"Part Three: The Perfect Knight Returns": In a flashback to the Terrible Age, when the evil Mordredd the Dead and his Sheeda army ruled over the ruins of Camelot, the unseen narrator relates how the surviving knights of Camelot were corrupted. Seeking a weapon that might drive Mordredd out o
- The bad lady came. I saw the bad lady. And the bad lady bit me.
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Synopsis for "Part Three: The Perfect Knight Returns"
In a flashback to the Terrible Age, when the evil Mordredd the Dead and his Sheeda army ruled over the ruins of Camelot, the unseen narrator relates how the surviving knights of Camelot were corrupted. Seeking a weapon that might drive Mordredd out of their lands, the knights Bors, Peredur, and Galahad aided the Dwarrow men (dwarfs) to construct an artificial Holy Grail - essentially a primitive version of the atomic bomb.
In the present, Sir Justin turns himself into the LAPD, hoping to clear his name and get help in returning home. Because Justin speaks no English and lacks the scientific knowledge needed to explain how he ended up in the present, the police call in two specialists from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Agent Helen "Sky-High" Helligan, the bureau's metahuman specialist, and Dr. Gloria Friday, an expert on antiquities, particularly those from pre-Atlantean civilizations. Investigating Justin's sword, the Caliburn Ex Calibur, Friday tells Helligan that the sword is over 10,000 years old, dating back to the 81st Century BC, then tells her about her theory that civilizations inevitably peak, which explains why the civilization that made the Caliburn has long since disappeared. Helligan, for her part, tells Friday that all she is hoping for is that Sir Justin turns out to be a time-traveler, so that she can get out of the case in time to catch her sister's wedding.
In the interviews, Friday demonstrates an impeccable grasp of Sir Justin's native tongue, but unbeknownst to Helligan, is choosing her words carefully to rile Justin up, telling him that nothing he says will convince Helligan that he is telling the truth. All the while, Helligan attempts to find ways to write off Justin as something outside of her jurisdiction.
Eventually, Justin realizes that Friday is in fact his old nemesis, Gloriana Tenebrae, at the same time that Helligan finally realizes that Justin's words refer to an impending invasion. Gloriana reveals her true form and attacks Justin, while the Sheeda storm the precinct headquarters and capture the Caliburn. The evil queen incapacitates the young knight and then gives Helligan a poisoned kiss. As the LAPD races to save Helligan, and Gloriana receives word that the Cauldron of Rebirth has been located, the queen decides to reunite Justin with his mentor Galahad who, far from being dead, has in fact been transformed into from the perfect knight into a vicious brute...
- This book was first published on June 29, 2005.
- It is confirmed in this issue that Ystina is not Justin Arthur, the Golden Age Shining Knight, having been born some 10,000 years ago, centuries earlier.
- Helligan mentions how it could be that Sir Justin was "preserved in ice". This was the origin of Sir Justin Arthur, the Golden Age Shining Knight.
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