"Pragmatic Realities": On the dream plane, Special Agent Shadrach points a gun at Professor Nicodemus Hazzard. Hazzard, an expert on this plane, transforms himself into a Chakra warrior and slices Shadrach to pieces. However, Shadrach pieces himself back together and says that he can exist o
- By killing our dreams, the dream of freedom that should be a birthright of every American, we are slowly killing our souls, our national character. Doesn't that demand some recompense?
Appearing in "Pragmatic Realities"
- The National Interest (First appearance)
- Brother Raven (In a vision)
- Church of the Holy Sepulcher (rubble)
Synopsis for "Pragmatic Realities"
On the dream plane, Special Agent Shadrach points a gun at Professor Nicodemus Hazzard. Hazzard, an expert on this plane, transforms himself into a Chakra warrior and slices Shadrach to pieces. However, Shadrach pieces himself back together and says that he can exist on the dram plane and in reality at the same time; he is an entity, so he cannot be destroyed. Shadrach shoots Hazzard and then chases him through the dream plane.
In New York City, Jim Corrigan visits Father Craemer at the remains of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Craemer has joined the Episcopalians and is now at a progressive church in New Jersey where he is less likely to get into trouble for speaking his mind. Jim explains his problems with Shadrach and says he's worried that everything—all existence—is just delusions of his mind. Craemer points out that Jim doesn't have a body and therefore cannot experience any of the five senses. Thus, Jim experiences reality directly. Craemer encourages Jim to re-examine his mission: "Lives are not the only things that are being murdered right now—so are hopes and dreams and the ideals this country was built on." As Jim contemplates this advice, he senses that Professor Hazzard is in trouble.
The Spectre bursts into Professor Hazzard's hotel room, where the professor (who is still sleeping) is about to be shot in the head by Shadrach. The Spectre throws Shadrach out onto the street. The Spectre then enters Hazzard's soul to find answers. In the dream plane, the Spectre grabs Shadrach. In reality, the Spectre grabs the other version of Shadrach. He smashes the two together and destroys them. The Spectre then tells Hazzard that Shadrach may be gone, but those that sent him—the National Interest—remain, and they will be seeking pieces of the talisman. The Spectre vows to confront this evil.
Elsewhere, a mysterious group of hooded men bring forth a new vessel to serve the National Interest. They recreate Shadrach.
To be continued...
- This is part three of the long story arc, "The Haunting of America." It concludes with issue #50.
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