If you’ve read the most recent issue of Superior Spider-Man #28, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli — and you really should be reading that series — you noticed once again, Spider-Man’s ex-girlfriend/demonic pact maker being a total badass:
Despite her only superpower being super good looking, her years and years at Peter Parker’s side has pretty much scattered any remaining fear she could once feel. How many times has she been thrown off buildings? Chased by supervillains? Been kidnapped and held hostage? Nothing can scare this woman anymore.
Today, we’ll take a look at the most recent time she’s been totally awesome in Amazing Spider-Man #670-672, written by Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos. Remember the Marvel event Spider Island where everyone in the city gains Spider-Man’s powers? Then they turn into giant spider monsters? We jump halfway into the event, where only one solitary New Yorker remains unaffected by all these spider enhancements.
And her current outfit still covers far more skin than most female superheroes’ costumes. Look, I know so many comic book readers rose up in anger after Mephisto dissolved Peter and Mary Jane’s marriage. But c’mon, we’re all intelligent people, right? The status quo always returns, just like superheroes when they die. It may take another five years, a decade, maybe even longer, but the two are destined to get back together. We all know they’ll end up married again, so can’t we just enjoy a single Spider-Man for a while? Seriously, after my friends and family, there’s nothing I love more than superheroes, and we must trust that the writers know what they’re doing — negativity only drains creativity and passion. From everyone. Stop the angry YouTube rants.
Oh, and Mary Jane punches spider monsters:
Darn tootin’ she is. And the reason she spawned those powers so late in the arc? Spoiler alert: it’s a gross reason.
So like most Spider-Man stories, our hero can’t win the day on muscles alone. He has to use all that scientific genius he possesses when he’s not chucking around trucks. But you know a delicate procedure like reversing and halting the mass extinction of a city can’t be disturbed and distracted by an army of man-spiders. Spider-Man needs a bodyguard.
Gorgeous last panel. Mary Jane singlehandedly holds off the oncoming horde as Spider-Man saves the city/brags about it. Even though Superior Spider-Man ends in five issues, hopefully that’ll still be plenty of pages to have Mary Jane take on some more goblin baddies. Plus, now we can see Doctor Octopus re-learn the lesson he’s realized so many times before: there’s always someone smarter than him. And just like Breaking Bad, no matter how awful a person Otto Octavius reveals himself to be in the next few issues, I really want him to win.
So a little detour to start us off, but remember last article when Magneto locked the Nazi Red Skull in a hidden bunker, never to be heard from or seen again? While punches and flying shields can cause Red Skull physical pain, nothing compares to Magneto’s emotional punishment. Sitting in that dark silent bunker with no food and only a little water, our spiteful Nazi has plenty of time to sit, hallucinate, and contemplate his life’s decisions in Captain America #369-370, written by Mark Gruenwald and drawn by Ron Lim.
Can you detect an upcoming theme? I mean, no one knows where he is and Red Skull has no way to signal for help. Though you claim suicide as the coward’s way out, you know who else committed suicide?
Over the next few decades, Red Skull’s disembodies hallucinations have branched out on their own. His daughter becomes Sin and later the next Red Skull. Arnim Zola develops an entire alternative dimension and even fathered/created a few kids. Though luckily, no Hitler developments.
He gets rescued next issue. Let’s not worry about how.
Anyway, let’s continue onto our main event. Y’see, Magneto’s philosophies have changed over the years as our culture and times have evolved. He remains in that tiny category of supervillains who happen to be simultaneously sympathetic and evil (Mr. Freeze, Bane, Man-Bat, Two-Face — really most of Batman’s rogue gallery). In X-Men #85, volume 2, written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Alan Davis, our featured supervillain attempts to satisfy both his desires and morals.
I’d like to tell you that Bill Jones argues an exciting and suspenseful battle of words with the disguised Magneto. By not revealing that information, I could definitely amp up the suspense. But look, dear Bill Jones doesn’t stand a chance — Magneto stacked the deck against him from the very beginning. Magneto’s cheating, and even Magneto himself doesn’t realize it yet.
You think Bill Jones scored a knockout punch, right? The most average man in the city unfortunately holds no hatred in his heart for the filthy genetic freaks that’ll kill his family and eat his children. But as the bell rings to start round two, Magneto brings out the big guns.
Poor Bill Jones didn’t realize that Hitler’s a sore spot for Magneto. As you can imagine, the game goes in a different direction. If reason and logic won’t convince Magneto that he’s right, then he’ll stick to what he knows — fear and bitterness. Now Magneto’s cheating.
