She reveals to Superman that Vyndyktvx messes with time and memory, displacing the flow of reality 'when he closes in for the kill'. Writer Grant Morrison gets the feeling across wonderfully with this panel (click on image to enlarge).
And how do you fight the devil? It turns out that Mrs Nyxly had three wishes given to her by Mxy. She's used up two, but perhaps the third ... nope, she's killed before Superman's horrified eyes, without making that final wish. At least, she's told him she's not used it up.
This is the issue that brings together everything author Grant Morrison's been doing in Action Comics, revealing how Vyndyktvx, the little man who first appeared in #1, has been meddling in Superman's life, and explaining the odd leaps in time and space that this series has seen. It gives Superman a massive dose of perspective, showing him there are higher powers that he's basically helpless against. And it sheds light on how Ma and Pa Kent died - for now.
The dialogue between Superman and Mrs Nyxly is touching, as he realises that she's been a bit of a guardian angel to him, making her death all the sadder. And the Easter Eggs are just wonderful - Morrison drags Silver Age super-pet Comet the Super-Horse and cartoon filler feature Super-Turtle into New 52 canon, along with some other familiar names and faces. Page by wonderful page, Morrison shows us that we've been reading one massive story and on this form, I don't doubt he has a killer ending ready to be revealed.
Regular pencillers Brad Walker and Rags Morales are both present and correct, and while I don't know the exact breakdown, it doesn't matter - both men do fine work, with inking support from Andrew Hennessy and Mark Propst, colours from Brad Anderson and the lettering talents of Steve Wands. They capture the drama and emotion of several worlds and lifetimes, bringing a pleasing intensity to the page. And the scenes flashing back to the Fifth Dimensional realm of Zrrff are done in a delightful storybook style, one which makes the slowly emerging horror all the worse.
With two spellbinding tales, Action Comics #14 is a late contender for DC's Best Book of the Year.