Fan Theory: ‘Superman And The Authority’ Team-Up On Warworld Sets Up The League Of United Planets

FAN THEORY

In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

TEAM-UPS

IN ‘FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN: WORLDS OF WAR’, SUPERMAN FIGHTS IN GLADIATORIAL COMBATS ON WARWORLD

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, a powerless Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. Superman is absent from Earth and groups of worshippers have gathered in Smallville to worship and remember him. Sadie, a young girl from Gotham City, arrives in Smallville. She meets with a group of people that were saved by Superman. As the people recount Superman’s superhuman deeds, Sadie reveals to them that the one that saved her was not Superman, but Clark.

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Superman attempts to free the slaves on Warworld. In his latest combat, Superman loses his right eye and fails to protect a slave called Eyiitsha. Attracting Mongul’s attention, Mongul kills Superman. Imprisoned in a room, Mongul reminds Superman he is Mongul’s slave and that he has killed him many times in the past. He wants Superman to become his soldier and massacre everyone on Earth. However, Superman vows to free all the slaves on Warworld and have Mongul pay for every life he has taken before he returns to Earth..

In 'Future State: Worlds Of War: Superman' (2021) #1, Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld.
In ‘Future State: Worlds Of War: Superman’ (2021) #1, Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. AP Photo/DC Comics.

‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ TEAM-UPS TO FREE SLAVES ON WARWORLD

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, Superman has enlisted Midnighter’s help on Warworld. As he attempts to help Superman, he receives a “mystery box” from a familiar voice. The voice tells Midnighter Trojan Solutions is developing an isotope similar to Kryptonite capable of eradicating all life. Midnight accepts the mission to save Superman and the galaxy. Midnighter attempts to teleport with the Door, but it will not work. The mysterious voice helps Midnighter get on the Chrysalis space station and infiltrate Trojan Solutions.

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Midnighter has infiltrated Trojan Solutions. 10 years into the future, in the control room, he meets an Apollo facsimile. In reality, Apollo turns out to be a cyborg called Andrej Trojan, founder of Trojan Solutions. His hatred for organic life, caused him to evolve into a cyborg. Using Warworld waste, he synthesized a mineral called Nirhodium in order to eradicate organic life. Using his supercomputer and his past self, Midnighter defeats Andrej. He returns to the present on Warworld and manages to blow up the Chrysalis orbital station.

In a solicit, DC Comics revealed the purpose of the upcoming ‘Superman and The Authority’ mini-series.

Superman And The Authority #1 (Of 4)

  • Written by GRANT MORRISON
  • Art by MIKEL JANIN
  • On Sale July 20
  • If Superman is to free the prisoners of Warworld, he’s going to need help, the kind of help that doesn’t scream “Justice League.” Fortunately, multi-Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison (Wonder Woman: Earth One, The Green Lantern) and fan-favorite artist Mikel Janín (Batman, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War) have the solution in the form of a new four-issue limited series, Superman and The Authority.
  • Launching July 20, this new team will be led by Manchester Black, and combine original members Midnighter and Apollo with new members Enchantress and Natasha Irons, as well as new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. This new team will have to learn to work together, and fast, as the Ultra-Humanite has formed his own team of villains to take out the Man of Steel.
  • This new limited series will help launch an all-new status quo for Superman, setting up story elements that will impact both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come.
'Superman And The Authority' (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority.
‘Superman And The Authority’ (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FAN THEORY: ‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ SETS UP SUPERMAN AS AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED PLANETS

In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

THE SYNMAR UTOPICA BATTLE PROVES SUPERMAN IS THE TRUE PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY

Bleeding Cool reported a year ago on the ‘Superman and the Authority’ scoop. DC wanted to shake the Superman status-quo and showed Superman at the head of a more violent and brutal form of superheroing as featured on Warworld. The article hinted at Superman becoming King of The Earth in relation to the United Planets. This is also a reference to the “Mythological” storyline that ran in ‘Superman’ #25-28.

