Ten years after his forced exile from his new home, John Carter of Virginia finally returns to Barsoom. In searching for his lost love Dejah Thoris, he clashes with new and vicious enemies in the Plant Men, the Holy Therns, and the Black Pirates of Barsoom, and discovers the horrifying truth behind the religious hierarchy of the red planet when he comes face to face with the goddess Issus herself.
After their victory over the Fire Nation in the North pole, Aang, Katara and Sokka venture into the Earth Kingdom seeking an earthbending teacher, discovering Toph, a young woman who has mastered the style despite her blindness. Together they make their way to Ba Sing Se, where Prince Zuko and Iroh, on the run after the siege of the Northern Water Tribe, have taken refuge. Meanwhile, Fire Lord Ozai dispatches his daughter, the sinister Princess Azula, to track down her renegade brother and uncle, capture the Avatar, and drape the Fire Nation banner over the Earth Kingdom capitol.
In a possible future time: Superman has abandoned humanity, and the Justice League has disbanded, leaving Earth to suffer the pointless battles of a new generation of super-powered beings, fighting only for their own glory and lust for violence. Norman McKay, a pastor granted terrifying visions of an impending catastrophe, is called upon by The Spectre to bear witness to worldwide events leading to the calamity, and ultimately make a choice that will lead either to mankind's salvation or destruction.
While on business in Southeast Asia, Japanese salaryman Rokuro Okajima is kidnapped by the Lagoon Company, a fierce band of modern-day pirates who "sometimes break the rules to put food on the table." Dutch the Boss; Vietnam veteran, tough and intelligent. Benny the Mechanic; easy-going computer expert. Revy the Two Hands; foul-mouthed, trigger-happy, and always eager for bloodshed. Cut off from his safe, predictable life in Japan and left for dead by his employers, "Rock" joins the team.
A researcher for the United Nations Postwar Commission Report compiles an "oral history" of the worldwide conflict with the walking undead. Tracing the crisis from its origins in rural China to the climactic showdowns at Yonkers and the Hero City, the catastrophe that came to be known as World War Z is told from a human perspective rather than simply a historical overview.
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