J'onn had grounded the Apex City Chamber of Commerce Vigilante Committee's Heli-grappler (an impossibly modified Sikorsky H-34), but the APCoCVC's Chairman, the prosperously portly Mr. Weems, remained undaunted.
|You know why he doesn't arrest them?|
Just how many tickets to the Policeman's Ball do you think the Chamber of Commerce buys, huh?
Mr Weems has more than one means of unusual crime-fighting instrumentality as his disposal, thanks to his R&D director, Mr Lee, and he intends to use them.
And his next target; the insidious BIFF HIGGINS!
You know, I could spend a long time trying to come up with a less sinister or threatening name than "Biff Higgins" and still fail. Who's his moll? Muffy Peterson?
Biff Higgins doesn't sound like a shadowy criminal lieutenant. He sounds like some sort of chino-draped J.Crew model who spends all his time hanging out on his personal yacht.
|Wow, that's just how I pictured Biff!|
Muffy's looking a little rough, though.
What a shock. Biff Higgins, hanging out on his personal yacht. Who will net this (allegedly) criminal fish? Why, the crew of the S.S. Apex City Chamber of Commerce Vigilante Committee, under the command of Captain Chairman Weems!
Wow, snagged, Biff's really flying through the air! Uh-oh. That's not good. That's an unauthorized incursion in the restricted air space of Apex City, which is the sole domain of... the Martian Manhunter.
I like to imagine J'onn just swimming around off the coast for 24 hours waiting for some vigilante-based action. Anyway, instead of interfering directly using one of his powers, JJ does one of his 'domino routines'...
|That's a water barrier, J'onn; even when Mera makes those they only last one turn.|
All that free time and you STILL can't learn how Heroclix works?!
J'onn just loves making giant waves to solve his problems. Must have grown up near the canals.
Apparently water is strong enough to snap steel cable.
Weems and his Vigilante Committee lost Higgins, but there are lots of good fish in the sea. One jangle later, they get a great tip as to where they can find the big crime boss himself!
|"Thanks for that anonymous tip, person I don't know but am fully confident is sincere and not misleading or trying to trap me!|
Several things here to note. First, "Fangs" Frazer is not currently indicted or warranted. He doesn't need a 'hideout'; he's a free man, just like Yacht Guy and Yellow Convertible Guy. That's precisely what makes the vigilantes...vigilantes. Second, is it intentional comic book irony that the hoodlums all look like respectable citizens and the vigilante businessmen all look like hoodlums? Third, everywhere in Apex has a specific location. If you read Batman, Superman, etc., stories of this period, you seldom read any addresses. Hero-man just says "I've located their hideout" or "I know where they'll strike next; at the Diamond Exchange". In Apex City, everything gets named and google-mapped.
So, armed with this unquestionably reliably information from an anonymous informant, the Vigilante Committee enacts its plan to get the Martian Manhunter, an alien detective with 13 senses, off their back by having Weems' chauffeur drive a limo filled with dummies of them elsewhere for him to follow. What could possibly go wrong?
|For some reason, Mr. Lee kept insisting that they call the dummies "Life Model Decoys".|
"Fangs" Frazer, however, is no stranger to comic book irony. He, of course, is the one he gave them the anonymous tip so as to lure them into a trap!
|For first degree pestering, the penalty is death.|
Apex is a zero-tolerance town.
And with J'onn miles away following a car full of dummies!
OR IS HE...?!
Fortunately for the Vigilante Committee, J'onn evaded their ruse by using the one power no one would expect him to use:
|"Ha, ha! Take your filthy human paw off me, you overfed jackass, |
before I destroy you with some previously unmentioned power!"
Sadly, it turns out to be just another power that J'onn uses only once, forgets about and then never uses again!