DC Day: Batman Builds Brother Eye To Spy On The Metahumans Of Earth

DC DAY

In '52' (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye.
In ’52’ (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye. Photo/DC Comics

IN CRISIS

’52’

The events that led to the creation of Brother MK I can be traced back to the ’52’ series. Years ago, the Elongated Man’s wife Sue Dibny was brutally raped by Doctor Light aboard the JLA satellite. Then, things went awry.

Zatanna and the Justice League Of America wiped Doctor Light of the memory of the crime, altering his personality to be slow-witted. Batman found out and intervened but his mind was wiped out as well by Zatanna’s spell.

In ’52’ (2006) #9, the events leading to the Identity Crisis speak of Sue Dibny’s rape by Doctor Light. Photo/DC Comics
In '52' (2006) #9, the events leading to the Identity Crisis speak of Sue Dibny's rape by Doctor Light.
In ’52’ (2006) #9, the events leading to the Identity Crisis speak of Sue Dibny’s rape by Doctor Light. Photo/DC Comics

‘IDENTITY CRISIS’

During the events of the ‘Identity Crisis’, Sue Dibny was found dead by fire. Investigations into the case helped Batman recover his memory.

These events would set into motion the events surrounding the creation of Brother MK I. Batman growing distrustful of the Justice League Of America created Brother MK I.

In '52' (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye.
In ’52’ (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye. Photo/DC Comics

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BROTHER EYE

Batman created Brother Eye in order to monitor all the metahuman population on Earth. Unfortunately, during the events of ‘Infinite Crisis’, Brother Eye was hacked by Maxwell Lord who used it in an effort to wipe out metahumans.

These events led to the ‘OMAC Project.’ Maxwell Lord mind-controlled Superman leading to a clash with Wonder Woman. Upon Wonder Woman killing Maxwell Lord to free Superman, the OMACs activated to kill all metahumans.

In 'OMAC Project #2' (2005), Batman informs the Justice League that Brother Eye was hacked by Maxwell Lord, leader of Checkmate.
In ‘OMAC Project #2’ (2005), Batman informs the Justice League that Brother Eye was hacked by Maxwell Lord, leader of Checkmate. Photo/DC Comics

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COMIC GALLERY

In ‘Countdown To Infinite Crisis’ (2005) #1, Blue Beetle investigates The OMAC Project.


SOURCES

52 Vol 1 9 in DC Database.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Brother Eye in DC Database.
Omni Mind and Community in DC Database.
Countdown To Infinite Crisis Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

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Dark Horse Day: Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters

DARK HORSE DAY

In 'Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters' (2011) #1, Godzilla terrorizes the citizens of Japan.
In ‘Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters’ (2011) #1, Godzilla terrorizes the citizens of Japan. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

IN ORIGINS

Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese army has just embarked on a new form of war. A war against the Apocalypse. From the depths of the Pacific Ocean, a new, monstrous threat of gigantic proportions has just emerged.

On the beaches of Tokyo, a monster we call Godzilla has just appeared. The monster has overcome our fighter jets and we have been authorized to use a nuclear attack to take it down.

undefinedIn 'Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters' (2011) #1, Godzilla takes a nuclear blast.
In ‘Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters’ (2011) #1, Godzilla takes a nuclear blast. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

The monster could not be put down! The nuclear blast only made it stronger. It got a new power: atomic breath!

Godzilla rained fire on the citizens of Tokyo, trampling, destroying everything. What will our beloved leaders do?

What is atomic breath? Read on!

His trademark attack is his “Atomic Ray,” which is capable of devastating roughly one quarter of Tokyo in a single blast. A not so well known ability is to project a field of nuclear energy from his body, which is called a nuclear pulse.

Godzilla (Character), Comic Vine
In 'Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters' (2011) #1, Godzilla destroys Tokyo with atomic breath.
In ‘Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters’ (2011) #1, Godzilla destroys Tokyo with atomic breath. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

SOURCES

Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters in Gojipedia King Of The Wikis.

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Marvel Day: The Annihilation Wave Imprisons Galactus

MARVEL DAY

In 'Annihilation' (2006) #2, Galactus and Silver Surfer are imprisoned on "The Skrull Reach", Thanos' starship.
In ‘Annihilation’ (2006) #2, Galactus and Silver Surfer are imprisoned on “The Skrull Reach”, Thanos’ starship. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MULTIVERSE

The Annihilation Wave

The Annihilation Wave progresses on its march, leaving behind a path of destruction that threatens the multiverse.

