Crash and Burn
Miguel entered Cyberspace to help retrieve his addicted brother Gabriel.PlotDiscord, with a digital hand-puppet of Gabe's head, mocks his opponent to Miguel. Miguel attempts a fight, but Discord quickly entangles him in his tapestry-like body. He gives Miguel a choice - join me as a sidekick, or die. In the real world, Conchata and Dana fret about the fate of the two boys.Miguel sees an apparition of Gabe. Gabe tries to tell him something, but isn't heard. To stall, Miguel agrees to be a "Sancho" to Discord's "Quixote". Discord tosses Miguel onto a floating "disk drive", and they set off. He takes them to a mountain of data where he locked out the whole online community.Elsewhere, at Stark-Fujikawa, Hikaru enters the room, surprising his staff that he survived the crash from last issue in which Spider-Man saved his life. Hikaru orders attention to their computer issues, backing up and protecting their data. But, more importantly, they must address a matter of honor...Discord reveals his story, telling Miguel on how he was defeated at a cyberspace attack several years ago in an incident called the "Domino Crash". He was apparently left mentally fried by a team of "supreme banktanks", including Mig's brother "Firelight". His motives were deranged. Claiming to have created a time-line prediction program, he determined that civilization would cease by 2112. He thought he would ease humanitiy into it's destruction by crippling cyberspace so the shock of the end of the world wouldn't be so sudden.Invisible to Discord, Gabe's digital apparition appears again, instructing Miguel to "pull the plug". Miguel races away from Discord into a giant wall outlet. Unaware of what's going on, Dana and Conchata swig down a drink. Mig finds a representation of a drain plug. Discord tries to stop him, but Mig pulls the plug, releasing a flood of data. Cyberspace begins to be rebuilt as Discord struggles to disentangle himself from the outlet.