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“Midnighter and Apollo” issues 1 – 6

Written by Steve Orlando
Wildstorm concepts: StormWatch - Bendix Authority - Midnighter authority-apollo

Midnighter_and_Apollo_Vol_1_1The story begins with Midnighter trying to rescue some kidnapped kids from Captain Half-beard’s Subway Pirates. When he catches Half-Beard, he explains he’s using the kids to fuel his God-Train, which runs on innocence and turns into a giant robot. Luckily, Midnighter brought Apollo, who deals with it. Afterwards, they go to Apollo’s place in Opal City, where they celebrate with friends. Midnighter hasn’t moved in yet, after months of dating, because they want to take it as it comes. Everything is swell, but Apollo is concerned — Midnighter was particularly brutal in taking care of the pirates, perhaps because the kidnapped children reminded him of himself. Apollo wonders if killing is always the solution.

Meanwhile, Bendix is still around. To try and kill Midnighter, he attempts to recruit several magic users, but he only strikes luck with the Lords of the Gun. To help them, he gifts them the Ace of Winchesters, a special gun. At the same time, Midnighter starts beating up criminals who have been empowered by Bendix, until one of them gives away Bendix’s location. He visits Bendix, but the villain disables the Doors and shows Midnighter his plan: a Lord of the Gun, Mawzir, is killing Apollo in Opal City. Midnighter’s only way to help him is to fight to the surface through a gauntlet Bendix designed. Midnighter can’t spare the time to kill Bendix, but he still stabs him with a stapler. Middy beats the gauntlet easily enough, but when he reaches Mawzir it leaves. Midnighter is left with an allegedly dead Apollo, but he knows deep inside he’s still alive. Middy spends the next three days bathing him in sunlight.

Later, Midnighter visits Extraño, a magician, to ask him about the possible whereabouts of Apollo’s soul. His soul is actually in Hell, being tortured by Neron. Extraño arranges for Midnighter to visit; he modifies his body so that he can harm infernal flesh, but if he activates its power it will kill Midnighter in seven minutes. To make things worse, the only thing capable of killing the Mawzir is the Ace of Winchesters, which Middy doesn’t have. He visits the Ace’s previous owner, Vodyanar, a demon. He doesn’t have it, but Middy does obtain a bullet from the gun. Afterwards, he is transported to hell, where the Lords of the Gun willingly lead him to the Mawzir. They’ve broken the Ace of Winchesters; there’s nothing that can harm them now. A tough fight follows, since Midnighter can’t use his enhancements or fight computer in hell, but he defeats the Mawzir by piercing the bullet from the Ace of Winchester through his skull.

Meanwhile, Neron has been debating with Apollo; trying to convince him he belongs in hell, to break his will and get Apollo to give away his soul willingly. Apollo offers a bet: if Neron can answer one question correctly, he earns his soul. “Why does Apollo really calls himself Apollo?” Neron thinks it is because Apollo considers himself a God, thinks he deserves more power. We don’t know if he guessed right… and by the time Midnighter reaches Neron, he’s captured Apollo’s soul.

Midnighter and Neron fight, and Midnighter unleashes the full power of his spell and defeats Neron. However, it takes seven minutes, so his body breaks fully. Then the terrible truth comes to light: Neron had guessed wrong, so he had set Apollo free; Midnighter was fighting for an illusion, and he never defeated Neron. Apollo comes to the rescue, and Neron promised to let him go, so he leaves them. However, all of Apollo and Midnighter’s victims reunite to stop them. The fly away, reaching the portal to escape seconds after it closes. Apollo and Midnighter have succesfully kicked the devil’s ass.

Days later, Midnighter moves in with Apollo, but he gives him a speech about how he’ll never stop killing. He can’t change. But Apollo disagrees; he’ll never stop trying to bring Middy into the light.

Next: “Dark Knights Rising – The Wild Hunt” issue 1, written by Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson.

“Midnighter” issues 8 – 12

Written by Steve Orlando
Wildstorm concepts: Authority - Midnighter Authority - Doors Authority - Apollo StormWatch - Bendix Team 7 stormwatch

Midnighter-008-(2016)-(Digital-Empire)-001After his last heart-break, Midnighter meets Robert and agrees to do a documentary about his experience to help others. But his job is never done: he fights a Chimera let loose in the city by a group called Sportman’s Ambition, who arrange hunts for rich people. Midnighter receives help from Freedom Beast, who guides him to Sportman’s Ambition. The group unleashes another chimera at Midnighter, but this time he knows the beast’s just angry that someone made it a monster; he can relate. He finds a new way to work with his hands, knocking the beast unconscious instead of killing. The duo dispose of the villains.