See? That’s what makes this issue genius: Magneto simply manipulated the situation until he received the answer he wanted, instead of accepting that maybe his ideals aren’t so accurate. Supervillains tend to have a bit of an ego on them. And what about Bill Jones’ final cry? Surely Magneto must realize his mistakes. He’ll shake Bill Jones’ hand and apologize while maintaining eye contact. That’s the reasonable, intelligent decision after Magneto essentially poked Bill Jones until he yelled to stop. Right?
I don’t think any comic book character has crossed the good guy/bad guy line more often than Magneto. Every decade he decides to once again terrorize humankind or once again aid the human-protecting X-Men. Though despite his alliances, his motive never changes: mutants rock, non-mutants suck. More of the former, less of the latter. What’s Magneto’s opinon on his constant team switching? I don’t know if anything concrete has come out, but you do get a glimpse in AvX: Consequences #4, written by Kieron Gillen and Mark Brooks.
To get you caught up, in the aftermath of the Marvel event Avengers vs. X-Men, Colossus is on the run for his crimes he committed as part of the Phoenix Five. Storm can’t convince him to return to his buddies. Colossus’ arch-nemesis will always be Colossus.
Much like how history is written by the victors, Magneto adheres to a similar philosophy. So, when the textbooks get written centuries in the future, what title will Magneto receive? Honestly, I have no idea. But I did collect a few ambiguous examples of both. First up: Captain America #367, written by Mark Gruenwald and drawn by Kieron Dwyer.
Quickly name some of the biggest Marvel supervillains — Magneto, Doctor Doom, Loki, Green Goblin, Mandarin, Kingpin, etc. And Red Skull, who as you can imagine might not get along with one of the members of this list. Y’know, because Red Skull’s a Nazi and Magneto’s a Holocaust survivor.
No telepaths needed to read their minds. Red Skull hates mutants. Magneto really hates Red Skull. But as the two argue, Red Skull does defend his ideals with an unfailing confidence that most delusional psychopaths possess. It’d be admirable if it wasn’t for the whole Nazi thing.
Look, it can be difficult to argue that Magneto hasn’t turned into a smaller scale Hitler himself, at least with the goal of exterminating/ruling over mankind with his fellow superior mutants. But despite all the political and moral arguments one could make demeaning Magneto’s speech, allow me to present my own ironclad argument: screw Nazis. As you expect, Magneto totally wins their little chase.
Red Skull’s hallucinations and almost-repentance begin two issues later, which we’ll cover later. But I do want to make sure we cover one of Magneto’s more evil moments, like that famous one from the early ’90s when he went full on bad guy. Wild carnage abounds in X-Men #25, volume 2, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Andy Kubert. Heads up, it’s going to get wordy.
Y’know, the moment where Magneto figures, well, time to be a Hitler. Ends justify the means and blah blah blah. Then he fights the X-Men for forty pages:
Do you know the horrifying pain Wolverine experienced when he got pumped full of adamantium? Turns out it hurts way more coming out.
Despite Magneto’s power, he really doesn’t stand a chance against his old friend Professor X. It’s only because dear Xavier holds back and instead sends in squads of teenagers that Magneto can even secure victories. Because if the professor were to ever snap, like say when adamantium rips out of his teammate’s body, poor Magneto can’t possibly defend against that level of psychic attack. Y’see, when the Hulk gets angry, he can punch dudes into space, but mind powers work differently and the results tend to be far more cruel.
As many subtly awful things Professor X did during his time running the X-Men, we should applaud him just for the fact that he could have done so much worse. Like erasing the entire brain of anyone he chooses ever.
As much as I’d like to take sides between Professor X and Magneto, my own identity as a bald Jew puts me in a tricky spot. On Monday, I’d like to continue exploring some powerful Magneto moments. Hopefully.
Captain America’s teenage sidekick, almost a necessity during the 1940s, became a superhero the same way most sidekicks did: through sheer luck. Batman just happened to be watching Dick Grayson’s circus act as tragedy struck. Jimmy Olsen just so happens to be working at the same newspaper as Superman’s alter ego. Toro’s parents coincidentally worked for the creator of the android Human Torch. And Bucky’s origin, as seen in Captain America Annual #1, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, begins the same way:
I love two things about this: Captain America off-handedly mentions Nazis would have killed Bucky, and Captain America immediately buckles to Bucky’s blackmail. But that story doesn’t hold up anymore — origins constantly get modernized, and Bucky remains no different.
