Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Mauro Cascioli.
What Happened: This issue opens with Congorilla and the blue Starman asking Animal Man, Donna Troy and Starfire for aid against Prometheus. From there we head up to the JLA satellite where Hal, Ollie and their band of JLAers ask Dinah and her JLAers for help in dealing with Prometheus, which leads to Ollie and Dinah getting into a heated argument. Captain Marvel, Hal and Hawkman quell the argument, and the team begins to discuss what Prometheus was up to. While they're talking, Batwoman contacts the team and tells them about a confrontation she had with a villain named Endless Winter. After defeating EW, Batwoman pressed her for information as to what she was doing in Gotham. EW begins to rat out Prometheus, and winds up suddenly dying as a result. The team decides to send somebody to Gotham to retrieve the body so Atom can examine the body, and the scene shifts to Keystone City, where Jay Garrick is meeting with his one time rogue, the awesome Shade. Shade warns Jay that after talking to several villains, he has discovered that Prometheus is up to something extremely bad. Jay decides that the JLA should hear about this, and so he decides to take the Shade up to the JLA satellite. After examining EW, Atom discovers she had an implant in her head that would explode if she failed/disobeyed her mission, which explains why she suddenly died. Before the heroes can discuss that matter, Guardian arrives from Metropolis along with a strange device that he nabbed from the Plunderer. The JLAers study the device and send its specifications out to various geniuses around the DCU. The geniuses tell the JLAers that the device is a massive teleporter, and that it could be used to teleport an entire city anywhere in time or space. While the heroes are talking to the geniuses, Supergirl notices that Captain Marvel is missing, so she goes off to see where he got off to. Red Arrow also leaves the room, explaining that he has to call his daughter to wish her a good night. The JLAers decide they should split into groups and try to hunt down the villains Prometheus has employed. Before the JLA members leave, they are met by the recently arrived Animal Man, Donna Troy, Starfire, Starman and Congorilla, who explain that they are also after Prometheus. Congorilla immediately picks up a hostile scent, and rushes out of the room. He bumps into Supergirl in the hallway and the two spot a trail of blood. Upon following it, they come across Red Arrow, who is missing an arm and has half his face seemingly burnt off(Grrrr......). Congorilla tells Supergirl to cauterize Roy's arm with her heat vision before telling SG that they should go after whoever did that to Roy. Moments later Congorilla is hit by something, and his scream alerts the rest of the JLA, who rush over and discover Roy's bloody body laying in the hallway. Ollie freaks out, but he is eventually convinced that he should calm down so he can get whoever did that to Roy. This issue ends with Captain Marvel and Supergirl brawling in one of the rooms on the satellite while the bloody bodies of the Flash and Congorilla lay at their feet.
What I Thought: I've got to admit that this issue left me with one overriding feeling, that of pure, unadulterated rage! Suffice to say, if I were living in the DCU right now I'd most definitely be a Red Lantern after finishing this issue. To say that I'm pissed off about what happened to Roy, one of my favorite DC characters, is the understatement of the decade! I was actually enjoying this comic up until the scene with Roy, but after that, there was nothing good I could take out of this comic... Nothing. Damn, I'm still so pissed off that it's hard for me to even decide what I want to type here. I like James Robinson's writing alot, but this issue really angered me. I'll stick with this mini through its conclusion, mainly because of how much I like the rest of James' work, but I'm telling you, this comic left a very, VERY bad taste in my mouth...
Score: 4 out of 10.Why did this happen to Roy?!? Why couldn't it have happened to... Well, anybody else in this damn scene!