52 is a series of events that occured during the year following the Infinite Crisis, where the Superhero community must unite without the leadership of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, to maintain peace in a world still reeling from near destruction.
As Booster and Rip escape from the newly transformed Mr. Mind, they find themselves in-between worlds within the time-stream.
Mister Mind regurgitates the Phantom Zone, however, Supernova leaps in front of the blast and deflects it, sending the Phantom Zone elsewhere. He boards the Time-Sphere and reveals himself to be Daniel Carter, Booster's ancestor. Rip saved him from the endless 52-second loop that Mr. Mind trapped him in, and outfitted him with Supernova's specialized costume. Rip's part of the deal was that he would bring him back to his home in Pittsburgh. However, Hunter goes back on their deal, saying that they still need somebody in Supernova's costume due to it's special capabilities.
As the trio try and stay ahead of Mr. Mind, they find that he's beginning to alter his own vibrational frequency, effectively changing Universes. Rip has Red Tornado match the frequency, and they follow the monster to Earth-17. Mind begins to devour the Earth's history, changing events and altering centuries of time.
Before he can finish, Booster, Daniel and Rip jump to Earth-3, where they find the Justice League. Suddenly, Mr. Mind arrives, and starts absorbing history once more. He is stopped abruptly, changing the League into the Crime Syndicate of America. They jump once more, drawing Mind through all manner of different Universes which are changed by Mind's attempts to feed.
Eventually, Booster and co. draw themselves and Mind back into the Multiverse, where they must make their last stand.
Booster suddenly feels the weight of his responsibility coming down on him, and begins to doubt Rip's choice in him. Rip tries to reassure him, but to no avail. Having let down Ted Kord, and allowing his only remaining friend, Skeets, to be destroyed, Booster feels that he's simply destined to fail. Suddenly, Skeets' remains fizzle and light up, and he utters what words of esteem he can to Booster. Gold formulates a plan. Rip needs an energy source, and Booster knows right where to find it. He turns on his time travel circuitry, and goes back even further. After he disappears, Rip confides in Daniel that this moment is the beginning of something seen in the future as the beginning of Booster Gold's "Glory Days", and the dawn of the Megaverse. Rip then departs himself, leaving Daniel in charge of the Time-Sphere as he goes to retrieve the last thing they need to defeat Mr. Mind: Suspendium, artificial time.
Elsewhen, Booster arrives at the penultimate moment of the original Crisis and finds Ted Kord. Booster uses this as one last chance to talk to his old friend, and to finally say goodbye. The two joke around a little, and then Booster departs after finding the Scarab and keeps it for the needed energy source. He arrives back at the Time-Sphere, along with Rip, and the two put their plan into motion. Booster plugs Ted's Scarab into Daniel's Supernova costume, so they can draw Mind to its power.
Booster Gold starts using his knowledge of the future to help in public campaigns to be the latest hero of Metropolis.
Now living in an Ambassador Hotel, Ralph attempts to kill himself only to be stopped after receiving a message that a message was left on his wife's tombstone.
Natasha Irons attempts to attend an open call for new members with the Teen Titans, however, John Irons forbids her to go; believing that her responsibility was to help people instead of joining superhero teams. When Natasha refused he deactivates her armour.
Black Adam announces his plan to Kahndaq to enforce a stronger stance against super-criminals.
Mister Mind watches Skeets with Booster on television. Daniel and Skeets fly by, with Daniel finally getting hold of him.
Doctor Sivana is captured by Intergang.
The hero community masses in Metropolis to remember those killed in the Infinite Crisis.
Having anticipated the ceremony as being where Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announce the reformation of the Justice League; Booster Gold realises that something is wrong with Skeets when the prediction is false.
Booster Gold continues his campaigning, using Skeets' information on the future to gain advantage. However, when he attempts to endorse a new pharmeceutical company only to have its owner arrested by the secret service he begins searching for Rip Hunter to work out why Skeets was glitching.
John theorises that the body of Luthor he has been studying is the body of the Luthor that caused the Infinite Crisis. Lex Luthor uses the discovery to blame all of his previous criminal activities on.