Annihilus, a monster from the Negative Zone felt that the expansion of the multiverse to the Negative Zone warranted his conquest. Now, he wants to destroy everything!

In 'Annihilation' (2006) #1, Annihilus invades the multiverse.
In ‘Annihilation’ (2006) #1, Annihilus invades the multiverse. Photo/Marvel Comics

Annihilus’ Master Plan

When the universe was young, Galactus imprisoned the Proemial gods Tenebrous and Aegis. During the destruction of Kyln, they were freed and sought vengeance. Using Thanos’ help, Tenebrous and Aegis found Galactus and Silver Surfer.

The Proemial Gods defeated Galactus and Silver Surfer, then turned them over to Annihilus’ Annihilation Wave. Annihilus’ master plan was to turn Galactus into a weapon that would devastate the multiverse.

In 'Annihilation' (2006) #3, Galactus is turned into a weapon by Thanos and the Annihilation Wave to destroy the multiverse.
In ‘Annihilation’ (2006) #3, Galactus is turned into a weapon by Thanos and the Annihilation Wave to destroy the multiverse. Photo/Marvel Comics

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The United Front

Nova formed forces to combat the Annihilation Wave. This group of warriors included Nova, Drax, Moondragon, Starlord, Phyla-Vell and Cammi.

The United Front faced enormous casualties after the destruction of Daedalus 5 at the hand of the Annihilation Wave. Eventually, Drax faced Thanos on his starship and killed him, fulfilling his destiny.

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SOURCES

Annihilation in Marvel Database.
United Front in Marvel Database.

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Dark Horse Day: Who Are The 300?

DARK HORSE DAY

The ‘300’ (1998) march towards Thermopylae. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

THE GHOST FILES

PROJECT BLACK SKY: INVESTIGATION

In my investigation of the White City Butcher, I have stumbled upon a legend of myth. I was looking for clues on the demon who possessed James Barrow, and I found in the computer files, a file about the 300.

I opened it!

DATABASE FILES

In '300' (1998), King Leonidas and the 300 march towards Thermopylae to face the god Xerxes, Emperor of Persia and his army.

In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas and the 300 march towards Thermopylae to face a being of legend, the god Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his innumerable army.

According to legend, King Leonidas and his 300 bodyguards, were strong and proud men, who lived by Spartan law. When the Eupors would not consent to King Leonidas’ decision to go to war with the Emperor of Persia, King Leonidas embarked on a march with his 300 unbeknownst to the Eupors.

He faced Xerxes and his army at Thermopylae.

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In '300' (1998), King Leonidas fights the god Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his army at Thermopylae, The Hot Gates.
In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas faces Xerxes, the Emperor of Persia and his army at Thermopylae, The Hot Gates. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

Read on!

On arriving at the battlefield, a place called Thermopylae (the “Hot Gates”), Leonidas and his men picked the place where they will set up their defense. The Hot Gates was a pass between the mountains. If Leonidas could funnel the Persians into this area, their numbers would count for nothing. Thus, a wall was built which forced any attackers into the Hot Gates. When Xerxes attacked with his lightly armed Persians, they were unable to force the Spartans back despite their massive numerical superiority.

The first day of fighting ends well for the Spartans, and so Xerxes send in his elite troops, the Immortals, so called because their unit was always kept at one thousand men strong. They were Xerxes’s personal body guard and highly trained. After a bloody battle, the Spartans are once again victorious. The second day passed in much the same way. It seems as if the Spartans will succeed.

‘Leonidas’, Dark Horse Database

Unfortunately for the brave Spartan King, someone would betray him. The Immortals closed in on the Spartans, and the warriors were slaughtered.

In '300' (1998), King Leonidas and the Spartans fight back against the Immortals of Emperor Xerxes' army.
In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas and the Spartans fight back against the Immortals of Emperor Xerxes’ army. Photo/Dark Horse Comics

Read on!

However, Leonidas is betrayed. A traitor showed Xerxes a secret pass through the mountains used by goat herders that allows the few remaining Immortals to get behind the Spartans. The few Greek guards are slaughtered, and by morning, Leonidas is surrounded.

Earlier on, he had sent a messenger back to Sparta to tell them the tale of the defenders and to psyche them up for war. He then turned to his men and said, “Make breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight we dine in hell!”

