Matt Bluestone is finally shown the truth about the Gargoyles by a man supposedly a member of the Illuminati. To make up for Elisa's deceit, Matt enlists Goliath's help to uncover the Illuminati, who seek to capture him for their own personal gains.
- The comics later reveal that the Illuminati have a set number of members.
- While never considering Matt willing to betray them, the organization had two outcomes of the Hotel Cabal in mind: Matt fails to deliver and is denied membership, or Malone fails and is stripped of his rank (a line of members would get a promotion to leave the bottom rank open).
- Matt's dead ends in trying to expose the Illuminati were deliberate on their part; however, his perseverance impressed them enough to consider him a potential candidate.