JLA Annual – 4

General Info

Issue No:
4
On Sale Date:
June 2000
Cover Date:
August 2000
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
On Call

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Steve Scott, Hector Collazo
Writer:
Brian K Vaughan
Penciller:
Steve Scott
Inker:
Hector Collazo
Letterer:
Kurt Hathaway
Colourist:
Glenn Whitmore
Editor:
Dan Raspler, Tony Bedard (associate editor)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Aquaman (Arthur Curry/Orin), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Martian Manhunter (J'Onn J'Onzz)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Iblis, General Anka Kazim, Etrigan The Demon
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Janissary, Olhan, Periham Hanim
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Synopsis

General Anka Kazim wishes to restore Turkey to its former glorious world power status, and enlists the help of the demon Iblis to do so. He had only intended to become Turkey’s president, but the demon suggest that he should rule a new Ottoman empire instead. In return, the demon will inhabit the general’s body for a time until he can gain possession of another body, that of Turkey’s national hero: the Janissary.

Suddenly, a large fiery Jinn appear in each major city in Turkey, bringing with them hordes of undead Ottoman soldiers. Not only does the Janissary, armed with a sword and a book of spells, intervene, but so does the JLA – Aquaman, Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman acting as field troops, with the Martian Manhunter coordinating from the JLA Watchtower.

Batman discovers General Kazim’s location, while the others prevent the destruction of the Ataturk Dam. They then travel, along with the Janissary to Kazim’s location, where Iblis is revealed to them, proving to be a match for even the Olympic gods-imbued power of Wonder Woman. In order to call off the demon’s attacks on Turkey, Janissary surrenders her body to the demon, who then becomes even more powerful with the addition of her own mystical might. However, the Janissary is able to retain some control, and at the urging of Batman, is able to expel the demon by bowing to Allah, an act of humility which is anathema to Iblis, who was cast out from heaven for refusing to do the same.

Janissary is invited by Aquaman to join the JLA, but declines in order to concentrate her attentions on her own country.