52 #50

    52 » 52 #50 - World War III released by DC Comics on April 18, 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 50, Day 2, Egypt

    Captain Marvel, Jr, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel are fighting Black Adam. Captain Marvel tells him to stop and let him help. He asks what he wants. Black Adam responds by smashing him in the face.

    Week 50, Day 3, Australia

    Austraila has suffered damage. The Justice Society of America are there to help. Atom Smasher continues to defend Black Adam. He keeps saying that Black Adam wouldn't hurt innocent children. When Alan Scott reminds him that he tore a man in half on live television, Atom Smasher says that he was a wanted criminal. When Jay Garrick asks if he's condoning his actions, Atom Smasher says he's not taking anyone's side. He just wants the violence to end.

    Week 50, Day 4

    Black Adam takes on Doom Patrol and others with ease.

    Week 50, Day 5

    The Justice Society tries to catch up to Black Adam. Power Girl notes that he's been "kicking the asses of everyone that's been able to catch up with him." Wildcat says the JSA can handle him. Mr. Terrific informs them that they'll get their chance to prove that because Checkmate just found him in China.

    Week 50, Day 6

    The Chinese Air Force try to stop Black Adam in the air. He destroys their fighters. The Great Ten say they will stop him. Socialist Red Guardsman gives the authorization to attack. Ghost Fox Killer seems to have wounded Black Adam with her spirit-shot. Seven Deadly Brothers take their shot next.

    Week 50, Day 7

    The fight continues in Beijing. The Justice Society and several other heroes stand at the Chinese border because they have been told they are not allowed to step foot in the country. Alan Scott tells them to hold the line. He wants them to be ready because the Chinese will need them soon.

    Most of the Great Ten are down. He tells them to send soldiers, send armies, send them all. With the city burning and most of their soldiers either dead or seriously wounded, August Generial-In-Iron has no choice but to allow international help. The Justice Society and others descend upon Black Adam.

    Alan Scott gives the order to get and keep Black Adam on the ground so that more of them can get on him. The fight rages on. Atom Smasher again says that Black Adam merely chased the Four Horsemen into Bialya and the Horseman was the one that killed everyone. He says Black Adam doesn't kill just to kill. Black Adam says he does what he needs to and sends Atom and others flying.

    At the Rock of Eternity, Captain Marvel is sent flying back after talking to the Egyptian Gods. He tried getting them to force change Black Adam into a mortal again. They refused saying he has their blessings. He tries to think of another way to force the change.

    Steel and Natasha Irons get the Thunder Missle ready to fire at Adam. Once it hits him, A.I. nanites inside will work their way to his brain and short out his motor functions. Just as they are about to launch it, Booster Gold appears. He takes the missle saying he needs it more than they do and that it wouldn't have worked anyways. Then he disappears. Steel and Natasha have no other choice but to jump into the fight with their hammers.

    The remains of Luthor's Everyman project as Infinity, Inc. are told to join the fight as they look on. Seeing how things are going for the others, Nuklon says they're not going up against that and take off in the other direction with their tales between their legs.

    The fight keeps going. Zatarra contacts Jay with a plan. Alan is to grab Adam and take him to the sky. Captain Marvel is heading full speed towards them. He yells, "Shazam!" just as he approaches Black Adam. The magicians try to hold the lightning until the final moment. There is a huge flash and Teth Adam is seen falling to the ground. He yells out "Shazam!" several times with no result. Withing the smoke, a giant hand is seen catching him.

    Jay runs everywhere looking to see where Adam fell. No one can find him. Atom Smasher claims that with all the smoke and the flash of light, no one could see what happened. Captain Marvel reassures Jay that if he survived, they will find him and prosecute him. He says that now that he is the Guardian of the Magic, he has a new level of ability. He was able to change Adam's magic word. He says he will never tell a living soul what he changed it to and that Adam wil never guess it.

    Later, Teth Adam is seen walking the streets in a foreign land trying to come up with the word. He tries, "Shazam, Captain Marvel, Kahndaq, Osiris, Isis, Batson, Eternity..." all with no success.

    Week 50, Day 7, the Rocky Mountains

    T.O. Morrow returns home with the head of the Red Tornado. As he works on it to find out what he saw "out there in the great beyond," it keeps repeating "52." Then Booster Gold and Rip Hunter arrive telling him to get his ass in gear because they've already run out of time.



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    Another standout issue.  This one goes back to the rampaging Black Adam storyline, but takes a different route as he invades China looking for retribution.  The Chinese heroes try and fail to stop him and they are forced to call in a coalition of American heroes, this does not exactly go as planned either, not until there is another intervention from the magical heroes of the DC Universe, who have a plan to stop him.  The resolution to this was exceptionally clever, but it didn't end there.  Wit...

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