"Race to the End of Time!": The alien Iylar is attempting to travel back to pre-history to change the past so that the evolutionary offshoots of the Volkir and Zelkot races will not engage in civil war over the coming centuries. However, due to limitations with the aliens time travel technology,
- Okay, fellas... if you think banging your heads together is going to solve your problem -- swell! Personally, I think you've both banged your heads one time too many.
- -- Wildfire
Appearing in "Race to the End of Time!"
- Volkir Race
- Zelkot Race
- Central City (25th Century)
- Smallville (20th Century) & (30th Century)
- Metropolis (20th Century)
- Rosemont (20th Century)
- The Cosmic Curtain
- Iylar's Time-Scooter
Synopsis for "Race to the End of Time!"
The alien Iylar is attempting to travel back to pre-history to change the past so that the evolutionary offshoots of the Volkir and Zelkot races will not engage in civil war over the coming centuries. However, due to limitations with the aliens time travel technology, he needs to travel to the end of time and access a rift in time and space back to the dawn of history in order to get to the point in the past he is trying to access. In order to stop him, representatives from each race have captured the Flash and Superman. They sent the Flash to after Iylar as his meddling in the past would prevent the human race from existing. Along the way, Flash would slam into his old foe Reverse-Flash in the 25th century. Superman, upon learning that in allowing the Flash to succeed, Krypton would explode centuries before his breath the Man of Steel would rush into the future as well, seemingly willing to sacrifice the planet Earth to prevent himself from being erased from history.
Unable to leave his friend to die at the hands of Professor Zoom, Superman makes a stop in the 25th Century, and secretly prevents the Reverse-Flash from causing vibrations that are intended to rip the Flash apart. Reviving the Flash with is super-breath, Superman would then build a prison to contain Reverse-Flash so that when Flash knocks the villain out he has somewhere to place him. Not knowing where the prison had come from, Flash quickly puts Reverse-Flash in the prison and continues his race through time.
Superman then reveals himself to the Flash and tells him that they must work against each other and explains why, all the while they are being heard on the special monitor the Volkir and Zelkot had given the Flash. As they begin to catch up to Iylar, the Flash hits one of the traps placed to stop Iylar and finds himself knocked into the 27th Century leaving Superman alone. After disabling other mines place in the time stream, Superman then quickly knocks out Iylar before stopping in the 27th century himself. He has done this as the time mines have blown open a rift in time and space, and using his super-powers the Man of Steel literally stitches up the hole in the fabric of time.
As the Man of Steel is doing this, the Flash returns to the time stream and comes across the unconscious body of Iylar and as he approaches it both are shunted out of the time stream and Flash finds them trapped in some strange cylinder. Examining Iylar's body closer, the Flash sees that Superman has left a message telling the Scarlet Speedster to trust him, carved into Iylar's suit. This gives Flash hope that Superman has something figured out to help both of them succeed in their missions.
Superman, meanwhile tires to re-enter the time stream and finds himself trapped in the 30th Century. Realizing what era he is in, he decides to seek out the Legion of Super-Heroes for help and is shocked to find that his younger self, Superboy, is trapped in the future as well. Superman soon realizes that this must be another one of the alien traps preventing him from going further into the future and breaking the rules of time and space by allowing both Superman and Superboy exist in the same place. The two figure out how break free of the trap: By ramming into each other. This causes Superboy to be sent back to Smallville of his native time, while sending Superman back to Metropolis in the modern day, Superman meanwhile races forward back into the time stream.
The Flash breaks free from his prison and is attacked by strange primitives. As he is defending himself, Iylar re-enters the time stream and Flash follows after him after one of the savages knocks off his writs communicator. Catching up with Superman, and free to talk the Man of Steel explains that he had to leave a written message as the aliens that have forced them into this current predicament would have understood any spoken word. The two agree to work together going forward and race to the end of time where they see that Iylar has already passed through the breach that would bring him back to the beginning of time. With the breech rapidly closing, Flash and Superman combine their powers to vibrate through the rapidly closing portal so that they can follow after their foe.
They quickly catch up with Iylar, destroy his time cycle and then race forward with him to the modern era. There Superman quickly uses his super-breath to freeze all the Volkir and Zelkot in their ship above the Earth and shut off the vibrational weapon that they had used to threaten the Earth. With their threat ended, Superman tosses their ship off into space, winning the battle. After the threat of the two alien races is finally over, Superman and Flash shake hands and congratulate themselves on a job well done.
- Reprinted in Superman vs. the Flash and Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups Vol. 1.
- Continued from last issue.
- This issue makes a reference to Super-Team Family #5, which is actually a reprint of Superboy Vol 1 47 .
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