Appearing in "Secrets & Lies"
- Metal Men (First appearance)
- Russian Army
- Nightwing (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Secrets & Lies"
Following the American victory in the Vietnam War, Czechoslovakia became the next American conflict with Russia in 1968, the last war front of World War III. It is where the Russians had overrun the country in a matter of weeks before they had unleashed the deadly Red Tornado chemical warhead near the American Pilsen base which greatly demoralized America's war effort; which furthermore cost the life of another superhero, Captain Comet. However, America received news of the Czech resistance having captured an undetonated Red Tornado warhead that would be transfer to the Americans. It is then that the renown six-man commando unit the Metal Men were sent to retrieve it. The unit consists of their leader Marcus Moore, his lieutenant Schwartz himself, computer hacker and technician Carl Walters (aka Gravedigger), Rey Quinones (aka Lobo), Francis Powell (aka Black Lightning), and John Holliday (aka Hawkman). The Metal Men themselves earned their nickname for being reputedly invulnerable of coming out of missions without any loss or injuries. This said as Soviet troops, along with a tank, abruptly crash into their position while waiting for an informant. The Metal Men neutralize their attackers and are then met by their informant, a female Czech resistance fighter known as Raven who saves Schwartz's life. Moore immediately doesn't trust Raven and heavily suspects that she set the Metal Men up. But Schwartz defends Raven and argues that she saves his life and is the only contact in leading them to the Red Tornado. Moore relents but he is still wary of Raven.
The Metal Men are led by Raven to the sewers where the resistance and Czech refugees are taking shelter from above. Schwartz describes that more than thousands of people were terribly cramped underground and that among them are either sick, dying or already dead. The Metal Men learns from the resistance that the discovery of the Red Tornado warhead was due to a little girl who had inadvertently found it and was greatly injured and blinded from being expose to some of the warhead's chemicals.
Raven leads the Metal Men to an underground tomb and find the warhead itself. Gravedigger examines the warhead and discovers it is completely operational. Upon hearing this, Moore tells his team that there is now a change of plans as he wants the warhead to be reprogram and armed directly at Moscow, in which he believed that destroying Moscow would quickly end the war. This shock the rest of the Metal Men in which Schwartz protest that it will only kill more innocent lives out of the millions in Moscow, and reiterating their original goal is acquiring the warhead that would broker peace between America and Russia. Moore and Schwartz heatedly argues as does to the other members of their team who are also divided on this issue. Eventually the two came to a violent standoff until they are raided by Soviet soldiers, whom they seriously wounded Black Lightning. The Metal Men engage into an intense fire fight until only Moore and Schwartz are left standing while the others are badly wounded. Moore resume his plans on arming the warhead and he and Schwartz continues their standoff as they point their pistols at each other. At the face of this, Schwartz admittedly cannot bear to kill his friend and relents. But Moore otherwise doesn't but only to be shot by Raven and dies in Schwartz's arms.
Schwartz concludes that Moore's body was necessarily left behind while the surviving Metal Men and with help from Raven's resistance had delivered the warhead to American-controlled territory and was used as a bargaining chip in forcing peace with the Soviets and ending the war. The exact account of Moore's death was covered up in which the official report stated that he was killed by a Soviet soldier. After the conflict, Schwartz enter into politics and married Raven, who in turn became the First Lady; John Holliday remain with Schwartz and is his Chief of Staff; Rey Quinones left military service and was left paralyze in a wheelchair due from an auto accident, and is now among the many protesters against Schwartz's administration. As for the others: Schwartz remains unaware that Francis Powell and Carl Walters are members of the shadow government Nightwing, headed by a still alive and scarred Marcus Moore.
- The victimized girl who was harmed by the Red Tornado is implied to be the Tangent Manhunter. And as well mentioning she has a dog named Pooch, Manhunter's robot dog companion.
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