"Come Back to Me, Part Two: The Triangle": A day before he went missing, Steve's fellow pilots Nate and Kate try to cajole him into telling them about his date with Wonder Woman, but he rebuffs their request. The three soon take off in their aircrafts to test the low-energy nuclear reaction flyi
Appearing in "Come Back to Me, Part Two: The Triangle"
- Odio, the Gigantic Jaguar (First appearance)
- United States Air Force (Flashback only)
- Captain Nate
- United States Navy
- Amazons of Themyscira (Mentioned only)
- Atlantic Ocean (Flashback and main story)
- United States of America (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Come Back to Me, Part Two: The Triangle"
A day before he went missing, Steve's fellow pilots Nate and Kate try to cajole him into telling them about his date with Wonder Woman, but he rebuffs their request. The three soon take off in their aircrafts to test the low-energy nuclear reaction flying system. Steve engages the system after the designated checkpoint, but the team suddenly notices a storm in front of them. The control tower is however unable to spot any such thing and Steve tells the others to head back to the base with him. They however get struck by a lightning storm and mysteriously disappear.
Back in the present, Etta tells Wonder Woman they're unlikely to find Steve since there's no sign of wreckage while flying over the Bermuda triangle, though she reassures her that he'll be okay. As they prepare to head back, they notice the same storm that Steve had earlier noticed. Diana's invisible plane starts breaking after being hit by the lightning storm and the two fall near an unknown island after ejecting, as Diana loses her flying powers. She tells Etta to reach the shore and knocks the sea serpent unconscious after it tries to attack her, realizing she still has strength.
Etta states she wants to rest after Diana expresses her desire to find her plane and she agrees. They talk about how Amazons value their mental faculties and health, while Etta jokes that humans don't. The next morning, Etta wakes up and is surprised to hear a crab talking back and directing her to where Diana went. As she calls out to her, Diana shuts her mouth and tells her to follow her, showing him a giant jaguar with Steve's airplane hanging around its neck.
Appearing in "Justice League, Part Four"
Synopsis for "Justice League, Part Four"
This story is reprinted from Justice League (Volume 2) #4.
Victor finally comes to in the red room of S.T.A.R. Labs and notices his now cyborg body and is confused. All of a sudden a group of Parademons bursts in and attacks the group, and Victor uses his newly discovered sonic cannon to destroy them, and then see's himself in a mirror, to which he is taken aback. He then jumps out of a hole in the roof, blaming his father for his new body. Meanwhile the Justice League examines Aquaman's intentions and skills. After getting a demonstration they hold off the Parademons while also fighting the military who have been told to engage all non-humans including superheroes. After debating how to handle the men shooting at them they find themselves in front of a delirious Vic Stone who tries to warn them of an already approaching Darkseid who has now appeared in front of them.
Appearing in "Mob Rule"
- Flash (Flashback and main story)
- James Forrest
- Tita Lago (Flashback only)
- Flash's Costume Ring
- Portable Genome Re-Coder (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Mob Rule"
This story is reprinted from The Flash (Volume 4) #4.
In the past, Barry Allen attended the funeral of his friend Manuel Lago's father. Manuel was conspicuously absent, but his mother was glad to have Barry's company. After the burial, Barry noticed Manuel hiding away from the others. He blamed his mother for separating from his father, thereby requiring him to get on a plane which was later hijacked by terrorists, which led to his death. Manuel vowed to get revenge on the men responsible, and he now had the clout to make it happen. He was hired into the CIA. He invited Barry to join him in the Agency, but Barry professed that he was no hero, and turned the offer down.
Now, in the Badlands, Mob Rule have kidnapped Dr. Darwin Elias, a ground-breaking physicist. They have stolen his Genome Re-coder and kidnapped him in the hope that he can help them to solve the problem they have, where each of dies after just one month of living. Unfortunately, an unexplained EMP blast has rendered Dr. Elias' lab useless, but he does have an experimental energy source that they could try.
Mob Rule explains that Manuel Lago is their creator. He was a covert operative given regenerative abilities as part of a top-secret government project. Eventually, he discovered that the organization behind the terrorist attack that killed his father was Basilisk, and he went rogue. His attack was devastating, but he was outnumbered and captured. When Basilisk discovered that he could regenerate, they took advantage, torturing him by cutting off his body parts, and then cutting them off again when they grew back. It went on like that for quite some time until suddenly, the severed parts began to grow into full, separate bodies; doubles of Manuel with their own personalities.
Together, they helped Manuel escape and took him as their leader. But when they started dying not long after, he ran away instead of helping them resolve it. He left them to die. Hearing their story, Dr. Elias promises to help, but they will need Manuel to provide the template he needs to re-code their DNA.
