JLA – 96


JLA – 96

General Info

Issue No:
96
On Sale Date:
April 2004
Cover Date:
Early June 2004
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
The Tenth Circle - Part Three: The Heart of the Matter

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
John Byrne, Jerry Ordway
Writer:
John Byrne, Chris Claremont
Penciller:
John Byrne
Inker:
Jerry Ordway
Letterer:
Tom Orzechowski
Colourist:
David Baron
Editor:
Mike Carlin
Valerie D'Orazio (Associate)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Atom (Ray Palmer), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Faith, Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Superman (Clark Kent, Kal-El)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Crucifer, The Tenth Circle
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Doom Patrol - [Chief (Niles Caulder), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), Negative Man (Larry Trainor), Robotman (Cliff Steele)], Grunt, Nudge, Vortex, Detective McGuigan, Alfred Pennyworth
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Comments

John Byrne continues from where he left off after his run on the Wonder Woman title and portrays Diana as the victim once again.

Synopsis

Batman escapes his near death encounter with the possessed detective only to face two vampires that he quickly takes care of. Then he takes the detective to the Batcave where Alfred provides Batman a silver cross, which frees the detective of his vampiric control. Batman rushes back to the Watchtower where the Atom is trapped in the subatomic world inside Manitou’s seer stones. While there he encounters robe wearing, English speaking antibodies.

Meanwhile, the Crucifer turns Faith into a vampire. Faith recalls her origins with the four-armed gorilla named Grunt and their connections to this new/old Doom Patrol. It seems that after a brief stint in the circus the Doom Patrol took in Faith and Grunt only to have them escape when things didn’t go so smoothly. They were eventually taken in by the Crucifer and his cult.

Just then Superman arrives with Wonder Woman. After a battle the Crucifer stabs Wonder Woman through the chest.