Jerry Ordway takes over scripting with Superman 34 (Aug 89), while Gammill and Janke remain on the art. This issue follows the most recent issue of Action Comics, which saw Superman finally return to Earth.
The issue opens with a flashback, as we get the origin of Skyhook. Back in the 1880s, a man had been stealing children in Metropolis. He kept them in St Christopher's, which was already an abandoned church even then, and used them as his criminal urchins. So in many ways, he was Skyhook even before his transformation.
The people spotted him stealing a child, and followed him to the church where he was beaten, and then hung to be burned alive. As he died, he pleaded to god for forgiveness, but it was a demonic voice that answered his call, changing him into the flying, deathly figure he became.
Superman is still at Clark Kent's apartment with Jimmy Olsen and Matrix, pretending to be Clark Kent. This scene follows the end of Action Comics, and includes Jimmy taking a photograph of Superman and "Clark" standing next to each other. I really do love how Matrix was used as part of covering Superman's absence from Earth, and the photograph, which effectively proves the two are different people, is so undramatically taken.
I also love the "It" moment, when Skyhook lures a balloon carrying child, from under a bridge. Sure looks like a sewer grate in this shot, though!
We hadn't seen Maggie Sawyer's daughter or ex-husband since the first Skyhook story, but both are back now. Jamie's father wound up turning her over to Project Cadmus to be studied, along with the other flying children they retrieved from Skyhook. Maggie is not happy about this, but understands why it has to be.
Then Skyhook calls on his children, who flee the facility through the sewers, with Maggie and her ex in hot pursuit.
Maggie calls on Superman, who comes and helps fight Skyhook. It's more challenging than expected, since the dust that Skyhook gives off is magical in nature, so it affects Superman.
But in the end it's Skyhook who defeats himself, flying in for an attack, but mistaking a statue for Superman. Skyhook winds up impaling himself, and dying. This reverses his magic, and the children lose their wings. But even though Skyhook is dead, we are left wondering who gave him his powers. To be honest, I'm not certain, but it's one of two characters who will be introduced down the road, both with connections to St Christopher's.