"The Eternal Return, Part 5 of 12: Like a House of Cards": Following Fallout's explosion that has killed more than 15,000 people in Washington, D.C., the media continue to report the devastation for weeks, as The Authority became reclusive on the Carrier and hold long meetings. The team has refu
- My name is Henry Bendix, and I'll be making the big decisions from this point on.
- -- Henry Bendix
Appearing in "The Eternal Return, Part 5 of 12: Like a House of Cards"
Synopsis for "The Eternal Return, Part 5 of 12: Like a House of Cards"
Following Fallout's explosion that has killed more than 15,000 people in Washington, D.C., the media continue to report the devastation for weeks, as The Authority became reclusive on the Carrier and hold long meetings. The team has refused to face the media, despite the nation's demand for answers about the destruction of its capital.
During one meeting, members of the team begin to blame each other for the devastation, and in-fighting ensues. Midnighter chimes in, asking the team to consider what it has become. He reminds everyone that Jenny Sparks created the team to protect the world, but to remain neutral in its politics and progression. Instead, The Authority has become its own politic and has ruled the world as dictators, if not war criminals. He also points out Jack Hawksmoor's way of leadership that have brought upon his team. However, Hawksmoor blames Midnighter for the devastation in Washington as he insists Midnighter, with his ability to see every possibility in a fight, should have foreseen the events that led to the explosion, and would have been able to prevent them.
But Midnighter tells the team he thinks the time has come and gone for The Authority. The team has outlived its purpose and should disband. He takes the first step by quitting the team. He packs his bags and orders the Carrier to create a Shift-Door to take him anywhere away from The Authority. A tearful Jenny Quantum intercepts Midnighter before he leaves. Jenny attempts to make her father stay, but he refuses. He tells her he must go, that it's the only way.
Finally, Hawksmoor addresses the public. He says The Authority take full responsibility for the damage in Washington, and has decided to step down from power. An interim government has been assigned and free elections will take place within a month.
Recovered from his injuries, The Doctor has taken to heart with Midnighter's observation that he has become too much of a messiah. He turns his remaining shamanist churches into butterflies, ending his religion across the world.
Meanwhile, U.S. government forces meet to discuss The Authority's dissolution, as well as their own return to power. As the men speak, a man draped in a dark cloak suddenly enters the room via a blue Shift-Door. The man lowers his hood, revealing himself to be Henry Bendix and speaks that he will be "making the big decisions from this point on."
- This book was first published on February 16, 2005.
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