(September 2007)


"The Night Chicago Died": Part Two of "The Redemption Contract"

Writer: Bill Willingham
Penciller: Tom Derenick
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Mike Atiyeh
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Asst. Editor: Stephanie Buscema
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Art: Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
Colored by Mike Atiyeh


At issue's opening, evil magician Doctor Gotham has launched a school bus full of kids up into the Chicago skyline and he refuses to bring them down until the police call in Shadowpact. In the meantime, he munches down on a corned beef sub, proving once again, that super-villainy works up an appetite for cheap, delicatessen food. Naturally, Nightmaster, Zauriel (who has traded in his sword for the Archangel Michael's battle staff), Nightshade, Enchantress, Ragman, and Detective Chimp arrive in short order. Punching and stabbing ensue while Nightshade and D.C. go after the schoolbus kids.

Doctor Gotham, however, has a volcano up his sleeve, or anyway, within his cape, and he razes downtown Chicago by raising a giant column of volcanic ejecta.

But where is Blue Devil? Well, if you will recall, he has taken a powder from his active membership in Shadowpact and rededicated himself to cleaning up his unclean past, starting by retrieving his parents' souls to his Hellish citadel. Mom and pop can't quite wrap their mind around the fact that their darling Danny has become a Hell-spawned demon, but they confirm for him that he does have a brother and sister, Jack and Mary, respectively.

While Blue Devil works on figuring how to get the folks out of Hell, his lawyer, Ken Green, presses his Breach of Contract lawsuit against some nebulous legal body.



It's been forever since I've had a good, corned beef sandwich, with provolone and coleslaw dressing. In fact...I'm not sure that I've ever had that exact sandwich, but damn, if it doesn't sound tasty. You know Doctor Gotham is one mean sonovabitch if he's willing to destroy a good sandwich shop. That being said, I'm given to wonder what Doctor Gotham is, exactly, that he refers to humans as "your species". Probably a question that will never be answered, but there you go.

Blue Devil resolves to find out what the Hell's going on

I'm glad that we're finally getting some answers about Blue Devil's Faustian travails and his flaky memory, though I will just point out that he doesn't rhyme even once in this installment, so either he has become really good at supressing that urge, or Willingham kind of forgot, even though a narrative box refers to him (Blue Devil, not Bill Willingham) as a newly demoted rhyming demon.

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