Justice League Unlimited #8
DC Comics (June, 2005)
WRITER: Adam Beechen
PENCILER: Carlos Barberi
INKER: Walden Wong
COLORING: Heroic Age
COVER CO-ARTIST: Dave McCaig (not sure what he does but Barberi and Wong are also credited for the cover)
LETTERER: Phil Balsman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Jeanine Schaefer
EDITOR: Tom Palmer, Jr.
The Question finds a nerve gas bomb in the Watchtower close to the regular full-team meeting. Not sure who could have put it there and having trust issues to begin with, the Question investigates on his own, eliminating suspects, but unbeknownst to him J’onn has been running his own investigation into strange signals, and it turns out Question himself was the one being controlled by a villain periodically and just happened to accidentally foil his own scheme. Together the two find the villain behind it and bring him in.
What they got right: We get a bit of the inner workings of the Question’s mind, with the DCAU version of Vic Sage a bit different from previous comic versions. He turns into a pretty good detective in his own right and he’s one of my favorite Unlimited additions to the DCAU. It also shows that his insular nature, while usually an asset, can also have its negatives.
What they got wrong: The previous Justice League Adventures comic already did this plot before, just with J’onn himself and a duplicate. It would have been nice to at least have it referenced. Meanwhile, the villain responsible is some guy called Brain Storm, whom I’ve never heard of before and a quick check of the DC fan wiki shows he wasn’t very important anyway. Neat as it is to see them reference obscure DC villains who’s going to guess this guy? And how did he set up those holograms to hide the fact that he escaped and stole back his silly-looking mind control helmet?
Recommendation: Don’t let the length of the previous two sections fool you. This actually is a good story and one fans of the DCAU version of The Question should look into.