After helping batman, aquaman, flash, and green arrow take down mr. freeze, killer frost, captain cold, and icicle jr., robin, aqualad, kid flash, and speedy are brought to the hall of justice. speedy is disappointed that they can't become members of the justice league and walks out after admitting to the other three sidekicks that the justice league's real base is orbiting the planet. while the justice league are called away by zatara to help in preventing wotan from blotting out the sun, dick grayson, kaldur'ahm and wally west break into cadmus (which was on fire at the time) and find that it is being run by mark desmond and the genomorphs in the building's sub-levels. the genomorphs have taken control of guardian's mind. the sidekicks find a clone of superman known as superboy.