What would Batman do if the Batmobile got possessed? Find Etrigan of course!
Let’s all stop for a minute to think about how much we wanted to see Harley Quinn with magic powers. It was like shades of Emperor Joker for a minute. But Zatanna puts the kibosh on that ipso facto. People always underestimate just how powerful Zatanna is.
Batman figures out that Brother Night is up to his old tricks. Storms his castle. Also have you noticed that no villain now can have a lair where there’s not a rave going on? hahahah So anyway, Brother Night tells Batman that he should stop trying to beat them and join them. I love villains who fight on a psychological front as well as a physical one. Infinitely more interesting. Brother Night even shows him what a powered up Demon Batman would look like:
Gnarly. But my mon Bats he don’t shiv. Bruce is already pretty scary enough. Also I wanted to see Zatanna and Amber go head to head. That would’ve been mondo awesome.
Enter the BB
Brother Night keeps his promise and does not harm a living soul. Batman and Zee should’ve known that deals with the devil are JUST THAT. So BN enchants one of Batman’s electro-spheres and sends it into the Batmobile. And presto chango, the car itself gets possessed. It’s red, it’s smiling, it’s super charged and it’s hungry. That’s a recipe for YIKES.
The possessed Batmobile (which I am now calling Zark) is smart enough to take out Zatanna first. Not only does Zark take her out but he ties her up and puts her in the trunk. Zark tries to incapacitate Bats as well, but that Bat Eject function has saved him MANY a day. Zark also Batman Forever‘s his way up the side of a building which was a huge wink. Bats realizes that going up against magical forces requires him to fight fire with fire. And that answer? Is Etrigan. Jason Blood doesn’t want to call him at first, then Batman explains the situation to him. He says his incantation and everybody’s favorite, rhyming, yellow demon anti-hero shows up. “The lovely mage must not be fried…we’ll have to force our way inside!”
Ferris Batman’s Day Off
Brother Night asks Etrigan to join him as well. He spins a rhyme that says no and gives him a major diss. Etrigan calls Merlin with a sonic magic summons that I’ve never seen before. But he shows up. It’s kind of an opposite Shazam moment. Merlin shows up to enchant a police car but that option is quickly trashed. So Merlin and Etrigan….? Say that the ice cream truck is gonna have to do. And it becomes the Ice Scream truck, I kid you not.
The battle rages on through the streets and I promise you Zark was winning 90% of the time. Bats finally frees Zatanna and what does she do? She BAMFS Zark vs. Ice Scream Monster Truck Edition back to Night’s lair. Night and his gang warp out of there and Zee finally undoes his car spell. And it’s ice cream for everybody. Batman even realizes after the no longer possessed Batmobile starts to fall apart that he needs a double scoop of chocolate. Hahahah.
As always, a very creative way to use villains and create conflict. Zark would’ve destroyed Batman had he not sought help. Etrigan was really just kind of steroid jock in this episode instead of his usual introspective self, but that’s alright. Somebody had to go head to head with Zark. Bring on more Justice League Action!
Seriously, if you’ve never read Emperor Joker, you are missing out. It’s one of the wickedest stories they ever came up with and is engrossing on all fronts. Buy it RIGHT NOW.