Issue #1 (January Year Five) - "Apocalypse Now" - Stopping a doomsday cult. Told from the perspective of Paladin and a member of the organization checking on him. Location: Japan
Issue #2 (February Year Five) - "It Takes a Thief" - Gambit, Paladin and some other thieves vying for something. Location: Monaco
Issue #3 (March Year Five) - "Dangerous Minds" - A society of mentally active metahumans is a threat Paladin is hired to deal with. Location: Switzerland
Issue #4 (April Year Five) - "Born on the Fourth of July" - Paladin is hired by the government to kill Captain America, whom he is told has been replaced by an evil agent. Location: America
Issue #5 (May Year Five) - "Enemy of the State" - Paladin is targeted by the US Government for failing in that assignment. Location: America
Issue #6 (June Year Five) - "Apt Pupil" - Paladin must deal with a young protégé of the Taskmaster. Location: Mexico
Issue #7 (July Year Five) - "The Bodyguard" - Protecting someone. Location: Australia
Issue #8 (August Year Five) - "Army of Darkness" - Rogue American soldiers causing trouble. Location: Central America
Issue #9 (September Year Five) - "Chinese Ghost Story" - China and ghosts. Location: China
Issue #10 (October Year Five) - "Heaven's Prisoners" - Trapped in a VR simulation, Paladin experiences life as he wishes it had been with his true love. First hints about his past. Location: Scotland
Issue #11 (November Year Five) - "An Affair To Remember" - Memories of love spurred by his experience with VR, Paladin wants to see the Wasp. Rivalry with Black Knight over Wasp (sort of) - could make for an interesting crossover with Crusaders. (Check with Gow and Harris.) Location: England
Issue #12 (December Year Five) - "A Life Less Ordinary" - Origin
story. Location: America
The latter is the belief of the Dawning of the Day, a small cult based in California. Two of the members of this cult have just borne a son, and as is the custom of the group, have submitted him to test his worthiness to wear the mantle of the Chosen One.
Imagine their surprise when their leader proclaimed their son the Chosen One, and announced that he would be taking care of the boy from then on. Imagine their outrage when the leader told them they must leave the cult and join a branch in New York, lest their parental influence corrupt the boy. Imagine the conflict as they struggle to choose beliefs they have based a life on over what they know to be right.
Imagine that they have taken the boy and set out for New York, believing that if he is the Chosen One, they should raise him, not a fanatical cult.
Imagine that galaxy-wide, the news of the birth of the Chosen One has spread, and envoys are coming to Earth to seek the boy. Some to help, some to harm, some to destroy.
For Todd and Samantha Flynn, the birth of their new child has thrust them into a wider world, and their journey will take them across the universe and back.
Samantha Flynn - A California native, she had a comfortable upbringing amongst liberal parents. Her mother was the classic housewife, as well as being a college professor in the area of comparative religions, and her father worked for an advertising firm as a graphic designer. Her first exposure to the cult came when her mother brought a member home for lunch, as research for her college course. Samantha remembered them in college, and attended a few recruiting sessions. She was a member throughout college, where she studied astrophysics and engineering, hoping to work in the space program. She went to work for a California-based company designing cutting edge spacecraft, and was lucky to be home sick when the Shi'ar launched their attack on Earth's space program, destroying her place of business. She traded that life for the life of her mother, teaching college-level engineering and astrophysics while also preparing for the birth of her son.
Victor Flynn - Samantha and Todd met through the cult, fell in love, and married. Despite having attended the same college, they had never met before. They gave birth to their first child, Victor, on May 1, 2001. The child will mature quickly, speaking by the time he is six months old and manifesting unusual powers by the time he is one. He will use his power to resurrect his mother in the second or third year of the run.
Sharon Hope - Attended school with Victor, and in fact had a very close romantic relationship with him. He proposed after college, and she accepted, but when his mother died and he joined the cult, they started to drift further and further apart until eventually she threw the ring back at him. This contributed in no small way to her later coldness. Now, she is one of the few friends he has left who has no ties to the cult, and she will be drawn into the web to protect the child. She has left Colorado and moved out to Los Angeles.
Warren Holmes - The cult leader, secretly a member of the Enlightenment Foundation who wishes to swerve the Chosen One to their cause. Primary villain, year one.
Bengadi - An alien hunter who has hunted and killed "chosen ones" on every planet. Secondary villain, year one.
The Prophet - An alien who believes as the Earth cult does and will assist the protagonists in guiding the child when Samantha is killed in the close of year one, leading the child to the stars.
Possible Guest Stars
Silver Surfer - The Zenn-Lavians believed the Chosen One would destroy the Universe, and Surfer will be manipulated into attacking the child
Thanos - Believes the child to be a possible tool, and chooses to try and "teach" him in year three of the series
Terrax - Conquers a world that will adopt the religion of the chosen one in year three
Magus - Ignites a holy war against the religion that the chosen one will inspire in year four
Adam Warlock - Serves as counselor to the boy in year four
Year One - Earthbound
Issue Two - Holmes uses his contacts to send word to the Silver Surfer that the child has been born, and makes sure he hears about the evil part of the prophecy. He begins streaking toward Earth to seek out the Flynns. Meanwhile, the Flynns have a big argument, as the past of Hope and Todd is revealed.
Issue Three - Silver Surfer comes after them, and Captain Marvel shows up to defend them. The fight ends when the child telepathically contacts the Surfer.
Issue Four - The Flynns and Hope stop off at the Vault, seeking help.
Issue Five - Bengadi attacks, killing Samantha and being driven off by late arriving Guardsmen. Flynn and Hope decide to move on, unsure of when Bengadi will come back.
The Flynns will be on the run from their former cult leader, and will face religious persecution. They will also learn to cope with power, talking with the Richards about Franklin, and face a hunter from the stars who has come to kill the chosen one. One issue will feature Mephisto trying to turn him evil with Daredevil as his protector.
Year Two - Starbound
Year Three - Temptation
Year Four - Influence
Year Five - Eden