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"Black Dawn, Chapter 6: Fade to Black": Superman and his allies are forced to fight Superboy and the Super-Elite, who have been brainwashed by Manchester Black. Superman, Batman and Robin attempts to reason with Superboy, but the black substance used by Black not only has corrupted his mind but


Quote1 After those time flashes, after Black... I can't explain it... I don't feel afraid anymore. I know I can be brave, no matter what it costs, for the people I care about. Quote2
-- Superboy



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Synopsis for "Black Dawn, Chapter 6: Fade to Black"

Superman and his allies are forced to fight Superboy and the Super-Elite, who have been brainwashed by Manchester Black. Superman, Batman and Robin attempts to reason with Superboy, but the black substance used by Black not only has corrupted his mind but it is also pushing Superboy's powers to the limit, making him a danger to everyone nearby. Frankenstein and his wife dispose of the Super-Elite and try to attack Black directly, but he commands Superboy to freeze the wife solid and tear Frankenstein to pieces.

Superman, aware that Superboy is struggling to resist Black's mind control, lures Superboy into the uppermost part of the ship's quantum drive. Because Black's mind control has increased Superboy's powers, Superman knows he does not have to hold back, so he grabs Superboy and flies into the quantum reactor, causing father and son to get visions of parallel timelines and alternate universes. Exposure to the quantum reactor's energy also gives Superboy enough clarity to overcome Black's mind control and he goes on to attack Black directly.

Just when it appears that Superboy will kill Black, Lois arrives at the chamber and calms Superboy down. Lois' right leg is intact and Kathy explains Black only it made it look that Lois got injured in order to demoralize Superboy and turn him against Superman. Black attempts to attack Superman again, but Superboy and Kathy join hands and touch Black, turning their telepathic connection against him. This causes a massive explosion that leaves Black in a coma.

With the battle over, the Super-Elite is freed from Black's control and they offer their condolences to Kathy for the death of her grandfather. Despite Black's actions, the refugees are still willing to reconstruct Hamilton and continue their lives there. Their ship is badly damaged and there is no way to move it without risking further destruction. Although Superman holds some distrust towards them, he still allows them to reconstruct their home. In time, Hamilton regains its former splendor and the former members of the Super-Elite retake their normal lives. With Black's telepathy gone, the humans at Hamilton are no longer aware that there are aliens living among them.

The Kents and Kathy return to the old tree Jon and Kathy used to play. Although Lois feels a bit insecure about leaving Kathy to manage the ship and the refugees on her own, but Clark has faith she will continue her grandfather's work. Clark and Lois leave to have a romantic moment on their own, while Superboy and Kathy fly together, alongside Krypto.

A few nights later, a group of teenagers sneak into the Cobb dairy farm and bring a couple of cigarettes to a cow. The cow actually houses Black's mind, which has been trapped in the cow's body after the battle with Superman. Black attempts to use his telepathy on the teenagers, but his powers have grown weaker and the teenagers easily overcome the mind control and throw the cow into its side.



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  • This book was first published on June 21, 2017.
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