"Down Time": Nathaniel receives a message from the President, who expresses his concerns over Nathaniel's resignation from the military. He states that despite Nathaniel's leaving, he is still open to re-recruitment under their mutual liaison General Eiling and urging him to make an exception to
- I am not your God, Martin. I am the Faceless One! I shall see to your deliverance for your heinous act of betrayal!
Synopsis for "Down Time"
Nathaniel receives a message from the President, who expresses his concerns over Nathaniel's resignation from the military. He states that despite Nathaniel's leaving, he is still open to re-recruitment under their mutual liaison General Eiling and urging him to make an exception to his resignation by continuing his surveillance of the Justice League.
Since Christmas Eve, Nathaniel has been in a relationship with his CIA liaison Eve Eden (aka Nightshade), who was temporarily loaned to General Eiling by Amanda Waller. Nathaniel also applied a job interview at Lockleed Aircraft in California; in which Eve is not happy to learn and believed that Nathaniel is avoiding her. This lead to a break-up (while they were beating some muggers).
Nathaniel soon arrives in California and begins his application by testing in a flight simulator. Unknown to him, his new boss Martin Lockleed was given orders by his associate, General Eiling, to prevent Nathaniel from being hired under the threat of denying his company government contracts. The company plant then suddenly undergoes a blackout. Lockleed learns that there is a security breach at the R&D building and knows that they are after the "Steathray". Nathaniel discreetly changes into Captain Atom and heads to the R&D building.
Meanwhile, the infiltrators have failed to find the Steathray and are subdued by Nightshade. Captain Atom is surprised to see Nightshade, who states that she is still observing Nathaniel, and a squabble ensues between them until they notice the infiltrators are suddenly dead. Nightshade discovers that there is fast-acting poison inside the infiltrators' molars and they killed themselves to avoid being question. The two are then met by Lockleed who appreciates the heroes' help. Lockleed then requests Captain Atom and Nightshade to meet him at midnight this evening in Hangar 7 to explain what the spies were after.
A surviving spy from the botched infiltration reports the failure to his master, "The Faceless One". The masked man is displeased by this development, especially with superheroes involved, and decides to deal with Lockleed personally. He then teleports to Lockleed Aircraft.
Captain Atom and Nightshade meet up with Lockleed. As he is about to explain, Lockleed gets a call from his secretary and is annoyed that Eiling is trying to call him. Lockleed then speaks out loud that Eiling will be sure that Cameron Scott won't be working at his company much to Nathaniel's displeasure. Lockleed forgives the interruption and finally explains what the spies were after: the Stealthray, a portable mass teleportation device that Lockleed was developing to replace aircraft transportation. Lockleed suspects that the principle perpetrator is Alec Rois, a brilliant physicist and one of the key developers of the Stealthray, who was fired from the company after he joined a fanatical cult and for claiming that the Stealthray was his personal creation. Lockleed also kept the Stealthray inside his person.
Soon as Lockleed said this, the Faceless One (Alec Rois) immediately makes his attack. His costume is able to reflect Captain Atom's energy blasts and allows him to fly. He takes Lockleed hostage and demands that he hand over the Stealthray under threat of death. Lockleed reluctantly gives him the prototype, but Rois still intends on killing his former employer by trying to impale him into the needle nose of a stationary jet. Captain Atom, however, melts the jet's nose. Nightshade entraps Rois in her shadow construct, allowing Captain Atom to rescue Lockleed. Rois attempts to teleport away with the Stealthray, but Captain Atom destroys the prototype much to Lockleed's dismay and Rois is seemingly killed.
The next morning, Lockleed talks to Nathaniel that his company will be notify for an opening while ignorant of Nathaniel's knowledge of Eiling's plans. Nathaniel meets up with Eve, who tells him that Amanda Waller has given her a new assignment. Meaning that they won't see each other soon.
Appearing in "Down Time"
- Wade Eiling
- The Faceless One (First appearance)
- Durang (Only appearance; dies)
- Eli (First appearance)
- Teresa (Only appearance; dies)
- President Reagan
- Martin Lockleed
- The events from this issue take place on December 27th, 1988.
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