Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

World’s Finest 67

Superman

One of the richest and meanest people in Metropolis  is the first we see here. He is constantly in the papers for things like failing to pay taxes or trying to evict people. He hates every on in the city, ironically it was his own ancestor who founded it! Musing on this hate he is hit by a car, and his doctor tells him his chance of survival is slim. So he decides to get revenge on the city before he dies.

Now we finally get to see Clark. He is asking Lois about the condition of Galloway (the man from above) who is still living a few days later. She heads out to get the information for the paper and Clark heads downstairs to the printing room, because he heard a shot. He has to stop a hold up there, though two crooks escaped before he arrived. Oddly what they stole were newspapers from the day before, basically valueless. That’s just the beginning too, from here on every where he turns there are crooks stealing random worthless things. They’re coming from all over as well, and Superman has to build a new jail to hold them all!

But it isn’t just Superman and the police after these petty crimesters, a gang shoots down a few who stole some glass beads from the museum, for reasons yet unknown. Superman gets his first clue when bank robbers steal a box of pennies from the vault. Each coin had a nick on it, and by stacking them by order of date he was able to see, well something. It hasn’t told me yet. But we shoot over to the crooks, who had shot the other gang. They too have figured out a code from the beads, but they said it was useless without all the clues.

But they learn that Superman has learned of the real reason behind the robberies and so decide just to go after who put the clues out there in the first place- Galloway. So they kidnap the man, who cleverly/stupidly drops a pill every once in  awhile to leave a trail. (Stupid because what if he needs one immediately? I mean I don’t know what kind of pills they are, but it sounds dangerous to toss them) Due to a hunch Superman was at Galloway’s very soon after and finds out about the kidnapping. he then goes to the police and explains about what we have learned. Galloway invited all criminals to find the clues which lead to a five million dollar treasure hidden in Metropolis.

Using a information line Superman was able to follow tales of those who saw the car, the line of pills, and a light in an abandoned building. Superman found the treasure and picked it up on the way to save the man. The crooks gave up at once. He then explained how he wanted to  rial the town up, cause gangwars, and make life hard for the citizens. But after hearing about the phone line that saved him, and the numerous cards wishing for him to recover soon, he changes his world view. He donates the money to charity and devotes the rest of his life to doing good.

Tomahawk

Tom and Dan and sneaking through town, on a mission for the rebels. They have to sneak as they have been ordered to be arrested on sight, and they have a list of minutemen on them hey dare not let the British see. They are seen however, and while ducking into a place to hide they over hear that there is a traitor. Taking a few instruments off the wall they march into the room, playing Yankee Doodle. The leader of the group in there thinks i is a great joke for a Tomahawk imitator to be playing the insulting song, until he is told it’s the real Tom. But it was too late at that point, as they were behind the man, and slammed the drum down on his head.

They also saw the traitor’s face, and so when they managed to leave their pursuers behind, they went to their meeting and told them what the man looked like. It was the owner of where they were meeting right then! and he lead the redcoats straight to them. By dropping the curtain on them Tom and some other rebels escape, and the traitor is left to make a comic parade for the prisoners, and more the British were going to pick up that night. Tom and Dan come back though and capture the man, and then take him to one of their men where he is bound.

Knowing that the parade will incite anger Tom plans to turn that anger to free their men, and changing a few words in Yankee Doodle would be their cue. After spending the night making signs and the like Tom and Dan start the parade. Their signs do the trick and the watching crowd is filled with anger at the procession. The prisoners begin to sing, and as it is a song written to mock them they aren’t stopped, but the words are new and call men to action.

The town fights and sings, and the prisoners are freed, and run to safety. They new words still booming through the air, Tom and Dan return to the woods until the next time they are called upon.

Green Arrow

A prison break, lead by a crafty man by the name of Micheals brings Oliver and Roy from their beds in the middle of the night. Because eight people escaped with him on the eigth of August Micheals decides eight is their lucky number. He dresses as an octopus, gets an octopus, and lets his new pet choose what crime they are going to pull. They go to an ice show and as the star makes a big figure 8 her skates melt an opening for the gangsters, and they begin to snatch gems. Oliver and Roy were in the stands though and manage to run off the crooks and make them drop the loot.

