"Burial Ground": Day 1:
- I don't want to be crazy again.
Synopsis for "Burial Ground"
In Metropolis, one of Lex Luthor's scientists informs him that his team has recovered a video feed of a conversation between Supernova and Wonder Girl (a conversation which took place in Week 19). The scientist says the video reveals the mysterious hero's identity as Kon-El. Luthor fires the man, insisting that Supernova is really Superman.
Jon Standing Bear is on a bus to Metropolis. When he sees a young female passenger being harrassed, he throws the offender out the window. The man turns out to be a convicted rapist, and Jon avoids arrest. The woman he defended tries to talk to him, but Jon dismisses her and walks off.
Luthor undergoes testing to see if his body is capable of receiving the Everyman Project treatment. We learn he has already undergone this testing several times. As in the previous attempts, the results are negative.
Jon Standing Bear attends his father's funeral alongside his grandfather. Afterwards, his grandfather tells him about the Manitou Stone and the history of Super-Chief. That evening, Jon suffocates his grandfather with a pillow, apparently at the request of the old man.
Luthor dedicates his new business school at Metropolis University. He is confronted by a man who claims to have received powers through the Everyman Project, only to have them taken away. The man is thrown out by security, but is then approached by Steel, who wants to learn more.
Appearing in "Burial Ground"
- Wonder Girl (Cameo)
- Colonel David Magnus (Behind the scenes)
- Mr. Ferry
- S.H.A.D.E. (Behind the scenes)
- Super-Chief (Flashback only)
- Unidentified giant robot (see Notes)
Synopsis for "The Origin of Green Lantern"
Dying Green Lantern Abin Sur crashed on the planet Earth, and willed his Power Ring to find a worthy successor. The ring chose test pilot Hal Jordan, who became one of the most celebrated Green Lanterns to serve within the Green Lantern Corps.
Appearing in "The Origin of Green Lantern"
- Several unidentified members of the Green Lantern Corps
- This issue is noteworthy for its retcon of the 1993 Metal Men mini-series. The events of that series are explained as having been a hallucination on the part of Will Magnus. He tells Mercury, "... I had a bad mental breakdown after the Plutonium Man went rogue. For a while I even thought I was a machine and you were all my flesh and blood friends..."
- The giant robot that shows up at the end of this issue bears a resemblance to an Silver Age foe of the Metal Men. The robot's exact name is unclear, but appears to have been B.O.L.T.S., or perhaps just BOLTS.
- "Burial Ground" 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 ticker-tape at the bottom of the cover reads, "Superman vs. Luthor!... You asked for him! Say hello to Super-Chief..."
- The bus which Jon Standing Bear rides to Metropolis appears to be owned by a company called "Fastback." and features a logo of a speeding turtle. Fastback, an anthropomorphic turtle, was a member of the Zoo Crew. The bus also features an advertisement for a Silverblade movie; an homage to the DC limited series from 1987.
- The cover copy for this issue reads, "Magnus: Robot Hunted!", a reference to the 1960s sci-fi comic character "Magnus - Robot Hunter," published by Gold Key Comics. The character was later purchased by Valiant Comics, where he maintained his own ongoing series in the 1990s.