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DC vs Marvel: In The ‘JLA/Avengers’ Crossover, The Formidable JLA vs The Mighty Avengers

 

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DC VS MARVEL

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

“A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS”

JLA/Avengers. DC Comics.

In honor of George Perez, let’s look at a classic DC/Marvel crossover.

Furthermore, our top-rated Formidability Ranking uses four central Fighting Skills to settle the debate.

Let’s read our ranking.

 

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JLA/AVENGERS IS CANON TO DC AND MARVEL

JLA/AVENGERS

In the classic inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers (2004), both super-teams assemble to take on a threat that threatens the Omniverse. Particularly, the series was so successful that the JLA: Syndicate Rules established the crossover to be canon to the New Earth continuity.

In contests of champions, the Grandmaster and Metron task both teams with the responsibility to assemble six items of power from each universe.

Namely, from the DC Universe: Green Lantern’s Power Battery, the Book of Eternity, the Orb of Ra, the items of the Demons Three, the Spear of Destiny and Psycho Pirate’s Medusa Mask.

From the Marvel Universe: the Ultimate Nullifier, the Evil Eye of Avalon, the Infinity Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Wand of Watoomb.

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In JLA/Avengers #2, the Leaguers are leading 6-5. In a titanic clash, the JLA and the Avengers face off for the Cosmic Cube. On Savage Land, a knock-out drag-out slugfest follows. Let’s rank the main contestants in the battle in terms of the Power Hierarchy.

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QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, our formidability takes into account a character’s quality of opponents. Using this hierarchy, we can formulate a Power Hierarchy. Namely, it is the following:

Peak Human, Assassin, Metahuman, Criminal Mastermind/Team-Wrecker, Warrior, Hi-Tech Genius/Enhanced, Political Leader, Demon or Monster/Supernatural Being, Champion, Cosmic Being, Skyfather, God or Abstract.

Before we rank the JLA and Avengers, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, only beings below God or Abstract are included. God or Abstract include Galactus, Eternity, Living Tribunal, Beyonder, One-Above-All.
  2. Since we focus on battles, we will go by power levels.
  3. We are rating power levels only in issue #2.
  4. Since only the major battles are included, not all members of both teams are included.

Let’s rank our JLA and Avengers.

The Cosmic Beings

SUPERMAN
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

SUPERMAN IS A COSMIC BEING

Really, Superman‘s power levels are off the charts in the issue.

To this end, he ranks as Cosmic Being because he stops Thor’s hammer strike with his left hand.

In fact, it takes at least a Cosmic Being in order to bypass the enchantment on Thor’s Mjolnir.

Potentially, Superman could solo the Avengers team.

Indeed, it takes Hercules, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wonder Man and Vision to put down the Man of Steel at the end of the fight.

THOR
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

THOR IS A CHAMPION

Really, Thor faces one of his toughest battles. First, he wades through a powerful blast of heat vision.

After Superman caught Mjolnir, he knocks him out with a powerful haymaker. Indeed, he is overwhelmed by Superman’s sheer power.

Generally, Thor ranks as a Champion since he is at least as powerful as the Avengers team.

ZATANNA
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

SCARLET WITCH
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

GREEN LANTERN
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

In their first match-up, Green Lantern had Photon on the ropes. As matter of fact, he caged her up in a construct.

In their second match, Photon is absorbing the Oan energy from his power ring. Fortunately, he is saved by Captain Atom.

Generally, Green Lantern is a Champion. However, he upgrades to Cosmic Being after he absorbs the energy of the Cosmic Cube.

And had he succeeded, the JLA woud have had a clean victory.

CAPTAIN MARVEL
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

To begin, Monica Rambeau has the power of converting her body into any energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Really, she is a Champion on the Avengers team and can take on any one.

Likely, she needs to adapt to the type of energy and has a limit to how much EM energy she can absorb.

Nonetheless, she is among the mightiest on the Avengers team.

The Champions

WONDER WOMAN
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

So far, Wonder Woman has shown she can defeat multiple Avengers. At first, she faces Hercules, Wasp and Yellowjacket.

Later, after Superman and Thor are defeated, she knocks down Yellowjacket.

Generally, Wonder Woman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

GIANT MAN
Power Hierarchy: Enhanced 50%

First, Yellowjacket shrinks down to size and attacks Wonder Woman with the other Avengers.

Then, he delivers a powerful blow at increased size when Thor falls. However, Wonder Woman soon overpowers him.

With the Pym Particles, Yellowjacket is Enhanced in the Power Hierarchy.

AQUAMAN
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

In one instant, Aquaman defeats multiple Avengers with a sea monster.

Generally, Aquaman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

AVENGERS
Power Hierarchy: Supernatural Being 67%

Generally, the Avengers add up to Hercules‘ power level, which is Supernatural Being in the Power Hierarchy.

The Peak Humans

GREEN ARROW
Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Green Arrow has the advantage with Captain America’s help.

Generally, Green Arrow is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

HAWKEYE
Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Captain America orders Hawkeye to stand down.

Generally, Hawkeye is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

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VERDICT:

With help, the JLA won a virtual victory and the Avengers actually tied the score.
Really, lacking Flash’s Speed Force and the Avengers at full strength, the JLA are stacked with three Cosmic Beings and two Champions.
Generally, the underdog Avengers even things with better teamwork and preparation.
JLA wins a difficult fight.

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Battles Of The Week: Black Canary vs Talia Al Ghul (Hero vs Villain)

 

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SYNOPSIS FOR “The Chaotic Code, Part Three: Family Matters”

Blackaver has taken Madison and Barbara Gordon hostages. Now, it is up to Dinah to save them. First, she must beatdown on Talia Al Ghul.

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Birds of Prey (2003) #49. DC Comics

Enter the contestants. On the left side is Black Canary and on the right side is Talia Al Ghul of the League of Assassins.

Let’s look at the stats.

BLACK CANARY – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Body Armor.
  • Oracle Tech.
  • Various Martial Arts Weapons.

TALIA AL GHUL – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Athlete 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

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THE FIGHT

In order to save Barbara and Madison, Black Canary must go through Talia Al Ghul.

The battle to decide who is the assassin!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Talia Al Ghul nd Black Canary each drawing blood.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
TALIA AL GHUL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

On the following pages, Black Canary gets the upperhand with a kick and a takedown.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x4): 1 DAMAGE PT (x4) = 4 DAMAGE PTS.
TALIA AL GHUL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Black Canary throws Talia Al Ghul onto Madison’s electrical body. In the end, Black Canary wins by electroshock.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
MADISON ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


CANARY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Ton of TNT/hr.
-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 2584.935 N * 157.079632679 m * 0.25 hr * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00007250725
PTS * Ton of TNT.
Canary’s Durability = (-0.00007250725
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.12379286706 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.12379286706 = 1.88 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

TALIA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-13 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Ton of TNT/hr.
-(13 DAMAGE PTS * 2584.935 N * 157.079632679 m * 0.25 hr * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = 0.0003141981
​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Talia’s Durability = (-0.0003141981
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.53643578572 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.53643578572 = 0.46 PTS = ATHLETE.


DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%

WINNER: BLACK CANARY WINS BY INCAPACITATION.

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BLACK CANARY IN COMICS

Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled “In Each Man There Is A Demon” marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity. The issue tells the recording of the recruitment of Black Canary into the JLA as an unofficial member.

During the issue, the League deals with the fallout from their Earth-Two battle against the villain Aquarius.

The comic was written by Dennis O’Neil and penciled by Dick Dillin.

BLACK CANARY’S FIRST APPEARANCE
Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled "In Each Man There Is A Demon" marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity.
Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled “In Each Man There Is A Demon” marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity. DC Comics

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Super Power Explained: The Classic JLA Big Seven Ranked In Formidability

The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman.
 

SUPER POWER

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IN TEAMS, SQUADS AND LEAGUES

THE JLA ARE DC’S PREMIERE SUPERHERO TEAM

The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman.
The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman. DC Comics.

In our JLA reviews, we mentioned how Grant Morrison’s 1997 JLA run, revitalized the franchise. More importantly, it gave a new generation of fans the classic JLA line-up: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

What makes the JLA work is that they are a modern pantheon of gods. Literally! Grant Morrison gave us a beefed-up version of superheroes that continually outdid previous prowesses such as: Wally’s Infinite Mass Punch, Martian Manhunter figuring out Joker’s mind, Superman absorbing Mageddon’s anti-sunlight or even Batman going toe to toe against Prometheus.

Really, the JLA are DC’s premiere superhero team. In fact, they are the best and take on threats of any scale: From J’onn’s apparent death, the rise of the Injustice Gang, the alternate future of the ALE, to Superman remaining a symbol of hope in a White Martian invasion.

Though their chemistry is definitely legendary, let’s list how the individual members rank in formidability.

FORMIDABILITY

Generally, formidability is the ability to compete, match and defeat a foe despite overwhelming odds. Usually, formidability indicates a warrior’s ability to defeat a stronger, more powerful and more resourceful enemy. For this reason, it is almost interchangeable with the Fighting Skills Level. For example, this explains why Batman is able to defeat Killer Croc or Bane who are in fact stronger or more powerful. Using tactics, training, technology, resources and intel, Batman is usually able to take on more powerful opponents.

Before we rank the JLA Big Seven, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the superhero should be able to consistently defeat opponents above their strength class or power level.
  2. In terms of power level or fighting skills, they should have few or no weaknesses.
  3. Consistently, they should face quality opponents that are at least able to destroy a city.
  4. Finally, they should have fewer limitations in power, strength, ability or intelligence.

Let’s rank our Big Seven. To note, all scores are rated out of a 100.

1. WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Limitless 100%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Leadership 75%

SCORE: 87.5

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Generally, Wonder Woman is THE best warrior in the universe. In fact, the best melee fighter in DC. In addition, unlike the other powerhouses in the DC Universe, she has no discernible weaknesses. Though, she has weaknesses to piercing weapons such as bullets and arrows. At the same time, it must be said that her powers are magical in nature, which means she ultimately depends on the Olympian gods.

Incredibly, she has stood up above her strength class against Superman, Darkseid and Doomsday. Furthermore, she consistently fights quality opponents like Ares, Genocide, First Born, The Olympian. Dark Nights: Death Metal reveals her greatest strength is the ability to see the truth.

However, where Wonder Woman ranks lower is on leadership and morals. At one point, she was cast out of Paradise Island for not bringing peace to Man’s World. Moreover, her warrior code has often caused other heroes to question her morals. For example, see Superman: Sacrifice.

2. GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Galaxy 75%
Weaknesses: Irrelevant 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Willpower 100%

SCORE: 87.5

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Personally, Kyle Rayner is among my favorites at DC. Indeed, the Last Green Lantern is one of the best characters in recent memory. What separates Kyle as a character, is the combination of art and superheroing. When you bring together a struggling artist and the most powerful weapon powered by imagination and will, you get… god-like power!

When Kyle merged with the Ion Entity, Green Lantern became a god-like being capable of creation, nigh-omniscience, nigh-omnipresence. Really, Kyle is among the most likable heroes and the fact that he continued to want a normal life, is a testament to his awesomeness!

Generally, Green Lantern has faced tough competition from Mongul, Parallax, contained Solaris going supernova, fought the Monitors, the New Gods Takion and Kalibak, busted through the Manhunters and battled Monarch a time-travelling villain. With the yellow impurity gone, Kyle is only limited by his willpower. Indeed, something he has plenty of.

 

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3. SUPERMAN

Superman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Rare Minerals or Elements 75%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 79

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR

Importantly, Superman is the most powerful DC hero. However, Superman’s greatest strength is his great humanity. When it comes down to limitations, opponents have often used a long list of weakness exploitation. Seldom, however, do they use his humanity in battle.

Perhaps, due to his overwhelming power and strength. In comparison to other heroes, the Man of Steel consistently faces tough competition. Many times, Superman faces foes above his Strength Class. Such as Dominus, Imperiex, Brainiac-13, Mandrakk, World Forger and True Form Darkseid.

Really, Superman’s weakness to kryptonite is well-known. As Thought Robot, Superman is second to the Monitor Mind The Overvoid in power. Though, the Cosmic Armor grants him Boundless Strength. Properly speaking, Superman belongs to the Infinite Class of Super Strength.

4. FLASH

Flash (Wally West). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Universal Forces 92%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: 58.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BLOODLUSTED

Recently, Wally West has become the best Flash among fans. And we can see why: He is relatable, a team-player, a great leader and one of the best graduates from the Teen Titans. Since Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally has grown on fans and today sports a large fanbase. Though, that success has not necessarily translated to live-action.

Formidability-wise, Flash has no real weaknesses but has limitations. In fact, the Speed Force grants him the potential for infinite kinetic energy. Since Flash’s powers are physical, they can be altered by advanced weaponry or devices. Namely, one of the Flash’s rogues, the Thinker, once depowered Flash and transported him to Wonderland. Generally, Flash is limited by his durability being a metahuman. Though, his super strength potential is Infinite.

Famously, Batman once figured out the Flash’s weakness. When Ra’s Al Ghul stole Batman’s contingency plans against the JLA, he specifically targeted their weaknesses. In order to take down Flash, attach an electrostrobe to his spine to trigger seizures at super speed. Ouch! Nevertheless, Flash is generally affected by universal or multiversal forces that either reduce his kinetic energy or his connection to the Speed Force. Effectively depowering him.

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5. AQUAMAN

Aquaman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Planetary 50%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: Champion 75%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 58.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BLOODLUSTED

Generally, most comic battle boards rank Aquaman as a mid-tier in strength level. In some respects, the rating is correct. Indeed, the problem is that he has shown to match powerful energy-based metahumans such as Black Manta and Ocean Master. At the same time, he has out-performed team-busters and champions such as the OMAC and Despero.

Formidability-wise, Aquaman’s only weakness is water deprivation. However, with the water bearer hand, he is able to overcome it. At the same time, water is itself a power dependency limitation since Orin depends on it to survive. Nonetheless, despite his reputation, Aquaman is a powerhouse at DC comics.