Montoya witnesses an unknown individual entering the building she was staking out. Entering after him and finding the Question again, the pair discover that the individual is an alien hauling a cache of firearms in a basement beneath the building.
Booster Gold pays off an actor to stage a battle to aid his campaign.
Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart encounter the Great Ten after entering Chinese airspace while in pursuit of Evil Star. As part of the newly formed coalition between China, Kahndaq, North Korea and Myanmar, Black Adam is called to support the Great Ten. The Lanterns manage to find sanctuary in Russia.
Egg-Fu manages to install a camera into T.O. Morrow's cell while he and Doctor Magnus converse again.
Ralph visits Booster Gold as Booster is called by the actor over his payment failing to go through. Ralph criticises Booster on his marketeering and blames him for being too selfish to help others, like Sue Dibney.
Montoya visits Kate during a charity gala and convinces her to enquire into the 520 Kane street building.
LexCorp announces open calls for volunteers to participate in the new "Supergene" testing program.
Ralph observes as Booster quells an oil tanker fire in front of LexCorp and then actively participates in denouncing Booster when the actor Gold had hired arrives to reveal Booster as a fake hero.
Natasha continues attempting to build her own armour as John's skin starts turning into stainless steel.
Ralph visits Green Arrow in the remains of Star City. Ralph suggests Arrow campaigns to be the city's mayor to better enforce the city's recovery as the two investigate an abandoned location of the "Cult of Conner".
Black Adam notes the absence of the magical lightning that transforms him from god to man. Afterward he holds a diplomatic party with representatives from prospective countries to join in his coalition only to be interrupted when Adrianna, the slave girl, attempts to escape and spits in Adam's face.
Perry White informs Clark Kent that, due to his failing ability to report active news, he is fired. In an attempt to get an interview with Supernova, Clark jumps out of the Daily Planet window and is caught by the hero.
Enquiring into why she was trying to escape when she was not a prisoner, Adam and Adrianna convers over Adam's coalition plan.
Ralph Dibney attacks a group of Cult of Conner members in Washington park and discovers that they are children. After they escape he recieves a call that his storage locker in Opal City has been broken into.
Vic and Renee meet with Kate Kane in Gotham where she informs them that the 520 Kane street building had been leased by a company called Ridge-Ferrick. After leaving Vic takes Renee to his van where he reveals what he knows about Ridge-Ferrick and their connection to Intergang. All of this is overheard by Batwoman.
Renee and Vic break into Ridge-Ferrick Holdings company and encounter Whisper A'daire but are saved by Batwoman.
Renee informs Maggie Sawyer of Intergang's intention to invade Gotham. Afterward, Renee and Vic opt to go to Kahndaq to look into what Intergang was planning there.
Black Adam, through Adrianna's suggestions and information, provides water for various Kahndaqian villages and clears mines from the country's highways. When she questions why he always acts in anger, Adam shows her the tomb of his wife and sons.
Black Adam goes to the Rock of Eternity and requests that Adrianna receive the power of Isis; another of Shazam's champions from ancient Egypt.
Ralph tracks Cassandra Sandsmark to Philadelphia where she reveals that the cult wished to revive Sue Dibny as a precurser to Conner. Ralph agrees to help.
Ralph, with Hal Jordan, Green Arrow, Metamorpho and Zauriel in attendance to verify if it is fake or not, attends the resurrection ceremony of his wife. Deciding that it is fake, the heroes break up the ritual, however, Sue is momentarily ressurected during the ritual's destruction.
Isis and Black Adam continue breaking and destroying various slave circuits in an effort to find Adrianna's brother.
Hal Jordan, Green Arrow, Metamorpho and Zauriel attempt to find Ralph after the ritual's destruction, however, Ralph, after momentarily seeing his wife returned, has become obsessed with continuing the resurection.
Booster is regulated to living in a hotel and eating beans.
