"High Stakes: Episode One": This story is reprinted from Stormwatch: Team Achilles #9.
The Authority (Volume 2) #0 is a one-shot with a cover date of October, 2003. It was published on August 6, 2003.
Appearing in "High Stakes: Episode One"
- Madorra Chance (First appearance)
- Alternate 66
Synopsis for "High Stakes: Episode One"
This story is reprinted from Stormwatch: Team Achilles #9.
The Authority has just defeated a group of men known as Dice-Men for attacking a city. Apollo interrogates a lone surviving Dice-Man for the reason they had attacked by burning his testicle. With the given information, the Authority travels through The Bleed and enters Alternate 66 to dock at a world-size space casino known as Viceworld. The team confronts the mastermind of the attack, Madorra Chance the owner of Viceworld. She tell the Authority that the attack was a high stakes "game" bet by her bidders from across the multiverse, as accustomed to her station's extreme form of gambling. And currently, the Authority is still being play in saving their world from Madorra Chance's forces. This forces the Authority to return back to Earth.
Appearing in "High Stakes: Episode Two"
- Madorra Chance
- Las Vegas
- Shatterstar Warhead
Synopsis for "High Stakes: Episode Two"
This story is reprinted from Sleeper #3.
In response to Madorra Chance's "game", the Authority fights her Viceworld army in Las Vegas. The team are successful in fighting the invaders as Madorra Chance observes. She is not concern of the Authority's overwhelming progress as she has a trump card that could even the odds with a bomb known as a Shatterstar.
The Engineer coordinates her team to one of the downed Viceworld ship and acknowledge it possess a Shatterstar Warhead, a bomb capable of destroying half a continent and is already initiating its detonation sequence. She attempts to infiltrate the warhead's system to deactivate it, but is repel by its security system. The warhead then ominously radiates, preparing to explode.
Appearing in "High Stakes: Episode Three"
- Madorra Chance (Dies)
- Alternate 66
- Shatterstar Bomb
Synopsis for "High Stakes: Episode Three"
This story is reprinted from Wildcats Version 3.0 #8.
At the moment of the detonation of the Shatterstar Warhead, the Authority quickly disposes of it by teleporting it into a section of Viceworld, destroying that section which is the heart of Viceworld's military machine, ending Madorra Chance from making further wars on Earth. The Authority confronts Chance and have the Engineer and the Doctor neutralize Chance's defenses. They begin making short work on Viceworld's forces and Chance is then killed by Midnighter. Thereafter, Jack Hawksmoor makes an announcement to Viceworld's residents and guests into leaving the station as his team have primed several warheads to explode throughout Viceworld. Hawksmoor then finishes his announcement by forewarning the fleeing denizens of Viceworld that the Authority "plays to win."
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