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Overpowered Beings: In ‘What If?’ Short Stories, Uatu The Watcher #BreaksTheFourthWall

 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS


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IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

FROM THE UNIVERSE’S OLDER RACES, THE WATCHERS SWORE TO OBSERVE


In Original Sin (2014) #0, the Watchers brings nuclear power to the Prosilicans. Marvel Comics.

During the Silver Age, Marvel Comics introduced The Watcher in “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” In Fantastic Four (1963) #13, the Fantastic Four are on a mission to the Blue Area of the moon. In the issue, Mister Fantastic experiments on a rocket fragment.

Then, he decides to travel by rocket to the Blue Area of the moon where the fragment came. However, a Russian scientist in the Soviet Union named Ivan Kragoff, is on a mission to the moon. In fact, he has selected his three apes with him, Igor, Piotr and Miklho in order to replicate the Fantastic Four’s powers.

Predictably, the mission succeeds and the villains are granted super powers from cosmic rays. On the moon, the Fantastic Four and Ivan’s team battle. However, the clash is cut short by the first appearance of the Watcher.

After Claiming the Blue Area as his home, he reveals his race’s vow to not interfere in the affairs of alien races and banishes both teams to the ruined city where they battle for superiority.

Forward into the Modern Age, we learn the origin of the race of Watchers’ vow. In the early beginnings of the universe, the Watchers were a technologically advanced and benevolent race. In order to help the planet Prosilicus, Ikor proposed to bring nuclear power to the Prosilican race.

Tragically, the technology led to nuclear warfare and auto-genocide on Prosilicus. Horrified at the Prosilican incident, Ikor created a code of ethics for the race. Now known as the Watchers, the cosmic gods would observe and not interfere.

OVERPOWERED, UATU CAN RESIST AND KILL GALACTUS

In 'Super-Villain Classics' (1983) #1, we find out the origin of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

In Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we find out the origin of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

In terms of powers, Uatu has been said to be powerful enough to shake a galaxy. Really, the Watcher is a cosmic god who can manipulate cosmic energy on an incalculable scale. As matter of fact, he has been stated to resist the telepathic probes of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.

Furthermore, in Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we learn Galactus’ origin story. After the destruction of the previous universe, the Sentience of the Universe protected Galan in a Cosmic Egg. With the birth of the Seventh Cosmos, or Earth-616 universe, Galactus came out of gestation.

In the early universe, the Watchers were among the oldest races. Ecce the Watcher observed the Star God’s emergence and sensed his evil and Cosmic Hunger. In fact, he was powerful enough to kill him. But, sworn to not interfere, he let Galactus depart in his starship.

Like Ecce, Uatu probably is powerful enough to kill a hungry or young Galactus. Notably, Uatu possesses the powers of telepathy, energy manipulation, teleportation, time travel, cosmic awareness, force field generation, flight and immortality on a Multiversal scale.

 

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IN WHAT IF? THE WATCHER #BREAKSTHEFOURTHWALL

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

By now, Marvel-ites have watched the hit TV show called What If…? on Disney+. In fact, there is a popular battle between an alternate Ultron with The Infinity Stones and the Watcher. Nonetheless, the show is based on the successful Marvel series called What If?

Astoundingly, issues #23 to #31 of the series, showcase short stories by Watcher. Each short story exhibits the Watcher’s nigh-omniscience and his ability to see parallel universes of alternate timelines. In fact, in every issue, the Watcher introduces the short story as he addresses the reader.

Incredibly, this power is called Breaking The Fourth Wall. Here, a comic character or literature character is aware of being part of a story or addresses the reader and audience. Really, this super power suggests the Watcher is an Outerversal being.

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WHY UATU THE WATCHER IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

UATU KNEW ABOUT THE ULTIMATE NULLIFIER TO STOP GALACTUS

In 'Fantastic Four (1966) #50, the Human Torch retrieves the Ultimate Nullifier for Mister Fantastic to use against Galactus as specified by Uatu the Watcher.
In Fantastic Four (1966) #50, Mister Fantastic must use the Ultimate Nullifier to stop Galactus from consuming the Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In The Galactus Trilogy, Watcher helps the Fantastic Four to stop Galactus. As matter of fact, the cosmic god revealed the heroes knowledge about Galactus’ homeworld, Taa II.

