September 2, 2011
This is part 3 of the three-part storyline, “Darkgods Rampage”. Paragon’s elimination on the moon by the Latimers was just a ruse, as the heroes anticipated it, and Paragon survived. Returning to Earth to rejoin the fray, Synn’s ruse of originality worked, fooling her captors into thinking her harmless as she frees She-Cat and all the sleeping Vault Heroes. The tide begins to turn as the heroe’s battle plan begins to pay off. Nightveil’s magic, combined with the Purple Claw, cleanses the Weir asylum, as Dusty and Ms. V. use Rurian technology to construct a star energy amplifyer to flush out all branches of the interconnected Well Of Souls. The Shroud finally comes face to face with his Dark Gods, and they transform him into a creature like themselves. As the returning heroes settle old grudges with the human villains that had been the Shroud’s captains, The benevolent deity from the Dark God’s dimension arrives to punish them, destroy The Black Shroud, undue all the anomalies in the timestream, and put everything back the way it was. Story by Bill Black, with art by Black, Eric Coile, Brad Gorby and Mark Heike. Guest starring Kuromoko, The Claw, The Clown, Satannus, Singapore Sal, Frightenstein, Cap’n Joel, Dr. Jonathan Weir, Fighting Yank, The Avenger, Yankee Girl, Rocketman and Jetgirl, Catman and Kitten, Crimebuster, Reddevil, Captain Flash, Airmale and Stampy, Richard and Nikki Latimer, Astron and Astra, The Terrorist, Magno, Rad, Azagoth, The Scarlet Scorpion, Green Lama, and Firebeam. With “The Long Good-Bye” text feature by Bill Black, with art by Brad Gorby. Color cover by Brad Gorby and Masrk Heike, interiors are black and white with graytones. Standard comic book format. Printed in 1998.