The Story: "The Choice" by Gerry Conway, Don Heck, and Romeo Tanghal. Picking up from last issue, the JLA and the Siren Sisterhood have made their way into the citadel to retrieve the late Lord Kaa's royal staff.
Unfortunately, the evil Black Princess is waiting there for them! She blasts Hawkman first, then attacks the rest!
A pitched battle ensues, the mutant powers of the sisters proving to be more than a match for the Princess' royal guards. But during the battle, the Black Princess sneaks off.
Mother Moon heals Hawkman, but here they discover a problem: the sisters are intent on restoring the rightful heirs to the throne, destroying all who help him.
That includes the Atom, which of course doesn't sit well with the JLA. Krystal Kaa takes an us-vs.-them approach, and they nearly come to blows. Luckily cooler heads prevail, and they choose to split up towards their own goals.
Meanwhile, all is not well between Golitha and the Black Princess. When Golitha shows her that he has no intention of giving her more power, she takes matters into her own hands, stabbing Golitha right in the back in front of the crowd!
All hell breaks loose--the Atom wakes up, goes beserk, and the JLA tries to stop him. Krystal Kaa goes after the Black Princess, and the two groups start to take each other on.
But Mother Moon uses her healing powers to drag the Atom out of his fog, which works. The Black Princess' mystical eye beam, fired at Krystal Kaa, bounces back onto her, killing her. Krystal Kaa retakes the staff, and the throne.
She thanks the JLA for their help, and uses the staff to send them home. In their world, the JLA has only been gone a few hours, and Ray and Jean make up. Even Batman enjoys the moment:
Roll Call: Batman, Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, Red Tornado
Notable Moments: The big news here, of course, is the sudden, unexpected departure of longtime JLA writer Gerry Conway. What's even odder is that he would be back just two issues later!