The second issue featured an ordinary reporter caught up in a bizarre occurrence in the subways of Astro City - including a bizarre shark-demon cult, the return of a superhero thought to be dead years before, and the world's foremost super-team being trapped in a dimensional rift. But when he turns the story in, his editor insists that they print only what they can prove. After careful re-editing, the newspaper article ends up reading: Shark Found On Subway Tracks.
The Silver Adept, on arriving home, tells her assistant that she encountered Mr. Malefic, and holds up a large green gem with the villain imprisoned inside. Mr. Malefic says, "Curse you! Curse you and all you know, from this generation down to the — " A little later, The Silver Adept and her assistant are working at a desk, with the gem on it as a paperweight, and Mr. Malefic is still going on in a tiny voice: "And may your feet be covered in blisters, and your toenails cut too short, and your lips be eternally chapped, and your — "
The Broken Man's description of American Chibi as either a 13 year old anime fan who got her heart's desire, or worse, a 35 year old anime fan who got HIS heart's desire.