"Cold Front": At Black Spirit Lake, Martian Manhunter telepathically scans the critically injured Flash and Green Lantern in an attempt to figure out what has happened to them. He learns of the confrontation with the fire jumpers, and then collapses in fear of the fire made manifest in their vis
- Part of me hopes it's some megalomaniac testing his new toy.
- — Superman
Appearing in "Cold Front"
- Justice League of America
- William Hume
- Black Spirit Lake
Synopsis for "Cold Front"
At Black Spirit Lake, Martian Manhunter telepathically scans the critically injured Flash and Green Lantern in an attempt to figure out what has happened to them. He learns of the confrontation with the fire jumpers, and then collapses in fear of the fire made manifest in their visions. Batman asks how long it will be until they can be scanned again for more information, and Manhunter tells him that he cannot until they are fully recovered. They take Wally and Kyle to the resort, which it is learn it was built by Abel Carmody, who built it out of solid stone.
The doctor of the resort takes Wally and Kyle, with Linda and Jade, their significant others, at their sides. Wonder Woman and Superman have the manager William Hume call in a state forensics team.
Martian Manhunter, as John Jones, interviews the head of the fire jumping team, Kishana Lewis, who insists that she killed her teammates by running away and left them to burn. She sees through his disguise, somehow, and knows that he's green. But Kishana allows him to probe her mind, and when he does, she turns into a being of flame and warns him of the coming evil.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman admires the valley, and the manager, William Hume, tells her that there is an emergency out on the lake. She agrees to go help, but the manager reveals, after she leaves, eyes without irises.
At the bottom of the lake, Wonder Woman finds a boater, and releases him from some ropes. She sees something strange.
Superman convenes with Batman about the occurrences in the fire. Superman observes that there is no animal life at all in the vicinity, and Batman notes that the plants are growing back at spectacular speed.
With the boaters safe (they hit a strange rock), Wonder Woman goes back down to see what caught her eye. She finds Civil War-era relics, and strange, nonhuman skeletons.
Superman and Batman surmise that though the forest is designed such that it would go up with even an errant spark and burn hotter than phosphorous, it hasn't in over a hundred years. They both start getting cold even Superman, who is invulnerable to cold. Superman tells Batman that these are old growth trees, though, with the fire, that's impossible. It starts to snow.
Underwater, Wonder Woman is suddenly attacked by the skulls. She gets stabbed in the arm, but keeps fighting. She starts to escape to the surface, then runs into the ice on the surface without realizing it, nearly breaking her jaw. Her arm is growing spikes.
Superman, sensing something coming, tells Batman to get his grapple and throws him far away. A monster attacks Superman, hitting him hard.
In Metropolis, Lois feels like she's been stabbed. She realizes that something has happened to Clark.
Superman throws a tree at the monsters and lights it on fire with his heat vision. Superman is bleeding rather heavily.
Batman catches the tier of the lodge, barely, and swings down to see Superman doing battle with the monster. Superman flies through the air and lands at Batman's feet, bloodied terribly and warning of a legion of monsters. He tells Batman he can barely handle one of the creatures. Batman calls the doctor, and asks what happened to Wonder Woman, whom is still struggling at the bottom of the lake.
- This book was first published on April 16, 2003.
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