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"Players, Chapter Three: Landing on Boardwalk" is the 23rd issue of the official Young Justice spin-off comic series and the third chapter of a six part story. It was released on November 21, 2012.

Solicitation

Tagline: Divided They Fall?

Synopsis

 
Gotham City
December 1, 19:16 EST
Team Year Zero

Bette brings Artemis to Dick's birthday party at Wayne Manor. Though neither is close to Dick, Bette is curious to see the party thrown for the richest kid in town. They are greeted at the door by Alfred. Dick appears moments later, happy the pair have come.

 
Taos
December 1, 10:10 MST
Team Year Five

At the Erdel Initiative, Nightwing tells Blue Beetle he is glad he decided to join them. Jaime admits to some uncertainty–he hadn't even told his parents about his heroics. Nightwing tells him that, since he is a minor, the Justice League got his parents' approval before approaching him. Adam Strange informs them that Blue Beetle had been scanned and given a designation. The Super-Cycle converts to her Sphere form, and she, Nightwing, Wonder Girl and Blue Beetle Zeta out.

 
The Moon
December 1, 17:13 UST
Team Year Five

Superboy, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain Atom and Captain Marvel come to a window and discover, to their dismay, that they are being held captive on the Moon. Wonder Woman points out that getting home may be more difficult than their escape.

Aboard the Bio-Ship, Lagoon Boy asks how long until they reach the Moon. Miss Martian says too long, and lets her particular concern for Superboy slip through. La'gaan says he thinks Superboy is lucky, but M'gann tells him Superboy didn't think so.

 
Metropolis
December 1, 13:45 EST
Team Year Five

As they near Metropolis, Blue Beetle asks why they Zeta-ed to Gotham. Seeing the force field dome over the city answers his question. They land near Zatanna, who is attempting to breach the field with a spell, while Black Lightning blasts the field with electricity from inside, to no avail. She tells Nightwing the only possible communication with those inside is visual–not even Martian Manhunter's telepathy could reach through it. J'onn then appears from the ground, and reports that his attempts to density shift through have failed as well. Flash arrives to report he was unable to vibrate through. Atom then increases to a visible size. He tells them the field is unbreachable even at his minimum size. Plastic Man then emerges from underground in the form of a drill, and reports that the dome is in fact a sphere that reaches underground.

Despite the bad news, Blue Beetle tells Wonder Girl that he is thrilled by the amazing events unfolding around him. Atom radios Red Tornado to ask about the whereabouts of the rest of the League.

 
The Watchtower
December 1, 14:00 EST
Team Year Five

Tornado tells him that the three Green Lanterns, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, and the Cooperative Delegation are all off-world, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow and Black Canary are all busy but can be called on if needed, Doctor Fate's whereabouts are unknown, and Black Lightning is trapped inside the field.

 
Metropolis
December 1, 14:01 EST
Team Year Five

Nightwing notes that Lightning is in good company. At Bibbo's Diner, Bibbo welcomes Beast Boy, Bumblebee, Noor Harjavti and her bodyguard. Gar is unsure why they have chosen the diner as their safehouse, but Karen explains that Bibbo is a friend of Superman, and thus trustworthy, and that it is unlikely Queen Bee's assassins would think to look for them there.

At LexCorp, Otis informs Lex Luthor that the force field has cut through the pod containing Match, and all attempts to contain the disfigured clone had failed.

 
The Moon
December 1, 19:36 UCT
Team Year Five

Superboy says he is having difficulty getting his bearings in the crystalline corridors. Superman's X-ray vision is also of no use. Captain Marvel realizes that Captain Atom should be able to detect high-energy signatures that would allow them to find, and then commandeer, the teleporters that brought them to the Moon.

The next moment, the group is teleported inside a cell. They are addressed by Orb-One, providing translation for First Leader Kylstar. Calling them "weapons", he tells them they belong in Weapons Room Four, but since their customized containers are non-functional they will stay where they are. The captives' protests are disregarded. Kylstar's ship then rises from the surface of the Moon and heads into space.

