""The Covenant of Freaks"": Damien follows the beckoning voice deep into the woods. The trail leads him to a decrepit cemetery and an Un-Men named Crassus. Crassus gives Damien shelter inside of an empty crypt.
- I'd never witnessed a sunrise in a cemetery before. It filled me with a kind of depressed optimism.
- -- Damien Kane
Appearing in "The Covenant of Freaks"
- Damien Kane (Flashback and main story)
- David Manguy
- Alexiev Gogol (Single appearance) (First appearance)
- Colonel Gray (Single appearance) (Behind the scenes)
- Major Lawrence (Single appearance) (First appearance)
- Doctor Hutcheson
- Miss Stafford (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
- Mrs. Valis (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
- Unnamed female socialite (Single appearance) (First appearance)
- Unnamed male socialite (Single appearance) (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Covenant of Freaks"
Damien follows the beckoning voice deep into the woods. The trail leads him to a decrepit cemetery and an Un-Men named Crassus. Crassus gives Damien shelter inside of an empty crypt.
At Lafayette Air Base, Major Lawrence coordinates a strategy to find the missing Damien Kane. He addresses a room full of soldiers as well as the staff scientists. Lawrence tells Doctor Manguy that he is confined to the base until further notice.
As the evening grows, Crassus introduces himself to Damien. He tells him that he is one of Anton Arcane's original Un-Men and that he was born in Romania many years ago. Crassus knows what is happening to Damien and tells him that it is only a matter of time before his body begins to transform into that of an Un-Man. Crassus tells him that the only hope of restoring his humanity lies with Anton Arcane, but to find him, they must travel to the scientist's castle in Romania. The change begins to overtake Damien and his body is wracked with cramps. Crassus provides comfort and tells him to trust him.
At Lafayette, Doctor Manguy drowns his sorrows with a bottle of whiskey. Doctor Hutcheson tries to alleviate Manguy's guilt, but to no avail. He promises him that the soldiers will find Damien and bring him back safely.
The following day, Crassus and Damien take a small pirogue out to sea and stow away on a freighter bound for Europe. Crassus says that together they will find the other "Children of Arcane" and all will be better.
In Romania, a wealthy man named Alexiev Gogol hosts a lavish party. The ballroom of his castle is a living museum of freaks - Un-Men forced to prostrate themselves for the amusement of Gogol's eccentric guests. One of the humiliated attractions, a dwarf named Scylla, has a precognitive vision and whispers that someone is coming for them.
- Of the Un-Men assembled at Gogol's castle, only Abel, Adam and Eve are addressed by name. The others are identified by their names in issue #3.
- The tagline for this issue is "Toxic Childhood".
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Links and References
- American Freak article at Wikipedia
- American Freak series index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe