The Revelations crisis was a cosmic-level, world-ending threat that was ultimately prevented by the combined efforts of
the Guardians and Justice Incorporated.
On Earth, a Neo-Nazis conspiracy called the Millennium Empire enacted a plan to conquer the world. As part of their efforts
they had genetically engineered the ultimate Aryan soldier for their cause, transforming one of their own who had been born, bred, and
raised for just such a purpose - a man named Philip Adler. Adler was given control of
the economic and military forces of the Millennium Empire and readied to put the plan for conquest into action. During the final
preparations, Adler became the host for the power of the force of Hate, turning him into one of the mystical
Avatars. Allied with the other-dimensional
Antithesis, Adler began the creation of an army with which to conquer first America,
and then the world. To distract the super-hero community when the time came to move openly, Adler created
two metahuman teams, a group of villains to spread chaos and a team of heroes to infiltrate
the super-hero community. In a final step to give himself the power necessary to destroy any opposition, Adler had his agents find and
secure several magical artifacts, including the Amulet of Osiris and the Spear of Destiny.
The threat of two such beings as the Avatar of Hate and the Antithesis working together attracted the attention of a group of beings
sometimes known as the Nemesis. Once the guardians of the balance between the
Matter and Anti-Matter Universes, over the preceding millennia the Nemesis people had corrupted their purpose to one where they would
pass judgment over any world they saw as having become too evil or too good, and the rise of those two powers on Earth qualified as
a great evil. As cosmic beings, the coming of the Nemesis would have an effect that preceded their arrival. On planets that the Nemesis
targeted, events would begin occurring that mirrored prophecies of doom or the end of the world on that planet. On Earth, events would
begin to echo passages from the Book of Revelation
The Nemesinians are also not without allies. To help with the cleansing of Earth they have formed an alliance with Amethyst and
the Houses of Gemworld. Amethyst, a Lord of Order incarnate, has taken control of Gemworld and gained the loyalty of all Twelve
Houses, eliminating any dissent. She seeks to impose a Magical Order on the chaos that magic has become of late and had already begun
to take steps, having usurped control of the Conclave of Magic, a gathering of mystic beings that had sought to prevent and mitigate
large magical conflicts by means of intervention and negotiation rather than force. Through her control of the Conclave, Amethyst
would be able to keep many of Earth's powerful magicians from detecting and interfering with the coming End of Days.
The story so far...
Justice Inc. has just finished a battle with the scientific terrorist organization H.I.V.E.,
having disabled a H.I.V.E. satellite that had been armed with a doomsday weapon, an anti-matter cannon. The team and their allies,
former Titans Red Star and Pantha, are preparing to return to Earth using the Russian Space Shuttle they had taken to reach the H.I.V.E.
In Empire City the Guardians are facing a series of threats. The relative peace that
had reigned in the city has been disrupted and everyone from the city government to the police to the organized crime families and street
gangs are vying for power and position in whatever the new order will be. The Guardians are facing the eruption of an all-out gang war
between the criminal elements of the city while the police and municipal leaders are too preoccupied with their own power plays to do
much about it.
But with the approach of the Nemesis planetoid and Nemesinian host, a much greater danger is about to reveal itself...
- [XVI] And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his
countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
- [XX] The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.
The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Justice Inc. are still aboard the H.I.V.E. satellite, trying to decide how to transport all the H.I.V.E. members they
have taken prisoner back to Earth. While they are working out what to do, another spacecraft approaches Earth orbit and is
detected from the H.I.V.E. satellite. The spacecraft appears to be heavily damaged, so the members of Justice Inc. who are
able to operate in space head out to rescue it.
On board the craft are seven wounded Wingmen, hawk-winged soldiers from the planet Thanager, which orbits Polaris in the
constellation Ursa Minor. The Thanagarian Wingmen's injuries are too much for Justice Inc. to do more than make them
comfortable, but before they die the Thanagarians reveal that they had been attacked while heading to Earth with a warning:
"The Nemesis is coming"
- [I] And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed
with seven seals
Debbie, the roommate of Tazer of the
Guardians (and all-around airhead) has a disturbing dream. When she tries to tell Tazer and some of the other Guardians about it
all she can remember is that maybe it was about a person named Vi, and something to do with the Empire City Seaquarium because
there were seals or something. Several of the Guardians take this seriously and head to the Seaquarium before the team leader
Paladin stops to consider the source and declares it a wild goose chase.
- [I] And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
beasts saying, Come and see.
- [II] And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he
went forth conquering, and to conquer.
While resting at the mansion the Guardians use as a headquarters, Tazer hears a
thunderous explosion. Looking from the balcony, she sees a column of smoke and debris rising from the direction of the airport.
With her speed she is first on the scene and sees that a series of explosions have wrecked most of the runways. Tazer sees a white
Lear jet coming in for a landing on one of the damaged runways and tries to use her superspeed to give the plane a push to get it
past the crater in the runway but that doesn't work. Suddenly, the crater is filled with some kind of foam which cushions the plane
just enough that it only loses its landing gear and skids to a halt.
A voice comes over Tazer's team communicator; it is her former teammate Crossfire,
who reveals he is on the Lear jet (in his secret identity) and that there are terrorists on board holding himself and the other
passengers hostage. Tazer moves into the plane at superspeed and is able to take down the terrorists. The passengers on board the
plane are from King Enterprises and are whisked away by airport security. Crossfire is able to slip away and changes into costume,
returning to the tarmac in time for the news crews to arrive so he can get in on the publicity before
Rift can arrive to hog the spotlight.
- [III] And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
- [IV] And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from
the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The Guardians investigate the bombings and terrorist hostage taking at the airport and learn that it was done as cover for
a team of mercenaries to sneak aboard another plane. The other plane was transporting a team of super-villains recently defeated
by the Guardians, the New Secret Society of Super-Villains. The mercenaries had
successfully seized control of the aircraft and diverted it to Europe.
Knowing that Darkstorm of the Secret Society wants to seize power in the
Balkan nation of Seyvaria, the Guardians assume that is where the plane went.
They also track the explosives used in the airport attack to something called Saber Enterprises, which turns out to be a
front company for an arms dealer known as the Weapons Master. It soon becomes apparent that the Weapons Master is providing weapons to
help escalate the hostilities in Seyvaria, probably to help Darkstorm, so the Guardians decide the head there.
The team leaves Crossfire behind to keep an eye on Empire City while they take their jet over to Seyvaria, where a civil war has
broken out almost overnight. While Omen tries to make contact with the provisional government
the rest of the team scouts the countryside trying to locate Darkstorm and his allies. They stumble onto the Weapons Master and manage
to overpower him but he is able to teleport away and escape to his transport craft, which is red. Omen, meanwhile, is unable to contact
the provisional government, but he does meet up with a US undercover agent named Nemesis (aka Tom Tresser, a master of disguise). He tells
Omen that the fighting is really bad and that the two sides really, really hate each other. Human
Bomb figures it is probably Darkstorm's ally in the Society, the Psycho Pirate, using his emotion control powers to aggravate the
- [V] And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse;
and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
- [VI] And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley
for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Omen and Nemesis hop into Nemesis' black stealth plane and rendezvous with the rest of the team. First they target the Secret Society
and the Guardians are able to defeat the villains, capturing all of them. The Weapons Master is still a threat, however, as he continues
to supply advanced armament to both sides in Seyvaria, worsening the conflict. Weapons Master takes off in his transport craft, but some
of the heroes are able to sneak aboard, including Nemesis. Nemesis is able to open the aft cargo hatch of the transport, letting Omen land
Nemesis' stealth craft aboard carrying more of the Guardians. They once again confront the Weapons Master, but as before the he is able to
escape by teleporting away, but not before setting the plane to self-destruct. Paladin manages to pilot it over the Mediterannean and gets
a US fighter group to blow the transport to pieces. The team heads back to Seyvaria but as they approach they see large clouds of smoke.
It turns out that the weapons that had been stored in the aft section of Weapons Master's plane had been armed and fueled. When Nemesis
opened the aft hatch to let Omen land the plane, the weapons fell to the ground and the armaments and fuel exploded, starting a massive
brush fire over a lot of the farmland below. To help combat the massive fire the Guardians come up with an ingenious plan. They take the
unconscious Killer Frost, another Society member, and dip her into a large lake. Her natural ice aura causes a section of the lake surface to
freeze over, and then Desperado threw the frozen section over the fire and Paladin blasted it
apart, dousing the flames. The damage was already done, though, with much of the arable land in Seyvaria having been destroyed.
