Scripter: Len Wein
Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Karl Kesel and Dennis Janke
Letterer: Steve Haynie
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Editor: Mike Gold
Cover: Working left to right and from top to bottom in rows are Changeling (the green bird); Superman; and Captain Marvel. Next row is Green Lantern Guy Gardner; Martian Manhunter; and Dr Fate. Next row is Blue Beetle; Batman; and Black Canary. Last row are Wonder Woman; and Flash.
Page 1: We start on Apokolips where Darkseid is bragging to the Phantom Stranger about his victory.
Page 2 – Panels 3 to 5: A summary of where we left the story in the previous issue.
Page 3 – Panels 1 and 2: Macro-Man’s death and Captain Marvel’s apparent culpability were dealt with in LEGENDS #1.
Page 3 – Panels 3 and 4: Brimstone defeated the Justice League of America (Panel 4 left to right: Vibe; Vixen; Elongated Man; Martian Manhunter; Gypsy; and Steel) in LEGENDS #2.
Page 3 – Panels 5 and 6: President Reagan banned costumed heroes, including Superman, also in LEGENDS #2.
Page 3 – Panel 8: The Phantom Stranger claims there’s an “uncontrollable factor” that Darkseid hasn’t considered.
Page 4 – Panel 2: The steps of the Lincoln Memorial where the speaker, G Gordon Godfrey, rallies the people against the heroes. At the top of the steps, on either side, are the War Hounds, while between them is the group of heroes we saw gathered by Dr Fate at the end of the previous issue.
Page 4 – Panel 3: And here’s Godfrey.
Page 4 – Panel 4: Top to bottom are Martian Manhunter, Dr Fate, and Batman.
Page 4 – Panel 5: Superman and Martian Manhunter. The League was disbanded by the Manhunter in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #258, dealt with in Crossovers Part 2.
Page 5 – Panel 1: Left to right across the panel are G Gordon Godfrey; Black Canary; Flash; Guy Gardner; Changeling; Blue Beetle; Captain Marvel; Superman; Martian Manhunter; Dr Fate; and Batman.
Page 5 – Panel 2: The War Hounds attack the heroes, with Flash saving Black Canary.
Page 5 – Panels 3 and 4: Captain Marvel and Guy Gardner display different methods of defeating the War Hounds.
Page 6 – Panels 1 and 2: As do Dr Fate and Superman.
Page 6 – Panels 3 to 5: Batman manages to do well enough against the War Hounds despite having no powers.
Page 7 – Panel 3: Godfrey opens a “star-gate,” a term which has been used before in the series, though it’s clearly a Boom Tube.
Page 7 – Panel 4: A star-gate which allows Para-Demons to fly through.
Page 8: Not a great deal to comment on here – Dr Fate basically asks the heroes to fight the Para-Demons.
Page 9 – Panel 4: A Para-Demon flies past and steals Dr Fate’s helmet.
Page 9 – Panel 5: Kent Nelson is the physical host of Nabu; together they form Dr Fate.
Page 10 – Panels 2 and 3: However, even as Kent Nelson, he is able to fly to track down the Para-Demon.
Page 10 -Panel 4: While it’s been obvious to the reader from the start, this may be the first time that G Gordon Godfrey refers to himself by his real title of Glorious Godfrey.
Page 10 – Panel 6: Godfrey’s “reluctant prisoner” is . . .
Page 10 – Panel 7: Captain Boomerang who was captured in the previous issue.
Page 11 – Panel 3: Godfrey refers to the Suicide Squad’s destruction of Brimstone in LEGENDS #3. Why he should be interested in the Squad isn’t explained.
Page 11 – Panel 5: Boomerang is in the sights of . . .
Page 12 – Panel 1: . . . Deadshot. Left to right are Colonel Flag; Deadshot; Bronze Tiger; and Enchantress.
Page 12 – Panel 4: Enchantress turns one of the War Hounds into strawberry jell-o . . .
Page 12 – Panel 5: . . . while Deadshot disables the other one, sending Godfrey running.
Page 13 – Panel 2: “Bengals can’t be choosers!” is, of course, a pun on Bronze Tiger’s name and the old saying that “beggars can’t be choosers.”
