|Invasion: Book 3, "World Without Heroes"|
Plot and Breakdowns: Keith Giffen
In an attempt to curry favor with his superiors, a member of the Dominator race has activated a device which will kill all the superpowered humans on earth. This does not affect technological heroes like the Green Lanterns or Rocket Red, nor does it affect heroes like Superman and the Martian Manhunter whose powers are natural. Of course, unpowered heroes like Batman are immune as well. The symptoms are as follows: the victim's powers rage out of control, until he or she slips into a coma, with death the inevitable result.
In Kansas City, Cliff can't help them when Josh, Scott and Rhea are stricken with the above syndrome. Luckily, J'onn J'onzz (the Martian Manhunter) arrives and kayos Josh; Rhea and Scott lapse into unconsciousness.
The ailing superheroes are gathered together at a medical facility, but the best minds of medical science can't stop their decline.
The only solution is to obtain the cure from the Dominators' homeworld. Cliff joins the special team consisting of Rocket Red, Starman, Earth's two Green Lanterns and J'onn J'onzz for the mission.
The team meets up with the Omega Men in space, as well as the Blasters, and enlist their help in the project.
Scott Fisher dies. As far as I know, he is the only superhero to die as a result of the Gene Bomb. If this is untrue, please let me know.
Cliff accompanies J'onn on his secret mission on the Dominators' homeworld, where J'onn telepathically reads the cure in the mind of the Gene Bomb's inventor (in prison). Unfortunately, the team must go back to the Starlag prison camp (whence the Omega Men and the Blasters have recently escaped) to obtain medical technology for constructing a counter-bomb. They do so, and return to Earth with the antidote. Earth's heroes are cured.
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