Goltha unleashes a still-maddened and gigantic Atom against the city, while Krystal Kaa relates to the JLA heroes how Goltha had usurped her world’s throne years earlier by controlling the Atom’s mind and using him as a pawn and weapon. (The Atom had first appeared on L’arra Sha almost a century earlier than his JLA comrades, despite their having journeyed to the micro-world only hours apart.) The Justice League and the Siren Sisterhood plan to steal into the city through the sewers and recover Krystal Kaa’s power-staff, but are stopped when they encounter Kass’andre, wielding the staff against them.
The Hawkman, and the Red Tornado, attempt to stop a giant, rampaging Atom, from murdering the citizens of Ch'Anar. Insane, the Atom blows both heroes into the Si' Lan Ni' Sea. Having made his point, Lord Goltha shuts the Atom's mind down. Princess Kass'Andre pleads with Goltha to let her slay Krystal Kaa, the rightful heir to the thorne. Kass'Andre is in possession of Ikara, Kaa's staff of office, and knows that Kaa will come for it.
Kaa pleads with the Justice League of America, and the Siren Sisterhood, for aid, to retrieve Ikara. The Siren Sisterhood retrieve the Hawkman, and the Red Tornado, injured in their conflict with the Atom, from the Si' Lan Ni' Sea. While they recover, Kaa tells the tale of Goltha's rise to power. Kaa's grandfather, Lord Kaa, had led his people into a new Golden Age of peace. His advisor, Goltha, though, ever kept an eye on the throne. One night, while Kaa was away at his summer retreat, an object fell from the heavens, it 's impact shaking the very foundations of Ch'Anar.
Goltha led his personal guards to the impact site, where they were attacked by a giant man, coated in molten earth. Goltha's forces subdued the giant, who was revealed to be an amnesiac Atom. Through alchemical means, Goltha devised a method of controlling the Atom, using him as a weapon of mass destruction, in Goltha's bid to take the throne. Upon the deaths of Lord Kaa, and his queen, Goltha usurped the throne. Kaa's son, Ikara, as well as the staff of office, was spirited out of the city by Ikara's nurse.
With the staff now in Goltha's possession, he is no longer an usurper, but the true ruler of Kaa's realm. The Justice League of America, and the Siren Sisterhood, agree to aid Kaa in reclaiming her birthright. During their council of war, the Green Arrow notices that the Batman has gone missing. The Batman explores a cavern, in search of a shadowy figure he spied observing them. The Batman encounters a monstrous creature, which immediately attacks him.
The Green Arrow rescues the Batman from a crushing death. Sister Light tames the creature, called "Mule", by the Siren Sisterhood. The Justice League of America, and the Siren Sisterhood, steal their way into Ch'Anar, through the sewers. The Hawkman scouts ahead, running into trouble. By the time the Justice League of America, and the Siren Sisterhood, reach the Hawkman, he has been struck down by Kass' Andre, wielding the Ikara staff.