Franklin complained about co-workers putting wood chips in his coffee, to which Mackenzie snickered and claimed it to be a dumb prank. James appeared, telling her off, and the reporter apologized. James told his staff that they did not tolerate hate within their walls.
Franklin was assigned to cover an anti-alien rally by Ben Lockwood for CatCo. Before he left, he talked to his mother on the phone, assuring her it would be fine. James reassured him that he was a hero for the work he was doing, before offering to assist him. When the rally turned violent following the arrival of Manchester Black, Franklin was saved from a Child of Liberty by Dreamer.
After the enactment of martial law, the building across from Franklin's was raided, leading Franklin to sleep at CatCo out of fear. He called his sister Edna and cautioned her against changing alien employee files at her job at AmerTek. Kara Danvers overheard, asking that Franklin's sister contact her for an article. Later, Franklin helped broadcast an interview between Kara and Dreamer. Following it, they were ambushed by Ben Lockwood and the Children of Liberty and a fight ensued. Franklin survived unharmed, meeting up with his sister at CatCo the following day.
When the new owner of Catco, Andrea Rojas, called a meeting, Franklin attended alongside Kara and Nia. All of them were gifted with a new Obsidian North tablet. Andrea explained that all their work would be filed through a portal only accessible through their tablets from now on. When William Dey thanked Andrea and made a comment about how they were lucky enough at his old paper to get so much as a legal pad, Franklin was confused as William had said his wife was a lawyer so he should have plenty of them. William quickly dismissed it.
At a collective meeting with Andrea Rojas and the reporters at Catco, Andrea asked around if there was any new interesting bit of news to report. Franklin went and told Andrea that he had a list of the weekly medical examiners reports so they could do a story on some of the recent deaths. Andrea thought it was an interesting idea and Franklin began with an uber driver hit by a car but Andrea thought that one would be boring. Franklin then went and brought up Dr. Niles Jarrod, a tech billionaire that had been found dead at a nightclub bathroom. Kara quickly recognized Dr. Jarrod as a source from a previous story of hers and thought they should look into it but both Andrea and William shot it down as uninteresting and Andrea asked Franklin to show her the 'next corpse'.
After Andrea Rojas was targeted for assassination but saved by Supergirl, they came to her office where they were met by both Franklin and William. They both immediately knew that someone had just tried to kill her. When asked how they knew, Franklin gave Andrea an anti-Obsidian manifesto that had arrived only minutes ago. It listed the dangers and outrage against VR and warned that if the launch of Obsidian Platinum wasn't cancelled then more would die. Andrea told William and Franklin that she didn't care about the threat, she wouldn't stop the launch.