"A Whole New World, Part Three": Ultrahumanite has sent a team of metahuman agents to capture the Pandora Casket. However, at a crucial moment, his key agent, Firepattern, freezes up, because they have realised that Batman is his long-lost father. Ultrahumanite tries to get Firepattern to move,
Appearing in "A Whole New World, Part Three"
- Captain Steel
- Commander Sato
- Power Girl
- Red Arrow
- Red Tornado
- Sandman (Dies)
- The Pandora Casket
- Sam Zhao's Engagement Ring
- Ark Ship (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "A Whole New World, Part Three"
Ultrahumanite has sent a team of metahuman agents to capture the Pandora Casket. However, at a crucial moment, his key agent, Firepattern, freezes up, because they have realised that Batman is his long-lost father. Ultrahumanite tries to get Firepattern to move, but before he can, Fury attacks, causing Firepattern to run. Batman's parting shot is to plant a tracking device on Firepattern.
Red Arrow and Huntress arrive to back them up. Batman, who is crippled and cannot move, begs Huntress to go after Firepattern because he is his son. With barely a second's hesitation, Huntress jumps out the window after him.
Over the city, Ultrahumanite is lecturing Firepattern for his disobedience. The villain refers to the youngster as one of his "most promising" agents, before unleashing a devastating psychic attack.
Four hours later, the World Army headquarters is buzzing. Captain Steel is undergoing medical treatment, but the doctors have no idea how to work with his superdense tissue. In the command room, Sonia Sato is eviewing the data: they have no idea who the interlopers were, who they were working for, or what they wanted. Val-Zod comes in, carrying a weakened Power Girl, who informs them that the interlopers were called the Humanites, and they were after the Pandora Casket. Alan Scott walks in also, and drops the bombshell: the Humanites were working for the Ultrahumanite. This causes everyone to pause, as the Ultrahumanite was one of the most fearsome foes of the original Wonders of the World.
The group brainstorms, and realises that the Ultrahumanite plans to use the Pandora Casket to execute Batman's idea of resurrecting the old world. Val-Zod suggests that the situation is too dangerous and they should destroy the casket. Fury refuses to let him, saying she put the casket in the tower's main vault and is not taking it out. Before the argument can come to blows, Flash walks in and tells everyone that the doctors can't think of how to save the Captain Steel. This makes everyone sad.
Alan Scott gets Sandman to turn on the communications array, and starts talking about the need for unity among the Wonders. When Sandman asks why this was necessary, Alan explains that Ultrahumanite is smart enough that he probably is listening into their communications. He addresses the question to a blank screen... and the Ultrahumanite responds, congratulating Alan for his intuition.
Ultrahumanite congratulates him on giving up his superpowers to solve the global energy crisis. However, this has turned him into just another human, and not an obstacle to his plans. Ultrahumanite makes several comments about how tempting the power of the Green must still be to him, and about how the argument of communal effort for the good of society is quite powerful. Alan acknowledges that the power is tempting, but the weight of the planet's needs prevents him from feeding his desires. Alan accuses him of not showing similar restraint. Preening, Ultrahumanite lists off his resources. He has seventy Humanites, each one capable of matching one of the Wonders. He has a roster of his genetically-engineered monsters, which he is prepared to release on Neotropolis unless the Wonders give him the Pandora Casket. Alan refuses.
Ultrahumanite then reveals the third key resource he has: his mutant brain. With it, he can psychically influence others. With the psychic broadcast array he has now, he can do more. On Ultrahumanite's command, Alan Scott is controlled to summon the ring from the power generation facility on the Erebus/Ark Home border and fly through the darkened cities to Alan Scott. With the ring, the controlled Alan Scott regains the power of the Green Lantern and swiftly knocks out the rest of the heroes.
With an evil grin, the controlled Alan Scott proceeds to fly to the central vault, to get the Pandora Casket!
- This book was first published on August 10, 2016.
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