In ‘Superman’ (2020) #25, we are told the origin story of the Synmar alien Eisno Alkor. The aliens on Synmar watched the destruction of Krypton and Kal-El rocketed to Earth. They understood that a Kryptonian exposed to a yellow sun could become a light-god. Some Synmar wanted to destroy the child but they were stopped by President Dreti who told them the Lords of Light, deities worshipped on Synmar, strictly forbid the murder of an innocent child.

In 'Superman' (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages.
In ‘Superman’ (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Eisno Alkor was a young soldier chosen by the Synmar as a protection against Superman. President Dreti had a conversation with Eisno and told him he would represent the Synmar across the galaxy. Eisno accepted the duty. Back from a successful space mission, the people celebrate Eisno and declare Synmar Utopica. That night, the officials at the Synmar Palace are murdered with images of Superman hanging there. In ‘Superman’ #26-27, Synmar and Superman battle at the Daily Planet and in the Phantom Zone.

In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Synmar brings Superman to Synmar in order to inspire the people. Galana, Synmar’s light partner, connects Superman to the light of Synmar. Galana explains to Superman that Synmar Utopica was meant to protect Synmar against Superman. However, Eisno or Synmar Utopica became a conqueror and murdered his people. Superman offers his help. Since Synmar orbits an orange sun, Galana equips Superman with a suit to fight evenly. Superman emerges victorious from his battle with Synmar.

In 'Superman' (2021) #28, Superman battles Synmar.
In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Superman battles Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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WHAT IS THE UNITED PLANETS BRIGADE?

The United Planets is a governing body active in the 30th and the 31st centuries. They are defended by the Legion of Superheroes and the Science Police. In the 21st century, the United Planets were created by Superman’s son, Jonathan Kent, soon afterward being offered a place among the Legion of Superheroes.

The United Planets Brigade are a powerful cosmic force that intervene in the inter-galactic conflict between Superman and Synmar. After Superman and the Synmar military have ended Eisno Akor’s rule, the United Planets intervene to cease the battle. The fan theory is that, ‘Superman and the Authority’ on Warworld foreshadows Superman becoming the protector of the Milky Way galaxy.

Though the other members of the brigade are completely unknown, readers will recognize the provenance of several members. Earlier in the series, it was revealed that the Synmar have a history of conflict with the winged Thanagarians, so the presence of a leader in traditional Hawkman armor isn’t surprising. Then there’s Prince Zerep of Tamaran, a completely new character from the homeworld of popular Teen Titans member Starfire. Sharing Tamaranean physiology, Zerep possesses the same power set as Starfire, including energy absorption and channeling, flight, along with superhuman strength and durability. This gathering represents some of the supreme powers of the DC Universe offering up their delegates – there’s even an armored Dominator near the front of the group.

“DC’s Newest Team Could Be Its Most Powerful,” ScreenRant
In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Superman Vol 5 28 in DC Database.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War Vol 1 2 in Comic Vine.
Superman Is About to Set Up a Very Different Authority in the DC Universe in CBR.com.
Superman And The Authority By Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin For DC in Bleeding Cool.
Superman Vol 5 25 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 5 26 in DC Database.
United Planets in DC Database.
DC’s Newest Team Could Be Its Most Powerful in SCREENRANT.

DC Day Explained: Why Apollo Is “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet!”

DC DAY

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN DC DAY EXPLAINED

IS APOLLO “FASTER THAN SPEEDING BULLET”?

In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies “faster than a speeding bullet.”1 The Authority must face an invasion by the Vigil, who are an extra-dimensional race from the Bleed that are gigantic in stature.

As the Vigil invade Earth, Apollo asks Angie: “You know the phrase, ‘faster than a speeding bullet?'” Then, he flies into the Vigil. How fast is Apollo flying through the Vigil? The question can be answered by estimating another feat by Apollo in the first issue of the storyline.

