- It's time for heroes who don't just patrol the world... they change it.
- -- Black Adam
Appearing in "New World Order"
- Alexander Luthor (as a corpse; unverified; see notes) (Cameo)
- Lois Lane
- Mercy Graves (Cameo)
- Mister Akteon (Single appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
Synopsis for "New World Order"
Meanwhile, Power Girl battles with Terra-Man over the skies of Kahndaq. Black Adam intervenes and prevents Power Girl from apprehending the villain. He tells her that she has no authority to conduct business in Kahndaq -- or, in this case, its airspace.
At the Steelworks, Natasha Irons argues with her uncle when she learns that John Henry has signed her up for summer school. Natasha storms out of the building as John receives a telephone call from S.T.A.R. Labs. They need him to come in and identify the corpse found the day before.
In Kahndaq, two representatives of Intergang, Noose and Rough House, arrive at the presidential palace. They offer Black Adam the "most beautiful virgin in all of Egypt" and other enticements in exchange for safe passage through Kahndaq for the criminal syndicate's arms smuggling. Black Adam responds by crushing Noose’s face in his hand. Terra-Man shows up.
In Metropolis, Booster Gold makes a showy display of beating up on a b-list super-villain named Shockwave. Skeets manages to bilk the event for all that it is worth, propelling Booster’s celebrity status to new levels. He later malfunctions, however, as he incorrectly gives Booster some stock tips that fail to meet Booster's expectations.
John Henry Irons examines the corpse of "Lex Luthor." He discovers that a pair of colored contact lenses were placed in its eyes. He determines that this is not the real Lex Luthor. As if on cue, the live Lex Luthor barges into the lab with an entourage of reporters falling in behind him. He presents the dead impostor and declares that the duplicate has been responsible for all of the negative deeds attributed to Luthor over the years.
At the Kahndaq embassy in New York City, Black Adam addresses the press corps as Terra-Man looks on. Black Adam elects to put forth an extremely effective message regarding those who would seek to cross him -- he grabs Terra-Man and tears him in half, spraying blood and gore all across the masses.
As Black Adam flies off, we cut to Mr. Mind, presumably still in Dr. Sivana's laboratory... but now encased in a cocoon.
Appearing in "The History of the DCU (Part II of X)"
- Donna Troy (also as Wonder Girl in flashback cameo with Teen Titans)
The following characters all appear in flashback
- Adam Strange
- Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)
- Blue Devil
- Dove (Don Hall)
- Hawk (Hank Hall)
- Jade (Jennie-Lynn Hayden) (See notes)
- Krypto (Earth-One)
- Doom Patrol
Synopsis for "The History of the DCU (Part II of X)"
- This issue shipped on May 24, 2006.
- This issue is reprinted in the 52, Volume 1 trade paperback collection.
- By all accounts, the dead double of Lex Luthor appears to be Alexander Luthor. Lex Luthor and the Joker murdered Alexander Luthor in Infinite Crisis #7. However, Alex's face was scarred by the Joker's acid spray, whereas the dead Luthor in this issue appears physically undamaged (aside from being dead).
- Jade's cameo on the first page of the "History of the DCU" backup may be due to a coloring error. The panel shows an Earth-One Justice League/Earth-Two Justice Society team up. Based on the costumes and characters, it is prior to Infinity, Inc. forming. Was this perhaps intended to be Black Canary?
- Terra-Man refers to Power Girl as a "strange visitor." Strange Visitor was also the name of a former member of Superman's supporting cast who perished during the Our Worlds at War event. Like Power Girl, Strange Visitor was intended to be analogous to Supergirl. Whether this ironic reference was made intentionally or not is unknown.
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Links and References
- 52: The Comic
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