In this episode the League face their fear of shadow puppets.

Justice League Unlimited #25

DC Comics (November, 2006)

“The Devil May Care”

WRITER: Adam Beechen

ARTIST: Rick Burchett

COLORING: Heroic Age

COVER ART: Ty Templeton

LETTERER: Mike Sellers

EDITOR: Michael Wright

Blue Devil wants to be human again after a child is so scared of him he won’t let the hero save him and his mother from a fire. He goes to Doctor Fate but because he’s now a creature of magic Fate can’t help him. They’re called away to Doctor Destiny using people’s nightmares to hold a town hostage in exchange for transport to a country that doesn’t extradite to the US. Blue Devil manages to defeat him, with three kids observing calling him a hero, making him realize he can still do some good with his powers.

What they got right: The story explores Danny Cassady and his road to becoming Blue Devil, and how looking like he does can be a problem. The idea that a girl was once scared of Superman during a similar rescue makes sense the way it’s told, and yet it’s other kids seeing him for the hero he is that allows him to accept who he is, the story not doing much of anything.

What they got wrong: I always worry that the origins in the comics aren’t going to quite match the show. What if the show writers stuck solely with the magic costume instead of being resurrected as a demon? And why are Stargirl and Stripe calling themselves by their real names in the middle of a fight? Sure they’re fighting creatures out of nightmares but the people who have those nightmares are close by, right?

Recommendation: While this story’s been done before the execution is different enough and enjoyable to recommend giving a read.

About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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