Wednesday, July 13, 2011

JLA #97 (Late June, 2004)



The Atom suspected that at some point in his shrinking to enter the telling stones, he had passed through a pan-dimensional portal, and was now in a plane where his powers didn't work. After Ray spaced out on feeling like Alice in need of a White Rabbit, he tuned back in on the alien priestess. The Mighty Mite was told that the wardens who attacked him would be tortured to death for their transgression against his divine self, but he asked that they be spared. The priestess agreed, but pointed out that "The Precursor took delight in such suffering." This would be the first divinity, who appeared to the people scores of generations prior, and left them a sacred relic that Ray got an eyeful of. "Oboy. This trip just keeps getting better and better."

"Interlude on the Last Day of the World," part four of "The Tenth Circle," and possibly the most pretentious story title of all time, was by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, and Jerry Ordway. Once again, the Tiny Titan just pops in for a tiny page count, two pages for a massively tangential b-plot that, while aiding in the ultimate resolution, will make little sense.

The Tenth Circle

4 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Good stuff. Who was the mysterious Precursor?

FLD said...

Normally I wouldn't spoil it, but it was such a dumb turn, without a very satisfying explanation, I figure it's no big deal. The precursor was Crucifer, the only villain of note within the story. It would be obvious if it made much sense.

Dale Bagwell said...

Thanks for the info, and you're right, that doesn't sound all that interesting. How cool would it have been to plug an old/or forgotten silver age villain in that role? Or even one of Atom's rogues?

Probably not, but at least it would have been a nice surprise.

FLD said...

Well, when you start with the JLA vs. a vampire as the premise of a six issue mini-series, the bar is set pretty low. Even the X-Men never fought the king of the vampires longer than a couple of issues back in the day. Under those terms, even the Bug-Eyed Bandit could only help matters.