From publisher blurb:
The year is 2002, and the Third Heroic Age finally seems to be winding down. The past decade has been a boom time for superhuman activity, and it has left the world somewhat different from the one the players are used to. But now, fewer new superheroes are appearing each month, and the supervillains seem to be quieting down and going into more lucrative and less splashy areas. A few of the more iconic figures like Avatar and Shade are still active, but there seem to be more heroes leaving the timeline every week.
However, some believe it's merely a breather. Superhuman activity has never been more intense than in the last ten years...the previous two Heroic Ages were mere flashes in the pan compared to this. Some experts believe it would take more than the normal "winding down" forces to stop the current wave of superhuman activity, and that it's only a matter of months before things heat up again.
All in all, it's an interesting time to be a superhuman.
And you know what they say about living in interesting times....