It was a good episode, with as you said a lot of action. At first I was under the impression that Henshaw was so bitchy to Superman because he was all "save my crew, let me be heroic by self-sacrificing" but then I realized it was probably more a "damn you. It's you!" sort of thing which makes more sense considering his interview last week.
I have no clue why Lex would have his own mission sabotaged, but I'm definitely interested. I hope the answer lies in the Kawatche caves. I miss those.
Btw, I got the printed version of 1,2,3. Only had the chance to glance it over but I don't think there were any differences.
I read parts of it a few years ago - my best friend has it. The reason it's so much is that the book was pulled from the shelves after parts of it were found to be untrue and libel. So it's a "collector's item".