"Ad Astra Per Fragua": Lobo is carried out of the Hive of Death after apparently succumbing to his wounds. Johnny Caesar announces that the amount of teams left to compete is down to four. On Cairn, Phase chastises Dox about Lobo's apparent death, and even Dox is dumbfounded.
- Don't count yer chickens, ya lowdown conivin' bastich! The main man is back -- an' he's ready ta rumble!
- — Lobo
Synopsis for "Ad Astra Per Fragua"
Lobo is carried out of the Hive of Death after apparently succumbing to his wounds. Johnny Caesar announces that the amount of teams left to compete is down to four. On Cairn, Phase chastises Dox about Lobo's apparent death, and even Dox is dumbfounded.
Caesar celebrates with Candy Immature backstage. He proudly exclaims that with Lobo killed, the Satan Brothers will have no problems winning the tournament and the secret of the games being rigged will remain hidden. The only loose end to tie up is Victor Immature, who is trapped within a trunk. Caesar goes to kill him with Candy being complicit in the decision, but finds that Victor has escaped the trunk. Beakly enters the room telling Caesar that it is nearly time for the final game to air, after which Caesar sends Beakly on a mission to find the escaped Victor. Beakly goes to the mortuary, where he gathers the two workers there to start looking.
Frenzee, the final round of the Maim Game, begins - it is a deathmatch held in a barbed-wire wrestling ring. Each remaining team takes a corner: The Satan Brothers, Killer Kowalski and B.D Rickenbacker, Wolfman Marv and Dirty Deedes. In the mortuary, one of the sheet-covered corpses is revealed to actually be Victor, and at the same time, Lobo awakens from his injuries. Victor reveals to Lobo that since everyone though he was dead, he was eliminated from the Maim Game, but also reveals that it doesn't matter anyway because the games are rigged with the Satan Brothers being Caesar's plants. Lobo is outraged and heads to the ring.
Back in the deathmatch, the Satan Brothers kill Dirty Deedes and Killer Kowalski eliminates Wolfman Marv. The Satan Brothers close in on Rickenbacker and Kowalski, ironically smiting Rickenbacker with Yance's bucket. However just as things are looking like the end for the Outcasts, Lobo runs over the crowd and gets in the ring, stealing Caesar's mic along the way. He, along with Rickenbacker, easily begin to tear apart the robotic Satan Brothers while commentating to the TV audience with the mic. Caesar and Candy flee. After the Satan Brothers are dead, the Outcasts suggest that they share the winnings with Lobo, with Rickenbacker especially wanting the Miracle Voucher to return Yance to life. However Lobo reveals that it's all rigged and that there are no prizes, and sets off to find Caesar. Stunned, the Outcasts follow Lobo to get their vengeance on Caesar also.
Lobo heads to the space port and steals a shuttle, learning from a technician that Caesar and Candy have just left their own ship. That proved to be a ploy by Caesar as the shuttle was on autopilot - he and Candy were hiding in the space port. On the television monitor, they are stunned to see that Victor is alive and well, and has taken over the broadcast. Extremely embittered at Johnny Caesar for stealing Candy away from him, he travelled to the nuclear power plant that powers Mondo Carno and tampered with the coolant, causing a meltdown that will not only kill him but everyone on Mondo Carno. Just as Lobo realizes Caesar's trickery, Mondo Carno is demolished in a massive nuclear explosion.
On Cairn, Phase sarcastically congratulates Dox on having Mondo Carno destroyed at the cost of Lobo and thousands of lives, but just as Dox responds that he can't be responsible for the "actions of a lovesick dwarf", Lobo calls in to him. Dox is stunned to see him alive, but Lobo's immediate request is to be bankrolled for creating his own version of Mondo Carno, Mondo Lobo. Dox declines and ends the transmission. The Outcasts begin to argue about Yance once again, so Lobo, annoyed, sends them to the back for some drinks. As they head to the back, Lobo detaches the storage compartment of the shuttle with them in it and flies away as the two continue bickering, unaware.
Appearing in "Ad Astra Per Fragua"
- Killer Kowalski
- Bobo Dan (B.D.) Rickenbacker
- Yancy Queeg (deceased)
- Johnny Caesar
- The Satan Brothers
- Victor Immature
- Candy Immature
- Dirty Deedes
- Wolfman Marv
- Mondo Carno
- L.E.G.I.O.N. headquarters
- L.E.G.I.O.N. headquarters