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"The Twilight Man": At the New York Children's Zoo, a monster kills a goat and then kills the two security guards who try to stop him. The next morning, a man wakes up in an alley, sees a goat carcass next to him, and wonders what he did last night.


Quote1 You try it, you pasty-faced son of a bitch, and I'll pound you like a nail! Quote2
-- Jim Corrigan



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Synopsis for "The Twilight Man"

At the New York Children's Zoo, a monster kills a goat and then kills the two security guards who try to stop him. The next morning, a man wakes up in an alley, sees a goat carcass next to him, and wonders what he did last night.

At police headquarters, Captain Taylor informs Nate Kane that he has been assigned a new partner: Jim Corrigan. Kane is furious, and as he begins yelling at Captain Taylor, Jim Corrigan freezes time and explains that Kane has no choice. When Corrigan unfreezes time, Captain Taylor is confused: Kane is now sitting at his desk rather than yelling, and he begins to think his partnership with Corrigan could be fun.

Kane tells Corrigan about his new assignment: Herb Johnson, also known as the Twilight Man, suffers from multiple personalities. Due to a metagene, each personality has a body to match, and every night at twilight, he turns into one of the personalities. Some are benign, but others are killers; Kane asks Corrigan how he'll punish that bad personalities without hurting the good. Corrigan says he'll find a way, and Kane laughs, now convinced that he'll love their partnership.

At twilight, Herb Johnson turns into a monster even scarier than the night before, and kills a scientist at the Warlech Medical Testing Laboratory. The Spectre arrives and tells the monster that he will suffer for his crimes, but the monster then turns into a frightened little girl. The Spectre realizes that the girl is innocent, and decides to pursue the guilty personalities within Johnson's soul.

Inside his soul, the Spectre and Jim Corrigan are torn apart, just as Herb Jonhson's many personalities were separated. Jim meets Herb, the core personality, who informs Jim that he cannot escape unless he reintegrates himself with his other half. Jim finds the Spectre and prevents him from killing the little girl, fighting to bring him under control. Jim succeeds, and the two finally merge and set out to cleanse Herb of the mutated DNA strand that causes his disorder. Despite the resistance of Herb's other personalities, the Spectre finds the mutant gene and destroys it. Herb, now unable to feel his other selves, is angry that the Spectre removed what made him unique; Jim reveals that they are still within him, but he must dig deep to bring them forth, just like every other human.



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