Previously: The Colonel of Two Worlds
The time has come to tag along on another adventure with an American Icon. But this time, not just one Colonel will do (although I guess, technically, there were two Colonels last time). It's time for the Colonel Corps!
The next issue of the KFC/DC combo meal takes it to the next level with a tour of the DC Multiverse and a collection of Colonels that rival any previous Crisis on Various Earths. Our story begins with the Colonel of Earth-3, Colonel Sunder, finger licking his wounds after his last confrontation with Colonel Sanders and the Flash (both from Earth-1) when he receives a mysterious visitor:
Meanwhile on Earth-1, our Colonel is also recovering from the previous confrontation. Apparently many of his employees fell under the sweetly seductive spell of Sunder and are now not working up to the Colonel's standards.
You see, Colonel Sanders is all about doing things the hard way whereas Sunder is all about the shortcut. So maybe the employees aren't cooking the chicken all the way through? Salmonella is not your friend on any Earth (except maybe Bizarro World).
It's worth noting that the last issue was a team-up between the Colonel and the Flash (with a little assist from Green Lantern) but this adventure is definitely Colonel-centric. So if you were yearning for more Colonel Sanders in your life, then this adventure is definitely for you.
While getting his house in order, Earth-1 Colonel is overcome by a mental attack from an unknown source. He wakes up to the sight of the Colonel and the Flash from Earth-11:
After a little exposition we learn that all the Colonels have had their memories wiped. They each only retain 1 of the 11 secret herbs and spices that make up the KFC recipe. The solution was then obvious: hop on the Cosmic Treadmill and go from Earth to Earth collecting Colonels and therefore the herb and spice knowledge necessary to recreate the Secret Recipe!
The Earths/Colonels they found include (but are not limited to):
Hardcase Harlan from Earth-19 (the so-called "SteamPunk" Earth)
Koln-El from Earth-22 (the Kingdom Come Earth)
Kolonel from Earth 51 (the "Kamandi" Earth)...which seems to have some upsetting connotations since he is clearly a chicken that fries and serves other chickens for his patrons. But that's a story for another time.
Several other Colonels from several other Earths (including one from the 31st Century who cooked for the Legion of Super Heroes and the Bizarro Colonel) hopped on board for the cause. They eventually track down Colonel Sunder and his mysterious ally who turns out to be...Colonel Grodd!!
So now Sunder and Grodd must face the combined might of the Colonel Corps: an elite team of southern fried superheroes representing the 11 herbs and spices of justice! (Also, don't forget, the Flash of Earth-11 is there too):
It doesn't take long for our heroes to take out the bad guys. They even repel a psychic assault from Grodd who tempts them to take the easy way out...but the easy way doesn't get that chicken fried, does it?
So once again, evil is defeated and lunch is served. We have to assume that all the Colonels were returned to their rightful Earths and Sunder and Grodd were incarcerated, never again to take away delicious meals from society. The End...or is it?!?!?