We've focused so much on J'onn in this story. But what of the great menace himself. Mr. Moth? And where does one hide a giant radioactive clock?
Why, in an isolated lighthouse, of course. [Which, by the way, is more proof, if more proof were needed, that Apex City is on the ocean (as most cities in Florida are).]
|If you just remove the word balloons, this is nearly a perfect surrealist painting.|
Wow; there's a lot going on here. First is the fact that Mr. Moth probably doesn't seem as menacing to you in person as he does when the Mothcopter is looming overheard. Why, he may even seem a tad risible to some jaded souls!
But that's because, as a comic book reader, you're endured to object-headed villains. I assure you, if you saw a white-gloved man in a purple suit wearing a moth-shaped helmet covering his entire face coming toward you in person, you would know with 100% certainty that you were about to die like an innocent suburbanite in a home invasion flick and would feel menaced accordingly. Particularly if, as he advanced, he intoned, "Another light-giving prize to add to my collection of rarities!"
|We need a gritty reboot of Mr. Moth, Hollywood!|
Second is that his hideout is in a commandeered lighthouse. That may seem way too obvious, in the manner of a Batman '66 villain, as in "Catwoman's at the abandoned Gato & Chat warehouse". But remember: this is Apex, America's Most Flammable City.
Most businesses in Apex are about things that BURN. Here, to demonstrate, is a page from the Apex City Telephone Directory of the day:
|And that's just the A's.|
Given that...there are a LOT of places that someone like Mr. Moth might be hiding out. Places he can stash his precious, stolen collection of light-giving rarities like...
SOME COLORED PARTY BULBS
DAMAGED DISCOUNTS FROM PIER ONE
THIS PRETTY PRETTY PONY
Mr Moth (much like his more successful Gotham counterpart, Killer Moth) is clearly a villain who makes money for the purpose of committing crimes, rather than one who commits crime for the purpose of making money. Men like Mr. Moth have money, means, and mania.
All of which he employs the next day, as Det. John Jones and the notoriously idle gawkers of Apex City flock to a new statue unveiling (which probably should have been held at NIGHT):
|"Glowing Globe Greets Grateful Gawkers", writes Dominic Magenta, unveiling critic for the Daily Clarion.|
I think the City of Apex's Department of Parks & Public Monuments needs its own back-up series, so we could see the process by which civic leaders decide that what their city REALLY needs is a statue of Atlas, painted in phosphorus...