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Overpowered Beings: Philosophically, #ThoughtRobotIsNecessary To DC Comics

 

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THOUGHT ROBOT IS SECOND TO MONITOR-MIND THE OVERVOID

Thought Robot (Cosmic Armor Superman). DC Comics.

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.

With quantum superposition, Adam was able to fuse together two dualities: Superman and Ultraman. With their selves fused onto a higher plane of existence, the new being ascended to Nil or Heaven.

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

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall.
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. DC Comics.

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.

 

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PHILOSOPHICALLY, #THOUGHTROBOTISNECESSARY

Thought Robot (Cosmic Armor Superman). DC Comics.

Philosophically, #ThoughtRobotIsNecessary to the DC multiverse. In the mythology created by Grant Morrison, the Writer created the DC multiverse as a story. In that story, the Monitor-Mind the Overvoid is an outerversal being who represents DC comics itself.

However, because of his perfection, the Overvoid could not comprehend the significance of the concept “story.”1 Like a Deus Ex Machina, Thought Robot was built to protect the DC multiverse from the imperfection of story.

In my digital book Superman, The Greatest Story: How Art Deco Meets Plot Device, I argue that Cosmic Armor Superman actually functions as a Monitor. In fact, Morrison perceives the Monitors as angels, whose function it is to tell stories.

Doubly as a journalist and as Thought Robot, Superman functions as a storyteller. And what is the ultimate purpose of the storyteller in society: it is to preserve human civilization.

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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THOUGHT ROBOT CAN BREAK THE FOURTH WALL

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall.
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. DC Comics.

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

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot prophesies stories will never end. DC Comics.

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

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REACTIVE EVOLUTION

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Thought Robot battles Mandrakk.
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot battles Mandrakk. DC Comics.

HIS HEAT VISION CAST MANDRAKK INTO THE OVERVOID

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot battles Mandrakk. DC Comics.

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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LINKS


Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
The Thought Robot in Marvel & DC Wiki.

FOOTNOTES

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Fan Theory: At DC Comics and Image Comics, The Superman Analogues Are Guardians Of The Bleed

 

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Supermen of the Multiverse. DC Comics.

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DURING CRISES, THE DC MULTIVERSE ACTIVATES ITS DEFENSE SYSTEM

In Justice League Incarnate #4, the true purpose of Superman is revealed. During crisis events, the DC multiverse is threatened. In order to protect its survival, the DC multiverse activates its immune system: superheroes. Importantly, Frank Martin at ScreenRant argues Superman represents the archetype of the ultimate hero.

In fact, Final Crisis reveals Superman and his analogues are the guardians of the Bleed. In Superman, The Greatest Story, I argue that the Bleed is a living 4D space that connects the DC multiverse’s shared history. During the final battle, the Supermen of the Multiverse arrive on New Earth in order to battle Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor. Let’s look at Superman and analogues in DC and Image that protect the Bleed and its analogues.

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision to see 4-D space.
The Bleed. DC Comics.

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To begin, Darkseid threatened the DC multiverse with the Anti-Life Equation. With Nil, Monitrix Zillo Valla chose Superman and the champions of the DC multiverse. Importantly, their mission was to stop Mandrakk. In order to succeed, Zillo Valla promised the Man of Steel the Ultramenstruum.

Dangerously, Mandrakk bottled this Bleed droplet. In fact, the Bleed was the only substance capable to save a critical Lois Lane. Heroically, Superman merged with Ultraman and became Thought Robot. Successfully, the Doomsday Weapon defeated Mandrakk in Nil and retrieved the Bleed.

 

MISTER MAJESTIC (DC COMICS)

During Captain Atom: Armageddon, a new peril faced the Wildstorm Universe. As matter of fact, Captain Atom had accidentally quantum jumped in the Wildstorm Universe. Now, his power threatened the existence of Wildstorm. And his presence triggered conflict with the heroes, namely in Captain Atom vs Mister Majestic. According to Majestic, Captain Atom would explode like a time bomb and Majestic needed to stop him

To protect the Bleed, the Authority kidnapped a near-critical Captain Atom aboard the Carrier. Moreover, they intended to kill him to prevent the Captain from blowing up the universe. When Mister Majestic attempted to stop the Authority, he was frozen in time by the Doctor. In the end, Void solved the problem by allowing the destruction of Wildstorm. In addition, she teleported Captain Atom back into his universe.

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SUPREME (IMAGE COMICS)

At Image Comics, Alan Moore revamped Supreme as a Superman analogue in 1999. In The Story Of The Year, Supreme returns to Earth after exile in space. Strangely, he notices reality flickering between the 1940s and the 1990s. There, he meets Supreme duplicates such as Original Supreme, Sister Supreme and Superion.

