|"It's Old Man Withers, the caretaker!"|
It begins as all truly great and enjoyable stories do: with Snapper Carr getting the crap beat out of him.
|Any resemblance to the current sociopolitical environment is entirely intentional, by the way.|
|If Snapper were better educated, he simply would have exclaimed "V!"|
Fortunately (?), someone comes to his rescue with the ominous/cheery line "There's no need for violence... at least not yet!"
|Yes, this is an obvious set-up so that Snapper would see this guy as his savior. But Snapper's too dumb to see that.|
Okay, BRACE yourself for the meteor-impact of subtlety that is the writing of Denny O'Neil.
No, really; brace yourself. because I guarantee you are not ready.
Ready...? (You're not, by the way).
Here it comes...
I've met him, and one cannot help but love Denny O'Neil personally. He's a good and very intelligent man, with a strong conscience, who longed to bring relevant social discourse to a genre known mostly for people in capes hitting one another. However, he writes with all the subtlety of Hulk throwing Thor's hammer at a rusty typewriter.
Only in comics can one become (somehow) famous for being average. Only in comics can one be 'most normal". Only in comics can one do so while wearing a bright green suit.
So there is apparently an off-panel heart-to-heart between Snapper and *snort* "John Dough" in which JD completely convinces Snapper to come over to the dark side. It happens pretty damned quickly because the next time we see them they are still wearing the same clothes.
|Bruce, Ray; get off your asses and invent the cell phone already. Cheez.|
The JLA only has three smart people in it, and Snapper just took out two of them at once.
|Really, Denny? You felt the need to have a genius professor of nuclear physics say 'kinda'?|
Key here is that Dough makes SNAPPER do the deed. This is very cult/gang leader; make the newbie prove himself and his loyalty by doing some culpable act himself while you stand there to apply pressure.
|You were always a weak fool, Snapper. |
Saying yes to anyone in authority, anyone with a badge,
just like your parents taught you.
Say, do you even HAVE parents, Snapper?
|Any resemblance to the current sociopolitical environment is entirely intentional.|
Dough lets Atom lie there, but kidnaps Batman and puts him unguarded in a death-trap while he goes away to do something else, because comics.
|Jeez, Denny, what kind of corny joker calls something "Operation: Average"? |
PUT DOWN THE MJOLNIR AND STEP AWAY.
But what else is Dough up to? Superman knows because he's the one who still reads newspapers:
|I just LOVE that Hal's staring at his hands. |
"These, for example, are not normal; my GOD my hands are beautiful!"
Then Green Arrow -- holy cow I can't believe I'm saying this -- GREEN ARROW calls this out as total BS and is RIGHT.
|I... I agree with Green Arrow completely. |
Because Green Arrow is right.
Now I need a drink and nap.
Why did Dough duck out on the Batman death-trap? Because he's preparing for a debate against superheroes at a big public rally that evening. How do we know?
Because Batman shows up to tell us!
|What's THIS? The Caped Crusader...OUT of the death-trap? And protecting our villain...?!|
What does this mean? Tune in tomorrow, same Dough-Time, same Dough-Channel.