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Darkseid, Anti-Monitor, Grail
The Prologue to the Darkseid War is on Themyscira. The Amazons were created by Zeus to bring peace to mankind. After defeating Hercules and his army, the Amazons retreated to the Paradise Island of Themyscira. On a fateful night, Diana was to be born to Queen Hippolyta.
That same night, an abomination was born: She was the daughter of Darkseid and the Amazon assassin Myrina Black. Her name was to be Grail. Menalippe was Hippolyta’s favorite oracle. At the birth of the child, she prophesied Grail would bring about a great darkness: a terrible war “between the dark God and the antiGod.” Eventually, Minalippe and Penelope were left to die by Myrina.
The Justice League are investigating a crime scene. Strangely, they tracked it down because a Boom Tube was open there and two people are dead. Diana narrates the story and reveals the team’s dynamics: Batman and Flash are running tests on the evidence, Hal and Jessica are taking a look at the people in the complex, Shazam and Cyborg are investigating the Boom Tube. When Cyborg locates two other murders of women named “Myrina Black”, an explosion happens.
Grail teleports out of Flash’s mouth and starts tearing the Justice League apart. First, she attacks Batman in a duel then takes out Cyborg and Shazam. Grail proves to be fast, strong and able to emit eye beams.Grail has the advantage over Diana and pins her to a car. Meanwhile, the Green Lanterns intervene but are quickly taken down. Using Power Ring (Jessica Cruz), Grail creates shadows to summon the Anti-Monitor. Sinisterly, the anti-God is here!
Grail’s plan in the Darkseid War was to create New Gods in order to gain the Anti-Life Equation. As Batman later finds out, Anti-Monitor’s origin story on Qward sentenced him to destroying the DC multiverse after every cycle of rebirth.
The punishment was because he sought the beginning… Using the Anti-Life Equation, Grail could stop the rebirth of the universe, with a final plan: Superwoman’s son. Who are the New Gods of the Justice League?
In order to stop Anti-Monitor and Grail’s Darkseid War, the Justice League have to break the Crime Syndicate out of Belle Reve. Mister Miracle finds a powerless Ultraman and Cyborg and Power Ring find a pregnant Superwoman at Level 0. Ultraman is scared that Anti-Monitor, who previously destroyed Earth 3 is going to destroy Prime Earth. At Superwoman’s cell, Power Ring is contaminated and activates her ring to become Volthoom. As Cyborg attempts to hack into the ring, he re-activates Grid.
Superwoman blasts Mister Miracle and Big Barda with her eyebeams. Then, Owlman breaks a hole in Superwoman’s cell. Onboard the Watchtower, Wonder Woman and the Justice League agree to work with the Crime Syndicate. Diana orders Superman to give Ultraman green kryptonite to recharge. As Ultraman feeds, Owlman gives the JL the codes Lex Luthor provided. The Justice League locates Anti-Monitor. Visit the conclusion of the Darkseid War if you are interested in the comic.
In ‘DCeased’ (2019) #1, Cyborg is infected with the Anti-Life Equation virus. At the beginning of the issue, the Justice League has foiled an invasion by Darkseid. Superman and Batman order Darkseid to not return to Earth. Wonder Woman has bound Darkseid in the Lasso of Truth, which compels him to speak the Truth. Surprisingly, Darkseid uncoils the Lasso of Truth and states he has what he came for, leaving in a Boom Tube without further battle.
At that moment, Batman’s tracking device signals that Cyborg is missing. Batman states Cyborg is not in Metropolis, and not on Earth. Asked by Flash how Batman knows, the Dark Knight says he has a location monitor in one of Cyborg’s programs. Superman asks Batman if Cyborg knew the Dark Knight was tracking him. Then Flash asks if Batman has a tracking device on Superman. With a pause, Batman answers in the negative.
Desaad has abducted Cyborg on Apokolips. The purpose of Darkseid’s plan is to obtain the first half of the ALE. Desaad reveals to Cyborg that Darkseid seeks the second half of the ALE and suspects Cyborg possesses it. Cyborg questions Darkseid’s motives and at that moment, the monarch shows up. He asks Desaad to cut Cyborg’s tongue. Darkseid wants to use Motherbox in order to add Darkseid’s half of the ALE to Cyborg’s system.
