|From MYSTERY IN SPACE #91. Image copyright DC COMICS|
Saturday, 29 August 2015
LOOPY LAPSES IN LOGIC DEPARTMENT - PUZZLE OF THE PERILOUS PRISONS!
So here's the scoop! ADAM STRANGE and ALANNA arrive on Earth (having hitched a ride with HAWKMAN and HAWKGIRL), unaware that MORTAN (the baddie) intends to prematurely return Alanna to RANN. Having secretly bathed her in negative ZETA-BEAMS before she left, Mortan's plan is that Adam will then return to Rann at the earliest opportunity, the two lovers will run into one another's arms and - KA-BLOOIE! - the end of both of them as positive and negative Zeta-beams just don't mix.
Sounds simple, right? However, look at the pic. There's Mortan aiming his gun at the pair. He's got a clear shot and nobody even suspects he's there. So why not simply aim a disintegrator gun at the duo and blow them off the face of the planet? Well, then we wouldn't have a story is the obvious answer, but it makes one realize just how artificially convoluted (not to mention redundant) some of the plots were in a lot of those old stories. Full marks for ingenuity, but none for logic.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for further 'Loopy Lapses in Logic Dept.' instalments in future posts.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, August 29, 2015