"Secrets and Lies": Two years ago, Holden Carver catches a taxi cab to his intended destination until he surprisingly discover that the driver is John Lynch. Lynch calmly informs Carver that the meeting place that he is headed to is compromised and wants news from him. Holden tells Lynch that he
Appearing in "Secrets and Lies"
Synopsis for "Secrets and Lies"
Two years ago, Holden Carver catches a taxi cab to his intended destination until he surprisingly discover that the driver is John Lynch. Lynch calmly informs Carver that the meeting place that he is headed to is compromised and wants news from him. Holden tells Lynch that he is getting closer to being associated with Tao especially for the criminal mastermind to favor him for what he had done for causing the deaths at a Paris embassy, which Holden is perturbed. Lynch, however, is nonchalant for Holden's actions which infuriates the agent. Lynch steadfastly pointed out that innocent people will die under Carver's operation to arrest Tao and only that they will hopefully save more innocent lives in the future.
In the present, Holden and Miss Misery are on a flight to somewhere which Holden doesn't know. During his elevation into Tao's inner circle, he learns more about the violent-obsessed Miss Misery.
About two nights ago, Holden and Miss Misery are tasked with eliminating a Mr. Etcher that the late Steeleye previously control him, and has spoken to several people about Tao. After disposing Etcher's security guards, Miss Misery mercilessly beats Etcher into telling them of the people he talked to. As Misery continues to beat up Etcher, Holden is strangely attracted to her as she appears beautiful when she fights. Eventually the people that Etcher talked to were killed, including Etcher himself by Miss Misery.
In the present, Holden ask Miss Misery about her origin which she quickly refuses. But after a bet on a coin flip, Miss Misery obliges to tell...
Gretchen McDonald was a very normal girl. She is an excellent student and kind to all others. When she got older, Gretchen fell ill and doctors could find no cause for her illness. When she heard a male nurse tell another that her illness was all just in her head, she became furious and kicked him in the genitals. It was the first she ever struck someone.
At this point Miss Misery stop her story as she and Holden have arrived at their destination: Imperial Grove. According to Miss Misery, this is the place where the Secret Monarchy of Earth, who are the "important people" of the world whose history stretches back to the original kings of Europe and America that actually rule the world from behind the scenes and to make decisions that "affect the population at large."
Later Miss Misery continues her story...
Gretchen was surprised to feel better afterward and began to seek therapy, but therapy didn't help either. Finally, an odd idea came to her: she had felt better when she had hurt another. To test this theory she stole a bottle of whiskey from a local store and did feel better. In a short time she let all her morals go and indulged in every sin she could think off, becoming stronger and healthier with each one. That was then that she took the name "Miss Misery".
Holden is instantly repulse of Miss Misery's harsh origins, but Misery is satisfied at the way she is as she already knows that her actions are wrong but she believes that there is no boundary between good and bad. She then questions Holden of who made the "codes of conducts" that they live by, which Holden sarcastically answer, the "Secret Monarchy". Gretchen then reply that he will find out soon.
Appearing in "The Authority: High Stakes (Part 2 of 3)"
- Madorra Chance
- Las Vegas
- Shatterstar Warhead
Synopsis for "The Authority: High Stakes (Part 2 of 3)"
In response to Madorra Chance's "game", the Authority fights her Viceworld army in Las Vegas. The team are successful in fighting the invaders as Madorra Chance observes. She is not concern of the Authority's overwhelming progress as she has a trump card that could even the odds with a bomb known as a Shatterstar.
The Engineer coordinates her team to one of the downed Viceworld ship and acknowledge it possess a Shatterstar Warhead, a bomb capable of destroying half a continent and is already initiating its detonation sequence. She attempts to infiltrate the warhead's system to deactivate it, but is repel by its security system. The warhead then ominously radiates, preparing to explode.
- This book was first published on March 19, 2003.
- The Authority: High Stakes was reprinted in full in The Authority Vol 2 #0 and in The Authority (Vol 5): Harsh Realities.
- The Authority: High Stakes concludes in Wildcats Version 3.0 #8.
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