You know, I think I owe Mr. Moth an apology. I called Killer Moth his "more successful Gotham counterpart." But objectively it's the other way around. The only thing Killer Moth successfully stole in his first two stories was that stupid pre-Incan Moth idol, and the only reason he got away with that is because he was a DIRECTOR of the museum it was in. That's like buying a merit badge. Meanwhile, Mr. Moth has stolen two larger, more public targets, in full view of the city, while facing off against a godlike alien being whose full catalog of powers would contain more words than the story itself.
And, I'll wager, he's about to steal a third. Who's going to stop him? Det. Jones? Pfft. The only way HE's going to find Mr. Moth is if he paints himself with phosphorous and gets stolen, and we all know that odds of THAT.
|Such is Apex City's commitment to extraterrestrial research and its public appeal.|
Actually, that just might slow down Mr. Moth long enough for J'onn to catch him. After all, it's not like you can grab an entire model solar system from a planetarium with a skyhook.
|The police? Yeah, maybe they'll send a detective to help you. |
Call the FAA, you'll get a faster response.
Unless you're Mr. Moth and you show up when it's being delivered. Touche, Mr. Moth; who needs Monty Moran, any way?
|I'm sure the hat doesn't make that easier.|
Well, he may not need The Getaway King, but Mr. Moth could use some better deliverymen. Decent villains don't have to haul their own, um, hauls. If only he were a scientist and could invent something to help do that, or had henchmen to assist.
Ooookay. You ....DO have henchmen. Henchmen whose sole purpose is to watch you do the heavy lifting and then open your Christmas presents for you. And what's more... you have THE MARTIAN MANHUNTER!
|You'll be forgiven if your first conclusion is that J'onn used some previously unmentioned martian power of "creating and then hatching from a big yellow cocoon".|
Mr. Moth did wind up stealing J'onn, who hid inside the sun, armed with multiple metaphors.
|Mr. Moth, a worthy foe, also knows how to wield a metaphor. And a ray-gun.|
Following the classic Golden Age tripartite formula for first-time villain encounters, J'onn:
- was taken by surprise at their first encounter (the Radium Clock);
- anticipated their second encounter, but was not prepared enough to capture the villain (the Atlas Statue);
- planned for their third encounter, allowing him the opportunity to capture the villain (the Golden Orrery).
Or at least it would allow him to capture for the villain, were it not for Mr. Moth's holding a ray-gun on Aquaman's dad.
|Can't take chances with lighthousekeepers, tricky blighters. Best to use a ray-gun, one of your own devising, if possible. I guess Mr. Moth is a scientist, after all.|
Well, that's it. All the stolen valuables -- the Atlas Statue, the Radium Clock, the Pier One stuff, the pretty pretty pony -- it's all in that henchman's briefcase, clearly. Mr. Moth, whose brain is clearly quite large inside his tiny head, is going to make good his escape with his ray-gun and hostage.
Once again, there is nothing the Martian Manhunter can do, even with all his powers.
Or... IS THERE...?!M