Importantly, Uatu knew the only way to stop the Devourer of Worlds was with an advanced technology from the solar system-sized homeworld. Namely, the Ultimate Nullifier.

In the battle Fantastic Four vs Galactus, the super-team was able to stop the end of the world and have Galactus depart with Uatu’s help.

POTENTIALLY, AN OUTERVERSAL BEING WHO #BREAKSTHEFOURTHWALL

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

In What If?, Uatu addresses the Marvel-ite reader and tells him a short story. Each story is about an alternate timeline in a parallel Marvel universe.

Really, the fact the Watcher can address the reader shows he #BreaksTheFourthWall. In literature, this is the greatest power. Also, Thought Robot Superman shares this power.

Per our calculations, #BreakingTheFourthWall is an Outerversal feat.

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IN WHAT IF? HE CAN SEE ALTERNATE TIMELINES

The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe.
The Phoenix Force destroys the Earth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.

Generally, the What If? series is about Watcher seeing alternate timelines in the Marvel multiverse and telling the stories to the reader.

Indeed, the Watcher has a Cosmic Awareness that extends to the Multiversal scale. Perhaps, an extension of his time travel powers.

WATCHER HAS THE POWER TO SHAKE A GALAXY

Xakku in 'Tales of Suspense.'
Xakku in Tales of Suspense (1964) #55. Marvel Comics.

Impressively, Watcher has been stated to have the power to shake a galaxy. In Tales of Suspense (1964) #55, Xakku the Sun-Stealer calls him the most powerful being in the galaxy.

To test his vow, Xakku tells him that the sun near his planet is dying out. With his Sun-Stealer, he plans to steal the sun in Uatu’s solar system. After he asks Uatu if he will intervene.

In a whimsical play of events, Xakku’s nefarious plan is foiled when his starship falls into quicksand before it lands on Earth, saving the planet.


LINKS

Original Sin Vol 1 0 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 13 in Marvel Database.
Super-Villain Classics Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 50 in Marvel Database.
Galactus Trilogy in Marvel Database.
What If? Vol 1 (1977–2011) in Marvel Database.
Tales of Suspense Vol 1 55 in Marvel Database.
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Power Level Wiki Preview: Hulk Implodes Abomination’s Face With A Nuke-Level Punch

 

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In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.
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You can register for a paid membership in order to view the wiki section.

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Battles Of The Week: Captain Atom vs Firestorm (Hero vs Hero)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

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SYNOPSIS FOR “TAKEOVER, PART THREE”

When Doctor Megala takes control of Firestorm’s body, he attacks the nation of Qurac. After, Captain Atom learns from the Continuum of the danger and engages Firestorm.

A battle of cataclysmic proportions follows in the Pacific ocean.

IN UNIVERSAL AND MULTIVERSAL ANOMALIES

SCIENCE FAIR QUESTION: WHAT IS THE POWER OF A NUKE?
Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men (2013) #15. DC Comics.

Enter the contestants in the Pacific ocean. On the left side is Captain Atom, alias Nathaniel Adam and on the right side is Firestorm, alias Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond controlled by Doctor Megala.

Let’s look at the stats.

CAPTAIN ATOM – PRIME EARTH

Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Cosmic 75%
Durability: City 25%
Energy Projection: Infinite 100%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

WEAKNESSES
  • Power Instability.
  • Involuntary Quantum Jumping.
FIRESTORM – PRIME EARTH

Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: City 25%
Energy Projection: Continent 42%
Fighting Skills: Bloodlusted 58%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

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THE FIGHT

In an all-out battle, Firestorm controlled by Doctor Megala battles Captain Atom.

The battle to decide who can survive a nuke! Toggle Firestorm’s Negative Damage under our Damage Points to find out the power of a nuke.

