The Trenchcoat Brigade #4
Writer : John Ney Rieber
Artist : John Ridgeway
Still sore from their recent experiences of each each other's private hells,
the four errant members of the Trenchcoat Brigade, confront Pyotr about the events
which led to the extinction of the human race. Still visibly upset by the
by the secrets of Doctor Occult's past, The Phantom Stranger comes dangerously close to
killing the guilt stricken Pyotr before he can reveal the fate of the world.
With Pyotr's head returned to his body, the four Magi bear witness to M'Nagalah's consumption
of mankind. The Brigade, along with Pyotr, travel back in time to near present day Chernobyl.
Here we see how Elliana harnessed the guilt held in Pyotr's heart to unleash the
corrupt God M'Nagalah upon the earth. The Brigade struggle in vain to contain
the God and only the timely diversion of the older Pyotr saves them, as he severs both Elliana's
link to M'Nagalah and his younger self's head.
Separated from the dark God, Elliana recognises the error of her actions and burns the Book
Of Ending. The God M'Nagalah desperately submerges itself in Mister E, recognising the
great guilt within him. As the remaining members of the Brigade debate the wisdom of dispatching
their now comatose colleague, Rose (now dominant over Doctor Occult) explains how her experience of
Mister E's hell has led her to believe that he is capable of overcoming M'Nagalah.
As Mister E regains consciousness he appears to have come to terms with his guilt, abandoning his
guise and returning to his former self of just plain old Erik.
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