Mysteries of Science was a one shot/miniseries that served as a backstory for the Order prequel. Here we learn that Detectives Rose and Lopez were going through the findings of the Westbrook shed during Lopez's search for Fritz Barton. They came across an old projection reel that were missing episodes of an old children's educational series titled, "Mysteries of Science". The history of the show revolved around it's unscheduled cancellation in the 70's and how five of it's last episodes disappeared from existence along with the crew that worked on it. We discover that the episodes revolved around the fall of Atlantis, the arrival of the Martians, and the disappearance of the Mayans, as well as the Shadowclub Army's formation. Towards the end of the series we learn that the Order of Luminous Light had stepped in and actually filmed the execution of the show's creator at the hands of Lilith.
In the first official installment of the Shadowclub Karma story, we get a brief history of Dracula's past as Vlad the Impaler before shifting back to the present day where we meet Professor Victor Van Helsing giving a lecture on the Crystal Skulls to his Ancient Artifacts class. Fritz Barton enters as the class is dismissed and informs the Professor that he has located the Skull of Doom and he plans to study it up close. After the Professor tries to convince him of how dangerous that would be, Barton ignores his warning and informs him that if he wishes to join him, a plane would be in place to fly him to the site where his crew were already touched down and hard at work. After he leaves the class, the Alpha Skull's eyes begin to glow red. This is referred to as "The Calling" which is the alert from the spirit realm for the Shadowclub Army to come together. We shift our attention to each member of Shadowclub Karma as they get the call from their chosen hiding places around the globe, ending with The Creature from the Black Lagoon teleporting himself to the Frankenstein houshold in Russia where an ancient Japanese Temple erects itself in the front yard. The doors open and out comes legions of Demon Ninjas. Several hours later, at the Van Helsing Estate, Victor Van Helsing packs his bags to head down to Mexico City to hopefully stop Barton from removing the Skull of Doom. He is interrupted by Dracula, The Mummy, and The Wolf Man who appear at his doorstep ready to join him in battle. The final shot shows the inside of the Demon Temple with The Dark Goddess Lilith who has teamed up with another member of the Council of Seven Devils, Mao. The Devil who is responsible for the Temple's rising...
This mini series bridges the gap between Vol. One and Two. We follow Detective Mike Sims, a close friend of Detective Rose from the previous Order installment. We learned that Detective Rose has left several clues behind for Detective Sims to follow in the event of his demise. These clues would bring him closer to Fritz Barton, who we learn has gone missing. We find that Westbrook has escaped the mental health facility with the help of the Desk Clerk from Chapter Four of Order, who turns out to be a member of the Order. It was planned for her to allow Detective Lopez access to Westbrook. Westbrook and the clerk, identified as Chelsea Pepper, are held up in a house in a Denver suburb, awaiting further instructions from the Order's church. As Pepper begins to have second thoughts, Westbrook wastes no time killing her. Detective Sims continues his hunt which leads him to an old shack around the outskirts of Denver where a man named John Burke is held up. He is identified as Shadow One, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire, and site runner of the Shadow Pages tumblr site. After learning that Westbrook is Burke's brother, the two team up to search for Fritz Barton, leading them to the Order held up in their local church. The head of the church, the Reverend Pope Brown informs them that the truck that Sims and Burke hijacked to get there housed Westbrook, unbeknownst to them. He also informs them that Fritz Barton is where he "needs to be" and is a very important player in their mission to conquer Heaven and Earth, for he is "The Light". The body that will house Satan's spirit. The reverend also informs them that the Westbrook/Barton bloodline is one and the same. When realizing that Westbrook was really in the back of the truck, the two flee to retrieve him, but he has vanished, as did the rest of the church members. The tale ends with Burke and Sims realizing that Barton is headed for the Skull of Doom and they must contact the Shadowclub Army to warn them...
Finally, we arrive at the second installment of the official Shadowclub Karma comic, where Fritz Barton arrives early to the site in Mexico City to learn that a few of his crew members have died trying to retrieve the Skull of Doom from its holding place. Barton is informed that there were voices coming from inside the Temple of the Skull that were specifically calling to HIS name. Barton enters the temple to find apparitions of his dead wife, the man he killed in the prologue, and himself waiting on him inside. We switch back to the Van Helsing Estate where Victor Van Helsing is explaining to half the Shadowclub Army that the other Van Helsings would not be joining them due to their sudden disappearance and before he could explain that Barton was on his way to the Skull of Doom, The Creature from the Black Lagoon teleports in to take them to the Russian Mountains to battle Mao's Demon Ninjas. Back at the site of the Skull of Doom, Satan finally posses the body of Fritz Barton and quickly proceeds to kill his entire crew, while on the other side of the world, Van Helsing and the Shadowclub Army battle the Demon Ninjas. During the battle, The Mummy gets a message from the spirit realm that Barton has unleashed Satan right before he is sucked into the gaping portal to Hell and Van Helsing and The Creature from the Black Lagoon teleport to the temple to stop him, but they are just in time to catch Lilith, who had teleported there herself, opening a gate to Hell to escape to. The Creature from the Black Lagoon teleports Van Helsing back to his estate and dives in the gate right before it closes after Lilith. The Creature from the Black Lagoon arrives in Hell and comes face to face with Shadowclub Brimstone who are holding The Mummy hostage.
So where do we go from here...?
Summary: The two Shadowclub crews face off in Hell, The Van Helsings go on the hunt for Fritz Barton, and we dive head first into The Reptilian Agenda!
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