DC Comics (February, 1997)
“The Day The Earth Stood Still”
WRITER: Grant Morrison
PENCILER: Howard Porter
INKER: John Dell
COLORIST: Pat Garrahy
SEPARATIONS: Heroic Age
LETTERER: Ken Lopez
EDITOR: Ruben Diaz
The heroes can’t figure out where the mind control is coming from but there are three news transmitters, set up as “watchtowers” for the Hyperclan. The group splits up to handle them but each team is defeated by the Hyperclan, even the arriving Aquaman. J’onn has a secret meeting with Protex. Is he betraying the League? And why don’t the supposedly invulnerable among the Hyperclan seem unwilling to deal with the burning plane to make sure Batman is dead?
What they got right: Knowing who the Hyperclan are I can enjoy the mystery after the fact, watching the clues come into place. (No spoiler, people in the comments!) It makes the “don’t check for the body because he’s just human” cliché work better in context although at the time I would have put it in the “got wrong” category.
What they got wrong: Why is Aquaman such a big jerk at this point? We saw it in Total Justice too. “The sea is my domain and I don’t want anybody’s help even though I totally could use it.” I blame the writers. This doesn’t make Aquaman cooler. It makes him annoying.
Recommendation: Still a good storyline to start the new version of the Justice League. Worth checking out.