Having done what they could, the Guardians return to the States and hand Darkstorm and his allies over to the authorities. They then
return to Empire City and find that Debbie has once again let herself into the headquarters, where she informs them that for some reason
all the food in the mansion has vanished.
- [VII] And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
- [VIII] And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power
was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the
Back in Empire City, the tensions between various factions continued to escalate, with word on the street being that the different
crime families were starting to bring in out-of-town talent (including metahuman criminals). Paladin stakes out the airport and spots
Tommy Monaghan, aka Hitman, getting off a flight from Gotham City. When Tommy heads for the washroom in the terminal, Paladin follows
to have a talk with him. It turns out that Tommy is being courted by all sides to handle the opposition's metahuman forces. Hitman
assures Paladin that he only shoots bad guys, and Paladin says he doesn't care how many villains Hitman blows away, but if any innocents
are harmed then Tommy will have to deal with the Guardians. Since Paladin followed Monaghan into the washroom, he didn't notice another
passenger from Gotham leave the plane - Jason Blood, demonologist
Blood visits the mansion. He had learned of it from an older occult reference book published in 1914 (back when the manor was called
Claymore Mansion), and he gives Rift a quick history lesson on the mansion, and does some geomancy on the site. He says that Empire City
is at a convergence of seven mystic ley lines, and the manor sits on the nexus point.
In the city one of the criminal gangs has been wiped out by a group hired by another gang. Rift and Desperado question some of the
rival gang members about the murders and arrange to meet the meta-human killers, a group called
The Company. It is obviously a trap, but the team figures that it is worth it to
confront these killers. However, the trap goes bust when Tommy Monaghan, Hitman, kills the metahuman villains before they can ambush
Rift and Desperado. The Guardians knows Hitman killed them, but can't prove it, but some veiled threats against Hitman convince him
to head back to Gotham. To prevent further escalation, the Guardians visit the leaders of different criminal factions and convince
them agree to a truce.
Before leaving Empire, Jason Blood transforms into Etrigan the Demon and confronts Paladin (the having a history dating back
to Camelot due to time travel on Paladin's part). Etrigan gives some cryptic warning about a crisis coming and then departs, but
the warnings are enough to make the Guardians start to make the connection between recent events and the text of the Biblical
Book of Revelation. Seeking some answers Rift casts a spell to summon the Three Witches (Cynthia, Mildred and Mordred), also known
as The Witching Hour and The Kindly Ones. With the Witching Hour summoned Rift is allowed three questions, and after much
deliberation the questions chosen were:
- Have the prophecies in Chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation started coming true?
- Who are the people that represent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
- How can the prophecy be stopped?
The answers given by the Kindly Ones to the questions were:
- Events have already begun. Of Chapter 6, the first four seals have been broken, the fifth comes soon.
- The four horsemen have been and gone, you have met all four, and they each have two names.
- Events in prophecies of doom have a reason for happening, to stop the prophecy remove the reason.
- [IX] And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and
for the testimony which they held:
- [X] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on
them that dwell on the earth?
- [XI] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little
season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
In a dream, Justice Inc. member Arclight receives a vision from Saint Joan of Arc. In the
vision Saint Joan is flanked by other martyrs, including Saint Catherine, Saint Barbara, and Saint Margaret. They warn Arclight that a
time of vengeance is coming, where many will die and many will be martyred. Arclight wakes from her dream to find that all the clocks in her
apartment have all stopped , frozen at the same time: 6:10 am.
- [XII] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as
sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
- [XIII] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a
The Nemesinians make their next move, sending a Harbinger planetoid to Earth to soften the populace. The massive planetoid approaches
undetected until it is close enough to cause a partial solar eclipse. On the night side of the Earth, the distorted rays of the partially
eclipsed Sun cause the Moon to appear red; and the gravitational effect of the planetoid's approach triggers minor earthquakes across the
Planetary defenses are mobilized and the Harbinger planetoid is destroyed before it can approach closer to Earth. Most of the debris is
deflected safely away from the planet, but there are still global meteor showers caused by some of the fragments. The destruction of the
planetoid also serves to conceal the arrival of Nemesinian advance Harbinger agents who will begin the first stages of the Nemesinian
purge of the planet.
- [I] And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth,
that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
The first goal of the Harbingers is to deal with Earth's mystical defenders, the Elementals. The tidal effects of the Harvinger planetoid
have already served to weaken Naiad, Earth's Water Elemental. The Harbingers follow this up with assaults against others who contain aspects
of the Water Elemental. A powerful shaman is secretly corrupted by the Harbingers and he uses his magic to drive the other Water Elementals
mad. One of these elementals is Justice Inc. member Uktena. The maddened Uktena attacks New
Orleans, flooding the city. Justice Inc. arrive and team with the local hero Zodiak. They are
able to stop their former ally. In the end the already weakend Naiad had to step in, and she took Uktena and the other corrupted water
spirits back to the Green to heal.
With Earth's Water Elemental out of the picture the Harbingers next target is Red Tornado, the Air Elemental. The Harbingers send agents
to kidnap a quartet of speedsters beginning with Sirocco and Zephyr, the Stormriders. They
next capture Whirlwind of the Protectors and then target the Flash. The Harbingers
accidentally grab the hero Flashback instead of the Flash. When they realize his speed powers
are insufficient for their needs, the Harbingers instead nab Max Mercury, the Zen Master of Speed.
Flashback is able to free himself and goes to find Tazer, bringing the Guardians in. They are able to locate the captive sppedsters and
free them, but not before four of the Harbingers are able to tap into the speedsters' power. Having absorbed some of the Speed Force from
the captives, these "Four Winds" attack the Red Tornado. The Guardians arrive to help defend Red Tornado before the Four Winds can
eliminate him. The rest of the team is able to distract the four Harbingers, and Tazer is able to blast them with a full power "Tazer
Effect". The disruptive electrical attack, aided by Tazer's own connection to the Speed Force, overwhelms the Harbingers, causing
them to explode. Though weakened, Red Tornado is then able to disperse the component parts of the Harbingers to the literal four winds.
- [II] And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to
the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
- [III] Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their
While the attacks against Earth's Elementals are going on, other Nemesinian Harbingers are also beginning the effort to identify the
handful of humanity they plan to preserve from the destruction of the world. A few Harbinger agents clandestinely set up
"recruitment offices" disguised as charities and aid organizations and self-help groups. Through these they begin to identify
people they deem worthy of being saved. These individuals are secretly marked with an invisible symbol, the mark of the Nemesis
(two crescent moons, one inverted atop the other, one black and one white).
- [I] And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
- [II] And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
The threat that has drawn the Nemesinian wrath has not been idle. From its dimensional limbo the Antithesis has been reaching
out and influencing those susceptible. It has taken over a group of Kali Yuga Doomsday Cultists and begun to set in motion events
that will give the Kali Yuga Cultists the means to release the Antithesis from its limbo realm and allow it to manifest fully on
One group of Cultists is dispatched to New York, where they raid the underworld technology bazaar called Salvagion. The Cultists
are after something specific, salvaged months earlier from the ruins of Titans Tower - the plans of the Gabriel Horn. The
Gabriel Horn was developed by Karen Beecher and Mal Duncan, Bumblebee and Herald of the Teen Titans, and was capable of opening
portals in space to travel between two points; but the design had been secretly influenced by the Antithesis and using the Horn
could also open up portals into the interdimensional limbo that Antithesis was trapped in. Using the plans, the Cultists build
seven new Gabriel Horns and dispatch groups to different locations where they will use them to help open a path to let the
Antithesis manifest on Earth.
While searching for the Gabriel Horn plans, one group of Cultists tried to search the old site of Titans Tower, now the site
of the Hall of Justice Super-Hero Museum and secretly the headquarters of Justice Inc. This tips the heroes off the existence of
the Doomsday Cult, though not the larger connection to the Antithesis and the coming threat.
In Empire City, Paladin realizes that the scope of the threat requires help so he fills in Justice Inc. on what the Guardians
have learned so far. The groups being to coordinate their efforts in the hope of stopping whatever is coming.
- [III] And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense,
that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
- [IV] And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's
- [V] And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were
voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
Justice Inc. follow the trail of the Doomsday Cultists to San Francisco, where the Cultists have set up operations. The heroes arrive
after the Gabriel Horns have been built and distributed, so the Cultists cover their tracks by destroying their base. The Cultists' base
used geothermal power, tapped into a magma pocket deep beneath the ground; to destroy the base the Cultists divert the magma flow into
the nearby San Andreas fault, which triggers an earthquake. The earthquake destroys the base, and also causes extensive damage to San
Francisco. Justice Inc. are torn between following the escaping Cultists or saving San Francisco, ultimately choosing the latter. Among
the buildings damaged is the San Francisco location of S.T.A.R. Labs, but luckily the super-powered twins Thunder and Lightning are
there and are able to help around the city.
