JLA Secret Files & Origins 2004

General Info

Issue No:
1
On Sale Date:
September 2004
Cover Date:
November 2004
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Same Coin

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Penciller:
John Byrne, Doug Mahnke
Inker:
Tom Nguyen
Letterer:
Pat Brosseau
Colourist:
Jeromy Cox
Editor:
Ivan Cohan, Mike Carlin
Michael Siglain (Assistant)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El), Atom (Ray Palmer), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter (J'Onn J'Onzz), Plastic Man (Patrick O'Brien)
Heroes:
Justice League Elite - [Sister Superior (Vera Lynn Black), Coldcast (Nathan Craig Jones), Major Disaster (Paul Booker), Manitou Raven, Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), Kasumi (Cassandra Cain), Naif Al-Sheikh]
Villains:
Circe, Felix Faust
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
N/A
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Synopsis

The Elite track down a pair of female mystics preparing a sacrificial spell designed to bring about the resurrection of Norse gods. Meanwhile, half a world away, the JLA battles the manifestations of those gods. Flash, a member of both teams, manages to be in the thick of it on both sides of the battle.

The Elite manages to shut down the spell and the Gods fade away. The teams return to their respective headquarters, neither organisation aware of the other’s status or situation. That’s the way it has to be; the Elite is a “don’t ask don’t tell” operation that the JLA turn an uneasy blind eye to.

Batman discovers through Oracle that the appearance of the Norse Gods was linked to the Spear of Destiny, a powerful magic spear used to pierce Christ’s skin during his crucifixion. Adolf Hitler was tied to the spear by mystical means and used the spear to defeat the original Justice Society of America during World War II. Now someone has exhumed Hitler’s secret hidden remains that are kept in an old KGB building somewhere in Russia. Batman believes someone is trying to use Hitler’s remains, and his connection to the spear, as a means to track it down and harness its awesome power. Flash knows this to be true.

Earlier alongside the Elite, Flash interrogated the female mystics and discovered the spear was their ultimate goal. The one witch gives up the location of her master, Circe, and Flash is off again to pull double duty as another Norse god appears in Norway and the Elite go after Circe.

Vera Black, in the undercover disguise of one of the captured witches, presents Circe with the head of the tortured victim from the first incident. He is apparently the last living descendant of Hitler and his blood is all that will recall the Spear from its other dimensional prison. But Circe gets wise to the double cross and attacks Vera. Flash is there just in time to rescue her.

Around the world Felix Faust makes his presence known as the other end of the magical equation. He has with him the last earthly shard of the Spear; he intends to use it as a homing beacon to call the spear through to our world.

As the JLA and Elite engage in combat with evil minions; Flash crisscrosses the globe to save the day. As a portal opens on two sides of the world the Spear is revealed to both Circe and Felix. Flash snatches the spear shard away from Felix and replaces Circe’s talisman’s with a magical stone concoction from Manitou Raven. He tosses both into the portal from their respective ends. Once both items find themselves trapped in the other dimension along with the spear the portals close, leaving the spear imprisoned.

Flash, exhausted from his multiple round trips around the planet, collapses at the midway point between both teams for a long well deserved nap.