"A Fellow of Infinite Jest": A vampiric Joker has fed on Etta Candy's blood, and killed her, dropping her at the feet of a disgusted Wonder Woman. In the next chamber of the underground tunnels, Diana hears
- I haven't got the traditional vampire-killing tools: the ash wood stake, the garlic-smeared knife, the means to let in sunlight. What I have is my amazonian strength... and I can use that to break them to the point of immobility.
- -- Wonder Woman
Appearing in "A Fellow of Infinite Jest"
- Steve Trevor (Apparent Death)
- Etta Candy (Apparent Death)
- Sister Abigail (Dies)
- Sister Miranda (Dies)
Synopsis for "A Fellow of Infinite Jest"
A vampiric Joker has fed on Etta Candy's blood, and killed her, dropping her at the feet of a disgusted Wonder Woman. In the next chamber of the underground tunnels, Diana hears gunshots, and the Joker explains that this is the sound of Steve Trevor discovering how useless his weapons is against a vampire horde.
Diana tries to run to Steve, but the Joker intercepts her, faster because of his vampiric abilities. He explains how Batman failed to finish him off by decapitating him, even though he had thrust a stake through his heart. Poison Ivy removed it, though, and he was allowed to roam free as a monster. Diana has fewer qualms than Batman about such things, and breaks free of the Joker's grasp to grip him by the hair and twist his head right off his neck. She only gets half-way done, because Steve fires another round of shots that make her worry for him.
Steve is surrounded by women-turned-vampires, having once been cultists worshipping the dome. While he manages to fend them off with his pistol - now empty of bullets, he finds it is useless against the likes of Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Wonder Woman arrives just in time, and when Catwoman leaps at her, she gets a mouthful of metal, thanks to the Bracelets of Submission. After first breaking Poison Ivy's back with a sharp kick, she smashes Catwoman's face with her fist and tries to help Steve to his feet, warning that she has yet to finish the Joker off. Unfortunately, Ivy and Catwoman rise again, along with the women Steve had beat back. Sighing, Wonder Woman realizes that she can't afford to hold back.
The Joker, meanwhile, attempts to build a splint out of bones to keep his head from flopping around. He is surprised to hear Etta Candy laughing at his appearance, turned into a vampire, since her death. While Wonder Woman is occupied with the cultists, Catwoman and Ivy drag Steve to the Joker to be turned. Diana soon finishes with the cultists, having broken their bodies to the point that they are immobile, though she lacks the tools to really destroy them. She realizes quickly that Steve is missing, and what must have happened to him. Sinking, she feels that she's failed him, but hears the voice of the goddess Athena reminding that sometimes, monsters need to be slain, and that's all there is to it. Whatever Diana does to these creatures is a mercy upon them - even if they are her friends.
When Diana confronts the Joker, she is far too late to stop the vampires from having fed on Steve. Ripping a splinter of wood from a coffin and tearing a bent metal cross from its stand, she thrusts each into the chests of Catwoman and Poison Ivy, dropping them to the ground. All that remain now are the Joker, Etta, and Steve.
A sudden earthquake causes the ground beneath the catacombs to split open, separating Wonder Woman from her enemies. Etta tries to leap at Diana, and unexpectedly, Steve is the one who tackles her, causing them both to fall into the fissure. As he falls, he begs Diana to watch the dawn he had been missing for a year for him. Desperately, Diana tries to loop her Lasso around him before he hits the ground, but the Joker knocks her off balance. She clings for stability as another tremor and a pile of debris knocks the Joker into the fissure as well. With his wings, he manages to keep from falling too far, and tiring of him, she warns that she will not forgive him for what he did to Steve. Tearing a sharp-ended piece of timber from the stones around her, she hurls it through his chest, and he is dead.
Diana, though, loses her grip, and nearly falls into the fissure after him, but for the helping hands of Julio, a young thug she'd met earlier. Once he and his friends get her away from the church, it collapses, and she admits that everyone inside is now dead. At least, she has solace in the fact that the people of Gotham are safe, but she can't help but feel that the battle she won is tinged with sadness and loss.
Appearing in "Divergence: Secret Six"
- Cindy Ko
- John Constantine (Mentioned only)
- Gotham Museum of Anthropology and Antiquities
- Qurac (Mentioned only)
- Eternity Gem
Synopsis for "Divergence: Secret Six"
The Gotham Museum of Anthropology and Antiquities is under heavy guard, thanks to its housing a mysterious gem that came from Qurac, and a subsequent terrorist threat. Cindy Ko is on duty as one of the museum's regular guard staff, alongside her partner Dee. Dee is convinced that it's all for nothing - that jewel thieves in Gotham are old news, but they are unaware that someone has come to steal it, until they trip on one of the bodies of the private guards hired for extra security. Before they can radio for help, they are warned against it by Catman. Dee tries to shoot him down, but Catman gets the better of him, clamping his claws around the man's neck. Cindy pulls her own gun on him, in the hopes of assuring Dee's safety, but soon discovers that Catman has five accomplices. Once she's disarmed, though, Catman explains that they're not there to steal the gem. They're actually backup.
Tapping into the powers of John Constantine, Black Alice tries to see if she can figure out what's going on. She soon determines that the terrorist threat against the museum was a fakeout, and the real crime is a heist by thieves who are prepared to murder - and also, they're already surrounded by them. In the ensuing melee, Cindy and Dee make their way out of harm's way. Cindy wonders how it can be that they didn't hear the alarm, and with her back to him, Dee pulls his gun on her, explaining that he was an inside man.
Fortunately, Catman tackles him to the ground, and saves her life. Confused, Cindy wonders who hired this group of misfits. Porcelain responds that they don't actually know. Cindy apologizes for failing to realize that they were good guys. As the Secret Six leave, having dealt with the thieves and Dee, Catman turns to comment that she must have them confused with someone else.
- This book was first published on May 20, 2015.
- "Divergence: Secret Six" is an original eight-page story providing a "special sneak peek" at the Post-Convergence storyline in Secret Six (Volume 4). It was also released separately as a free digital comic. It can be read here: DC Sneak Peek: Secret Six.
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