"Thirty Minutes to Oblivion": The passengers are at first relieved when their train begins to slow down after being trapped for hours. However, they have been delivered to Brainiac 13's indoctrination station. Among the prisoners is Ma and Pa Kent. Suddenly, Superman bursts in and removes the we
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Synopsis for "Thirty Minutes to Oblivion"
The passengers are at first relieved when their train begins to slow down after being trapped for hours. However, they have been delivered to Brainiac 13's indoctrination station. Among the prisoners is Ma and Pa Kent. Suddenly, Superman bursts in and removes the weapons from the guards. It doesn't take long for Brainiac 13 to arrive and have Superman trapped in his cables. Suddenly, The Eradicator comes to the rescue and for some reason this takes Brainiac 13 by surprise. Brainiac 13 flees.
Clark and the Kents are reunited, albeit as Superman. Pa Kent tells Superman that he will help get the people out and to a hospital. Superman then turns his attention to The Eradicator and wonder why he has returned to Earth. The Eradicator explains that the B13 virus is heading for the remains of the Fortress of Solitude and predicts that it will be bad if the original Eradicator programme and the B13 were to join. They have thirty minutes to stop it from happening. Outside, there are loud booming sounds, in which Metallo bursts in through the wall, closely followed by the Metal Men.
Elsewhere, John Henry Irons is busy fighting his old suits which have been contaminated with the B13 virus. Natasha runs off, shortly before John is surrounded by attacking armors. Suddenly, Natasha shouts for her uncle to duck, and blows up the armor with a canon and some old nuts and bolts.
Back at the Indoctrination Station, with Metallo incapacitated, the Metal Men and The Eradicator prepare to head off for the Fortress. Platinum is formed as a rocket, which Superman ride inside, while the others form a crossbow to fire her. She is released and The Eradicator follows close behind her. Once they are at a safe distance, Platinum opens up and Superman comes out from inside her. Superman and The Eradicator race to the Fortress.
In LexCorp Tower, Lex, his bodyguards and Brainiac 2.5 (inside Lena) head for the only weapon that can destroy Brainiac 13.
As Superman and the Eradicator gets closer to the Fortress, it senses their presence, and builds itself into a large warrior with an axe-like weapon. The two heroes attack the Eradicator programme-created warrior, but it can detect and anticipate The Eradicator's moves. The pair hit him together with their heat-vision, but nothing happens. Then the B13 spiders arrive and they begin to join together. The Eradicator realizes that he must make a huge sacrifice. He flies into the warrior and rejoins the programme, though David Connor's soul remains in control. He asks Superman to pass on his love to his children and then takes the warrior away and up into space. All around Superman, the B13 spiders begin to breakdown.
Back at LexCorp Tower, Lex has got to the weapon he needs to defeat Brainiac 13 and take back his city: a Kryptonian Battle Suit.
- The events of Metal Men (Volume 2) were declared a psychotic break in Will Magnus' head according to 52 (Volume 1). The standard origin and nature of the Metal Men is still intact on New Earth and Magnus was never Veridium.
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Links and References
Adventures of Superman #576: 2000/11
Action Comics #763: 2000/13