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"In Gloom": The Guardians of the Universe tell Hal Jordan, who's fighting Doctor Polaris, that he's not been paying proper attention to the sector assigned to him and he responds that Earth has a host of its own problems worth that of a sector itself. The Guardians respond that they're aware of

From Beyond the Unknown Giant #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of April, 2020. It was published on February 15, 2020.

Synopsis for "In Gloom"

The Guardians of the Universe tell Hal Jordan, who's fighting Doctor Polaris, that he's not been paying proper attention to the sector assigned to him and he responds that Earth has a host of its own problems worth that of a sector itself. The Guardians respond that they're aware of this but there are many other heroes on Earth but sector 2814 has only one Green Lantern. After subduing Polaris, Hal learns from his Lantern ring that the bounty hunter Bolphunga has entered Earth and goes to check. Meanwhile the leader of the three females who belong to the Gloom sentences Bolphunga to death for his crimes.

Hal arrives in time to stop the Gloom assassins and asks them to surrender, but they refuse to recognize his authority. The leader of the assassins tells the others to capture him alive and he retreats after being overwhelmed by their weapons. Hal receives no information on the Gloom from the Guardians and decides to return, with the leader of the assassins fighting him after ordering the other two to transport Bolphunga to Xadar. After being captured by her surfboard, he gets knocked out as his ring stops working. Waking up alongside Bolphunga, Hal finds that his ring has been taken by the Gloom and he is unable to call to it.

Hal tells the three Gloom sisters to release him or the Green Lantern Corps will come looking for him. When he talks about them having a slight with him, the leader of the three states that he's responsible for the destruction of his homeworld Xadar which he is now on. She states that Bolphunga while going after his mark some years earlier, levelled his word in addition to many others, leaving them orphans and the rest of the Gloom took them in later. She then reminds how he at that day was on Earth fighting Amazo alongside the Justice League, but he could've let the other League members take care of it and protected Xadar. Bolphunga however blames them for not fighting back, but she states they were pacifists who believed that the Corps will always protect them.

The Gloom assassins inform Hal that the bodies he sees are just mechanical and contain their souls which they transferred to them from their physical bodies. Hal requests them to let him arrest Bolphunga instead of killing him but they reject it, stating that both will die and if only one Lantern for is chosen then they will biased towards their homeworld. As he requests them to reconsider, she questions whether the Corps never taught him about being a responsible individual. As he admits to having failed them and their world, his Lantern ring breaks out of the container it was in and returns in his possession. This allows him to defeat Gloom and recue Bolphunga.

The leader of the Gloom assassins however still refuses to recognize his authority and rejects his pity, with Hal taking them away to imprisoned on Oa. Hal states that she could return to a normal life by telling the Guardians of the Universe as to what happened, but she rejects it and states that the other Gloom will continue meting out their brand of justice. Hal promises to stop them but gets told he and the other corps will fall short of meeting their responsibilities. As he flies away, Hal gets contacted by Martian Manhunter who states the League needs his help with Eclipso. He however tells him to call in some reservist as he needs to patrol his sector, something he has neglected.

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  • Doctor Polaris
  • The Gloom (Flashback and main story) (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Butler"

Kamandi while exploring the post-apocalyptic world, stumbles upon an exploratory vehicles with corpses of long-dead people inside. While checking them, he realizes that someone is following him after hearing a sound of something snapping. The stalkers turn out to be rat-men who try to kill him for food. During the chase they tell him to stop running or they'll give him a painful death, but Kamandi is able to escape into a mansion with the help of its robot butler.

The robot butler introduces himself and tells him that his owners have gone out on a mission to document the changing nature of the world, though he can't remember how long they have been gone for. Kamandi realizes that he has been lonely for quite a while and states he may know where his owners are, but their conversation is interrupted by the rat-men who barge into the mansion.