- [VI] And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
The Cultists with the Gabriel Horns have been sent across the country to locate places of power. Each of the seven horns must be
sounded at a ley line nexus, a point where lines of power in the earth converge. This will guarantee the greatest effect on the
walls of Limbo, enough that combined they will weaken it enough for the Antithesis to cross over to Earth.
- [VII] The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:
and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Realizing that someone is targeting Elementals the Swamp Thing, the Earth Elemental, seeks out Corona, the planet's Fire Elemental.
To draw her to him Swamp Thing travels to Central Park in New York City, a ley line nexus that gives him the additional power to
attract Corona's attention. However the ley line nexus has also attracted one of the Doomsday Cultists with a Gabriel Horn.
Nemesis of Justice Inc., in his secret identity, is meeting a friend in Central Park. He
senses a presence, and sees that Swamp Thing has located Corona and they have met in the park. Suddenly there is a commotion; someone
has attacked a police officer. Before Nemesis realizes the true nature of the threat the Cultist is able to use the Gabriel Horn. The
ley lines react to the disruption of time and space as a portal is opened, as does Swamp Thing who is wracked with pain. The pain also
affects Corona, who snaps and begins blasting everything in the park. Nemesis subdues the Cultist, and soon other members of Justice
Inc. arrive as well as some members of the New Conglomerate and some of the Guardians.
Combined they are able to subdue Corona, but not before she has burnt a great portion of Central Park.
The captured Gabriel Horn is sent to S.T.A.R. Labs in New York for Mal Duncan, Karen Beecher, and Human Bomb to examine. Meanwhile
the cultist is questioned by Justice Inc. leader Mindblade. The Cultist does not know
where the other six horns are, but he does reveal that they are to be used at other ley line convergence points. A look of worry comes
across Paladin's face as he recalls Jason Blood's words from a week earlier "Empire City sits on the convergence point of seven
ley lines." The heroes race for Empire City...
- [VIII] And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the
third part of the sea became blood;
- [IX] And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships
The second Cultist sounds his Gabriel Horn in Empire City, opening a portal that warps part of the core of the Bayshore Nuclear
Power Station into Empire Harbor. The Guardians act quickly to prevent the rest of the core from melting down, thanks in great part
to their newest member, Frostbite. However the Cultist escapes, and the portion of the
nuclear core that was transported into the harbor leaks radioactive materials out into Long Island Sound, poisoning the water.
- [X] And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon
the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
- [XI] And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died
of the waters, because they were made bitter.
The use of the third Gabriel Horn in Midway City opens a portal to space, which draws an asteroid through. The asteroid plunges
into Lake Huron where the waters waken hibernating alien plant life from inside the space rock. The alien plants spread quickly and
are soon infesting Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as well, threatening the water supply for millions of people and causing an
The disruption to the Green draws the Swamp Thing to the Great Lakes. He is able to draw the alien plant life into himself,
containing it and limiting the damage. Swamp Thing must maintain his concentration to hold the alien life as he slowly begins to
absorb and eliminate it. He is the last of Earth's Elementals to be sidelined as the end of days approaches.
Based on the analysis of the Gabriel Horn taken from the Cultist that attacked Central Park, the Human Bomb has been attempting
to build a device to track the remaining Horns, but so far has not been successful. While he continues his work, the captured Horn
has been handed over to Dr. Richard Dwyer, the head of the Millennium Research Group, a scientific thinktank based in Empire City.
Unknown to the heroes, Millennium Research Group is part of the megacorporate alliance controlled by Philip Adler. Meanwhile the
Guardians, Justice Inc., and their allies split into mutliple teams to try and intercept the remaining Gabriel Horns before they can
be used. Stretched thin the small teams scatter to try and cover as many ley line junctions as they can.
- [XII] And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the
third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night
- [XIII] And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to
the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
The fourth Gabriel Horn is sounded in Washington State and causes Mount St. Helens to erupt again, more powerfully than the 1980
eruption. Felicia Albrecht (alter ego of Cat) and Desmond Farr (of the Monster Hunters
were the ones who were covering the area near Mount St. Helens, but they were not able to locate the Cultist until it was too late.
The eruption throws up a massive cloud of ash and dust into the air, blanketing much of North America and obscuring the Sun, Moon, and
stars from view. But the eruption has also melted part of a nearby glacier which has awakened Jon, the Viking Prince, who had been
imprisoned in the ice by Odin for over fifty years, since Jon's last known appearance in Europe during World War 2. Jon is recognized
by Paladin, who had encountered the Viking Prince twice before during a time travel
adventure. Jon reminds Paladin that during their first encounter in the 10th Century that the Norns had decreed that
the two would meet three times, and that the third time would herald the end of the world.
According to scripture, the fifth horn involves a star falling from Heaven with the key to the bottomless pit, unleashing a plague
of locusts. Mindblade is worried that it may mean something will free the prisoners locked up in the Slab (Slabside Penitentiary, a
prison for metahuman criminals).
FIRE, BRIMSTONE, and SEVEN THUNDERS
- [I] And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the
- [II] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the
sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
- [III] And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the
earth have power.
- [VII] And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were
crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
- [VIII] And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
- [IX] And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of
chariots of many horses running to battle.
- [X] And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men
- [XI] And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is
Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
The Human Bomb has completed work on the device needed to track down the remaining Gabriel Horns. The Guardians and Justice Inc.
again split into teams, this time using the device to home in on the Cultists. Unfortunately the heroes overlook the first Horn,
assuming it is in safekeeping. The scientists at the Millennium Research Group have been working on a Solar Probe, one with the
ulterior objective of locating the Spear of Destiny, a powerful artifact sought by Adler that was thrown into outer space by the
Spectre. The scientists have adapted the Horn's warp gate technology to their Solar Probe to get it to the sun faster.
The Probe is launched and the Gabriel Horn technology is activated once it leaves Earth orbit. The warp gate succeeds in
drawing the Spear of Destiny back to Earth, but that is not all it brings back. The portal also transports the giant plasma creature
known as Brimstone, which had been trapped in the Sun by the hero Firestorm, to Earth.
At the same time there is an additional consequence of the return of the Spear of Destiny to Earth; thanks to weakened dimensional
barriers from the Gabriel Horns and the Spear being powered by, and in return powering, Brimstone, the super-powered beings called the
Daemen are able to escape the pocket dimension they had been imprisoned in by the
Spectre a year earlier. Together Brimstone and the twelve Daemen begin a war of terror across the Earth.
Heroes from multiple teams including the Justice League, Justice Inc., the Guardians, and the Protectors all converge on the
creatures to try and stop their rampage. Empowered by the tainted Spear of Destiny, Brimstone seems unstoppable. None of the heroes'
attacks appear to have an effect on Brimstone, and those that are not engaging Brimstone are busy trying to contain the Daemen.
As the rampage approaches Washington DC, Nemesis attempts to use his energy draining powers to drain Brimstone's plasma energy body,
but suddenly finds himself stripped of his powers thanks to the Spear. The now powerless Nemesis is rescued by his teammates before he
could be incinerated by Brimstone's plasma. In the end Brimstone's rampage is finally stopped when the Human Bomb flies into the heart
of the creature and detonates his powers at full strength, obliterating the monster at the cost of his own life. At the same time that
Brimstone is destroyed, the Daemen also vanish, ending their threat.
- [XIII] And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
- [XIV] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
- [XV] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to
slay the third part of men.
- [XVI] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
With Brimstone defeated, the Guardians and Justice Inc. are finally able to use the tracking device built by the late Human Bomb
to track down the groups of Kali Yuga Cultists with the two remaining Gabriel Horns. One is located and that Gabriel Horn is destroyed,
but the remaining ones have left the United States, scattering to far off locations making it difficult for the heroes to locate them.
Knowing they are being hunted by the heroes, these Cultists begin to move in groups for protection. One group reaches Scandinavia
before using their Gabriel Horn. The sounding of the Horn opens a portal, the effect of which is to allow the essences of the four
dispersed Nemesinian Harbingers who had attacked Red Tornado to partially reform. Though still Ethereal, the four are able to possess
the bodies of four of the Cultists, giving them material form again so that they can continue their mission.
