"Wonder Woman: "Come Back to Me, Part Three: The Searchers!"": Diana calls out to the giant jaguar while its eating its meal and asks him how he came about the aircraft around his neck. He states that he found it in a tree but there was no one inside. he introduces himself as Odio and as the sun
Appearing in Wonder Woman: "Come Back to Me, Part Three: The Searchers!"
- Steve Trevor (Mentioned only)
- Tallulah Black (Mentioned only)
- United States Air Force (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for Wonder Woman: "Come Back to Me, Part Three: The Searchers!"
Diana calls out to the giant jaguar while its eating its meal and asks him how he came about the aircraft around his neck. He states that he found it in a tree but there was no one inside. he introduces himself as Odio and as the sun starts setting, warns her that in this place one either kills or be killed. Etta suggests they flee too if the giant jaguar is running away, but Diana suggests surveying the place from a safe spot. They soon come upon a group of Neanderthals armed with modern weapons and Diana tries to talk with them once they are spotted.
The Neanderthals attack Wonder Woman however and she destroys a gun held by one of them, causing them to run away. Etta and her however spot that one of them had a bag of the United States Air Force on their shoulder, with Diana deciding to follow them. As they come upon a cliff, they spot a highly advanced aircraft, whose existence should be impossible given the level of technology in their own time, inhabited by Neanderthals. Diana guesses it must have been on the island for some while and decides to investigate, telling Etta to hang back for her own safety.
As she tries talking to the Neanderthals and asking them about Steve, the tied-up Jonah Hex calls out to her and tells her how he was abducted by them while hunting for food. He alerts her about them pointing their weapons at her and states there's no way to talk to them. As soon as Diana unties him, Hex starts attacking them and she joins the fight. After the Neanderthals run away, Hex retrieves his guns and informs her that Steve as well as two pilots with him headed to a place in the south, even though he warned them not to. Hex and Diana learn where they are from and he decides to guide her to the place where Steve went.
Appearing in "Justice League, Part Five"
Synopsis for "Justice League, Part Five"
This story is reprinted from Justice League (Volume 2) #5.
The heroes are recovering from the violent explosion caused by Darkseid upon his arrival in the last issue. Flash is the first to regain consciousness, and is horrified to see Darkseid destroy a military jet and its passenger with his Omega Beam. Superman awakes next, and Darkseid targets the two of them with another Omega Beam. Flash grabs Superman and begins to carry him to safety at super-speed, urging him to move it. When the heroes split up, the twin beams split up also, each beam targeting one of the heroes. As an evasive maneuver, Flash vibrates and passes through one of the demon-bots, causing the beam to destroy that robot instead of the Scarlet Speedster. As Flash catches his breath after this exhausting but successful maneuver, he looks up to see that Superman is not quite so lucky. Taking the full brunt of the Omega Beam, Superman is knocked out, although not destroyed; and is seen being carried away by one of the winged demon-bots. The other heroes are regaining consciousness now, as Flash shares the horrible news that Superman has been abducted. The heroes discuss interrogating Darkseid to find out why Superman was taken. Green Lantern springs into action and attacks Darkseid. His constructs are not effective against the god of Apokolips; but GL courageously keeps trying even while being on the receiving end of several vicious blows from Darkseid. When Green Lantern shows his determination to continue the battle, Darkseid lifts Hal by his right forearm and applies crushing force, causing the arm to break in a couple of places. Darkseid sends him flying with another punch, and then walks away as Hal struggles to recover and persist against all odds.
Batman attempts to deter Green Lantern from going up against Darkseid in his badly injured condition. Batman wants to gather the rest of the team and form a strategy. He criticizes Green Lantern for wanting to carry on the fight with a broken arm. In response, GL fashions a moveable cast with his ring, and says he is prepared to die if necessary.
Batman continues to ask Green Lantern why he is driven to press on in this futile attack. Batman implies that he understands Green Lantern well because they are very much alike. After Green Lantern rejects this notion, Batman pulls a very surprising maneuver. He removes his mask, introduces himself as Bruce Wayne, and tells a short version of his origin; explaining that he was driven to train for a life of fighting crime after witnessing the brutal death of his parents at the hand of a mugger when Bruce was ten years old.
