In this three-part "novel", Superboy is up against the General and his Crime Army, and his ally the Brain, in a far-reaching plot that almost gets the better of the Teen of Steel. Much better villains than we usually see, though their involvement with Krypto is... not their finest hour.
In Chapter 1, we're introduced to the bad guys, and why they hate Superboy so much. By the end of it, they've destroyed Superboy's robot complement, and stand poised to take out Superboy's OTHER deus ex machina. And that's Krypto. How? Well, would you believe reinventing the Bizarro ray, only with unlimited range, and making a Bizarro Krypto?