- [I] And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his
face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
- [II] And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
- [III] And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
- [IV] And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto
me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
- [V] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
- [VI] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and
the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
- [VII] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished,
as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
While most of the team were battling Brimstone, a few of the Guardians were still in New York City at Guy Gardner's Warriors restaurant,
which was being used as a staging point for many of the heroes. On the roof of Warriors, where a jet was preparing to take the remaining
Guardians to the battle, there was a bright light. The being known as Takion arrives and takes Tazer away in a Boom Tube to New Genesis.
It turns out that the threat posed by the Daemen did not end with their disappearance when Brimstone was destroyed. Instead Tazer joins
six other teenage heroes and they are sent by the gods on a mission to stop a
new threat to the Earth.
Succeeding in their mission, the seven teenagers are returned to Earth where the six others
agree to stick around to help their new friend Tazer fight the Revelation threat. Also, thanks to the being known as Pariah, Tazer is able
to tell the Guardians and Justice Inc. some more details of the true threat they are facing, that some kind of big evil is happening on
Earth and that is drawing in some kind of cosmic force that will destroy the Earth to stop that evil. This cosmic force is what is causing
events on Earth to follow a pattern resembling the Book of Revelation stuff.
Elsewhere, Amethyst attempts to obtain the powerful Zodiac Amulet from Rift so it cannot be used against her and her allies during
the coming conflict. She brings Rift to Gemworld and attempts to seduce him, but the effort is interrupted by the arrival of the
sorceress Aurora. Aurora is able to distract Amethyst and her forces long enough for Rift
to flee and escape back to Earth. It is the first indication to the heroes that Gemworld is somehow tied to the evolving crisis.
CROWN of STARS
- [III] And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed
- [V] And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt
them, he must in this manner be killed.
- [VI] These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them
to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
- [VII] And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war
against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
At an alternative energy research facility in Japan owned by a company called the Raiden Corporation, a pair of scientists are
bombarded by extradimensional energies and transformed. Overwhelmed by the powerful energies the two are driven mad and use their
newfound power to flee the facility.
Raiden Corporation is a division of Kei Manga Corporation, and the facility had been
researching the energies given off by what turned out to be the body of the real Nemesis (whose consciousness had, unknwon to him,
been transferred into another body engineered to replicate his original). When the Spear of Destiny seemed to strip Nemesis of his
power during the confrontation with Brimstone, the Nemesis energies had returned to their source. As a result of this, the Nemesis
energies overwhelmed the instruments at Raiden and the two researchers were empowered by the Nemesis force. With the coming of the
Nemesinians and the rise of Adler and the Antithesis, the researchers were driven mad by the visions their new cosmic senses were
Their bodies ill-equipped to contain the power, the two researchers are leaking exotic energies that damage the environment around
them and cause a form of radiation sickness to anyone who gets too close. As a force of balance, the Nemesis power also gifts the
researchers with a shield that deflects all forms of energy that are directed at them. Unable to resist the compulsion the Nemesis
power puts in them to seek out the source of the imbalance, the two researchers take flight and head towards Empire City. All attempts
by authorities to stop the pair prove ineffective; all attacks are simply reflected back as the pair continue to emit dangerous
energies and begin to spout seemingly nonsensical prophecies of doom.
When the two reach Empire City, the Guardians and the Protectors try to stop their path of destruction. When all attacks prove useless,
Ladyhawk from the Protectors uses her "Death-Ray" from her weapon to strike them down. (Being secretly a Valkyrie, Ladyhawk
has the power to slay nearly any foe. This proves to be the only attack that can get through the pair's defenses.)
- [VIII] And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also
our Lord was crucified.
- [IX] And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall
not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
- [X] And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because
these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
The bodies of the two researchers are taken to the Millennium Research Group facility in Empire for examination. Meanwhile, the
Guardians set out to learn where they came from, as the pair fit the passages from Revelation concerning "two witnesses".
Paladin, Omen, and Tazer go to Japan to track down where the two originated. They identify them as employees of Raiden Corporation
who were involved in an accident with an experimental energy production facility that drew on some kind of extra-dimensional source.
Meanwhile, Crossfire uses his business contacts to learn that Raiden Corp. is owned by Kei Manga Corporation. Paladin, Omen, and Tazer
are joined by Rift when they investigate Kei. They learn little, other than a seeming connection between the multimedia company and the
hero Nemesis that they are familiar with. The rest of the investigation is interrupted by news that the head office of Adler's company
(the one that owns the Millennium Research Group) in Atlanta has been attacked and destroyed by metahuman terrorists called the Soldiers
In the aftermath of the attack the Guardians meet Adler in person, unaware that he is the one that they have been trying to identify.
Adler has acquired powerful magical protections that conceal his true nature and motive. The to Guardians he appears as a relatively
young, and very charismatic person. Adler refuses to allow the destruction of his central offices to slow him down and sets up a new
office in Empire City (having already established a presence there with the Millennium Research Group).
- [XI] And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great
fear fell upon them which saw them.
- [XII] And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and
their enemies beheld them.
- [XIII] And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of
men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
- [XIV] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
Back in Empire, Tazer sees that Debbie has gotten a tattoo that looks just like the symbol Nemesis has on his forehead. She says she thought
it was a trend because she's seen it on a few other people on TV. Debbie possesses a strange ability to see through illusion or deception,
something neither she nor her friends are aware of; so Debbie has been perceiving the invisible mark that the Nemesis Harbingers have been
placing on those they are marking to be saved to preserve some of humanity from the coming destruction. Debbie, naively unaware of the
significance of the mark, instead simply thought it was an interesting, and trendy, tattoo and therefore got one for herself.
Before Tazer can pursue the matter of Debbie's new tattoo any further, a warning comes from the
Millennium Research Group that the four energy beings that Tazer had fought before (the four Harbingers who had attacked Red Tornado
and been dispersed by Tazer's powers) have entered the containment area where the bodies of the two "witnesses" were being kept.
Having reconstituted themselves thanks to the sounding of the sixth Gabriel Horn, the reformed Harbingers had been making their way to
Empire, drawn to the Nemesis power they could sense in the bodies of the researchers. The four energy beings enter the two bodies and the
bodies re-animate. The Guardians and the Protectors begin attacking before the two researchers can fully awaken.
During the battle the two reanimated researchers begin experiencing some kind of power surge and Rift teleports them to orbit to prevent
them from flash-frying both super-teams. In orbit, a portal opens to an alien world where an army is readying itself, and they all have a
symbol like Nemesis. The two "researchers" go through the portal, and as it closes an earthquake shakes Empire City.
The earthquake sunders the part of Empire City where the Millennium Research Group is located, causing great devastation and killing
several thousand people. Only the presence of the Guardians and the Protectors keeps the death toll from being even higher.
- [XV] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
- [XIX] And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were
lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Based on what the Guardians had learned about the "witnesses" and the connection to Kei Manga Corp., Nemesis heads to Japan to
confront Kei. Nemesis, supplementing his lack of powers by borrowing the shape-shifting Morphenite from former Justice Inc. member
Metalmorph and accompanied by his teammate Night
Flick and the team's latest member, Edgerunner, infiltrates Kei Manga Corp. headquarters
in Tokyo. Soon the rest of Justice Inc. are summoned and the team defeats Kei security and make their way to Kei's Research and Development
labs, where Nemesis learns the truth of what had been done to him.
Unknown to the heroes, the group of Kali Yuga Cultists with the last Gabriel Horn are also in Tokyo. While Justice Inc. are still
battling Kei's forces the Cultists sound the Horn. The Horn opens the portal in orbit that links to the Nemesinian Worldship, the portal
that the Harbinger-revived "witnesses" had traveled to. The link to the Worldship sends a wave of energy feedback to Millennium
Research Group, causing the earthquake that devastates Empire City. In Tokyo, the space-time disruption caused by the sounding of the Gabriel
Horn nearby causes a breach in Kei Manga Corporations own interdimensional travel network. The breach pulls in the members of Justice Inc.,
sending them on a journey across several parallel realities and removing one
the key allies of the Guardians as the crisis is growing worse.
The use of the seventh Gabriel Horn has also finally weakened the barriers with Limbo enough for the Antithesis to cross over. Now manifest
on Earth, the Antithesis joins Adler in Empire City where they can move onto the next phase in their domination of the planet.
- [I] And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head
a crown of twelve stars:
- [II] And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
- [III] And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and
seven crowns upon his heads.
- [IV] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before
the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
- [V] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God,
and to his throne.
- [VI] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a
thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Having thwarted Amethyst's earlier attempt to acquire Rift's Zodiac Amulet, Aurora flees Gemworld. She travels to Earth, but her
dimensional transit is detected by the Antithesis. Sensing the sorceress' power, Antithesis attempts to disrupt Aurora's travel.
