Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Superman/Batman #14-18 (1/05-4/05)
I'm going to keep this short, like the length of Martian Manhunter's appearances in the five part story "Absolute Power" by Jeph Loeb, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino. Someone mucked with the origins of Superman and Batman, causing them to grow up happily together as adoptive brothers. Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, and J'Onn J'Onzz were given the same treatment, except their changes ended in the death of each. The World's Finest became despots deposed by other heroes, whom they killed mercilessly. Realizing the error of their ways, the tyrants dropped the moldering corpses of J'Onzz and co. into a Lazarus Pit, from which they sprang as soulless zombies. They then confronted the villains behind this scenario, Ra's al Ghul and the futuristic founders of the Legion of Super-Villains. Zombie Manhunter perished just as he had previously, through the lethal telepathic force of the Saturn Queen. At least J'Onn was in good company, as the other Leaguers were dispatched just as hastily, while Clark and Bruce salvaged the timestream. Huzzah.