Indeed, his combination of brutality, resources, intelligence, strength, energy projection and telepathy is unmatched. In addition, the water is his natural element. In many cases, in underwater battles, he can call upon sea life. Which is a sizable part of all species on Earth.

6. MARTIAN MANHUNTER

Martian Manhunter. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Stellar 58%
Weaknesses: Conventional Warfare 25%
Quality Opponents: Cosmic Being 83%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 24.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BRAWLER

At this time, Martian Manhunter still gets no respect from writers and editors. Though the Fernus story arc did reveal the Burning Martians’ terrifying potential. At his highest potential, J’onn J’onnz is a Cosmic Being. In some respects, DC comics has yet to capitalize on J’onn’s power-set to tell long-lasting stories.

Recently, in Justice League: Last Ride, J’onn J’onnz went Super Saiyan in order to defeat Darkseid. Definitely, a power-up for the Green Martian. Perhaps, an indication that J’onn has finally put aside his fire weakness. At the same time, Martian Manhunter may challenge Superman as the most powerful hero in the DC Universe.

Only time will tell if the editorial team at DC finally raises his stock.

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7. BATMAN

Batman in the sewers of Gotham City.
Flash (Wally West). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Metahuman 17%
Weaknesses: Peak Human 8%
Quality Opponents: Skyfather 92%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: -29.5

FORMIDABILITY:

CIVILIAN

Why is Batman’s score so low? Let’s explain. In reality, Batman‘s formidability is about the intangibles. We are talking about resources, discipline, preparation, contingency plans, detective work with peak human conditioning and fighting skills. Though we can definitely rate these attributes, it is clear that the Dark Knight’s abilities rate him as a metahuman at his highest potential.

Though Batman does incredibly alone, his particular skills allow him to excel in teams. Indeed, his stealth and escapology are excellent for recon as the other powerhouses take the brunt of the damage. Furthermore, his expertise in science, psychology, criminology and mysticism make him the JLA’s best tactical leader.

However, being a low-level metahuman, the Dark Knight definitely suffers from low competition. His foes often include Bane, Killer Croc, Joker or even Prometheus. Nonetheless, as an essential part of the JLA, he has stood up to foes above his strength class: Superman, Green Lantern, Supergirl or even Darkseid. Finally, Batman may be the Bat-God or Prep-Master in any universe! And that is saying something.

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Krypton: Why Ultraman Is The Boss Of Bosses

 

KRYPTON

JLA: Earth-2 (2000). DC Comics.

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JLA: Earth-2 (2000) restored the concept of the DC multiverse. When the JLA met with the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, pandemonium followed. Now, find out why the gangster Ultraman is the boss of bosses.

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Overpowered Beings: As Fernus, J’onn J’onnz Is #AWeaponOfMassDestruction Spawning In An Extinction-Level Event (‘JLA: Trial By Fire’)

 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS

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IN EXTINCTION

J’ONN J’ONNZ IS THE LAST SURVIVOR OF MARS

In Detective Comics (1955) #225, Dr. Erdel accidentally teleports J'onn J'onnz to Earth.
In Detective Comics (1955) #225, Dr. Erdel accidentally teleports J’onn J’onnz to Earth. DC Comics.

During the Silver Age, Martian Manhunter debuted. Over the years, Martian Manhunter’s super powers expanded. In The Brave And The Bold (1960) #28, Martian Manhunter joins the new Justice League of America. In later stories, Martian Manhunter was often a replacement for the Silver Age Superman.

Post-Crisis, the 1988 four-issue limited series Martian Manhunter established his modern origin: Martian Manhunter is the last survivor from Mars. Teleported to Earth by Dr. Erdel’s experimental beam, he became a champion on Earth. In fact, J’onn J’onnz was displaced in time and space. Indeed, the Martian race has been dead for years.

OVERPOWERED, J’ONN J’ONNZ HAS THE POWER TO MOVE A PLANET

In JLA (2003) #75, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso.
In JLA (2003) #75, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso. DC Comics.

Notably, Martian Manhunter has been called the Swiss-Army Knife of the Justice League. Regularly, he serves as the League’s telepathic link, strategist, advisor and detective. In fact, Martian telepathy has been able to scan minds, repair damage, contact over vast distances and enter into mental battles. Indeed, J’onn is able to effect his super powers on a vast scale. Even, to the Planetary-Level.

In JLA (2003) #75, Martian Manhunter showcases why he is one of the strongest beings in the DC Universe. In the issue, the Earth is pulled out of orbit by the Atlantean villain Gamemnae. With a spell, Manitou Raven increases the size of Wonder Woman’s lasso. Heroically, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso.

Really, Martian Manhunter has too many super powers as a result of Martian physiology: Super strength, super speed, nigh invulnerability, flight, heat vision, EM vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, super hearing, super breath, regeneration, invisibility, phasing, shapeshifing, telepathy, telekinesis, matter absorption. Later, we will see what happens when his powers are unleashed against his friends.

BECOMING #AWEAPONOFMASSDESTRUCTION, J’ONN EVOLVED INTO FERNUS THE BURNING

In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.
In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light. DC Comics.

In JLA: Trial By Fire, Martian Manhunter becomes Fernus The Burning. On multiple occasions, Martian Manhunter has been stated to be the most powerful being in the DC Universe. In fact, the Burning Martians were so powerful that the Guardians of The Universe had to genetically suppress them. Thanks to his love for Scorch, J’onn J’onnz overcame his fire weakness. Indeed, he became Fernus who was so powerful that it took the entire JLA to match up to him.

Only Plastic Man was able to take him on mano-a-mano since his brain was no longer organic. Sinisterly, the Burning Martian needed fire and pain from human extinction in order to spawn. Using his love for Scorch, he detonated the nuclear weapons on Earth. Desperately, the JLA managed to destroy them. However, Superman failed to destroy the last one. Catastrophically, the weapon exploded in Chongjin, North Korea.

In JLA (2003) #89, Flash (Wally West) was able to save the 532,000 inhabitants of the city in a fraction of a second.

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WHY J’ONN J’ONNZ IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

HIS TELEPATHY CAN AFFECT COSMIC ENTITIES

In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, J'onn repairs Spectre's mind.
 In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, J’onn repairs Spectre’s mind. DC Comics.

In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, the Spectre is knocked unconscious. Previously, during the Trans invasion, the Spectre had merged with the JLA. Now, the Spectre lies on the floor traumatized. Surprisingly, Batman fears the worst. Amazingly, Martian Manhunter reveals ghosts cannot die. Then, he proceeds to repair the cosmic mind.

AS FERNUS, HE DESTROYED ALL HUNDRED WHITE MARTIANS IN THE PHANTOM ZONE OFF-PANEL

In JLA (2003) #86, Fernus kills the White Martians in the Phantom Zone.
In JLA (2003) #86, Fernus kills the White Martians in the Phantom Zone. DC Comics.