The butler hands him an energy weapon to deal with the rat-men, and together they are able to kill all of them. The robot however is injured in the fight after being bitten and tells Kamandi that he can't stop working before his owners return. This gives determination to the boy to bring the people he found in the vehicle earlier to the mansion using a wheelbarrow. The butler recognizes the people and celebrates their homecoming, for which Kamandi hangs around before leaving.

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Synopsis for "Stealth Mode"

Dawnstar informs Brainiac that she has found the planet where Wildfire and Sun Boy were taken to despite their abductors trying to hide their trail and he realizes that the planet she talked about is Hustrava, a cold planet whose people are prone to conflict and shun contact with other planets while their sun is dying. Colossal Boy suggests mounting an all-out attack, but gets rebuked by Dawnstar who states that it'll endanger their kidnapped teammates. Colossal Boy relents but states a solo mission won't work either, though Brainiac tells him he has another plan.

Meanwhile on Hustrava, Lord Kr'aine is informed about the arrival of the Legion of Super-Heroes near their planet and Pl'ohn blames it on them kidnapping their two teammates. Kr'aine tells him to accompany him and states he should stop creating unease among people since they did what was necessary for their race. Pl'ohn gets shown the chamber where Wildfire and Sun Boy are being kept in order to suck their energy for the survival of Hustravans, before Kr'aine orders destroying the Legion Cruiser.

Unknown to the Hustravans, Brainiac deliberately came near their planet to create a distraction and allow Dawnstar to sneak in. The guards of the Hustravan citadel where Wildfire ands Sun Boy are imprisoned, spot her approaching them and attack her with their cannons, using only low-level fire since they assume that she came in alone. As the cannon attacks fail, the soldiers go to confront her themselves, but find that she's also brought other teammates who made themselves invisible or shrunk themselves.

As Dawnstar and Invisible Kid deal with the soldiers outside, Shrinking Violet and Phantom Girl infiltrate the citadel's interior alongside Chameleon Boy. Kr'aine and Pl'ohn plead with them to not free Wildfire and Sun Boy, who ask the others to listen to what the Hustravans have to say. After the Legion learns that they abducted their team members to power their world, Sun Boy and Wildfire transfer some of their heat to the Hustravans' heat processors in order to keep their city warm for a while.

Pl'ohn tells the Legion that most Hustravans rejected asking help out of pride and didn't trust the Legion will agree to help them. Brainiac tells them that they'll be supplied with augmented solar collectors to help them for a while, but they should join the United Planets for a better solution. Pl'ohn states that many from his race wanted to join, but ultimately rejected it due to them being inclined to shunning contact with others and being prideful. He states however that the Legion's actions might change their mind now.

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  • Hustravans (Single appearance)
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Synopsis for "The Riddle of Little Earth Lost"

This story is reprinted from DC Comics Presents #3.

Superman returns to Earth's solar system after a mission in space and is surprised to find that the planet in Earth's usual position isn't Earth at all. Upon closer inspection, he finds that some how, Earth has been replaced by the planet Rann and he is instantly attacked by an army of rebels seeking to overthrow the government on Rann. Superman makes short work of them and soon is met by Adam Strange's lover Alanna and her father Sardath. They invite the Man of Steel back to Sardath's lab in Ranagar City where Superman learns the possible cause of the planet switch: Sardath explains that recently the Zeta-Beam that used to transport Adam Strange between Earth and Rann has changed and that Strange had instead been transported to different locations on Rann at random. Seeking to cure Adam of this affliction, Sardath attempted an experiment by bombarding him with Zeta-Rays, and it seemingly created this situation.