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

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APOLLO CAN DODGE METEORITES

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the Authority are on the scene of the disaster in Florida. The U.S. government attempted to invade the Bleed with a probe. However, the probe exploded in the Bleed and destroyed a shiftship boarded by the Vigil. The Vigil fell to Earth and looked at first like meteors.

What is the speed of meteors? The speed of meteorites falling to the ground approach 72,000 m/s. In comparison, the speed of a speeding bullet is about 1,220 m/s. In order to dodge the Vigil falling to the ground, Apollo had to fly Midnighter at 59 times the speed of sound. That is definitely faster than a speeding bullet.

 

Meteoroids enter the earth’s atmosphere at very high speeds, ranging from 11 km/sec to 72 km/sec (25,000 mph to 160,000 mph). However, similar to firing a bullet into water, the meteoroid will rapidly decelerate as it penetrates into increasingly denser portions of the atmosphere. This is especially true in the lower layers, since 90 % of the earth’s atmospheric mass lies below 12 km (7 miles / 39,000 ft) of height.

-Fireball FAQs, American Meteor Society
In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, the shiftship's crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the shiftship’s crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Coup d’État: Sleeper Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Coup d’Etat: Sleeper #1.

DC Day: In “Coup D’Etat”, The Authority Finally Takes Over The U.S. Government Because Of Their Conspiracy To Conquer The Bleed

DC DAY

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government over its attempt to conquer the Bleed.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1 the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

TAO, A FORMER WILDC.a.t.s. AGENT, TRICKS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT INTO TRAVELING TO THE BLEED LEADING TO AN ACCIDENT

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the U.S. government follows the conspiracy of Tao in order to conquer the Bleed. Following a mission by Agent Carver and Misery at a secret U.S. base, the U.S. government retrieves a device. In reality, it was an elaborate set-up by Tao, a former WILDC.A.T.s. who orchestrated the covert operation.

Realizing that the device can actually help them travel the Bleed, they send a probe into space. However, per Tao’s knowledge, the device “was powered by a tiny black hole.”1 Upon reaching the Bleed, the black hole became unstable and the probe exploded. The accident tore “open an enormous hole in the Bleed” and destroyed a shiftship.1

In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, Tao tricks the U.S. government into traveling to the Bleed leading to an accident.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, Tao tricks the U.S. government into traveling to the Bleed leading to an accident. AP Photo/DC Comics

THE AUTHORITY TAKES OVER THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AFTER IT CAN’T CONTAIN THE DISASTER IN FLORIDA

In Florida, the Authority are on the scene. Hawksmoor sends telepathic readings of a ship breaching the Bleed. Swift thinks it’s a meteor shower. However, Apollo realizes that it’s not a meteor shower, it’s giants. Swift identifies that it’s a shiftship six times bigger than the Carrier with hundreds of hull breaches.

Its crew are giants falling to the Earth like meteors. Midnighter says they have about 10 minutes until the shiftship lands on Earth, a collision worse than the meteor that extinguished the dinosaurs. The Doctor cannot affect the shiftship with his magic so he stretches out time. The Authority uses doors to evacuate the population of Florida. But that is not enough. The ship hits Florida and millions die.

 

In 'Coup D'etat' (2004) #1, the shiftship's crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Sleeper’ (2004) #1, the shiftship’s crew are falling on re-entry to Florida through hull breaches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Florida has been turned into an archipelago with Key West. Aboard the Carrier, the Engineer informs Hawksmoor that the Giants are an extra-dimensional race, from a universe billions older than the Wildstorm universe. They are known as the Vigil and they are the first species to use the Bleed. They collect information and observe the multiverse.

