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"China Syndrome": Day 1

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52 #6 is an issue of the series 52 (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 2006. It was published on June 14, 2006.

Synopsis for "China Syndrome"

Day 1
News reports are lauding Booster Gold for taking down the villain Manthrax... but at the same time, Booster and "Manthrax" are meeting in an empty subway tunnel. Booster pays "Manthrax," actually an actor, for his appearance.

In China, Hal Jordan and John Stewert are in pursuit of Evil Star but are confronted by China's super-hero team, The Great Ten.

Will Magnus once again pays a visit to T.O. Morrow, who is still concerned with the missing mad scientists. It is shown that someone is spying on Morrow.

Back in China, the Green Lanterns finally apprehend Evil Star, but not without getting attacked by Black Adam, who announces that China is now a part of his international coalition, and is therefore under his protection. As the skirmish stretches into Russian air space, The Rocket Reds show up and stop Black Adam and The Great Ten from further fighting. The Green Lanterns and Black Adam exchange harsh words.

Day 2
Booster Gold and Skeets finally discover Rip Hunter's lab in Arizona. Skeets hacks into the security system, allowing Booster to go inside. He discovers a trashed laboratory and a message on a blackboard: "Time is Broken." There are several other messages spread across the board and around the room, including a couple pointing to pictures of Booster that say "his fault."

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Synopsis for "The History of the DCU, Part V of X"

Donna Troy continues examining the history of the Multiverse. With the help of the Universe Orb, she recalls the following events:

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  • "China Syndrome" is reprinted in 52 Vol. 1 of the 2007 4-volume edition, 52 Volume One of the 2016 2-volume edition, and 52 Omnibus.
  • The following messages can be seen in Rip Hunter's bunker (the meanings of these are revealed over the course the series):
    • Dead by lead?
    • Further time is different
    • The four horsemen will end her rain?
    • He won't smell it.
    • Find the last "El"
    • Sonic disrupt -- Time Masters -- Time Servants
    • The reach. The reach. The reach.
    • The Tornado is in pieces.
    • "I'm not kryptonite"
    • it hurts to breathe.
    • 2000 years from now
    • The Scarab is eternal?
    • Where is the Curry Heir?
    • Who is Super Nova?
    • What happened to the son of Superman?
    • Where is the Batman?
    • Who is the Batwoman?
    • Te versus (Au+Pb)
    • Who is Diana Prince?
    • Don't ask the Question. It lies.
    • Someone is monitoring. They see us. They see me.
    • The Lazarus Pit RISES
    • The old gods are DEAD, the new gods want what's left.
    • I'm supposed to be DEAD?
    • WHEN AM I?
    • OTHERS?
    • 520 Kane
    • Infinity Inc.
    • Casey the cop
    • Silverblade
    • Find the Sun Devils
    • What is spanner's galaxy?
    • In addition, the number 52 is written in circles all over the board... there are some scraps of paper with the numbers 51, 53, 54, 55, and 56 written on them... there are what appear to be television screens showing historical events, some of which occurred before the advent of photography... all the clocks in the laboratory appear to be set at 11:52.
  • In this issue, Black Adam announces the "Freedom of Powers Treaty", a mutual-defense alliance of his own nation of Kahndaq with Myanmar and North Korea and China.


  • The ticker-tape at the bottom of the cover reads, "Chinese Heroes!... Booster Gold's Secret Rendezvous!... Time is Warped!"

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