As Sardath finished his explanation, Alanna suddenly feels faint and passes out. Sardath notices a strange mist and deduces that the lack of Rann's three suns has caused dormant microorganisms that leech off moisture have begun coming to life. Superman rushes outside to see that his gas has filled the entire city. Quick thinking, the Man of Steel, grabs some domes off some of the buildings in Ranagar and takes them out into space and places them in orbit to act ask make-shift suns to cause the organisms to become dormant again. Returning to Sardath's lab, Superman is told that this is only a temporary fix, and that more danger lies ahead if they do not find a way to return the two planets to their proper galaxies. Superman detects a clue with his x-ray vision and flies off to check it out while Alanna recovers and tells her father she can't help but wish Adam Strange were here. Superman travels to another part of Rann where he has tracked a Zeta-trail and finds a hidden lab full of machinery. There he finds Adam Strange's old foe Kaskor waiting for him -- or rather a holographic projection of the villain. As Superman attempts to stop him a cage crashes down on the Man of Steel and he finds that his powers are stripped away thanks to a special bulb in the cage that replicates the rays of a red sun. Kaskor explains to Superman that he has created a Zeta-amplifier to cause the two planets to change places in part of a mad scheme to destroy both worlds in revenge against Adam Strange for disposing him as ruler of Rann in the past,[1] and that his plan will see the destruction of Earth as well.

At this same time on Earth, Adam Strange appears on Earth and is surprised to see that his being on his home world is no longer fatal. He begins to search around trying to make sense of why he was returned to Earth when he happens to see an experiment on algae gone berserk on the roof of S.T.A.R. Labs. Quickly, Adam rockets up to the strange plant creature and realizes what's happened: Earth is now in the Alpha Centauri system and that Rann's three sons is causing plant life to increase the amount of photosynthesis that they are used to. Quick thinking, Strange uses his ray gun to evaporate the water in a roof top swimming pool, causing enough cloud cover to cut off the excess solar rays and cause the algae to return to normal. After saving the day, Adam Strange is met by Lois Lane who asks for an exclusive interview for the Daily Planet. Adam does one better and flies her back to the WGBS building for a brief interview. There he witnesses news reports about plant life going crazy all over the Earth and about a strange ice crater that has appeared in Zaire. Seeing this as a clue to explain the planet shift, Adam Strange flies off to check it out before Lois can interview him any further, much to the reporters chagrin.

When Adam Strange arrives at the crater, his hunch is proven correct as he finds that the extreme cold is the after product of a Zeta-Beam transmission. He is soon attacked by a robot which he easily destroys, but this proves to be but a decoy for an even stronger robot that takes him captive. Kaskor then makes his presence known and shows Adam what is in the bottom of the crater: His Zeta-Beam amplifier, and that once the Zeta-Beam he used to swap both planets wears off, both worlds will occupy the same space and destroy each other. Just then, Superman arrives and easily destroys the robot, freeing Adam. The Man of Steel explains to the surprised Kaskor that when left alone to his own devices, Superman used his indestructible cape to block the rays from the artificial red-sun ray generator so that his strength would return and allow him to break free of his cage and track Kaskor back to Alpha Centauri.

However, before the two heroes can stop the device's effects from being permanent, they are held up by the various robots that Kaskor had built to the device protected. With the Zeta-Beam effect that will cause Rann to return to it's proper position imminent, Kaskor attempts to escape by blasting himself with a Zeta-Gun, however Superman has used his x-ray vision to fuse the circuits and Adam Strange knocks him out. With the destruction of their worlds moments away, Superman points out that there is a space warm not far from Alpha Centauri that he can push Earth into while Rann is transported back by the fading Zeta-Beam. However, needing a boost, Superman prepares a rocket loaded up with explosives which Adam will pilot through the worm hole.

Their plan goes off without a hitch, as Adam sets the explosives to go off, the Zeta-Beam that transported him to Earth wears off, sending him back to Rann. The massive explosion causes the space-warp to expand enough to help Superman push the Earth back into it's proper position in the universe, and Rann is returned to it's proper place when the Zeta-Beams wear off it, and a the crisis is averted. Later that night, Clark Kent appears on WGBS news and thanks the "mystery hero" who helped Superman save the Earth when doing his nightly newscast. While on the planet Rann, Alanna asks Adam Strange if being on Earth made him miss his home, Adam looks at her and tells her that he is home and the two lovers kiss.

