WARNING! IT'S AN INFESTATION OF SPOILERS! CALL THE ORKIN MAN!Title: Tower of Babel
, Part II: Seven Little IndiansRelease Date:
August 2000Writer: Mark WaidPenciller: Howard PorterInker: Drew GeraciJLA Members: Superman
, Wonder Woman
, the Flash
, Green Lantern
, the Martian Manhunter
, and Oracle
.Bad Guys: Ra's Al Ghul
First Appearance of Red Kryptonite
in the post-Crisis
DC Universe.So what happens?
With Ra's Al Ghul garbling the meaning of the printed word
worldwide, the planet is in chaos
. Stock exchange
s are crashing, warning signs and newspapers are meaningless, medical charts are gibberish
, no one can use Linux
(okay, that last one's not actually in the comic). And half the JLA has been neutralized: Aquaman's dehydrating because he's afraid of water
, the Martian Manhunter's skin has been bonded with nanites
that cause him to burst into flame
when exposed to oxygen, Plastic Man is slowly recovering from being frozen and shattered, and Green Lantern is blind
Batman quickly tracks Ra's to his headquarters in the Himalayas
, but Ra's has a nasty
surprise for him: he has the bodies of Bruce Wayne's parents, and he's planning on dipping them into one of his Lazarus Pit
s, which can restore the dead to life...
Back on the Watchtower, Aquaman realizes how the assassin
s have been able to track the JLA so easily: they've tapped into the Justice League's signal device
s and are able to track them anywhere. He barely has time to get a warning
out to Flash, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern before the League of Assassins
burst into GL's apartment and attack.
The assassins fire a nanobot
into Wonder Woman's ear
that lodges a VR chip
in her brain, making her believe she's fighting a neverending battle
against an unstoppable
opponent--the assassins figure she'll eventually have a heart attack
. Meanwhile, they shoot the Flash with a weapon that makes him experience constant, light-speed epileptic seizure
s. Green Lantern tries to stop the assassins, but blinded, he can't target anyone and is quickly knocked out.
Meanwhile, Superman and Oracle have figured out what Ra's is doing: broadcasting a sine wave
signal that interferes with the language center
s of the brain to make it impossible
for anyone to read anything. Superman is able to place a forcefield
that blocks the signal, but that still leaves most of the world suffering from aphasia
In the Himalayas, Batman quickly decides that he'd rather be worthy of his parents' memory than to surrender the world to bring them back to life. Besides, he's more than a little pissed off at Ra's for using their bodies as bait
. Ra's brags that he's been able to eliminate the JLA and displays a glowing red rock which, for some reason, surprises the hell out of the Dark Knight.
Meanwhile, Aquaman gives the Martian Manhunter a special suit designed to allow Atlanteans to breathe water
while on land--it keeps him covered in water while allowing him mobility. J'onn attacks the assassins in GL's apartment, but they soon pierce the suit, and the resulting fire
puts the Martian down again.
But then Superman shows up to trash the League of Assassins. Back in the Himalayas, Batman is trying to radio for Superman to get out, but it's too late. The assassins pull out a glowing red rock like Ra's had, explaining that it is Kryptonite
with an accelerated half-life, which caused it to turn red
. It isn't lethal
, like regular Kryptonite, but it hurts and it causes unpredictable changes in Kryptonian
s' cellular structure. In Superman's case, it ends up turning his skin transparent
As Batman escapes from Ra's HQ, pursued by the madman's soldiers, he realizes that all of the trap
s and signal trackers that took the JLA down were originally concocted by Batman himself...Cool Moments!
plan to bring Bruce Wayne's long-dead parents back to life; Green Lantern's doomed
attempt to stop the League of Assassins; the first shocking image of Supes with see-through skin
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