The shiftship was headed for the Gathering, when “all new knowledge is collected to their planet.”1 The Vigil have never gone to war and it is unclear what their response to the catastrophe would be. Later at night, the Authority makes an announcement on a jumbotron, Hawksmoor declares the Authority are going to take over the U.S. government.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government over its attempt to conquer the Bleed.
In ‘Coup D’Etat’ (2004) #1, the Authority takes over the U.S. government because of its attempt to travel to the Bleed. AP Photo/DC Comics

SPARTAN WARNS THE AUTHORITY AS TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS

In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, former WILDC.a.t.s. members intervene in the U.S. government conspiracy. Members of the HALO Corporation, Jack Marlowe (Spartan), Edwin Dolby and Grifter are concerned over recent events. The wheelchair-bound Grifter recruits Edwin Dolby for a mission. Together, they head to a former supervillain, now weapons dealer codenamed Warmaker. Grifter first attempts to woo Warmaker in order to retrieve a weapon. Sensing that there is no money involved, but rather an exchange, Warmaker shoots Grifter.

Grifter evades from his wheelchair, and shoots Warmaker in the head, killing him. Then, he calls Dolby and together they head behind the bookcase in Warmaker’s study. They find a massive negative gamma particle. Grifter tells Jack his plan: He plans to have Jack teleport the WMD into the Bleed to trigger a singularity and send the Authority to a parallel universe. Jack does not agree to Grifter’s plan and says the Authority’s conspiracy is likely temporary. Later, Jack appears on the Authority’s carrier in hologram form. They have an argument and taking the form of Spartan, he warns them of the consequences of their actions.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, Spartan warns the Authority of the consequences of their actions.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: Wildcats’ (2004) #1, Spartan in hologram form warns the Authority of the consequences of their actions. AP Photo/DC Comics

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WITH CONTROL OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THE AUTHORITY FACES AN ALIEN INVASION BY THE VIGIL

In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, the Authority have to contend with the consequences of the government conspiracy. The Authority have taken over the U.S. government: NORAD is under their control, they have disabled nuclear weapons, the NAVY has been de-commissioned, the Engineer disabled the Air Force and the Army. The Authority has dismantled the U.S. armed forces in six hours. World leaders are in disarray and officially endorse the Authority.

Suddenly, the Vigil invade Earth. Hawksmoor orders the Carrier to start teleporting people out of Times Square similarly to the procedure in Florida. Hawksmoor, Apollo and Engineer head to Times Square, the Doctor heads to the White House and Midnighter has to negotiate the President’s resignation. The Authority arrive in Times Square and do battle. Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet.”2 Hawksmoor negotiates the Vigil’s surrender. Finally, the whole team is teleported aboard the Carrier with the President.

In 'Coup D'Etat' (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil "faster than a speeding bullet."
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo flies through the Vigil “faster than a speeding bullet”. AP Photo/DC Comics

They are showing video footage of the President’s attempt to conquer the Bleed. The Vigil comment on humanity’s potential for destruction and state they have not engaged in combat in 500 Earth years. The Engineer informs the Vigil that the Authority downloaded 60% of their shiftship’s data before it was destroyed. Asked what can prevent humanity from being a threat to the multiverse, Apollo incinerates President Kent with his heat vision. The Vigil calls the Authority “savages.” Then, they depart for the Bleed.

Swift remarks that President Kent was actually manipulated by outside forces. The Engineer says she manipulated the footage to place guilt on President Kent in order to ensure that the Vigil would stop their invasion of Earth and leave. Swift questions the decision and states that the Authority never compromises. At night, Hawksmoor proclaims the Authority as the new U.S. government. His first order of the day is to suspend democratic elections. After the broadcast, Midnighter asks what they do next.

In 'Coup D'Etat: The Authority' (2004) #1, Apollo murders President Kent with his heat vision.
In ‘Coup D’Etat: The Authority’ (2004) #1, Apollo murders President Kent with his heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

SOURCES

Coup d’État: Sleeper Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Coup d’État: Wildcats Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Coup d’État: The Authority Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Coup D’Etat: Sleeper #1.
  2. Coup D’Etat: The Authority #1.