Attempting to redeem himself, Booster attacks an aquatic beast attacking Metropolis but ends up blacking out Metropolis instead. Supernova arrives to defeat the beast and Booster attacks him out of frustration. When a submarine that the beast was carrying goes nuclear, Booster elevates it above the city and contains the blast in his force field. Killing himself in the process.
Vic and Renee are awarded the Order of the Crescent for stopping the bomber, however, Renee suffers guilt for having to kill the bomber, a child, and goes on a drunken binge instead of attending the ceremony.
Renee, Vic, Adam and Isis unite to investigate into why Intergang is in Kahndaq.
In an effort to find what Booster had seen in Rip Hunter's bunker, Skeets sends Daniel Carter in. Upon discovering that Hunter had discovered Skeets' plan to alter the timeline, he leaves Carter inside the bunker to become trapped in time.
The Infinity Inc. fights Blockbuster in Las Vegas. After a brief run in with the Teen Titans who challenge the team's legitimacy as heroes, Luthor deactivates Eliza's metagene, causing her to be killed while attempting to stop Blockbuster's escape.
Martian Manhunter, after ensuring the political death of Checkmate, constructs a monument of Booster Gold amongst other monuments of Justice League members killed in action within the original Justice League headquarters on Rhode Island.
The new Justice League attempts to control an attack by supernatural pirates, however, they are interrupted first by newly empowered Metropolitans from LexCorp's Everyman program and than by Skeets who has embarked on a killing spree in an attempt to lure out Rick Hunter.
Alan Scott, Ted Grant and Jay Garrick meet in the JSA Headquarters for Thanksgiving and watch as Luthor's Infinit Inc. enact a parade through Metropolis to celebrate the day. When the group reveals a new member, called Jade, Obsidian confronts them.
Veronica Cale reveals to Chang Tzu Magnus' maniac episodes and Chang Tzu takes Magnus' medicine away to incite them.
While Natasha spies on Luthor, Jake reveals himself to actually be Everyman. While Natasha fights Everyman, Luthor arrives with new powers thanks to actually having been compatible all along for the Everyman Project procedure. He takes away Natasha's powers and proceeds to beat her.
Molek the Hunter attacks Adam Strange and Starfire. Strange attacks the bounty hunter, but Starfire is injured. The two manage to take the hunter down, and tell him that Lady Styx is dead. The hunter tells his ship to self-destruct before he dies, and Adam Strange, carrying a wounded Starfire, manages to get away just in time.
Renee has made it to Nanda Parbat, but Charlie has died. Renee is told that Richard Dragon is waiting for her in an ice cave, and Renee goes to meet him. The two fight, and Renee reveals that she is going to carry on for Question. Richard tells her that she has to stop running away from herself if she truly wants to honour her friend, and tells her to face who she is and who she can become. Renee runs away.
Ralph Dibny is in Haven trying to figure out how T.O. Morrow disappeared. Dibny reveals that someone must have planted teleportation microcircuitry into the security cameras that beamed the mad scientist out. Dibny then goes to visit another inmate, Milo, who has hidden a magical object in the wheel of his wheelchair. Dibny steals the Silver Wheel of Nyorlath and teleports away with the helmet of Dr. Fate.
Renee finds another woman sitting on a bench in Nanda Parbat contemplating life. The lady tells Renee that she is waiting for a friend, Renee tells the woman about Charlie, and about her feelings and doubts. The woman tells Renee that she can only find the answers to her questions from within, and asks her to explore the frustrating question of her identity.
Renee takes the advice of the woman, who was actually Wonder Woman, and returns to the ice cave.
The spaceship of Adam Strange and Starfire is plummeting into a sun, and Strange is frustrated and hopeless. Starfire tries to use a pep talk on him, though she is slowly losing consciousness as she seccumbs to her wounds. Strange goes to try to figure out how to stop the ship as Starfire drifts asleep. Suddenly something huge appears between the ship and the sun. The ship crashlands onto the planet and into a beautiful lake, above which a Green Lantern is flying. It turns out that Mogo, the Green Lantern planet, has saved the duo.
