The hunt for an antique battery forces Lifeline, Gibraltar, Octane and Pathfinder to confront their pasts, as families are reunited, secrets are uncovered, and their loved ones are taken hostage! But who's the real villain in this story? You only think you know...
"I’ll make it quick. One swing. You won’t feel a thing."
Psych! You thought that was the beginning of the story? It’s actually the middle… but it’s super-dramatic, so you want to stick around, don’t you?
HAH! Che says I’m a terrible storyteller. That I “meander”. It’s “frustrating”. Who’s meandering now, hermana? Wait, what was I saying? RIGHT.
Our story actually starts…
...with a coupla boring MRVNs.
"Bruddah hasn't left his side in days. Thinks it's a dead relative or sumthin'. Dumped, and now this. Wish we could power it on to cheer him up."
"So why don’t we?"
"That model’s from last century. Got a battery pack that old lying around?"
"I ... know a guy. Darion Che."
"Chica, NO-- OW!"
"Silva! Yuh still playin’ with that knife after I told yuh--"
"Darion Che? The drone guy?"
"Also my father, and a fool who collects antique robots. Chevrex is hostin’ a charity event down in Malta tonight. We could swing by and grab that battery pack."
"I’ll tag along. Do cops ever attend these events?"
"Why, Makoa? Yuh wanna report a crime?"
"Somethin’ like that."
"Well, glad to have ya along, “bruddah”.."
"You’re not goin’ without me! You can’t jump into a tank full of tiburones y serpientes without someone to pull you out. Tonight… I’m your lifeline. ¿Me entiendes?"
"Loud and clear. Polish your grapple, Path, ‘cuz we’re goin’ to a party!"
"What are yuh wearin', Gibby?"
"I could tell you. But I’d have to kill you…"
Does he kill her? Does Pathfinder die? What’s Gibby’s big secret? I already know, but you gotta wait. Hah! Waiting sucks, right?
Come back next week and maybe you’ll see what I look like without goggles on…
Check us out...
"The Apex Legends are hittin’ the town!"
"Find my parents, get the battery, and we’re out."
"Don’t have to tell me twice."
"Thank you, friends. I was down. Now I’m down but I look fancy."
Blah, blah. Lots of lame-o talk while we go through security. BORRRRRING... oh wait. You gotta see this. The people may suck...
...but check out this view!
"See ‘em, Ayj?"
"Yeah, yuh just follow the narcissism. Ri-i-i-i-i-ight..."
Darion: "...Father invested in Peck Labs, of all places. He’d take myself and Silva there after preschool. We were hellions. trashing every room in the lab."
Darion: "I can hear them callin’ after us: “Duardo! Darion! Darion! Duardo!”"
Cherisse: "The woman in charge... Reeves or something...hated children."
"She could learn a t’ing or two from yuh, Ma."
Vomit. No, really. I’ll fill you in, but you gotta see this first...
Nik: "I’m outside thinking ‘he’s not stupid enough to come here.’ Guess I misjudged you. Again."
"Don’t be mad!"
Nik: "If I wanted to see you--"
"I know...Nik. I know."
Ooh, that’s Nik! The ex! But amigos, things are getting even crazier on the roof...
Creighton: "...but for a phoenix to rise, a sacrifice must be made. As for all the citizens inside the museum, their deaths will usher in a new world order where-- who the hell are you?"
"Hi, friends! I’m looking for a battery for a--oh dear!"
Yo, this ain’t even the worst of it. But don’t worry. You only have to watch, like, two of us die. Just kidding! Or am I? I could be crying over the deaths of my friends right now. Just kidding, I never cry...or do I?
See? YOU DON’T KNOW!! Yo, I’m the BEST at telling stories, I dunno know WHAT Che is talking about!!
See you fools next week. Boo yah."
"Mother Knows Best"
It’s a real greeting card, ain’t it? Not exactly, amigo. Ajay told me later what really happened here...