However, Desaad points out that Cyborg will likely not survive the process and the ALE will cease to exist. At that moment, Darkseid summons the Black Racer with the Motherbox. After Desaad grows Cyborg a new tongue, he takes a piece of the Black Racer and corrupts the ALE merged to Cyborg with it. The ALE virus was born. Though Desaad was immune to disease. Desaad tried to send Cyborg away with the ALE virus, but to no use. Darkseid was infected with the ALE virus. Darkseid went raving mad.
Cyborg is Boom-Tubed to Metropolis. Immediately, he goes online. The ALE virus spread from its patient zero as a techno-organic virus to the Internet. Cyborg attempted to firewall himself but it was too late. an Elseworlds story, was this a celebration of darkness, a romanticization of horror stories? As the pandemonium in Metropolis will prove, Elseworld stories tend to be too dark. That may also be the case for mainstream continuity stories.
Reminiscent of the best horror stories, the ALE virus jumped from media to media spreading horror. People literally tried to tear the equation from their heads. They have turned into zombies. At the home of Scott Free and Big Barda, Superman succeeded in recruiting the heroes, when suddenly, he heard the world screaming. He flew into the streets and saw the pandemonium. Distraught, he sped to his family and destroyed the cellphone and the television screen with his heat vision before Jon and Damian could access them.
Darkseid’s Omega Effect is the New God’s ultimate super power. Being a New God, Darkseid derives this super power from the Source. The ability is probably an extension of the chaotic power of the Source.
What does this mean?
The Omega Effect is Darkseid’s power to create or destroy from the chaos aspect of the Source. In post-crisis continuity, the Source is the boundary to the DC multiverse and its creator.
The Godwave was a mystical wave of energy, created by The Source, that swept across the cosmos, responsible for creating various pantheons of gods. As it spread it eventually reached the edge of the universe and rebounded, making a second pass that created the potential for Superhumans. Thus, it was responsible for creating the likes of the Speed Force, the Quantum Field and the energy channeled by the Guardians of the Universe. In time, the resonance created by the Godwave began to expand and contract whereupon it returned to The Source. This expansion and contraction began to affect the powers of various beings throughout the universe. As a result, the cosmic energy force began to tear apart the structures it had created whereupon it would wipe the universe clean bringing about the emergence of a new and terrible Fifth World to replace it.– Godwave (Concept), Comic Vine
Darkseid uses the Omega Effect in order to create and to destroy. The Omega Effect grants Darkseid power over life and death. The Omega Effect is fired as concussive beams from Darkseid’s eyes. The super power is able to disintegrate beings and objects on target. In addition, the Omega Effect can curve though it does not err from its target.
The Omega Effect grants Darkseid the power to erase beings from reality and re-create them at will. It is thus a reality-warping power. The New God derives this super power from the chaotic side of the Source.
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IN POWER LEVEL DARKSEID (UXAS)NEW EARTH In New Gods (1972) #11, titled “Darkseid and Sons!” Darkseid performs an energy projection feat. In the issue, Desaad schemes against Orion when he fights Kalibak. To avenge Orion’s near death, Darkseid erases Desaad from reality with the Omega Effect. How much energy projection does it take for […]
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Darkseid’s Omega Effect is particularly destructive. It is able to destroy planets and even hurt Superman-level foes such as Kryptonians and Daxamites.
In fact, the Omega Effect is able to hurt even other New Gods such as Orion and Highfather. The Omega Effect grants Darkseid the power to hurt or to negate powerful magic such as Wonder Woman‘s Aegis bracelets.
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‘DC Versus Marvel’ re-defined inter-company crossovers in the 90s. In order to save their respective universes, from powerful cosmic entities, DC and Marvel superheroes and supervillains must do battle! Want to know who is more powerful: Thor vs Captain Marvel (Shazam), Superman vs Hulk, or Batman vs Captain America. Want to find out about Spider-Man? How about the mysterious cosmic entities that are pulling the strings. And, let’s not forget, the overwhelming menaces of… Darkseid and Thanos.
