Jason Rusch flew to the moon to enter the JLA's lunar base. In their meeting room he detected, "--Oh my god. Someone's in our head." He was greeted by Batman and the Manhunter from Mars. "Hello again, young man.Welcome to the Watchtower... We have completed our investigation... and you should know what befell your predecessor." J'Onzz explained how Ronnie Raymond was mortally wounded by Shadow Thief using the Shining Knight's mystical blade. The previous Firestorm erupted into pure energy, the essence of which seemed to activate Jason's powers. J'Onzz regretted his inability to detect any trace of Raymond's mind in Jason's, while secretly planting a "psychic tracer." After Batman warned Jason against vigilantism and the youth departed, J'Onn confirmed, "Wherever this new 'Firestorm' goes, I will be aware of him. His precise thoughts are difficult, though..." Jason's friend and then-current partner in the Firestorm matrix, Mick, gushed, "That was Batman! And, and, and the Martian Manhunter, I've been collecting his action figures for years! GAAAH!"