This prophecy proved accurate when Xerxes gave Leonidas a final chance to surrender. He dropped to his knees, and removes his helmet and shield. At first it appears he is giving in. Suddenly, one of his men kills the messenger standing between him and the emperor. The Persian troops began to shoot the Spartans down with arrows, but Leonidas managed to throw his spear. His spear slices open Xerxes’s cheek, wounding the supposedly divine Emperor and proving that even a god can bleed.

‘Leonidas’, Dark Horse Database
In '300' (1998), assailed by arrows and the death of his warriors, King Leonidas hurls his battle cry at Xerxes "Die", hurling an arrow at the Persian Emperor.
In ‘300’ (1998), King Leonidas hurls his battle cry at Xerxes “Die”, hurling an arrow at the Persian Emperor. Photo/Dark Horse Comics
In '300', King Leonidas' arrow injures Xerxes' right cheek. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.
In ‘300’, King Leonidas’ arrow injures Xerxes’ left cheek. Photo/Dark Horse Comics.

The story of King Leonidas and the 300 ends with King Leonidas injuring Xerxes’ left cheek and dying pierced by spears and arrows. The 300 die on the battlefield.

The story is a powerful myth. It made me consider possible connections between James Barrow and demons of a Greek origin.

As I continue my investigation, I remain haunted by these heroes of myth and wonder if what happened to them, will also happen to me. I am Ghost after all!

Visit ‘Leonidas’ at Dark Horse Comics.

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DC Day: Superman vs Black Adam

In 'Action Comics' (2005) #831, Superman battles Black Adam.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2005) #831, Superman battles Black Adam. Photo/DC Comics
Look! The Daily Planet logo with the Earth globe at the center.

DAILY PLANET EXCLUSIVE

Today, we talk about a battle of epic proportions! The Man of Steel has faced overwhelming foes over his superhero life. Let’s take a look and examine a battle that is sure to rock the Earth and crack the moon! I am talking about a battle royale between Superman and Black Adam. Can the Last Son of Krypton defeat the former Champion of the Egyptian gods?

DATABASE FILES

In 'Action Comics #831' (2005), Superman confronts Black Adam over his protection of the villain Doctor Psycho.
In ‘Action Comics (2005) #831, Superman confronts Black Adam over his protection of the villain Doctor Psycho. Photo/DC Comics

In ‘Action Comics #831‘ (2005), Superman confronts Black Adam over his protection of the villain Doctor Psycho. A battle ensues.

In 'Action Comics (2005) #831, Superman confronts Black Adam over his protection of the villain Doctor Psycho.
In ‘Action Comics (2005) #831, Superman confronts Black Adam over his protection of the villain Doctor Psycho. Photo/DC Comics

It appears that the Man of Steel and Black Adam are evenly matched in the strength, speed, and endurance departments. Their energy projection is dependable with Superman holding an edge.

It appears that the Man of Steel and Black Adam are evenly matched in the strength, speed, and endurance departments.
It appears that the Man of Steel and Black Adam are evenly matched in the strength, speed, and endurance departments. Photo/DC Comics

In the fight, Superman’s vulnerability to magic does not seem to be put in display. Black Adam holds back due to a simple misunderstanding between the two.

Superman is not holding back. He attacks with “a punch that would have split the moon in half.” Black Adam turns his back. Superman relinquishes the attack!

Superman is not holding back. He attacks with "a punch that would have split the moon in half."
Superman is not holding back. He attacks with “a punch that would have split the moon in half.” Photo/DC Comics

In the end, Doctor Psycho removes his hold over the citizens of Metropolis. Black Adam promises to punish Doctor Psycho. Superman reveals his knowledge of Black Adam’s formation of the Secret Society of Super-Villains and promises to watch over them.

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Dark Horse Day: The Death Star

The Death Star surrounded by space ships in space with Yoda talking.
The Death Star.

Today, we talk about the be-all end-all of science-fiction modes of transportation. Star Wars is replete with advanced modes of transportation, space ships, refined weaponry and methods of warfare. I present to you, the Death Star!

BIO

Death Star was a gargantuan space station armed with a planet-destroying superlaser.”