Later, Midnighter’s friend Marina is released from prison, like Midnighter had promised. He wants to give her a ride, but he’s interrupted by a call from his emergency network. When he checks it out, it turns out to be a trap from Spyral. As payback from the time Midnighter kidnapped Grayson, they want him to help them recover the Perdition Pistol. Obtaining it was one of Midnighter’s first cases after walking out on the gardener, but someone’s taken it. The prime suspects: The Suicide Squad.

Marina is chosen as Midnighter’s Spyral handler. Intel names the Crow’s Nest as the most likely holding site: an orbiting vault. Since it’s shielded from teleport, Midnighter reaches it by shooting himself from a giant railgun. The place is protected by guards and a speeder, but Midnighter kills them all. He reaches the gun and “accidentally” destroys it. As he’s leaving, he checks out a computer and finds a file on… Henry Bendix! If the Gardener is Midnighter’s mother, Bendix is his father. He was partners with the Gardener until he crossed a line she wouldn’t. Now he’s working with Amanda Waller of the Suicide Squad to complete The Unified: a military killer fueled by Kryptonian DNA and a fight computer like Midnighter’s. Spyral commands him to kill Bendix.

Later, Midnighter is hanging out with Robert about his documentary when they receive a surprise attack by the Suicide Squad: It’s Harley Queen, Deadshot and Afterthought, the only man who can dodge Midnighter. His brain is always seeing five seconds into the future. Unable to hit him, Midnighter is beaten to a pulp.

Middy is captured and taken to Amanda Waller, who wants to torture him for information about Spyral’s counter-intelligence. However, Middy counts with tiny bursts of super speed, so he vibrates the chair he’s been chained to every time Amanda blinks. Midnighter escapes from the facility and steals a ship. All the Suicide Squad tech can be tracked, so he can now head towards Bendix and the Squad protecting him.

To reach Bendix, he must get past Harley Queen, Deadshot and Parasite. At first it seems easy, but Parasite starts pirating Middy’s enhancements; taking away his powers. Unable to move, they put him in a plane and then make it explode. However, he was able to call Apollo, who rescued him at super-speed. Meanwhile, Bendix obtains the Kryptonite DNA he needed. Amanda explains he’s only helping him because they came up in the same house: Team One, Team Seven. Wow! First mention of Team One in this universe. Back with Apollo, Midnighter offers an explanation and an apology for their break-up; he needed to be better, more than a killing machine, and he’s been working at meeting new people. Those people saved him after the Prometheus incident; people he trusted like he should have trusted Apollo. But when the plane was about to explode, at the end of the world, there wasn’t anyone else he wanted to see. Apollo, being the nice guy he is, forgives Midnighter and agrees to help with Bendix.

They go with Spyral, because the Suicide Squad bombed Midnighter’s apartment and shut down his doors. Suddenly, Spyral begins to receive attacks from the Squad, using doors, technology which Bendix invented. Midnighter gets a rematch against Parasite: the monster might have stolen Middy’s healing abilities, but he knows how to slow himself down. He pierces Parasite’s heart. Then he gets his rematch with Afterthought. He knows he can’t hit him, so he just defends himself with doubled armor until Afterthought is too tired to move. Then, in a Team One Safehouse, The Unified is activated and sent to attack Modora. Modoran terrorists invaded American soil back in issue 1, so now they pay the price. Problem is, Bendix makes it a public operation where civilians are in danger too; he wants to spread fear. Luckily, Midnighter, Apollo and Spyral arrive.

Midnighter (2015-) 012-002 In a nice touch, they recreate the opening panel from “The Authority” Vol 1 issue 2. As the heroes fight the Squad, Amanda orders Bendix to stop. He refuses, explaining he plans to kill the entire population of Modora, so Amanda knocks him out. Amanda orders his troops to stop, but they’re made by Multiplex clones, and they hate Midnighter too much to stop. As Bendix escapes through a door, Apollo fights with the Unified and burns his tactical nervous system from his gray matter. Without his enhancements, it’s Midnighter’s turn, who fights the Unified with a sonic revolver to vibrate his blood until it pops. The Unified lashes out — he was created to eliminate enemies, is he supposed to ignore his purpose? Well, Midnighter did. The Unified is killed.

After the crisis, Midnighter visits the Gardener to warn her Bendix could go after her. When she suggests he should stop pretending to have a life and go back to work with her, Midnighter tells her his people see him as a person, not a means to an end. If she ever questions them again, he’ll kill her himself. Later, all of Midnighter’s friends throw a party for him. Apollo kisses him, seeing they can see where it goes. It’s a happy ending.

Next: “New Suicide Squad” issues 17 – 21, written by Tim Seeley.