The disruption causes a dimensional tear to appear in the sky over Empire City and Antithesis sends down a rain of fireballs to try
and target Aurora. Several of the Guardians arrive on the scene and Rift recognizes Aurora. They are able to shield her and get her
back to their headquarters.
Back at Rift's mansion Aurora is able to tell the team about herself. She reveals she is the Crown Princess of Gemworld, but from
the future where her family rules over the Twelve Houses. Aurora also tells the Guardians that they will be the ones to help her
family overthrow Amethyst's current despotic rule at some point in the team's future. To offer some evidence of her claims, Aurora
reveals that she has Rift's Zodiac Amulet, or more precisely the Zodiac Amulet from the future which she inherited. She warns that
both Rift and herself will be targeted by both the Antithesis and by Amethyst, the former seeking to destroy the power of the Zodiac
Amulet and the latter seeking to control it.
- [VII] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
- [VIII] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
- [IX] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he
was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The Antithesis knows the Nemesinian Worldship is coming and is seeking a way to strike preemptively. Global Industries has been
researching interdimensional transport technology at their Silver City complex in upstate New York, so the Antithesis plots to
acquire it. Antithesis begins by transforming several of the Kali Yuga Cultists into creatures like his servant Gargoyle (who is
part of the Soldiers of Anarchy as Draco). The Soldiers of Anarchy and the transformed Cultists are sent to attack the Silver City
complex and steal the technology that the Antithesis wants.
Security at the complex does not stand a chance against the assault but Global Industries send in their corporate hero team
The Conglomerate, who are led by Global CEO Michael Bennett in his
Cyberhawk power armor. The Guardians also respond to the attack and
leave Empire City to head to Silver City to help. With the Conglomerate on hand, Global security begins making headway in driving
off the Soldiers of Anarchy; and when the faster members of the Guardians like Tazer and Rift arrive on the scene the attackers
are facing defeat.
Unwilling to accept the failure, the Antithesis arrives on the scene itself. With its power to influence minds and project
negative emotions, the Antithesis soon has the heroes battling against each other. However the Cyberhawk armor has powerful
psionic shields that are able to protect Bennett against the Antithesis' mental attacks. Antithesis focuses its mental attacks
on Bennett and the psi-shielding burns out, frying Bennett's mind but also sending feedback that momentarily distracts the
Antithesis. This enables Rift to recover enough to use his magic to help free the others. This and the arrival of the rest of
the Guardians, including their newest ally Balance, forces the Antithesis and
the Soldiers of Anarchy to retreat.
The feedback from his armor's mental shields failing appears to have rendered Michael Bennett brain dead, but he suddenly makes
a miraculous recovery. Many of the Guardians immediately become suspcious, because there is reference in the Book of Revelation to
the Great Beast suffering a head wound and the deadly wound healing. Bennett explains the reason for his recovery to Paladin,
who accepts the explanation but will not tell the rest of the Guardians what it was, leaving them to their suspicions. The security
footage from the attack also gives the heroes their first really good look at the Soldiers of Anarchy. While most of the villains
remain a mystery, one is identified as a white supremacist terrorist called White Dragon; and based on his appearance the one called
Draco appears to be an old Teen Titans villain called Gargoyle, who is a servant of the Antithesis.
- [XII] Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea!
for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
- [XIII] And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
- [XIV] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place,
where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
- [XV] And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried
away of the flood.
- [XVI] And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon
cast out of his mouth.
- [XVII] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Keenly aware of the threat of Rift's magical power, power the hero himself does not quite grasp, and the added threat of the
presence of Princess Aurora with a second Zodiac Amulet, the Antithesis decides the threat must be eliminated. Having learned
from the traitorous Protectors where the Guardians are hiding Aurora, the Antithesis empowers another group of Kali Yuga Cultists
and dispatches them after the princess.
To protect Princess Aurora, the Guardians had hidden her at the Mystery Mansion in Cloister, Vermont; home to their ally the
occultist Samuel Vision. They had thought this would be a safe place, but unknown
to the Guardians their allies The Protectors were in reality working for Adler and the Antithesis. Using this information the
Antithesis dispatched his newly-empowered minions to find and destroy the princess and, if possible, Rift as well. To prevent
the Guardians from interfering, the Soldiers of Anarchy are sent to create a distraction to keep the heroes occupied.
The Soldiers of Anarchy launch an attack against another of Adler's corporate holdings, this one in Empire City. As expected
the Guardians head to confront the villains. At the same time the Antithesis and its forces attack in Cloister. With the
Guardians not able to head to their aid Rift, Aurora, and Sam Vision do their best to defend the Mansion. However with the
Antithesis itself present the trio are badly outmatched. They flee the Mansion in an attempt to escape, but the Antithesis
and its forces pursue. Entering a nearby forest, the three are shocked to find the rogue occultist John Constantine there
waiting for them. Constantine has brought the Swamp Thing, who was finally dealt with the invasive alien plants in the Great
Lakes and was now free to act in the crisis. While Sam and Constantine divert the Antithesis, the Swamp Thing spirits Rift and
Aurora into the Green where he can protect them. Antithesis and its minions are forced to abandon the attack, as they cannot
pursue their targets into the Green. Constantine and Sam Vision evade pursuit and then part ways, while in Empire City the
Soldiers of Anarchy abandon their attack and escape capture once the distraction has become pointless.
The DRAGON and the BEAST
- [I] And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,
and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
- [II] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as
the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
- [III] And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world
wondered after the beast.
- [IV] And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is
like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
- [VII] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all
kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
- [XII] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell
therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
While the heroes continued to try and anticipate events from the Book of Revelation they put priority on identifying who could
be the Beast of the prophecy. The Guardians continued to suspect Michael Bennett, but in doing so overlooked the often symbolic
nature of the events that were manifesting along the lines of the verses in Revelation. In reality it was Philip Adler who was
the Beast, and the multiple heads were the companies that made up his megacorporate alliance MECA (the Millennium Economic Coalition
of America). The wounded head was the destruction of his megacorporation's headquarters in Atlanta by the Soldiers of Anarchy,
an action that had also helped initially divert suspicion away from Adler. Normally such a loss would be devastating even to a large
corporate entity like MECA, but as the whole attack had been staged Adler was well prepared.
The rapid recovery of MECA from the attack serves as inspiration, especially to the beleaguered citizens of Empire City, where
Adler has established his new corporate headquarters. In Empire, MECA has launched a number of initiatives to help in the recovery
from the recent disasters that have befallen the city. Mayor Robert Christopher even goes as far as to appoint Adler to a special
commission on the recovery of Empire City, placing the fate of the city in Adler's hands.
- [XIII] And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
- [XIV] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of
the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
- [XV] And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause
that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
- [XVI] And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or
in their foreheads:
- [XVII] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
- [XVIII] Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and
his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The recovery of MECA and the swift rebuilding of Empire City spurs economic growth. The attention turns Adler into a national celebrity
and other municipal and state governments begin to fund Millennium initiatives in their jurisdictions. In short order Adler's megacorporation
becomes an economic power on the global stage.
To crown MECA's rise, Adler announces the most ambitious effort to date. Millennium Research Group reveals it has developed a
revolutionary new biomedical technology. The Portable Universal Regeneration Producing Light Emitter (aka PURPLE) is the result of
a worldwide effort emerging from the Research Group's secretice Project 29A. When any damaged biological material is exposed to the
PURPLE ray it promotes rapid cellular regeneration. Thanks to his high profile and new position in the municipal government, Adler
is able to use Empire City to demonstrate the technology by using it to heal the many Empire City residents who had been injured in
the city's recent calamities.
The result is nearly miraculous, as injuries are rapidly healed and even those suffering from chronic conditions see relief or are
outright cured. Even plant life can be healed using the PURPLE Ray technology, opening up the ability to repair the damage done to
nature by Brimstone's rampage and restore the agricultural land destroyed in Seyvaria. In short order permission is granted to use
the PURPLE technology across the United States, and soon it expands to global license to operate. The technology is soon in use in
San Francisco, New Orleans, Seyvaria, and other areas.
- [VIII] And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all
nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
- [IX] And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and
receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
- [X] The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
- [XI] And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship
the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Empire City has become the center of Adler's new global empire. As MECA's influence spreads worldwide, Adler and the Antithesis
are using their emotion manipulating abilties to corrupt the people of Empire City; and as the corruption spreads it fuels the
Antithesis, further increasing its power in a feedback loop of evil. The negative energies being broadcast are stirring up feelings
of anger and hate across Empire City, and violent confrontations begin to erupt. Gang wars are breaking out, and what should have
been a peaceful demonstration against the municipal government turns into a riot.
