The Story: "The Doomsday Decision" by Gerry Conway, Dick Dillin, and Frank McLaughlin. We open with several members of the JLA...on trial!
When they ask who brought lawsuit and charges against them, they are shown it was...Ultraa! Ultraa's attorney, Mr. Sloane, accuses the JLA of holding his client imprisoned, illegally.
The Court takes the JLA into custody until the trial can start, and while they do the humiliating "perp walk", it starts a riot between supporters and non-supporters of the JLA.
The JLA uses their powers to stop the rioting, but then they peacefully surrender to the police. Ultraa, watching this from the sides, wonders if he has done something wrong, judged these people too harshly. But his attorney talks him out of his doubt...
Meanwhile, Batman is on Monitor Duty, who has discovered a disturbance in the Earth's atmosphere. He could use some help, but he remembers that "all" the JLA is busy:
...I know this is a minor thing, but this panel always bugged me. Where are Zatanna and Hawkgirl? Did no one update the JLA computers?
Meanwhile, riots begin to break out all over the world, for no good reason. This is all part of the plan by a group of globby creatures named the Over-Complex, who have assumed the form of Ultraa's attorney, Mr. Sloane!
The JLAers, from their prison cell,notice that the ocean level is dropping at an alarming rate, so Superman heads out to investigate. Green Lantern uses his ring to create a fake Superman as not to alert the guards.
While investigating, Supes is zapped by the Over-Complex, and to make matters worse, Batman now sees that the Earth's percentage of Oxygen is growing in direct proportion to the ocean's disappearance!
Meanwhile, Ultraa notices this strange creature, and follows it to see it turn into...his lawyer! Ultraa decides to follow Sloane in secret, but he doesn't notice that this creature already knows that Ultraa knows! To be continued!
Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Red Tornado
Notable Moments: Wow, a lot happens in this issue! And this isn't even a double-sized issue or anything.
Ultraa is a bit of a sap in this issue, so maybe it was good he didn't join the JLA--he seems easily swayed.