A third wave of deportation brought Metallo, Tar Pit, Meanstreak (of the New Extremists,) Iron Cross (from the Aryan Brigade,) Hellhound, Skorpio, Rag Doll, Manticore (of Jihad,) and the Body Doubles to Salvation, and they worked as a team to scavenge some of the advanced technology to be found on the alien world. The second Hellhound (who'd bought the deceased first's gear) was eviscerated by aliens, and his fellows kept him alive just long enough to feed other creatures on the world in a distraction play.
Back at camp, Kid Karnevil swore to skin the Joker alive if possible, to pay tribute to the Clown Prince of Crime by surpassing his lunacy. Successive waves had brought Hugo Strange, Giganta, Jewelee, Mad Hatter, Silver Monkey, Warp, Man-Bat, Shadow-Thief, Two-Face, Sterling Silversmith, and more into the fold. Psimon tried to win support for staying on Salvation and making babies around the clock with super-villainesses, which went over about as well as could be expected. The only surprise was that it was Joker who bashed his head in with a rock, instead of a female. Well, that and Psimon didn't even attempt to defend himself despite having vast powers, and that a wimp like the Joker would kill in such a savage fashion, and that this would instill fear in a throng of villains who could have easily killed the creep for his unpredictable homicidal rampage. This book is not well written.
To further that argument, a final Boom Tube party was put together by the Suicide Squad. Present were Rick Flag, Deadshot, Lex Luthor, Bane, Blockbuster, Catwoman, Chemo, Bronze Tiger, Plastique and Captain Boomerang. Deadshot was betrayed and sent to Salvation, supposedly with two other Squaders. Only five characters total were depicted as being sent, and none were Squaders besides Deadshot. Finally, it's only Deadshot, and he's been cooperative for years, so why bundle him up for the Boom Tube? Because is why.
Upon arrival, Lex Luthor got himself elected leader under a "Truth, Justice and the American Way" platform that probably sounded subversive in the scripter's mind, but just made the collected villains seem like lemmings. It was a long, weak three pages of jibber-jabber (including a second reference to Boom Tube'n folk into the vacuum of space.) So yeah, it's the Joker & Luthor show, with special guest Gratuitous Violence. I run a blog whose mission statement includes promoting awareness of Martian Manhunter villains. I'm so glad it was just getting started while this mini-series was being produced, or the entire Vile Menagerie could have ended up in this meat grinder. Well, unless the disguised Alien Atlas arriving this issue helped save his old support staff...
Brave New World
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- Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #54 (September, 2007) @ Justice League Detroit
- Doom Patrol #8 (May, 2010) @ DC Bloodlines
- Wonder Woman #10 (August, 2007) @ Diana Prince