Joshua Wirtham died of a terminal illness, prompting his brother Elias to pursue a career in medicine to prevent others from suffering the same way. Elias's personal quest changed, however, when he learned a cure had been developed by a drug manufacturer early enough to save Joshua and countless others, but it was held back from market to ensure greater profits for the company. Elias then became the vigilante known as Cardiac, dedicated to punishing otherwise untouchable criminals and businessmen whose actions were technically legal, but morally deplorable.[1]

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