In Westmoreland County, Virginia, special agent Trey Thompson investigates the brutal murder of a fifteen-year-old girl named Jennifer King. Having researced this particular serial killer's record, Trey follows the trail - a trail that unfortunately leads him back to his own house. Entering his home under the costumed guise of Mister America, he discovers that the killer has slaughtered his wife and daughters. Trey reveals his secret identity to his fellow F.B.I. agents.
In New York, the Flash, Green Lantern and Wildcat - three of the original members of the Justice Society of America, discuss their plans to reform the group. Alan and Jay pour through photos and dossiers, but Ted has little interest in interviewing new members. For this retired boxer, the best introductions are made "in the ring".
In Philadelphia, the hero known as Damage is involved in a street brawl with a hate-mongering villain named Rebel. Damage is sporting a new costume reminiscent of that once worn by his biological father, Al Pratt, the first Atom. Damage is able to defeat Rebel, but with serious collateral damage, including the patrol car of the officers on the scene. They blame him for damaging the car, but Damage throws the car aside, only to be caught by Hourman and Liberty Belle. Damage knows that they're here to offer him membership in the JSA, but meets their offer with disdain. However, when the two cops demand to know who is going to pay for their car, Hourman tells them to send the JSA the bill. Reluctantly, Damage goes with them.
In Richmond, Virginia, Mister America conentrates on solving his family's murder. He discovers that their killer is a metahuman named Catalyst. At the same time, Mister America recieved a call from his younger brother, begging for help, only to be cut off. Heading for his brother's apartment, Mister America discovers that Catalyst has murdered his brother and sister-in-law. He snares Catalyst with his whip and demands to know who hired him to murder his family.
At Harvard University in Cambridge, two more members of the JSA, Mister Terrific and Power Girl, show up to recruit another new member - Maxine Hunkel. Maxine is the granddaughter of Abigail "Ma" Hunkel, the original Red Tornado, and appears to be a metahuman as well, gifted with the power of wind manipulation. Upon hearing the offer, Maxine is overjoyed at the chance to become a part of America's first super-hero team. Her unbridled enthusiasm almost prompts Power Girl to rescind the offer.
In Opal City, a new Starman flies to the rescue, saving dozens of lives after an explosion at the Opal City Power Plant. Unlike his predecessors however, this Starman appears to have only a slight grip on his sanity. After performing several heroic feats, he retires to his room at the Sunshine Sanitarium. Doctor Mid-Nite and Stargirl arrive and ask him to become part of the Justice Society of America. He accepts their offer, and they bring him back to the team's new headquarters in Battery Park, New York.
Later that evening, Alan and Jay take Ted aside and bring him to Brooklyn. They stand outside of a brownstone whereupon they see a young boy exiting the building. Alan tells him that the boy is Ted's son, Tom.
Meanwhile, Mister America, having concluded his fight with Catalyst arrives in New York. A hidden menace attacks him from behind. America is able to escape, but is seriously injured. Mister America manages to make his way to the JSA's brownstone, in an attempt to warn them, only to fall through the glass doom in the roof and land on their meeting table — dead.
First Appearances: Jeff Graves (an F.B.I. agent); Jennifer King (a young woman); Jessica Jensen (a news reporter); Maxine Hunkel (Ma Hunkel's grand-daughter); Mister America (Trey Thompson); Mueller (a Federal agent); Tom (Wildcat's son)
Final Appearances: Jennifer King (dies off-panel prior to the beginning of this issue); Mueller