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Synopsis "Fury Part One"
A lone guard on the front gate of Gotham Biotech is incapacitated by the mercenary Copperhead. He, Solomon Grundy, the Shade, and Star Sapphire were part of Lex Luthor’s failed mercenary group (Injustice For All). They have since been hired, along with a Japanese swordswoman called Tsukuri, to provide assistance to a mysterious blond-haired woman. Copperhead is charmed by her praise, as is Grundy when she asks him to force open the main door. Once inside Tsukuri knocks out the guards and the Shade covers their path with darkness.
Inside the facility’s massive vault they find a single plant specimen. It is obviously valuable to their leader, but it remains a mystery to the hired help. The villains are on their way out when the Batman arrives. He breezes through the gang, knocking out each villain in turn until only the blond leader is left. He asks her name, but she tells him that she “Answers to no man! Not even you!” Batman underestimates her strength. She over powers him, but leaves him alive. What she doesn’t notice is that the Batman has torn off her necklace during their fight.
Wonder Woman (Diana, Princess of the Amazons) is still new to Man’s World. Her sightseeing tour of “Bergduff’s”, an upmarket department store, attracts bemused onlookers. She puzzles over the fashion displays and gets a snarky comment when she asks why the women there want to cover up their natural beauty with make-up. As she leave the store Wonder Woman sees a delivery van blocking a parked car. A woman in the car wants to drive off, but the van driver refuses to budge until he’s finished his coffee break. Wonder Woman lifts the van out the woman’s way and then reminds the van driver to watch his manners. Batman interrupts Wonder Woman’s sight-seeing tour to ask her about the superpowered woman he met. Her necklace was of Amazonian design, but Wonder Woman flatly refuses to believe that an Amazon would be capable of being a burglary.
At her warehouse hideout, the woman outlines the target of her next heist – a Gem Depository containing almost 25 million dollars in precious stones. Her gang appreciate the new target and she assures Grundy that she’s ready for the Justice League. Her team enters the Depository via different routes, taking out the guards as they go. She tells her gang that she is going to disable the security cameras, but instead uses them to dare the police and Justice League to stop them. Their leader meets up with the gang as they loot the main vault. She tells them to take what they’ve got and to return to the hideout, but she stays behind to grab two large rubies – the raid’s real target. Superman blocks her escape and, like Batman, he initially underestimates Aresia’s strength. She throws a container of gas at him and Superman instantly becomes feverish. Wonder Woman arrives next and recognises her as a women she knows called “Aresia”, but cuts off her pursuit when Superman collapses. She takes Superman to the Watchtower while the Flash and Green Lantern continue the hunt for Aresia and her gang.
Batman does not believe Wonder Woman’s assertion that there are no Amazonian criminals so he asks Hawkgirl to reconnoiter Themyscira, the Amazon island homeland. Men are forbidden from setting foot on the island so the Batman circles the island in the Batplane. Amazon patrols are searching the island for a thief. They discover Hawkgirl and bring her to Queen Hippolyta in the belief that she if the thief. Hawkgirl explains to the Queen that she is Wonder Woman’s friend and that she is investigating a theft involving an Amazon. Hawkgirl produces the necklace that Batman snatched as proof. This surprises Hippolyta and she demands that her horse be made ready. She and Hawkgirl race to a tower on an exposed promontory.
Queen Hippolyta explains that the necklace belongs to a woman called Aresia. She was not born an Amazon. Aresia was born in Man’s World, the daughter of a peasant family living in a violent war zone. She and her mother fled as refugee after their village was destroyed. They eventually found there way to a refugee ship, but sunk by pirates. Aresia was the only survivor. Miraculously she washed ashore on Themyscira and was found by Queen Hippolyta (who looked virtually identical to Aresia’s dead mother). The Amazon’s adopted Aresia and magically bestowed her with Amazonian strength and speed. Her secluded contemplation in the tower was to have been the last part of her ritual progression into Amazonian society, but a stash of forbidden books with titles like “Germ Warfare” suggest that she has other plans.
In the Watchtower infirmary, J’onn J’onzz studies the rapidly deteriorating Superman. He cannot identify Superman’s illness, but the Man of Steel is not the only victim. Green Lantern brings the unconscious Flash to the Watchtower, but falls unconscious himself as soon as he’s aboard. Back at her hideout, Aresia smashes the stolen rubies into powder and mixes them with her toxins. Star Sapphire and the others demand to know what’s going on so Aresia demonstrates by releasing her toxin. Copperhead, Grundy, and the Shade instantly pass out. Hawkgirl explains what she found on Themyscira as the Batplane returns to the mainland. As they approach the City they hear a slew of emergency calls – all in female voices. Aresia’s toxin has gone city-wide. Men, and only men, are rapidly falling sick. The female firefighters and emergency responders are stretched thin trying to deal with the growing disaster, but they’re numbers are too few to cope.
Batman single-handedly taking down Copperhead, Shade, Grundy, Star Sapphire, and Tsukuri.
Unanswered questions about Aresia (see above).
There is a lot to like in this episode – Batman being Batman, the return of the super villains and Queen Hippolyta – but there is also a lot to be nervous about. The focus is on the female characters with the male characters being only lightly sketched. Superman, Flash and Green Lantern are only in it to get immediately shot down by the toxin. Even Copperhead, Grundy, and the Shade get less characterisation than in Injustice For All. I don’t mean to imply the story shouldn’t focus on the female characters for once, but historically comics and Saturday morning cartoon aren’t known for their enlightened portrayal of women. Given that history, Fury does pretty well and, in my opinion, is only really let down by a fairly vanilla villain.
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