First, for those who don’t know, let me briefly explain Bucky (real name James Buchanan). At sixteen years old, he ran around the army base as a sort of mascot. Then he fights the entirety of World War II on the front lines next to Captain America (bright blue costume), Namor (wore only a speedo), the Human Torch (fiery android), and Toro (fiery human) as part of the superhero team the Invaders. As the war ended, Captain America and Bucky get famously blown up attempting to stop an enemy airplane. Bucky dies and Captain America joins the Avengers after a few decades encased in ice. We can talk about the revolving death door for superheroes, but it took Bucky over forty years to return to the land of the living. And in Captain America & Bucky #620, written by Ed Brubaker & Marc Andreyko and drawn by Chris Samnee & Bettie Breitweiser, we get his updated beginnings:
Can you see the difference yet? This Bucky happened to be a combat prodigy right from the beginning, not some bumbling kid who stumbled into Captain America’s changing room. And trust me, he gets the training we expect from superheroes who fought tanks and Nazi supervillains on a daily basis.
Of course Bucky has crazy military skills. He spends four years of WWII in daily combat in next to the shiniest beacon of American pride the Germans could shoot at. If you take a look at the superheroes with no powers, their resumes all look relatively the same: an unbeatable foundation of combat training. Batman used his teenage years to study ninja martial arts. The Punisher rocked the Vietnam War. Hawkeye spent his entire adolescence as a circus archer. Black Widow has had Soviet espionage training since practically her birth. Hard work can usually make up for an inability to shoot eye lasers or bench-press trucks.
If you’d like to feel old, that would make Captain America roughly 24 when he joined the Avengers. Still, a little modernization of our favorite superheroes is appreciated — especially as writing and storytelling in comics has shifted over the past fifty years. But the names and costumes? Those are forever.
And Aunt May’s dog Ms. Lion. The two act as a furry buddy cop dynamic, but I’m focusing on the more popular one to shamelessly increase hits. Though, I use the word popular lightly, as Niels doesn’t even get a full page in the Marvel Pet Handbook (written and drawn by everybody):
The above picture provides the finest example of comics as a glorious literary art form. A cat wanders into an ongoing experiment, gains superpowers, and fights crime. And we don’t question a single freaking thing. Here’s some proof from Speedball #2, written by Stan Ditko & Roger Stern and drawn by Ditko:
Speedball spends his series searching for the cat in between smacking criminals with energy bubbles.
Yes, comics were weird in the ’80s. And the decades before that. The ones after that too, to be fair. But now Niels treks out on his own, taking the superhero name Hairball to correct injustice perpetrating throughout the Marvel universe. Today, we’ll be using scenes from Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1-4 and Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #1, all written by Chris Eliopoulos and drawn by Ig Guara.
Oh, and now Niels can talk.
The rest of the Pet Avengers roster consist of Lockjaw, Redwing, Lockheed, and Zabu (all given a full page in the Marvel Pets Handbook) along with new character Frog Thor — who while a frog, is not Thor. I’m ignoring the other characters today, but they deserve an introduction. The giant teleporting dog Lockjaw lives with Black Bolt and the Inhumans on the moon. The superhero Falcon’s pet Redwing has a telepathic link that allows his master to see out the bird’s eyes and vice versa. The alien dragon that befriended Kitty Pryde Lockheed can do all the normal tiny dragon things. And Zabu’s a sabretooth tiger living in the Savage Land with Tarzan-esque humans Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil. He doesn’t join until next issue.
If you don’t know who Ms. Lion is, you’re not alone. The dog showed up in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon from the early ’80s. You’re completely caught up.
So now they go on adventures. Surprisingly suspenseful and action-packed adventures.
The pets decide to gather the Infinity Gems, the jewelry with the power to remake the universe into whatever its owner desires. Turn people into tuna. Water becomes chicken broth. D0gs now speak Mandarin. Anything the heart wants, except for one small problem — a certain supervillain won’t let go of the notion that the Infinity Gems belong to him.
Like all good superhero team origin stories, they must work together to defeat a foe tougher than any one of them alone. Only it turns out to be Thanos, an invulnerable superbeing that the entire galaxy fears. Also, he’s holding Bo, President Obama’s dog. Social commentary or celebrity guest star or whatever you want to believe.
Witness our feline pal heroically become the superhero we all wish him to be, instead of a whiny cat with an orbit of glowing rainbow balls. You can click the image for a larger version if needed.
Thanos versus the unified animal super team begins now. For the future and whatnot.