-“Death Star“, Dark Horse Database

The Death Star is a moon-size space station created by the Galactic Empire “to be the most powerful force in the galaxy.” The Death Star is able to destroy an entire planet as demonstrated “by a test firing on Princess Leia’s [planet] of Alderaan at full power and the prison planet of Despayre at [half] power.” (Death Star)

Commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin of the Galactic Empire with a crew of over 250,000, the Death Star can house around 700,000 personnel once: gunners, troops and support staff are included, It also boast an impressive arsenal including: TIE Fighters, strike cruisers, blast boats and assault shuttles. It also has defense weapons ranging from turbo blasters to ion cannons and tractor beams.”

-“Death Star“, Comic Vine

Creation

The Death Star was created by George Lucas in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). The Death Star first appeared in Marvel Special Edition Featuring Star Wars #2 (1978).

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DC Day: Super Flare vs Black Hole

Can a Super Flare Defeat a Black Hole?

In Superman #38, Superman in his battle with Ulysses unleashes the super flare, that releases all the energy stored in his cells and makes him human for 24 hours. Photo/DC Comics

In Superman #38, Superman in his battle with Ulysses unleashes the super flare, that releases all the energy stored in his cells and makes him human for 24 hours.

From IGN:

In the pages of today’s Superman #38, Superman’s discovered he has a new “super flare” power where he expels all of the energy in his cells to create a bright, powerful blast capable of incinerating everything within a quarter mile. The downside — aside from the mass destruction — is that using the super flare ability depletes his cells, essentially making Superman human for 24 hours.

– ‘Superman’s New Super Flare Power and Costume Revealed’, IGN

During his fight with Ulysses, a meta-human who can absorb energy, Superman blasted Ulysses with heat vision that Ulysses absorbed which resulted in Superman unleashing his Super Flare, as he started to glow. (Superman’s New Super Flare Power and Costume Revealed)

The fight resulted in the destruction of Superman’s armor costume in the New 52 multiverse which was created as a Kryptonian nano-tech armor that would cover his body, and the creation of a new costume.

At the end of the comic book, Superman reveals his secret identity to Jimmy Olsen: “I’m Superman Jim.”

In Superman #38, at the end of the comic book, Superman reveals his secret identity to Jimmy Olsen: “I’m Superman Jim.” Photo/DC Comics

Can a Super Flare Defeat a Black Hole?

In JLA Vol 1 #77 (2003), Superman holds ” a black hole no bigger than a speck of dust that is contained by a magnetic field”. Photo/DC Comics

In JLA Vol 1 #77 (2003), Superman holds ” a black hole no bigger than a speck of dust that is contained by a magnetic field”. The black hole is named Mnemon, it steals memories and causes the Justice League to fight among itself. Superman contains the black hole and with the help of Green Lantern John Stewart flies it “to a desolate stretch of space and hurl[s] it away.” (JLA Vol 1 77)

Dark Horse Day: Conan the Barbarian

“Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars… Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.”
– The Nemedian Chronicles

Today, we talk about war! War is a fact of life, a tale of glory, a battle for power and no one embodies this more than Conan the Barbarian.

Conan’s origin

“It may sound fantastic to link the term ‘realism’ with Conan; but as a matter of fact – his supernatural adventures aside – he is the most realistic character I ever evolved. He is simply a combination of a number of men I have known, and I think that’s why he seemed to step full-grown into my consciousness when I wrote the first yarn of the series. Some mechanism in my sub-consciousness took the dominant characteristics of various prize-fighters, gunmen, bootleggers, oil field bullies, gamblers, and honest workmen I had come in contact with, and combining them all, produced the amalgamation I call Conan the Cimmerian”.

– Robert E. Howard

Conan is a warrior-born who was born among the Cimmerians who migrated east of Atlantis some time before it sank to the ocean and was destroyed. Conan is a warrior-born as said, and was actually born on a battlefield between the Cimmerians and the Vanir. Conan’s father and his tribe encircled Fialla, his mother, as she was giving birth to Conan. This was an omen that Conan would become a great warrior.

Before the age of seven he crippled Donal, a bully in his own tribe, who was much older and bigger than himself. By age eight he was wielding an ax well enough to chop firewood for the tribe, and he was also training with the longsword, spear, and dagger. He was officially accepted as a man of the tribe that year when he rescued the tribe’s war chief from a hungry pack of wolves – killing one of the wolves with his bare hands and teeth in the process!

