"The Eternal Return Part 6 of 12: Whatever Happened to The Authority?": Three years have passed since the destruction of Washington, D.C. News shows recount the history of The Authority: from their days as Earth's protectors, to the team's celebrity phase, and finally to their phase of governmen
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Three years have passed since the destruction of Washington, D.C. News shows recount the history of The Authority: from their days as Earth's protectors, to the team's celebrity phase, and finally to their phase of government dictatorship. But the question that lingers in the minds of Americans is simple: Whatever happened to the Authority?
The nation's capital has been rebuilt with a memorial for those who died, and the Washington Monument has been reconstructed. Everything has been rebuilt or is in the final stages of construction, but The Authority is nowhere to be found.
Midnighter drowns his sorrows at a bar in Moscow. He then heads out to an alley to bust up a weapons transaction between Russian hoodlums and aliens, who are attempting to acquire a device that obliterates all organic matter within a 10-mile radius. Midnighter kills the Russian thugs. The aliens declare inter-dimensional immunity – which doesn't stop Midnighter from killing them, too, and leaving a bloody mess in the snow.
The Engineer and Jack Hawksmoor live alone on the Carrier. The Engineer enjoys life's bliss by taking the Carrier on a joyride throughout the dimensions. Hawksmoor, still the King of Cities, takes out trivial foes in Tokyo for exercise.
Apollo and Jenny live in San Francisco, and have made an agreement to provide Jenny's services to the government upon her maturity.
At a monastery in Tibet, Swift recommits herself to pacifism and meditation. She has not given an interview in two years, and protects her privacy at all costs.
One night, Apollo visits Swift, and the pair flies around the peaceful Tibetan skies. Apollo invites Swift to The Doctor's memorial service to meet with Jenny, but she refuses to be seen in public.
Rumored to have reverted back to his addictive ways after the dissolution of his churches, The Doctor, whose full name was Jeroen Thorndike, reportedly died of a drug overdose. However, a new Doctor has yet to appear on the scene as it clued from a surprising peace accord between Israel and Palestine, which is unusual, as a new Doctor typically replaces one that dies.
At The Doctor's grave, Jenny and Apollo lay flowers. The press hound them for information on the other former members of The Authority. They ask about Midnighter, in particular. Jenny suddenly disappears. Apparently, her proximity to Jeroen's grave has given her access to The Doctor's Garden of Ancestral Memory. Jenny meets Jeron's predecessor and asks to speak to Jeroen. But to her surprise, she is informed that Jeroen is not in the Garden, which could mean that he's not dead. Jenny frantically returns to The Doctor's grave site to stand at Apollo's side.
In the end, a series of news interview with random people express their opinion on the disbanded Authority, in which some of them, surprisingly, reveal that they missed and favored the team.
- This book was first published on March 23, 2005.
- No special notes.
- One of the people interviewed mentioned of going to "that alternate Earth" is a reference to the "Earth Inferno" story arc.
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