WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! HELLOOOOO! McFLYYYYYY!
Last CallRelease Date:
Early December 2002Writer: Joe KellyPenciller: Yvel GuichetInkers: Mark Propst
and Bob PetreccaJLA Members: Nightwing
, Jason Blood
, Green Arrow
, Major Disaster
, and the Atom
.Guest Stars: Zatanna
, Lex Luthor
, and Green Lantern
.Bad Guys: Giant Zombie Gamemnae
and Manitou Raven
.So what happens?
Last issue, we were with the regular JLA in ancient Atlantis; this time, we're following the replacement JLA in the present.
We start out with Nightwing and Faith, preparing to airdrop onto Atlantis
to investigate the continuing worldwide drought
. We learn a little more about Faith here -- one of her powers is inadvertantly making everyone around her feel more confident
; she had some sort of close relationship
with Batman; and the members of her last team (called "The Crew") used to call her the Fat Lady
Meanwhile, the Atom reveals that so much water
has been drained towards Atlantis that the extra weight is actually causing the Earth's rotation to wobble
a bit. That could end up destablizing the planet's orbit
Once Nightwing and Faith are in Atlantis, they investigate the skeleton
's costume, but there's no way to tell whether it's the real deal or not. And our villain takes this moment to reveal herself -- she's a Kong
-sized monster zombie
powers and a bad case of megalomania
! And judging from her powers and her patter
(if not her appearance), it's pretty clear that this is the former ruler of Atlantis, Gamemnae
, from 3,000 years ago. When she attacks Nightwing, Faith teleports the rest of the Justice League in, and the brawl
The League scores what looks like a quick victory
. Hawkgirl and Faith knock her down, Firestorm changes the air around her into an unbreakable metal called Prometheum
, and Major Disaster gets a half-dozen meteor
s on standby to crash on her if she tries to escape. Jason Blood analyzes the situation magically and reports that she's so large because of a spell called a Quagmire
, which allows her to physically absorb
the bodies of others to gain their strength; he says that she's absorbed at least nine people, including Zatanna and Tempest. That's when Gamemnae uses Zatanna's backwards
-speaking spellcasting to change the Prometheum to paper
and burst free.
She quickly injures Green Arrow and Firestorm and absorbs Major Disaster (Oh, great. Disaster's only purpose in the Justice League was to get captured? Grrreat.). Nightwing demands that Jason summon Etrigan the Demon
, but Blood refuses, tells Nightwing that Gamemnae is too strongly bound to Atlantis to be defeated, and informs him that they must "go back and disrupt the source
," whatever that means. Then he leaps into the giant zombie, magically taking Zatanna's place and popping the sorceress free.
And then the jets fly over and nuke
Back in the Watchtower, the Atom is understandably pissed. But hell, Lex Luthor's the president, and he saw the opportunity to wipe out a few more superhero
es, as well as Gamemnae. Too bad Gamemnae is completely uninjured...
But on the bright side, the JLA is also able to get free, though they don't know how. Turns out their rescuer was, from the looks of it, the ghost
of Green Lantern! And he reveals that there's another visitor from ancient Atlantis: the Indian wizard Manitou Raven, 3,000 years old, holding someone's glowing green heart
, and spoiling for a fight with Gamemnae...Cool Quotes!
Nightwing, quizzing Faith about why everyone seems to trust her: "...Even Green Arrow, the grandfather of the conspiracy theory
, only throws you a sideways glance if he's checking out your butt. Why?"
Faith: "It's a nice butt
Faith, touching down in Atlantis: "We're clear that this is a trap, right?"
Nightwing: "Sure, don't you see that anvil
hanging over the plate of birdseed
Green Arrow, getting a glance at giant Gamemnae: "That's a 'she'? Sweet Lord! Any more libido
-crushing content on this job and I'm off to Amsterdam
Gamemnae, absorbing Major Disaster: "Oh... he makes earthquake
s... Delicious."Back | Index | Forward