– ‘Conan’, Comic Vine

Conan eventually became a fighter, a mercenary, a thief, and a King wandering exotic and supernatural lands during the Hyborian Age. (Conan)

Powers and Abilities

Conan is an expert hunter, unarmed combatant, swordsman, horseman and archer. He is one of the most accomplished swordsmen in the Hyborian Age. (Conan)

Conan has a high level of strength, speed, and agility for a human and is able to lift very large objects. He has dealt over the years with magicians, sorcerers, and witches and has built a resistance to magical spells. He is also a master tactician who is able to lead armies into battle. (Conan)

SUPER FEAT: Conan Defeats a Frost Giant

Conan is a warrior-born, one born from battle lust, supernatural power, and the desire to conquer. He exemplifies the power to overcome the human condition with physical power and intelligence.

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Marvel Day: The Power Cosmic

Today is Marvel Day! Yay! Today, we talk about an important super power in the Marvel universe, an ambient cosmic energy called The Power Cosmic.

The origin of The Power Cosmic is told in the Galactus Trilogy (1966). It is associated with a powerful figure, the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.

The Galactus Trilogy (1966) tells of the origin of Galactus. He was formerly Galan, a scientist from the planet Taa and the last survivor of the previous universe. He merged with the sentience of the universe, the Phoenix as the universe was born from a new Big Bang. Galactus was born!

The Galactus Trilogy (1966) tells of the origin of Galactus.
The Galactus Trilogy (1966) tells of the origin of Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

Galactus was born with a hunger, an insatiable hunger to feed on planets with living energy. It was conceived to be a part of the cosmic order of things, a natural part of evolution: that the strong prey on the weak!

The Power Cosmic is an ambient energy of the cosmos that grants its wielders several super powers:

The Power Cosmic is a limitless power that can allow the user to do many things such as resurrect the dead, manipulate the user’s size and mass, teleportation, telepathy, creation of force fields, travel through time, superhuman strength, immortality and much more. The Power Cosmic can be used in a powerful blast or in small doses to change the color of a plant. The Power Cosmic can also be infused into the human soul giving them a portion of the Powers of the Universe.

– “Power Cosmic”, Comic Vine

The Power Cosmic is “power that of the endless cosmos” (Silver Surfer #4).

Silver Surfer, Skyrider of the Spaceways

In 'Silver Surfer' (1968) #1, In a desperate attempt to save his planet from destruction at the awesome power of Galactus, Norrin Radd swore to become the Silver Surfer.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1968) #1, In a desperate attempt to save his planet from destruction at the awesome power of Galactus, Norrin Radd swore to become the Silver Surfer. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a desperate attempt to save his planet from destruction at the awesome power of Galactus, Norrin Radd swore to become the Silver Surfer, a Herald of Galactus to seek new worlds for the Devourer of Worlds to consume and spare his home world.

He was granted the Power Cosmic, a silvery coating to protect him from the rigors of space and a silvery surfboard mystically linked to him, in order to assist him in his space travels and reconnaissance missions in search for suitable worlds.

SUPER FEAT: Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor.

Silver Surfer's cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1969) #4, Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor. Photo/Marvel Comics

Silver Surfer has been one of the most shining sentinels in the universe. He represents a nobility, and a purity of character that is held in contempt by the most fearsome foes – such as the Devil Mephisto.

Image Day: Supreme

Supreme and Radar

Today we talk about a character that is lesser known. Supreme was created by Rob Liefeld for Image Comics as a violent and angry Superman analogue. He was taken over by Alan Moore who created him as a “tribute to [the] Silver Age Superman”. (Supreme)

A bit on his origin.

Supreme, Radar, and Suprema

Ethan Crane, the son by adoption of Joe and Joanne Crane of Littlehaven. Supreme gained his super powers through exposure to Supremium radiation in 1925. “The radiation caused his hair to turn white” and granted him formidable super powers such as:

super strength, flight, invulnerability, super speed, durability, heat vision, ice breath, x-ray vision, energy absorption, atom manipulation, immortality via superhuman adaptation, regeneration, the ability to come back from death, skill with alien technology. (Supreme)

Supreme is vulnerable only to Supremium radiation.

He served in the military during World War II and joined the Allied Supermen of America, the first superhero team. He became a founding member of the Allies, “the premier superhero team of the 1960s”. (Supreme)

SUPER FEAT: Supreme averts floods in India by pushing the continent of Asia “from the path of a tidal wave”

Supreme averts floods in India by pushing the continent of Asia "from the path of a tidal wave."
Supreme averts floods in India by pushing the continent of Asia “from the path of a tidal wave.” Photo/Image Comics

Supreme’s origin story is recounted in “The Origin of Supreme” in Supreme #42.