Do not miss the final battle in the last issue between the omnipotent Brothers in order to restore the respective universes! Sacrifices must be made, and the danger of death might be the only way to save the DC and Marvel universes!
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In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman fights Poison Ivy’s mind control of Catwoman. It is almost midnight. On the scene of a kidnapping, Batman sneaks through an FBI security perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard. He has one minute and 13 seconds left. Using acid, he burns through the lock and gets into the Shipyard. He quickly takes down the enemy crew who he knows by name: Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.
Having interrogated Spider Hancock, he locates the kidnapped, Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune. Batman notes that he only has 37 seconds left and attempts to get the boy out. The boy is trembling and Batman notes Superman’s smile could have re-assured the boy. He had been kidnapped two days ago by Killer Croc. Within six hours, a $10 million demand for ransom was made. Everyone, the Lamont Family, the Mayor, G.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. but Batman wanted to pay the ransom.
During the fight, Batman recalls that Killer Croc send everyone on a “wild-goose chase” and went to retrieve the money.1 Batman thought he had two minutes before Croc would realize the child was missing. In reality, he was off by 11 seconds. Batman is intrigued at the fact that kidnapping was never Killer Croc’s Modus Operandi. In fact, the operation was well-planned and executed. Using Croc’s vulnerability to hypersonics, Batman takes him down with “ten thousand bumblebees at one thousand decibels.”1 Batman ties Killer Croc into chains.
The F.B.I. arrives on the scene. One of the officers states though they may not use Batman’s methods, he gets results. Asking about the money, Batman states someone may have gotten it during the fight. Using his heat sensors, he sees Catwoman leaving the scene on a rope. Batman catches up to her and notes that taking ransom money was never Catwoman’s style. In fact, as of late, she had been on the path to reform. As Batman is about to catch Catwoman, his Batrope breaks. Batman exclaims to himself that someone must have cut it. Batman tries to hold onto a gargoyle but his shoulder breaks, then he falls to the ground. At the end of the issue, Catwoman delivers the ransom money to… Poison Ivy who says that no man or woman can resist her mind control.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Bruce Wayne is operated on and saved from a skull fracture by Dr. Elliott. On the streets of Gotham, thugs witness Batman’s fall. He is bleedy and barely conscious. Batman manages to activate the alarm signal on the utility belt in order to alert Oracle. The thugs attempt to take off his mask. When they are unable, they try to kill Batman. Oracle manages to alert the closest vigilante to Batman. Batman smells the smell of gun oil as one of the thugs is about to shoot him.
Suddenly, Huntress answers the alarm and arrives on the scene. She takes down the thugs. Batman is able to follow on the fight and thinks to himself, that Huntress wants to prove herself. Oracle remote controls the Batmobile to their location. Huntress is startled and Oracle tells Huntress to load Batman into the Batmobile. Huntress says Batman feels broken. As the Batmobile shuts and departs, Oracle tells Huntress that Batman is sure to thank her in person once he recovers. As the Batmobile departs, a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages observes from a vantage point.
Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the attaché case with half of the ransom money retrieved by Catwoman who is under her mind control. She gives it to a mysterious man. At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth states Batman’s injuries are too severe for his skills. Bruce has a skull fracture. Oracle recommends contacting Shondra Kinsolving but Alfred advises against it, as she is having some issues as of late. Oracle says she will have Dick Grayson wreck Bruce’s Porsche.
At that moment, Bruce starts tapping a name. Alfred thinks it is an involuntary nerve movement. Then, he realizes it is Morse Code and that Bruce is tapping “Thomas”. Alfred thinks Bruce is delirious and is recalling childhood memories of his father. However, Bruce continues tapping and Alfred recognizes the name “Thomas Elliott”, Bruce’s chilhood friend who is now a neurosurgeon. The news report on the surgery at Gotham City Hospital and that Dr. Elliott is being flown in from Philadelphia. Eventually, the surgery is successful and Dr. Elliott saves Bruce Wayne’s life.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman has to fight Superman under mind control by Poison Ivy. In order to recover Lamont’s ransom, Batman and Catwoman have traced Poison Ivy to Metropolis. Poison Ivy has Superman under mind control and orders Superman to kill Batman and Catwoman. Superman attacks them with heat vision but Batman and Catwoman escape to the Metropolis underground system. When Superman vociferates he can’t kill, Poison Ivy poisons him. Batman is conflicted because of his feelings for Catwoman who has a personal vendetta against Poison Ivy because she put her under mind control to steal Lamont’s ransom.