In JLA (2003) #86, the JLA battle Fernus for the first time. On the lunar Watchtower, they find Superman phased onto the Justice League table. Soon, Fernus attacks them. Eventually, Batman revives Superman and Manitou Raven opens his mystical eyes. For the first time, Superman sees the enemy: Fernus!

Fortunately, the JLA manage to escape the attack. Soon, they regroup at the Fortress of Solitude. There, Superman plans to use the Phantom Zone Projector. First, the Leaguers must check on the White Martians imprisoned there after Terror Incognita.

Shockingly, the Leaguers find Fernus with the butchered corpses of White Martians. Behind Fernus, they are floating in the Phantom Zone. Though the genocide occurred off-panel.

Per our calculations, Fernus performed a Galaxy-Level feat of Energy Projection.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT: GALAXY

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J’ONN CAN REGENERATE FROM A HEART ATTACK

In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, Martian Manhunter regenerates from a near death experience.
In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, Martian Manhunter regenerates from a near death experience.

In JLA: Paradise Lost, Heaven is under attack by Asmodel’s and Neron’s demonic armies. To seek revenge against the JLA and the angel Zauriel, Asmodel makes an alliance with the demon Neron. At the Watchtower, Asmodel attacks Martian Manhunter. Brutally, he leaves J’onn for dead and departs seeking Zauriel.

Later, the JLA find the comatose Martian Manhunter. In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, J’onn J’onnz has a near death experience. As matter of fact, Batman has a plan and enlists Aztek’s and Flash’s help. In theory, J’onn’s Martian physiology is a complex immune system at the molecular level. With Flash’s Speed Force, it is possible to excite J’onn’s molecules, reviving his immunity and invulnerability.

Successfully, Martian Manhunter’s heart starts pumping blood again. According to Aztek’s readings, J’onn should recover. Actually, J’onn J’onnz is pulled out of his coma.

J’ONN CAN AMP HIMSELF TO DEFEAT HUNDREDS OF INCOMPLETE AMAZOS

In Justice League (2019) #27, Martian Manhunter amps his size to destroy incomplete Amazos.
In Justice League (2019) #27, Martian Manhunter amps his size to destroy incomplete Amazos. DC Comics.

At CBR, J. Richland Anderson writes All Of Martian Manhunter’s Powers, Ranked. Indeed, he ranks matter absorption as fourth on his list.

In the Rebirth continuity, J’onn has amnesia issues. In Year Of The Villain, the Justice League are working to locate Lex Luthor. As matter of fact, he is in league with the cosmic villain Perpetua to find the Apex Predator.

In the issue, Professor Ivo captures Martian Manhunter. Strongly, J’onn breaks himself free. Then, a robot Ivo unleashes Amazo. Again imprisoned, Hawkgirl frees J’onn, crushing Amazo’s head.

Incredibly, Martian Manhunter amps himself, growing in size. As he does, he barrels through the hundred of incomplete Amazos. In conclusion, they realize Ivo is also a robot. Also, Lex Luthor is alive.


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LINKS

Detective Comics Vol 1 225 in DC Database.
The Brave and the Bold Vol 1 28 in DC Database.
Martian Manhunter (1988—1988) in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 75 in DC Database.
JLA: Trial by Fire in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 89 in DC Database.
JLA/The Spectre: Soul War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 86 in DC Database.
JLA: Terror Incognita in DC Database.
JLA: Paradise Lost in Comic Vine.
JLA Vol 1 8 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 4 27 in DC Database.
All Of Martian Manhunter’s Powers, Ranked in CBR.com.
Year of the Villain in DC Database.
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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In The Debate Over “Identity Crisis,” #WeStandWithZatanna And Team Flash

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In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics
Official Name

Identity Crisis.

Universe

New Earth.

Heroes

Justice League of America.

Villains

Jean Loring, Doctor Light, Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, Merlyn, The Calculator.

Creators

Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Michael Bair, Alex Sinclair, Ken Lopez, Mike Carlin, Valerie D’Orazio.

IN REDEMPTION

#WESTANDWITHZATANNA AND VICTIMS OF RAPE

In “Identity Crisis,” the JLA is faced with an ethical question. Indeed, the rape and the murder mystery of Sue Dibny drove deep wounds within the superhero community. Without a doubt, the Elongated Man’s wife was beloved. Regularly, she visited the Justice League atop the Watchtower.

Because of Sue Dibny’s rape, the Justice League faced a daunting ethical problem. In addition, Doctor Light was a threat to the League and their loved ones. In order to stop the psychopath, it was going to require drastic measures. But, the JLA members who responded to Sue’s signal and took down Doctor Light were split.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, the JLA tackles Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, the JLA tackles Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ZATANNA’S MINDWIPE THOUGH JUSTIFIED, WAS EXTREME

Divided, the JLA put the mindwipe to a vote. On one side, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Black Canary voted against the mindwipe. On the other side, Zatanna, Hawkman and Atom voted for the mindwipe. Decisively, Flash (Barry Allen) broke the tie in favor. Without a doubt, a watershed moment in DC history that led to a breach of trust. When Zatanna lobotomized Doctor Light, Batman also arrived on the Watchtower. To prevent opposition from the Dark Knight, Zatanna also mindwiped him.

Later, during “Identity Crisis,” Batman recovered his memory of the event. Because of the breach of trust, this led to Batman creating Brother Eye to spy on the metahuman population. As Superboy-Prime argued, the heroes stopped behaving like heroes. The consequences were the Omac Project and the “Infinite Crisis.” In retaliation for Superman’s mind-control, Wonder Woman killed Maxwell Lord in cold blood.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics

FOR ZATANNA: SUPERMAN ONCE LOBOTOMIZED MANCHESTER BLACK

In 'Action Comics' (2001) #775, Superman lobotomized Manchester Black with telescopic, x-ray and heat vision.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #775, Superman lobotomized Manchester Black with telescopic, x-ray and heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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AGAINST ZATANNA: THE JLA SHOULD HAVE INCAPACITATED DOCTOR LIGHT’S POWERS

Given its intrusive nature, mindwipe is highly traumatic. Definitely, the mindwiped may end up worse off morally and personality-wise. In Batman’s case, this may explain the dark path he set upon after recovering his memory of the incident. For Doctor Light, it set him on a path to revenge. To this end, to destroy the JLA and the Teen Titans.

Later, Doctor Light accepted membership into the Secret Society of Supervillains. Certainly, it was a darker DC Universe. For its part, the JLA should have followed Green Lantern’s advice. Instead, Zatanna should have incapacitated Doctor Light’s use of his super powers. Also, to protect Sue, Doctor Light should have been sent under solitary confinement at a maximum security prison.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Elongated Man comforts Sue Dibny.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Elongated Man comforts Sue Dibny. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

Identity Crisis Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 775 in DC Database.
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Reviews: 90s-00s JLA Storylines, Ranked From Best To Good

'Justice' (2005) #1 Cover.
 
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'Justice' (2005) #1 Cover.
‘Justice’ (2005) #1 Cover. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN Reading Guides, Lists, Reviews

90s-00s JLA STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “JLA: TOWER OF BABEL” (2000).