DC Day: In The ‘Armageddon’ Storyline, The WildC.A.T.s. Rescue Captain Atom Stranded In The DC Multiverse From The WorldStorm

DC DAY

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' (2006) #9, Void rescues Captain Atom from the Worldstorm.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #9, Void rescues Captain Atom from the Worldstorm. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN DC MULTIVERSE

CAPTAIN ATOM LANDS IN THE WILDSTORM UNIVERSE

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.

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' (2006) #9, Captain Atom reminisces in the Composite Superman/Batman robot cockpit about his origin story before his sacrifice to explode the Kryptonite asteroid. AP Photo/DC Comics
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2005) #1, Captain Atom reminisces in the Composite Superman/Batman robot cockpit about his origin story before his sacrifice to explode the Kryptonite asteroid. AP Photo/DC Comics

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' (2006) #9, Captain Atom lands in the Wildstorm Universe as Void is created.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon‘ (2005) #1, Captain Atom lands in the Wildstorm Universe as Void is created. AP Photo/DC Comics

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SHOWDOWN AT THE WHITE HOUSE: CAPTAIN ATOM VS MISTER MAJESTIC!

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.

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' #3, Captain Atom faces the U.S. Army at the White House as he seeks the President's help.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #3, Captain Atom faces the U.S. Army at the White House as he seeks the President’s help. AP Photo/DC Comics

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' #3, Captain Atom engages in a second battle with Mister Majestic.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #3, Captain Atom engages in a second battle with Mister Majestic. AP Photo/DC Comics

SHOWDOWN AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT: CAPTAIN ATOM VS THE WILDC.A.T.s.!

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.

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' #3, Captain Atom battles Maul near the Washington Monument.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #4, Captain Atom battles Maul near the Washington Monument. AP Photo/DC Comics

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' #4, Captain Atom is transported through a door to the moon by The Authority.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #4, Captain Atom is transported through a door to the moon by The Authority. AP Photo/DC Comics

THE WORLDSTORM IS AVERTED! … OR IS IT?

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.

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' #6, Engineer removes the Void signature from Captain Atom averting the Worldstorm.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #6, Engineer removes the Void signature from Captain Atom averting the Worldstorm. AP Photo/DC Comics

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' #6, Captain Atom taps Nikola's shoulder and triggers an explosion.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #6, Captain Atom taps Nikola’s shoulder and triggers an explosion. AP Photo/DC Comics

‘ARMAGEDDON’: THE WORLDSTORM IS HERE! VOID RESCUES CAPTAIN ATOM

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!

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' #9, Apollo attacks Captain Atom with laser beams, starting the Worldstorm of the Wildstorm Universe.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ #9, Apollo attacks Captain Atom with laser beams, starting the Worldstorm of the Wildstorm Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics

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.

In 'Captain Atom: Armageddon' (2006) #9, Void rescues Captain Atom from the Worldstorm.
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #9, Void rescues Captain Atom from the Worldstorm. AP Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Captain Atom: Armageddon #9 in Comic Vine.
Captain Atom: Armageddon #1 in Comic Vine.
Captain Atom: Armageddon #3 in Comic Vine.
Captain Atom: Armageddon #4 in Comic Vine.
Captain Atom: Armageddon #6 in Comic Vine.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Captain Atom: Armageddon #4.
  2. Captain Atom: Armageddon #6.
  3. Captain Atom: Armageddon #9.

Image Day: Jenny Quantum Leads The Authority Against The Government Conspiracy Of Harry Bendix

DC DAY

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #4, Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a  massive nuclear explosion triggered by the Doctor.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #4, the Authority fights Paul Revere and The Sons of Liberty in Washington D.C. Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a nuclear explosion triggered by Fallout. Photo/DC Comics

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IN THE BATTLE AGAINST PAUL REVERE AND THE SONS OF LIBERTY, FALLOUT TRIGGERS AN ATOMIC EXPLOSION IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’, the Authority is a victim of a government conspiracy. The Authority has taken over the U.S. government and Paul Revere leads a political militia called the Sons of Liberty oppose what they perceive as the Authority’s dictatorship.

