An excellent cover for World’s Finest 280 (June 1982), as Burkett, Buckler and Smith continue with the army of crime storyline.
Severely underestimating Batman, Scarr tosses him into a cell and ignores him. In other words, Batman gets free. Scarr is more concerned with explaining his plans to the rest of his crew. An auction is being held for devices left behind by the Weapons Master when he fled. Colonel Sulphur has managed to secure them in invitation to the auction, which Batman overhears.
Other villains are bidding as well, but Superman and Batman do their best to bust things up. The Trickster gets a page of action against Superman, and loses. No surprise there, but I guess it allows the heroes to win at least a small battle during the course of the tale. Scarr gets ahold of the Weapons Master’s stuff, and hits Superman with a “time bomb,” which leaves him trapped between seconds, outside of normal time, and as good as dead.
Batman does manage to take down Captain Cutlass, and takes his place.
The story concludes in the next issue.
Cavalieri, Von Eeden and Mahlstedt conclude the Harmony story, as Green Arrow heads out to the cult’s camp, only to find that a mass marriage is being performed, to tie the members even further to the cult. The woman Green Arrow is hoping to rescue is one of the brides.
Von Eeden’s art is just wonderful on this series. And it’s a really nice touch that it is not Green Arrow who convinces the woman to leave, but the behaviour of the rest of the cultists, turning against her for even thinking of leaving. She realizes that they could not possibly have really cared about her if they were willing to turn on her so quickly.
Hawkman spends this chapter fighting against the aliens trapped in the hyperspace whirlpool, thanks to Rozakis, Saviuk and Chiaramonte. The shape shifter is the biggest problem he faces, as the creature is somewhat telepathic, and takes the forms of those Hawkman cares for. Interestingly, one of those forms in Mavis Trent. So I guess Hawkman is not completely immune to her charms.
He beats the creature by thinking only about the people that he hates, and has no trouble beating the crap out of. But even with this victory, Hawkman is still trapped in hyperspace.
Bridwell, Newton and Chiaramonte blend together the origins of Captain Marvel Jr and Kid Eternity in this tale.
Freddy’s origin had been retold only a few issues earlier, but now we see that he and his brother were split up by their uncles. Kid Eternity’s origin has some distinct similarities to that of Captain Marvel Jr – once again set on a small boat, with a boy and an older relative who dies. Though Kid Eternity also gets killed in his origin story.
But the boy was not meant to, and Mr. Keeper is sent to watch over him as he returns to Earth, as a kind of ghost, able to call up other dead people.
Not much actually happens in this tale, aside from the blending of the two origin stories. They do work extremely well together, remarkably so as Captain Marvel Jr was a character from Fawcett Comics, and Kid Eternity from Quality Comics.
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