Collects ‘JLA’ #43-46.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

“JLA: Tower Of Babel” is a classic JLA story. Really, it showcased at the time, why the Justice League was DC’s premiere superhero team. True, Superman may function as the first among equals. Though, Batman is revealed to be the most dangerous man on DC Earth.

Certainly, it is a case of Bat-god Syndrome. The main plot of the story is the following: Eco-terrorist Ra’s Al Ghul has hacked Batman’s contingency plans. In his paranoia, the Dark Knight had developed over the years contingency plans. In effect, they were intended to neutralize each member of the Justice League, should they ever go rogue. Of course, when the plans are enacted, disaster ensues.

Mark Waid and Howard Porter collaborate on this timeless story. Without a doubt, what makes it work is the larger-than-life feel of the pencils. Porter’s lines are crisp, athletic and the coloring brings movement to life. The consequences of the story arc lead directly into “JLA: Divided We Fall.”

Overall, this is the best Post-Crisis JLA story. Moreover, Batman fans will geek-out at Bat-god in the loose adaptation Justice League: Doom available on Blu-ray.

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BEST: “IDENTITY CRISIS” (2004).

Collects ‘Identity Crisis’ #1-7.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2004, Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales crafted “Identity Crisis.” To date, no JLA story has been more controversial. In his “Guide,” Sam Stone at CBR.com argues the crossover event drove deep wounds within the superhero community. Indeed, its ramifications bled into the darker universe of “The OMAC Project” and Geoff Johns’ “Infinite Crisis.”

Chiefly, “Identity Crisis” is near the top of this list because of its inter-connectedness and the insurmountable danger it poses. The JLA is expert at handling crises, alien invasions, wars and natural disasters. However, moral dilemmas are another matter entirely. Simply put, what happens when the greatest DC Universe heroes are put before a secret involving questionable moral choices and tragedy?

While Rags Morales’ art shows the urgency of the situation, Brad Meltzer goes through the thought processes of its heroes in the narration. Then, what we are facing is a murder mystery that promises to rip through the relationships in the DC Universe. So, who wiped Doctor Light’s mind? Also, who wiped Batman’s mind? Finally, who is at fault? If these questions spring more dramatic events in the future, the story arc ends with a twist.

To sum, this is ethics put to the test of DC’s elite metahumans and gods. Precisely, it is why it belongs at the top of the list as one of DC Comics’ most thought-provoking stories. Definitely, this story is an essential JLA story.

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BEST: ‘JUSTICE’ (2005-2007).

Collects ‘Justice’ #1-12. *This limited series is not canon to DC Mainstream continuity.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

‘Justice’ offers a flashback on previous Pre-Crisis JLA stories. In his 2009 interview with Newsarama, writer Jim Krueger revealed his inspiration for the 12-issue limited series. Specifically, Krueger intended a Super Friends vs Legion of Doom Silver Age story. And it showed the Silver Age elements resonated with fans. Indeed, ‘Justice’ #1 sold out upon its release.

Simply, the plot is straightforward. Motivated by dreams where the Justice League fails, members of the Legion of Doom assemble. In a few words, their plan is to destroy the JLA in order to better the world. Of course, it turns out their partnership is the result of manipulation by genius evil masterminds.

So, what makes ‘Justice’ work out is its ambition. By pitting against one another good superhero vs evil supervillain teams, Krueger crafts a “superhuman war.”1 More importantly, Alex Ross’s art is the central draw for the price of admission. Without a doubt, his photographic paintings create an experience worthy of the most timeless DC stories.

Definitely, this limited series is certainly a must-have for your JLA collection. In particular, fans of the Silver Age will love the classic feel of good vs evil.

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BEST: “JLA: EARTH-2” (2000).

*This story is a one-shot.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Decisively, “Crisis On Infinite Earths” put an end to the DC multiverse. However, the concept would resurface in continuity with “Zero Hour” and “Hypertime.” Largely because of Grant Morrison, the DC multiverse would surely come back. In a one-shot, “JLA: Earth-2” recounts the first multiversal meeting in Post-Crisis continuity. Per chance, the Justice League of America meets its antimatter counterpart from Earth-2, the Crime Syndicate of America.

Desperately, Lex Luthor, the unexpected hero from Earth-2, has come to the DC Primary Earth. Dangerously, he enlists the JLA to aid in fighting off the Crime Syndicate on Earth-2. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. Eventually, the counterpart teams return to their respective worlds.

Definitely, one of the more polished JLA stories. In a CBR Exclusive, there is speculation that Earth-2 may originate from the Dark multiverse. Also, do not miss the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (Two-Disc Special Edition).

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BEST: ‘JLA: YEAR ONE’ (1998).

Collects ‘JLA: Year One’ #1-12


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Over the years, DC Comics published the “Year One” line of titles. In Post-Crisis continuity, they serve as important origin stories to the greatest heroes in the DC Universe. Previously, in “’00s Batman Graphic Novels Ranked From Best To Worst,” we reviewed Batman graphic novels set in the “Batman: Year One” continuity.

To begin, ‘JLA: Year One’ is set ten years ago in the Post-Crisis continuity. In short, it is part origin story and part world-building. In a few words, the Justice League of America first forms in order to stop an Appelaxian alien invasion. Soon, the JLA are a sensation on Earth. Despite their obvious differences, the founding members who are Green Lantern, Flash, Black Canary, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter must learn to work together. However, trouble brews. As they uncover the clues of the secret organization known as Locus, the JLA soon learn there is a spy in their ranks.

Obviously, the JLA are DC’s A-list superhero team. Indeed, Morrison’s JLA immortalized the Big Seven: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Here, what makes “Year One” work is the introduction of B and C-list heroes. Definitely, there is chemistry and even romance. In the final issue, is the grand finale with big splash pages of ensemble battles. Though, Brian Augustyn’s art suffers throughout the book due to a lack of distinctiveness.

Nevertheless, Mark Waid’s maxi-series is a fan favorite. Indeed, its blend of adventure, optimism and romance make for a fun experience. Definitely, this is essential JLA.

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GOOD: “JLA: ROCK OF AGES” (1998).

Collects ‘JLA’ #10-15


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, “JLA: Rock Of Ages” is one of the most celebrated Justice League stories. In fact, the Morrison/Porter three and half year run has been touted the definitive JLA. In Grant Morrison’s JLA run, “Rock Of Ages” is the third story arc.

Storytelling-wise, Morrison’s story arc fits within a wider narrative. In effect, Morrison devised an alternate DC mythology with big sci-fi concepts and scale. This thread, of an impending crisis that threatens the entire DC multiverse, runs through Morrison’s story arcs. Dangerously, we envision a glimpse of that threat when Luthor and the Injustice Gang use the Worlogog to create an alternate future. In that future, Darkseid has imposed the Anti-Life Equation on New Genesis and Earth.

Critically speaking, the story appears bombastic. Yet, as the future would demonstrate, Morrison was erecting a Superman-centric universe. In “DC One Million,” that future comes to pass. Definitely, “JLA: Rock Of Ages” revealed DC’s most ambitious story yet.

