JLA – 61

JLA – 61

General Info

Issue No:
On Sale Date:
December 2001
Cover Date:
February 2002
Modern Age
Story Title:
Two Minute Warning

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Joe Kelly
Doug Mahnke
Tom Nguyen
Ken Lopez
David Baron
Dan Raspler
Steve Wacker (Associate)


Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), 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)
Abra Kadabra
Lois Lane, Linda Park West
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Two Minutes Ago on The Moon
Martian Manhunter awakes from his slumber in the form of a lifeless ball to the panicked sound of the JLA alert signal. J’onn morphs into his more common appearance and dashes off.

Somewhere in the mid-Atlantic a U.S. aircraft carrier is being pounded by abnormally large waves and carrying 30 experimental warheads is in danger. Superman and J’onn brave the elements to rescue sailors and lift the carrier to safety.

Two Minutes ago in Japan
Clark Kent enjoys an unscheduled visit with his wife Lois Lane. Lois has been traveling the world with her mother since her father’s death and Clark and Lois haven’t seen much of each other in that time. Just as things start to get intimate the JLA alert signal flashes and Clark is forced to rush off and save the day.

Two Minutes Ago in New York City
Kyle Rayner struggles to come up with exact change to pay for his coffee. Enduring taunts from the twerp behind the counter Kyle fishes through his pockets. Wally West dashes in and out just before the JLA alert sounds and Kyle flies off in his Green Lantern uniform.

Now miles above New York City Kyle uses a giant ring construct in the form of a heavy lifter to raise the island of Manhattan out of the sea and prevent a devastating tsunami from hitting. Though the strain on Green Lantern is intense he manages to hold his own and divert the tsunami, saving the day. Kyle comments on how the JLA is finally facing an aquatic menace but Aquaman is M.I.A.

Two Minutes Ago Miles Below Sea Level
Fish of all kind flock to the once regal throne of Aquaman and leave a shimmering sea shell or other ocean floor trinkets in remembrance.

Back on the surface, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Green Lantern congratulate on a job well done. Then they proceed to trace the abnormal ocean water disturbances back to their source. The source, unfortunately, are two mammoth beasts doing battle. A cyclops and a kraken, they are harbingers of the apocalypse as Wonder Woman explains. Using her lasso to discover the creatures’ pressure points she makes short work of the kraken and leaves the cyclops to her teammates.

Two Minutes Ago on The Moon
Wonder Woman and Batman engage in a training session. One would assume that it would be hard enough for a mere mortal like Batman to hold his own with the Amazonian Princess. But Batman makes it all the more difficult on himself by engaging in several different conversations at once via the phone in his bat-cowl. Just as Wonder Woman gains the upper hand in the battle the JLA alert signal rings throughout the training room.

Now back out in the mid-Atlantic Superman holds the Kraken at an angle so Batman can examine it. Batman notices the fish below the sea and the clouds in the sky all seem to be migrating in the same direction. Just as the Flash arrives Batman adjusts a bat-torpedo to home in on the disturbance that has altered the sea life, the clouds in the sky and awakened apocalyptic titans. Flash is strapped to the torpedo and meant to ride it to its destination and then report back to the rest of the team. If he survives the ride of course.

Two Minutes Ago … Everywhere
The Flash defeats a super-villain, eats some cereal, stops a shoot out, saves a falling kid, visits Kyle in New York, reads a book, stops by to see his girlfriend, does some laundry and just as things start to get busy his JLA alert goes off and he’s summoned to duty.

Now Flash leads the charge into the area of space and time the bat-missile discovered as being the center of the disturbances. Monsters, devils, and demons work together all under the beck and call of Abra Kadabra. Kadabra uses advanced science from the future disguised as magic but this attack is too large for him.

Two Minutes Ago in Chicago
Plastic Man makes his way into his home security office while talking away on his cellphone. Before he can get any real work done he’s summoned by the JLA.

Now back at the center of the disturbances Plastic Man has his fore arm shoved up Kadabra’s nose. Unfortunately for him its not until he’s almost shoulder deep that he finds what he’s looking for. As it turns out Kadabra was under the influence of some small worm like mental parasite. The parasite took control over Kadabra and allowed him to control the monsters and magical creatures the way he did.

Later back at the Watchtower, it’s obvious that the JLA haven’t heard the last of this parasite or those that came to Earth with it. J’onn securely imprisons the parasite and returns to his restful slumber. Not so restful as it turns out as the JLA alert sounds again and the team must launch back into action.


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