"Blood Secrets Part Two": The Ray has mastered sufficient control of his powers to enable himself to enter the Blood Gem by focussing himself into a single ray of light. Here, he attacks Rott, which is exactly what the being wanted, as it enables him to escap
Appearing in "Blood Secrets Part Two"
- Justice League International
- Clemma (one of Bloodwynd's ancestors) (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Blood Secrets Part Two"
The Ray has mastered sufficient control of his powers to enable himself to enter the Blood Gem by focussing himself into a single ray of light. Here, he attacks Rott, which is exactly what the being wanted, as it enables him to escape the gem and to fight the Martian Manhunter (the gem is embedded in the hero's chest) on the outside. As the fight, Atom and Ray encounter the true Bloodwynd inside the gem, and he is able to explain what's going on. Rott is the soul of Jacob Whitney, a particularly brutal slaver of the 18th century. He was imprisoned in the Blood Gem by his slaves, including one of Bloodwynd's ancestors. The family has passed the powerful gem down and each bearer, as he uses it, has somehow fed Whitney with the darker aspects of his character, transforming him from human to the monstrous form that J'onn is battling. Recently, he gained enough power to trap Bloodwynd inside with him and use J'onn to do his bidding. Using insights gained from this explanation, the Ray draws some of the gem's power into himself, which weakens Rott and imprisons him once more in the gem. Taking Weapons Master captive, Atom and the Ray escape the gem with Bloodwynd, who re-assumes control of it from Martian Manhunter. However, with the League seriously low on power, they wonder how the team can go on.
- The Ray appears next in Black Canary (Volume 2) #8.
- The Atom appears next in The Atom Special #1.
- Martian Manhunter appears next in Justice League Task Force #1.
- The flashback for Martian Manhunter occurs before Justice League Spectacular #1.
- Flashbacks for Rott and Bloodwynd mark their earliest chronological appearance.
- Final appearance to date of Rott.
- Justice League America was biweekly at this point. Cover date 'Late July 1993'.
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