I’m not going to show you the fight, I’m sorry. But you can probably guess the outcome. While Hairball, Ms. Lion, and the others show up in series like Avengers vs. Pet Avengers, one-shots like Tails of the Pet Avengers, and a few other publications, I want to highlight one more moment with the world’s angriest cat and happiest dog.
Let’s not take this problem lightly (see what I did there?). Hippos weigh over a ton and even real Avengers like Captain America can’t just toss an animal that size back in its pen. This dilemma involves a carefully crafted solution. Or zero impulse control. Either works.
And the second adventure begins the next page. I’m not one to bash pet owners, but Aunt May should probably keep better track of her dog or at least splash herself with radioactive goo — she’s practically the only member of the Spider-Man family not to be an Avenger nowadays.
Here’s a superhero topic no one has ever asked for nor desired to see. I have chronicled every appearance the cat of Ms. Marvel has made (real name Carol Danvers, now goes by superhero name Captain Marvel), including those that only include the animal as apartment decoration (most of them). In order of chronological appearance, our dear kitty shows up in:
Giant-Size Ms. Marvel one-shot, written by Brian Reed and drawn by Roberto de la Torre
Ms. Marvel #4, written by Reed and drawn by de la Torre
Ms. Marvel #5, written by Reed and drawn by de la Torre
Ms. Marvel #13, written by Reed and drawn by Aaron Lopresti
Ms. Marvel #15, written by Reed and drawn by Lopresti
Ms. Marvel #17, written by Reed and drawn by Lopresti
Ms. Marvel #25, written by Reed and drawn by Adriana Melo
Marvel Pets Handbook one-shot, written by everybody and drawn by everybody else
Captain Marvel #9, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Filipe Andrade
Captain Marvel #10, written by DeConnick & Christopher Sebela and drawn by Andrade
Captain Marvel #11, written by DeConnick & Christopher Sebela and drawn by Andrade
Avengers: Enemy Within #1, written by DeConnick and drawn by Scott Hepburn
Captain Marvel #17, written by Connick and drawn by Andrade
You’re welcome, world.
Chewie first appears in an alternative dimension. You can read an older article I wrote for that whole story, but here’s the cat parts:
After mystical mayhem across worlds, energy fields, and assistance from Doctor Strange, Danvers defeats the evil bearded wizard — her only prize the satisfaction of a job well-done. And a cat.
For the next few years, the cat serves as background, like an adorable lamp or something (plus one appearance in one of those Marvel encyclopedia issues). Oh, and if you prefer drama with zero context, please enjoy.
At long last, our cat gets used as more than just a reminder of Captain/Ms. Marvel’s home life. Chewie gets upgraded to the next level: prop.
Isn’t Captain Marvel wonderful? And the first issue of the new Ms. Marvel came out today as well. Inhuman DNA mixed with a quick-witted teenager dumped in a bowl of social commentary and eventual fistfights if you’re into that kind of thing.
Spoiler alert: she does it anyway. Captain Marvel has never been the paradigm of healthy living. Further appearances revert the kitty back to piece of background, but Chewie’ll always be in the foreground of my heart.
We’re done. It’s anti-climactic, isn’t it? Tomorrow, we’ll delve into another superhero’s cat, but this one can shoot energy balls and talk. Comics are weird.
Hey, remember this super depressing scene from the ’90s when Patsy Walker killed herself?
That’s from Hellstorm: Prince of Lies #14, written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Peter Gross. Turns out Walker shouldn’t have married a demon, because y’know, they tend to do a bunch of evil stuff. Not a trustworthy group, the hell-dwellers. Except besides those few sad years in the early ’90s, Walker, a former soap opera comic star turned superhero Hellcat, has pretty much been a positive, fierce, and wonderful role model for female comic book readers. Or if not in the past, at least since Thunderbolts Annual 2000, written by Fabian Nicieza & Norm Breyfogle and drawn by Kurt Busiek, when Hawkeye (tricked by Hellcat’s ex-husband Daimon Hellstrom — not Hellstorm) rescues her from her eternal damnation.
Bobbi Morse, the superhero Mockingbird who also died in the early ’90s, happens to be battling demons down in Hell alongside Hellcat. Though poor Mockingbird has to wait nine more years before she returns to the land of the living. While Avengers Annual 2000, written by Busiek and drawn by Breyfogle, contains a good forty pages of Hellcat adventures, it’s the beginning I really want to show you. To get you caught up, they included the complete history of our heroine complete with annotations:
If you want to talk about character progression and growth, you can’t find anyone better qualified than dear Patsy Walker. Starring originally in teenage drama comics, she became a superhero, then the fearless wanderer of the demonic afterworld. And thank goodness for that last part especially, because in the miniseries Hellcat #1-3, written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Breyfogle, she gets warped right back to her home she spent as punishment for her suicide. Sin’s still sin in the Marvel world, even under the influence of a horrifically bad marriage and uncontrollable insanity. She really shouldn’t have married a man who’s affectionately known as the Son of Satan.
