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Roland Desmond became the second Blockbuster after a severe illness forced him to be treated with experimental steroids. Like his brother Mark, Roland became a child-minded super-strong monster. He ran wild in the Southwest, but Batman and Starman (Will Payton) brought his rampage to an end.34
Desmond became obsessed with elevating himself greatly above his debilitated intellect. A pact with the demon Neron granted him a genius-level intellect, and Desmond embarked once more on a career of crime and destruction. He began his revived criminal career by causing chaos in the town of Manchester, although his schemes were foiled by the speedster Impulse.
Desmond then moved to his mother’s home town of Blüdhaven. He forced the crime lord Angel Marin out of power and took over the city’s criminal rackets. Roland’s plan was to build a criminal empire in the ‘Haven, that would eventually enable him to extend his dominion over Gotham, Star City, Metropolis, and New York’s underworlds. For that purpose, he bought the corrupt elements of the city’s police department, most notably the Police Chief Redhorn and Inspector Dudley “Deadly” Soames.
Despite his swift and vicious consolidation of power, Blockbuster’s hold on Blüdhaven’s organized crime was nevertheless weakened by the intervention of the city’s new protector, Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the former Robin), who, with Oracle’s help, foiled Desmond’s plans at every turn. Oracle often removes money from Blockbuster’s accounts and he has a man working to stop and find Oracle, named Vogel.5
Desmond’s primary goal became the elimination of the young vigilante. He placed a contract on Nightwing’s life, employing the services of several assassins, including Lady Vic, Stallion, Brutale, the Trigger Twins, and Shrike.
As a further result of his initial transformation, Desmond later developed albinism and a heart defect. He was restored to (comparative) health by a heart transplant from one of the talking apes of Gorilla City, and was consolidating his control over Blüdhaven and contemplating a takeover of Gotham City, when he was killed by the new Tarantula, Catalina Flores.6
As part of the Blackest Night event, Roland’s corpse is reanimated by a black power ring and recruited to the Black Lantern Corps in Blackest Night: Batman #1 (October 2009).