Opal City - The world has once again suffered the loss of
one of its finest heroes. Ted Knight, the first Starman, died stopping
his arch-enemy, the original Mist, last week.
Details of what happened to Opal City during a several-day period
in which the city was covered in a dome of darkness are still being
clarified, but much of the story now stands revealed. Many of the
initial assumptions that were made based on early reports from the
city's outskirts have proven to be false.
The Mist was apparently only one of a number of super-villains
responsible for a massive crime wave in Opal City during the darkness.
The terror was organized by a man named Simon Culp, an immortal
with darkness powers similar to those of the Shade, long-time enemy
of the Flash and, apparently, an Opal City resident. Wanting to
strike at the Shade, a long-time enemy, Culp gathered a host of
villains associated with Opal City's past and used a magical spell
to conjure a dome of darkness which was intended to draw the entire
city into a dimension of darkness.
Surprisingly, the solution to this problem lay not in sorcery or
in cosmic rod energy, but in solving an ancient mystery, dating
back to colonial days, when Opal City was known as "Port O' Souls."
The darkness was apparently based on an ancient curse by a seventeenth-century
privateer who had been framed for murder. Former Justice Leaguer
Elongated Man was summoned by Ted Knight to look into some murders
for which the Shade had apparently been framed by Culp. When the
darkness descended on Opal City, Elongated Man deduced that the
privateer's ghost was at the root of the problem and used his skills
to solve the crime, freeing the privateer's ghost to move on and
depriving the darkness spell of its power source. It is believed
that the Elongated Man and his wife intend to stay in Opal City
The Mist's plot was parallel to Culp's. Wanting revenge on Knight,
he arranged, in the event of Culp's failure to destroy Opal City,
for a nuclear device to be placed within an Opal City municipal
building. When the dome of darkness lifted, the original Mist, thought
to be senile, revealed himself as fully lucid and killed Culp. He
announced his plot, to have the bomb detonate upon his imminent
death (he had consumed poison), in front of Jack Knight, Elongated
Man and several others.
However, as in so many times past, Ted Knight, the original Starman,
defeated the Mist. Using a larger version of his cosmic rod, Ted
Knight lifted the entire building into space, where it exploded
harmlessly after a conflict in which the original Mist reportedly
killed his own daughter and successor.
He will be missed by all.
As Starman, Ted Knight defended Opal City since 1939, and was a
member of the Justice Society of America from 1941 until 1945. In
his civilian identity, he was tangentially involved in the creation
of the atomic bomb and felt responsible for the dead of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki. It was later revealed that his departure from the
JSA was due, in part, to a nervous breakdown. He rejoined the JSA
for a brief period of time in 1951, and was a member on a somewhat
spotty basis when the team came out of retirement in the 1960's.
He was with the JSA when they disappeared for a few years, and shortly
after they came back, he handed over his cosmic rod to his son David
in order to devote his golden years to his scientific studies. His
name has been applied to numerous patents for the use of cosmic
energy, and it is believed that the principles he has described
will revolutionize science for centuries to come.
He is survived by his son Jack, the current Starman, and by his
grandson, Kyle Theodore.
Cheshire Escapes After Botched Assassination Attempt
New York, NY - An assassination attempt blamed on Quraci
expatriates has resulted in freedom for the woman who was supposed
to stand trial for the destruction of their home country, the terrorist
known as Cheshire.
According to the Titans, Cheshire was attacked twice: first by
a team of freelance vigilantes known as the Hangmen, and later by
the infamous hitman, Deathstroke the Terminator. While the Titans
managed to prevent the Hangmen from either killing Cheshire or allowing
her to escape, the same could not be said of Deathstroke. During
a battle between Deathstroke and Arsenal, Cheshire's bonds were
shattered, and she escaped.
After an extensive investigation, police cleared Arsenal of any
complicity in Cheshire's escape. Arsenal was suspected because he
was known to have had a romantic relationship with her back during
his days as Speedy, and the two of them have a daughter, Lian, who
is in Arsenal's custody.
Instead, the escape seems to be a genuine accident which occurred
during the attempted hit. The assassination attempt has been blamed
on a group of Quraci nationals who sought revenge.
However, government sources have not ruled out the possibility
that Deathstroke was acting independently. While the files on the
nuclear destruction of Qurac are officially classified, sources
say that Deathstroke was drawn into that affair and has borne the
burden of the deaths of the Quracis ever since. While this seems
odd for a man whose stock-in-trade is killing for hire, the Titans
have said that genocide is not within the scope of Deathstroke's
Also unaccounted for is the whereabouts of the Ravens, a group
of criminals with whom Cheshire has been associated in recent months.
It is not believed that they have had anything to do with the escape.
Mount Palomar Observatory, CA - Scientists have announced that
the radio telescopes at this observatory have picked up broadcasts
of radio waves from a distant solar system that appear to be communication
signals. An initial effort at decoding these signals makes them
sound like a baseball-game broadcast, clearly a result of some mix-up
in the translation.
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