World’s Finest 286 – Superman and Batman vs Dr. Zodiac and Madam Zodiac

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Burkett, Buckler and DeLaRosa continue with the tale of two Zodiacs in World’s Finest 286 (Dec. 82).

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This issue goes into the backstory of the couple, as we hear how Madam Zodiac sought out her male counterpart, the only person to ever possess the powers of the Zodiac coins.  She used her magical powers to create an illusory double of him, which is still sitting aimlessly in prison, and duplicates of the Zodiac coins, to cover their thefts.

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She is using the Zodiac Wheel and coins to call forth an elder god, a powerful force of evil, and this has effects which spread across Earth. Superman battles a demonic cult that has formed.

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Robin guests as he and Batman deal with a resurgent Ku Klux Klan, who try to make Lucius Fox their next victim.

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In fact, there are a lot of guest stars in this story – many of whom so recently had series in this book.  Zatanna, still in a coma, is brought to Paradise Island by Wonder Woman to be cured.  Green Arrow fights a werewolf, and Hawkman faces a vampire.

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By the end, the riding tide of evil has allowed the dark god to come forth and take a human host – Batman.

The story continues in the next issue.

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