Bruce asks Hal to regroup with the other heroes, keep them alive, and keep Darkseid busy until Batman returns. When Green Lantern asks where he is going, Batman responds that he is going to rescue Superman.
Batman stands in the open in plain sight with his arms outstretched in an apparently submissive gesture. It does not take long for one of the flying demon-bots to swoop down and carry Batman away.
Green Lantern does regroup with the other heroes, and helps pull them out of the rubble. He shares his plan, that they should go as a group and follow Darkseid, who was last seen heading into the city on foot. GL explains that the heroes should stay out of sight for the moment. When they find Darkseid, Green Lantern will act as a distraction to lure him out, so that the other heroes can attack. This was precisely the plan proposed by Aquaman last issue. Green Lantern gives Cyborg the option to stay behind, since he has not yet officially declared himself as a superhero, but Vic is eager to join the battle. The heroes head towards the heart of Metropolis, to meet up with Darkseid.
We follow Batman as he is carried to another portal created by a Boom Tube. As Batman steps through, he finds himself in an unlikely place; peering out over a hellish landscape. It appears that Batman has been transported to Darkseid's home world, Apokolips.
Appearing in "The Flash"
- Genetic Re-Coder
Synopsis for "The Flash"
This story is reprinted from The Flash (Volume 4) #5.
In the basement of his lab, Dr. Darwin Elias, a brilliant physicist, leads Mob Rule down to his Genetic Re-Coding device. They hope that with the help of Manuel Lago - the man from whom all of Mob Rule is descended, they can recode their genes in order that they can prevent their inevitable early demises.
Meanwhile, at Iron Heights Prison, Iris West manages to escape the cell that she was trapped in by Captain Cold during the power outage. Unfortunately, she escapes to find many of the other inmates have also found their ways out of their cells. She braces herself as they advance on her.
On the Gem City Bridge, Patty Spivot does her best to assist the Central City Police Department in holding back the crowd of people who are waiting to get back across the bridge to Central City after the Flash vibrated through it. Precedent suggests that the bridge could very well explode, and so the citizens are being kept away from it. Unfortunately, those citizens are becoming restless, and a riot seems immanent.
Fortunately, Flash is on the way, carrying two 600-ton barges in his slipstream. The barges, courtesy of Wayne Enterprises, are stocked with supplies, generators, and emergency vehicles. He assures the citizens waiting nearby that the bridge is safe, and they can all go home. As Flash enjoys his success, he notices chunks of ice floating in the river that are out of season. Realizing that Captain Cold is likely behind it, he rushes off to Iron Heights.
Luckily, Iris has managed to hold her own, thus far, smashing Folded Man in the face with a ventilation grate. Before she can be attacked by Tar Pit, Flash appears, thawing out the frozen guards with friction and blowing away Iris' attackers with the water from the melted ice. After Flash verifies that Iris is alright, she delivers a message from Captain Cold that he has "upped his game" and he is coming for him. Just then, Flash catches a glimpse of a bright green light coming from within Central City, and he has to go. Iris begs for a ride, and he carries her back to the city at super-speed.
Manuel has given up on resisting Mob Rule's demands, and enters the genetic re-coder. Dr. Elias begins the process, hoping that only the genetic flaw in Mob Rule will be targeted by the device. Meanwhile, The Flash rushes to the scene and fights his way into the lab, not realizing that Manuel and the doctor have willingly agreed to help the clones.
The doctor pulls Flash back from Manuel, explaining that this is their only chance to help Mob Rule. However, something in the process begins to go wrong, and it threatens to kill Manuel. Dr. Elias urges Flash to contain the blast, despite Manuel's desire to be left alone so that the process can complete. More concerned about Manuel's life than Mob Rule, Flash begins speeding around the device in order to contain the blast and disperse its energy into the atmosphere.
In the aftermath of the blast, Manuel is alive, but Mob Rule is dead. Every clone expires before Manuel's eyes, and while he felt responsible for bringing them into the world, he now blames Flash for their deaths. Angrily, he knocks both Flash and Dr. Elias unconscious, and leaves.
