After the Death of Superman in 1992, comics changed, and DC got a lot of stories out of it. Subsequent to Superman's demise, 4 new "Supermen" appeared to take his place; one was John Henry Irons (basically a hybrid of Tony Stark and Michael Jordan) who donned an advanced armor and red cape to protect people as Superman had saved him, being known as the Man of *Steel.* He was the main hero of that Superman title until Clark's return a year and half later.
In one MOS book, I remember that Irons had to fight a female alien that could change from a giant reptilian/xenomorph form to a red-clad human female. I bought the books as a kid, and there were a few details that seemed to point to it being an "arc" of sorts. What I remember:
- She survived by attacking humans and pulling out their spinal fluid with a type of proboscis.
- We saw her arrive with 4 or 5 other aliens similar to her of different colors, all of whom could shift to a human form.
- The human she attacked in the book was a friend of Irons, a young trainer who mutated to be able to generate spiked organic metal protrusions from his body.
- The alien survived and fled after being defeated by Steel and the trainer, protecting the young man's kid brother.
Does anyone know who or what this alien race is and whether there is a story arc about them?