Osiris wishes his powers were gone. He feels the trouble in Kahndaq is due to how he killed the Persuader. He goes to the Rock of Eternity along with Sobek. He finds Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel there. As he asks for Captain Marvel to take his powers, Black Adam and Isis arrive. Osiris blames Black Adam for Kahndaq's suffering and punches him. The Marvels restrain them so that they do not cause more damage at the Rock. Marvel Jr. tries to hold back Osiris. As he hits him away, he also hits his sister. Shocked, Osiris agrees to accept the power and to not turn his back on his family.
Osiris is making plans to leave as he still cannot live with what he has done. Sobek suggests simply saying "Black Adam" to relinquish the powers. As he does, he falls to the floor, unable to walk in his human guise. Sobek then chomps down on Osiris as he tries to utter "Black Adam" once more.
In Kahndaq, the funeral for Isis and Osiris takes place. The Marvel family serve as pallbearers and try to some comfort to Black Adam. As they fly away, Renee Montoya looks on. She speaks with Black Adam. She wanted to see if there was anything she could do for him. Black Adam is surprised by this. She says she knows what it's like to lose someone, to feel guilt for surviving, and shame for not being able to prevent it. Outraged, Black Adam grabs her by the face and says she presumes too much. Renee replies that Isis was her friend and he lets her go. He tells her to worry about her own problems with Intergang and to go home.
In Bialya, the President speaks to Bruno Mannheim. He is concerned that Death has made Bialya a target for Adam. He is also concerned that Black Adam will soon be there now that the funeral has ended. Black Adam begins tearing his way through Bialya soldiers.
Word of Adam's rampage soon gets to the Pentagon and then to the President. He orders the American embassies in the surrounding countries to be closed. Alan Scott and Mr. Terrific know that something needs to be done to stop Black Adam, before the Bialya is completely wiped out. Amanda Waller tries to convince Atom Smasher to try to talk to Black Adam. He refuses to play any further part in her plans.
On Oolong Island, the scientists prepare for the arrival of Black Adam. All of their defense measures fail to stop him. After fighting different robots, androids, and other mechanical defenses, Black Adam finally enters the base. A group of villains all fire upon him at once. Together, they manage to defeat him. Throughout all this, T.O. Morrow wins the online bid over a piece of art that uses parts of the Red Tornado.
In Bialya, Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, and Wildcat are searching for survivors after Black Adam's tirade but is unable to find any. Alan's ring tells him there are over two million dead. Atom Smasher arrives and announces that he wants to help find Black Adam.
In Nanda Parbat, Batman seals himself in darkness for seven days as Robin waits for him. Tim talks with Diana and is unsure of how things are affecting Bruce. He says that after the cult "removed" his demons, he's gotten worse. He feels that perhaps the demons were all he had to protect him.
Wonder Woman and Robin talk while waiting for Batman.
Bruno Mannheim is unhappy that the sacrifice is not working. He is troubled that the "twice-named daughter," Batwoman is still alive. They figure that "Cain" must be her name. Batwoman is one name and Cain must be the other. If they can match someone of her description with the resources to be Batwoman, they'll have no problem getting her.
Black Adam is still being tortured. Will Magnus is having trouble concentrating over his screams. He sits and ponders over a new Metal Men creation. When he activates it, Mercury and Tin pop out of his shirt pocket and beg him to turn it off. Will does.
Animal Man is learning how to use the power of the sun-eaters. When he asks his saviors why they helped him, they tell him he is in Space B. From there he can access any point in space or time and give him a glimpse of one month in his future. He sees his wife, Ellen, but she appears to be with another man.
Beast Boy continues to try to convince Natasha to join the Teen Titans as she tests out a new suit. She declines because she is working with John. They are starting a new organization, Steelworks. They want to be able to offer help to those that need it.
In Gotham City, Renee goes to Katherine Kane's penthouse. She finds the place torn apart. Shocked and saddened, Nightwing appears in the window and tells her that she's been taken and the two of them are going to bring her back.
