Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Justice League of America #127 - Feb. 1976

sgWelcome to a Hal Jordan's worst nightmare!

The Story: "The Command is 'Chaos'!" by Gerry Conway, Dick Dillin, and Frank McLaughlin. The JLA is fighting an oddly-dressed group of supervillains, led by a masked guy in a colorful super-suit named The Anarchist.

The Anarchist holds off the JLA long(by somehow making part of the JLA's uniforms turn against their owners) enough to accomplish his main goal--kidnapping several members of the U.N., right out of the General Assembly Hall! The rest of the U.N. is less than pleased with the JLA's performance.

Meanwhile, Hal Jordan finds himself compelled to charge his ring, against his will. He switches to his GL uniform to find out the source of these commands.

Later, Clark Kent is attending a religious rally with Steve Lombard, whose broken leg is seemingly healed by preacher Simon Ellis. Clark uses his X-Ray vision and finds out that, indeed, Lombard's leg is healed!

Superman suspects Ellis and the Anarchist have some connection, and when the JLA comes to investigate, he blasts Batman, Canary, and Elongated Man, who disappeared just like the U.N. delegates did.

Lantern figures out that its Ellis that's been forcing him to recharge his ring, and has been siphoning its power. Lantern figures the only way to break the connection if he's knocked out, and there's only one way to do it--Superman!

That does the trick, and when the rest of the JLA finds the Anarchist, he and his minions are virtually powerless. Superman reveals him to be Ellis, whose plan was to capture members of the U.N., causing worldwide chaos, and hoping to fill the power vacuum with his New World Order. Ah, we've seen knuckleheads like this before!

Green Lantern wakes up in the satellite, free from the Anarchist's power. He recharges his ring, this time under his own will, in a cool panel requested to be shown by my pal (and JLA/Aquaman fan) Russell Burbage
Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Red Tornado

Notable Moments: This issue's JLA Mail Room is made up entirely of letters from female readers. Could any comic even do that nowadays?

Once again, the cover is a tad misleading. Oh well, that's comics.


Earth 2 Chris said...

Not only is Hal having to deal with a Super-smack down, but the cover is all yellow! Double BURN!!!


russell said...

I love that cover more than I like the story inside. However, I liked how Red Tornado had a pretty nice role. He hasn't really done anything since 121. Funny how the only two members missing are The Atom and Aquaman. Oh, one last thing....I absolutely LOVED that last panel, where Green Lantern recharges his ring while his friends bathe in the glow of the power ring. Could you post that picture here, Rob? Please????

matt said...

Bad story, good cover! I have that issue from when it was new.

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