|Young Justice #54|
|March 31, 2003|
|Written by||Peter David|
|Cover by||Richard Horie, Tanya Horie, Todd Nauck, Lary Stucker|
|Pencilled by||Todd Nauck|
|Inked by||Lary Stucker|
|Colored by||Tom McCraw, Digital Chameleon|
|Lettering by||Ken Lopez|
|Edited by||Eddie Berganza, Tom Palmer Jr.|
|Previous Issue||Robin #112|
|Next Issue||Robin #113|
Things go from bad to worse as Robin relates the events of the Secret's descent into darkness. She begins to enact revenge on all those who have wronged her throughout her young life...and last on her list are her Young Justice teammates! Can the Boy Wonder get help before it's too late?
Summary of Stephness: Secret's inner turmoil has been pushed to the limit when her friends try to stop her after she broke her father (condemned to death row for murdering her evil brother) out of jail. As a result, she was manipulated by Darkseid and joined him. After a couple weeks, she's returned to take revenge on all the people she feels have wronged her. After she goes after the DEO, a lab that had captured her, tortured, and experimented on her in the past, Robin realizes in a panic that she would eventually get to Stephanie.
He calls Spoiler up, asking her if she remembers Secret. "Sure, kind of hard to forget someone who tried to kill you. But everything seemed cool between us last time we met."
Robin tells her things might be heating up, and asks her if she would go out of town for a few days. But he's too late, Secret has already appeared to attack Stephanie in the middle of their conversation. Steph immediately rips out some electrical wires, waving the sparking things at Secret and yelling at her to stay back. Secret merely laughs at this, saying she's overcome that weakness.
Steph runs for it, jumping off the roof with her grappling hook, yelling, "Get away! I never did anything to you!" Secret replies, "Oh, you did. You absolutely did. You lived." And she sucks our heroine into her mist, most likely into the abyss, a hellish place between life and death that Secret is a portal to. Robin is screaming Steph's name into the phone when Secret picks it up and says, "Too late," and tells Young Justice she's going after them.
(Note: In the next issue, Robin talked Secret down, and she released everyone she's sucked into the abyss, obviously including Stephanie, with no memories of their experience)
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