Next they aim to rob a boat race, and by pretending to be one of the racers and saying they sprung a leak they are brought aboard a large ship. Though they ship gets a message off, the police (and the heroes) don’t get there on time, but Oliver begins to piece together the pattern of 8. He sees the eight escapees on the tv at some sort of show, and so he and Speedy head over. They manage to capture the entire gang, except for Micheals, who then swears to kill GA.

He posts his threat in the newspaper, and says the number 8 will be they undoing of the archer. When there is a robbery on route 8 GA heads out, even though it was almost the time set that the Octopus said he would perish. Turns out they had found the bomb that was left in the Arrowcar- which has 8 letters- and road out there cause they knew he’d want to watch them die. They chase him to the hideout, have a brief tussle with the pet octopus, but get him in the end.

Batman

A man gets access to his full inheritance, and at once he goes out on dangerous expenditures, like big game hunting, and climbing Mount Everest. Being that he is a wealthy man in Gotham, naturally he knows Bruce. Though he hates to leave a case unfinished, Bruce goes to one of this man’s parties to keep his cover. Naturally criminals try to rob the wealthy guests and the host, but with Batman on hand I have no fear they’ll lose their stuff.

And I was right, Batman takes them down, and the thrill the young man gets fills him with a burning desire to fight crime, ya know for the fun of it. I do get a kick over how Robin thinks it’s impossible to have a millionaire detective. Have you forgotten who you live with? Mostly this causes Bruce alarm because the man is sure to get hurt, and possibly get in Bruce’s way as he has announced he is going after the same man Batman is hunting.

A rare book is being brought into the city and both Batman and the new detective think that it is a likely target of robbery for the Zero (the man they’re hunting). So while Batman and Robin take up guarding from afar, the new detective buys the entire store the book is being delivered to, and sits down to wait for the thief. Zero had himself delivered in a crate, and Batman could have gone after the man as he left with the loot, but he had to save the life of the millionaire instead.

The next day Bruce goes to see the man (as Bruce) and pretends to be interested in becoming a detective himself. He hears the man is offering thousands for information on the Zero. He is told that he himself will be robbed, and so he and the tipster (who I think is Zero) head to his estate. The place is empty as he called the servants and told them to leave. The tipster collapses, and while bending over him the new detective is hit. (I still think it’s him. The panel isn’t quite clear enough to prove it’s not.)

Batman and Robin, who are arrive in time to run off Zero without the gems he was after, but another point to my thinking it’s that guy, as the Zero’s mask is found in the house, and he claimed his head hurt, even though he was clutching his stomach when he fell. I mean he might have hit his head when he landed, but…

To keep a better watch on him Bruce joins the detective agency that the man had set up. As his next step the detective had issued a challenge in the paper sating that he would have a million dollars in the office that night if Zero wanted to try for it. His men had orders to keep Batman out, but haha, jokes on them he’s right next to you! Fucking Called It! Sorry a bit ahead of myself. Batman goes out of the room to change, he had figured out that the tipster was Zero, and so had no qualms diving in the window despite the fact the tipster was supposedly a hostage to Zero. (It was dark, like a fuse was cut or something) Batman explained how he had figured it out (dust, prison records) and in showing the skills needed to be a detective Batman finally put the man’s dreams of being a detective to rest.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

Strange Adventures 39

Oh no! Adam’s scientist friend is dead! This story is the tale of the court case against the murderer- a gorilla from a super race, just as intelligent as ourselves. Comet claims that his friend swapped his brain with that of the primate and it was his body that shot the professor with a gun. He tells the court that he tracked down the killer and switched their bodies back, and now demands justice. Then we see the gorilla’s thoughts. He knows it would be easy enough to get free from the humans with it’s great strength, but doesn’t dare with Comet so near.

So it sends a telepathic impulse to the judge, making him clear the room of most of the crowd, Adam included. Then it makes a break for it. Comet runs in, quickly reads the situation and goes after the beast. Being chased by the cops and the man of the future the gorilla decides to join the criminal underground in order to fight all humans, who it hates. He leads a few men on a crime wave, making them rich in exchange for their help in killing Captain Comet.