Cherisse: "Look happy, or I gut your precious Frontier Corps and leave them scrambling for spare change. Now HUG ME BACK."
Makes Revenant look like the Easter Bunny. Next ten minutes are pure evil, so let’s skip to the important stuff…
Cherisse: "--show up looking like you work on a street corner…"
"Yuh don’t want me here. I get it. I need a battery for a hundred year old MRVN."
Darion: "An R-class? I donated one to the Museum just last week."
"So there’s one in the building now? Great. Tell me where and--"
Darion: "I SHALL NOT! Bands and bloodsports, now it’s batteries? Enough. You belong at home. Not running around the Outlands, blaming us for who-knows-what!"
"Yuh were selling weapons to both sides. Makin’ money off people dying!"
Cherisse: "Shut up. People are staring. It’s not always about you, you selfish, spoil--"
"Ma? Da, are yuh--?"
Darion: "I’m fine. We’re both fine."
"There’s something in the smoke. Is that… Path…?"
Creighton: "Let’s get this party started..."
Yeah, amigo. I know. Dark days, man. I got nothin’...
Rest in peace, Tin Man..
"The Blame Game"
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You want me to tell you if Path’s really a goner?
Well… I can’t. Not yet. First, we gotta rewind. Watch Gibraltar talk his way out of this one…
Nik: "Are you insane?"
"I might be…"
Nik: "Are you stalking me?"
"Huh? No! I just--"
Nik: "What if Michael saw you?"
"Mi-- Michael’s here?"
Nik: "No, he’s not. But he could’ve been!"
Nik: "Is that... Koa, you kept the battleclub."
"It’s called a Patu. And of course I did. You had it custom-made."
Nik: "I forgot I put Little Mouse on there..."
"I really didn’t know you’d be here. It was a gamble. And I’m--"
Nik: "Don’t say it. You’re always sorry, Koa."
"After what I did--"
Nik: "Stop. I won’t relive this with you again."
Nik: "Michael and I are finally on a good path. I can’t derail that."
"I don’t want you to!"
Nik: "But you keep playing “What if--?”... and I need to live in “what is.”"
"Do you really want to close this door?"
Nik: "I have to..."
"Not what I asked."
...nobody said this story had a happy ending.
"The Happy Ending"
I was going to call this “Octane Unleashed”. But maybe that’s a bad idea, considering where I am...
"What… what… what did I have for dinner?"
Nik: "Nothing I can't handle."
"Gibs! What was that?"
"That’s the last time I eat at the Paradise Lounge."
"No, a literal bomb went off. You didn’t see half a building land on us?"
"That’s like an average Tuesday, amigo."
"Looks like mercenaries."
Nik: "Seeing these guys a lot lately. Backup is on its way. Best thing you can do is stay here. Do nothing—"
"Last time I did nothing, I lost everything I loved. I’m not living with that again. Now are you gonna help me get that goon’s armor off, or what?"
Creighton: "Allow me to introduce myself… My name is Creighton Sawtelle. You don’t know that name yet… but you will when I run the Outlands. Now which one of you is Cherisse Che?"
Creighton: "There she is. How was your trip to see Sandringham Kelly on Salvo, Cherisse?"
Cherisse: "Kill me or my family, the Salvonian warlord will be very displeased."
Creighton: "I’m not killing you. I’m killing your friends, while you deliver a message to the Syndicate. They can have Salvo. I want Psamathe. Grant me my planet… or more will die."
"Tell 'em yuhself. We’re not going anywhere."
Darion: "Yes. We are. You stay, Ajay, it’s suicide. Even you aren’t that foolish."
"I’m not leaving these people to die!"
Cherisse: "I keep trying to save you. But you can’t be saved. When they put a gun to your head, remember: this was your choice…"
Creighton: "Kill their daughter first."
Here’s the part where I remind you of two things, amigos. One: just ‘cause I never said the story had a happy ending, doesn’t mean there isn’t one… and two…
...not even death can kill a legend.
And that is how you end a chapter! See you in a week, suckers.
