52 #49

    52 » 52 #49 - Eve of Destruction; The Origin of the JSA released by DC Comics on April 11, 2007.

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    The end is near! As the year races towards its close, we follow our heroes through their final steps in space - and time! From the mean streets of Gotham to the far reaches of deep space, the last weeks tick down to their shattering conclusion. World War III is just the beginning! Plus, more origins of the DC Universe, including the JLA with Ethan Van Sciver and Batman with Andy Kubert! These final issues feature art by Darick Robertson, Eddy Barrows, Joe Bennett, Justiniano and more.

    Week 49, Day 1, Oolong Island

    The Justice Society of America are demanding that Black Adam be released from the scientists' torture chambers. The entire island is surrounded by a force field so the JSA cannot enter. The Great Ten of teh Chinese People's Republic arrive and inform them that the island belongs to them. If they step foot on the island, it will be considered an act of war.

    Inside, Egg Fu asks Magnus if his Plutonium Man is ready. He also mentions that he is aware that "certain materials" have gone into his laboratory but not all have left. Will mentions that the different metals are aspects of personalities. The Metal Men tend to build themselves and can be any size.

    Just then, tiny Metal Men, Gold, Mercury, Iron, and Tin, attack Egg Fu. T.O. Morrow comes in and blasts Mercury as Will is about to lower the force field. Will tells Morrow that it's too late. It all needs to stop. He tells Morrow that he'll teleport him to Sivana's omnibot that is in orbit overhead. Confused as to why Will is willing to help him, Will mentions that Morrow was the best teacher he ever knew and he's trying to overlook the whole "psychopathic super-villain thing."

    In another part of the island, Dr. Sivana prepares to make his own exit, looking for the teleporting device that Will took. Black Adam is still bound to a torture device. He vows to Sivana that he will pull him apart and feed him to Billy's "talking tiger" (Talky Tawny).

    The Justice Society are still discussing their position with the

    Socialist Red Guardsman. Alan Scott says that Chang Tzu must be a member of the Great Ten. Tzu, under orders from Intergang, was behind the assassination of the Black Marvel Family. They didn't think Black Adam would survive and are trying to cover up their connection. Power Girl notices that the shields are down now. Alan tells the Socialist Red Guardsman that he can deal with Chang Tzu while they take custody of Black Adam.

    Egg Fu and others find Magnus. Will fires Lead into Egg Fu which cracks his shell. The other (cowardly) scientists run to save themselves. Will fires several more times at Egg Fu saying he told them he does crazy things without his medication.

    Once the JSA enter the facility, Atom Smasher ducks out on his own. He finds Sivana and demands he takes him to Black Adam. Atom Smasher frees Adam and asks him if he really was responsible for the deaths of all the innocent women and children. He begs Adam to tell him that it was one of the Horsemen. He says that if he really did kill them that he could never go back and could never watch over Kahndaq again. Black Adam simply says that they wanted a war and he's going to give it to them and leaves.

    In Metropolis, Nuklon and Jade discuss how the world has turned against them and Luthor's Everyman experiments. Nuklon says they can still save the day as Infinity, Inc. It appears he has the notion to go after Black Adam to bring him in.



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    Shields are down 0

    This is quite a clever issue (just look at that cover.)  While the Justice Society has come to a bit of an impasse outside the main complex on Oolong Island, inside the things are also starting fall apart.  There are a couple of interesting developments, but they all revolve around Doctor Magnus who has apparently been planning something for a while.  With him on the inside and the heroes in deliberations outside with the Chinese superheroes, by the time they do get inside there is not much left...

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    The end is near... 0

    Way back when this series started, I was skeptical. I wasn't sure how a weekly comic would translate and it smelled of a way for DC to get readers to plop down $2.50 each week. I still don't want to do the math and figure out how much this entire series cost me. But it's been a good read. I never would've thought these B and C level characters could carry the book for a year.Now we're almost at the end. It feels like something big is coming yet don't we have a pretty good idea already? It's...

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