- The thing that everyone knows to be true and yet secretly hopes is a lie...Peace is fleeting.
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Synopsis for "Numb"
The Cult of the Blood Red Moon has spread, and there have been major vampire attacks on the cities of Boston, Star City, Coast City, and Los Angeles, prompting the media to ask where the Justice League has been.
Prof. John Troughton remembers that just five years ago there had been relative peace between humans and vampires, but peace is ever fleeting. However, the world doesn't know that the cause of all the carnage is also the only man who can save them: Andrew Bennett.
Thirty-five years ago, Troughton had been cornered by a group of vampires who routinely promised young humans sex and drugs, only to drain them afterwards in order to get a contact high. Moments away from being drained himself, Troughton was saved by Andrew. Having already slain all of the other vampires in the gang, Andrew frightened off Troughton's attacker, and they have been working together ever since. Andrew taught the professor that many of the myths about vampires are largely false.
Now, Troughton cares for an injured Andrew, who was weakened by the horde that attacked him in Boston. When he recovers, Andrew spares little time in planning to stop the cult. He is surprised to learn that there are more than just those he saw in Boston - that four other cities have been massacred. Mary, the Queen of Blood and Andrew's one true love has played them. She built an army right under his nose without him being aware of it. Even so, he plans to track them down.
Wandering the street, Andrew senses something in an abandoned subway station, and they break inside. In the dark, Andrew narrowly escapes being staked by an arrow, as someone calls for his death. It appears to be a teenage girl armed with a crossbow, and Andrew attempts to convince her that he is not a threat to little avail. Finally, Troughton restrains her, allowing Andrew to use his abilities to calm her, and show her that he is not a typical vampire.
The girl introduces herself as Tig, while Andrew discovers that Mary has left him a message on the wall in blood. She has left a drawing of the bat-symbol, indicating that she has headed for Gotham City. Andrew and John decide to take a road trip, and Tig invites herself along.
Despite his friendship with Andrew, Troughton knows a secret about him. When a vampire grows to more than 300 years old, the only thing that can destroy it is for it to willingly choose to die - or for its maker to willingly die first. All this could be, and could have been, avoided if Andrew would only turn the stake on himself. If worst comes to worst, John Troughton is prepared to kill his best friend in order to destroy the vampires.
Joshua Hale Fialkov stated on his Twitter that the title for each issue was based on a song title. For Issue #3 "Numb" is a reference to a Pet Shop Boys song of the same name which was released in 2006.
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