For scale of just how bad her situation is, she’s under attack by Dormammu, a demon so powerful that Doctor Strange wets himself every time he makes an appearance. Dormammu, the monster that the other demon lords shudder at the thought of. So what superpowers does Hellcat have to defend herself with? Oh, you mean she’s a normal human wearing a cat suit?
And I’m sorry for being mean to Doctor Strange, I just wanted to add some suspense.
Essentially, Hellcat finds herself in the middle of a demon war. Dormammu plans to take over the dimensions claimed by Mephisto, Pluto, Hela, and Hellcat’s ex-husband Daimon Hellstrom. Because demons tend to be lying, manipulative, selfish creatures, Hellcat pretty much has to end this war herself. Superheroes always get the short end of the problem solving stick.
And the plan? Good ol’ fashioned teamwork. Well, that and the combined powers of the most powerful sorcerers that Hell has ever produced.
To reward her bravery and intelligence, Mephisto and the others grant her safe passage home. I’m kidding — she has to truthbomb her way out of Hell before Mephisto chains her up like slave Leia in Jabba’s Palace. Demons don’t understand gratitude.
We’ll stop here today. I have a good fifteen pages and four hundred-ish more words left to show you, but by asking around, I’ve learned over the past 300 articles that people usually don’t have the time to read articles that require scrolling the length of Wolverine’s back hair (long). Those spreadsheets won’t fill themselves out, or whatever people do in offices. Next time, more Hellcat and Daimon Hellstrom!
I’m still utterly delighted reading about the supervillain Sportsmaster. He has no superpowers, just a baseball bat and delusional dreams. While you can imagine a man named Sportsmaster has no place in modern superheroics (ex: the New 52), his past journeys and battles will always have a place in our open hearts. Seriously, think Mark McGuire if he turned to a life of crime.
Today, we’ll be checking out in order:
Detective Comics #786, written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Patrick Zircher
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #11, written by J. Torries and drawn by Carlo Barberi
Batman Adventures #6, written by Ty Templeton and drawn by Rick Burchett
Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #2-3, written by Matthew Sturges and drawn by Freddie Williams II
Infinity Inc. #35, written by Roy & Dan Thomas and drawn by Todd McFarlane
JSA Classified #5, written by Jen Van Meter and drawn by Patrick Olliffe
So have you heard this story before?
Y’see, the first Green Lantern Alan Scott, who wore less of a uniform and more a gaudy Las Vegas magician’s outfit, has a secret weakness. Only one weapon can defeat the man wielding the most powerful weapon in the universe: wood. I don’t know why, and I didn’t do enough research to get a satisfactory answer. But when you have superheroes created in the 1940s, you just tend to accept the silliness without many questions. Plus, I like the idea that a supervillain’s weapon of choice includes exploding baseballs.
Lawrence “Crusher” Crock, the original Sportsmaster who had the honor of fighting the first wave of superheroes — Green Lantern, Starman, etc. — shows up sporadically throughout comic history. Luckily for Crock, when DC cashed in on their animated shows by releasing counterpart comics, Sportsmaster did receive some ink, like when he gets his butt kicked by Huntress:
Yes, you had to suffer a lot of sport puns. Did you notice this Sportsmaster uses a trophy as his weapon? He attempts to knock out Huntress by flailing around the Stanley Cup. His humiliation doesn’t end here. He also gets wildly emasculated by Batman:
I figure Sportsmaster just throws darts at a sporting goods catalog to put together an outfit, because he wears something different every time he shows up. Though nothing can beat his Green-Arrow-as-a-minor-league-cyborg-baseball-player look. Check out this beauty:
As you soon purge Sportsmaster from your memory, which you have every right to do, know that his legacy continues. We can make fun of him, tease him, joke about his stupidity, but we do have to think him for one important addition to the DC universe — Artemis Crock, Sportsmaster’s daughter.
