By air and by sea the Jet City Defenders raced toward a confrontation with the indolent youngsters of The Young Blackstones, Alchemy aboard a stolen mega-yacht. The JCD now knows that using the dark powers of the occult, along with stolen technology, the Blackstone children have been collecting more and more power, sacrificing innocent people in the process. Even more troubling, is the hostage held onboard the Monkey Business II, none other than Mastermind’s faithful assistant, Raul Butler, Seneshal, whose life hangs in the balance.
The ship, full of the angry ghosts of the sacrificed club-goers, site of the dark rituals used to give the teen Blackstones their power, has another visitor, the sea-bound JCD squad finds: Blackjack, waging a one man war against the men of Alchemy. Dreadnought, Natalia Petrosian, Binary, Milo Farley and Nathan Geo, Soul Shadow join in the fight on the foredeck, while up above on the helapad, Mastermind and Millie Thomblin, Hippolyta go head to head against the women of Alchemy. Both fights are brutal, resulting in a pint-sized Milo, one Blackstone sent to the bottom of the sea tied to an anchor chain, and more than one Blackstone consumed by the hell-vortex commanded by SoulShadow.
With Alchemy on the ropes however, something unexpected happened: One of them made a call to Gold Blackstone, intercepted by Mastermind. Gold and Mastermind made a devil’s bargain. The life of his assistant, Raul, and the Blackstone family’s continued silence about Mastermind’s true identity, as well as the Blackstone’s being banned from Seattle, for the end of hostilities toward the family by the JCD, and their leaving the ‘salvaged’ ship immediately. Fearful for Raul’s life, Mastermind agreed, and the JCD, and Blackjack begrudgingly left the ship, passing the Coast Guard on the way back, but not before Binary revealed she could call a demon to intimidate Blackjack to leave the situation peaceably – perhaps the same demon responsible for aiding her father, Victor Petrosian, The Seattle Butcher in an earlier killing spree. Deep in the hold within the ship, Hippolyta destroyed the ritual table where Alchemy was draining the energy of it’s vitims, and got a nasty shock: The interruption of the ritual being performed on Raul before her arrival came with a side-effect: 30 angry ghosts bound themselves to her mind, whispering and cajoling their secret urge for revenge into her mind.
Upon returning with the wounded Raul in what didn’t quite feel like a victory, Mastermind met with the mayor, Mayor Greg Dimes and agreed to cover up the rocket attack over Seattle’s port as an illegal firework display. Milo wasted no time attempting to purge the ghosts from Millie’s mind, and managed to detach 15 of the 30 from her, where they took up managing the occult library at King’s Street. Special Liason Arland Standley was at King Street Station as well, with more ‘good news’. 30 children around Seattle had gone missing that very same night, dragged into the shadows beneath their beds.
It looked like the future held little rest for the Jet City Defenders!