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Synopsis for "The 50-Story Killer"

This story is reprinted from The Brave and the Bold #113.

After winning the election, the new mayor of Gotham City forces Batman to retire in favor if instating the Metal Men as his replacement under the idea that the six robots could better defend Gotham City. Indignant, Batman refuses to retire, however after Batman bungles a truck robbery (which is stopped by the Metal Men) the mayor is forced to place a court order preventing Batman from acting in the city. Deciding to accept reality, Batman decides that he should retire and resume his daily life as Bruce Wayne.

The next day at work at Wayne Enterprises, Bruce is surprised when armed men break into the office (led by a man named One Arm) and hold him and the entire building hostage. They are threatening to kill everyone with a special gas if their demands are not met, which is a ransom of the entire Wayne Enterprises net value. The Metal Men are sent in to sneak around and try to find the gas and destroy it before it can kill the hostages, but they are found out and ordered to leave.

With no place left to turn, the mayor concedes to Jim Gordon's request to call Batman for help. With One Arm and his men elsewhere, and spotting the bat signal, Bruce changes into Batman and tries to find the gas himself. His search is cut short when he notices One Arm's men returning to his office, so he returns and changes back to Bruce Wayne. Forced to give away the ransom, Jim Gordon agrees to do it. However, One Arm shoots Gordon in cold blood, when Wayne tries to stop them from getting away, they tie him to the Y of the Wayne Enterprise building's sign. Bruce then realizes where the gas is hidden because it's the only part of the sign not lit up.

Alerting the Metal Men, who break Bruce free and destroy the gas, Bruce sneaks off and changes into Batman and goes after One Arm in his Whirly-Bat. He easily causes them to crash their copter into a tree where they are arrested. Resuming his Bruce Wayne guise, he later returns to the Metal Men where he learns Jim Gordon is expected to recover. He tells them that One Arm targeted Wayne Enterprises because One Arm was once captured by Batman, and sought revenge through Wayne due to their close connections.

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  • One Arm (Single appearance)

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  • Charles Morgan (Single appearance)
  • John Higgins (Single appearance)
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Synopsis for "In Blackest Night"

This story is reprinted from Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3.

Returning from a mission to find a suitable protector for the Obsidia Deeps, Katma Tui reports back to the Guardians. Katma explains that that sector is lightless, without stars, suns, or any sort of light, making it hard for her to even locate a planet. Eventually, she found a world sparsely populated, where he saw a silicone-based life-form apparently suited for becoming a Green Lantern, meditating in the dark. His name was Rot Lop Fan, and he was blind, initially startled by Katma's sudden voice. Using her ring to translate, Katma explained her intentions, but she had trouble describing the Green Lantern Corps. For a naturally blind species like his, the words "green" and "lantern" are meaningless because there's no concept of color or light in their language. So every time she said those worlds, the ring couldn't translate it for him. Eventually, she resorted to explaining the same concept but with something he could understand: sound. Putting her ring on his finger, she asked Rot Lop Fan to imagine a bell that resonated a sound that soothed him, in this case, an F-Sharp. This "F-Sharp Bell" would allow him to emit sound waves and shape them into solid forms. Then, Katma told him that his power battery was like his tuning fork, and she created an oath for him, replacing the concepts of "light" and "color" with sounds. Finally, she gave Rot Lop Fan a modified suit, replacing the Green Lantern symbol with a bell.

Her mission accomplished, the Guardians accept her reports, even though she doesn't think he qualifies as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. The Guardians, tell her that they will think about this matter, and they'll try "not to keep him in the dark too long." Katma realizes that she heard a Guardian make a joke, making her feel uneasy.

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  • The comic was exclusively released for Walmart on February 19, 2020, before a mass-market release on March 25, 2020.



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