Metal Men #49 VF

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Eclipso has just raised an ancient dark God, from the surrounding waters off Diablo Island. In return, the God, Umbra, increases Eclipso's power a thousand fold. Power Eclipso puts to good use, beating back the Metal Men. The Metal Men look to their creator, Doctor William Magus, for leadership, Magnus, though, seems shell-shocked from Eclipso's barrage. Eclipso chases after Mona Bennet, Isobel Sullivan, and Johanna Rome. Gold weaves himself about Eclipso's legs, tripping him. In the time it takes Eclipso to fend off Gold, Platinum has reached the women. Eclipso knocks a tree over, which drags Bennet from Platinum's arms. Eclipso grabs Bennet, and carries her up to the cliffside, with the Metal Men in hot pursuit. Eclipso is about to sacrifice Bennet to Umbra, when the Metal Men catch up to him. Tin and Lead reach Eclipso first, but Tin is easily dodged, while Lead is reduced to molten slag. Gold gathers up Lead's form. With Iron's assistance, they reshape Lead into a convex lead-glass lens. Focusing the sun's light through the lens, the Metal Men blast Eclipso with his one weakness, high intensity light. Eclipso transforms back into his alter-ego, Doctor Bruce Gordon. While Umbra's power builds, Gordon provides the team with a little history lesson. When the Earth was in it's infancy, Umbra, along with other incredibly powerful beings, came to Earth, and were worshipped as Gods. Eventually, tribal mystics were able to drive these "Gods" into exile, or imprison them. Umbra's followers, however, kept possession of a black diamond, which was a fragment of the larger jewel Umbra wore on his forehead. The black diamond became a kind of "Serving Stone" for Umbra's cult leaders. Their priests used it as a weapon to keep the cult in line, always with an eye toward bringing Umbra back from oblivion. The last of these priests was Mophir. Gordon fought Mophir to the death. Though Gordon was victorious, Mophir managed to scratch Gordon with the black diamond, which led to Gordon...

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