Appearing in "Truth and Consequences"
- Peggy Lincoln (Dies)
- Diana Lincoln
- Jimmy Mahoney (Dies)
- Nelson Bell
- Jenet Klyburn
- Elongated Man
- Martian Manhunter
- Hyacinth (a nurse) (First full appearance)
- Stanley Dover
- Unnamed Oncologist
- Wonder Woman
- Flash (Jay Garrick)
- Robin (Tim Drake)
- Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
- Booster Gold
- Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
- Ray (Raymond Terrill)
- Power Girl
- Captain Atom
- Tempest (Garth)
- Aquaman (Orin)
- Captain Marvel
- Doctor Fate (Hector Hall)
- Guy Gardner
Synopsis for "Truth and Consequences"
Paul is recounting how the headline following that incident may just be his favorite, due to the irony of how despite Metropolis experiencing an actual demonic attack, the newspapers claimed it was all a mass delusion. He calls it astonishing that people have the ability to convince themselves of something when they do not wish to face the truth, citing the Spectre as an example of this. Some believe he is an embodiment of the Lord's Wrath. Others believe he is a fake; Paul says that it is just a matter of whether or not one believes in an afterlife. He cites his own uncertainty, though hoping there is one, so he can reunite with Peggy, who had succumbed to her cancer. Noticing the snow falling outside, he begins to recall the holiday season he spent with Peggy, Diana, who is now a practicing oncologist at Metropolis General, and Diana's boyfriend, Stanley Dover.
Just as they are hanging the decorations on a Christmas tree, Diana gets called back to the hospital, saying she will be back as soon as she can. At the hospital, Diana meets with her patient, Dr. Jenet Klyburn from S.T.A.R. Labs, who immediately guess that her test results were positive: she has cancer, a diagnosis Diana was about to make. Diana affirms that they will be able to treat it, and assures her that they will do everything they can.
Meanwhile, Paul hears a traffic death of Elongated Man's wife; Sue Dibny who is murdered. Later, Paul was second only to that of Superman's, with the only difference since, due to her humanity. She would not return just as easily. The entire superhuman community turns out, along with a lot of ordinary people as well. Both had been touched in some ways by the Dibnys. Despite his fondness for the Elongated Man, Paul had his own troubles to deal with, once he and Peggy visit the doctor who confirms that her cancer worsening, and very aggressive. Because it is now in her bones and marrow, it is virtually untreatable, save for a few aggressive treatments. Peggy declines these, stating that that she will face it on her own terms, making what little time she has counted.
On the walk back from the hospital, Paul tries to maintain a positive attitude about the situation, with some difficulty. Peggy offers to buy one for Paul's collection; however, Paul declines as tears start streaming down his face, saying that it is too painful for him at a time like this. Peggy convinces him that they will get through this. Paul reveals to this day, that paper is the only hole in his collection. He then recounts how the superheroes community began a manhunt for Sue's killer. In the end, Paul and Nelson, while eating in a diner, learn that Jean Loring, ex-wife of the Atom, was the murderer, in an attempt to win back Ray. While Nelson notes that at least Jean is sentenced to an insane asylum, Paul adds that he feels apologizing for Elongated Man most of all. Paul then gets a phone call from Peggy, checking up on him. After hanging up, Nelson gets a call regarding the long-missing exo-suit, and the two head for Metropolis national bank.
Once there, they discover that the man who stole the exo-suit is using it to commit a robbery known as "Armory", until he is stopped by Superman, who also saves Paul and Nelson during the conflict. Superman strips the armor piece by piece off of Armory, leaving the criminal in custody by the two detectives. Later, while Paul is taking care of some paperwork at headquarters, he gets a call regarding Peggy's condition that sends him running straight to the hospital. Once there, he meets up with Diana, who informs him that Peggy took a turn for the worse and collapsed on the kitchen floor. When Paul asks what she is doing for her, Diana lets him know that she is making her comfortable, which is all they can do, since it looks like that it is time to say goodbye. At her bedside, Peggy says her final goodbye to her husband and daughter, who have given her a wonderful life whom she has no regrets and then finally closes her eyes forever. Her funeral, Paul recalls were small and private, with only himself, Diana, Stanley, Jimmy and his family in attendance. He did not invite many of her friends, wanting them to remember her as she had lived.
He takes the next month off from work to mourn, while at the same time, citizens are been under control transformed into OMACs. Following his mourning, Paul had returned to duty and is helping Nelson inspect a secured exo-suit in S.T.A.R. Labs, along with Dr. Klyburn and Jimmy; they had kept the added-on arsenal for future emergencies. Dr. Klyburn then tells Paul that she owes a huge debt of thanks to Diana for helping to put her own cancer in remission. Jimmy accepts Paul back and apologizing for being a suspect him of the theft of the exo-suit and which Jimmy says that he might have suspected himself as well. When the detectives are about to leave; however, Nelson is reveal to be one of the victims of the OMACs as he transforms and begins to destroy the facility. As the Nelson OMAC is attempting to kill Paul, it is shot in the back by a missile fired from Jimmy, who is using the exo-suit. Jimmy manages to finish off the OMAC, although not before Jimmy sustaining wounds and falls to the floor, while the fallen OMAC transforms back into Nelson. Paul rushes to Jimmy's side, assuring him that they will get help. A dying Jimmy reminds Paul that he always owed him for getting him paroled, and asks to tell his wife and son that he loves them. With his last breath, Jimmy says how good he felt to be able to walk again. Paul is greatly saddened and takes out his police badge as he decides to retire from the police force.
In the present, Paul reach for his continued story article; however, he is stopped by a nurse, where he had been recounting his story the entire time. She tells him that it is time for him to go to sleep, to which he reluctantly agrees, despite him saying that there is more to tell. The nurse tells him that it is the exact same story every night, and that she is heard it so much she knows it by heart. He claims it is true, to which she also agrees, if it is true as those told by the other residents. As the nurse tucks him in after he takes his pills, she reminds him of the visit by Diana and her family tomorrow. The nurse, on her way out, muses that at least he still has his dreams, to which Paul, drifting off to sleep through replies "And what dreams they were, Peggy's darling. What dreams they were....." Before Paul fell asleep, the scene pans to a clear plastic case bearing the original Atom's business card that Paul kept decades ago, with the note that thanks Paul for saving his life.
Appearing in "Snapshot: Redemption!"
- Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett) (Dies)
- Justice League of America
- Oracle (Barbara Gordon) (Cameo)
- Thomas M. Kord (Cameo)
Synopsis for "Snapshot: Redemption!"
While he is investigating the events that led to the discovery of Checkmate and his eventual demise, the Blue Beetle reflects on his life, on the events that led him to become a superhero, and about his career as a crime fighter.
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