However, with prep time, Batman has a plan. They have escaped to the Lexcorp tunnel systems which are lead-lined. After Batman puts on his Kryptonite ring, Catwoman kisses him and departs. The fight between Batman and Superman is uneven. During the fight, Batman thinks Clark is a good person, while Bruce is not. Though Superman has the advantage, Batman uses Clark’s psychology with a lie so he can’t use his heat vision. Then, he times Superman’s punch and avoids it, to hit High Voltage. Superman is electroshocked by Metropolis’ power system. There is a power outage, then power returns.
Superman storms out of the underground and exclaims to Batman: “You hurt me. This ends now.”2 He grabs a car in order to slam it into Batman. Batman asks Superman to look up and gives him a choice: He can either continue fighting or he can save Lois Lane who is being held by Catwoman atop the Daily Planet building. Catwoman pushes Lois off the Daily Planet. Superman frees himself from the mind control of Poison Ivy and saves Lois.
Coming to his senses, Superman says they are unable to track Poison Ivy though Batman knows someone who can. Meeting Ivy at Metropolis Plaza, Superman says he has arranged for Maggie Sawyer to deliver Poison Ivy to G.C.P.D. Poison Ivy attempts to leave but is met by Krypto the super-dog. Batman, Catwoman and Superman used Krypto’s super smell in order to track Poison Ivy. Then, Catwoman knocks out Poison Ivy to even the score for Poison Ivy putting her under mind control. At the end of the issue, Batman and Superman congratulate each other for their friendship.
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In ‘JLA Annual’ (1997) #3, titled “JLApe (Part I of VIII) – Gorilla Warfare”, Batman performs an intelligence feat. Gorilla Grodd subconsciously manipulates the Gorilla City militia into detonating a gorillabomb that turns the Justice League into apes. At the Watchtower, Batman with the aid of Martian Manhunter, reverse engineer the bomb to revert the humans turned apes at the United Nations back into humans.
How much intelligence does it take for Batman to reverse engineer a gorillabomb to revert apes into humans?
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|WONDER WOMAN SNAPS MAXWELL LORD’S NECK! OH NO!|
In the events of ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord. In ‘Superman (2005) #219, Clark and Lois are watching a documentary about Superman in bed. The documentary states natural disasters are particularly devastating and beyond human control, then it compares them to Superman. Clark turns off the documentary and wonders if the public sees him as a menace.
He mentions recent events at Puccalpa where he fought an OMAC to a standstill and people died. The event turned the people against him and he wonders why the attacker attacked him. The Disaster Week documentary continues and states that Superman’s heat vision is “off the charts by any of the standard scientific measures.” In between, are scenes of Clark at the Daily Planet talking to Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy mentions that Metropolis may be safer without Superman. At that moment, a beam attacks the Daily Planet.
Asking Jimmy to take cover, Superman takes into action in order to trace the beam to an apartment. Talking to one of the bystanders, Superman finds out the attacker has been using wires and screaming like a crazy person about Superman. Superman meets the super-villain, named Blackrock. He engages Blackrock in combat. Superman attempts to take down Blackrock in a series of attacks then resorts to the use of heat vision.
With an “enough!”, Superman resorts to an uncontrolled blast of heat vision. He pours the energy destroying the camera that Jimmy Olsen’s camerawoman was holding. A gas tank blows and things are catching fire. Even though Blackrock is no longer drawing power from the rock, Superman continues. When Jimmy Olsen shouts to Superman “Superman! He’s done!”, Superman stops. Asking why Blackrock attacked him, Blackrock states it is because he is Superman and an alien. Asking Jimmy how he is, Jimmy says he is alright. However, the woman is scared and flees. The public responds Superman is not human and nothing can hurt him. Superman takes the rock and throws it into the sun.
