LOCAL HEROES - The story begins with Pat's funeral, which is well attended. It ends with Tommy, Sean, Hcken, Ringo and Natt by the graveside. They each take a swig of booze and poor the rest on the coffin. Hacken admits that what Pat did before he died, he "never heard of anything as tough as that before".
Meanwhile Detective Tiegel is being questioned over her use of a dead collegue as a bullet shield when taking on a group of armed villains. She lose her temper and accuses everyone of corruption, she is allowed to keep her job for now. But later she gets into a fight with the dead guy's old partner and this results in her getting a suspension. As she goes to confront the Captain she stops and hears her talking to a shady guy from the government who wants to recruit Tommy for something and if he disagrees, the Gotham police force will take him out publically.
Truman: "Bright costumes. Incredible powers. Battles with the city/country/world at stake. Bit of soap opera. Public can't get enough of it. Our aim as far as possible is to control them...but what we want to talk to you about is their destruction."
|Truman, the little creep.|
[As an aside, what's absolutely fascinating about this, is that Ennis did in fact reuse this idea of CIA backed superhumans who keep the rest of the superheroes in check with his main protagonists of The Boys. Although context is everything, the morally upright heroes of the DCU need no shady govermental monitoring so this is an obviously villainous plan that Tommy is offered as becoming part of. In The Boys the majority of "supes" are venal, corrupted, immoral and murderous and so a group of lets say "anti-heroes" charged with smacking them down when they get too far out of line is one the reader can get behind (I'll be discussing The Boys in April and May of next year, mark your calenders folks).]
He takes her to the home she shares with her African-American mother and WW2 veteran grandfather, a German WW2 veteran. Yes really. Her deceased dad was a white cop. Tommy turns on the charm with her mother who is delighted Tiegel has bought a man home for once. Later when it's just Tiegel and Tommy talking, she tells him he everything she despises. He says he's choosy about who he shoots. She says that makes no difference. He then makes to leave.
|Tiegel and Tommy get acquainted.|
Green Lantern accuses Tommy of being hired by a Crime Syndicate to kill him. They end up in a running battle which ends in an impasse, Green Lantern's fist to Tommy's face, Tommy's gun to Green Lantern's head. Tommy then proves he would never kill a good guy by withdrawing his gun. He and Green Lantern go to Noonan's where he and Sixpack have some fun with Kyle over him being a replacement character.
|Green Lantern and Tommy fight it out|
|Kyle isn't the brightest bulb in this storyline.|
Afterwards he phones Tommy to let him know he is alright. After Tommy puts the phone down he thinks to himself.
Tommy: "'See you Sean' an' I nearly say uncle Sean by accident... that's nothin' though. Theres been times I nearly called him dad."
|Sean deals with his attackers.|
Truman: "Under my orders, if I tell you to firebomb the Batmobile, you do it. If I tell you to execute an Amazonian Princess, you do it. If you find yourself looking down a telescopic sight at Superman and I say kill, you will pin him in the crosshairs and send a muclear bullet directly into his skull".
|Tommy battles Feekle.|
Later Tommy meets with Green Lantern, who says he was not happy working with Tommy but perhaps justice is darker in Gotham. He keeps talking not noticing Tommy has slipped away leaving him monologuing to himself. Tommy contacts Truman and tells him he has copies of the tape and if anything happens to him or his friend they'll be released to the media. Truman agrees to leave Tommy alone.. for now.
|Oh Boo Hoo, Green Lantern.|
ZOMBIE NIGHT AT THE GOTHAM AQUARIUM - There are more dodgy goings on at Injun Peak Research Facility. One of the scientists has been murdered but managed to write "call Monaghan" in his blood before dying. Tommy and his friends are relaxing when the call comes through, they met a scientist who tells them that Doctor Oswald Minett has gone rogue. He was responsible for Project Wormwood. He invented a gas that would revive the recently dead, with the hope it had military applications. But the zombies were uncontrollable and only wanted flesh. Not one to give up they suspect he's going to try a mass test but not on humans.
|When Undead Octopus's Attack!|
Natt: "Gotta admit, that guy Hacken is one hardcore dude, you know? Most anybody else would have died of shock straight away."
Hacken: [blasting his severed hand] "Gotta make sure of it. Don't want it coming after me".
Ringo: "Does that seem like a mind remotely susceptible to shock?"
Hacken then deals with some zombie penguins in this awesome panel.
|There are no words...|
|Zombie dolphins FTW|
|Zombie animals are no match for the Hitmen|
Natt: "What you doin' with your half?"
Tommy: "I'm mailing every cent of it to Greenpeace before I'm too sober to care."
Natt; [wordlessly moves his stack of cash next to Tommy's]
Tommy: "I guess we must be crazy, huh?"
Natt: "Nah. You're crazy. I'm just stoopid."
And thus ends probably the funniest Hitman arc of them all and the book overall.
This is a really enjoyable book. We get to see Tommy use his wits, charm and cunning to get out of mess after mess in the first story. Tiegel is a nice, fiesty addition to the cast. Like us the audience she is both attracted to Tommy by his affable personality and sense of loyalty, while being repulsed by the fact he's a hired killer. Poor Green Lantern gets the piss taken out of him for most of the story, but he does come through and help Tommy out of a tight spot. It goes without saying that "Zombie Night..." is utterly hilarious with John McCrea's art really shining as it portrays the variety of zombie animals. Thus endeth Book 3. The next book sees the return of Etrigan and a villain Tommy already defeated once...