The Justice Society tries to catch up to Black Adam. Power Girl notes that he's been "kicking the asses of everyone that's been able to catch up with him." Wildcat says the JSA can handle him. Mr. Terrific informs them that they'll get their chance to prove that because Checkmate just found him in China.
The Chinese Air Force try to stop Black Adam in the air. He destroys their fighters. The Great Ten say they will stop him. Socialist Red Guardsman gives the authorization to attack. Ghost Fox Killer seems to have wounded Black Adam with her spirit-shot. Seven Deadly Brothers take their shot next.
Beijing is destroyed in the conflict as Adam defeats the Great Ten.
The heroes of the United States mass on the Great Wall of China, awaiting admission into China's borders to engage Black Adam as he fights the Great Ten.
As Martian Manhunter returns to join them, the heroes are given permission to enter and engage Black Adam en-masse.
Captain Marvel attempts to convince the Egyptian Gods to force change Black Adam into a mortal again. They refuse saying he has their blessings
Steel and Natasha Irons get the Thunder Missile ready to fire at Adam. Once it hits him, A.I. nanites inside will work their way to his brain and short out his motor functions. Just as they are about to launch it, Booster Gold appears. He takes the missle saying he needs it more than they do and that it wouldn't have worked anyways. Then he disappears. Steel and Natasha have no other choice but to jump into the fight with their hammers.
The remains of Luthor's Everyman project as Infinity, Inc. are told to join the fight as they look on. Seeing how things are going for the others, Nuklon says they're not going up against that and take off in the other direction.
Martian Manhunter telepathically destructs Black Adam while Captain Marvel uses his lightning to depower Adam and changes his magic word.
The Monitors conclude their observation of the event.
T.O. Morrow returns home with the head of Red Tornado. As he works on it to find out what he saw "out there in the great beyond," it keeps repeating "52." Booster Gold and Rip Hunter arrive and take the head.
Adam Strange is shown with his eyesight back and on Rann. The scientists and Green Lanterns are talking to him about the emerald eye which he says Lobo has it. He also finds out that Starfire flew off with Buddy's jacket to give it to him.
In the enormous flash of energy, Rip brings the team back to his bunker in the desert, pulling Mind with them. Red Tornado closes the Time-Locks inside the bunker, locking them there temporarily. Rip outfits Skeets' hull with the Suspendium he retrieved, and instructs Booster to trap the now smaller Mr. Mind within. Booster is reluctant, but Skeets tells him that he'd rather go out saving the world than letting it die. Booster says one last goodbye, and traps Mr. Mind. Rip opens a portal, and tells them that they must hurl the shell at a high velocity in order for the Suspendium to hold him. Booster throws Skeets with his best arm, and Daniel chases it through the time-stream.
Daniel returns to the Bunker and the trio celebrate the end of the epic battle and the salvation of the new Multiverse, but not before they mourn their losses. Rip surprises Booster though, when he reveals that he copied Skeets' mem-self onto a responsometer which Dr. Will Magnus can fix.
A fiery pit opened in the middle of a preschool classroom, resulting in the children drawing several horrific drawings, possessed by some outside force. The Ghosts of Ralph and Sue Dibny can be seen at the site, beginning an otherwordly investigation into the matter unbeknownst to the staff.
Magnus manages to successfully copy Skeets' mind into a brand new body, but without memory of the last year. Booster and Skeets become reacquainted, and Booster begins to tell him what he missed.
Kate Kane recovers from her stab-wound and reveals that she was brought to the hospital by the new Question, Renee Montoya. Across the city, Renee removes the question mark from Jim Gordon's spotlight, and replaces it with a Bat Signal.
Amongst the heroes trapped in the Zeta beam were Firestorm and Cyborg (they became fused together on a molecular level), Hawkgirl and Bumblebeee (Hawkgirl became 25 feet tall), Mal Duncan and Red Tornado (parts of Red Tornado has become fused into Duncan), and Alan Scott (lost an eye due to debris). Supergirl, Animal Man, Starfire and Adam Strange were sent to other locations. Adam Strange's eyes were burnt out.