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  • The end of Astro City #8 "Patterns" is an amazing moment for The Confessor. First, he reveals himself as a vampire - a secret he's kept for over a hundred years, half of which time he spent operating openly as a superhero - by fighting, desperately, with his full speed and strength in front of thousands of people and several news cameras. His opponents are a whole squad of soldiers armed with hologram cross generators, holy-water-squirters, and of course a gatling gun stake gun. After getting staked, he grabs the gun and uses it to take out the mayor, revealing to the world the fact that shapeshifters have infiltrated the planet.
  • Towards the end of the Tarnished Angel arc, former supervillain and Chrome Champion Steeljack has figured out who it is who's been killing low-level supervillains, and only he can do anything about it. Unfortunately, he gets arrested for something he didn't do. He breaks free of containment, then, being hunted all the while, walks across a riverbottom, travels across the country, obtains a jetpack and flies to the headquarters of superhero team Honor Guard. When they don't believe him, he, out of desperation, overcomes the magnetic weapon that can usually defeat him. He proceeds to hijack a biplane, and then confronts the mastermind behind the killings, who reveals intent to murder all the supervillains who he got to join his scheme, then pass it off as an accident so he looks like a hero. This knowledge, and the knowledge that no-one but him can stop it, drives Steeljack to engage in a brutal, epic fight with the villain. Steeljack wins, and thus finally achieves redemption.



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