The Story: "Interweavings" by Gerry Conway, Luke McDonnell, and Bill Wray. Picking up from last issue, Elongated Man, Vixen, and Gypsy are wondering what to do with this new alien resident of their Secret Sanctuary.
They also wonder if there are any other surprises awaiting them, something J'onn might be able to help with.
Unfortunately for them, J'onn is a little busy in his i.d. of John Jones, who is involved with a murder case as a private eye.
He's staking out a woman when he hears a scream coming from her apartment. He rushes in to find her dead, and then is followed by some cops who think he did it!
He smells a frame up, and uses his invisibility to get away, resolving to solve the case himself.
Meanwhile, in deep space, the mysterious magenta-skinned space traveler who we saw last issue arrives at his destination, the planet of Kalanor. He gets out of his ship, where the people there worship him like a God:
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Zatanna continues her quest to find her missing friend Sheri. She collects some mysterious ash on the floor of the apartment they shared, and then finds a note with "Westside Marina 9:00" scribbled on it. She takes the note and heads out.
While Steel and Vibe go through their respective dramas, back at the Secret Sanctuary, the three JLAers are trying to communicate with the alien they have come to call "Junior."
Junior makes it outside, only to be met by Manhunter, Steel, and Vibe. They try and prevent it from getting away and heading to the city, but it zaps Steel, causing the other two to knock it out with a combined Manhunter/Vibe attack.
Gypsy is mad that they did this, saying Junior means no harm. But as we see, that may not be true:
To be continued!
Roll Call: Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, Zatanna, Vixen, Steel, Vibe, Gypsy
Notable Moments: Kind of a meandering issue, the cover promises us an all-Manhunter issue, which could have been fun; instead this is mostly a bunch of random plot lines.
But I remember enjoying the build-up--slow and meticulous--to the return of Despero.