Can you guess what the government's response to this disaster is?
A) send in hazardous waste disposal teams to neutralize the toxic chemicals.
B) use the city as a military base to conduct highly illegal experiments on the surviving citizens.
C) Build a big wall around the city.
If you answered A) then you are obviously a Marvel fan, or you haven't been paying attention.
What is it with the US government in the DCU that their first response to a disaster is to wall the place off and hope it goes away? In No Man's Land Gotham was hit by an earthquake (and possibly an epidemic, I wasn't really following it) so the government had a big wall built around the city and shot anyone who tried to leave. In fact I think they declared it no longer part of the USA so they wouldn't have to go clean it up. In Green Arrow there was a bunch of explosions and possibly a riot so a large part of the city got walled off. And now this.
It just seems like an entirely unrealistic response to a disaster that makes no sense in real world terms and even less in one full of super powered people, and I am a little boggled that they keep doing it.