One of the men brings Comet to the Gorilla, but he gets them out of the way by tossing money to the other side of the room where thy scramble for it. Then the two both try to strangle the other. It was Comet’s great stamina that allowed him to be the victor of the short struggle. The gang was wrapped up as the bills he had thrown were marked, and the Gorilla went back to jail pending trial.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

All-Star Western 74

Johnny Thunder

John happens to be outside of a bank when it is robbed, and as the ride away he jumps from a rooftop, tackles them off heir horses and takes them in. The sheriff is thankful but starts going on about how he wishes it were his own son bringing in crooks, and that he’s wasted as a teacher. You know what fuck him. John does a good job as Thunder, but he does just as much good for the world as a teacher. Not everyone is meant to be a policeman or whatever, and it’s not like John is doing something useless!

Well rant over; back to the story. John Tane heads to work and he finds a man dressed as his other identity, who tells him his father has been thrown from a horse and he was sent to fetch him. He goes with the fake to learn what is going on and as they ride out he is hit on the back of the head, and when he wakes he is tied up. Oh dear. They tell him that he is bait for a trap for the real Thunder, who of course is John. If anyone else tries to save him John will be killed. Johnny knows he must reappear as Thunder and save himself, and wracks his brain for the answer. The feeling of the hot sun on his back give him an idea.

He shakes off his glasses and picks them off with his teeth, then focuses he sun’s rays through them onto the rope that bound him. Free, he gathers up a spare costume, darkens his hair and heads out to meet his kidnappers. In order to get the jump on them he lets them think they have shot him and comes up to them from under the river, and comes out shooting. It doesn’t take long for them to surrender.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Tomahawk 20

During the revolutionary war Tom is sent somewhere  along the coast to lead a force of men who had just lost their leader. He is shown some British forces, apparently sitting ducks, and he hastily calls a retreat. His new men question it, but eventually they move back. They lose two cannons while retreating, but Tomahawk says they hold where they are for a rest then continue their retreat, though his men want to bring the fight to the redcoats. It is uneasy battle to make their way further inland, and they lose their last cannon to swampland. Finally, cold, wet, tired, and on the loose footing of the swamp Tomahawk says they’ll attack.

Of course he had a plan, another troop of  men had been following the British who followed them, and they trapped the enemy between them. One of the dissenters from Tomahawk’s men sneaked up behind him, intent to kill. Tom was ready though, as the man had slipped, and revealed information he ought not to have known. He then explained that he had been ordered to sound the retreat by General Washington, so others could sneak in and steal the ships the British left behind.

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One day Tom and Dan see a troop of redcoats retreating in a hurry, and lament the fact that they had not fallen for a trap, as the news had been spread by a newspaper in the area. Coincidence of coincidences they come across the the writer of the article just a little bit later. They bring him to a fort where the general there wants to have him locked up, as he was either a fool or a spy. But Tom vouches for him, saying that properly conducted the idea of a paper was sound. Like a puppy who has been shown kindness he follows Tom and Dan, wanting to write about where they go next. But he is quite a hindrance to the frontier’s men.

Tom allows the reporter to write out his story, but not to send it. This seems to be a mistake the next day when the three are captured by redcoats, and they send the story and Tom’s report, intending to use the advantage of knowing their enemies movements. Oddly Tom thinks he can still make this good news. When the sun rises the next day the writer says he wants to write of the current situation, and is allowed to by the Brits. Spraying he leader in the face with ink he causes the man to drop his sword, and Tom frees himself.

Dan ran to the nearby Fort and enlisted help from the men there. But even if Tom hadn’t been able to fix the situation it was just fine, as he had switched the labels on the carrier pigeons so the letters had gone to the wrong people. Getting the story instead of the okay the general had known that something had gone wrong, and was prepared for the British to know the plan. Does that make sense? It’s late so I’m not sure…

