetti called Sam when the spacecraft he was monitoring was spotted in Mongolia.

Rosetti was at the military facility that the Stranger attacked with an automaton. Sam Lane told everyone to leave the place but Rosetti stayed and was attacked by the automaton.[3]

After recovering, Rosetti returned to work normally. Sam later called Rosetti to find out about Project 7734.[4]

Rosetti called Lois Lane and told her that the fingerprint sample she gave him belonged to John Henry Irons, but Irons had been dead for six years. Later, Superman brought John Henry Irons to the brig of the military facility and told Rosetti that John will stay there until Sam could interrogate him.[5]

Battling Superman

At some point, Reno Rosetti was exposed to X-Kryptonite, becoming a host for a Kryptonian consciousness.

Rosetti watched as Superman and Sam Lane interrogated John Henry Irons. Rosetti just listened as Sam told Superman that Jason Trask could get the information they wanted through his torture techniques.

When Rosetti was asked to place Irons in another cell, Trask asked if Rosetti could give him ten minutes alone with Irons; Rosetti did not comply, choosing to kill Trask with his super-strength. Rosetti took Irons to the room where Project 7734 was held, but, before they could enter, Irons activated the alarm, alerting the DOD that Trask was dead.

Superman entered room 7734 and fought Rosetti to save Irons' life. Rosetti donned a mask and began to use a gaseous form of synthetic Kryptonite to weaken Superman. As the two fought, Superman removed the mask to even the battle. Since Superman had been exposed longer, he was at a disadvantage. However, Rosetti was killed by a Kryptonite-tipped spear used by Irons.[2]

Legacy

Lane could not believe that Reno Rosetti had Kryptonian powers. Superman repeated Lois Lane's theory that he did not fight Rosetti; Superman fought a Kryptonian who had possessed Rosetti's body when he was exposed to the X-Kryptonite.[2]

Due to the research of Chrissy Beppo, Clark and Lois realized that those born outside of Smallville rejected the X-Kryptonite process; since Reno was born in Metropolis, he was unstable during his fight with Superman.[1]

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Kryptonian physiology: Due to having a Kryptonian consciousness placed into his body by the Eradicator, Rosetti's DNA was altered, gaining Kryptonian powers.[2]
    • Heat vision: Rosetti eyes glowed but was not seen using it.[2]
    • Superhuman strength: Rosetti could go toe-to-toe with Superman, albeit because the latter was weakened by synthetic Kryptonite. [2]
    • Superhuman durability: Rosetti had incredible durability; he was able to withstand harm by a weakened Superman.[2]
    • Super speed: Rosetti displayed the use of superspeed a couple of times.[2]

Weaknesses

  • Kryptonite: Rosetti was weakened by synthetic Kryptonite and was ultimately killed by a spear with Kryptonite.

Appearances

Superman & Lois

Season 1

Behind the scenes

  • In Superman & Lois the rank patch worn by Rosetti is that of a Lieutenant Colonel (0-5).

References

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