WARNING! SPOILERS GALORE! IT'S THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S FAULT!Title: Tower of Babel
, Part III: Protected by the ColdRelease Date:
September 2000Writer: Mark WaidPenciller: Howard PorterInker: Drew GeraciJLA Members: Superman
, Wonder Woman
, the Flash
, Green Lantern
, the Martian Manhunter
, and Plastic Man
.Bad Guys: Ra's Al Ghul
Artist Howard Porter
's last JLA issue.So what happens?
With Ra's Al Ghul's ultrasonic
signals scrambling the language center's on every human brain on earth, no one is able to read
anything. Troops are accidentally crossing enemy borders, police and ambulances are unable to find addresses, chaos
reigns. And every member of the JLA is down, except for Batman, who is on the run from the ecoterrorist
's soldiers. Somehow, Ra's has been able to raid the secret file
s Batman maintained on how to take down the JLA and used that information to get the Justice League out of the way. Batman is trying to send a message to the Watchtower to tell Aquaman how to circumvent his plans, but Ra's boosts the power on his transmitter
, causing all spoken language
to be garble
d as well. Batman is forced to jump off a cliff
to escape, and the League of Assassins
report to Ra's that the Caped Crusader
Meanwhile, Plastic Man finally recovers enough to function (he still looks all cracky
, though) and he teleports the rest of the JLA back to the Watchtower. The Martian Manhunter, back inside the Atlantean water-suit, telepathically implants images of dry desert
s into Aquaman's mind so he won't realize he's being submerged in water
. Plastic Man very carefully stretches a finger
into Wonder Woman's ear and into her brain to extract the VR chip
inside. Superman uses his heat vision
out an electrostrobic device attached to Flash's spine
to stop him from convulsing. J'onn discovers that Green Lantern was hypnotized into believing that he was blind
, and his will-powered ring backed up the delusion
by temporarily blocking his sight.
Unfortunately, Aquaman and J'onn will just have to wait 'til the nanites
in their systems wear off. Superman, his skin still as transparent
as glass, is feeling dangerously over-powered by all the solar energy
shooting directly into his organs--he'll also have to wait for the effects of the Red Kryptonite
to wear off.
Down on Earth, with both written and spoken languages gone, the whole world is going completely freakin' nuts
. Batman (of course he wasn't dead!) is able to sneak into Ra's Al Ghul's headquarters and discover the location of the language-scrambling transmitter. He transmits the coordinates
to the Watchtower and tells the JLA to meet him there.
at Batman, though, for keeping secret files on how to seriously injure and/or kill all of them. They meet him at the Antarctic
transmitter site, but most of them would really like to knock his block off. Superman is able to get inside the transmitter and blow it to pieces. But Ra's' daughter, Talia
, angry that her father has abused her trust
to get her to harm Batman (they been carrying on
together behind the scenes) calls the JLA to tell them that Ra's plans to release a genetically-engineered plague
in the Middle East
to start a nuclear war
passing through a cloudbank
and zipping past a very angry
-looking Superman.Cool Quotes!
Plastic Man, his finger buried in Wonder Woman's ear and brain: "Eeew. Eeew. EEEW."
Green Lantern: "Like putting you together from jigsaw
pieces was a pleasant experience."
Flash, after he recovers from his light-speed seizure
s: "Oh, God...you couldn't imagine the pain
. There were whole days I prayed just to die. J'onn...just how long was I out?"
Martian Manhunter: "Twenty-two minutes."
Flash: "Can you two handle the rifle corps
Plastic Man: "Yep."
Flash: "What? No wisecracks
Plastic Man: "Not today."Back | Index | Forward