The Story: "Savage Symphony" by Gerry Conway, Chuck Patton, and Mike Machlan. Continued from last issue, we see the new bad guy in control of Allegro's sinister keyboard, named Maestro, using the monsters that emanate from the machine to torture a paralyzed Wonder Woman.
Meanwhile, the JLA, in their shuttle, head towards Russia to find them.
There's a moment here where the JLA discusses what the newspapers having been saying about the new JLA, about how its a disaster, and how can these second stringers replace Superman, Wonder Woman, etc?
Vixen says that's because a lot of people are afraid of change, and never want the world to be different than the one they know. Hmm...
Their musings are interrupted when they are met by Soviet jets, but Zatanna uses the weather to neutralize them without harming the pilots.
Meanwhile, down on the ground, Allegro and his two friends are helping Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash escape from their prison!
Back with the JLA, Martian Manhunter dispatches another set of Soviet jets, and when he returns, he is greeted with the kind of warmth he never got in the old JLA:
This leads an odd sequence where Zatanna confides in Elongated Man that she is personally repelled by Vixen. Interesting...
Anyway, the JLA aims its shuttle for a river as not to be seen landing. Moments later, as Gorki aims his soldier's guns at Allegro and the paralyzed heroes, Aquaman and the other burst out of the water, to an astonished Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash:
The JLA fight the Maestro's demons, but start to get overwhelmed. Finally, Allegro uses the confusion to grab a rifle, sneak up to Maestro, and smash his powerful keyboard. Gorki then shoots him in the chest.
Gypsy then grabs Gorki, and we see the best example yet of her powers--she has the ability to transfer herself and someone else (or is it they just think they've been transported?) to another location! Gorki thinks he is miles up in the sky, and screams as he "falls." He is no longer in his right mind, as he lays in the snow, whimpering from fear.
Superman asks Aquaman what's going on, but he promises to explain everything when they get home. Meanwhile, Manhunter carries off the dead Allegro.
Roll Call: Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, Zatanna, Vixen, Steel, Vibe, Gypsy
Notable Moments: After months of hanging around, nice to see Gypsy get something real to do--and saving everyone, to boot.
I wouldn't want to be Aquaman, having to explain what he did. We'll see tomorrow whether Superman grabs Arthur and throws him into the sun.