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Comic Book Herald: Justice League Reading Order.


LINKS

JLA: Tower of Babel in DC Database.
Justice League: How Batman Took Down DC’s Mightiest Heroes in CBR.com.
Best Justice League stories of all time in Gamesradar+.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Identity Crisis: A Complete Guide to DC’s Most Controversial Crossover in CBR.com.
Justice Vol 1 in DC Database.
On Justice: Alex Ross Talks Justice in Newsarama.com.
DC’s “Justice” #1 Sells Out at DC Comics in CBR.com.
JLA: Earth-2 in DC Database.
Could DC’s Crime Syndicate Actually Originate From The Dark Multiverse? in CBR.com.
The 10 Best DC Year One Stories, Ranked in CBR.com.
JLA: Year One Vol 1 in DC Database.
JLA: Rock of Ages in DC Database.
Is Grant Morrison’s JLA the Definitive Justice League Comic? in DC Universe Infinite.

FOOTNOTES

  1. On Justice: Alex Ross Talks Justice.”

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DC Day: In “JLA: Trial By Fire,” The Guardians Of The Universe Feared The Martian Race

In 'JLA' (2003) #87, 20,000 years ago, the Guardians of the Universe battled the Burning Martians.
 
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Writer(s)

Joe Kelly


Penciler(s)

Doug Mahnke


Colorist(s)

David Baron


Cover

Doug Mahnke


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

October 1, 2003

EXTINCTION

WITH SCORCH’S HELP, MARTIAN MANHUNTER OVERCOMES HIS FIRE WEAKNESS

In “JLA: Trial By Fire,” Martian Manhunter becomes Fernus The Burning. In ‘JLA’ (2003) #84, J’onn J’onnz meets with Superman over barbeque. Joyfully, he tells Superman he has overcome his fire weakness. With Scorch’s help, it has taken training to the limits of his mind and body. Soon, J’onn invites Superman to stay for dinner. But the Man of Steel has to respond to a JLA signal and flies away. As he departs, J’onn tells him he wants to remain on his vacation. Though, he intends to come back soon.

Later, the Justice League of America convenes on the Watchtower. Recently, at Arkham Asylum, Blackgate Prison and other prisons have reported their prisoners bawling over their crimes and watching Sesame Street on television. Green Lantern (John Stewart) hypothesizes it is a telepath. Soon, the JLA also find out that President Luthor is catatonic. Courageously, Superman enlists Martian Manhunter’s help. Unfortunately, J’onn is unable to repair Luthor’s mind. Moreover, he is caught in an energy feedback. And, the disembodied voice of Fernus speaks about its mysterious “gifts” to the JLA.1

In 'JLA' (2003) #84, J'onn J'onnz reveals to Superman that he has overcome his fire weakness with Scorch's help.
In ‘JLA’ (2003) #84, J’onn J’onnz reveals to Superman that he has overcome his fire weakness with Scorch’s help. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FEAT: GREEN LANTERN GOES TOE-TO-TOE WITH FERNUS FOR 60 SECONDS

In 'JLA' (2003) #87, Green Lantern (John Stewart) performs an energy projection feat. John Stewart teleports from Ganthet and tears apart Fernus with a Green light energy attack.
In ‘JLA’ (2003) #87, Green Lantern (John Stewart) performs an energy projection feat. John Stewart teleports from Ganthet and tears apart Fernus with a Green light energy attack. Photo/DC Comics

VISIT FEAT: GREEN LANTERN (JOHN STEWART), ‘JLA’ #87

THE GUARDIANS OF THE UNIVERSE FEARED THE BURNING MARTIANS

In ‘JLA’ (2003) #87, Green Lantern (John Stewart) tells the origin story of the Martian race. 20,000 years ago, Mars was peopled by the Burning Martians. In a few words, the Burning Martians lived on a planet of Chaos. Certainly, they were a “barbaric, ruthless, brilliant” species.2 Moreover, they constantly battled amongst themselves. Eventually, their wars and tremendous power attracted the Guardians of the Universe’s attention. As the self-appointed Guardians of Order, the Guardians felt it necessary to intervene to stop the spread of Chaos. Indeed, Mars was centuries away from achieving space travel.

Battling the Burning Martians, the Guardians wanted to avoid genocide. Then, they turned to genetic manipulation. Brilliantly, the Guardians repressed the Burning Martians with the psycho-somatic weakness to fire. But, as John notes, they were short-sighted. Truly, they neglected to account for the Martian collective consciousness. So, J’onn J’onnz overcame his weakness. Effectively, he gained access to the Burning Martian genetic block through the Martian collective consciousness. As Fernus, he needs the suffering and the burning of the entire human population in order to reproduce asexually.

In 'JLA' (2003) #87, Green Lantern tells the origin story of the Burning Martians.
In ‘JLA’ (2003) #87, Green Lantern tells the origin story of the Burning Martians. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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FERNUS TAKES ON PLASTIC MAN AND THE JLA

In ‘JLA’ (2003) #88, Fernus takes on Plastic Man and the JLA. Previously, Batman recruited Plastic Man (Patrick O’Brian) into active duty. Going toe-to-toe, Plastic Man is able to contain Fernus for some time. Correctly, Batman states Plastic Man’s mind is no longer organic. His shape-shifting which is based on inspiration, can adapt to Martian telepathy. However, Superman fails to destroy the last of the nuclear warheads that Fernus detonated. Unfortunately, the warhead detonates in the city of Chongjin in North Korea.

In ‘JLA’ (2003) #89, Flash runs at light speed to save its 532,000 men, women and children. Suddenly, Scorch turns the tide of the battle. Courageously, the demon absorbs Fernus’ fire allowing Superman and the League to obliterate the Burning. Sadistically, Fernus triggers Scorch’s fire. Jubilantly, Fernus is about to spawn only to find Martian Manhunter ripping through his entrails. The faith of the JLA freed him from the Dreamwalk. Meanwhile, Green Lantern turns off the city-wide flames with a wave of water. Finally, Martian Manhunter obliterates Fernus with his Martian vision.

In ‘JLA’ (2003) #89, Fernus takes on the JLA and Plastic Man. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

JLA: Trial by Fire in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 84 in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 87 in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 88 in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 89 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘JLA’ #84.
  2. ‘JLA’ #87.
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Super Power Explained: ‘Justice’ Proves Shazam May Be Faster Than Superman On The List Of DC’s Best Speedsters

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IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

THE DC UNIVERSE IS ALL ABOUT SPEED

'DC Nation' (2018) #2 ranks the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe
‘DC Nation’ (2018) #2 ranks the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In the DC Universe, speedsters are capable of moving at tremendous speeds. Indeed, these are metahumans possessing tremendous super speed. To this end, ‘DC Nation’ (2018) #2, lists the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe.

For our purposes, let’s list them according to classes: 1. Speed Force Users. 2. Kryptonians. 3. Greek Pantheon and Magic Users. 4. Martians.

