The Earth-2 Story Arc
➤ The heroes of Earth-2 were unable to save their world from the destruction of Apokolips and sent their surviving citizens to Earth-1 via vehicles known as arks.
➤ During the exodus, Big Barda's ship of Earth-2 refugees made it safely to Earth-1, and the remaining ships were seemingly destroyed by Apokolips on their way through.
➤ We learn from Emiko Queen (Green Arrow's sister) that the ships believed to have been destroyed by Apokolips did make it to Earth-1, but its inhabitants were captured by Project Cadmus and were subsequently imprisoned on Cadmus Island. The island itself is hidden from the rest of the world in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
➤ Confirmed survivors of Earth-2 include Hawkgirl, Aquawoman, Doctor Fate, Fury, Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Captain Steel, Red Tornado, and Icicle.
➤ With the exception of Big Barda who evaded capture, all the surviving Earth-2 heroes are imprisoned on Cadmus Island for experimentation.
➤ Deathstroke and Fifty Sue are also greatly interested in the Earth-2 superheroes, and recruit Grifter to help them identify which ones have powers. Their interest in the Earth-2 heroes has yet to be revealed.
➤ The Earth-2 heroes themselves do not know what Project Cadmus intends to do with them, though a woman named Rita believes that Cadmus plans to dissect them.
➤ Hawkgirl learns that Fifty Sue has been scaring the imprisoned Earth-2 heroes with rumours of their dissection and dehumanisation. She tells Rita not to take her seriously.
➤ Mister Miracle keeps a projection of himself present in his prison cell to fool the OMACs while he cloaks himself and spies on the Cadmus team to tip off the other Earth-2 heroes on their plans.
➤ We learn from Mister Miracle that the Earth-2 heroes have been implanted with sensors that feed a stream of their bio-data into Cadmus' database, and the sensors themselves are 'growing.' Exactly what that means hasn't been specified.
➤ The Cadmus scientists themselves do not appear to understand what's really happening with the sensors in the Earth-2 prisoners' bodies, or why they are growing. One of the scientists is attacked by an OMAC before he has the chance to find out.
➤ It is revealed that someone (or something) has been messing with the Cadmus systems, and Deathstroke believes Grifter can identify the culprit using his special power.
➤ Grifter is unable to identify the culprit and posits that whoever is messing with the systems is doing so from the outside, not within Cadmus Island as is popularly believed.
➤ Just as Grifter says that last part, the culprit (not shown on page) releases the Earth-2 prisoners, and telepathically 'commands' them to attack the Cadmus scientists, prompting their escape from Cadmus Island. It is also shown that Grifter himself is not immune to being telepathically influenced. (Brainiac?)
Big Barda and Emiko Queen's Story Arc
➤ Following the events of the Apokolips War, Barda escaped to Vancouver, Canada where she works as a volunteer at a soup kitchen to atone for her involvement in a war that resulted in massive casualties between Earth-1 and Earth-2.
➤ The rest of the Earth-2 refugees are treated as invaders by the majority of the Earth-1's population and are also imprisoned.
➤ Native Earth-1 citizens possess (at least in Metropolis) 'Earth cards' to identify them as natural citizens, and to capture any remaining Earth-2 refugees who have evaded capture. It is also learnt that Earth-2 refugees can buy (through a black market of sorts) the identities of their Earth-1 doppelgängers to pass themselves for them.
➤ Emiko Queen locates Barda at the soup kitchen where she volunteers, and recruits her to go with her to Montréal. Her plan is to meet with Lois Lane in Metropolis, believing that she can help them.
➤ Deathstroke and a clone of Fifty Sue locate Barda and Emiko in Montréal, and attempt to capture them. Emiko wounds Deathstroke and subsequently kills Sue's clone, allowing both her and Barda to escape.
➤ Weeks later, Emiko and Barda return to Vancouver to meet with Oliver Queen's friend, John Diggle.
➤ With Deathstroke after both her and Barda, Emiko states that they need to change their plan, rationalising that both Lois Lane and themselves are bound to meet at the same destination: Cadmus Island.
➤ Barda at this point asks for answers. Particularly she wants to know why Emiko needs her and what her plans have to do with Mister Miracle and the Earth-2 superheroes. Emiko reveals that the same man who is holding the Earth-2 heroes captive is the same one who killed her brother months ago. She plans to go to Cadmus Island with Barda with intent on killing him.
Lois Lane's Story Arc
➤ The box of matches leads Lois to the owner of the Wounded Duck pub, who is revealed to be the adult Tim Drake who survived the war with Earth-2. Following the death of the rest of the Teen Titans, Tim retired from his life as a superhero and settled down with a woman named Madison.
➤ Lois then travels by plane to the coordinates specified in her box, and finds herself in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She is unable to locate Cadmus Island--which again is cloaked--and concludes that there is nothing there.
➤ Back in her office at The Fast Lane, Lois activates the green pyramid in her box, which reveals to her the fates of the Earth-2 superheroes. She witnesses the bisection of Red Tornado and learns to her horror that the robot contains the personality and memories of her deceased Earth-2 counterpart.
➤ Lois tries to recruit the masked Superman (later revealed to be Shazam) to help her understand the clues she was given.