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS



An all-out brawl between two DC powerhouses.
CAPTAIN ATOM ENERGY MANIPULATION (x5) ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS (x5) = 30 DAMAGE PTS.
FIRESTORM ENERGY MANIPULATION (x4) ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS (x4) = 24 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL DAMAGE POINTS


ADAM’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-24 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy of a 6.3 MegaTon Nuke = 6300000 Ton of TNT.
-(24 DAMAGE PTS * 2.646e+16 J * 1 s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(10 s * 4.2*10^9 J) = -15120000 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Captain Atom’s Durability = (-15120000
​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(6300000 Ton of TNT) =
-2.4 PTS.
Durability = 3 – 2.4 = 0.6 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 5%

FIRESTORM’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-30 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy of a 6.3 MegaTon Nuke = 6300000 Ton of TNT.
-(30 DAMAGE PTS * 2.646e+16 J * 1 s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(10 s * 4.2*10^9 J) = -18900000 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Captain Atom’s Durability = (-18900000
​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(6300000 Ton of TNT) =
-3 PTS.
Durability = 3 – 3 = 0 PTS = NEAR DEATH.


DURABILITY: NEAR DEATH

Durability: Near Death 1%

WINNER: FIRESTORM WINS BY BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL

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CAPTAIN ATOM IN COMICS

CAPTAIN ATOM'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Space Adventures (1960) #33, titled “Introducing Captain Adam” marks the first appearance of Captain Atom in DC continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Captain Atom: Allen Adam’s body was vaporized after he was launched in an experimental rocket. However, he survived and was able to re-form his body by using the power of the atom. Donning a special body suit to protect from radiation, he became Captain Atom.

The comic was written by Joe Gill and penciled by Steve Ditko.

CAPTAIN ATOM’S FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
Space Adventures (1960) #33, titled “Introducing Captain Adam” marks the first appearance of Captain Atom in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics

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DB Comics Mailbag: “If The Hulk Enveloped A Nuclear Bomb And It Went Off What Would Happen?” (About ‘Tales To Astonish’)

In 'Tales To Astonish' (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero.
 

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THE HULK HAS SURVIVED NUKES AND GAMMA BOMBS

In 'Tales To Astonish' (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero.
In Tales To Astonish (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero. Marvel Comics.

Generally, Hulk has been described as the strongest Marvel hero. At the same time, he may also be the most durable.

Particularly, Hulk’s gamma ray physiology grants him several super powers such as nigh-invulnerability, resistance to injury, superhuman stamina, superhuman durability, a regenerative healing factor and self-regeneration manipulation.

Though other media have been unable to fully do justice to Hulk’s unlimited strength and durability. At the same time, in the comics, the Green Behemoth has displayed tremendous durability and regeneration.

In multiple instances, the Jade Giant has survived nuclear explosions and gamma bombs, even at ground zero.

WHAT ARE GAMMA RAYS?

In Tales To Astonish (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero. Let’s give additional information about gamma bombs and gamma ray bursts.

Gamma Rays | Science Mission Directorate

Gamma-rays have the smallest wavelengths and the most energy of any other wave in the electromagnetic spectrum. These waves are generated by radioactive atoms and in nuclear explosions. Gamma-rays can kill living cells, a fact which medicine uses to its advantage, using gamma-rays to kill cancerous cells.

Gamma-rays are the most energetic form of light and are produced by the hottest regions of the universe. They are also produced by such violent events as supernova explosions or the destruction of atoms, and by less dramatic events, such as the decay of radioactive material in space.

Things like supernova explosions (the way massive stars die), neutron stars and pulsars, and black holes are all sources of celestial gamma-rays.

Can you tell me about gamma-ray bursts?

At least once a day, the sky lights up with a spectacular flash of gamma-rays coming from deep space. The brightness of this flash of gamma-rays can temporarily overwhelm all other gamma-ray sources in the universe. The burst can last from a fraction of a second to over a thousand seconds.

The time that the burst occurs and the direction from which it will come cannot be predicted. Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) can release more energy in 10 seconds than the Sun will emit in its entire 10 billion-year lifetime!

