Obscurity of DC Presents: Ultra-bscure Book Club, Week 50 (December 3-December 9) — EL DIABLO!

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Number of Issues: 4

Synopsis from dcuniverseinfinite.com: Small-town sheriff Moses Stone is running from his past and from something even worse—a brutal and relentless gunman who has unearthed the skeletons in Sheriff Stone’s closet and has every intention of making Moses face them.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. This version of El Diablo (Lazarus Lane) is typically considered a hero. Why do you think this “hero” targeted Moses Stone, and why did he use such gruesome tactics? Explain.
  2. “El Diablo” directly translates to “the devil.” What is the significance of that title, and how does it impact the story? Explain.
  3. In each issue, we see a slew of animals, whether it be an owl or a lizard or a horse. What, if anything, do you think these animals represent/signify? Explain.
  4. Why do you think El Diablo pins his “Wanted” poster on his victims? What does it mean? Explain.
  5. Who do you think had the moral high ground in this series: Moses Stone or Lazarus Lane? Explain.

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El Diablo is a hero who wants vengeance against those who scaved away from Justice. He targeted Moses Stone as besides allowing criminals to fester his town freely, Stone also committed his own crimes in his past that he ran away from. His tactics like El Diablo scarring Stone and burning a horse is meant to invoke fear in Stone and let him know that he wasn’t going to run from them this time.

Unlike the kindred folklore by the heroic vigilante Rafael Sandoval or the the anti-hero Chato Santana. Lazarus Lane is a force of nature. His heroism is not purely good or wholly evil but they are inspired by the mythos around being a spirit of vengeance. Whether a act of god or the devil himself, Lazarus Lane brings those who are evil to Justice in the most terrifying way.

In a nutshell, it represents Moses Stone posse. The people who came with him are facing their own deaths for their vices and crimes and yet none it done because of El Diablo. It may be his influence, but the one who is responsible is Moses Stone who is adding these people onto his long list of unmarked bones to get away from his past.

Would it be obvious to say it’s his calling card? :laughing:

I have my own theories. He may be a dealer of Justice, but I like to believe the reason behind it being a Wanted Poster for himself is that Lazarus Lane wants a challenge to see if someone can truly escape their crimes. Maybe for people like Moses Stone there is a way to avoid the vengeance of El Diablo and a possible path towards redemption.

That’s actually a interesting question? For the longest time in the narrative, the only excuse Elmer Husky could make after he stole the identity of Moses Stone was that the murders he committed in the story were circumstantial because they were all crimes of Elmer and Moses Stone was “free” from the evil.

Towards the end, it’s actually revealed his supposive last evil crime was done not as Elmer Husky, he was dead now to him, but Moses Stone and he has no choice but to accept his circumstances and warped view that Moses Stone, no longer perfect, was a criminal.

Lazarus Lane died a good man, but reborn as a spirit of anger and hate. He is responsible to a degree for instigating the confrontation at Halo, but the evil is entirely on the expectations of what men like Moses Stone “Elmer Husky” would have done. He decided to meet his fate by the hands of El Diablo.


I love every single answer there! Amazingly put!