In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Superman is mind-controlled with visions of killing Brainiac. In the morning, Lois awakes in bed in Metropolis and asks for “Clark.” She thinks about her marriage to Superman and says she does not understand him. She talks about his vision powers and how awe-inspiring they are. On the phone, Lois says she is worried about Clark because he did not come home. She found it new that Clark looked at her with doubt.
Elsewhere, Clark and Jimmy Olsen are on the scene on the latest Blackrock incident. Clark is happy no one was seriously injured. Jimmy asked the Daily Planet’s science writers to estimate peak temperatures and it seems it reached to about 1000 oC of glass melting. Clark asks Jimmy if Superman over-reacted and Jimmy is unsure. Jimmy does state that Superman used to save the nuclear option to big-bads like Doomsday and Gog and not second-raters like Blackrock. Clark heads back to the Daily Planet and asks to see Lois Lane. Peaking through the walls with his X-ray vision, he see Brainiac flirting with Lois Lane. Clark storms through the door.
Clark attempts to reassure Lois that he is here to save her. Lois tells Clark Brainiac is a friend. Lois says Clark is scaring her. Superman takes Lois away and activates the security protocols at their apartment. At the Fortress of Solitude, he is hunting down Brainiac with the Superman robot. Brainiac takes over the Superman robot and Superman quickly defeats him. Brainiac guides Superman to his location seven miles beneath the ocean in the Marianas Trench. It is the Brainiac Skull Ship. Superman engages Brainiac in combat. Brainiac states Lois he has looked into Lois’ mind and she does not know whether to call him Superman or Clark.
He states the problem is Superman is hiding from the truth: he is pretending to owe allegiance to a world he does not belong to. He is an alien. Brainiac states the humans fear Superman. Superman says “wrong!” and breaches the ship’s hull. Superman says he can withstand 16000 psi, but wonders if Brainiac can. At that moment, Brainiac shows Perry, Lana, Jimmy and Lois bottled up. Superman can’t save them and they are submerged by the waters. Then, Superman decides to kill Brainiac in order to avenge them. At that moment, a bright light erupts. Superman is at the Fortress of Solitude, kneeling, with blood in his hands and the Superman robot at his side. Then, the Justice League arrives.
In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) #642, Superman realizes his visions were a mind control that resulted in him nearly killing Batman. Superman is on the Justice League Watchtower on the moon, inspecting Batman’s bruised. He recognized the thumbprints on Batman’s neck and realizes they are his. However, he refuses to believe it. Wonder Woman who had been standing behind Superman for thirty minutes comes into the room to operate the purple ray on Bruce.
Superman states he did not do it and she says she knows. Wonder Woman states Superman is “the strongest of us in almost every way.” Superman states he keeps seeing images of Lois dying, of Brainiac, Doomsday, Darkseid or Ruin. Wonder Woman says she will join him in the Conference Room where Martian Manhunter has finished his analysis of the security recordings.
The security recordings show Superman attacking Batman, slamming him on the Watchtower computer and then engaging turrets and a defense drone. Superman fires heat vision at Batman. At that moment, Wonder Woman teleports on the Watchtower and blocks the heat vision. Then, she ties Superman with her lasso. Strategically, Superman breaches the Watchtower hull twice, once to counter Wonder Woman and then to escape.
Superman says he thought he was fighting Ruin. Following a mind scan to heal the implanted psychotic episode in Superman’s mind, it is found that Maxwell Lord is at the origin of the mind control. Wonder Woman teleports away Batman to safety. As the Justice League prepares to place Superman in a teleportation loop. Superman sensing their menace, attacks.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #219, Wonder Woman has tracked Superman’s whereabouts to Maxwell Lord’s location. Speaking to Maxwell Lord, she finds out he secretly stole Batman’s Brother MK I, murdered Blue Beetle and has Superman under mind control. Maxwell Lord says he has absolute control over Superman and that he has filled him with visions of paranoia. As Wonder Woman is about to convince Maxwell Lord, Superman comes in at high speed. Maxwell Lord has convinced Superman that Wonder Woman is Doomsday and that she has murdered Lois.
