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IN COSMIC HIERARCHY
THOUGHT ROBOT IS SECOND TO MONITOR-MIND THE OVERVOID
Before the Thought Robot vs Mandrakk battle, Superman and company were stranded in Limbo. Indeed, it was the Final Crisis, and Monitrix Zillo Valla had recruited the super-champions of the multiverse.
To this end, their quest was to recover the Ultramenstruum, the substance of life. But, they had to stop Mandrakk first, the Dark Monitor who held the Ultramenstruum or Bleed.
Near Cosmic Midnight, Mandrakk’s forces closed in on Superman and company. While struggling to hold with their inoperative ship, Captain Adam unlocked his power.
There, they became Thought Robot. At Cosmic Midnight, Cosmic Armor Superman faced the enemy of the DC multiverse: Mandrakk.
According to the legend of the Monitors, Thought Robot is a 4-D Doomsday Weapon whose sole purpose is to defeat the Ultimate Enemy. In effect, Thought Robot is moved by the story of Superman and can become as strong as needed in response to his enemy’s attack.
Consequently, Cosmic Armor Superman has the power of Reactive Evolution. As a Doomsday Weapon, Thought Robot is the being “of divine metals” that Monitor-Mind The Overvoid formed in order to protect the DC multiverse.1
Really, the character is second only to Monitor-Mind The Overvoid in importance and power.
OVERPOWERED, THOUGHT ROBOT CAN BREAK THE FOURTH WALL
Originally, what struck fans was that Thought Robot was the most powerful version of Superman in DC continuity. As matter of fact, Thought Robot is among the few characters in comics that can Break The Fourth Wall.
In literature, drama or theater, this is a meta-fictional technique by which a given character is aware of the audience, the reader or the writer. Moreover, the character is usually depicted addressing the audience, reader or writer.
Related to this case, Thought Robot either addresses the Presence, or is aware of being a character in a comic. In the image above, Cosmic Armor Superman seems to be addressing the Writer, that is, Grant Morrison.
Moreover, this super power can be attributed in part to Clark Kent’s profession of journalism, which is to tell stories. In this case, the journalist becomes the story. Really, this is a very powerful super power, perhaps the greatest.
In this comparison, Thought Robot may be more powerful than Truth Incarnate Wonder Woman.
Moreover, Thought Robot is overpowered and possesses super powers at the level of the Hyperverse. In effect, he is a God or Abstract.
Some of Cosmic Armor Superman’s powers include: 4th wall breakage, plot manipulation, time manipulation, reactive evolution, berserker strength, flight, heat vision, reality warping, quantum manipulation.
In a philosophical sense, #ThoughtRobotIsNecessary because stories are the blood of DC Comics and because he makes them intelligible to the Monitors, the Overvoid and a special person dear to Superman.
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WHY THOUGHT ROBOT IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING
THOUGHT ROBOT CAN BREAK THE FOURTH WALL
Perhaps, Thought Robot’s most impressive power. Here, a comic character becomes God, or perhaps, reveals metafiction.
Here, the commentary is that Superman and the DC multiverse are organic, living entities.
As a metafictional character, Cosmic Armor Superman can interface with the Writer. Here, on the page, his hand extends outside of it.
Literally, a comic character touches the Presence, the reader or the Writer. Below, you can find our Power Level Wiki for the feat and others.
THOUGHT ROBOT MANIPULATES THE STORY
At the end of the battle, Thought Robot writes an inscription on his tomb. In Nil, it is a fitting celebration of 81 years of history.
Indeed, Grant Morrison seems to say that stories are enduring.
In fact, Thought Robot seemed to predict the state of the DC Universe after Dark Nights: Death Metal.
Really, read the end of the issue to find out Thought Robot’s “warning” to Mandrakk.2
INTELLIGENCE FEAT: OMNISCIENCE
HIS HEAT VISION CAST MANDRAKK INTO THE OVERVOID
At the end of the battle, Superman demonstrated that his energy projection is Nigh-Omnipotent. After Mandrakk kills Zillo Valla, the battle kicks into high gear.
With Superman on the ropes, bleeding, panting, Mandrakk presses on. Then, the voice of Ultraman helps him re-double his strength.
With multiple attacks, Thought Robot disarms Mandrakk. Finally, in a powerful blast of heat vision, Superman casts Mandrakk into the Overvoid.
Perhaps, one of the best finishing moves in comic battles. In fact, proving that Cosmic Armor Superman is beyond the DC multiverse!
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