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We start off seeing some strangers transporting goods along the Mississippi. They are set up on by pirates in the second panel, much to their shock. The cargo ships are left destroyed, their crews killed and their goods stolen. This is not the last time either. Ship after ship is taken, and we now see where the ships were meant to go, to be used as trade with a native tribe further up river. The chief suggests they call Tomahawk to help, as he will surely know what to do. With a chain of smoke signals the two are summoned. They ask for a few braves to help them, and with those men he would take back the trade route. He ambushed the pirates on the next shipment and as they fled Tomahawk called pursuit. They found the pirates had hold of a fort, so Tom and Dan step forward to investigate their force. But while Dan is counting cannons he is captured. The villains tied the boy to the mouth of a cannon and cried put a warning that an attack would mean Dan’s death. The group is led inside, but Tom has had one of the tribesmen wear his clothes so he can dramatically declare his position. He had used the time the other man gave him to lessen Dan’s ropes and to lock most of the pirates in their rooms. Now free of their need to help Dan the party attacks, and the criminals find they are helpless before the skills of Tomahawk and the Braves.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Detective Comics 201

Batman

A man’s life has been threatened, and he is warned not to publicly tour Gotham. The man is frightened, but feels as though he must go through with his tour, or be branded a coward. But a solution is given to him in the form of a man who would be his body double. (Not the human target introduced in the 70s) Batman looks into it and sees he has no criminal record, and an obvious reason as to why he needs the money, for his daughter requires expensive surgery. The tour goes on and Batman and Robin take in some attempted assassins. When a killer breaks free a few days later the two head to protect the man that had given the final testimony on the killer. They find their possible victim has already been replaced with the human target.

Once more Batman and Robin are able to stop the murder, and bring the one responsible to jail. Then we see the target’s real face for the first time, and his sweet daughter, for whom he is risking his life almost daily. There is a montage next of a series of men he takes the place of, with narrow escapes each time. News begins to leak out about the man who’ll risk his life for yours and a criminal who had overstepped his bounds in his gang decides he’s going to use the target.

Having made the money he needed, the target heads home to celebrate with his child, Batman, and Robin. But that is not what happens next, his daughter has been kidnapped and he is forced into a role that could very well mean his life. Lucky for him our detective watches some surveillance that has the target on it, and as he did not have an allergic reaction to flowers (as the real gangster would have) Batman suspected it was him. They slip in to see the target an get confirmation on the situation. Then Batman takes the place of the gangster, and sends Robin to check likely hiding spots where the man’s daughter might be.

Batman heads to where the target was to meet with one of the gangsters men, but spots a trap at once. He ‘trips’ and renders the trap unusable in one simple motion. Meanwhile Robin has found the girl and the law has gathered up this branch of the gang. But Batman wants to get them all and goes back under cover. But his life quickly is in danger, and the target pays him back for all the times he was saved, by distracting them as ‘Batman’. It gives Bruce enough time to k.o. the bastards, and the target leaves with his daughter to get the operation she needs.

Roy Raymond, Tv Detective

This is Impossible but true, but they have renamed the feature. Worry not you will still see Roy on all his disbelieving glory.

Roy is going through frauds and features not interesting enough to have on the show, and finds nothing he can use. He heads out for lunch with Karen when a man speaks up from next to him. Not unusual, except for the fact the man could not be seen. He wasn’t hiding or anything, but actually invisible. The man goes about his day after letting Roy know about himself, and that’s that. Until the next morning when the invisible man is chilling in Roy’s house, handing him his hat and coat. He explains that he wasn’t always invisible, he was a scientist that had discovered a chemical to cause a person to vanish. But he didn’t have the funds to research a way to bring himself back to the visible spectrum.

He asked Roy to get him a loan from the bank, as he couldn’t do it himself legally, and he didn’t wish to steal. He told Roy that if he did not help, he would have no choice but to do so. Roy’s fame at seeing through frauds made it easy enough to get the money, but while they were driving Roy seemed to have figured something out, and told Karen to whisper. Soon they heard the voice again, but the man didn’t seem to notice that Roy had a group of cops with him, and a direction finder to seek the area of a transmission.

The explanation was a bit odd. Apparently all the movement had been done by magnets, and the man had coated Roy’s coat and hat with a light metal spray. The voice of course was from a tiny radio concealed in Roy’s watch. I really don’t think this would work in real life. Anyone want to Mythbust?

