"Dead of Night!": Etrigan provides commentary and additional insight into what has transpired so far. Though Etrigan speaks entirely in rhyme - which is compulsory since he is a rhyming demon - words would best be described as mystical orations rather than mere speech. It is learn that Dr. Combs
Appearing in "Dead of Night!"
- Marius Dimeter
- Chadd Cole
- Herbert Combs
Synopsis for "Dead of Night!"
Etrigan provides commentary and additional insight into what has transpired so far. Though Etrigan speaks entirely in rhyme - which is compulsory since he is a rhyming demon - words would best be described as mystical orations rather than mere speech. It is learn that Dr. Combs has been using a serum derived from the blood of Marius and Janko to infect innocent people. When Combs claims that he has run out of serum, nobody present believes or trusts him. Etrigan declares that Combs has "no soul", and has been stripped of his power. When Batman mentions that he previously saw a hellish creature emerge from Combs' mouth, the Demon peers down Combs' throat and proclaims that the portal to the land of the un-dead has now been closed.
Green Arrow and Etrigan head out with Combs in tow, planning to deposit him at Arkham Asylum. Suddenly, Combs breaks free and charges Batman, and proceeds to rant and rave at him. Etrigan has enough of Combs and projects hellfire from his mouth at Combs, which renders him unconscious.
Meanwhile, Superman is flying with Chadd Cole to Dr. Kirk Langstrom, hoping that since Langstrom is the world's foremost authority on bats, he will be able to help find a cure for Chadd. As Langstrom prepares to give Cole a blood transfusion to counteract the vampire infection, they are interrupted by some violent sounds outside. Superman's x-ray vision confirms that some werewolves have arrived. In another instant, they burst through the wall and begin attacking. As Superman engages the werewolves in battle, Langstrom grabs two syringes: one containing the serum to transform himself into Man-Bat; the other containing the antidote. He asks Superman to revert him using the antidote after the battle is over before injecting himself with the Man-Bat serum.
Man-Bat's enhanced physique allow him to be a particularly effective combatant against the werewolves. Simultaneously, Superman is handily defeating his share of the creatures although he can be still hurt by them. As the battle comes to a close, Superman uses the antidote to transform Man-Bat back into Dr. Langstrom as requested. Superman expresses the theory that the werewolves arrived because they were attracted to Chadd Cole and urges Langstrom to hurry with the transfusion.
In front of Gotham City Cathedral, Marius and Batman are in a conversation about what to do next. When Marius expresses frustration, and asks Batman how they can handle the remaining monsters that are on the loose, and convert Marius and Janko back to normal, Batman indicates that more detective work is necessary. Marius leaves, since it is almost daylight, and as a vampire, he must avoid sunlight.
But when Marius arrives at his home, Batman is there to question him and warn him. While Batman acknowledges that the hunger for human blood must be intense, he warns Marius to resist that hunger or face the wrath of Batman. After Batman leaves, Marius does indeed his hunger pangs and the urge to drink blood are difficult and ultimately irresistible. Dimeter telephones a young, gothic-looking lady friend, who arrives and willingly offers her services. He promises to take only a little bite, "just enough to survive"; and then hungrily bites down on her neck, while she assumes a submissive pose.
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