JLA #88

Writer: Joe Kelly Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 8, 2003 Critic Reviews: 2
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The Burning Martian has hijacked the world's nuclear weapons, psychically triggering World War III, and the JLA must scramble to track down all the warheads. Meanwhile, Batman makes his desperate gambit to bring Plastic Man out of retirement! "Trial by Fire" Part 5 of 6.

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    Comics Bulletin - David Kozlowski Oct 15, 2003

    The key to Manhunters own shape-shifting ability is close observation and replication, but Plastic Man assumes forms in real-time, so Manhunter cannot adapt fast enough and consequently they are well matched, which leaves time for the rest of the league to counter-attack. Next issue should complete this storyline, Kelly has set the stage for a resolution of the Manhunters actions, but I suspect he will be taking a leave of absence to reflect on his newfound nature. I just hope Kelly wraps some of the other dangling plots from the last twenty or so issues in the process. Read Full Review

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    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Oct 12, 2003

    A pretty exciting issue in that it offers up a villain who is not only evil incarnate, but we also have the added bonus that this villain was once a trusted friend and ally, which means that even if they manage to set things right, one has to imagine that his teammates will no longer look at J'Onn in the same way ever again. The last page cliffhanger is also shocking enough that I can't imagine the "he wasn't in his right mind" excuse is going to wash, as conceivably the entire population of a city has been killed, while thousands more are now suffering from an incurable, incredibly painful death. Now I'm not sure I'd be overly supportive if the aftermath of this story had J'Onn locked away in a cell for the rest of his life, or sent into exile, but I can't deny when it comes to pure excitement, this arc has certainly delivered. I also have to give Joe Kelly credit for the work he does on Plastic Man in this issue, as while I don't really buy into the idea that Plastic Man would last a Read Full Review

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