I. INFINITE CLASS: SPEED FORCE USERS

In the DC Universe, the Speed Force is the super power that powers the best of DC’s speedsters. In fact, this multiversal energy allows its users to generate an infinite amount of kinetic energy. To sum, DC’s best speedsters are Speed Force conduits that can reach an infinite amount of super speed.

1. FLASH (WALLY WEST), ‘JLA’ (1997) #3

In 'JLA' (1997) #3, Flash's infinite mass punch sends Zum into escape velocity at seven miles per second.
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash’s infinite mass punch sends Zum into escape velocity at seven miles per second. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash (Wally West) showcased why he is the Fastest Man Alive. At the time, Wally endeared himself to us. Remembering Barry’s “Flash Facts,” he used a combat technique known as the Infinite Mass Punch.

In a race against the White Martian named Zum, Wally shattered general relativity. Indeed, he accelerated his mass to infinity as he approached the speed of light. Then, he hit Zum with the IMP generating an infinite amount of kinetic energy. At high speeds, Zum hit escape velocity and landed across the planet.

In ‘The Flash’ (1999) #148, Flash hits Reverse-Flash with a white dwarf punch. Definitely, the IMP enables Flash to take on Superman-level foes. Considering this, Wally deserves the top spot on this list.

VISIT FEAT: FLASH, ‘JLA’ #3.

2. FLASH (BARRY ALLEN), ‘FLASHPOINT’ (2011) #5

In 'Flashpoint' (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother.
In ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Certainly, “Flashpoint” is the most important DC crossover event of the new millennium. In a few words, in ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #1, Barry Allen awakens at his desk. Strangely, he notices details of his daily routine are off. Also, he has no speed.

Furthermore, the most important detail is that his mother is alive. Afterwards, visiting the Batcave, Barry meets with Batman who is Thomas Wayne. In the end, Barry realizes he is living in an alternate timeline and suspects the Reverse-Flash is the cause.

In ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother. When Barry found out Eobard murdered his mother, he time travelled to the past. Tragically, he saved his mother which resulted in the new timeline.

In the end, Barry attempts to restore the timeline. Unfortunately, this creates the Prime Earth multiverse. Certainly, the Speed Force grants its users infinite energy. Here, Barry shows his super power: time travel and the ability to recreate the DC multiverse. Definitely, this requires an infinite amount of kinetic energy.

VISIT FEAT: FLASH (BARRY ALLEN), ‘CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS’ #8

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3. REVERSE-FLASH (BARRY ALLEN), ‘FLASHPOINT’ (2011) #5

In 'The Flash' (1993) #79, Reverse-Flash reveals he replicated Flash's powers in the 25th century.
In ‘The Flash’ (1993) #79, Reverse-Flash reveals he replicated Flash’s powers in the 25th century. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Among his rogues, Reverse-Flash is Flash’s most dangerous foe. J. Richland Anderson at CBR.com, lists him third on the “10 Fastest Characters In All Of The DC Multiverse”. In the 25th century, technology has solved the problem of crime. As a result, there are no superheroes.

A wealthy man, Eobard Thawne was obsessed with the Flash. Successfully, he replicated Flash’s powers in an experiment and became… Reverse-Flash! Time traveling to the 20th century, he plagued Flash for years.

Among his super powers are: dimensional travel, time travel, reality alteration and Speed Force Negation. Lately, Thawne has created the Negative Speed Force.

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II. COSMIC CLASS: KRYPTONIANS

In the second class, are the Kryptonians. In a few words, under the light of the yellow sun, Kryptonians are capable of running, reacting, flying and traveling at superhuman speeds. Really, Kryptonians derive their super speed from the yellow solar radiation stored in their super dense cells. In effect, they are supermen who can move at FTL speeds.

1. SUPERBOY-PRIME, ‘INFINITE CRISIS’ (2006) #6

In 'Infinite Crisis' (2006) #6, Superboy-Prime escapes the Speed Force in his solar armor.
In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #6, Superboy-Prime escapes the Speed Force in his solar armor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Originally, Superboy-Prime was destined to become Superman. Tragically, Alexander Luthor Jr’s machinations during “Infinite Crisis” caused him to become an evil Superman.

In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #4, believing himself to be the true Superboy, Superboy-Prime attacked Superboy. As a result, the Doom Patrol, Teen Titans and JSA came to the rescue. Critically, many members of the super-powered teams were injured. Left with no choice, Bart, Jay and Wally sent SBP to the Speed Force. There, he was imprisoned under a red sun.

In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #6, proving no prison could shackle him, Superboy-Prime escaped. Definitely, it requires to be faster than the Speed Force to escape it. Is SBP faster than infinity?

2. H’EL, ‘SUPERMAN’ (2013) #14

In 'Superman' (2013) #14, H'el teleports Superboy.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #14, H’el teleports Superboy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

During the “H’el on Earth” storyline, Superman meets a foe unlike he has seen before. In a few words, H’el is Superman with additional super powers: teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy and size alteration.

In ‘Superman’ (2013) #14, H’el teleports Superboy so fast that Superman can’t see his movements. Considering Superman’s perception, this definitely requires FTL super speed. Certainly, this feat is the reason why H’el belongs on this list.

3. SUPERMAN, ‘ACTION COMICS’ (2014) #35

In 'Action Comics' (2014) #35, Superman travels endless space in 60 days.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2014) #35, Superman travels endless space in 60 days. AP Photo/DC Comics.

On multiple occasions, the Man of Steel has demonstrated he can travel and react at FTL super speed. Particularly, the speedblitz is a combat technique that allows Superman to punch his foes at tremendous speeds.

In ‘Action Comics’ (2014) #35, In conclusion, this is a FTL super speed feat. Definitely, it is the reason why Clark deserves a spot on this list.

VISIT FEAT: SUPERMAN, ‘SUPERMAN’ #207

III. STELLAR CLASS: GREEK PANTHEON AND MAGIC USERS

Third, is the Greek Pantheon and magic users. In short, these metahumans derive their super speed from divine enchantment and the pantheon of gods. Incredibly, they can move at near the speed of light. As a matter of fact, they regularly compete with DC’s best speedsters.

1. WONDER WOMAN, ‘WONDER WOMAN’ (2005) #214

In 'Wonder Woman' (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman tags Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman tags Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed. AP Photo/DC Comics.

To begin, Wonder Woman regularly competes with DC’s best speedsters. In ‘JLA’ (2008) #23, the League has been defeated by an upgraded Amazo in Red Tornado’s body. Thus, it’s up to Wonder Woman to save the day. Using their combined super powers, the JLA defeats Amazo.

In the issue, it is stated that Wonder Woman’s combat speed is faster than Superman’s. Though, Superman may have unlimited travel speed potential.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman reaches Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed. Considering the Reverse-Flash is powered by the Speed Force, this is a feat requiring near infinite kinetic energy. Therefore, Wonder Woman belongs in the Stellar class.

2. CAPTAIN MARVEL (SHAZAM), ‘JUSTICE’ (2006) #7

In 'Justice' (2006) #7, Captain Marvel outruns the Fastest Man Alive.
In ‘Justice’ (2006) #7, Captain Marvel (Shazam) outruns the Fastest Man Alive. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Throughout DC continuity, Captain Marvel (Shazam) has been recognized as Superman’s equal. As matter of fact, the “Justice” series proves this to be the case. In ‘Justice’ (2006) #7, the League recovers from an attack from the Legion of Doom.

