THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis writing (Giffen plotting and DeMatteis writing dialogue), with Kevin Maguire on pencils. Inked by AL Gordon & lettered by Bob Lappan.
THE TEAM: Batman, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onnz), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Captain Marvel & Dr Light (Kimiyo Hoshi, who still hasn’t managed to swap her business suit for a costume). Dr Fate is noticeably absent this month, and Maxwell Lord is moving the chess pieces from a distance.
GUEST STARS: Wandjina, Silver Sorceress, Blue Jay and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev (who is on Maxwell Lord’s speed dial).
THE STORY: After retreating from Bialyan air space, the Justice League monitor the skies, and eventually spot their three “nukebusters” heading for Russia. They pursue them, only to be stopped in yet another attempt to break international borders by the Russia’s mecha answer to superhero bullshit. IT’S THE ROCKET RED BRIGADE, YOU GUYS!
Guy Gardner singlehandedly takes on the Rocket Reds, and the rest of the League join in the fight. Thanks to all the panic caused by a bunch of superheroes apparently besieging a nuclear reactor, the Russian nuclear scientists try to shut everything down too quickly, and spark a potential meltdown. Maxwell Lord smooths over the diplomatic niceties with Actually Appearing In This Comic Gorbachev, who orders Rocket Reds to cease fighting the Justice League.
The Rocket Reds and the Justice League stand helpless in the face of impending nuclear disaster. Silver Sorceress is devastated to realise that she and her friends have set off the very horror they hoped to prevent. Wandjina sacrifices himself to stop the core from melting down (his super power is handwavery) and hovers on the brink of death by radioactive agony. The Russians take their invaders prisoner, and firmly evict the Justice League from their country. Which, fair enough.
A baffled and dispirited League return to their secret headquarters to find that Maxwell Lord has dropped in for a visit, and he’s brought a friend — their new member, Booster Gold!
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