"Tales from the Otherkind": Man-Bat is alone in his studio, looking at some files in some drawers. He has an impulse to write stories about the Otherkind, stories he and the team lived firsthand. He first tells about the Soup, a being from the Otherplace
Synopsis for "Tales from the Otherkind"
Man-Bat is alone in his studio, looking at some files in some drawers. He has an impulse to write stories about the Otherkind, stories he and the team lived firsthand. He first tells about the Soup, a being from the Otherplace who attacked the Morning Star, a club managed by the First of the Fallen. This being entered it and consumed all the life there in acid, as Zatanna barely escaped him as she was there trying to come to an agreement with the club's owner about refugees of the incoming war for magic with the Otherkind itself.
Then he talks about the Conjured, a creature formed by thousand lives ad the same time. He's attracted by vampire and hunts them, taking also Andrew Bennett even if Swamp Thing and Detective Chimp tried to warn him. The next story is about the Offspring, a race of meat-consuming creatures that hatch and grow and come to life inside the corpses they eat. Wonder Woman barely escapes them, with Frankenstein and his Creature Commandos their victims.
And then, Man-Bat encounters a story written backwards, just like Zatanna's magical words: he wasn't the author of that story, and this confounds him. Still, it tells about two sorcerers imprisoned by a force called The Rip, two sorcerers trying to pass down a message: the stories are a powerful mean, a way for the Otherkind to radicate inside another dimension. Once the stories spread in a world, the Otherkind cannot be banished from them. This sorcerers are Sargon and Giovanni Zatara, and the message is passed through the Ruby of Life, destined to Giovanni's daughter, Zatanna. She was trained for this conflict since her birth, but still she does not understand her role in it.
The message is in the story itself, but Man-Bat still cannot make a sense out of it. He will tell Zatanna tomorrow. Now, he must go to sleep. He does not know the Upside-Down Man is lurking behind him, telling us to stay quiet so he can do his job. And when the dark falls, and the light disappears, a sinister clacking sound rises up in the air.
Appearing in "Tales from the Otherkind"
- Andrew Bennett
- Sargon the Sorcerer
- First of the Fallen (Apparent Death)
- The Otherkind
- Drakul Karfang (Appears only as a corpse)
- Patrick Cadence (Only appearance; dies)
- Etrigan (Mentioned only)
- Father Time (Mentioned only)
- Justice League (Mentioned only)
- Mary, Queen of Blood (Mentioned only)
- Arctic Circle
- United States of America