(“Meandering”... meander this, Che… HAH!)
"A Legendary Comeback"
Ever feel your life turn a corner, amigo?
Sometimes you’re blindsided. But sometimes, you can feel it happening. And you take a deep breath and get ready... because you know nothing’s going to be the same again…
Nik: "Statue's public property. You know what you’re doing?"
"Trust me. Last time I pulled this stunt was the greatest day of my life! I lost my legs! One distraction comin' up. Now throw me a frag!"
And throw he did, amigo. Anyway, we’ll get back to me and my right hand later, but first…
"I’ll make it quick. One swing. You won’t feel a thing."
Creighton: "What is taking so long? Did I or did I not say kill the girl?"
"You were faking?!"
"I was bamboozling!"
"Bruddahs, we’re not outta the woods yet."
Creighton: "KILL THEM ALL!!"
"Silva, yuh absolute madman!"
"Here to pull ya out, hermana. Now get out of the way!"
"Toonigh, I’m yur… life… line…"
"Rest up, bruddah. You done good."
"Che? Where… Che?"
"Friend, look out!"
"Last one down and a boom boom."
Nik: "Hey, Koa…"
Cherisse: "We need to talk."
Nik: "Got a sec, Koa?"
Ever feel your life turn a corner, amigos? And you know nothing will ever be the same again? Che and Gibby sure have…
What? What did the narrator mean by that? What changes? The suspense… the anxiety… he’s the most brilliant storyteller there is!
Please… hold your applause ‘til the end… because this ending? It’s a doozy…
There was this old family portrait that used to hang on my wall. The Ches had one too. Ajay and I used to make fun of them all the time.
Our parents looked so miserable. We used to wonder: if you’re so damn unhappy all the time… what was the point? Why even have a family?
"Wrist should be good in about four weeks."
Nik: "Thank you."
"It should have been me."
Nik: "Stop. If it weren’t for you, tonight would have ended much diff--"
"I’m not talking about tonight."
"It should have been me. In juvie. In jail. It was my idea. You were against it--"
Nik: "I’m not reliving this with you."
"Your life was destroyed."
Nik: "Do I look destroyed? Look, you want forgiveness? Start with cleaning up your mess. Stick around for once, instead of running back to S.A.R.A.S. or the Games."
"So… you want me… around? Like… how…?"
Nik: "I don’t know. We could meet for coffee."
"Coffee. Wait, coffee? Just us…?"
Nik: "It’s just coffee."
"Okay. Okay, then. Just coffee."
Darion: "I have the battery. It’s the least I could do."
"And the most yuh ever do. Yuh may be my parents, but yuh no longer my family. That was yuh choice..."
"...and this is mine."
It’s all worth it. Just for that moment. You go, Che.
"Hello, friend! Look! Lifeline has my battery!"
"Let’s see what yuh MRVN friend has to say. Better be good now!"
"We gotta goooooo... before we run into anyone else."
"Like yur pops, O. Least we dodged that bullet."
"Limin’s over, Gibby. Next stop… home..."
I don’t have a mantle. But if I did, maybe I would put up a family portrait. Me and Che. Throw in a couple friends, why not.
Maybe this isn’t the end. Maybe it’s the beginning of a new story… No more bad stuff. Just the good. Wouldn’t that be killer? Wouldn't that be the best ending of all...?
That would be… BUT IT’S NOT! Maybe the REAL last chapter is coming next week… but what else could possibly happen?
ONLY THE NARRATOR KNOWS. THE NARRATOR KNOWS ALL.
(Don’t you get how this works yet? Man, sometimes you’re not too quick, you know that? Good thing you have me around…)
Pathfinder's SRVN MRVN skin makes an appearance in the comic, making it canonical. When it was pointed out that Pathfinder changed his entire body just to go to a party, writer Tom Casiello stated the inclusion of the skin was debated internally. Ultimately, "it's just fun" won over logic and Tom asked people not to dwell on it or overthink it.