Prime arrives to save Hardcase from a killing blow. While Prime battles NM-E on his own, Hardcase's body lays on the beach. The Alternate arrives to heal Hardcase and informs him about some special properties of his ultra ability, including the facts that sea water can heal him and he doesn't need air. Meanwhile, Prime finds NM-E to be stronger than he anticipated. Prime's protoplasmic shell eventually dissipates and it seems that NM-E is about to kill the teenager that is really Prime when Hardcase arrives to save him. While not complete healed, Hardcase is in fighting shape and vows to not stop until NM-E is destroyed. Meanwhile, Hardwire is saved by a mysyerious person in Hardcase's burning house. Rex Mundi also figures out that the Alternate directly intervened to save Hardcase's life and ponders on it.