Tuesday, November 27, 2007
After Jimmy Olsen snapped a picture of Superman wearing a wedding ring, reporters all over town became desperate to find the bride of the Last Son of Krypton. In order to safeguard Kal-El's privacy, the JLA called a press conferance at the United Nations building in New York. Wonder Woman accepted the role of spokesperson for Plastic Man, the "Dark Flash," Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Steel, and Aquaman. "Yes, Superman is married...as are all on this stage...to the Justice League of America." The present members then presented a row of adorned ring fingers. "Regardless of that, these gold bands are in actuality highly sophisticated experimental signal devices recently issued to all members...You may see them again in the future." (Superman: The Man of Steel #96; Jan. 2000)
A more robotic (and Superman” The Animated Series-style) “Brainiac 2. 5” had fought the Man of Steel on a prior occasion before making the scene in Superman Y2K #1 (Feb. 2000). This Brainac infested the year 2000 problem-solving Lexcorp Y2Kompliance computer program, using it to take control of the entire electronic world. Trying to save bulletcars in Japan, Superman was telepathically contacted by J’Onn J’Onzz. Sporting ten arms, Manhunter was trying to cybernetically and telepathically coordinate Earth’s heroic response.
“J’Onn. What took you so long?”
“I had to reroute the teleporter targeting source before I could get up here...According to the Watchtower’s scans, ninety-six percent of the world’s computers have gone down. That accounts for approximately eighty percent of power, water, heat, transportation, etc. I’d be more specific--but this isn’t typical number crunching .”
“Where can I be of the most use?”
”That’s why I contacted you. Metropolis is clearly the epicenter of the problem, I’m investigating why--but you skills are required elsewhere...on a larger scale.” Nuclear missiles were launching across the globe by the thousand, as Green Lantern looked on. “Gee...good thing you threw all those nukes into the sun, and made them promise not to make any more, huh?” referring to the “King of the World” story. GL and Superman managed to stop the threat, as a multi-eyed Manhunter watched another drama unfold. Brainiac 2.5 began an involuntary upgrade, becoming the monolithic Braniac-13, a greater threat to the future...