CROSSOVER ALERT: Not much of one, but there’s a vague mention of Captain Atom’s nemesis Major Force which makes no sense if you don’t have that background. (I did not understand this reference until I researched Captain Atom for his Bonus Character History feature in this blog series)
JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In space (barely more than a cameo) — J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). Still damsell’d: Mister Miracle (Scott Free). On Earth, Batman is pretending he never quit, playing leader to a newly rebranded team including Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Fire (Beatriz DaCosta, formerly Green Flame), Ice (Tora Olafsdotter, formerly Ice Maiden), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and Booster Gold. Oberon & Maxwell Lord in civilian support. New members: Hawkman and Hawkwoman.
GUEST STARS: Superman being kind of a dick. Someone who may or may not know Wally West.
THE STORY: In the immortal words of Willow from Buffy, “I think this line’s mostly filler.” We are promised a grand smackdown between Lobo and a newly refurious Guy Gardner from the cover, and we definitely get that. The rest of the issue, not counting a 2 page peek at our spacefaring branch of the JLI as they approach the dread planet of Apokolips, consists of a half-hearted membership drive. Clearly the Earth half of the team has written the others off as gone forever.
Superman turns them down with the polite air of a man who gets a lot of invitations to parties he’s never going to attend. An offpage Black Canary makes it official that she’s not coming back to the team. Booster and Beetle can’t even find Wally West, the current Flash. Captain Atom is seriously worried that Max Lord is going to offer a spot to Major Force, which isn’t outside the realms of possibility as Lobo has also received a golden ticket.