Gayle Corrus was the media darling of the caped community. More famous than her crimefighting exploits were her interviews, gossip, and appearances in supermarket tabloids. Two years into beating up underprivileged youths, Gayle was on top of the world.
Then the Anarchist leveled Brooklyn.
In ten seconds, four million people died. In ten minutes, six dozen superheroes were dead. Among the survivors was Athena, the costumed alias of Gayle Corrus, left with crippling mental scars and the need to go very far away. The battle’s ensuing publicity brought costumed villainy to a sudden stop. Would-be villains lifted their hands and backed out of the game, shocked into pacifism by the genocide committed in their name.
Now Athena is a fading star. Reduced from the cover of Time Magazine and TV tie-ins to being the subject of a college student’s graduate thesis, and a sponsorship from Barbie, Gayle can no longer find purpose in what she does. So when highly advanced weaponry is found in the hands of an incompetently dressed bank-robber, and a supergenius more robot than human approaches her with the offer of taking on a fresh criminal underworld, Gayle is hard-pressed to resist the lure of superheroism.
But while she relives her glory days, bodies are piling up in the streets as an unknown killer claims the lives of retired caped crusaders—stealing their powers in the process. Somewhere in Olympus City, a villain is concocting a plan that could leave the Brooklyn Wastes a kiddy-pool by comparison, destruction that may be too much, even for the legendary Athena.