"Syndication": Brainiac, in the form of a super-powered child, in the Fortress of Solitude, has rebooted. He takes control of the Fortress' tesseract, sending Superman and Ultraman clawing for their footing.
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Synopsis for "Syndication"
Brainiac, in the form of a super-powered child, in the Fortress of Solitude, has rebooted. He takes control of the Fortress' tesseract, sending Superman and Ultraman clawing for their footing.
Outside, Dan Turpin and crew hound the LexCorp goons who are attempting to take control of the situation. The tesseract begins to expand, and they stop arguing.
Back in the Fortress, Brainiac explains how he came to be in this form as he used his will to manifest one of Ultraman's cells, began cellular division, and found a way into the anti-matter universe (our universe). There, he found a pregnant woman and let her give birth to him. As Brainiac dispatches Ultraman, he also expands the tesseract in an attempt to destroy and take over the Earth. The Fortress expands as he taunts Ultraman.
Owlman pulls out what he calls a "White Dwarf Ingot," the equivalent of Ultraman Kryptonite to take out Brainiac, in a negation crystal field. He tells Brainiac that he's going to use the Ingot to kill him. Ultraman, unable to accept that Owlman has the ability to kill him, charges him. Superman grabs him, stops him, and tells him that Owlman is right-and that Ultraman is a necessary sacrifice as well, to save both worlds. Brainiac causes some kind of emission, and disappears into the Phantom Zone. After this, Superman and Owlman reveal that they actually tricked Brainiac with gum. The psychological aspect of being human caused him to fail, and flee.
The tesseract returns to normal, and outside the entire JLA stands at the ready.
Superwoman, who had remained absent through the ordeal, appears in the Phantom Zone, coaxes the baby over, and kills it, to Superman's horror. Superman lets the antimatter villain go on the condition that they stay in their own universe.
Superman later takes the Fortress out to the North Pole, setting it on a cliff. He checks Krypto, making sure that he's okay, and says that the Fortress looks better at the north pole.
- This book was first published on June 12, 2002.
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