"Last of the Czarnians": Day 1:
- If we're still alive, it's only because he wants to take us somewhere nice and dark and quiet where he can skin us alive and eat us in comfort.
Synopsis for "Last of the Czarnians"
Lex Luthor goes over a video that was put together to showcase his new team of heroes created by the Everyman Project and discusses their upcoming publicity appearances. The new heroes express their desire for code names. Speedster Eliza Harmon, who has become reliant on the drug known as Sharp, expresses her distaste with Luthor and storms out.
The Warbird has landed on a large asteroid, and the three heroes aboard discuss their bleak chances of rescue.
Starfire and Animal Man discuss their feelings about destiny and the immensity of space, but their conversation is cut short by an attack from Devilance, who has pursued them into the asteroid field. His attack, however, is cut short when Lobo appears and kills him. Starfire works out a deal with the bounty hunter, in which he will guide them to safety, and the heroes will help him with his troubles.
The battered form of a dismembered Red Tornado comes online in front of a small group of aborigines in the Australian Outback, uttering the number "52".
Appearing in "Last of the Czarnians"
- The "American Dream Team" (see Notes)
- Red Tornado (head and torso only)
Synopsis for "The Origin of Lobo"
The origin of Lobo is revealed.
Appearing in "The Origin of Lobo"
- This issue shipped on August 30th, 2006.
- The new team of heroes created and guided by Lex Luthor is referred to here as the "American Dream Team"; however, they get a new name in Week 21.
- "Last of the Czarnians" is reprinted in 52 Vol. 2 of the 2007 4-volume edition, 52 Volume One of the 2016 2-volume edition, and 52 Omnibus.
- The cover to this issue is a mock-up of the cover originally used for 52 Week One.