Baptism of Fire
Oliver Queen's gang had degenerated into mindless brutality. What had started
out with good intentions eventually led to abuses of justice. This change
over time as some members of Oliver's gang, including
Bertinelli, 'Black' Canary, and Arthur Curry, became frustrated with the
criminal justice system and decided to take the law into their own hands.
Because of their harsh methods the press dubbed the group 'The Agents of
This change in methodology caused a fracture in the group. The most outspoken
of these changes was Jordan Cross.
Kyle Tippet, and finally with Bart Allen.
Victor Stone was deeply concerned with the drastic measures the group would
sometimes take in deterring crime in Metropolis. Yet he also believed that a
split would destroy everything they had achieved as a group. He regretfully
decided to support Oliver.
Oliver soon saw himself in the middle of a dispute. As a group Oliver's gang had
done some very heroic things. And yet they also did many things that he came to
regret. He hoped to convince Jordan, Kyle and Bart that the good they did
outweighed the bad.
Jordan, Bart and Kyle were unconvinced by Oliver's argument. The press echoed
their concerns. In the course of ridding Metropolis from violence and
destruction they had created even more violence and destruction.
They decided that if they were going to fight crime they would not do it by
breaking the law. Together they headed to Smallville, hoping that Clark Kent
would join their cause.
what he should do. He faced a decision that would change his life forever. He
wondered what advice his father Jonathan would give him. He spent days debating
what to do. He spent many hours on the phone talking to his mother in
eventually became convinced that joining their group, which they referred to as
the Justice League, was the best thing he could do to help humanity, and that
his father would be proud of him.
Bart and Kyle were elated to hear
felt that now they were strong enough to implement some of
for stopping Lex Luthorís continually expanding corporate empire. They began to
conduct a thorough surveillance of Luthorcorp activities, and did whatever they
could to impede Lex's projects.
When Lex discovered that a new supergroup had been interfering with his
and tried to convince him that any suspicions of illegal activity were
to him that Lex wasn't telling the truth.
was also very angry, but he kept his cool. His eyes glowered at
cold fury. He pressed a button and doors opened all around the room they were
out of the darkness
Molly Griggs, Dr. Helen Bryce, Jeff Palmer, and his sister Amy Palmer-
stood up, still glowering at him. He told
or he'd have them all killed, including Clark himself.
friend was now his enemy.
Greer stepped forward.
opened to an exit. Tina told
her kill him. He then turned around and walked toward the exit. From behind
himself Clark heard the sound of laughter. Their laughter echoed in his ears as
he slowly walked away.