Thursday, January 08, 2015

An odd duck of a book...


Shoot, I thought this was the last issue of this series, but it was a slightly odd one: from 1998, Adventures in the DC Universe #18, "Destroy the JLA!" Written by Steve Vance, pencils by John Delaney, inks by Ron Boyd.

This book was in the DC Universe animated style, but predating the Justice League cartoon. Batman and Superman are on-model, Flash and Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman are close, but this series had a more traditional lineup with hook-hand Aquaman and Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. This issue, Professor Ivo unleashes Amazo on the team, and the android fights like hell to make his creator proud. Unfortunately, he makes the rookie mistake of ignoring the "powerless" Batman. Ivo suspects Bats of having "super-thwarting power."

Amazo is badly damaged, and barely escapes with the JLA on his tail; but that was all part of Ivo's plan to drain the teams' powers and create an army of Amazos. The first Amazo is less than thrilled at being used, and turns on his master. Not unlike the JLA, this Amazo's a more traditional look than he would sport in the cartoon. A perfectly fine little issue, but it's not the animated JLA you would expect.

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Oh man, but to watch that last panel with Amazo confronting Ivo with that line on the show.....
Really just goes to show you just how solid those stories in the animated books are.