Robotman

A car crash, and a quick switch of a box in the mail truck and some crooks have stolen Robotman’s new body and have replaced it with one of their own making. Excited about his new body he changes at once, and soon has to go out to stop a crime. But the body doesn’t obey him as usual, and makes him rush into a fire. However this doesnt seem to be to harm him as water spouts automatically appear and put out the flames. His new form continues to make him quell the fires around him, makeing it so he has to let the crooks go. At the next crime this new body was programmed to pump out poison gas from the air instead of going after them. (Um I think he might have done those things anyway, I mean would he really leave a room luck of people in a room where they are breathing poison?) He tries to unwire the modifications, but it is too well done. He dare not go out for fear of what they may make him do, and it will take months for a new body to arrive. As he muses he is called into help a plane land, as it has run out of fuel and is in danger. We then see the gang that has caused all this trouble. They laugh as they loot the airport, glad their sabotage of the plane had gone well. Meanwhile Robotman finds himself unable to use his arms. He changes his legs into wheels and catches the aircraft on his back, as living landing gear. He then runs after the gang, freed from their modifications by an electric eye? Not sure how but okay.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Superboy 28

An  editor of some magazine decides that they are going to run a story about the luckiest people. There were a number whose lives had been unlikely saved, or else discovered riches, but none seemed more lucky than a boy in Smallville called Clark Kent. So the entire article became about him, the luckiest boy in the world. Of course you and I know that he’s not really that lucky (besides being found by the Kents) and he feels a bit bad about it since he can never tell the real stories of his ‘narrow escapes’.

On a whim on of his neighbors asked him to help him choose a place for a well, and another for him to find the money she had dropped. Of course he felt like he had  to help and soon his reputation was legendary. Soon things got big enough that he was forced to step in as Superboy. A man bought the right to use Clark’s name by donating a thousand dollars to Smallville’s charities. When Clark found out that his name was to be put on lucky tokens, that would do nothing and therefore swindle the people he knew he had to take it back somehow.

He planned to make it so that the man would not want his name anymore. So at the grand opening he walked under a ladder and broke a mirror and then but putting a tiny bit of his strength against a tree he was leaning on he was able to make it fall. As reporters were led through the factory, Clark made sure to reveal flaws in the factory with his ‘unluckiness’. Then Clark pulled his final bit of lucklessness. He stood atop the dam and as he planted his feet firmly the dam kinda crumbled beneath him (It needed replacing anyway). As Clark ‘fell’ he changed and pulled some more acts to make it look as though his luck is truly gone.

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A Conman (called Foxy) finds a group of scientists with a machine that one man claimed made rays stronger than Kryptonite. So Foxy stole the machine and called up the biggest names in crime, having them all be there in  the morning. In order to put Superboy on ice the crooks drop their stolen gold and jewels, as that is what the machine run on. Really he was just trying to steal the goods for his own, but as Superboy flys by to stop a brush fire the machine sends out a ray that knocks him out of the sky. He gets up, but is weakened by the blast. Foxy and the men he called before send out a plea for more fuel for the machine, to take SB out for good.

Worried the people of Smallville try to see how weakened he is, and Superboy tries desperatly to seem as strong as before. But the crooks had arrived and Foxy as ready to blast our young hero again. But he shows the crooks what he had been hiding before; that he truly was unharmed, and it was  a ruse to get as many criminals as possible to Smallville. He had overheard Foxy talking earlier, and already knew about the machine as it was to be used in an entertainment later on.

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A new boy has moved to town and has taken a shine to Lana. Poor lad, she only has eyes for Superboy. He learns of her theory about Clark being SB, and sets out to disprove it, thinking she might gain an interest in him if she knew Clark was not the Kryptonian.  He sets it up so Clark to be at a dance with Lana when he is due across town as Superboy. But such a trick is easy enough to pull for him; he’s had enough practice. Using static electricity he blows a fuse at the dance and uses his super hearing and super ventriloquism to carry on a conversation with her in the dark.

Foiled the boy came up with another plan. He set up a record of cries for help to play when Clark and Lana would be in class. The record player was hidden in an area laden with lead, so he would be unable to see the trap. Clark escapes class by melting the cage a mouse was in, and after catching it, was told to get it out of there. He returned to class after finding the player, and Lana decided to prove once and for all his identity, by putting herself in danger. He overheard her plan and so to save her he stepped in front of a car as Clark, and faked an injury. With all his friends coming to see him, he has little to no chance to leave to tend to crimefighing duties. He uses his powers from his bed to do what he can while being watched.

