"Life Choices": The Bellwether agent misses his shot on Mindy as she runs away from him. Jenny Quantum appears behind him and subdues him. She then teleports inside Mindy's home where she meets a surprised Mindy and asking her that they need to talk.
- He likes what he does. Breaking bones, the bloodshed... those are the only times his smile feels real. What makes a Midnighter.
Appearing in "Life Choices"
- Jenny Quantum
- Kid Mindy
- Dawn (Dies)
- Spangle (Dies)
- Rosie (Dies)
- Shock (Dies)
- Awe (Dies)
- Jose Delgado (Final appearance; Dies)
- Chip Morris (Cameo) (Final appearance)
Synopsis for "Life Choices"
The Bellwether agent misses his shot on Mindy as she runs away from him. Jenny Quantum appears behind him and subdues him. She then teleports inside Mindy's home where she meets a surprised Mindy and asking her that they need to talk.
Meanwhile, Midnighter awakens to find himself as a prisoner of Anthem - in which Anthem have dismantle his cellular enhancements and prevented from summoning a Shift-Door - and in the presence of a Bellwether in his cell. The Bellwether tells Midnighter that Anthem is not a threat and acknowledge to him that they met before; he unmask himself and reveals himself to be Jose Delgado, formerly Tank Man and underling of Jacob Krigstein.
Back at Mindy's hideout, Mindy and Jenny look over the files of Lucas Trent and it is learn that Midnighter isn't Trent, and that the real Trent had died. Jenny explains to Mindy that the reason he lied to Midnighter of his supposed identity was to give him a life, in which Mindy tells Jenny that Midnighter will not be pleased about this.
Delgado tells Midnighter that he is being kept alive and offer to join Anthem, as a way to keep him alive and knowing about "responsibility". He relates that after the U.N. ceded Indonesia to Jacob Krigstein, Krigstein soon passed away and lost control over the armies of metahumans he had created, which had splintered into a civil war between involving those who saw their powers entitled them to rule over humankind and those who didn't. It ended with the rogue metahumans being killed and leaving those like Delgado to help create Anthem to stop metahuman violence. Midnighter doesn't buy his and his organization's justification given that they purposely facilitate the public's fears to fuel their agenda, in which Delgado digest this as a necessary cause. In response, Midnighter kills Delgado which provokes Anthem to send Liberty One to eliminate him. Upon arriving into Midnighter's cell, Liberty One find their prisoner gone. They then suspect him hiding of all places to be under the bed, and quickly incinerate it. They then pull what to be Midnighter, but actually a disguised and skinned Delgado; Midnighter had disguised himself as Delgado. He surprises Liberty One and eliminates them one by one. He then finds that he cannot call a shift-door to escape.
Anthem's overseers orders a compound sweep for Midnighter. Outside of where they are reveals that their headquarters is Krigstein's former New York headquarters.
- Jose Delgado, formerly Tank Man, first appeared in The Authority #13 as an enemy of the Authority before personally being defeated and convinced by Midnighter into starting a new life with a family, as stated by Midnighter in this issue.
- Jacob Krigstein's New York headquarters appeared last in The Authority #15.
- Midnighter's prison escape is almost similar to in The Silence of the Lambs, in which the serial killer Hannibal Lecter escaped his cell by using the face from one of his killed guards as a mask to fool his handlers.
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