Can Hulk withstand nuclear explosions?, Quora

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HOW HULK’S DURABILITY WORKS

3. 800 POUNDS OF BONE MARROW AND MUSCLE TISSUE

In 'Batman vs The Incredible Hulk' Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas.
In ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas. AP Photo/DC Comics.

First, Hulk’s gamma radiation physiology grants him an extremely tough and durable skin. Thanks to his physiology, the transformation into Hulk adds 800 pounds of bone marrow and muscle tissue to Hulk’s body.

Usually, for a male, the normal body fat percentage is between 2% and 24%. Above, is obesity. In Hulk’s case, his body likely does not have any body fat, or perhaps, a negligible range.

Because of his hundreds of pounds of muscle, Hulk’s strength is definitely superhuman. In comparison, an athlete or bodybuilder can gain four to seven pounds of muscle on average in a year.

Furthermore, strongmen who can bench press up to 900 pounds can weigh up to 400 pounds.

In addition, Hulk has hundreds of pounds of bone marrow. As we know, the bone marrow produces stem cells which differentiate into red blood cells and white blood cells.

For this reason, Hulk likely has a high resistance to toxins and diseases due to having more circulation and a more capable immune system.

Realistically, a muscle can withstand a force of 30-40 Newtons or 3-4 kg. With up to 800 pounds of muscle, Hulk can lift up to 3.2 tons at baseline strength.

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2. HULK’S CELLS ARE LIKELY IMMORTAL

In 'World War Hulk: X-Men' (2007) #1, Hulk's eyes regenerate after they had been clawed out by X-23.
In World War Hulk: X-Men (2007) #1, Hulk’s eyes regenerate after they had been clawed out by X-23. Marvel Comics.

In World War Hulk: X-Men (2007) #1, Hulk seeks revenge on Professor X and the Illuminati after they exiled him to Sakaar. In the issue, Hulk comes to the Xavier Institute For Higher Learning in search of Professor X.

Soon, a battle follows between Hulk and the New X-Men. During the fight, X-23 claws out Hulk’s eyes. Eventually, however, Hulk trounces them. At the end of the fight, Hulk’s eyes have regenerated. How is that possible?

On a regular occasion, x-rays are used in order to treat cancer cells. Certainly, we know cancer cells have the ability to divide for an unlimited amount of time. In fact, they have been termed immortal since they do not undergo cell-programmed apoptosis.

In Hulk’s case, his cells have been mutated by gamma radiation. Also, a remarkable super power the Green Behemoth possesses is the ability to regenerate cells, organs and limbs.

There is little question, that Hulk’s cells are not cancerous, rather, the gamma rays make them radioactive.

As we know, gamma rays are higher in energy than x-rays. At the same time, it is possible that they allow Hulk’s radioactive cells the ability to replicate when destroyed. Likely, the gamma rays allow stem cells to regenerate from damaged cells or destroyed tissue.

In effect, this is a beneficial mutation that creates immortal cells in Hulk.

1. THE MADDER HE GETS, THE STRONGER HE GETS, THE TOUGHER HE GETS

In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (2010) #610, Hulk performs a super strength feat. He reverts to Hulk and his step creates creates earthquakes on the Eastern states. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

During the World War Hulk event, Hulk emerges amped out of the Cathexis Ray Generator. In one of his most popular feats, the superhero creates earthquakes on the Eastern seaboard with his steps.

Generally, the popular phrase about Hulk is true: the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. Also, it is true that his durability also increases with his strength. Together, strength and durability depend on Hulk’s adrenaline levels in the blood.

Potentially, Hulk’s durability is limitless since his rage has been described to be limitless.

For these reasons, Hulk is a tough enemy to put down. In effect, he is invincible since he becomes as strong as his rage allows. Therefore, the only way to defeat the Hulk is to take away his rage.

Only beings such as Silver Surfer have been able to defeat Hulk completely by calming his anger. Visit our article on Black Bolt and the Heralds of Galactus.

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ANSWER:

Hulk’s highly durable and muscular skin, immortal cells and dynamic durability allow him to withstand nukes and gamma bombs.


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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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LINKS

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.