"He's No Super-Hero": In Metropolis, henchmen Smitty and Rojek sneak into Metallo's old headquarters with the intention of looting and selling his equipment but they encounter Shockwave still present who, after reading Metallo's Peop
- What the devil is going on here?
Synopsis for "He's No Super-Hero"
In Metropolis, henchmen Smitty and Rojek sneak into Metallo's old headquarters with the intention of looting and selling his equipment but they encounter Shockwave still present who, after reading Metallo's People Weekly magazine and learning that Blue Devil will be at a Hollywood premiere this evening, recruits Smitty and Rojek to help him get his revenge.
In Verner Brother's Studio, Blue Devil, Sharon and Eddie are in Blue Devil's workshop. Blue Devil is inspecting his trident which has been acting weird but, unbeknownst to him, the trident is thwarting his efforts.
Elsewhere on the lot Marla and Jock are discussing the People Weekly magazine article. Jock reveals the article was supposed to be about how Blue Devil is a personal menace to Verner Brothers Studio but the magazine turned it around on him. The two argue while director Lou Hansen tries to film a hospital scene.
That night, Blue Devil and Sharon, Norm and Olivia, Wayne and his date, Marla and Eddie Bloom, and Jock and his chauffer/bodyguard Van Vanucci appear on the red carpet at the theater having the Blue Devil movie premiere. Blue Devil and Van have words but Marla manages to get everyone inside.
As the movie runs, Shockwave and his henchmen burst through the screen threatening Blue Devil who leaps into the fray. Norm and Marla manage to evacuate the building. During the fight Blue Devil wishes he had his trident and it mystically responds to his summons.
At that same moment, Jason Blood sense the mystical presence of a "hell-born entity." He apparently felt it earlier (likely when Blue Devil was inspecting the trident) and believed it to be in New Orleans. He changes to Etrigan to track down the presence.
Blue Devil and Shockwave continue to tussel, during which Jock's limo is destroyed, and the trident flies to Blue Devil. The trident brings Blue Devil's costume and somehow dresses him. Blue Devil suddenly feels more powerful and the fight resumes.
Smitty and Rojek finally manage to get out from the rubble of the theater but are spotted by both Eddie Bloom and Van Vanucci (who is hiding on the roof of a nearby building). Rojek fires a stun gun at Eddie but Eddie brought a device that shoots explosive bubbles at them which allows Van Vanucci to take them down.
Later in the fight, which is being televised and is seen by John Stewart, the energy in the trident coats Blue Devil who begins to speak differently. After taking Shockwave down, Blue Devil backhands Norm and announces that "he" is at last in control of the body and is prepared to "destroy the world of mortal men."
Appearing in "He's No Super-Hero"
- Etrigan (Jason Blood)
- John Stewart (Cameo)
- Lou Hansen (First appearance)
- Megan O'Dell
- Olivia Paxton (First appearance)
- Van Vanucci (First appearance)
- Wayne's Unnamed Date
- Los Angeles, California
- Verner Brothers Studios
- Metallo's Secret Headquarters
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Hollywood, California
- Blue Devil's Trident
- Shockwave's Exosuit
- Henchmen Stun Guns
- Eddie Bloom's Bubble Device
- John Stewart's Green Lantern Power Battery (cameo)
- Sharon Scott's New 1959 Pink Cadillac
- Metallo's Hovercraft
- This story takes place during the Mardi Gras festival. The mailing label on the cover of People Weekly indicates that it is the February 1985 issue.
- Between this issue and next, Etrigan manages to get from New Orleans, Louisiana to Hollywood, California in a matter of a few hours (during the span of the Blue Devil/Shockwave/Green Lantern fight) seemingly by hopping from vehicle to vehicle.
- When Eddie opens a storage closet in Blue Devil's workshop, parts of his future Kid Devil exosuit can be seen.
- Metallo's secret headquarters is at 123 Supervillain Lane, Metropolis 00100.
- Metallo's mail contains a letter from Lex Luthor.
- There is a running gag throughout the series of cameo appearances by comic strip character Pogo Possum. In this issue he appears on a postage stamp on an envelope sent by Lex Luthor to Metallo.
- Issue 16 notes that the color credits on this issue are mistakenly credited to Michele Wolfman. They were in fact done by Shelley Eiber.