But Superboy wasn’t showing up…. So Clark inflated a dummy of his other self and hurled it at a crook, while Lana was watching the thief. She saw Clark and ‘Superboy’ at the same time. And so the issue comes to an end, with Lana saying she still won’t go out with the boy, because she liked Clark for himself.

Comic Books · Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Nov

Adventure Comics 194

Superboy

Another genius who could have greatly helped he world if only he hadn’t turned to crime. This one is very Luthor-esk and wants not only to use his new lightning gun for crime, but to prove himself smarter than Superboy. He moves himself and his minion to Smallville as soon as the gun is tested. They first rob a bank, and when SB steps in they shoot him with the gun. As we all know a little electricity is nothing to a Kyrptonian, but Clark knew that merely his being around others with his new electric field was dangerous. First our clever boy solves his problems from afar, forming a giant shovel to carry the crooks, but they simply shoot out a bridge while in transport, making him leave them to fix it.

Clark then flew out to Pluto and worked off the power that clung to him, and he goes after the crooks again then they strike that night. They cut off the powerplant, but SB used their own weapon against them by making himself into a giant light bulb with the help of his new blast of electricity. While fleeing the town the criminals come across Superboy standing before them, glowing. They pull out the gun and try to charge him enough so he must leave, only for it to fly out of the boss’s hands into the sky where the real Superboy had coiled metal around himself so as to make himself into an electromagnet. The version on the ground was made a metal, and given just enough of the energy to glow. Superboy then showered bits of electrified metal around the crooks, left to work of the rest of the power and soon returned to bring the men to jail.

Aquaman

Our boy was just drifting along on the back of a walrus when he sees a ship being attacked and so he heads on over to see what he can do. Imagine his shock when it wasn’t some random pirate, but an actual armada of enemies. So the crooked navy gets away with that ship’s cargo, but Aquaman is ready for them with the next ship that passes by. He has called up his friends, and put up a ‘smokescreen’ by having the octopuses release their ink and then the whales sprayed it into the air. Next torpedoes were sent after the ship Aquaman was protecting, but some of Aquaman’s friends simply nudged them back toward the shooters.

So they closed in, deciding to fight hand to hand. Aquaman scared them off though, with legions of turtles, painted to look like mines. They still made off with the gold from the ship though. Except it wasn’t gold, but a radio, to bring the coast guard to the leader of the thieves. He set up this trap on the first ship, by mentioning that the other was going through, and there was a bug that relayed that to the crook. I wonder why he decided to drop that bug though, and how Aquaman knew about it.

Johnny Quick

Johnny, Tubby, and some adventurers find a lost city (I think it’s in South America, but they don’t say) Tubby’s biggest worry is that the natives believe it haunted. There seems to be something to the rumor as well. Statues coming to life, and people hurling spears at them before vanishing. But when the adventurers stumble upon a sacrificial pit (Johnny saves them) that has paths and tunnels around the bottom he thinks he may have found how the previous events had happened. While exploring these (and nearly dying again) the four find stacks of gold. Modern gold, as it had mint marks and the like.

The gang comes after them, but Johnny quickly (haha) chases them back, and when they block the tunnel the speedster digs them out in seconds. The criminals are then trapped in a thrown together cage of spears.

Green Arrow

Our story begins by seeing the duo going after some bank robbers. The crooks end up running into a scientist’s lab where he is exploring the relationship between light and time. The entire party ends up in the future where they witness another bank robbery, and the Archers are greeted by a cop. Oddly not only did the people from the future know them, and even expect to see them, but GA knew about special arrows they had in this time, and how to use them. The bank robbers here were the same ones from the past, just changed in their methods and what they planned to steal. Just as in modern (or not so modern as it’s the 50s) times they escape briefly, but GA and Speedy are able to find them again with the help of the police.

The crooks try to escape again in a rocket, but the archers use Anti-atom arrows to kill the reactions in the jets. Still using fantastic (and most likely impossible) arrows they capture the crooks and then wake in the lab.