Elsewhere, Patty and the rest of her department at the CCPD investigate the scene of the fire where Barry Allen was last seen. Unfortunately, all they can find are charred skeletons. Patty is overcome with emotion at the thought of losing Barry, but he appears behind her, admitting that he had to make the sacrifice for Manuel because he's family to him. Patty happily embraces him, scolding that his friends in the department are his family.
Somewhere, Manuel thinks about Mob Rule, realizing that his many clones were the closest thing to a family that he has. He vows that he will find another way to save them as he pierces his skin with a knife. From the drops of blood are grown several more clones, and Mob Rule is born again.
Later, Flash visits Dr. Elias, who explains that all of these recent negative events were actually their fault. The EMP Blackout and what happened with Mob Rule last night were connected. The EMP blast that blacked out the city three days ago was the same one created by the electromagnetic generator the night before. Flash's attempt to contain the blast actually sent the energy blast back in time. This is not the only instance, either. In the Badlands, several anachronistic objects - things taken out of their own time - have been found there. Dr. Elias explains that every time Flash uses the Speed Force to approach the speed of light, time rifts are created. Dr. Elias warns that they will have to destroy the Speed Force - the source of Barry's power - in order to prevent oblivion.
Appearing in Aquaman: "Lost"
Synopsis for Aquaman: "Lost"
This story is reprinted from Aquaman (Volume 7) #5.
Aquaman falls in the middle of a desert. He looks down and exclaims, "uh oh".
Twelve hours earlier at Curry Lighthouse, Arthur stared out into the rain thinking about The Trench. Mera asks him what's wrong but is interrupted when Arthur's phone rings. The caller is Commander Clay from the U.S. Navy, who he had met previously at Beachrock. Although Arthur is confused at how did he get his number, Clay asks for his help, saying that they found a mysterious artifact embedded in the Trench's cocoons. When the Navy pried it open, the device emitted a soundwave that broke every piece of glass in the area. Now the device won't stop emitting the sound. Clay asks for Arthur's help.
In the desert, Aquaman removes a long piece of metal that had been impaled through his leg. Arthur finds his Trident of Neptune and collapses to the ground.
Hours earlier, Aquaman had arrived into the Navy's base so that he could investigate the artifact. Aquaman says that the device was part of an ancient Atlantean ship. The device is primitive by Atlantean standards and it was only used before Atlantis sank. A group of soldiers unexpectedly attack the base and steal the device. Aquaman chases after them and grasps the outside of their ship as it begins to take off.
In the desert, Aquaman has a vision of his father, Tom Curry. Initially, Tom says that the water has only brought their family pain and misery, but then he says that the water brought him Arthur's mother and his mother gave him Arthur. When Arthur asks his father why didn't he tell him about his mother, Tom replies that it was too painful to talk about her. However, he also remarks that Mera came back to Arthur. Tom says that he isn't sure what would his mother of Arthur giving up the throne of Atlantis just so that he can be with her.
Arthur cannot believe what his father is saying, and insists that he is hallucinating. Tom continues berating Arthur, saying that he only remains on land because he feels he belongs here, but the truth is that he'll never belong anywhere.
Arthur refuses to continue listening and uses his telepathy, causing his father to disappear. However, the only creature to respond is a lizard. Aquaman continues walking through the desert.
Aquaman recalls tearing open the invaders' ship. When the soldiers approach hi, he attacks one, breaking his helmet causing water to pour out. Aquaman realizes the soldiers are Atlanteans. Another soldier fires his gun at Aquaman, throwing his body out of the ship as the ship crashes.
In the present, Aquaman arrives at the crashed ship and grabs a soldier's helmet, finding the device. He activates the device, which emits an holographic transmission about a soldier that says that Atlantis is in danger. The soldiers remarks that his forces have pursued an unknown enemy to the oceans, however, they are under attack by something in the trench. He says that the enemy is planning to sink Atlantis and the King and Queen of Atlantis had hidden the truth. The soldier is attacked by unknown enemies and the transmission ends.
Suddenly, a group of military helicopters arrive to help Aquaman.
Aquaman's ordeal is covered by the news, and at least one talk show makes fun of it as it is watched by Stephen Shin.
Arthur arrives home and finds his dog alone. He finds a note from Mera that says that she went to town to get dog food.
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