On the ocean, Superman and Captain Marvel find Flash running. Atrociously, his accelerated metabolism prevents Flash from stopping to run. Sensing the danger, Superman admits only Captain Marvel may be able to save Flash. Then, the Captain has a plan.

Pouring on the speed, he catches up to Flash. In a flash of lightning bolt, he utters the magic word: Shazam! Then, he transforms back to Billy Batson and Barry is knocked out. Quickly, Superman saves them both.

In the issue, Barry states he can run around the planet in a heartbeat. Considering a human heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute, the World’s Mightiest Mortal travelled at 22 percent of the speed of light. Therefore, it is a reason why Captain Marvel may be faster than the Man of Steel.

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IV. PLANETARY CLASS: MARTIANS

Finally, the Green and White Martians can think, run and fly at speeds multiple times the speed of sound. Incredibly, they can fly around the Earth in seconds. Some can even travel in space under their own power.

1. MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ‘JLA’ (2013) #5

In 'JLA' (2013) #5, Martian Manhunter flies from Mars to Earth.
In ‘JLA’ (2013) #5, Martian Manhunter flies from Mars to Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Definitely, Martian Manhunter is a speedster. In the New 52, J’onn J’onnz has demonstrated flight from Mars to Earth. Certainly, this is an inter-planetary feat.

2. ZUM, ‘JLA’ (1997) #3

In 'JLA' (1997) #3, Flash reveals Zum has the powers of Superman with some military training.
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash reveals Zum has the powers of Superman with some military training. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In the JLA’s first meeting with Hyperclan, Wally West battled Zum. In a race, the White Martian used military tactics and superior speed. As matter of fact, Zum was running so fast, he was creating after images. In some sense, he may have been approaching the speed of light. In fact, that is what it took for Flash to defeat Zum.


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DC Day: In A Banging Crossover, The JLA And WildC.A.T.s. Team-Up Against A Time Lord

 
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In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics.
Official Name

JLA/WildC.A.T.s.

Heroes

JLA, WildC.A.T.s.

Villains

Epoch, Seven Deadly Sins

Creators

Grant Morrison, Val Semeiks

TEAM-UPS

THE JLA ARE BATTLING EPOCH ACROSS TIME WITH HIS CHRONO-CUBE

In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. crossover for the first time. The issue begins with Kid Flash – Wally West, who is to become the Flash – meeting Epoch for the first time. Kid Flash attempts to combust Epoch’s feet by vibrating the air molecules with his fingers. However, Epoch’s armor is 41st century technology.

When Epoch is about to kill Kid Flash, the JLA shows up. Flash wrests all the projectiles at superspeed. Epoch comments that the team has taken control of his Chrono-Cube. Claiming to be a 4D man, Epoch reaches billions of years into the future, and hits Superman with red solar energy. Being a being of pure energy now, Superman survives the attack unscathed. Epoch disappears vowing to destroy the superheroes’ ancestors in the past.

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), in 65,000,000 B.C., Epoch encounters a soliton that enhances his suit and allows him to use the Chrono Cube as a power source.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), in 65,000,000 B.C., Epoch encounters a soliton that enhances his suit and allows him to use the Chrono-Cube as a power source. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The JLA battle Epoch across the timestream. In 14,000 B.C., Green Lantern saves a distant relative from Epoch. When Flash attempts to reach him, Epoch says his advanced technology makes him slow down to a crawl. In 65,000,000 B.C., at the time of the dinosaurs’ extinction, Epoch encounters a soliton that enhances his armor and enables him to steal the Chrono-Cube as power source.

The JLA end up in 33 AD. Meanwhile, Superman and Green Lantern scan the Earth for the power source and discover it buried in limestone. Then, the JLA activate the drive mechanism with Green Lantern’s power ring focusing all their willpower. They end up transported to the Wildstorm Universe.

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), in 33 A.D., the JLA use Green Lantern's power ring to focus their willpower to power the drive mechanism.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), in 33 A.D., the JLA use Green Lantern’s power ring to focus their willpower to power the drive mechanism. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN THEIR FIRST CROSSOVER, THE JLA AND WILDC.A.T.s. BRAWL

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. brawl in their first crossover.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. brawl in their first crossover.

TEAM-UP OF THE ’90s DECADE: JLA/WILDC.A.T.s. vs THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

Eventually, Superman and Mister Majestic are able to settle their differences. The JLA/WildC.A.T.s. teams-up to dispatch the Seven Deadly Sins that had been destroying the Wildstorm Universe. During the battle, Mister Majestic agrees with Void to help return the Justice League home otherwise both universes will be destroyed.

Void takes Green Lantern into voidspace. There, she determines Epoch’s dark nova cracked time “into two parallel waves; two separate histories were created.”1 Void explains the JLA’s technology brought them to the wrong time: to the WildC.A.T.s.’ 1997. In order for the entities in voidspace to help, Green Lantern must teach them how to create light constructs. Using her technology, Void is able “to punch a hole through voidspace. A bridge.”1

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), the JLA and WildC.A.T.s. take on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Wildstorm Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN A FINAL BATTLE, THE JLA AND WILDC.A.T.s. TAKE DOWN EPOCH’S OMEGA ATTRACTOR WITH THE CHRONO-CUBE

The JLA and WildC.A.T.s. travel back to the DC Universe. There, the JLA find out they have been away for five days. The heroes find Epoch has merged with the Omega Attractor, a living computer and bomb from the 68th century. With the Omega Attractor, Epoch has access to weapons across centuries. He uses it to deploy weapons to enslave the world and imprison superheroes on the moon. His plan is to turn Earth “into a vast time-traveling time engine powered by its human slave population.”

The JLA and WildC.A.T.s. team-up to take down Epoch’s citadel. Superman tells Maul his plan. He tells Maul to grow large enough to take down the citadel. In fact, to account for Maul’s mindlessness, a burst of electricity to the right motor neurons should return Maul to his normal size within 30 seconds. Maul succeeds. Since the WildC.A.T.s. are not in Epoch’s database, Superman sends them to take him down. Meanwhile, the JLA are working on the Chrono-Cube. Eventually, Epoch is defeated. The JLA program the Chrono-Cube to create a temporal prison cell around Epoch. Finally, the WildC.A.T.s. return home.

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), Maul destroys Epoch's citadel in 30 seconds.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), Maul destroys Epoch’s citadel in 30 seconds.

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THE ‘JLA/WILDC.A.T.s.’ CROSSOVER CONCLUDES WITH A BANG AS EPOCH’S OMEGA ATTRACTOR EXPLODES

In 'JLA/WildC.A.T.s.' (1997), Epoch's Omega Attractor explodes.
In ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.s.’ (1997), Epoch’s Omega Attractor explodes. AP Photo/DC Comics.

LINKS

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FOOTNOTES

  1. JLA/WildC.A.T.s.