The Deathstroke creatives want us remember how hard life can get for a superhero in the DC universe. After years of reestablishing the universe over the years, the writers have used #32 Deathstroke to expand DCU and bring in one of the most mysterious superhero teams of all time back into action.
These are heroes whose adventures we don’t follow mostly and through the Justice Experience tragedy, we know why.
The Man called Dynamo.
Batman and Deathstroke had been at each other’s necks since weeks or rather months now over the true parentage of Damian Wayne. Batman has decided to put an end to Slade Wilson’s mercenary career till he finds all the answers. In #31, both fight over a target Deathstroke has been contracted to kill but they don’t face each other until things get complicated.
Deathstroke has to kill Ace Masterson, who was cold-War era hero titled as Dynamo. He founded the Justice Experience superhero team but things just don’t go the way he thought they would. The team gets defeated and crushed badly because not everyone can be a superhero. He even puts it to Batman as, “There are people who are born heroes and then there’s rest of us. I failed.”
He is in his 80’s and as powerful as Human Dynamo is. He is seen losing his mind and instead of risking the lives of innocent people, he has asked Slade to kill him. But obviously, Batman won’t allow this to happen. Dynamo still wants to go out and fight against crime but we cannot say if he’s a good or a bad guy, given that he has already started losing his mind.
Batman tries to control him by putting him in cryogenic stasis but Deathstroke obliges the old man’s order and shoots him dead. After this, Deathstroke is left with his moral conundrum and tell the dead man, “Evil? Bad? I don’t think so.” Now the question is firm whether it’s better to do what society thinks is right or should the final wishes of a man be respected? It’s on the reader to decide who’s good or bad here.
Death of Justice Experience again!
Masterson was the founding member of Justice Experience and probably the only one alive. This team was created in 1998 by Dan Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams III for the brief series Chase, which starred government agent Cameron Chase.
This group gets Chase into the superhero community and establishes a legacy of superheroes in the time span between Justice Society and advent of Justice League. The team had Mister Action, Song Bird, Manx, Major Flashback, Bronze Waith and Acro-Bat, who was Chase’s father. It was later revealed that Waith was actually Martian Manhunter in disguise. The whole group was however destroyed by Doctor Trapp who was seeking revenge for the death of his girlfriend.
The new iteration, however, replaces Mister Action with Human Dynamo and does not include Acro-Bat but of course: the lesson applies anyway; neither everyone can be a superhero nor all of us are destined to be great!