The increased violence is keeping the Guardians busy, but they are also still attempting to nail down the identity of
the Beast. Having narrowed the suspects down to Michael Bennett and Philip Adler, Omen and Balance set out to investigate further.
Omen heads for New York City to investigate Bennett and Global Industries while Balance remains in Empire City to look into Adler
In New York, Omen breaks into Global Industries and begins investigating Michael Bennett and the company for possible connections
to events. Meanwhile Balance is looking at a more straightforward approach, his powers include the ability to sense evil within an
individual so he figures all he needs to do is get close enough to Bennett and Adler and see what he can detect. Since Adler is based
out of Empire City and Balance (in his secret identity of Arthur Jackson) is Assistant District Attorney for the city, he decides to
check out Adler first. As expected, as Assistant D.A. he is easily able to get access to MECA's headquarters and Balance is able to
get close enough to Adler to take a surreptitious glance. When he does get a look at Adler all Balance sees is a blank, something is
cloaking whether Adler is good or evil, something strong enough to block Balance's power. Despite this Balance does sense evil
somewhere in the building.
Balance leaves and switches into his costume so he can come back for a more thorough search of the building. He sneaks back inside
and, following Adler covertly, Balance finds a secret chamber where hs is immediately overwhelmed by the pure evil he senses.
Discovered, Balance finds himself face to face with Adler and the Antithesis, and Adler has somehow acquired the Spear of Destiny,
which had gone missing after the destruction of Brimstone. Balance is no match for Adler and the Antithesis and is easily
overpowered and captured. After a brief interrogation Adler uses the Spear of Destiny to kill Balance. Adler also decides that the
Guardians have outlived their usefulness, so he sets in motion a plan to remove the team. The Soldiers of Anarchy are summoned and
are told to launch an attack against the MECA Headquarters and to appear to be attempting to kill Adler himself. As the attack
starts Adler puts out a call for help, with the Guardians and Adler's pet heroes the Protectors both responding.
At the same time in New York City, Omen's investigation has turned up some surprising results. While digging into the attack by
the Soldiers of Anarchy on the Global Industries Silver City research complex, Omen found an evidence trail that linked the
Soldiers not to Bennett and Global but to Adler and MECA! Omen tries to contact the team, but they have already left and the only
person left at the headquarters is Debbie. Omen leaves the warning with her, then sets out to locate any allies he can find in
New York City, a difficult proposition with Justice Inc. still missing.
Back in Empire City, Debbie tries to contact the rest of the team but something is blocking transmissions, all she can do is
warn Tazer, who is doing riot control in another part of the city. Nearing MECA Headquarters Paladin and Frostbite fly towards the
roof, where the Soldiers of Anarchy can be seen attacking. Paladin is carrying the Viking Prince, who has been staying near Paladin
since he emerged from the ice due to their connection according to the prophecy delivered during their first encounter. Crossfire
is scaling up the side of the building while on the ground Desperado is picked up by the Protector named Jetstream who starts to
fly him towards the roof.
Paladin, Frostbite, and the Viking Prince reach the roof just as American Eagle and Ladyhawk from the Protectors due. Paladin
gets ready to attack the Soldiers of Anarchy, but suddenly the Viking Prince charges at Ladyhawk. Prince Jon has recognized
Ladyhawk's true nature as one of the Valkyries. Before Paladin can react he gets ambushed by American Eagle and Stonewall of the
Protectors. Unaware of what is happening up top, Crossfire continues his climb and he spies Jetstream flying in carrying Desperado.
Desperado realizes too late that Jetstream isn't heading for the top of the building but towards where Crossfire is scaling up the
side. Jetstream throes Desperado at Crossfire, who is able to swing clear at the last second. Desperado crashes through the side
of the building, and Crossfire dives in after him to avoid a follow-up burst of energy blasts from Jetstream who then heads off
to the roof. On the roof a badly wounded Paladin, the Viking Prince and Frostbite are left facing the combined might of the
Soldiers of Anarchy, the Protectors, and Adler who has entered the scene with the Spear of Destiny.
The arrival of Tazer on the scene a moment later does little to change the fact that the Guardians are outnumbered and
outpowered. Suddenly, a massive explosion momentarily scatters the Soldiers and the Protectors. Equally surprised are the
Guardians, who turn to see that the explosion was caused by someone who looks like the Human Bomb! What no one had realized was
that although his body had died when he sacrificed himself to stop Brimstone, the Human Bomb's mind and essence had somehow
survived as pure energy. It had taken days for him to pull enough of his scattered energy together and travel to Empire City.
There the Human Bomb had managed to enter one of his older containment suits and he was able to rest and work out what had
happened. He had finally coalesced enough of his energy form to animate the containment suit and had returned to the team
headquarters in time to learn from Debbie that the rest of the Guardians were in trouble.
Human Bomb begins firing a series of energy blasts to keep the enemy distracted, while shouting at the others to flee.
Paladin snaps out of his shock enough to order everyone to fall back. The Human Bomb and Frostbite get Paladin and the
Viking Prince off of the roof while Tazer runs through the building and evacuates Desperado and Crossfire. They regroup with
Debbie back at the headquarters to try and fathom what just happened.
Meanwhile, back at MECA Headquarters Adler is furious that the Guardians have escaped. To prevent them from interfering
he uses his influence and quickly fabricated evidence to have the Guardians framed as the criminals. The federal government
brands the team as traitors, and thanks to their powers Adler and Antithesis quickly turn the entire population against
their former heroes. Having blocked off any potential help for the Guardians in Empire City, Adler follows this up by
producing additional evidence against Michael Bennett and Global Industries. Federal authorities from Checkmate place
Bennett under house arrest, containing him at the Silver City complex.
The Guardians are forced to flee their headquarters because the traitorous Protectors know its location. Soon they learn
that they are hunted and have no one to turn to, and the Guardians can do nothing but go to ground and hope they can evade
their pursuers long enough to think of a new plan. Elsewhere Adler and the Antithesis are ready to make their next move to
spread their chaos and hate across the country and then the world.
The END is NIGH
On the Run
After being branded traitors, and the whole of Empire City out for their blood, the Guardians have hidden themselves at
the apartment of recently-returned-from-the-dead teammate Human Bomb. The team had not yet determined how to deal with the
Human Bomb's secret identity of Kevin Lawrence after the hero's death, so the apartment had remained relatively untouched.
Omen returns from New York with a "substitute" Justice Inc. made up of friends and allies of that team - Sandy
Hawkins (aka Sandstone, mentor of the Justice Subs), Rick Tyler (the second
Hourman), speedster Jesse Quick, Zodiak, and
Starburst. Omen departs immediately to see if he can find more allies,
starting at Silver City to try and sneak past the Checkmate guards placed around Bennett.
Shortly thereafter, the whole apartment building is split open by an earthquake. Inside suddenly Jesse Quick finds herself
terrified to use her superspeed and Frostbite is afraid of heights. Paladin tells everyone to head to the basement to try and
escape via the sewers. Tazer stays behind to help other tenants of the building, but they were terrified of the Guardians for
some reason and anytime Paladin or one of the others tried to help the people would literally rather throw themselves out a
window than let one of the team get close. Tazer was the only one fast enough to save them. It is clear that Adler and
Antithesis are using their emotion manipulation powers to try and cripple the team.
In the sewers, another earthquake threatens to cave in the ceiling. Frostbite uses her ice powers to hold it up and Zodiak
realizes that it is Sandy Hawkins who is causing the earthquakes. Sandy was vulnerable to the emanations of the Spear of Destiny
and had fallen under Adler's control. Zodiak, Starburst, Jesse Quick, and Rex Tyler turn to subdue Sandy and the section of
sewer collapses and they are separated from the rest of the Guardians. Debbie is also separated from the team in the cave-in.
Back up top, Tazer is taken control of by Adler and the Guardians must flee the city, hiding in one of the many unused summer
cottages that dot the Massachusetts coast along the Long Island Sound. Still under Adler's sway, Tazer is called to MECA
Headquarters where she sees Balance's body. Tazer does not know where the Guardians have gone, so Adler orders her back out
to search Empire City at superspeed for her teammates.