The Sons of Liberty are a group of old patriotic superheroes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They take orders from a mysterious man in a Helicarrier in the sky. In a bloody battle in front of the White House, the Authority fight the Sons of Liberty. As Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty are de-powered by the strange man in the heli-carrier, FallOut triggers an atomic explosion.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #4, Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a  massive nuclear explosion triggered by the Doctor.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #4, the Authority fights Paul Revere and The Sons of Liberty in Washington D.C. Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a nuclear explosion triggered by Fallout. Photo/DC Comics

IN THE FALLOUT, THE AUTHORITY DISBANDS

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #5, the Authority is holding a meeting on the Carrier. They are discussing the possible security breaches that led to the nuclear fallout. Midnighter seeing a vision from future Apollo, decides to resign.

In some ways, he neglects the government conspiracy the Authority is victim to, and is afraid by Apollo’s future of totalitarian government created by the Authority.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #5, Midnighter resigns from the Authority.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #5, Midnighter resigns from the Authority.

Midnighter argues that the Authority has lost its way. In the beginning, the Authority was created by Jenny Sparks in order to save the world. He blames recent events on their current leader, Jack Hawksmoor. Midnighter argues that the fact the Authority has taken over the U.S. government shows they have lost their neutrality: from heroes they have become dictators.

As Midnighter leaves, Jenny Quantum tells him she knows he did something to the Carrier before the fallout. In present day, Jack Hawksmoor make an announcement on the U.S. mass media: The Authority takes full responsibility for the nuclear explosion and disbands.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #5, the Authority disbands as a result of the nuclear fallout at the White House.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #5, the Authority disbands as a result of the nuclear fallout at the White House. Photo/Image Comics

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JENNY QUANTUM UNCOVERS THE GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY FROM THE INFINITE CITY

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #7, after three years, Jenny Quantum is now eight years old and is getting a physical in New Washington. She complains that people keep treating her like a kid She returns home and draws the man she thins is responsible for the Doctor’s death. She visits the Garden of Ancestral Memory where all the previous Doctors go when they die. She finds out that Jeroen (the previous Doctor) and his “successor” are not there.1

As she returns home, she gets a visit from her future fourteen year old self. Jenny can’t identify whether the girl is Jenny Sparks or Jenny Quantum. She does agree to travel with her in order to find out. They travel to Infinite City which houses all the past Jenny Quantum. There, she finds out the man behind the government conspiracy who has been manipulating the Authority. His name is Henry Bendix. As Jenny comes back home, she realizes she is her fourteen year old self. Apollo is startled.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #7, Jenny Quantum and her 14 year old self travel to Infinite City.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #7, Jenny Quantum and her fourteen year old self travel to Infinite City. Photo/Image Comics

JENNY QUANTUM LEADS THE AUTHORITY IN BATTLE AGAINST HENRY BENDIX

The Authority face the government conspiracy: Henry Bendix used the Rose Tattoo, the Spirit of Murder to seduce and kill the Doctor. In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #12, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to fight Jenny and the Authority. Jenny faces Midnighter in combat and The Engineer enters Midnighters brain and does micro-surgery with “a virus that wipes out any implant installed after the 20th century.”2

Before Midnighter was freed from mind-control, Bendix made him initiate the Carrier’s Suicide Protocol. Jenny has the current Doctor simulate her death as the Carrier explodes. Bendix attempts to transport Jenny’s naked body onboard only for the Authority to trace his location. A battle ensues at Bendix’s base. During the battle, the Rose Tattoo kisses Jenny who gets her first kiss, though the Doctor battles Rose Tattoo. Apollo decapitates Samson and Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix because of Bendix’s government conspiracy. The Doctor turns the Rose Tattoo in the Spirit of Life who joins the Authority. The Authority claims Bendix’s base as their new base.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #12, Midnighter viciously decapitates Henry Bendix.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #12, Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix.

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #11, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to turn him against the Authority.


