"An Unspeakable Horror!": Superman is arriving on the scene swiftly to confront the giant monster that broke loose from Herbert Combs' laboratory. Batman shouts out a warning that the monster is infused with magic; but the warning comes a bit too late to prevent Superman from being on the receiv
- Sure. You hear the one about the smart-mouth vampire who got dropped onto the surface of the sun?
- -- Superman
Appearing in "An Unspeakable Horror!"
- Herbert Combs
- Chadd Cole (Single appearance)
- John Bavaresco (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "An Unspeakable Horror!"
Superman is arriving on the scene swiftly to confront the giant monster that broke loose from Herbert Combs' laboratory. Batman shouts out a warning that the monster is infused with magic; but the warning comes a bit too late to prevent Superman from being on the receiving end of a vicious blow that sends him hurtling into and through an abandoned building. Superman, though, quickly recovers and grabs a cornice of the building he has just damaged, and smacks the creature forcefully with it, hurting the beast and causing it to stagger. However, when Superman spots a homeless couple in the path of the falling debris from the battle, he makes the life-saving choice to momentarily divert his attention away from the beast and to save the two innocent bystanders. In that moment, the creature gets away.
Batman interrogates Marius Dimeter to find out what he knows about the creatures that are plaguing Gotham. Dimeter explains that Dr. Combs is a student of the occult and has managed to open up a doorway to the "land of the un-dead". The creatures have all emanated from this other realm. Unknown to Dimeter and Batman, Combs is hiding nearby and secretly observes them. When Superman returns to Batman after losing sight of the creature, Dimeter berate Superman for the very latter.
Superman leaves and and goes on patrol in an attempt to locate the creature. When he hears a teenage boy cry for help during another vampire attack, Superman intervenes and saves the victim, Chadd Cole, from certain death. After sending Chadd inside to lock the doors and call the authorities, Superman is attacked by a werewolf, who bids Superman to stay out of the current situation and let the creatures handle things. A brief battle ensues, but Superman manage to quickly overpower the werewolf. The werewolf continues to assert that in Superman's ignorance of the facts at hand, Superman's efforts can be detrimental instead of helpful. The werewolf indicates that he is trying to "fix" things; but that Superman and his allies are getting in the way.
Unfortunately, while Superman is busy with the werewolf, Chadd Cole is confronted by Combs, who greets him with a hypodermic needle. Chadd's cries alert Superman, which provided the werewolf the moment to escape.
In Gotham Park, Officer John Bavaresco, a mounted police officer making his rounds, sees what he thinks are two wild dogs attacking someone. As he gets closer, he discovers to his surprise and horror that the "dogs" are werewolves. The officer becomes the next victim of these werewolves.
Batman and Dimeter arrive to confront several of the werewolves and vampires that have converged on Gotham Park. During the ensuing battle, Dimeter loses control and unleashes a vicious biting attack on one of the werewolves and drinks its blood before abruptly leaving to find Combs. Batman is suddenly alone and surrounded by some vampires. Fortunately, help arrives in the form of Green Arrow and also Jason Blood. Green Arrow begins firing wooden-tipped arrows, which seem to be effective against the vampires.
- This issue shipped on November 12th, 2008.
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