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"Nil, Part 2": On Nil, a group of heroes are surprised to find Nix Uotan, the Monitor, alive, despite having seen him die multiple times. Nix explains that he used the Orrery of Worlds to split his power into fifty-two equal parts, each held by a duplicate with his mind. Each duplicate was him,



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Synopsis for "Nil, Part 2"

On Nil, a group of heroes are surprised to find Nix Uotan, the Monitor, alive, despite having seen him die multiple times. Nix explains that he used the Orrery of Worlds to split his power into fifty-two equal parts, each held by a duplicate with his mind. Each duplicate was him, and he has felt himself die fifty-one times. But he needed this time, to delay his enemy's invasion of Nil, and to give his agents time to recruit.

Outside, Gaslight Catwoman, Gaslight Luthor, and Arcane Supergirl are holding off an invasion by the fearsome Nightmare Brainiac. He has augmented to force of his robots, which the heroes have faced before, with a new force: an army of Nightmare Metallos. Gaslight Catwoman is almost killed, but reinforcements arrive in the shape of a large group of heroes from multiple worlds.

Galvanized, the combined group hold their ground, but Nightmare Robin points out that they cannot hold off Nightmare Brainiac forever. Batman asks Gaslight Luthor to come into the fortress with him, reasoning that the Monitors must have had some defense structures which can aid them. Meanwhile, Gaslight Catwoman and Nightmare Robin are surrounded by Metallos, and Catwoman throws the Harbinger orb into the group, where it explodes, killing several of their foes. This convinces Luthor to follow Batman.

Inside, Nix explains the problem to them - Brainiac is fielding robots made of corrupted Monitor technology. They have to shut down the technology or Brainiac will subvert it. Batman argues that Monitor technology is the only effective option they have, citing its power. Luthor cuts to the heart of the matter - Monitor tech is useful, if they can retain control. Batman realises they have only one option - the Eternal Key, assembled by Atomic Two-Face, recovered by the heroes and then given to Nix Uotan for safekeeping. Nix argues against it, saying it has been suverted, but Luthor merely grins: the irony of using the enemy's weapons against them while they use your technology against you is too delicious.

The group argue that the Key can be the main processor of the defense network provided they insulate it, presumably with magic. Batman sends Flash, who was in the hall, to go get Zatanna to do the job.

Outside, the heroes are a little stunned by the loss of Zatanna, but Mecha Superman gets his second wind.

In the hall, Zatanna arrives just as Luthor is installing the device. He verbally states how tempting the power of the device is, before admitting that he still has enough control to do the job. Zatanna forms an impassable sphere around the device, and the Planet-Wide Active Denial System turns on. Most of the invading force is shot to pieces by gunfire, while the survivors are teleported through the Bleed back to the Nightmare universe.

With the immediate threat ended, the heroes and villains are sent back to their worlds, to stand guard against further incursions, to raise the alarm and recruit, to live their normal lives, and to be ready.

On Earth-19, Alexander Luthor relaxes in his office. As far as his staff is concerned, he has returned from a business trip, and needs to to relax. But in his private study, he reveals that his goggles held powerful scanners, and that he now has interesting data on the magic of the Arcane Earth, on the technology of Nil, and the specs for the Eternal Key. This awakens in him a desire for more...

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  • This book was first published on February 18, 2015.
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