On the Gem City Bridge, the Central City Police Department have blocked people from re-entering their cars due to fears that it might explode as a result of the Flash having vibrated an entire passenger jet through it. There, Manuel's hand grows back before Patty Spivot's eyes. She chastises him for having left Barry, his best friend, for dead. Manuel brushes her off, mounting a horse with plans to escape before the stranded citizens start a riot. Angrily, Patty warns him that Barry went out of his way to help Manuel, and now he may be dead because of it.
Meanwhile, at Iron Heights Prison, reporter Iris West has been trapped in Captain Cold's cell after he escaped during the blackout. Annoyed that he trapped her there in addition to failing to confirm Flash's involvement in super-brutality, she rips a ventilation grate off of the wall and uses it to chip away the ice which prevents her from opening the door.
Moved by Patty's condemnation, Manuel rushes off to find Barry. However, he runs into Mob Rule on the way. They taunt him, claiming that Barry is definitely dead, and advising him to give up and come with them. Angrily, he leaps at them, but again he is outnumbered and subdued. With his face pressed into the pavement, he remembers having come to see Barry not long after his accident and after getting his own vengeance. Barry had thought his friend was dead, and is a little disappointed that Manuel refuses to visit his mother. Outside, Manuel's doubles had been somewhat disgusted by his relationship with Barry, trying to distance their identities from him. Finally, Manuel's attackers explain that he is to blame for their existence, and for Barry's death, to an extent - they are part of him, after all. Sadly, Manuel relents.
Elsewhere, Barry regains consciousness. He mind had been working at such a speed that he lost track of what he had planned to do and what had actually happened. Fortunately, his instincts and super-speed spared his life. Despite having been paralyzed by his mental focus, when his body felt the oncoming bullet grazing his skin, he quickly dodged it, garnering only a flesh wound. However, the movement sent his head careening into a wall, and left him unconscious.
Looking around, Barry notices Dr. Elias' necktie and realizes that he's been kidnapped by Mob Rule to deal with their issues. Additionally, he discovers that the place has been rigged to explode. Promising not to let anything happen to his friends, Barry puts on his costume and escapes just fractions of seconds away from the blast.
Appearing in "The Trench, Conclusion"
- Beachrock Police Department
- Deputy Sheriff Wilson
- Stephen Shin (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "The Trench, Conclusion"
This story is reprinted from Aquaman (Volume 7) #4.
Aquaman and Mera descend to a volcanic vent using monkfish to light their path. They find a wrecked craft, which has been there for centuries. Aquaman and Mera recognize the ship as Atlantean, one that predated the sinking of Atlantis. They discover a breach in the hull, deducing it was caused by the Trench, who fed on the ship's crew.
As Aquaman and Mera continue their journey, the monkfish abandon them, as their survival instincts were overriding Aquaman's telepathy. Mera believes that the best course of action is to seal the trench to prevent the creatures from attacking the surface. Aquaman is unsure as that would mean the death of an entire species. Mera says the creatures are mindless savages who only harm the world. Aquaman replies that the Atlanteans say the same thing about humanity.
Suddenly, Aquaman and Mera find a Trench spawn, which quickly dies. Aquaman and Mera conclude the spawn was mutated and created through inbreeding. Continuing down the tunnel, Aquaman and Mera pass through several Trench corpses, and Mera says that the Trench are a dying race.
Aquaman and Mera reach a massive room with two large creatures inside, which Mera recognizes as the king and queen of the creatures. The room is also filled with Trench soldiers and cocoons with the captured people inside. Aquaman and Mera push the wall containing the cocoons out of the room. Mera takes the cocoon to safety while Aquaman faces the queen and its soldiers. Aquaman throws his trident to the volcanic vent, unleashing a massive lava stream that kills the queen. Aquaman then meets up with Mera and pushes a large rock to the vent, sealing it up and trapping the creatures underneath. With the monsters no longer a threat, Aquaman and Mera bring the captured people home.
Later at Beachrock, the authorities take care of the captured people and one of the victims, a mother, is reunited with his son, who tells Aquaman he is his favorite superhero. Aquaman and Mera return home.
At their house, Arthur laments the decision he had to take regarding the Trench, but Mera tells him he did the right thing. Deputy Wilson appears at their door and presents Aquaman with a dog, which, according to Wilson, belonged to Janet Reed, one of the deceased victims. Arthur decides to keep the dog, and Wilson calls him Aquadog. Arthur also decides to teach the dog how to swim.
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