- By all that's unholy, the Enigma Force has given Captain Universe the power to back up his sickening platitudes!
Appearing in "Earth Wars!"
- Colonel Macey
- Time Traveler
Synopsis for "Earth Wars!"
The Microns and Steve Coffin reach the Human Engineering Life Laboratories (HELL) at Cape Canveral, where they find a pitched battle in progress. Steve tells the head of security, Colonel Macey, that their foe is Baron Karza from the Microverse. A force field surrounds the building, and Karza controls Prometheus's robots (as well as Prometheus's body), so the Earthlings have fought a holding action so far. Commander Rann flies to the attack.
Back in the Microverse, Prince Argon, rebel leader Slug, a band of rebels, and a Shadow Priest reach a temple far underground. Argon addresses the rebels: Karza has oppressed the people of Homeworld for centuries while holding out the possibility of immortality to those who follow him. Years ago, though, a Time Traveler appeared to Argon's father and foretold that, although the royal family would fall, it would rise again. The Shadow Priest admits that his order has worked with Karza, but their Life Machines have helped put together the rebellion while waiting for the appearance of their champion: Arcturus Rann. With Karza away, the time has come to strike and strike hard. Argon dons the sacred armor of Dallan Rann to lead the cheering rebels.
Somewhere in space, Ray Coffin asks a Time Traveler what he must do to become Earth's champion. The glowing figure says, "Relax. Trust me. Close your eyes ... and dream!" There is a flash of light ....
Back at Cape Canaveral, Biotron, Bug, and Microtron aboard the Endeavor attack the robots, but a blast from Karza brings them down. Acroyear tries a frontal assault and gets slammed to the pavement. Rann and Marionette, hit by Karza's eye beams, also fall. Rann warns her to retreat. She says, "I'm not giving up the man I love without a fight!" He stutters, "the man you ... love?"
A glow rises from the Prometheus Pit. Captain Universe bursts forth and drives Karza into the ground. They trade punches, energy blasts, and verbal jabs without much visible effect.
Rann finds that Marionette is hurt. A brilliant strategy occurs to him: fly back to the Microverse through the Pit and seal it, thus stranding Karza on Earth. Karza realizes his danger, abandons Prometheus's body, and follows the Endeavor into the Pit. Time Travelers seal the breach in the Spacewall. Ray relinquishes his power and is reunited with his son.
Appearing in "Home Is Where the Heart Is!"
Synopsis for "Home Is Where the Heart Is!"
The Endeavor returns to the Microverse, only to find itself surrounded by the Acroyear fleet. As far as the Microns—and especially Acroyear—know, the people of Spartak are still under the influence of Baron Karza's thoughtwash and loyal to the usurper, Shaitan. An Acroyear ship hails the Endeavor and orders the crew to prepare for towing. They land and step out of the ship to face a daunting array of arms and armor.
Baron Karza also returns to the Microverse, only to find himself surrounded by his own fleet. Major D'Ark gives him a status report. Karza orders the fleet to set course for Spartak.
"HAIL, PRINCE ACROYEAR!" the Acroyears shout (Karza lifted the thoughtwash in issue #4; Shaitan now languishes in the Judgment Tower). Acroyear meets his wife, Cilicia, and everyone goes to the palace.
On Homeworld, the rebels close in on the Body Banks. Units of large Phobos open fire on them, but the Shadow Priests melt them, apparently by magic.
The Acroyears hold a war council. Before they can formulate a strategy, however, Karza's fleet arrives. Within minutes it wipes out half the Acroyear fleet, and then it begins bombarding the planet. D'Ark observes that they need not land to defeat the Acroyears, who are superior in hand-to-hand combat. Cilicia reaches the same conclusion. Acroyear says, "then they must be made to land!" and makes his way to the Crystal Chamber beneath the palace. The Microns, not to be left out of the fray, climb into wing fighters and boost into orbit. Biotron stays with the Endeavor. Karza relishes the coming slaughter.
Cilicia tries to warn Acroyear against merging with the Worldmind. It's only a legend, no one really knows what effects it may have on him. Acroyear says that the Worldmind "can only be wielded by a king ... and by accident of birth, I am a king!" With that he places himself between two crystal pillars.
Karza appears atop his flagship and taunts Arcturus Rann. Rann goes after him, full speed, guns blazing, and pancakes on a force field. Marionette screams ....
Biotron offers the Endeavor to Cilicia to carry refugees. She says there will be none: "the Worldmind has called together our entire race—the dead, the living, the yet-to-be-born!" Below the palace, Acroyear cries out; he is becoming the Worldmind ....
Appearing in "Defeat!"
Synopsis for "Defeat!"
Karza, atop his flagship, holds up Rann's limp body. Marionette aims her fighter at Karza but is shot down by a missile from his midsection; his detachable gauntlet drags her in. Microtron hears her yell and turns his fighter toward the flagship. Bug jumps off Microtron's fighter to attack a Phobos; his rocket-lance ignites its fuel pods and he's caught in the explosion. Microtron hears him yell and (unaccountably ignoring Marionette) flees to the surface of Spartak.
Karza, now inside the ship, throws Marionette against a wall and tells her she's not worth further abuse. He has what he came for: Rann. Major D'Ark reports. Karza says that he's returning "to Homeworld to pry the secret of the Enigma Force from Commander Rann."
The last of the Acroyear fleet goes down. In the palace, Shaitan suggests that Cilicia surrender, but she scoffs at the idea: death is better than slavery. Below the palace, Acroyear has melded physically with the Crystal Chamber and mentally with the very planet. His face appears on the viewscreen of D'Ark's ship, but D'Ark dismisses it as some kind of trick.
Back on Homeworld, Karza finds the rebels burning his Body Banks and freeing his prisoners. The appearance of his ship gives heart to his Dog Soldiers, who regroup and prepare to put down the rebellion for good.
The Worldmind of Spartak joins the battle against Karza's fleet. Giant boulders fire into space, forcing the ships to move in. Cliffs rise from flatlands. Magma jets upward from rents in the surface. Chasms open up and swallow ships whole.
As bad as it looks, D'Ark knows he can expect worse if he returns to Karza without the victory. He orders his troops to massacre the Acroyears.
But the Acroyears have the Dog Soldiers right where they want them. No one beats an Acroyear in hand-to-hand combat. The Surface War of Spartak is bloody but brief.
Cilicia, according to Acroyear tradition, passes judgment. When D'Ark is brought before her, he begs for mercy. "We are soldiers—merely carrying out the orders of Baron Karza." She gives him the only mercy he deserves: a quick death.
Acroyear passes Shaitan on his way to the throne room and says, "From this day forward, I have no brother." He thinks, when he was part of the Worldmind, "I found myself desperately desiring peace! How then can I lead? How can I be king?"
Biotron realizes that he has lost his telepathic link with Rann. It could mean that Rann is dead ....
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