Soon, they travel to the Supremacy. Here, he learns it is a limbo realm where every possible version of Supreme lives. Similarly to the Bleed, it acts to create revisions in Supreme continuity. Moreover, it constantly erases or replaces friends and foes. Similarly, the Supreme duplicates act as guardians of the Supremacy. Indeed, they help Supreme and the Image Universe in moments of need.


LINKS

Justice League Incarnate #4 in DC Comics.
Superman’s Epic True Purpose in the Multiverse Confirmed by DC in ScreenRant.
Ethan Crane in Image Comics Database.
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Super Power: Mandrakk’s Vampiric Power Derives From Feeding On The Bleed

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DAX NOVU WAS THE FIRST SON OF MONITOR-MIND THE OVERVOID

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Monitor-Mind The Overvoid tells Superman and Captain Marvel the origin story of the Monitor race.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Monitor-Mind The Overvoid tells Superman and Captain Marvel the origin story of the Monitor race.. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman, Captain Marvel and other supermen in the DC multiverse are recruited by Monitrix Zillo Valla. They embark on a journey through the DC multiverse in order to stop the ultimate threat: Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor. Stranded on Limbo, Superman and Captain Marvel are guided by Merryman to the Library of Limbo to find repair manual for the damaged Ultima Thule. There, they lift the Book of Limbo, which has an infinite number of pages.

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The book tells of the origin story of the Monitors. The Monitors are described as a race of hyper-gods with Dax Novu described as the first son of Monitor-Mind The Overvoid.

After the trauma of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the original solitary Monitor withdrew from reality to lick its wounds, only to discover that one of its wounds had left a scab in the shape of a giant superman made of divine metals. Believing that it was no longer possible for it to watch over its own, immeasurably large body, the Monitor began to subdivide itself. And the first of these subdivided Monitors was Dax Novu.

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But what Novu found was a horrifying truth – the Monitors were parasites feeding on the Multiverse, and they were destroying it in the process.

Monitor Dax Novu, DC Database

WHAT IS THE BLEED?

In 'Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life. AP Photo/DC Comics.

When Superman embarks on his journey through the DC multiverse, Zillo Valla promises him the Bleed, the substance of life capable of healing Lois Lane who hangs between life and death at the hospital. When Superman and Ultraman are fused by Captain Adam into Thought Robot, Thought Robot ascends to the Nil to face Mandrakk. It is Cosmic Midnight, the door creeks, Mandrakk the Dark Monitor appears with the Bleed, or Ultramenstruum in his left hand. What is the Bleed?

THE 52 UNIVERSES EMERGED WITHIN BLEED LIKE CRYSTALS GROW IN SOLUTION

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Monitrix Zillo Valla promises Superman the Bleed to heal Lois Lane.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Monitrix Zillo Valla promises Superman the Bleed to heal Lois Lane. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Monitrix Zillo Valla promises Superman the Bleed to save the life of Lois Lane if he succeeds in stopping the ultimate threat. Valla reveals to Superman that the substance known as the Ultramenstruum is actually called the Bleed in the germ worlds. Apparently, the 52 universes of the DC multiverse all grew within the Bleed like crystals grow in solution.

THE BLEED IS 4-D SPACE

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision to see 4-D space.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision to see 4-D space. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, the Ultima Thule is being attacked by a Bleedstorm caused by the Destroyer “Echo Of Midnight.”1 In order to process what is happening, Superman upgrades to 4-D vision. From there, he is able to see the space between dimensions as 4-D space.

MANDRAKK FEEDS ON THE BLEED

In 'Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2009) #2, Mandrakk holds the Bleed, the elixir of life. AP Photo/DC Comics.

From hyper-god, Dax Novu turned into a vampire god and fed on the DC multiverse; he became Mandrakk. It is this universal substance that Superman conquers after defeating Mandrakk with the Cosmic Armor. When Superman retrieves the Ultramenstruum from Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor can no longer feed on the DC multiverse and apparently dies, lost in Monitor-Mind The Overvoid.

A furious battle between Superman and Mandrakk occurred, during which Mandrakk killed Zillo without recognizing her, and blamed Superman for his mistake. Eventually, Superman was able to knock Mandrakk into the Overvoid, where eventually even the thought of Dax Novu faded, ending his threat. Unfortunately, Rox Ogama, who was similarly exiled for his treason, simply assumed the powers and mantle of Mandrakk himself.

Monitor Dax Novu, DC Database

MANDRAKK WAS CAST IN THE DARK MULTIVERSE WHERE HE NOW FEEDS INSTEAD OF THE BLEED

‘THE UNEXPECTED’ (2019) #8

In 'The Unexpected' (2019) #8, Neon the Unknown alters Mandrakk's physiology with the Fires of Creation to only feed on the Dark multiverse.
In ‘The Unexpected’ (2019) #8, Neon the Unknown alters Mandrakk’s physiology with the Fires of Creation to only feed on the Dark multiverse. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In “Dark Nights: Metal,” we learn that Cosmic Armor Superman cast down Mandrakk in the Dark multiverse. Following Barbatos’ failed invasion of the DC multiverse, the Unexpected began to investigate a signal they believed to be an Nth metal isotope. They ended up at Nil.