Superman fires heat vision at Wonder Woman who can barely get her bracelets up. Then, he takes her to the sun. As they approach the sun, Wonder Woman takes out some Kryptonite. However, Superman punches her back to Earth. She blacks out for an instant. Wonder Woman crash lands in Wyoming. As she comes out of the crater, Superman freezes her. As Superman listens to find Wonder Woman, she hits his ears with her bracelets causing a concussion. Then, the turn of the battle. Though Superman manages to break Wonder Woman’s wrist, she uses birds as a distraction in order to slow him down, get away and find Maxwell Lord.
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In ‘Batman: Gotham Knights’ (2005) #64, titled ‘Human Nature, Book 4’, Bruce Wayne performs an intelligence feat. In an attempt to free Poison Ivy’s orphans from Zhang’s experiments, Bruce Wayne synthesizes an anti-toxin to render Poison Ivy human.
How much intelligence does it take to revert Poison Ivy to her non-toxic human form by degrading her chlorokinesis?
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In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #1, Captain Atom lands in a parallel universe in the DC multiverse: the Wildstorm Universe to presage the Worldstorm. The issue opens with Captain Atom flying the Composite Superman/Batman robot into space in order to bomb a Kryptonite asteroid.
On the way, Captain Atom remembers being placed in another cockpit with the Dilustel metal set to explode on an atomic bomb. Captain Atom had the choice of either remaining in a military prison for life or doing the experiment. Captain Atom remained in the capsule for twenty-three years.
Despite his misgivings, Captain Atom’s sense of duty drove him to become a superhero. This illustrates the fact that patriotism is part of every hard working person and that the nation always benefits from offering each person, even ex-cons a chance at redemption. Captain Atom states: “I’ve got a job to do.”
The Composite Superman/Batman robot blows up with the Kryptonite asteroid. Captain Atom awakens startled back in Tokyo with Superman and Batman. Then, he is sent to another universe like a comet through the sky. He arrives in New York City as Nikola Hanssen being created into Void by a man opening a box containing Void.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ #3, Captain Atom visits the White House after a fight and a conversation with Mister Majestic at Mount Rushmore. Startled by the Wildstorm Universe, Captain Atom struggles to understand the brutality of its superheroes and the fear people have of them. He wants to return to his parallel universe in the DC multiverse. In some sense, it is the paranoia of contact with parallel universes that seems to question of our very individuality.
Is Captain Atom experiencing this paranoia, as the people react to the presence among them of a superhero with fundamentally different physical dimensions. At the White House, Captain Atom faces a nuclear strike which he evades. He speaks to the President and tells him he is a military man. Captain Atom says he needs the President’s help to return but the President states he fears and answers to the superheroes.
As he leaves the White House, Captain Atom is intercepted by Majestic. They have another scuffle. At the end of the battle, with no decisive winner, Majestic reveals to Captain Atom: The Nightmare Equation. That is, Captain Atom’s presence is going to lead to the Worldstorm of a parallel universe of the DC multiverse: the annihilation of the Wildstorm Universe.
Captain Atom goes to the Pentagon in order to confirm Mister Majestic’s computer simulations. He taps into the Pentagon’s data bank and is able to confirm Mister Majestic’s Nightmare Equation: the Worldstorm. As Captain Atom returns to the Washington Monument damaged during his second battle with Mister Majestic and now being repaired by Mister Majestic’s nanobots, the WILDC.A.T.s come on the scene.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ #4, Captain Atom is intercepted by the WILDC.A.T.s. at the Washington Monument. Its members are: Maul, Voodoo, Warblade and Zealot. As they face their foe, the WILDC.A.T.s play a game of who can think of the least number of movies so that he/she can take on Captain Atom. Reverting to his smaller more intelligent form, Maul wins the game.
Maul increases his mass and punches Captain Atom through the ground into the underground subway. Looking at his files, Captain Atom identifies his weakness and decreases Maul’s mass; then, he punches him back to the surface. Next, Voodoo uses her control of magnetism and telepathy to “to tell [his blood] to rip your veins to pieces.”1 Captain Atom uses the data he has downloaded from the Pentagon to overload Voodoo’s telepathy.