Page 13 – Panels 5 to 7: Godfrey’s persuasive powers make Bronze Tiger halt in his attempt to capture him.
Page 14 – Panels 1 to 4: The Squad rescue Boomerang though it seems he’s now bound to be a member for a lot longer than he originally hoped.
Page 15 – Panels 1 to 4: Amidst the chaos, Batman takes down a gang of thugs.
Page 15 – Panel 5: The gloves of Guy Gardner, who is tracking the now wild War Hounds.
Page 16 – Panel 3: A silhouetted figure watches Gardner take out one of the War Hounds.
Page 16 – Panel 4: The slight blurring/fading of Wonder Woman darting out of the alley is, I assume, deliberate so that the emphasis can be placed on . . .
Page 17: . . . the splash page of her appearance here. While she had appeared in the pages of her own title since Crisis on Infinite Earths, this was her first grandstand appearance in the main DCU.
Page 18 – Panels 2 to 4: The first meeting between Wonder Woman and Guy Gardner doesn’t go well.
Page 18 – Panel 5: More of Godfrey’s followers attack the White House.
Page 19 – Panel 1: Where President Reagan is expecting them.
Page 19 – Panel 5: The President appears to be tougher than they expected.
Page 19 – Panel 7: At least until the real President appears behind him.
Page 20 – Panel 1: The first President is revealed as the Martian Manhunter.
Page 20 – Panel 3: With the President saved, the Manhunter flies off.
Page 20 – Panel 4: And the real President is ready to rescind the order banning superheroes.
Page 21: Superman and Captain Marvel round up the Para-Demons.
Page 22 – Panel 1: Changeling (as the green deer) and the Flash.
Page 22 – Panel 3: Blue Beetle and Black Canary.
Page 22 – Panel 5: Batman joins in.
Page 23 – Panels 1 to 6: You probably don’t need them named by now but here’s Martian Manhunter; Guy Gardner; Wonder Woman; Dr Fate (or at least Kent Nelson); Captain Marvel; and Superman.
Page 23 – Panel 9: Godfrey, with the mesmerised Bronze Tiger behind him, urges the crowd to destroy the heroes.
Page 24 – Panels 1 to 11: I’m not going to name each of these as they’ve all been name-checked in the last two pages!
Page 24 – Panel 13: A quick glimpse of Apokolips where we find . . .
Page 24 – Panel 14: . . . Darkseid and the Phantom Stranger still watching.
Page 24 – Panel 15: Suddenly a bunch of children burst into the rioting mob.
Page 25 – Panel 1: The children appeal to the adults, including some of their own parents.
Page 25 – Panel 2: They’re joined by Robin who we saw heading for the riot at the end of the previous issue.
Page 25 – Panel 4: Lisa Sutton, whom we last saw being left unconscious in an alley by Captain Marvel in the previous issue.
Page 25 – Panel 7: In an attempt to silence Lisa, Godfrey gives her a hell of a slap.
Page 26 – Panel 1: And that single slap appears to have broken his hold on the crowd.
Page 26 – Panel 4: Godfrey has Dr Fate’s helmet which the Para-Demon who stole it back on Page 9 must have given to him off-screen.
Page 26 – Panel 6: But having it and controlling it are clearly two different things.
Page 27 – Panel 1: Dr Fate retrieves his helmet while Godfrey is left as a gibbering wreck.
Page 27 – Panel 2: With Godfrey’s spell broken the people, and Bronze Tiger, return to their senses.
Page 27 – Panel 3: And Superman is more than willing to forgive the people.
Page 28: As Dr Fate asks the assembled heroes to join him, they give their various answers.
Page 29 – Panels 1 and 2: And the Justice League is reborn.
Page 29 – Panels 4 and 5: And back on Apokolips, Darkseid effectively shrugs his shoulders and says he’ll win in the end.
Page 30: And one last splash page with the Phantom Stranger in the background; on the back row are Changeling; the Flash; Guy Gardner; Blue Beetle; Martian Manhunter; and Dr Fate. In the front are Wonder Woman; Batman; Black Canary; Captain Marvel; and Superman.
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