Mandrakk revealed that he had never in fact perished during his conflict with Superman. Instead, his fall through the Overvoid ended in the Dark Multiverse. Determined to return to the proper multiverse and nourish himself on the Bleed, he began giving off a signal which individuals such as Quench foolishly believed was an invitation. In fact, it was bait, and he fed upon those who came to find him in order to crawl back out of the abyss, eventually arriving at Nil.

Monitor Dax Novu, DC Database

After Neon the Unknown and Quench were killed by Mandrakk, they resurrected before being annihilated by the World Forge. Gifted with the Fires of Creation, Neon the Unknown used his super powers to alter Mandrakk’s physiology: Mandrakk would now feed on the Dark multiverse instead of the Bleed. Finally, he was cast down into the Dark multiverse.

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FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘THE UNEXPECTED’ #7, MANDRAKK FEEDS ON THE BAD SAMARITAN WHO IS POWERED BY THE FIRES OF DESTRUCTION

In 'The Unexpected' (2019) #7, Mandrakk feeds on the Bad Samaritan, who is powered by the Fires of Destruction.
In ‘The Unexpected’ (2019) #7, Mandrakk feeds on the Bad Samaritan, who is powered by the Fires of Destruction. AP Photo/DC Comics.

LINKS

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
The Unexpected #8 in Comic Vine.
The Unexpected #7 in Comic Vine.
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“Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2 (of 2)” Review

 
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The epic voyage beyond reality concludes in this heart-stopping finale as the multiverse-spanning quest for the elixir of the supergods reaches its end on the shores of a battlefield beyond imagination! But first, the Supermen of five worlds must lay bare the darkest secret of the multiverse, expose the shocking origin of the Monitors and come face to face with a seemingly unstoppable evil fueled by the power of 52 living universes!

‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2’ is one of the most celebrated aspects of ‘Final Crisis.’ With the life of Lois Lane hanging in the balance, Superman embarks on a journey across the DC multiverse that takes him to the edge of reality. Grant Morrison’s opus is a literary tour de force of the DC Universe.

Grant Morrison’s writing is at its best here. He brings together multiple concepts: the DC multiverse, the Bleed, the Monitors and Heaven. Do not miss the battle between Superman and Mandrakk.

This is an event you do not want to miss. Share this comic to fans of Superman and on the occasions of Comic-Cons. It is definitely worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Superman! And the Monitors!

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“Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2 (of 2)” is the comic to own in order to collect Grant Morrison’s runs. ‘Superman Beyond’ is part of Grant Morrison’s Superman-centric DC Universe and fits well in Post-Crisis continuity.

The comic is excellent for debates about comic book battles and for sharing your fandom. Fans of the DC Universe and ‘Final Crisis’ will love the art deco style of Doug Mahnke. With a Comixology Unlimited Membership, this comic is free.

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Battles Of The Week: Superman Thought Robot vs Mandrakk (Hero vs Villain)

 

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Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke.

SYNOPSIS FOR “TO BE CONTINUED”

Monitor Zillo Valla has recruited the Supermen of the DC multiverse on a journey to Nil.

Their mission is to stop the ultimate threat in exchange for the Bleed.

Stranded in Limbo, Superman and Ultraman have been fused into a higher essence to become Thought Robot and reach Nil.

It is Cosmic Midnight and Thought Robot must face Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor.

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

In 'Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Superman meets Mandrakk at Cosmic Midnight.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2009) #2, Thought Robot (Superman) meets Mandrakk at Cosmic Midnight. Photo/DC Comics

Enter the two contestants at Cosmic Midnight in the Nil. On the left side is Thought Robot (Superman), the Doomsday Machine and on the right side is Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor.

Let’s look at the stats!

Thought Robot – New Earth

Super Strength: Boundless 100%
Super Speed: Omnipresence 100%
Durability: Boundless 100%
Energy Projection: Multiversal 92%
Fighting-Skills: Extra-Dimensional 100%
Intelligence: Omniscience 100%

Mandrakk

Super Strength: Multiversal 92%
Super Speed: Omnipresence 100%
Durability: Multiversal 92%
Energy Projection: Omnipotence 100%
Fighting Skills: Extra-Dimensional 100%
Intelligence: Omniscience 100%

THE FIGHT

In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2009) #2, Thought Robot (Superman) faces Mandrakk in order to obtain the Ultramenstruum, the substance of life capable of saving Lois Lane’s life, who is at the hospital between life and death.

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WINNER: THOUGHT ROBOT (SUPERMAN) WINS

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Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2009) #1, marks the first appearance of Thought Robot (Superman) in DC continuity.

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #1, marks the first appearance of Thought Robot (Superman) in DC continuity. Photo/DC Comics

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LINKS

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
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Monitor Dax Novu in DC Database.