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An expert assassin and a minion of Darkseid, Dispatcher was sent on a mission by Darkseid to retrieve Anne Flaherty, a woman on Earth who possessed within her, a piece of the anti-life equation, which Darkseid wanted. He laid out specific instructions for Dispatcher to bring the woman back alive, for he could not extract the secret from her if she was dead. Dispatcher was informed that he either returned with the woman, or he didn't return at all. Dispatcher promised and pledged his continuing existence to the completion of the assignment he had been given.
Meanwhile, Highfather had sent Orion and Lightray on a similar mission, to protect Anne Flaherty from Darkseid, to keep the secret locked within her away from Darkseid.
Unfortunately for all involved, Anne Flaherty has just recently been struck and killed by a drunk driver named John Elliot.
At the hopsital where John Elliot had been taken for minor injuries he sustained during the accident and where Anne Flaherty's body had been taken, a confrontation ensued between Dispatcher and Orion. Dispatcher was easily overpowered, but when Orion learned that Dispatcher was simply there on a mission to retrieve Flaherty for Darkseid and that he had failed in his mission, he let Dispatcher live, knowing that Darkseid would take care of him.
Fearing for his life Dispatcher sought the aid of Desaad. The two of them spied on Lightray, Highfather and Metron as they discussed bringing Flaherty back to life. Metron had given Lightray a device which, through the same way Darkseid was able to revive the dead, would revive Flaherty. They realized the opportunity Dispatcher had laid out in front of him and he headed to Earth to intercept Lightray and revive Flaherty himself.
At the funeral home, Dispatcher attacked Lightray from behind and stole the device. As he was about to revive Flaherty, Orion interrupted and stopped him. Another confrontation between the two ensued. Using the device, Dispatcher was able to raise the dead from the ground in the cemetary by the funeral home to distract Orion. He then went inside and used the device on Flaherty. What he didn't realize, was that because Flaherty possessed part of the secret of the Anti-Life, the effects of the device would not be the same. Rising from her death, Flaherty realized it wasn't right that she was once again alive, and with a simple thought, faded into dust.
Dispatcher then went after Orion once more, thinking if he brought Orion to Darkseid, he might be spared. He was about to use the device on Orion, when he was blasted and killed with a ray gun that he had dropped during his earlier fight with Orion. It had been found by John Elliot who was at the funeral home mourning what he had done.
First Appearance: New Gods (1989) #27
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New Gods (1989)
- 'Memories of a Stranger'#28
- 'More Deaths than One Must Die!'
New Gods (DC)
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