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"Family Matters": Day 1

Quote1.png I know it is hard to accept what has happened. It is hard to live with what you have done. But you have more than taken responsibility for it. And it was you who showed me how to do that. You who urged me to move on and make myself a better man. Now, we are asking you to do the same... my brother. Quote2.png
Black Adam

52 #43 is an issue of the series 52 (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 2007. It was published on February 28, 2007.

Synopsis for "Family Matters"

Day 1
Osiris is upset over the blight that has been sweeping across Kahndaq. He takes Sobek down to the Rock of Eternity and petitions an audience with Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr., and Mary Marvel. Junior had believed that Osiris' actions against the Suicide Squad, notably, the brutal murder of the Persuader, had been doctored footage, and had told the Teen Titans such. Osiris confesses that it was an accident and he feels that his actions and his powers are a curse upon Kahndaq. Mary is able to calm Junior down, and Captain Marvel explains that he allowed Osiris to enter the cave because the Seven Deadly Sins did not want him there. Marvel interprets this as meaning that Osiris is a good man.

Black Adam and Isis enter the chamber, and Adam tries to reason with Osiris. He blames Black Adam for the darkness within him, and punches him across the room. Captain Marvel and Junior step in and try to break up the fight. During the scuffle, Osiris accidentally backhands Isis. He calms down and agrees to return to Kahndaq with Adam and Isis.

Day 4
In outer space, a group of aliens experiment on Buddy Baker. Having healed him, they intend on abandoning him on an asteroid. The space-faring powers of the space dolphins begins to wane, but Buddy manages to tap into a new power source - a Sun-Eater.

Elsewhere, Lady Styx resurrects herself inside the womb of Loribel. She violently bursts forth from the woman's stomach and begins hissing.

Day 5
Back in Kahndaq, Osiris still feels as if his powers are a curse. Sobek suggests that if he speaks the magic words, then perhaps the blight on Kahndaq will be lifted. Osiris agrees, and feels that living in his broken, human body will serve as penance for his sins. Osiris shouts "Black Adam" and returns to a mortal state. Suddenly, Sobek's eyes glow red and he attacks Osiris, biting the crippled boy in half.

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Synopsis for "The Origin of Plastic Man"

Plastic Man was once Patrick "Eel" O'Brian. While robbing a chemical planet, Eel was exposed to toxic acid that altered his molecular structure giving him elastic skin. He eventually reformed from a life of crime and became the adventurer known as Plastic Man. Working alongside his pal, Woozy Winks, Plas began accepting special assignments from the New York police department and eventually the F.B.I.

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  • Ellen, Cliff and Maxine Baker appear in a photograph on the cover to this issue, but do not actually appear in the interior story.
  • "Family Matters" is reprinted in 52 Vol. 4 of the 2007 4-volume edition, 52 Volume Two of the 2016 2-volume edition, and 52 Omnibus.


  • The ticker-tape at the bottom of this issue reads, "Lady Styx's rebirth?!... Reaching Across the Red!... Grief and Betrayal!..."

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