Tazer manages to locate Debbie, but Debbie is able to snap Tazer out of Adler's control. Not knowing where the Guardians have
gone, Tazer and Debbie head to New York to find Primal Force, a mystic team that has sometimes helped the Guardians. Only Jack
O'Lantern and Meridian are present, along with their sometime ally James Rook (aka The Nightmaster). However Jack O'Lantern is
able to summon the other six heroes that had teamed with Tazer to battle the Daemen, reuniting the Seven Thunders.
The rest of the team debates what to do and how to combat the Spear of Destiny. It is decided that the team needs to find an
artifact of equal power, one that is tied to the Spear of Destiny: the Holy Grail!
The Nemesinian Worldship arrives in Earth orbit. The Nemesinians envelop the Moon in an energy field, trapping the Justice
League there in their Watchtower. The next wave of Harbingers are prepared to be sent out to Earth to cleanse it. The first
action is to send a wave of energy down to envelop the planet. The energy wave is keyed to disrupt what the Nemesinians have
detected to be part of Adler and the Antithesis' power across the world. The energy wave has a drastic effect on anything
that has been exposed to the PURPLE ray technology. Anyone who had been healed or treated by the ray suddenly begins suffering
from a mysterious ailment, one that will kill them within days. Natural areas like Seyvaria's croplands and parts of the
Louisiana coast that had used the PURPLE technology to speed up ecological recovery suddently see that recovery reversed and
start to worsen.
Omens and Portents
At the Silver City complex, Damien Omen is able to sneak past the government agents who are guarding Michael Bennett. He
does not have a means to get Bennett out of the compound safely, but Omen takes the opportunity to fill Bennett in on everything
that the Guardians have managed to learn so far. At Bennett's request, Omen leaves him copies of all of the evidence Damien
and the Guardians had uncovered linking Philip Adler to the Soldiers of Anarchy and other events.
With the information delivered, Damien sneaks back out of the Silver City complex and heads to Vermont to discover if
Rift will be able to return to the Earthly plane to assist the Guardians. At Silver City, Bennett contacts his lawyers and
the senior people at Global's various media holdings. He passes on the evidence against Adler that Omen had given him.
In short order his lawyers have contacted various government officials and politicians regarding the evidence, while the
media prepare to break the story of Adler's deceptions.
In Cloister, Vermont, Omen seeks to pick up the trail of Samuel Vision, who has gone into hiding to prevent what he knows
about Rift and Aurora from falling into the wrong hands. Omen tracks Vision to a location near the town of Crossroads, just
on the New York side where Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. He arrives on the scene in time to save Vision from a group
of Kali Yuga Cultists who had managed to also track down the mystic. When Vision makes it clear that he has no means to
bring Rift and Aurora back from the Green, he and Omen instead head for New York City where they meet up with Tazer, Debbie,
Primal Force and the other Seven Thunders.
Elsewhere, the news breaks about Adler's alleged connection to the terrorist Soldiers of Anarchy, which combined with
the reversal of the PURPLE ray effects, starts turning the tide of public opinion against Adler and MECA. Though somewhat
of a setback, the anger and hate now directed against Adler actually serves to further empower he and the Antithesis. The
two allies accelerate their plans to move to their endgame. In preparation, the Antithesis uses its increasing power to
begin transforming the remaining Kali Yuga Cultists into Gargoyle-like creatures, while Adler assembles his own elite
troops and readies them for battle.
In hiding, the Guardians ponder how to go about locating the Holy Grail. The artifact was last seen in possession of the
Imperial Japanese agent known as the Dragon King during World War II, where it had been used in tandem with the Spear of
Destiny (in Hitler's possession) to shield the Axis powers' home territories from the most powerful of the Allied Mystery
Men of the All-Star Squadron. With the Guardians still considered traitors, Paladin could not try and use his government
connections to get access to military records, and with Rift gone the team had no access to magic to try and divine the
In the end it is Desperado who finds the key. A devout Mexican Catholic, Desperado has been praying for help and guidance.
Now, when they need it most, Desperado is given a vision providing a clue to how the Guardians can find the Grail. In the
vision was a silhouette, which Desperado sketches for the team. Paladin instantly recognizes the silhouette as that of
Glastonbury Tor, a site linked to the stories of King Arthur and Camelot; but the team despairs at being able to get to England
with the world turned against them. Crossfire wonder if maybe the clue did not mean Glastonbury in England and he points out to
the others that there is a town called Glastonbury in Connecticut, less than a hundred miles from Empire City.
The five heroes take flight heading west with Paladin carrying Desperado and Human Bomb carrying Crossfire, staying low to
try and avoid detection. The group are spotted by some of Adler's troops, forcing Human Bomb and Crossfire to break off to deal
with the pursuers while the other three continue on. Reaching Glastonbury, the three are shocked to see a hill with a tower at
its peak suddenly appear near the town. It soon becomes apparent that they are the only ones who can perceive the tower, as the
locals do not appear to react at all to the sudden appearance of the large hill.
Entering the stone tower, the three heroes find an interior with many stairs and corridors. Exploring, they are confronted
by animated suits of medieval armor that threaten to overwhelm them. Frostbite is able to use her powers to hold back the
attackers, allowing Paladin and Desperado to continue on deeper into the tower. Further in the pair enter what looks to be a
chapel, where they are confronted by an ethereal figure claiming to be Merlin the Sorceror. Merlin presents Paladin and
Desperado with a set of symbols claiming one hides the true Grail while the others will prove deadly if the wrong choice is
made. Paladin thinks he has figured out the riddle and moves to choose one of the symbols, but at the last second Desperado
steps in and chooses a different one. Desperado's choice turns out to be the correct one, and the Holy Grail appears. Merlin
congratulates the pair, but also tells them that the Grail cannot be obtained without paying a price. Desperado says that he
understands, and bids Paladin farewell and wishes him luck in the battle to come before vanishing in a brilliant flash of
Paladin and Frostbite suddenly find themselves in the woods near Glastonbury, with the hill and tower nowhere to be seen.
Paladin still has the Grail, so after a brief explanation to Frostbite the pair take off and head back towards Empire City.
They meet up with Human Bomb and Crossfire, who have escaped Adler's troops, and together the Guardians head to confront
the man himself.
The Balance Shifts
After their extended journey through various parallel realities, Justice Inc. is finally able to return to Earth.
Nemesis, in possession of new powers, immediately heads for the Nemesinian Worldship to confront his people. The rest
of Justice Inc. are informed of recent events by Michael Bennett and the team immediately heads for Empire City to
confront Adler. They are able to meet up with Omen, Tazer, Primal Force, and the Seven Thunders; seeking all the help
they can get, the mystic warrior known as the Night Master (an ally of Primal Force) is able to use the magic of his
Sword of Night to temporarily separate Felicia Albrecht from Cat. Felicia is given the Morphenite that Nemesis
had been using and she joins with Primal Force.
In Empire City, the Antithesis has completed the transformation of the remaining Kali Yuga cultists into Gargoyle-like
creatures. Left weakened, Anthithesis tells Adler to send out the transformed Cultists and the heavily armed troops of
Adler's Millennium Empire; the sooner the evil Army of Darkness begins spreading chaos the sooner the Antithesis can
regain its strength from the ensuing flood of negative emotion generated by the soldiers and their victims. Adler,
however, has other plans. With the Antithesis weakened, Adler turns on his "ally" and blasts it with the
Spear of Destiny. Adler explains that with the final battle looming he has no intention of sharing power with anyone or
anything. He then activates a hidden trap developed with the Gabriel Horn technology and exiles the helpless Antithesis
back into Limbo.
With the Antithesis gone, Adler takes full command and unleashes his Army of Darkness against the unsuspecting people
of Empire City. Adler summons the Soldiers of Anarchy and the Protectors and heads to the zone of devastation that had
once been the Midtown neighorbood of Empire City. There he uses his power to raise up a massive tower from which he
can watch the chaos spreading out across the city.