Artemis later changes her identity to Tigress:
And if you’ve seen the Young Justice cartoon, then you know her as the female Green Arrow:
On a final note, as I searched the depths of comics for everything Sportsmaster related, I came across a brilliant gem from 1965. It highlights everything so insane about a sports-themed bad guy that you’ll be blinded by the simultaneous shock and admiration that this is an actual comic book story bought by actual comic book readers. But I don’t want to hype it up — you’ll see all its glory on Friday.
I’m tend to giving more creative credit to the writer than the artist, mainly due to my optimistic writing aspirations and wild jealousy that I can’t draw. And we both know I’m wrong. Superhero art is just as vital to comic book as the writing — just ask every single comic reader that has ever existed. Today I want to celebrate the gorgeous work of Riley Rossmo. I promise not to clutter his beauty with my mangled words — just uninterrupted art and your standing ovation. I’ve collected all thirty pages from Daken: Dark Wolverine #10-15, 21-23, written by Rob Williams and drawn/colored by Rossmo, that depict Daken bonked out of his mind on the drug Heat. Y’know, Daken’s Heat Vision.
Wasn’t that awesome? My god, I love comic books.
As we left off on Monday, Martian Manhunter escaped from his torture prison, destroyed the fire-abolishing towers, and gave the Justice League that small glimmer of comeback they needed to take on dozens of wildly powerful White Martians. While the war’s far from over, at least now the Justice League can choose the battlefield. And allies. And pets.
Thankfully, as comics become more mainstream with the success of the movies, TV shows, etc., we as fans can be less embarrassed to admit our love of an essentially adolescent concept. But one thing I’m never ashamed to admit I love? A dog with superpowers battling a horde of angry aliens. Teenage fantasies aside, as the one thing Lex Luthor and I have in common is our deep rooted wish to be Superman, I’ll never get enough of animals in capes that fight hordes of world-destroying superbeings. And speaking of awesome adolescent concepts?
But even with an arsenal of space weapons, the Justice League loses. Oh, spoiler alert. Protex establishes himself firmly as a stereotypical evil mastermind. Because y’see, just because the Justice League can’t punch their way to victory, they have a cunning their enemies don’t possess. I mean, sure, not for the first three issues of this arc, but it’s a slow burn.
What happens next can only be described as the Greatest Thing I’ve Seen In Comics. We all see Martian Manhunter described as a humor-less, boring superhero who shows more skin than any other member of the Justice League (and he’s single, ladies), but only a fascinating genius can come up with this plot to finally stop the White Martians. Y’know, the Greatest Thing I’ve Seen In Comics.
We, the readers, start off the fight just as nonchalant as the White Martians. It’s a battle on the moon! Blows get exchanged! The White Martians brag about their superior superpowers! The Martian Manhunter puts his clothes back on! All that normal stuff, and then finally the big reveal. The White Martians never stood a chance against this level of insanity.
Yes! The Justice League is literally pulling the moon. With their muscles. They wrapped a chain around the entire thing, flexed a little bit, and are now literally dragging it out of orbit. Over the past year and a half, I’ve stated no less than five times that Superman has the ability to bench press small planets. And now, in all the brilliant glory laid out above — I have proof. I feel like I’m a cult leader who has been shockingly proven correct. Turns out that barn I claimed housed our spaceship messiah actually packed a Jesus-filled rocket ship the whole time. Also, did you know the Justice League has a moon-sized chain?
But back to Martian Manhunter’s plot, why the whole moon yanking? Remember the Martian weakness to fire?
Did you wonder how the Justice League escaped the Phantom Zone? How Martian Manhunter broke free from his torture? My dear friend Gecho nailed the hidden clue back in part one. And thank goodness, because I didn’t realize this until he pointed it out. Notice last article when Martian Manhunter uncharacteristically yells out to Batman, “You have given me the ray of hope we need!” Now return to Martian Manhunter’s big reveal in the page above. The superhero Atom (who can shrink to microscopic size) squirreled away in Martian Manhunter’s brain, unable to be discovered by the White Martians. He released Martian Manhunter from the bounded torture. He freed them from the Phantom Zone. And the Atom’s real name? Ray Palmer — y’know, the “ray of hope.” The whole set up to take down the White Martians started as soon as Batman attempted his botched solo rescue way back in the second issue of the arc. Mark Waid’s a genius and I’m jealous of him in every way.
Oh, and the White Martians? Will they choose eternal Phantom Zone prison or fiery death? Time for the dramatic finale!
The fate of Martian Manhunter? The selfless superhero who scorched himself to protect his adopted home from the remnants of his evil kin?
While Batman only deals in tough love, he does love. And so do I. Martian Manhunter forever.