JLA – 44

JLA – 44

General Info

Issue No:
On Sale Date:
July 2000
Cover Date:
August 2000
Modern Age
Story Title:
Tower of Babel Part Two - Seven Little Indians

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Howard Porter, Drew Geraci
Mark Waid
Howard Porter
Drew Geraci
Ken Lopez
Pat Garrahy
Dan Raspler
Tony Bedard (Associate)


Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Aquaman (Arthur Curry), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Plastic Man (Patrick O'Brien), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El)
Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul
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Ra’s al Ghul contemplates the chaos he has created worldwide and patiently waits for Batman’s arrival at his secret lair. Batman arrives sooner than Ra’s had expected and he demands to know where has Ra’s taken the bodies of his parents. Ra’s takes Batman to his Lazarus Pit and shows him the coffins hanging above the pit. Batman is shocked in disbelief and can’t help but feel intrigued by Ra’s idea of bringing them back from the dead.

Meanwhile, Flash and Wonder Woman find Green Lantern blind and helpless in his apartment. Back in the Justice League Watchtower, Aquaman realises how their enemies are targeting them and tries to warn Wally and Diana about their signal device just before the League of Assassins attack them by surprise at Kyle’s apartment. The explosion stunned the leaguers and the assassins use some nanobots on Wonder Woman.

In Metropolis, Superman tries his best to keep the citizens calm and prevents chaos from destroying the city. Superman contacts Oracle and asks her assistance. She provides Superman with the information about the ultrasonic signal that is causing the written language to be impossible to read.

Wonder Woman is apparently confronted by a woman that is just as strong as she is, but in reality, Wonder Woman was knocked unconscious by the nanobots and she is forced to believe that she is in an unending battle for her life until her heart stops. The assassins then use a projectile on Flash, aimed to his spine. Flash tries to vibrate to make the projectile go through him, but he wasn’t fast enough and the projectile hit the target. It is a vibratory projectile and it causes Flash to experience epileptic seizures at light speed.

At the JLA Watchtower, Aquaman contacts Vulko and asks him to deliver something immediately.

Meanwhile, Superman goes to his Fortress of Solitude and takes out a braniac device that can cloak the whole city of Metropolis from the ultrasonic wave.

At that moment, the assassins are leaving Kyle Rayner’s apartment, believing that their mission is done. They are led by Talia. Kyle decides to use his power ring despite the fact that he can’t see and is able to damage some of the assassins, but in the end, Talia managed to knock him down by sneaking behind him with a stun gun.

All this happens while Batman is still considering what Ra’s told him. In the end, Batman realises that all this time, Ra’s has used his parents as a distraction. Batman asks him what is it all about and Ra’s shows him a sample of the Red Kryptonite taken from Batman. Ra’s tells Batman of all his plans and how he managed to neutralize the Justice League thanks to Batman’s own plans. Batman tries desperately to get out of Ra’s hideout to be able to communicate with Superman and the rest of the Leaguers but he is stalled by Ra’s men.

Martian Manhunter arrives at Kyle’s apartment before the assassins leave. He wears an aqua-suit, designed for Atlanteans and tries to stop their enemies from harming them further. Talia takes Wonder Woman’s Tiara and throws it at him, damaging the suit and causing him to get weak. Superman arrives just in time to prevent the water of the suit from leaking out. Superman then confronts Talia but she takes out the red kryptonite and explains that this variation of kryptonite won’t kill Superman but will cause a pain so intense that he wish he was dead. When Batman manages to get out of Ra’s fortress, he talks to Superman and explains that everything that has happened is because of him and that he is responsible for the attack on the League. However, it’s too late. Wonder Woman is in a coma, thinking she is in a fight as her heartbeats keep accelerating. Kyle is unconscious, Flash is unable to move because of his seizures, Martian Manhunter can’t be out of the water, causing him to be weak and Superman is going through endless pain.


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