Warblade goes on the offensive and quickly slices Captain Atom with his sharp blades. Captain Atom responds by blasting him. Finally, Zealot fights Captain Atom. Captain Atom decides to reason with Zealot but she does not listen. Then, he decides to end things. He blasts Zealot. However, Zealot blocks it with her sword and attacks him. She proves to be the superior fighter and soon has Captain Atom on the ground.
As Zealot is about to kill Captain Atom, he remembers a gas main in the underground subway. Captain Atom blasts it creating an explosion that knocks out Zealot. Grifter and Nikola Hanssen arrive on the scene. As Grifter changes into costume and is about to take on Captain Atom, a door takes Captain Atom. He is teleported to the moon and a mysterious woman greets him. She is impressed by his super powers and invites Captain Atom to show him about “real power.”1
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ #6, Captain Atom finally has help to avert the Worldstorm. Angie by orders of Hawksmoor, befriends Captain Atom and acquaints him with the Authority’s brutal methods to deal with tyranny and crime on Earth. Mister Majestic aboard The Carrier with Hawksmoor and the Doctor doubts the former’s plan to deal with the Worldstorm.
Angie the Engineer reports to Hawksmoor on their mission. She receives orders from him to proceed with removing the Void signature from Captain Atom. Angie asks for Captain Atom’s permission to solve his “problem.”2 He remembers Mister Majestic’s advice to not trust anyone, but decides to not heed it. The Engineer attaches herself to Captain Atom’s body and deletes the Void signature at the atomic level.
Back at the WILDC.A.T.s.’ base Grifter finds out the truth from Jeremy. Jeremy tells Grifter that Void and Captain Atom both have the Void signature. However, Void has “enough to tip the balance.”2 In fact, Void and Captain Atom should be in the same vicinity, or else in this parallel universe of the DC multiverse, Worldstorm might occur in the Widlstorm Universe. Then, Grifter realizes she is missing. Nikola closes her eyes then she finds herself at the place where she got her Void powers.
Captain Atom finds her there and says he came back to the place because he felt a connection to the place. He remarks maybe she did too. Captain Atom feels relieved meeting her since “you’re not wearing a cape, you’re not shooting laser beams from your eyes or turning your fingers into razors.”2 Captain Atom feeling she is an average human touches her left shoulder. Nikola says “Wait! Don’t…”3 Then an explosion. Nikola turns into Void.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ #9, Apollo and Midnighter bring Captain Atom by force onboard the Carrier. It is a fight between the Authority and Captain Atom, highlighting the sort of physical conflict resulting from the presence of different dimensional beings from parallel universes in the DC multiverse. Captain Atom attempts to reason with Hawksmoor.
However, Hawksmoor notes that if Captain Atom is killed the Worldstorm is started, and if Captain Atom is not killed the Worldstorm still starts later. But, Hawksmoor explains that according to the Doctor’s time travel to the future, the Wildstorm Universe does survive the death of Captain Atom. Apollo, eager to get revenge on Captain Atom for giving him a near fatal dose of solar energy in a nuclear reactor he created, attacks Captain Atom with laser beams. The Worldstorm is here!
The Worldstorm has started. Hawksmoor asks Apollo to absorb Captain Atom’s nuclear energy before the chain reaction is critical, however, he is not sure if Apollo can survive it. Apollo attempts to absorb the energy only to be incinerated. Midnighter laments the death of the man he loves. He attacks and gets incinerated by Captain Atom. Captain Atom states that the Authority can no longer stop the process. Hawksmoor orders the Doctor to free Mister Majestic from his time freeze. Jenny the spirit of the 21st century arrives and also gets incinerated.
Before the Worldstorm starts, Nikola finally accepts her Void persona and her WILDC.A.T.s. connection to the new dead Grifter. When the Worldstorm starts, Void races to the Bleed to help Captain Atom in order “to become whole again.”3 She arrives on the Carrier and does the impossible. Void removes the Void signature from Captain Atom and states: “Finally. I’m whole.”3 Then she says: “Nathaniel… Go home.”3 As Captain Atom is transported back to his parallel Earth in the DC multiverse, he states: “Thank you.”3 Then, Void asks everyone to watch a new Wildstorm Universe end, while a new one begins.
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