After the sudden death of his father, Eric Hoffman returns home, where he expects to spend the rest of his life forced to run his dad's weapons-manufacturing company. Instead, he discovers that his dad is very much alive. Which would be wonderful news, except that his dad also happens to be Abyss, one of the world's most notorious supervillains, and now he expects Eric to follow in his footsteps.
The initial miniseries spawned a follow-up, Abyss: Family Issues.
This series contains examples of:
- Bilingual Bonus: In the first issue, the Latin motto in front of the mansion roughly translates to "Mockery is the sincerest form of flattery."
- Expy: The Arrow is a clear expy of Green Arrow. There's also Ebony, a Batman expy.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Raifer Hoffman sees his son as a disappointment because he hasn't become a villain like him.
- Reality Ensues: In the first issue, Eric tries to hurry through the dispensation of his father's will. His father's lawyers point out that Eric is inheriting an entire company with multiple divisions, and the subsidiaries alone will probably take three weeks to review. When he finds out that his dad's company owns a baseball team, he asks a question about one of the players, only to have a lawyer tell him that he's not yet legally entitled to that information, as the team is company property, not his personal property, and he has not been fully recognized as the new owner yet.
- Shout-Out: The items in Raifer's secret lair include a Guy Fawkes mask, a T-800, and an autographed photo of Ozymandius.
- Take That!: The series opens with Eric taking jabs at The Clone Saga and Knightfall.