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Synopsis for "Countdown Presents: Lord Havok and the Extremists - Part Four: Losing my Religion"
Americommando have allowed the Meta Militia to invade Slovekia, which are lead by Wandjina. However, Slovekia's capital city, Krakin, is protected by a impenetrable force field as waves of endless Havokoids emerge from the shield as they battle the Meta Militia. From the White Tower, Americommando makes a recorded video speech of the invasion but is ruined by Bowman. In an argument with Bowman, Americommando is criticized by his superiors via visual monitor of his role as president. The argument between Americommando and his superiors reveals that his succession as president was setup from the very beginning and suggest that he doesn't have the actual power over his government. Much later, Americommando is in a drunken stupor who confesses to Blue Jay of the abusive ways he went through was only a way of coping the troubles he been through. Blue Jay tries to convince Americommando of making important changes to his presidency and wants to be honest to the public, stop the arrests and the concentration camps. After listening to him, Americommando accepts Blue Jay's advice.
In Krakin, the Extremists, along with a badly wounded and comatose Tracer, are confined in the city's castle as they watch the Meta Militia tries to fight their way into the capital. Dr. Diehard expresses his displeasure of being only confined in the castle whether than fighting against the Militia as Lord Havok is continuously absent and working inside a room.
In a flashback of Dreamslayer's life, in New Alcatraz Prison Louise Marino talks to her imprisoned brother, Louis, who is reformed of his criminal past of having swindling a large amount of money from her church, by converting to religion: The Church of Dreamology.
In the present, Gorgon tries to reason with Diehard of his conflict with Havok. Diehard then argues that Havok have been lately "erratic" and that he is strangely doing nothing to prevent the invasion of the Meta Militia. This silently convinces Gorgon and Dreamslayer to comply with Diehard. Dreamslayer enters into Tracer's room and passionately comforts the comatose Tracer.
Louise is introduce to the Church of Dreamology and its followers' devotion to Dreamslayer. After leaving the religion's service, Louise express her disappointment to her brother of straying to a cult that would likely damning him to hell. Louis angrily defends his religion but only to sadden her sister. After his sister left, Louis is then contacted by Dreamslayer who wants his "help".
At the White Tower, Americommando negotiates with an individual after having allowed him to destroy certain points of interests and substantially agrees with the individual into forming an alliance between them, in which the individual is none other than Monarch, into ridding the Extremists. A distressful Blue Jay enters Americommando's office and is shocked of what he had done, in which Americommando reply that he "made a change". It is revealed that Americommando have allowed Monarch into destroying key locations of interests to the Extremists (Experiment House, the Temple of Dreamology, and the Academy for Advanced Children), implementing that the Extremists were responsible for the attacks and convincing the International Council to aid the United States of Angor in their invasion of Slovekia.
The Extremists have watched the news of the attacks, in which Dr. Diehard is greatly enrage of the destruction of his academy and the deaths of his Zen Men and wife. Diehard confronts Havok and blames him for the deaths. Havok apathetically apologize for Diehard's loss, but deems it necessary. In response Diehard use his power to attack Havok but is subdue by Havok's plastic laser. Havok then "excuse" Diehard's attempt, but subtly swears that he will kill him if he tries to attack/kill him again.
Louis is possessed by Dreamslayer while in a congregation with his followers. However, once the cult's leader ask Dreamslayer of his "next order of business", in which the demon kills him and declares in ridding his "fool(ish)" followers. Just as Dreamslayer kills his followers, Havok reverted Dreamslayer back into Louis with a magic spell. Havok beckons to Louis that Dreamslayer was only briefly driven away from his body and that he must find a another host for the demon.
It is then narrate by Dreamslayer to Tracer that the next host was Louise, as she is a person with a strong will and moral attitude that enable to control the demon. Knowing from the beginning that Louis was willing to "screw up", Louise vouched for her brother, and condemn herself into being possessed by Dreamslayer. However, despite being disappointed by everyone close to her, Tracer was the only person who cares and loves her. Louise somberly tells Tracer that with the destruction of her church and the loss of her followers that their belief kept Dreamslayer at bay, she fears that she can't control the demon any time soon.
- Lord Havok's incantation spell of removing Dreamslayer from Louis is "backwards speech" to effect magic (in a manner similar to the Zatara family).
- The events from this issue coincide with the events from Countdown to Final Crisis #14.
- In relating the Church of Dreamology to the actual Church of Scientology, Louis mentions of Dreamology as a fast growing religion with prominent celebrities and businessmen as its worshipers is akin to the real life, recognizable star celebrities who practiced Scientology; the most prominent being Tom Cruise.
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