Justice League Unlimited #19
DC Comics (May, 2008)
“The Justice Rangers Ride Again”
WRITER: Adam Beechen
PENCILER: Gordon Purcell
INKER: Bob Petrecca
COLORING: Heroic Age
LETTERER: Travis Lanham
EDITOR: Michael Wright
An accident with one of Time Commander’s Hourglasses in the Watchtower sends Wonder Woman, Elongated Man, and Vigilante to the Old West. There they come across the villain as he is trying to kill one of Vigilante’s ancestors, a teenage petty crook who has also drawn the attention of Jonah Hex, El Diablo, and Bat Lash (the kid cheated Lash out of a prized possession during a card game). The two groups join forces to protect the kid, who decides to give up being a crook and go straight.
What they got right: I like the “it’s time travel, it’s complicated” running gag. It’s also neat to see Vigilante, a cowboy-themed superhero in present day, getting to hang out in the time period that inspired him and seeing one of his ancestors become a good guy. (Or at least promises to, though we know who his future wife is.) We also get a group of cowboys from DC’s classic western comics plus longtime connection to them in the form of Jonah Hex, who has had his own share of time travels in various continuities.
What they got wrong: From the DC fan wiki: “This issue ties in with the episode The Once and Future Thing, Part I: Weird Western Tales. However, there are several inconsistencies: the first watchtower is shown, rather than the second, and it was established in the animated series that Wonder Woman had no recollection of her adventure, as she was temporarily erased from history in The Once and Future Thing, Part II: Time, Warped.” Also, Vigilante’s ancestor look a little too much like Terry McGinnis, aka Batman Beyond.
Recommendation: A fun little adventure. Worth a read.