SOURCES

The Authority in Image Comics Database.
The Authority: Revolution #4 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #5 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #7 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #12 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #11 in Comic Vine.

FOOTNOTES

  1. The Authority Revolution #7.
  2. The Authority Revolution #12.

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Image Day: In The Battle For Jenny Quantum, The Commander Beats Down And Rapes Apollo

IMAGE DAY

he Authority' (2000) #14, Storm-God blasts Apollo with an "ionized particle strike."
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, Storm-God blasts Apollo with an “ionized particle strike.” Photo/Image Comics

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT.

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THE BIRTH OF JENNY QUANTUM, SPIRIT OF THE 21ST CENTURY

In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, the birth of Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, attracts a conflict with the government-backed Super Powered Beings (S.P.B) team called the Americans. The threat of a government abuse of civil rights is all the more urgent faced with the draconian measures of The Authority. The Doctor, who is a member of The Authority warns them it would not be a good idea to kill Jenny Quantum.

The Americans tell The Doctor that they know what they are doing. They explain to The Doctor that Titan is blocking The Doctor’s link to his powers and propose that The Doctor kill Jenny Quantum. The Doctor refuses. Titan grabs a plane flying overhead and smashes The Doctor and Jenny Quantum. Suddenly, Jenny triggers an explosion in Singapore.

In 'The Authority' (2000) #14, the newborn infant Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, triggers an explosion in Singapore.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, the newborn infant Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century, triggers an explosion in Singapore. Photo/Image Comics

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THE COMMANDER BEATS DOWN AND RAPES APOLLO

Jenny Quantum’s attack leaves both of Titan’s legs blown up. The rest of The Authority shows up in order to take on The Americans. Apollo flies into Titan’s head and blows it up. The Authority in their violence and neglect for property, reveal the menace of the Ubermensch, the superman who acts without a moral code. During the battle, Storm-God zaps Apollo with an “ionized particle strike.”

The “ionized particle strike” ate up Apollo’s solar charge and Apollo is weakened. The Commander beats down on Apollo and proceeds to brutally rape him off panel. Jack tells The Doctor to enter Dreamtime with Jenny with another member of The Americans in pursuit. The Americans are called back to base. The Doctor comes back and tells The Authority that Jenny has been taken.

In 'The Authority' (2000) #14, The Commander beats down and brutally rapes Apollo.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #14, The Commander beats down and brutally rapes Apollo. Photo/Image Comics

MIDNIGHTER AVENGES APOLLO WITH A JACKHAMMER

In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, the superhuman arms race between the United States and the Soviets reminiscent of the Cold War, led to the creation of hangars, filled with superhumans. Swift arrives at The Hangar and with the help of Jenny Quantum, manages to infiltrate.

She asks Dr. Kirgstein, the creator of The Americans to join The Authority. He accepts. S.P.B teams are simultaneously attacking every major city on Earth and The Authority must defend them. They split up.

Midnighter takes on the team in Manhattan, Hawksmoor takes on the team on in Paris, The Doctor takes Moscow, The Engineer takes Beijing, and Apollo takes Washtington D.C. where he confronts the remnants of The Americans.

The Authority #16, Comic Vine
In 'The Authority' (2000) #16, Apollo incinerates The Americans with his laser vision.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, Apollo incinerates The Americans with his laser vision. Photo/Image Comics
In 'The Authority' (2000) #16, Apollo burns The Commander's legs from the waist down.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, Apollo burns The Commander’s legs from the waist down. Photo/Image Comics
In 'The Authority' (2000) #16, Midnighter avenges Apollo's rape by The Commander with a jackhammer.
In ‘The Authority’ (2000) #16, Midnighter avenges Apollo’s rape by The Commander with a jackhammer. Photo/Image Comics

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘The Authority’ #14,The Authority clashes with the government-backed Super Powered Beings The Americans over Jenny Quantum, the spirit of the 21st century.


SOURCES

The Authority #14 in Comic Vine.
The Authority #16 in Comic Vine.

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