Prisoners locked in indefinite detention.
It's all in the name of national security, or so we’re told. While the government expands its power behind a veil of secrecy, a complicit media remains silent.
As the world continues to spiral, it’s business as usual in North Valley—a sleepy suburb known for little more than golf courses and overpriced real estate . . . until a series of murders casts a shadow over the town.
When Calista Scott investigates the death of her classmate, she uncovers a secret the government has been protecting all along: magick is real.
It's the most dangerous weapon in existence.
And the grimoire her classmate left behind is the equivalent of a loose nuke.
In his twenty-nine years, Matthew Moxon had done virtually nothing with his record-breaking IQ and unparalleled problem solving abilities. Until one morning, after a dangerous fall lands him in the emergency room, he discovers that a tumor is pressing against his brain.
Unable to afford experimental but potentially life-saving surgery, Moxon takes drastic action; he volunteers for Arena Mode: 2041's most vicious sporting event, where thirteen superhumans fight in an urban combat zone for a multi-billion dollar prize.
Moxon is forced to battle opponents possessing ungodly speed, strength, and abilities once thought to exist only across the pages of superhero comics - and he's armed with nothing more than his rapidly-diminishing brain cells.
With the odds stacked impossibly against him, Moxon fights to not only survive the wrath of the other competitors, but to unlock the mysteries buried within the Arena itself.
Thanks to an inoperable tumor pressing against his brain, Matthew Moxon was left with few options for survival. In 2041 his only chance was a multi-million dollar nanotech procedure - a price tag far out of reach until he entered 'Arena Mode': a fighting tournament reserved for super-powered beings where the winner would become one of the wealthiest people on the planet.
Moxon escaped the grueling event with his life, as well as the grand prize, but en route to crossing the proverbial finish line he was forced to kill Sergei Taktarov, a superhuman with a legion of followers who considered him the Second Coming.
He retreats to Northern Canada in search of solace, unaware he'll soon be hunted by religious extremists, bounty hunters, and a dark figure from his past.
Around the globe, superhumans are fighting to the death. One-on-one battles are routinely breaking out in every major city from Toronto to Tokyo, Stockholm to San Francisco. No one knows when or where these battles are going to occur, but the result is always the same: the loser dies, while the winner is escorted away by an unmanned aircraft, eluding authorities.
Unlike the sanctioned Arena Mode events that have occurred in the past, these melees are wreaking havoc in populated downtown areas - demolishing buildings, and leaving civilian casualties in their wake.
As the death toll rises and governments scramble to secure their cities, Matthew Moxon - now trying to live out his remaining years in relative seclusion - is unwillingly dragged back into the spotlight by the mysterious game master who is using the entire planet as his battlefield.
As the Arena Mode Saga thunders to a conclusion, battle lines will be drawn. Friendships will be torn apart. And as Mox, Peyton, Brynja and their allies face the most destructive superhuman the world has ever seen, sacrifices will have to be made - and not everyone will survive.
Failed mixed-martial artist Donovan Cole wakes from a brutal mugging to discover his cuts healed, bones mended – and his assailants still in the alley.
He’d been unconscious for only seconds.
Infused with near-supernatural size and strength he retaliates against his attackers, though his transformation is only temporary.
Searching for answers, Cole finds others like him - a small group able to bend reality for short periods of time. They have a solution to the unreliable nature of their powers: an experimental drug that enables the user to transform at will. And like most drugs, it comes with a terrible cost.