Aboard the Bio-Ship, M'gann informs the Watchtower that they see the departing ship and are reading their missing friends' signals aboard. Red Tornado orders them to pursue the ship, but M'gann warns that the alien ship has a head start and that the Bio-Ship can't follow if it goes to light-speed. Tornado says they have no other choice—neither the departing ship nor the one above Metropolis will answer hails.

 
Metropolis
December 1, 16:22 EST
Team Year Five

The Collector of Worlds works aboard his ship as it hovers over Metropolis. The ship emits a wide yellow-green energy beam from its ventral surface, hitting the force field around Metropolis to no apparent effect. The beam makes Atom realize the field is generated from inside the bubble. Tornado confirms the Watchtower detected a probe hitting Metropolis prior to the field forming. Flash is uncertain how to tell their allies inside the field about it, but Nightwing comes up with a simple solution—he projects a holographic text message from his wrist computer. Black Lightning and Jim Harper go to investigate. Batgirl informs those outside the field with a holo-message of her own, before displaying an exploding birthday cake for Nightwing's benefit.

 
Gotham City
December 1, 19:23 EST
Team Year Zero

Dick brings Bette and Artemis into the party room, where Barbara says hello. Dick tells her he hadn't noticed her arrival.

 
Metropolis
December 1, 16:28 EST
Team Year Five

Martian Manhunter decides to confront their attacker. He levitates Flash and himself up to the alien ship, where J'onn requests a parley verbally, telepathically and on all frequencies. Alongside them is the Super-Cycle carrying Nightwing, Zatanna, Wonder Girl and Blue Beetle, all concealed within a magical glamour bubble created by Zatanna to render them invisible and inaudible.

To Be Continued...

Title

The issue continues the theme of Monopoly-themed titles. In the standard American edition, Boardwalk is the most expensive property. It is possible to draw a chance card that tells a player to advance to Boardwalk. Landing on it first gives the opportunity to acquire it; everyone who comes after faces a high price—a hotel on Boardwalk escalates the rent to $2,000, a price that can immediately bankrupt some players.

The title may refer to Artemis's and Bette's arrival at Wayne Manor—the residence of the richest man in Gotham City, in Team Year Zero. It may also refer to Superboy and the captive Leaguers being brought before Kylstar, and the various Team and League members approaching the Collector of Worlds's ship.

Characters

Character
Adam Strange
Alfred Pennyworth
Artemis Crock
Atom
Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
Beast Boy
Bette Kane
Bibbo Bibbowski
Black Lightning
Blue Beetle
Bumblebee
Captain Atom
Captain Marvel
Dick Grayson/Nightwing
Flash
Jim Harper
Kylstar
Lagoon Boy
Lex Luthor
Martian Manhunter
Miss Martian
Noor Harjavti
Orb-One
Otis
Plastic Man  
Red Tornado
Scarab
Superboy
Superman
Wonder Girl
Wonder Woman
Zatanna
Non-speaking roles
Ali
Aquaman (photo)
Batman (photo)
Bio-Ship
Black Canary (photo)
Collector of Worlds
Eduardo Dorado Sr.
Green Arrow (photo)
Match
Mercy Graves
Sphere
Character debut
Speaking debut


Continuity

Trivia

  • Superboy's description of their situation ("Bizarre"), overlapping with Match's appearance, is a reference to Bizarro.
  • Icon and Rocket were originally to be featured in this issue–Icon being one of Kylstar's captives, and Rocket appearing with Zatanna.[1]

Cultural references

Questions

Questions
  1. Do not answer here.
  2. Keep the questions open-ended and neutral: do not suggest an answer.

Answered questions

Unanswered questions

Quotes

Blue Beetle: Okay I know this is all bad news...
Wonder Girl: Coolest day of your life, right?
Blue Beetle: Totally.

References

  1. Weisman, Greg (2012-12-30). Question #17805. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-12-31.

External links

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