Justice League a Midsummer’s Nightmare – 1

Justice League a Midsummer’s Nightmare – 1

General Info

Issue No:
On Sale Date:
July 1996
Cover Date:
September 1996
Dark Age
Story Title:
True Lies

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Kevin Maguire, John Dell
Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid
Jeff Johnson, Darick Robertson
Jon Holdredge, Anibal Rodriguez
Ken Lopez
Pat Garrahy
Ruben Diaz


Wonder Woman (Princess Diana/Diana Prince), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent, Kal-El), Aquaman (Arthur Curry), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Martian Manhunter (J'Onn J'Onzz)
Doctor Destiny (John Dee), Know Man
Alfred Pennyworth, Dan Turipin, Lucius Fox, Perry White, Radu Stancu, Ron Troupe
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In New York City, a mage known as Destiny is wondering how pages came missing from his sacred tome that tells of Earth’s future. This is Kyle Rayner’s doing, for he is writing and drawing about this event for the latest issue of a comic book called Green Lantern. Despite pressures from his editor, Kyle cannot seem to come up with an ending for his story. He and his neighbour Lee discuss this as they walk to Radu’s Coffee Bar. Radu gives them their orders as they all discuss the Spark that has gotten seventy-nine thousand people in America so far. The Spark has been giving normal humans superpowers, something that Kyle wishes for when Lee flies away to work with others that have taken to the air.

In Metropolis, Daily Planet editor Perry White wants better articles about the worldwide genetic Sparks from reporter Clark Kent. Kent feels compelled to do the stories, but once he’s started writing them, they don’t feel real to him. He is clearly not himself. He even reacts strangely to a green pet rock that will serve as a paperweight for Perry. Clark ponders his unusual behaviour as he reads and hears famous names that are somehow familiar to him. He thinks it’s because he’s a reporter, but, in the back of his mind, he can’t help but believe that it is something else.

In Gotham City, Bruce Wayne is in the corridors of Wayne Enterprises discussing the news with Lucius Fox. Lucius is talking about the Sparks going on worldwide, but the only thing on Bruce’s mind is making sure a boy named Jason Todd, whose parents were murdered, is cared for financially. Both Lucius and Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth think that the young billionaire doesn’t need to be Gotham’s guardian angel, but Bruce somehow feels otherwise.

In Blue Valley, fire surrounds the contents of what seems to be a storage area. There is also a hull breach. A streak of red in a humanoid form is running at great velocities. However, the being may not make it in time to help the others inside. The stress on the ship was too great. Wally West has awakened from this terrible nightmare. He has overslept and risks being late for school.

In Gateway City, at The Themyscira School For Girls, School Headmistress Diana Prince is overseeing the outdoor physical education period on a normal, sunny day. She is refereeing a tug of war game when a girl named Theresa pulls the cord so hard that other students and Ms. Prince herself are knocked to the ground. Theresa’s right arm has grown in size and become a purple colour. The teenager is clearly frightened by her new abilities. In a panic, she smashes a tree. Diana deflects the wood shards with her bracelets to protect the other students. Grabbing the nearby rope, she then lassos Theresa in an attempt to calm her. The chaotic events leave everyone to wonder one thing: how did Diana Prince do the things she had done?

In New Carthage, after fisherman and fleetman Arthur Curry lost his left hand in a factory accident, the Red Tide Tuna Company made him a member of the board of directors in order to prevent him from filing a lawsuit. Currently, as protesters picket over Red Tide’s treatment of the seas and public relations is at an all-time low, Arthur cannot help but feel like he’s a fish out of water as he heads for his next meeting.

Elsewhere, a Martian child is running to tell her mother what she had learned during the Knowledge Ceremony. Her teacher L’Naar believes that there may be intelligent life on other worlds. J’onn J’onzz, the girl’s father, would have to see this to believe it. Plus, he doesn’t even care if other planets have are inhabited, so long as none of these beings do not interfere with the life he has with his wife and daughter.

Somewhere deep underground, a mysterious man has walked past some security guards unnoticed. He phases through a closed door. On the other side, there is a man whom he calls “Doctor”. The doctor is attached to machinery. The enigmatic man proceeds to tell him that metahumans are popping up by the thousands all over the world.

The scene then shifts to a comic book being drawn by Kyle Rayner, which one comic panel greatly resembles to the doctor from the previous scene. As he ponders story ideas, Kyle is wondering how he will ever compete with the creative teams on The Flash and Wonder Woman.

Meanwhile, school teacher Wally West has just caught one of his students reading a Green Lantern comic book. This triggers a memory of a piece of the nightmare that he’d had earlier.

In Metropolis, metahumans are making the nights bloody with turf wars. A Metropolis Special Crimes Unit helicopter gets caught in the crossfire. It careens into the rooftop globe of the Daily Planet. This causes Clark to recall the destruction of the planet Krypton. His mind is now clear. He knows that he is Superman, and he intends to clean up the streets of his city. He starts by saving a couple from being crushed by debris. Because metahumans seem to be the norm, he does so in his civilian clothing.

News of the violence in Metropolis has reached Gotham City. In addition to this, Bruce Wayne is surprised to see his parents. They debate about Bruce’s staying with the Wayne Foundation charity. As Martha Wayne begins to move a winged gargoyle statue, her pearl necklace gets stuck on it. Pieces of it fall onto the floor, forcing Bruce to relive the nightmare of his parents’ death at the hands of a gunman when he was just a boy. Batman, the Dark Knight of Gotham, now knows the truth about himself.

A group of metahumans is trying to break into Wayne Manor. Meanwhile, Bruce is searching for the entrance to the Batcave. He feels that something is missing. Superman arrives at Wayne Manor and assists Bruce, now as Batman, in dispatching the metahuman invaders, but their work is not done. If they are to save the world from the Sparkers’ riots, they will need to find Wonder Woman, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Aquaman.


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