- The end is already written! You just don't get it! You had no chance because I was never caught in your spell! You were caught in mine!
Appearing in "Trigger Effect"
- Sue Dibny (in photograph only)
Synopsis for "Trigger Effect"
Renee Montoya sits inside of a dark cavern in Nanda Parbat, meditating. She lights a candle, and gazes at her image refracted against the mirrored walls of the cave. The reflection staring back at her however has no face.
Ralph Dibny brings the Helmet of Fate to Fate's Tower in Salem, Massachusetts. Armed with the mystical accoutrements needed for the spell, Ralph prepares to unite himself with his late wife, Susan. The Helmet of Fate urges him onward, until Ralph places the helmet over his head. He then picks up the Wishing Gun and shoots the helmet, sending it flying off his head onto the floor. The spirit of the sorcerer Felix Faust rises from inside the Helmet. It has been Faust who has been guiding Ralph's actions all these long months.
Felix scrambles to his feet and then realizes that Ralph knew it was him all along. Further, the liquid in Ralph's whisky flask isn't alcohol, but Gingold. Empowered with elasticity once again, the Elongated Man pounces on Felix Faust knocking him to the ground.
He holds the Wishing Gun to Felix's head and asks him why he has been tormenting him. Faust reveals that he bargained with the arch demon Neron for power in exchange for a pure soul. Faust chose Ralph Dibny. Felix knows Neron will soon come for one of them, and tries to escape. Unfortunately for him, Ralph used his knowledge of Doctor Fate to erect a binding spell, trapping Faust in the Tower.
Before long, Neron arrives to collect his prize. In truth, he has little interest in Dibny and only wishes to bring Faust back to Hell with him. Ralph tells him that Faust is his and he has no claim over him. Neron uses his demonic energy to sever Ralph's index finger. He then removes his wedding ring and flicks it at superhuman speed. The ring travels like a bullet and pierces Ralph's chest, killing him.
The Elongated Man has the last laugh however. Having baited Neron to appear in the Tower of Fate, he is now trapped inside the binding circle. With Ralph dead, there is no one to cancel the spell's effects.
It is late at night, and Fire arrives at Elysium Cemetery. She sheds a tear over the gravestone of Sue Dibny and places Ralph's wedding ring on top of the marker.
- This issue shipped on February 21st, 2007.
- This issue includes a two-page back-up feature spotlighting the origin of Green Arrow. It is written by Mark Waid with illustrations by Scott McDaniel.
- Death of the Elongated Man.
- The Wishing Gun seen in this issue is the same weapon that Ralph contemplated using to take his own life in issue #1.
- The ticker-tape at the bottom of the cover reads, "Woman without a Face... Dibny beats the Devil... The Fate of Fate".
- The scene involving Montoya foreshadows events which eventually leads her to assume the mantle of the Question.
- Ralph ponders a possible bargain with Neron in exchange for Sue Dibny's soul. However, Neron would have no claim on Sue's soul to begin with, as she was not an evil person.
- This is the first time Fire cried.
- Elongated Man appearances list
- Felix Faust appearances list
- Fire appearances list
- Neron appearances list
- Renée Montoya appearances list
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Links and References
- 52: The Comic
- 52 article/interview with editor Stephen Wacker
- 52 series index at the Grand Comics Database