|Story/s:||A Hero's Tale|
6 years ago Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman (the Ternion as they have been coined) along with Terry Sloan (Mr 8) are fighting yet another assault by Apokolips, namely Steppenwolf. Superman and Wonder Woman attack the the bases defenses while Batman and Mr 8 infiltrate the base on a mission to save the poor souls around the world who have been zombie like drones.
Batman and Mr 8 fights their way to the controls with the primary objective to destroy the “rapture generator” causing the strange mind control of countries, including large parts of Italy, Brazil, South Africa and Pakistan.
Sloan reminisces over the last so many years of fighting the forces of Apokolips and how they’ve never really won but instead just fought to stale mates. This is no satisfactory to him, so he searches for a way to take the battle to Apokolips but in doing so discovers another dimension. A dimension that shows him glimpses of the future, ones where they win, ones where they lose. So he devises a secret plan unknown to the Ternion for this mission that he believes will give the world a fighting chance.
back in the present moment of the mission Sloan releases synthesized opal Kryptonite which drives him crazy. While Superman attacks Wonder Woman, Sloan sets about his plan, explaining it cryptically to Batman. His plan is to destroy the infected countries totally. Batman attacks but Sloan survives and triggers the destruction as he escapes into the “9th dimension” as he calls it. The world is rocked as infected nation after infected nation explodes into flames…. pits of fire, killing everything. Sloan believes it will strengthen those who at left, strength the world itself for the battle that lies ahead.
He gives the base a 10 second delay before it also erupts into flame, enough time Sloan believes for Superman to come to his senses and fly the 3 of them to safety at super speed.
Continued in Earth 2 #005
So what is Sloan? A genius, a savior, a mass murder, crazy, Earth’s salvation or destruction? Personally I don’t like him, he’s arrogant in his intelligence and cold in his calculations. If the Ternion survive he will be hunted down. IF they survive. From previews I’ve seen Sloans calculations are wrong and they do not escape. And so his plan backfires and Earth’s saviors are killed by his hands. So much for being “the smartest man alive”.