JLA – 89

General Info

Issue No:
89
On Sale Date:
October 2003
Cover Date:
Late December 2003
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Trial By Fire - Part Six

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Penciller:
Doug Mahnke
Inker:
Tom Nguyen
Letterer:
Ken Lopez
Colourist:
David Baron
Editor:
Mike Carlin
Valerie D'Orazio (Associate)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Atom (Ray Palmer), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Faith, Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Major Disaster (Paul Booker), Manitou Raven, Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Plastic Man (Eel O'Brian), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Fernus (The Burning)
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Scorch, Luke McDunnagh
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Synopsis

The city of Chongjin in North Korea has been hit by a nuclear warhead, detonated by Fernus, the Burning Martian, but luckily the League are on hand. Flash evacuates the entire population and Green Lantern contains the radiation, while the others, including the newly returned Plastic Man, face their opponent. Although no-one has been killed, the emotional upheaval caused by the ‘fire’ of the nuclear blast is enough to allow Fernus to begin spawning, but instead of young Burning Martians, he is instead faced with the Martian Manhunter – the faith of his colleagues has allowed him to break free of Fernus’ control. Aided by Scorch, who is terribly injured in the fight, the Martian Manhunter is able to defeat Fernus, though not destroy him completely. Once it is confirmed that Fernus and he are two entirely different beings, the Martian Manhunter is welcomed back into the Justice League, and although all the members – including Firestorm, whose powers have returned – are safe, the victory feels hollow with Scorch in a coma.