Previously in Justice...
Manta taunted his foe as Aquaman succumbed... The Legion of Doom plotted to save the world from the super friends...
The Dark Knight Detective used Riddler’s clue to track and capture Nigma in a local graveyard... Aquaman awoke to find himself strapped to a gurney, an overhead light shining in his eyes...
Aquaman was a major part of Brainiac’s plan. One continued his telepathic outreach while the other made his deadly incision...
Sue Dibny gently held her husband's arm and hand as Ralph placed a call to a mutual friend.
Batman was bound in his newly amazonian Batcave by Poison Ivy, when he was appropriately rescued by Wonder Woman.
While Caulder and J'Onzz compared notes on why Arthur had been assaulted in this manner, Zee thought, "The hole doesn't seem so large anymore. Did you replace some of the tissue?"
Zatanna materialized at the fortress, with Martian Manhunter, the Doom Patrol, and the revived Aquaman in tow.
Batman helped formulate plans. "Zatanna will be able to transport a strike team... but there is still the problem of possession. In our enemies' control, we are all weapons of mass destruction." Green Lantern was able to protect Zatanna's team from infection by the worms attacking people's brains, as they attempted to capture Gorilla Grodd.
Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent ventured out to Crime Alley, where Wayne sought help in determining whether Brainiac really was offering a cure to the sick and invalid of the world. The pair visited the charitable skid row clinic of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, so that x-ray vision could inspect a group of miraculously healed children before they were to be sent to live in one of the black orb cities. "This isn't merely about control. It's about transformation and reconstruction. Brainiac is making them into beings like him. They're being modified into a sort of organic machinery.
Back at the Fortress of Solitude, Batman consulted with the Atom and Doc Magnus on ways to insulate the heroes from possession in the coming conflict with their enemies. This led to a more literal Dark Knight, as Batman put on a suit of armor he had created previously with sealed systems, allowing him to lead the Justice League into battle. Zatanna seemed to magic up protection that made her appear to be a cloaked negative image of her normal self, while Aquaman donned Atlantean armor, and Martian Manhunter some purple scaled thing.
"Chapter Nine" was plotted and painted by Alex Ross. The script was provided by Jim Krueger, and the penciled layouts by Doug Braithwaite. Not that prototypical burly Alex Ross heroes don't already look a lot alike, but those scenes with Bruce and Clark had them seeming like identical twins. Yeesh.
Continue the story through these character-specific posts:
- Gorilla Grodd & the Martian Manhunter at The Idol-Head of Diabolu
- Cheetah: From Bruce Wayne's private files in the Batcomputer at Diana Prince
- Captain Marvel and Metamorpho at DC Bloodlines
- The Atom at Power of the Atom