|Story/s:||Secrets and Origins|
- Cover Art:
- Andy Kubert,
- James Robinson
- Carlos Alberto Fernandez Urbano (CAFU),
- Cam Smith,
Carlos Alberto Fernandez Urbano (CAFU)
- Pete Pantazis
- Carlos M Mangual
- James Robinson
- Anthony Marques,
- Bob Harras,
Captain Pratt (the Atom) is on his way to a mission in Phnom Penh. He has plenty of time to think about the past 5 years. The explosion that gave him powers, the first time he grew during a psyche consult. About the men he lost on that day 5 years ago. All the tests, the pain. And all they found was he’s a perfectly normal human who somehow can grow to great size has “atomic” powered punches. After that display of power he was recruited as a World Army Wonder, until now working in secret with other wonder like Steel.
He reaches his destination and his mission is to find Henri Roy, a traitor to the human race during the war. He’s not the best spy around 😉
Captured by Henri Roy’s men and tied up for interrogation, he plays along all the while a shadowy figure watches over them all. Once Henri Roy decloaks and lets his presence be known, then Atom goes atomic so to speak. There is a fire fight, Henri suits up in giant battle armour and makes his escape. The Atom is dazed by all the cross fire and almost losses Henri. He is secretly aided by a man dressed like Batman, and so the Atom now clear pursues and captures Henri Roy.
After the capture Captain Pratt meets their informant, Roy’s son Henri Roy Jnr. Henry suffers some sort of migraines that for some reason Terry Sloan wants to investigate further.
Atom is also informed Steppenwolf has been found, or rather has announced himself to the world. This new Batman listens in on the whole conversation.
3 days later we find Batman fighting Mister Icicle. He captures him and interrogates him to find the “Assassin of Apokolips”, Kanto, is gathering all those he gave power to for some reason. He also finds Kanto fears HawkGirl’s interference for some reason. Then Batman kills Mister Icicle. He then ponders the difference between Kanto and Steppenwolf and how Kanto is still loyal to Apokolips and Steppenwolf is just in it for himself now. Two sides, two goals….
Batman then decides he needs to meet this HawkGirl. Later in China, HawkGirl is under attack….
Interlude: The fire pits are still a mystery to the World Council. Commander Khan proposes to Captain Steel, that he go into one to gather more information. 😮
Epilogue: We find Mister Miracle and Big Barda still in whats left of Gotham, apparently looking for Batman. While arguing Big Barda is ensnared by Fury’s whip/rope.
Batman!!!! is it the real Batman or a replacement Batman. If its the real Batman why’s he been in hiding all this time. If it’s someone else picking up the mantel then what’s his angle. And why is Mister Miracle looking for him? Hmmmm. And what the go with Henri Roy Jr. and Terry Sloan’s interest in him. That can’t be a good thing for poor little Henri Jr.
I hope Captain Steel survives the Fire Pits if he agrees.