Agreeing to help his best friend Paul Serene with a demonstration, Jack Joyce learns that Paul has been expanding on the physics work of Jack’s estranged brother, William, and has built a time machine that works using “chronon particles.” Paul activates the machine, only for it to jam shut and break as William appears. Will demands Jack and Paul stop their actions, else “time will break.” The machine becomes unstable and douses Jack and Paul in chronon radiation that gives them time-based powers. Monarch Solutions soldiers appear and steal the time machine’s core, Jack and Will meet an older Paul. Claiming to have seen the “End of Time”, this Paul refuses Will’s suggestions of fixing the fracture, claiming time cannot be changed. Paul has the building detonated, causing Will to be seemingly killed by falling debris. Jack is knocked unconscious and captured by Monarch.