Monday, December 17, 2007

Emperor Joker (Sep-Oct. '00)

During the Superman: Arkham and Emperor Joker story lines in the Man of Steel's titles, the JLA were transformed into cartoonish versions of themselves by a cosmically-empowered Clown Prince of Crime. Seems the Joker had taken control of Mr. Mxyzptlk's 5th Dimensional energies, and remade the universe in his own mad image. For J'Onn J'Onzz, Roman centurion garb ala the Looney Tune Marvin the Martian was deemed appropriate. With Mxyzptlk's help, Superman overcame the Joker's induced amnesia, and in turn helped restore Batman and Team Superman. Eventually, Joker caught up to Supes & co., transporting the lot to a coliseum where the JLA battled Joker's own team of new villains. After a brief stint as one of the Legion of Super-Pets, Superman returned his League cohorts to normal, though Batman and Team Superman remained behind (or dead.) Their combined might was insufficient to stop the Emperor, and the JLA fell in swift and violent fashion off-panel. Manhunter joined Plastic Man in being stretched thin and impaled onto wooden debris. Luckily, Mxy clued Supes into Joker's weakness, his inability to imagine a universe without Batman. Worse for him, once pointed out, Joker soon gave over his omnipotence to his unbeatable foe. Of course, that power and the circumstances surrounding it nearly drove Batman mad, forcing the Hal Jordan Spectre to wipe his memory of the affair (as was the case with virtually everyone but Supes and some of his foes.)


Damian said...

That's not a bad look for him.

Diabolu Frank said...

Ugh-- the gold bracelets strike again!