IN RELIGIOUS WARFARE
THE ERASED PROPHECY ANNOUNCED THE DOOM OF OLYMPUS AT THE HANDS OF FIRST BORN
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #14, the prophecy of First Born is told. In Antarctica, a group of American scientists and military have been watching First Born who has been standing at the same position for six hours. One of the scientists named Cassandra speaks to First Born who does not want to be disturbed. She tells First Born that he has been under the Earth for over seven millenia, to which First Born replies he has been clawing his way out over seven millenia. Then he speaks to the scientist about the prophecy. At his birth, a witch prophesied First Born would one day rule Olympus.
Angered at the prophecy, Zeus ordered the witch to kill First Born. Because of Hera’s desperation, First Born was spared. The witch left First Born in Africa where he was raised by hyenas. Cassandra indicates that 60 years ago in Turkey, the witch’s mummified body was found with his story tattooed across every inch of her body. It took that time to decipher it. Cassandra also says he knows the whereabouts of First Born’s armor and weapons. To this, First Born replies that he needs a sign for the one who has taken his birthright. As he finishes the sentence, the sun rises meaning that it is Apollo the the pragmatist and the coward.
ORION MEETS WONDER WOMAN, SEEKING THE LAST OF ZEUS’ SEVEN BASTARD SONS
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #14, Orion is alerted about the threat of the prophecy. On New Genesis, Highfather tells Orion that the Source has detected a grave danger from Earth. The danger portends the end of time, The end of the Source. In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #15, Wonder Woman meets Orion in the subway system of Manhattan. Wonder Woman is searching for her half-brother Milan and Lennox has led her to the underground subway system of Manhattan.
On the way, Wonder Woman is held back by Hephaestus who does something mysterious to her Bracelets of Submission. There, Lennox finds Milan who holds a grudge against him and tells him to leave. When Lennox begrudges, Orion appears before him and tells him he is looking for the last of Zeus’ bastard children. He makes threats on Lennox which causes Wonder Woman to step out of the shadows. As she attacks Orion, her Bracelets draw out swords. Seeing that, Milan unleashes a swarm of flies out of his mouth to envelope them.
WAR AND WONDER WOMAN GO TO LOOK FOR ZOLA’S BABY IN DEMETER’S REALM
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #16, Orion reveals the reason for his visit to Earth. He has recently found out about a new threat to the universe from the last Olympian. Wonder Woman and Lennox assume it is Zola’s baby which was kidnapped after birth by Hermes. In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #18, Orion, War and Wonder Woman have to track down Zola’s baby to Demeter’s Realm in order to prevent the prophecy. War, Wonder Woman’s mentor, decides to take only Diana to Demeter’s Realm. Wonder Woman and War go to a restaurant in Manhattan whose rooftop garden serves as an entrance to Demeter’s Realm.
Suddenly, they are attacked by Hermes. Though Wonder Woman is the better fighter, Demeter is faster and nearly wounds her with his talon. At that moment, a Boom Tube appears and Orion transports Wonder Woman away on his Astro-Harness with Hermes in tow. At Wonder Woman’s injunction, the Astro-Harness stops in mid-air, causing Hermes to fall into Demeter’s Realm. In Demeter’s Realm, War confronts Demeter. War laments being bored by being held between life and death. He opens Demeter’s womb and removes the baby from her cavity.
Wonder Woman and Orion arrive at Demeter’s Realm. They find Demeter without the baby and Wonder Woman inquires whether Hermes took the baby. Demeter reveals that it was War who took the baby by ripping it out of her womb. She notes War hates his pupil, Wonder Woman. Demeter says she let War take the baby and that she couldn’t stop him.
Departing Demeter’s Realm, Orion consoles Wonder Woman. He tells her they will find the baby. Heading back to the hotel, Orion and Wonder Woman are surprised to see everyone. They come in and they see that Zola is with the baby. Zola says War brought the baby back. Zola hands the baby to Wonder Woman and Diana sees it’s a boy. Orion is thankful because it would bother him to kill a girl, to everyone’s irk.
CHAOS IN THE STREETS OF LONDON: WONDER WOMAN VS ARTEMIS!
Though he is now ruler of Mount Olympus, Apollo is still captivated by the prophecy that tells of a child of Zeus who will take the throne of Olympus by killing another of Zeus’ children. He believes that the child in question is Zeke, born of the human Zola. His reflection is interrupted by Poseidon, who mocks Apollo’s claims that he has gentrified Olympus, and is ushering in an age of reason rather than violence, given that Apollo has just sent Artemis to kill Zeke.-‘Wonder Woman’ Vol 4 20, DC Database
Artemis’ arrival is soon followed by Wonder Woman‘s intervention. The moon goddess warns that Diana had sworn an oath that she would destroy the child if it turned out to be true that Zeke was a threat to the Olympian throne. She has come to either watch her do it, or to do it in her stead. While Diana lunges at Artemis, Zola rushes into the living room with Zeke, and begs Hera and War for help. It is Lennox though, who takes the child from her, assuring her that his stone body makes him the best protector. As they escape, War comments that the child is hardly worth all of this effort.-‘Wonder Woman’ Vol 4 20, DC Database
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ROUND 1: WONDER WOMAN AND ORION ARE NO MATCH FOR FIRST BORN. THEY ESCAPE TO NEW GENESIS
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2013) #21, First Born and Cassandra intend to kill Zola’s child and all the Olympian gods in order to fulfill the prophecy. Wonder Woman arrives as Lennox is about to battle First Born. Meanwhile, Zola flees with Zeke, her baby with Cassandra chasing. Wonder Woman tells First Born that she does not know him but judging from what she saw, he deserves a beating. It turns out First Born is tough. Wonder Woman and Lennox are having a hard time with First Born. Wonder Woman and Lennox pin First Born to the ground with punches. However, First Born frees himself and piledrives both of them onto the concrete.
At that moment, a Boom occurs and Orion appears. He kicks First Born and sends his Astro-Harness to retrieve Zola and Zeke. Finally, Zola and Zeke come on the Astro-Harness and Lennox, Wonder Woman and Orion open a Boom Tube. As they attempt to escape, First Born prevents the Boom Tube from closing, claiming to fulfill the prophecy. The Boom Tube connects any two points in the universe “but to exit the entrance has to close.”1 When Orion says they are close to critical mass and the Boom Tube might implode atomizing them, Lennox sacrifices himself. He flies into First Born with a loud Boom. They arrive on New Genesis.
ROUND 2: WONDER WOMAN IMPALES BOTH WAR AND FIRST BORN TO BECOME THE NEW GODDESS OF WAR
- Wonder Woman #21.