The BATTLE of ARMAGEDDON
The Side of Light
- Justice Inc.: ArcAngel (formerly Arclight), Cat,
Nemesis, Night Flick,
- The Guardians: Crossfire, Damien Omen,
Frostbite, Human Bomb,
- Friends and Allies: James Rook the Nightmaster, Prince Jon the Viking Prince, Samuel
Vision, Flashback, Felicia Albrecht (coexisting with Cat because of the effect of James
Rook's mystic sword), Jack O'Lantern III and Meridian (of Primal Force), the Seven Thunders, and
The Side of Darkness
- Phillip Adler: business guru whose body, mind and soul have been infused with the power
and knowledge of six of history's greatest leaders and strategists; he also carries the Spear of Destiny and is the host body for the avatar
- Soldiers of Anarchy: a team of meta-terrorists secretly comprised of Nazi and Neo-Nazi
villains - Overkill (Ubermensch of Axis Amerika), Draco (the Gargoyle, servant of the Antithesis), Harrier (wearing suit of rebuilt Nazi
power armor), White Dragon (a metahuman white supremacist), Whiplash (Backlash of the Aryan Brigade), Eris (Lady Libertine, grand-niece of
Capt. Nazi), and Frenzy (Iron Cross of the Aryan Brigade)
- The Protectors: a group of Nazi and Neo-Nazi metahumans posing as heroes but
secretly serving Adler and the Antithesis - American Eagle (Baron Blitzkrieg), Ladyhawk (Gudra, the Valkyrie of Axis Ameika), Whirlwind
(Zyklon), Stonewall (Capt. Nazi), Jetstream and Sunbeam (Golden Eagle and Heatmonger of the Aryan Brigade)
- The Army of Darkness: hundreds of Kali Yuga cultists transformed into gargoyle-like creatures by the Antithesis and over a
thousand troops in power armor
As Justice Inc. and the Guardians arrive in Empire City they see Adler with the Protectors and the Soldiers of Anarchy
watching from a pedestal of stone in the heart of what was the Midtown area of the city (now a devastated wasteland). In
the rest of the city, the Army of Darkness sweeps out annihilating whatever stands in its way. Trying to hold off the
Army are battered National Guard units and ECPD aided by Primal Force and the Seven Thunders, but they are hopelessly
The teams head for the observation area to combat Adler and the metahumans directly. Paladin and ArcAngel swoop in
with the Grail to combat Adler himself. Mindblade must use his full telepathic strength to fight off Adler's broadcast
empathy which threatens to turn the heroes against each other. Arcangel turns to follow Ladyhawk, who is hunting the
Viking Prince. Twice in the distant past she has tried to claim him for Valhalla but he escaped through time. Not this
time though, the Valkyrie kills him while he is defending Sam Vision and Debbie. Harrier uses his tractor beam to grab
the Grail away from Paladin, which Adler then transports to himself.
A combined assault on Adler by Arcangel and Paladin has no effect as the Grail instantly healed any wound he took.
Attempts to knock the Grail from Adler's hand prove futile. As a demonstration of the power he now wields, Adler sends
out a shockwave that shattered windows and damaged buildings that were still standing outside the battle zone. As a rain
of broken glass falls to the ground Adler looks and comments on the memories it brings back back.
On the ground, the rest of the team is slowly gaining an advantage over the Protectors and the Soldiers of Anarchy.
Felicia had disabled Ubermensch, Edgerunner had knocked out Heatmonger, Tazer had paralyzed Backlash, and Crossfire had
pretty much destroyed Jetstream's armor. Cat and Nightflick were double-teaming Captain Nazi, but not to any really
noticeable effect. Edgerunner grabbed one of the Mega-guns and, using his full battery of senses he pinpointed a weak
point in Harrier's armor. With a seemingly impossible shot he fires a single round through a cooling vent in the armor
which ricochets around inside, disabling the armor's power systems and it falls to Earth, completely shut down with
poor Harrier trapped inside a useless hunk of metal.
At the top of the pedestal, Baron Blitzkrieg flies towards Paladin and sends a searing blast of heat vision straight
through Paladin's visor, burning Paladin's eyes from their sockets. Valkyrie prepares to slay Arcangel but at the last
second, Tempest flies into the path of the blast, taking the lethal mystic blast, sacrificing her life to save Arcangel.
Meanwhile, a dispersed Omen makes his way up through the bottom of the pedestal and attempts to grab the Grail away from
Adler. As soon as Omen touches the Grail, it shatters with an explosive force. Omen and Adler are sent flying in opposite
directions off of the pedestal and Grail lies atop it in pieces.
Adler, furious, leaps over the pedestal and attempts to skewer Omen with the Spear of Destiny. Omen disperses into the
ground, which is split open by the power of Adler's blow. Back in the air, Tazer has used her flash power to blind the
Baron, triggering his flashbacks and preventing him from finishing off a nearly dead Paladin. Valkyrie once again turns
her attention to Arcangel who this time is not able to avoid the blast. Arcangel is killed, but her body falls backwards
onto the top of the pedestal, landing on the shards of the Grail. She is instantly healed by the Grail, which reforms
and becomes part of her armor. Arcangel rises and turns to face Valkyrie.
Back on the ground, Human Bomb uses his demolitions skill to place a precise bomb blast which topples the pedestal
right on top of where Adler was standing. By this time, Frenzy has been paralyzed by Tazer, Crossfire has finished off
Jetstream, Mindblade has mentally disabled the Gargoyle, and Flashback is punching a paralyzed Zyklon (another victim of
Arcangel flies up to Valkyrie, who tries again to slay her but this time the Grail protects Arcangel from the attack.
Arcangel spears Valkyrie with her sword and triggers her "Thunder and Lightning" attack, slaying the Valkyrie. Blitzkrieg
recovers from the flashbacks, but is still partially blinded by the flash attack, and Felicia fires an energy blast from
the Morphenite which sends him flying, knocking him out. Adler blasts his way out from under the rubble and flies up to
confront Arcangel. Meanwhile, Edgerunner notices some people coming onto the battlefield. He goes to investigate and finds
a wounded Samuel Vision and Debbie.
Just then Adler's army arrives, a thousand troops in powered armor and several hundred gargoyle-transformed Kali-Yuga
cultists. They have encircled the whole area and are preparing to completely annihilate the heroes when what at first
appears to be a meteor shower turns out to be Nemesis leading several hundred of his people. The Battle of Armageddon
has begun as the armies of Light and Darkness do battle. Nemesis turns his attention toward the confrontation between
Adler and Arcangel.
Edgerunner is helping the wounded Sam Vision, when Sam gets a look at Adler. Sam's amulet grants him True Sight and
he sees that Adler has the third mystic amulet. The three amulets represent Heart, Mind, and Soul. While Rift's Zodiac
Amulet grants him raw power (Soul), and Sam's Mystic Eye grants him many sensory powers (Mind), Adler has the Amulet of
Osiris which protects the bearer from harm. While Adler holds the amulet, there was little chance he could be defeated.
Sam sees that Adler has concealed the Amulet as his belt buckle. He tells Edgerunner, who leaps up and uses his grapple
line to tear the amulet away.
With the Amulet gone, Nemesis is able to blast the Spear away from Adler. Arcangel swoops down to catch the Spear and
Omen flies up to catch Adler, who is falling. Mindblade realizes that even without the Spear Adler is still the avatar
of Hate and a powerful enemy, but he also thinks he knows a way to stop Adler. Recalling Adler constantly bragging about
being the "physical, mental, and spiritual amalgamation of the greatest leaders and strategists the world had ever
known", Mindblade risks stopping shielding the Guardians and Justice Inc. from Adler's hate broadcasts and, using his
full telepathic powers, Mindblade awakens the dormant shards of the historical figures that were now part of Adler. No
longer in control of a group of passive aspects of himself, Adler's mind is in torment as the fragments of Alexander,
Khan, Caesar, Napoleon, Hitler, and Ra's Al Ghul fight for dominance of his body and mind. With the Adler aspect thus
crippled, Nemesis uses his Judgment power to strike directly at Adler's soul, revealing to him all that he has done. With
this attack, Adler breaks down completely.
Meanwhile, Arcangel reaches the Spear of Destiny. As soon as she touches it, a light pours forth from the Grail purifying
the Spear. The Spear and Grail are reunited and the battlefield is bathed in divine light. Pulses of energy spread out from
the artifacts. Those wounded in the battle find themselves fully healed, even Paladin's eyes are restored, though it is too
late for Tempest to be resurrected. The fissure through the heart of Empire City is mended (though the buildings remain
destroyed), the bay is cleansed of the radiation from the nuclear meltdown. In New York City, the damage to Central Park
from the fire elemental's rampage is healed, in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Washington state the land is healed. All
the people suffering from the reversal of the Project 29A effects are restored to health.
As the glow slowly recedes, the Spectre appears before Arcangel and the artifacts. He looks to Arcangel - "You have
done what I could not, the Spear is cleansed. Now, these items must be taken from here, they are not meant for mortal
hands." The Spear and Grail vanish and the Spectre turns toward Adler, then speaks to Nemesis.
"Has Justice been served?"
"Yes," replies Nemesis.
"Then now is the time for Vengeance."
Adler's scream lasts for over five minutes before he collapses, a hollow shell of what he once was.
The battle is ended, now its time to pick up the pieces.